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June 25, 2008
The Case of the Cow
—in the Second Story Window

This cow—shown taking in the view from the window—eventually got out and onto the roof before it was led back downstairs and something to eat.

A cow, spotted on the second floor peering out of a window in an old abandoned house is safely back down to earth.

The animal was spotted recently by Thomas Withnell who drove by the house near Ribstone (see photo) and saw the animal looking out the window.

He got help and along with Johnny McMann and Arnold Seim, the trio tried unsuccessfully to get the animal down the stairs—but instead it went out the window and onto the roof.

They then got the cow to go back in the house through the window and
then boarded up the window so it wouldn’t go out again.

They could not get her to go down the stairs until they roped her and then pulled her out.

The trio believe the animal was in there for approximately three days as she was dehydrated.

Two Long Serving Downtown Businesses Honoured
Larson's  Sold Horse and Buggy Equipment in Early Days
Two downtown Provost businesses were honoured by the public and representatives of government and business at a barbecue lunch, along with entertainment and presentations that started from 11 a.m. and ran until 2 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

Larson’s Hardware is marking its centennial in operation in town—under the same family name.

Provost Insurance Agencies was also part of the celebration as they celebrated 50 years in business.

Eighty year old Ted Larson told The Provost News in an interview in front of the family store that he remembers his grandfather well, Fred Larson (born in Denmark) who with another man, H. Gravert established the hardware store in 1908 at the same location it is today. The two men left the end of the steel railway at Hardisty and travelled by horse and ox trail to open the store in Provost.

Gravert moved away after a couple of years Ted says. He also recalls working as a boy of maybe 12 years old in the back and initially was sweeping—and oiling the floor.

The biggest change in the hardware store over 100 years was like “from horse and buggy (he sold some of the equipment) to the modern car” Larson says. When surveying the crowd that turned up on Friday that day, “I could not believe it . . . I’d like to know how many people went through.”

After many had lunch but with a line-up still snaking down the street Randy Gregory  of Provost Insurance Agencies welcomed everyone to the celebration. Gregory introduced his family and staffs, both past and present as well as staff from their Hughenden insurance office that is marking 25 years in operation.

M.P. Leon Benoit said it is “quite remarkable” for both the Larson and
Gregory families to be marking such anniversaries and called them both a “success story.” He also brought greetings from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Mayor Ken Knox gave a short history of Larson’s Hardware and who ran it over the years (Fred, Elmer, Ted and Rod). Knox gave congratulations to the Larson family from the Town of Provost for helping make the community what it is today. Knox also made some historical comments on the Gregory family pointing out that Buck Gregory at one time worked for Larson’s Hardware. He congratulated Gregory along with his wife Teresa and sons Randy, Dale (who is also a town councillor) and their families, calling them true corporate citizens in the community. Knox said both businesses have given a lot of support to the town.

Reeve of the M.D. 52, Allan Murray said “This is quite an
accomplishment”. He recalled as a youngster visiting Larson’s Hardware looking at toys, then later looking at hockey equipment— finally eyeing socket sets in later years. He also paid tribute to Buck Gregory for his work over the years: “Gregory’s have always supported everything.”

Complete story and photos in June 25 edition of The Provost News.
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Calgary Flames Pick Lance Bouma
Provost’s Lance Bouma has been drafted by the NHL’s  Calgary Flames over the weekend.

The left winger who has been playing for the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants was picked 78th overall in the draft. The Flames’ website reads that “Bouma is a big winger who had 12 goals and 35 points in 71 games with the Giants in the WHL. He also had 93 penalty minutes.

“We think he can score more," said Button. “He is a versatile player. We stepped up on him because he brings a lot of intangibles to our team. At  six feet and 194 pounds, he can create some space on the ice.

“He can create room,” said Button, noting Bouma has a mean streak. “I don't think he crosses the line. He is hard. He is gritty. He won't back down.”

“This is something I have worked for all my life. It feels good to know where I am going,” said Bouma . . .”

Rest of story in June 25 edition of The Provost News.
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Expanded Deer Hunt Expected to Yield More CWD Data
Full story in June 25 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: We ask "Can There be Greater Harmony Among Religions?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Kathy Watson, Bill  Levitt, Dorothy McMann, Caroline Clifford and Anita Bates.
Check out the June 25 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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