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The Nicola Valley Wood Stove Initiative that has seen substantial rebates for people upgrading their wood stoves has been given new life.

Merritt City Councillor Dave Baker says the program was scrapped this Fall but following a report from Environment Canada Air Quality Meteorologist Ralph Adams that showed wood smoke as one of the main pollutants the program has been brought back.

The program is now up and running again, with Tim Larson back as coordinator.

It'll run from now through March with substantial money back rebates for people making the wood stove upgrades.

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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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