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Amendments to the Cemetery Bylaw and what can be left at grave sites was OK'd by City Council last night, allowing for fresh cut or artificial flowers.

Councilor Dave Baker says it was on the agenda after a complaint that articles were removed for maintenance without notification.

Baker says it's going to be well marked what can and can't be left at grave sites at Pine Ridge Cemetery.

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It could be an election year on three fronts in B-C this year: Federal, Provincial and Municipal.

Merritt mayor Susan Roline was at a seminar in Vancouver last week that dealt with updates on the Municipal Election front.

Roline says there are a number of changes to the Elections B-C act coming, like spending limits, reporting and length of term in office.

The next Municipal Election is set for November 19.

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The Board of Directors of Community Futures Nicola Valley made it official this week with the announcement that Business Development Officer Patrick Flanagan has accepted the position of Operations Manager at Community Futures.

Patrick will now officially be taking over from Patrick Lindsay who recently retired. He and his wife Ruth came to Merritt in 2005 from Winnipeg.

Flanagan has been employed by Community Futures since March 2006 and has been responsible for the administration and management of the Lending and Business Consulting functions of CFNV.

He was previously employed by the Federal Government's Western Economic Diversification and held various senior management positions.

He also worked with Saskatchewan's Department of Tourism and Small Business for a number of years.

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The recent blast of cold weather to hit the Nicola Valley is spelling relief for those without shelter as the Shelter from the Storm has open it's doors again this week.

Coordinator Jody Loewen says as the temperatures have dipped the doors will be open again tonight until at least Saturday night at 6:30 each evening.

The shelter offers a warm safe place to sleep, get a bowl of hot soup and good cup of coffee at the Crossroads Community Church at 2990 Voght Street across from Central Park, behind the car wash.

The entrance is through the big white door at the rear of the church.

For more information contact Jody Loewen at 250-378-7746.

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The Merritt Centennials revealed their 2011 Fred Page Cup playoff slogan today.

The team will use the phrase, "One Town. One Team. One Goal." as it battles through the B-C-H-L playoffs.

The Cents open round one on Friday in Salmon Arm.

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