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July 16, 2008

A heavy plastic pipe is lowered to workmen as a new $2.8 million construction development continues to take shape on the east side of Provost. The expansion to the town of just over 27 acres of industrial and commercial property will mean more lots soon available for sale. Water (blue pipe) and sewer lines are now being installed and roads and ditches will soon be built by the heavy equipment operators on the site that last year produced a crop. ©Provost News Photo.

Man Sets Up Authentic Railway Display in Museum
Hugh Varty of Medicine Hat has had compliments from a recent showing of his railway display that he has organized at the Provost and District Museum.

Varty says that Betty Varty of Provost had been after him for years to get something organized for display at Provost. “I have a bigger railway museum in Maple Creek, Sask., and Betty (his wife) has always been after me” to display some of the items. Varty says that he got looking around his home and found enough material to bring up after he was invited to do so.

The former telegrapher has a variety of items now on display including a station telegraph that used to send and receive messages over the wires.

He also brought with him a lot of personal items as well as some dinosaur bones and ancient crustaceous and petrified wood. He found most of those items over a half century ago along the Red Deer River and South Saskatchewan River. “I know a dinosaur bone from a rock.”He adds that at the Maple Creek museum he has a complete railway office set up including a waiting room designed from an old railway station.

Inside that museum was part of an old brick school that was made into a wicket and a waiting room bench as well as a platform, express wagon, a bay window and an assortment of old railway and section gang’s tools.

Complete story and photos in July 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Wild Rose Agriculture Reps. Meet in Hughenden
by Terry Lee Degenhardt
The Wild Rose Agriculture Producers (WRAP) board of directors and regional directors met for their annual summer council meeting in Hughenden on June 23 and 24. Farmers from the Peace River area to southern Alberta were represented by this council. One of the topics under discussion was the Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit.

The Auditor General’s report noted the discrepancies between number of claims for marked fuel and number of farms. Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, George Groeneveld raised this concern with Wild Rose president Humphrey Banack at a recent meeting. The summer council members made suggestions about how to bring greater accountability to the farm fuel benefit so it is not lost because of abuses.

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147 Swimmers Compete at Provost Swim Meet
The Provost Piranhas Swim Club hosted their annual swim meet on July 6 at the Provost Swimming Pool. There were 147 swimmers in attendance. Despite the cold, rainy weather the kids did very well and had lots of fun.

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This week we ask: We ask "Are You Interested in Operating a Business?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Colton Stern, Kelsey Laye, Chris Jickling, Alexandra Tarcu, and Chris Olfert.
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