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Merritt is now less than six months away from celebrating it's 100th birthday and plans are moving ahead for one of the City's biggest celebrations in a long time!

Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says April 1st is the anniversary of the City's first ever council meeting, 100 years ago.

Mayor Roline says Merritt went through a period of about 20 years when the City was in receivership, which held progress back for awhile.

Roline says with closures of Craigmont Mines and Weyerhauser over the years, Merritt has proven its ability to survive.

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People planning to put together a shoebox for Christmas giving to people in South and Central America have only until Sunday to tie things up.

Coordinator of the Campaign, Sue Peachy, says people on a tight schedule are welcome to leave the task to the staff at either one of Merritt's Dollar Stores today or tomorrow.

The main collection place is the Evangelical Free Church, where there'll be a bit of a get together on Sunday to wrap up the Campaign, sponsored again this year by Samaritan's Purse.

Call Sue Peachy at 250-378-2717 for more information.

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The Merritt Centennials four game Island swing continues tonight in Nanaimo.

It's the first meeting of the season between the two teams, but the Cents are 1-5 against the Coastal Conference this season.

The Clippers don't visit Merritt until early February.

The trip also includes stops tomorrow in Victoria and Sunday in Alberni Valley.

All four teams the Cents face over the five days are in the bottom four of the Coast.

Our Q101 broadcast tonight starts at 6:41, with the opening faceoff from Frank Crane Arena at 7:11 pm.

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As tickets for next year's Mountainfest went on sale this week, the system used for selecting reserved seats and campsites has improved.

Active Mountain Entertainment President Claude Lelievre says it's being done with a computer mapping system.

Lelievre says the system is second to none and is making it much easier for people booking now for the festival in Merritt next July 7-10.

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A second day of snow is blanketing the Nicola Valley today, with more in store for the weekend ahead.

With that, the message from Merritt's Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin is a reminder that sidewalks have to be kept clear within 24 hours of the snowfall.

Also, shoveling snow onto roadways is against the law, so you need keep the snow on your own property.

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