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Merritt Centennials rookie forward Regan Soquila is the BC Hockey League's player of the week.

Soquila had three goals and four assists as the Cents won all three games this past weekend.

The Maple Ridge product leads Merritt in goals with 11 and is second on the team in points with 19 in 20 games. The 17-year-old is the brother of last season's captain, Jordan Soquila.

Merritt's next game is Saturday at home against Penticton.

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A well known Merritt business leader has received recognition from the 9500 member Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech says Frank Rizzardo, President and General Manager of Emcon Services in Merritt is a deserving recipient of this year's Professional Achievement Award.

Leech says Rizzardo is a great representative for Technology Professionals in British Columbia.

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Diesel appears to be the commodity of choice for thieves in the Nicola Valley right now.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt RCMP says on October 20th about 1500 litres of diesel was taken in one incident and on November 5th another 1000 litres was taken, both thefts from the industrial area of Pooley Avenue on Merritt's East side.

Constable Dunsmore asks anyone seeing any suspicious looking large vehicles in the area to call the police at 250-378-4262 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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The City of Merritt is working at a major celebration for the centennial bash next year.

Mayor Susan Roline says the homecoming week is pretty much set and now the City is working to recruit people to work on different theme days.

Mayor Roline says the events will be spread out between the Civic Centre, Voght Park, Baillie House and Rotary Park.

The actual day of Merritt's inauguration was April 1, 1911 and that will be reenacted in City Hall Council Chambers on April 1, 2011.

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It's a shorter work week this week with November 11th marked as a stat for most workers.

But Merritt City Council has it's work cut out for tomorrow night.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says it's a regular meeting night kicking off at 7 o'clock.

Fraser says such things as lining up the 2011 council meeting schedule and an agreement between the City and the Ministry of Forests with regards to Fire Engine #10 will be on the agenda for Council's consideration.

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