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PRINCE GEORGE — Prince George is getting some international exposure thanks to the Northern Regional Pond Hockey Championships and CNN.

  • Jan. 25, 2011 11:00 a.m.

CNN profiles PG pond hockey

PRINCE GEORGE — Prince George is getting some international exposure thanks to the Northern Regional Pond Hockey Championships and CNN.

CNN reporter Percy von Lipinski attended the pond hockey championship, which took place Jan. 14-16 at West Lake Provincial Park.

A video “iReport” on the tournament and the appeal of pond hockey is available on CNN’s website. Since the report was posted on Jan. 20, it has been viewed over 35,000 times by CNN’s international audience.

To check out the report, go online to http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-542698.

Reba not coming after all

MERRITT — Active Mountain Entertain-ment has indicated country star Reba McEntire will not be performing at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival this year, despite announcing in December that the artist was booked for the festival.

According to an Active Mountain press release, McEntire’s management informed Mountainfest that due to a scheduling conflict, the star was forced to cancel the July 9 engagement along with others.

Mountainfest organizers were offered a performance for the following weekend, but decided against changing the date of the festival.

“Reba’s cancellation does not justify a change of date and the aggravation that it would create for the folks who have already booked their holiday time off,” said Active Mountain president Claude Lelievre.

Tickets for the festival have been on sale since mid-November even without a line-up of artists, though Lelievre is promising to announce more headliners shortly.

The festival, which was cancelled last year after 17 years, is scheduled for July 7-10.

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