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The Merritt Centennials allowed three unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 loss in Penticton last night.

Steve Tresierra and Jeff Jones scored for the Cents, who were playing their fifth game in seven days.

Lino Chimienti was outstanding for Merritt once again, making 36 saves in the loss.

The Cents remain winless in eleven all-time games at the South Okanagan Events Centre, including exhibition and playoffs.

The win moves the Vees into first place in the Interior Conference. The Centennials remain in sixth, six points ahead of Quesnel and ten points back of fifth-place Westside.

The loss drops Merritt to 3-12-0-and-2 away from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, but the Cents are one game above .500 on home ice and play six of their next nine in their own rink, including tomorrow night against Prince George.

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Maintenance crews are busy on the Coquihalla Highway as snow is causing havoc for some drivers this morning.

Bob Gilowski of VSA Highway Maintenance expects traffic to pick up as fresh snow covers interior ski hills.

Gilowski expects as much as 20-centimeters of snow at the higher elevations of the Coquihalla Highway today.

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A long over due meeting between law makers and educators proved fruitful this week in Merritt.

Merritt City Councillor Dave Baker says a meeting Monday night between the two groups of locally elected officials covered a lot of ground.

Councillor Baker says the two groups also discussed such things as joint bulk purchases of such things as paper and such where they can save the taxpayers money.

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The Merritt Rotary Club will have a new look TV Auction fundraiser tonight.

Club President Jason Arnold says after 37 years there'll be live bids taken from people who attend the auction at City Hall and as always by phone.

The proceeds go to Rotary projects in Merritt and to help eradicate polio worldwide.

Pre-bidding starts at 5:30 with the auction on Shaw TV live at 6 o'clock.

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A member of Merritt City Council is calling on more groups and organizations to let their point be heard.

Councillor Nadia Clarke, who has dropped the name Hunter in favour of her maiden name, says it gives the groups a far better chance of being recognized if they want council and city to be on side for present and future events.

Councillor Clarke adds that the City is going into its budget process for next year and it's good for council to have a better understanding of groups who may have a request for funding of upcoming events and activities.

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