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January 23, 2008
Town Trees May be at Risk
Al Dorman, who works as pest control officer for the Town of Provost holds up a piece of firewood showing what might have brought a serious elm beetle into the province that was discovered recently in a Provost trap. The sign above him is one of two near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border warning of disease brought into the area by way of wood bark. If the elm beetles multiply stands of trees in town like this one would have to be cut down and burned. (Story in PN Jan. 16). ©Provost News Photos.
Fire Hall Addition, Other Major Improvements Planned
• Another 2500 Sq. Ft.
A new addition is being added to the Provost fire hall with a 50 by 50 foot space now framed at the south east side of the building.

The extra space is being created since a new fire truck for the town has been ordered and will be here this fall, says fire chief Barry Johnstone.

The fire hall was built in 1998 and the space currently being used is 7,500 square feet (50 by 150 feet) so when the addition is complete usable space inside will be 10,000 square feet.

Both the Town of Provost and M.D. 52 will share the estimated $100,000 construction cost. Volunteer labour has also been used and will still be used on some parts of the addition (see picture left).

• New Fire Truck
The new fire truck will cost just over $300,000 and will replace the 20 year old town truck. Johnstone says if the old unit is not replaced the insurance rates would likely triple.

The old truck will remain in the fire hall as a back-up.
The M.D. 52 purchased a new truck to serve the rural area in 2004.

• Truck Upgrade Will Replace Van
A 2005 F250 crew cab truck is also now in the building that the volunteer firemen will upgrade to replace the 1975 red van that shows 32,650 miles on the odometer (see PN Jan. 9). That van will be sold. The newer renovated truck will carry firemen to a scene. Recently the Kinsmen Club donated $6,000 to help with the upgrade.
• Rescue Truck Upgrade
Also being planned is a $107,000 upgrade to a 1981 rescue truck that will have a new chassis installed and made longer. That upgrade and the crew cab improvement will not be a burden to local taxpayers, says the fire chief. The rescue van upgrade will all be paid for by provincial and federal money.

Full story and photos in January 23 edition of The Provost News.
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M.D. 52 OKs Improved Equipment for Ambulance, Firefighters
The regular meeting of the Municipal District of Provost No. 52 for January was held Thursday, January 10 with all councillors present. Following is an unapproved summary of the meeting.

Council authorized the following:

Full story in January 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Pudge Remembers Oscar’s Cats
Full story in January 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Can You Offer an Ice Curling Tip for a Better Game?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Samantha Dempsey, Phillip Sevigny, Rebecca Trenerry, Ken Berg, and Hailee Schmidt.
Check out the January 23 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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