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Federal N-D-P leadership hopeful Brian Topp has gained the support of Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali.

One reason that Lali says he supports Topp is his experience in rural issues.

Lali announced his support for Topp Friday in Kamloops before heading to Merritt for a brief stop on their way to Kelowna, Penticton, Castlegar and Nelson for stops over the weekend.

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The four major projects being undertaken in the City of Merritt are moving ahead on schedule.

Mayor Susan Roline says crews have been busy at the Airport putting in water and sewer lines and the hope is to get the road paved before the snow flies.

If not, Roline says the work will be completed in the Spring.

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Next year is shaping up to be a great follow up year for the Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt.

Organizer Mike Fairfield is feeling much more positive about the charity fund raiser.

Fairfield adds that with a chance to prove themselves last year and the extra time to plan, he is really looking forward to the event next year from July 12 to 15.

Ticket packages went on sale last Friday, online at www.greatcanadianbikerally.com

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A first ever visit to B-C by the American Television program "Treasure Hunters Roadshow" will launch in Merritt next month.

Merritt Leisure Services Manager Larry Platnikoff says it's great news for the antique collectors and treasure hunters.

Platnikoff says the show is in the Merritt Civic Centre from November 14 to 17.

The details are online at www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com

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Merritt's Business and Economic Development Manager is bestowing the virtues of the new Merritt Green Energy project.

James Umpherson says the proposed green energy facility will produce the power needed to take Merritt ahead for the next three decades.

Merritt Green Energy officials will be on hand with a special presentation at the Civic Centre between six and nine tomorrow night to answer questions on the project from the public.

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