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April 23, 2008
The next best thing to April showers —is plain old fashioned snow that adds moisture to land as some farmers prepare seeding equipment for this year’s spring operations. The heavy, wet snow fell here late Friday and continued Saturday and Sunday. ©Provost News Photo.
‘White Gold’ For Provost Area Farmers —Climatologist
The snow that fell here Friday, Saturday and Sunday while some farmers were gearing up for seeding “is moisture in the bank” although cold weather returned says a climatologist for Environment Canada.

David Phillips told The Provost News in a telephone interview that the recent snowfall he calls “white gold” will likely be appreciated later this summer.
But he also acknowledged “This is brutal” and points out it’s been 12 degrees colder than it should be here calling it from summer-like to winter conditions in a short time. That’s why April’s called the cruelest month he adds.

Phillips is predicting cooler temperatures for the rest of this month and says May might also be colder by two to three degrees than normal.

Because it has been dryer this winter in the Provost area he says the snow that arrived on Friday may save the farmers’ bacon in the end since June, July and August will be warmer than normal and below normal precipitation. The good news he says is that May, June and July in Eastern Alberta will be near normal precipitation levels.

He says that at this stage they are not calling for a drought or extreme dry weather later this summer, though updates on predictions will come before the end of next month. Phillips adds that he “would not be necessarily losing sleep over the situation right now.”

The climatologist says precipitation right now is not as bad as in some other areas in Alberta like the Brooks, Hanna and Coronation areas. Phillips adds that even though it was warm and dryer than normal last year in this area the agricultural season was decent.

The moisture in the snow that fell over the weekend here “will be a god-send.”

Full story and photos in April 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Kinsmen Club Thanked for Half Century of Service
• Life Membership Awarded
The Kinsmen Club of Provost was thanked by dignitaries on Saturday night for its 50 years of helping to build the community since the club was formed in January 1958.

The anniversary celebration was held at Prairie Hall on April 20.

After O Canada, the Kinsmen Song and grace a toast to the service club was made by Deputy Governor Wendy Neufeld of the Wetaskiwin Kinette Club who praised the Kinsmen Club for being able to “accomplish great things.”

Full story and photos in April 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Ribstone Church Marks Centennial
Full story and photos in April 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: We ask "The Kinsmen Club Has Been Helping the Community for 50 Years. How Can the Community Help the Kinsmen?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Roger Dalrymple, Ted Larson, Sig Angeltvedt, Fritz Fleck, and Bill Ruttan.
Check out the April 23 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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