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As City Council crunches the numbers on expanding Merritt's transit service to six day a week and adding noon hour into the mix, they'll look at the ridership numbers.

City Councilor Alastair Murdoch tells us those numbers have been about three thousand a month since September.

City Council will get the full report at tomorrow's council meeting on what is now available through B-C Transit in the way of service expansions this year.

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The Merritt Midget Reps swept their first round best-of-three playoff series against Westside with an 8-2 road win yesterday.

The Merritt Midgets took game one 13-1 on Saturday in Shulus.

They have this weekend off before starting the second round on the 19th.

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The Merritt Centennials topped last season's point total with a 4-3 win over Alberni Valley yesterday.

The Cents have 47 points in 54 games this season after finishing last season with 46 points.

The win also snaps Merritt's seven game winless streak.

Captain Steve Treserra scored twice and added an assist for the Cents while Jeff Jones and Steve Wall had the other goals.

Lino Chimienti made 20 saves in goal for Merritt. The Centennials next game is Wednesday in Westside.

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Expanded transit hours of operation appear to be in the cards for the Nicola Valley.

City Councilor Alastair Murdoch says he's heard back from B-C Transit and it looks good for Saturday service and a service to fill a midday gap in service.

Murdoch says a request to expand service to Coldwater could be a bit of a challenge with about a 40-thousand dollar additional cost.

Another avenue of expansion that'll likely be looked at in the future is an evening service that would run till about 9:30, at an additional cost of about 20-thousand dollars a year.

The midday and Saturday service expansion would run between 16 and 17-thousand dollars a year.

Council will look at the proposals on Tuesday night at their next regular meeting.

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Many months of work has now resulted in an industrial power provider for Pristine Power Inc. to locate a power plant at Tolko Industries a lot closer.

Deanne Parise-Brigden of Community Futures Nicola Valley says Merritt has been short listed to a group of eight B-C Communities.

Parise-Brigden is hopeful a contract can be signed with B-C Hydro by the month of April.

She says she's confident it will happen and will be another great asset for the Nicola Valley for further industrial growth.

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