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Clients of the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank have only a half day to get supplies, as it closes for the holidays at noon tomorrow until January 4.

Food Bank Manager Karen Flick says she hopes a 40-thousand dollar grant will be available again.

Again, the Food Bank is only open ten till noon tomorrow, then it's closed till Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

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Anyone intending to attend a Merritt City Council meeting tomorrow night can make other plans.

City Councilor Mike Goetz tells us it's not going to happen.

No Committee of the Whole or other meetings for City Council are planned either until Tuesday, January 11th.

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The first two artists are in the bag for Mountainfest 2011.

Claude Lelievre, president of Active Mountain Entertainment, says Reba McEntire is making a return appearance to the Festival on Saturday, July 9th as one of the show's headliners. She previously played in Merritt in 2007.

And popular country star Craig Morgan will be one of the opening night headliners on Thursday, July 7th.

The festival is July 7-10 after cancelling this year's event due to financial difficulties after seventeen years in Merritt.

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Christy Clark brings her BC Liberal Leadership Campaign to the Nicola Valley today.

Former Lytton Mayor Chris O'Connor, who is managing her campaign in Fraser-Nicola, says Clark will be meeting with supporters in the Nicola Valley this afternoon.

Clark will be meeting with area ranchers at meetings at the Quilchena Hotel this afternoon before attending a members meeting at the Merritt Curling Rink at five this afternoon.

From there Clark travels to Kamloops for meetings tonight.

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While the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank Manager doesn't expect to hear of any National or Provincial funding until at least January, she is overwhelmed by local support over the last two months alone.

Karen Flick says the food bank has been the recipient of upwards of $10,000 in contributions in the last couple months alone.

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