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January 21, 2009
Piping Down

Amanda Phalen of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (left) along with worker Meagan Trout of Bashaw, Alta. at right move along Enbridge Pipeline’s Clipper line as heavy equipment creeps forward, carrying heavy pipe that will move Alberta crude oil to market in the United States. The two women inspect the pipe carefully with a monitor which is called “jeeping” to see if there are any flaws on the outside of the material or skin of the pipe. If there is a cut or nick then the pipe will be subject to applying a giant rubber patch melted onto it. Other equipment follows including nine backhoes which were covering the pipe with dirt. Similarly people were watching as dirt was swept overtop of the pipe in case a rock fell into the trench onto the pipe. If that happens the process is stopped to see if the protective coating may have been damaged by a nick. This picture was taken one kilometer south and four kilometers east of St. Norbert’s historical church—19 kms. south east of Provost. This line will connect to a portion of the Clipper that has already been installed in nearby Saskatchewan. One of the supervisors on this site, Mike Samson says the heavy equipment moves two to four kilometers per day. More photos inside. ©Provost News Photo.

Visitors Not Allowed as Lodge Residents Fight Off Sickness
Visiting at Hillcrest Lodge by members of the public has been stopped recently as some of the residents there have been fighting sickness.

Assistant acting manager of Hillcrest Lodge, Annette Gregory says that the quarantine took effect on Tuesday, January 13 at noon and added that this tactic “really works for us.”

A “lock down” for a few days seems to control illnesses and keep them from spreading said Gregory who noted this has been done before.

“This is basically a really bad cold” that some residents have in the chest while others are sick but it is not centered in the chest.

There have been between 15 to 17 residents battling a cold though not all at one time. There have been up to 13 residents sick at one time however.

Those sick stay in their rooms and food trays are brought into them and they are checked regularly by staff. While confined to their rooms some do puzzles, read or often mainly sleep. Some of the people living there that come out of their rooms are feeling better, but weak, so there is some concern over re-infection and that’s part of the reason why visitors have not been allowed.

Residents of the building have been allowed in and out. If staff are sick they are not allowed in the building to work.

A doctor has been over to check on residents and home care nurses have also been called in.

When Norwalk virus was in the community several years ago masks were worn by staff. No masks are being worn this time.

The quarantine was lifted on Friday afternoon, January 16 just after 3 p.m.

Full story in January 21 edition of The Provost News.
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U of A Field School on Hold at Bodo Site
. . . but some activities to continue
The University of Alberta says that it will not conduct a field school at the Bodo archaeological site this spring.

The U of A reports that it has to catch up on reporting of artifacts already found there and that funding for the program is also part of the reason why it won’t run this year’s school for university students.

Full story in January 21 edition of The Provost News.
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New Committee Struck for Activity Centre
Photos in January 21 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Do You Like Best: Milk, Juice, Water or Pop?"
. . . and we heard answers from Fritz Fleck, Willie Walz, Debbie Ringland, Harry Nickel, and Calvin Ferrier. Check out the January 21 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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