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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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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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