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Merritt's Teen Centre is benefiting from the Smart Step Youth Association in the city.

According to Teen Centre coordinator, Chelsea Skoflek says they have as many as 20 teens in attendance on any given Friday night.

Smart Step supervises the Teen Centre on Coldwater Avenue Monday to Saturday from 5p - 12a, except on Fridays, when it closes at 11p.

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A Merritt city councilor has mixed feelings on whether or not his motion to stiffen the rules for funding partnerships will pass at Council's regular meeting tomorrow night.

Harry Kroeker says at least residents know now he and other councilors aren't blind to what's happened in the past.

He adds that the funding numbers are easy to inflate by non-profit groups.

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Mayor Defends Mountainfest Against Negative Press

Negative press about the return of Mountainfest is negative for the event, and, for the community.  That's the feeling of Merritt Mayor Susan Roline.  Mayor Roline says there's 18 years of history with Mountainfest, 18 years of bringing people to the Nicola Valley.  She says it's an event that she would definitely like to see carry on.

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Great Canadian Bike Rally Looking For Input

In the aftermath of one of the most successful events in downtown Merritt the positive vibes continue.  Organizer of the tremendously successful Great Canadian Bike Rally, Mike Fairfield, says he wants to hear more feedback.  Thousands of motorcycles were in town last Thursday through Sunday for motorcycle activities and live music, with no negative impacts at all reported for the community.

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New Economic Development Post Filled

The newly established position of Economic Development Officer with the City of Merritt has now been filled.  City C-A-O Matt Noble says Bill Umpherson, from Ontario is now in the process of moving to Merritt.  Noble says Umpherson was chosen from a field of about 35 applicants, inlcuding local applicants who were well qualified.  The City continues to work with staff from Community Futures, who have been contracted to work with Economic Development for the past several years. 

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