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May 27, 2009

A major expansion at Viterra Inc.’s high throughput elevator east of Provost is taking place. The project will increase loading capability at the facility served by Canadian Pacific Railway to 112 railcars from 56—and raise its storage capacity by 12,000 tonnes, to a total of 29,300 tonnes. The additional storage construction will consist of three 4,000 tonne steel bins which can be seen being developed on the east side of the elevator. ©Provost News Photo.

M.D. to Hire Extra Policing for Summer Events
The regular meeting of the Municipal District of Provost No. 52 for the month of May was held Thursday, May 14 with all councillors present. Following is an unapproved summary.

Council authorized the following:

To contribute to the Village of Amisk Library on a one time basis, $2,668, which constitutes half of the 2009 budgeted deficit.

To contribute $2,400 towards Christmas lights to the Village of Amisk.

Ratify the proposed amendments to the haul road agreement.

Approve the 2009 preliminary budget at $16,696,180.44.

Approve the 2008 audited financial statement.

To approve a borrow pit policy.

Approve the purchase of Municipal District of Provost No. 52 orthography from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

Provide Alberta Permit Pro with a 90 day notice of termination of the existing service agreement to issue permits and provide safety codes inspections.

Administration to investigate other safety codes service providers with recommendations to council at the May 28 meeting.

Approve the allocation of $1,500 to the Town of Provost from the M.D.’s portion of the 2009 Economic Development Committee’s advertising and printing budget.

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‘Our Time at STA is Finished’—Valedictorian
13 Students Graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas School Over Weekend
Thirteen St. Thomas Aquinas students were honoured for 12 years of schooling Saturday, May 23 at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre where the theme for the evening’s exercises were “Each day is a gift, not a given right.”

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Provost News Awarded First in National Competition
National newspaper awards were presented in Montreal, Quebec on Thursday evening, May 21 during the annual convention of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.

First place went to The Provost News in the circulation category of up to 3,999 (approximately twice the circulation level of the local paper) for the best photo essay that was a two colour spread which ran in the October 1, 2008 edition.

Judge Jake Davies wrote that “The Provost News photographer Richard Holmes’ unique and interesting theme struck me immediately as I was going through the stack of entries. Generally speaking, entries in these divisions usually come from fairs, carnivals, events and special occasions. Not this one. Richard took a relatively common event dusk—and turned it into a beautiful and interesting photo essay. There was not one entry that didn’t revolve around a special event. Finding Light in the Dark gave me a sense that Provost comes alive when the sun goes down. While some of the photos were a little soft I chalked that up to the difficulty of the subject and could excuse those few instances because some of the other photos were so strong. I am not a fan of cutline format and think more effort could have been made to get more names for some of the people in the photos. Having said that, the essay was interesting, eye-catching and a subject only a photographer would have seen as a possibility for a photo essay.”

Second place went to The Hay River Hub’s Scott Clouthier of the Northwest Territories with a layout on the Arctic Winter Games. Third was presented to the Salmon Arm Observer in B.C. with its presentation about wrestling.

Last year The News won first place for a photo essay about a 90 year old farmer still active in harvest operations.

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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "With Nicer Weather, What Outdoor Activities Have You Been Doing More?"
. . . and we heard answers from Dallyn Wirachowsky, Nick Kemp, Paula Larsson, Drake Rennie and Michael Cha. Check out the May 27 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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