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The Merritt Centennials open the December portion of their schedule tonight at home against the Victoria Grizzlies.

Merritt went 0-2 against Victoria last season and hasn't beat the Grizzlies since December 10th, 2006, but the Cents are 2-0 so far on their four-game homestand after wins over Prince George and Trail on the weekend.

It's unknown if former Centennial Dustin Johnson will suit up for the Grizzlies as he didn't play in last night's 5-4 win over Westside for undisclosed reasons.

Newly acquired Blaine Bokenfohr isn't expected to play for the Cents after being picked up from Dawson Creek of the NAHL yesterday.

Tonight's game is a 7 o'clock faceoff, our broadcast on Q101 starts at 6:30.

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As many people prepare to bring the traditional fresh Christmas tree into the home for the holiday season, there's a word of caution from the Merritt Fire Department.

Training and Fire Prevention Officer Sky McKeown says for starters make sure the tree is fresh.

McKeown also says to remove the tree as soon as possible after the holidays.

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It doesn't appear there were any injuries but it will likely add to concerns by Quilchena residents about the number of transport trucks using Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops.

Emergency crews were called to a single vehicle roll over accident just north of the Quilchena Store near the Douglas Lake turn off at about 4:30 this morning.

The road is not closed as a result of the accident and police are investigating.

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The Merritt Centennials added a veteran presence to their line-up this morning by acquiring 20-year-old forward Blaine Bokenfohr from Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League for future considerations.

Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce says Bokenfohr solidifies his forward group.

Meanwhile, Bokenfohr describes himself as a versatile player.

Bokenfor, who had four points in 17 games with Dawson Creek this season, is not expected to play tomorrow night against Victoria, but should be in the Centennials line-up Friday against Penticton.

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Merritt has representation this week at the BC Federation of Labour's annual convention in Vancouver.

Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin, the Chair of CUPE 900 in Merritt says it's always good to be brought up to speed on what's happening around the province.

About 13-hundred people are attending the Convention at the Vancouver Convention Centre this week.

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