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June 27, 2007
Donald Laubman with a 104 Starfighter, outside the Reynolds Museum in Wetaskiwin. The Starfighter was one of many jets he flew during his long military career. The Lt. General was recently awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Ace Fighter Pilot Honoured Was Born Here
One of Canada’s top four fighter war aces who was recently honoured by the Province of Alberta was born in Provost on October 16, 1921, later moving to Camrose at a young age, then Westlock and Edmonton.

Lt. General Donald C. Laubman DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross, with an extra bar) told The Provost News in a telephone interview from his Red Deer home that he “had no idea” what it was all about when someone from the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta called him with news of being awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence. Ceremonies were held in Edmonton on June 14.

Laubman is a decorated Canadian Air Force veteran and one of the most celebrated Canadian pilots of the Second World War.

He has played a leadership role in building the reputation of the Canadian military, particularly in Europe, and has also been an effective leader in the creation of community programs enjoyed by his fellow Albertans.
The former RCAF fighter pilot who will be 86 in October was born to Carl and Irene Laubman who bought their farm from Irene’s father David Farquharson of the Eye Hill district south and west of Provost. The Laubmans farmed for a few years then moved to Provost where Carl worked as an insurance salesman before moving (see Early Furrows history book, page 128).

Donald Laubman said although he was maybe three or four years old when they moved, he still remembers living in town and going by himself downtown, learning how to open a low wire fence to walk to Lee Lung’s restaurant. When inside, he would simply say “ice ceem cone.” Lung, who came here in 1909, opening at first a laundry and that same year starting the City Cafe with brothers Sam and Sing, would give him ice cream and later present the father with a tab for a few cones when he came around.

In later years and in a RCAF uniform Don Laubman returned to Provost where he visited Farquharson uncles on the original farm south of town. He also went through Provost on occasion before he moved from Saskatoon to Red Deer.

Rest of story in June 27 edition of The Provost News.
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Talisman Donates $50,000 to Chauvin Fire Department
The Chauvin Fire Department will be finalizing the purchase of their new proposed water tanker, thanks to the generous donation of $50,000 that was received from Talisman Energy at Talisman’s community spring barbecue in Chauvin.

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Open House Held For Proposed Activity Centre
. . . Group Looks For Validation of $12 Million to $16 Million Building
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What’s Good About Growing Old?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Ed Scammell, Garry Adam, Mary Baier, Ron Israelson, and Robert Green.
Check out the June 27 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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