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While the traditional red poppy campaign continues as a way of raising funds for Canada's war veterans, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 in Merritt is still looking at ways to help it's own cash flow.

Although it's not a heavy push, Legion Vice President Marguerite Kempin says they would still entertain offers on it's building downtown, after recent upgrades.

Kempin says the focus is truly on the poppy campaign underway until Remembrance Day next Thursday, November 11.

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The case of a New Jersey woman cleared of criminal negligence in the hunting death of her husband in central Newfoundland has prompted concerns in the Nicola Valley.

The fact the woman mistakenly shot her husband thinking he was a bear, has prompted a word of caution from Merritt Conservation Officer Paul Pike.

Pike says for the most part people are very conscientious, hunt only what is in season and stay within the guidelines.

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As expected, this week's City Centre Board presentation to City Council didn't provide any surprises.

Merritt Mayor Susan Roline describes the plan as aggressive...

Roline points out that the City has already received $300,000 in grant money for a $1,000,000-plus beautification of Granite Avenue which will proceed next year.

She says the City has to decide whether they'll pursue any other funding to help out with other projects.

A lot will be decided in upcoming budget talks.

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Division rivals battle tonight at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena as the Merritt Centennials lock up with the Vernon Vipers and try to snap their three game losing streak.

Both teams are coming off losses, as the Cents fell 3-1 in P-G on Sunday while the Vipers lost in overtime, 3-2 to Victoria last Saturday.

Vernon native Tyler Steel gets the start in goal for Merritt while forward Evan Stack and defenceman Reece Willcox should both return from injuries.

Willcox saw limited ice in Sunday's game against the Spruce Kings.

tonight's faceoff against Vernon is set for 7:30, we'll have the action for you right here on Q101 with our pre-game show at 7 o'clock.

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There's no plan to make the dress code in area schools any stricter than it is, but there is no tolerance for the wearing of colours or other gang related attire.

School District 58, Nicola-Similkameen Superintendent of Schools Bob Peacock says a close watch is being kept.

Peacock says it happened for the first time two weeks ago with students wearing identical bandannas.

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