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Officials of the Merritt and Area Transit System had hoped to receive word on a request for expanded service by today or tomorrow but so far there's no word from BC Transit.

Merritt City Councillor Alastair Murdoch says in the meantime, people have been taking advantage of the temporary expansion to Saturday service for the Christmas period.

Murdoch says what Merritt Transit is asking for is a continuation of the Saturday service year round.

They've also asked to have the one hour gap over the lunch hour covered in order to offer continuous service from 6:20 am to 6 20 pm Monday to Saturday

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In Merritt Minor Hockey action yesterday, the Merritt News Midget House team whomped South Okanagan 12-2 at the Shulus Arena.

Meanwhile, the Merritt Atom Development Junior Cents finished second in their tournament in Clearwater with a record of 2-and-2.

They outscored their opponents 27-20.

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Don't let it be said that jobs with the city of Merritt are a dead end.

Merritt Councillor Mike Goetz was referring to the recent promotion of Merritt's Chief Water and Waste Water System Operator Darrell Finnigan to Public Works Superintendent, saying Finnigan did wonders in his previous position at the sewer plant.

Finnigan's position as Public Works Superintendent doesn't alter the position of Public Works Manager, held by Shawn Boven.

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The crowds were large and enthusiastic and the organizers put together a great kick off to the Christmas season with the Country Christmas weekend that started last Thursday night with the Christmas Concert.

Charlotte Martin of the Country Christmas Committee says that enthusiasm continued through the entire weekend.

The final day of the weekend was highlighted yesterday morning with the ever popular Breakfast with Santa at the Civic Centre.

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The much anticipated heavy snowfall on the Coquihalla Highway didn't materialize on the weekend, but freezing temperatures on top of daytime thawing still caused havoc on the highway.

Emergency personnel were kept busy south of Merritt yesterday afternoon attending several accidents.

The worst crash involved about six vehicles just south of town, but fortunately the number of injuries was few and none were reported to be life threatening.

Driving conditions will continue much the same throughout the days ahead and motorists are advised to slow down to the conditions.

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