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Although she couldn't say what they are, Merritt's Mayor is excited about some announcements expected within the next couple weeks.

Susan Roline says Hydro's plans to about double the City's power supply by 2013 have spurred renewed interest by more than one potential developer.

Roline says there's now a lot of interest in Merritt and she feels it's all going to come together in a hurry.

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Merritt is on the verge of getting the power increase required to support future industrial, business and residential expansion.

City Public Works Manager Shawn Boven says this project will increase the supply capacity to about 115 megawatts.

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Merrittonian Payton Schaefer is an All-Star in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Schaefer is tagged to play in the annual Prospects Game on the weekend of January 13-15, representing the Okanagan Conference.

The 17-year-old has 19 points in 31 games this season with the Kamloops Storm.

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A new "window of Christmas" opened this week in Merritt, as one of the most popular Christmas displays is now completed.

Merritt Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin says it took several days of preparation, but it's been unveiled.

Kempin says there's a lot of animation in the display with a miniature fairground featuring ferris wheel and other rides.

The display will be up and running till about the first week in January.

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A "Penny War" is on in the Nicola Valley as Coquihalla Middle School puts the challenge to Merritt Secondary School.

Teacher Dave Finch, Student Council Sponsor from CMS, says last year their students raised $1000 for the Food Bank and the challenge is on to collect even more.

Finch says at CMS there's a team competition as well to generate a little internal competition.

This year, half the money raised by CMS goes to the Food Bank while the other half goes to their own breakfast program which supplies some breakfasts for those who need it.

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