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April 9, 2008
Caretaker Debbie Harlow—takin’ care of business at the 17 year old hall. ©Provost News Photo.
Hall Booked Every Weekend From May to End of August
• All Oct. Weekends Also Taken
• 15 Weddings Planned So Far
Sign up now—if you can—to book your event at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre because dates are filling up fast.

One of the reasons why the main area, called Prairie Hall is filling up quickly is the number of wedding celebrations being planned there—15 so far this year, with likely more to come if they can be squeezed in.

The weddings often mean the hall is rented for three days at a stretch, says caretaker Debbie Harlow, who sat down recently with The Provost News to talk about the operation of the building that was built in 1990.

In addition to just about every weekend being spoken for there is an event of some sort in the hall “almost every other day” or three to four times a week—and the number of bookings are growing, triggered mainly by the number of young people who are involved with the weddings. Most of those originate from the Provost area but there are also bookings taking place lately from Unity, Consort, Macklin, one from the Edmonton area and “a lot of Chauvin weddings” adds the caretaker of 12 years.

Some of the events that are held at the building that includes both Prairie Hall and The Alberta Room (don’t call them hall A or B anymore since a contest was held in 2005 to re-name them) are: dances, meetings, wedding celebrations, birthday parties, exercises like walking, anniversaries, farm meetings, graduations, Christmas parties, church meetings, sports dinners or functions, fund raising events, farmers’ markets, and “lots of oil meetings.”

The Bowling Centre next door attached to the same building is looked after by Bob and Joy Werenka.

There have been some improvements in the building over the last few years including new ceramic tile in the entry, new furnaces, a new upright cooler in the kitchen and new projection equipment with drop down screen. In fact the building is being kept in such good condition that one of the original engineers who was involved with construction was in town last May said that he was impressed with how good the facility looks adding that he attributes that to the good maintenance and caretaking. The building was officially opened on March 2, 1991.

Harlow, who is helped by husband Mike says a typical clean-up day after a big event is a full eight hours of work and she is in the building “just about every day . . . it’s a big building to look after.” She only takes a day off if she makes herself.

Rest of story and photos in April 9 edition of The Provost News.
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Hughenden Bantam Hockey Win Provincial Championship
The Hughenden Panthers Bantam hockey team did what no other minor hockey team has been able to do in the history of Hughenden Minor Sports and that is to bring home the gold medal—first place. The Panthers, coached by Don Anholt, won the Provincial D championship in Castor on March 30.

After wins of 5-1 over Oyen and 13-3 over Warburg, the Panthers lost to Manville 2-0 in the final round robin game. Hughenden still placed first in their pool. On Sunday morning they played Castor in the semi-finals. The boys dominated the play, but came up against a really hot goaltender. After outshooting Castor 68-23, they skated away with a 5-2 victory. Tanner Sather and Justin Eldering each had two goals and Brandon Anholt scored the other one. This win set up the gold medal game against undefeated Legal who had advanced to the finals by beating Mannville 7-3.

Full story in April 9 edition of The Provost News.
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2nd Place Win For Taekwondo Competitor at National Finals
Full story and photo in April 9 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: We ask "Provost Will Turn 100 in Two Years How Might We Celebrate?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Dennis heck, Sandra Breunig, Leo Fleck, Louise Schug, and Arnold Rehman.
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