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There's a reminder for people hoping to receive a Christmas Hamper for themselves or their families today.

Linda Monkman of the Food Bank's Christmas Hamper Site says any registration forms need to be in by 4 pm today to 1964 Coutlee Avenue, next to Nicolanes.

Monkman also reminds people wishing to donate to the Christmas Hampers that they have until December 10 to bring them in.

Call the Hamper headquarters for more information at 250-378-5827.

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With today "Black Friday" south of the border, there's no reason to leave home this weekend to shop if you live in Merritt.

Etelka Gillespie, President of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce says Country Christmas offers a lot of fun and good shopping opportunities today and tonight.

Gillespie says the Crafters Mall will take place again tomorrow at the Civic Centre from 9:30am till 4:30pm.

Santa's village at the Civic Centre will be open from 10am till noon. And the model train display will be open again tomorrow at the Civic Centre.

Spirit Square will be alive tomorrow too with the sound of music and of course Q101's Five Buck Bear Fundraiser from 11am - 1pm.

And don't miss breakfast with Santa at the Civic Centre Sunday from 9am till 11am. Another highlite of the Country Christmas weekend will be the fireworks display at the Railyard Mall tonight after the parade.

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The Merritt Centennials are back in the friendly confines of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena tonight against Prince George.

The Cents went 1-4-0-0 on their recent string of five straight road games and have dropped five of their last six overall.

Merritt is winless in two games against the Spruce Kings this season, with both losses coming on a northern road trip at the end of last month.

The Cents are one game above .500 on home ice.

PG has lost eight straight overall and been outscored 19-5 in its last two games.

Game time is 7:30 tonight, our Q101 broadcast starts at 7 o'clock.

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The annual Country Christmas Parade is set for this evening in Merritt.

Parade Coordinator Gail McKee is asking motorists to keep the parade route on Chapman Street, Charters Street, Quilchena Avenue and Coutlee Avenue clear later this afternoon, starting at 4 o'clock.

The Parade starts from the gravel parking lot at City Hall during the dinner hour.

It leaves the lot at 7 o'clock before wrapping up at the Railyard Mall.

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After this week's meeting on partnering between the school board and city council, Merritt taxpayers may see more of that.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says one of the focuses at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention this year was actually on partnerships.

Councillor Goetz feels looking at partnerships is a great idea.

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