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The Merritt Centennials 2011-12 regular season schedule is set to be released.

The Cents 39th B-C-H-L season opens on Friday, September 23rd in Prince George against the Spruce Kings.

They stay in P-G for another game the next night before heading to Trail on September 28th as they open the season with three straight road games.

Merritt's home opener is against the Smoke Eaters on Friday, September 30th.

The Centennials play Penticton, Vernon and Trail eight times each this season and all other teams in the Interior Conference, including Chilliwack, seven times.

Powell River, Surrey, Cowichan Valley and Langley are the Coastal Conference teams that visit Merritt this season while the Cents only road games on the Coast are in Coquitlam, Nanaimo, Victoria and Alberni Valley.

The full schedule is expected to be released in the next day or two.

All 60 games will be broadcast on Q101 once again this season.

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The City of Merritt is moving forward with its' curbside recycling program and garbage collection system.

Public Works Manager Sean Bovin issued a tender call for a new truck in May and sought council's approval to award the tender last night.

Council also approved the purchase of a new street sweeper and a new single axle combination dump truck, spreader and snow plow.

Altogether, the total cost of the purchases came in under budget at just less than 850-thousand dollars.

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B-C's interior will come alive to the sound of motorcyles this week, as Salmon Arm and Merritt both host major motorcycle events.

In Merritt, Mike Fairfield is promoting the first annual Great Canadian Bike Rally starting on Thursday, saying ten-thousand people attending over the four days doesn't sound out of line.

The Great Canadian Bike Rallyl features top musicians Trooper, Chilliwack and Colin James, along with motorcyle displays, a street mall, show and shine and even supermoto races up at the truck stop.

A complete schedule of events is available online at

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The expected smaller crowds for the return of the Merritt Mountain Music Festival may not be hindering progress in planning for the event again next year, but it apparently took it's toll on this years event.

In a Facebook statement, Montgomery Gentry indicates that they pulled themselves from the headline spot on Saturday night due to financial circumstances at what they call the "local level".

Initial reports from Active Mountain Entertainment were that the group wasn't able to make it due to transportation issues.

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It's a relatively light agenda for the next City Council meeting set for tonight in Merritt, but if approvals are given, the City could end up with some new equipment and an expense of about $850,000.

On the agenda tonight for approval are a new street sweeper at just under $200,000, refuse-recycle carts at about $232,000, an automated refuse-recycle truck for about $274,000 and a combination dump truck-spreader & snow plow for $147,000.

Tonight's meeting gets underway in City Hall Council Chambers at the usual start time of 7 o'clock.

Nicholas Kang will kick off the meeting with a report to council on the Smart Step Youth Association, which raised just over $628 for the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank with a hot dog sale during the Mountainfest Street Mall last week.

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