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The Merritt Centennials kick off a home-and-home series with the Penticton Vees tonight at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Cents are 0-3-0-1 against Penticton this season, but are riding a three game winning streak.

Lino Chimienti makes his third straight start for Merritt. In his last two games, he has a sparkling 1.94 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage.

Jeff Jones looks to keep his hot streak going as he is riding a seven game point streak and has 18 points in his last dozen games.

Tonight's game against the Vees is peculiar because it's their second-to-last-meeting of the season, halfway through the campaign. The two teams wrap up their six-game season series in Penticton tomorrow.

Our Q101 broadcast is a 7 o'clock start tonight for the pre-game show.

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While the City of Merritt was cautious about allowing chickens within City limits, only allowing them on a trial basis for the first year, there have been no problems at all since the permits were allowed.

Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin says she only knows of five families keeping the birds.

On that note, Kempin says those people with permits must renew them December 31, along with all the other renewable permits and licences in the City.

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Municipalities are spending far beyond their means and it's robbing hundreds of dollars from family pockets.
That's the finding in the third annual BC Municipal Spending Watch, released this week by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The study concludes municipal spending exceeded population growth by more than 200 per cent across B-C between 2000 and 2008 -- adding as much as $900 to the costs of a family of four.

In Merritt, the excess spending was reported at just over $1,400,000 for the perioed, with the average cost per family of four at $736.

According to the report, the worst offender was Prince George, where spending grew nearly four times faster than population and inflation - but 22 other cities, including Penticton, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vancouver had spending levels nearly double their population growth.

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It's well documented that this is the busiest time of the year for Canada's postal workers.

Karen Knap, lead hand at the Post Office in Merritt says things are ramping up and deadlines are close for some mailings.

Knapp says if people get regular parcels out by December 11th, Express by December 22nd and Priority by December 23rd, Canada Post can guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

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For the second time this season, the Merritt Centennials are on a three game winning streak after a 3-2 overtime victory against Victoria last night.

Max Vallis notched the winner with 55 seconds left in the extra frame.

Evan Stack and Jeff Jones also scored for the Cents. Jones added an assist to extend his point streak to seven games while Lino Chimienti lowered his goals-against-average to 2.71 after allowing two goals on 29 shots. Chimienti's numbers are good for sixth in the B-C-H-L.

Merritt remains ten points back of fifth place Westside in the Interior after the Warriors knocked off Penticton 6-4 last night. The Vees visit the Centennials tomorrow.

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