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September 16, 2009

Passers-by Pull Man From Burning Vehicle
Some motorists who came upon a single vehicle crash west of Provost pulled the driver to safety as this truck (left) began to burn. RCMP in Provost said that on Saturday September 12 at 6:59 p.m. they along with firemen and ambulance crew were called approximately 14 kms west of Provost on Highway 13 and Range Road 40. The east-bound truck entered the south ditch and hit an approach which caused the half ton to start on fire. Cst. Darcy Soloninko says that “Fast thinking motorists pulled the driver from the burning vehicle.” The male driver and only occupant of the truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. RCMP are continuing their investigation into the cause of the collision. The man was later taken to an Edmonton hospital for treatment. Soloninko, who took the picture added that the crash was at a curve on the highway and said of the four or five who pulled the man out that it “was really good on their part.”

Skateboard Park Abused Again, Locked up Indefinitely
Effective September 10, the skateboard park in Provost was off limits to everyone because of excessive vandalism.

A new sign promoting the use of helmets was damaged beyond repair merely days after having been installed at the facility, and that was the last straw with police and town administration.

The skateboard park will be closed until someone either turns themself in, or someone goes on record that witnessed the vandalism, says peace officer Jamie Erickson.

“We’re having to punish the good, responsible children but I’m hoping this action will lead to positive peer pressure to resolve the vandalism issues.”

Students in both PPS and STA schools have been advised of what is happening.

“If someone turns themself in, we can deal with it under a bylaw charge rather than the criminal code,” says Erickson, and went on to suggest that punishment may include restitution and/or community service.

The vandalized sign was an initiative of Provost Public School teacher Jamie Bishop’s Grade 6 class (from last year) that saw the students write letters to various people and arrange donations to fix what they saw was a problem — skateboard park users not wearing helmets (See PN Sept. 9).

To ensure the students’ point is driven home, Erickson is proposing a bylaw amendment to town council on Tuesday, September 15 that if approved would require everyone under 18 years of age to wear a helmet if they are on a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter and so on. As well, a parent who knowingly allows his or her child to go without a helmet could be charged as a last resort adds Erickson.

The decision to lock the facility was made after Erickson talked with town administrator Judy Larson and recreation director Kevin Ganser.

Complete interview and photo in September 16 edition of The Provost News.
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A Conversation With Harold Baldridge
by Writers at The Provost News
On occasion writers at The News may contact people from different places to converse about a variety of topics which may or may not be connected to this area.

Harold G. Baldridge
Executive Director, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, 340 E. 54 Street, New York. NY 10022.
Age: 73
Lives at: Long Island City, New York.
Where were you born and where did you grow up? 
Provost, Alberta Canada.

You graduated from Provost High School in 1954 and then went to university where?
The University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Taking what? 
When I entered the U of A, I majored in Music. However, the following year was the first year of the U of A Drama (degree) program and I transferred from Music to Drama. Then, in 1958, I went to NYC (New York City) and entered the first year of a two-year program at The Neighborhood Playhouse. I “was asked back” for the second year, graduated and remained on staff at the Playhouse for several years as an acting instructor and production supervisor. At the same time, I worked under Paul Morrison on Broadway as a lighting designer.

Where else have you worked over the years and in what capacity?
In Canada:  
Primarily - Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary in the 70s; taught acting at the Banff Centre during that same time; guest director at the Citadel.
In the United States:
Artistic Director of the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY for 11 years; Executive Director of The Neighborhood Playhouse since 1981. Also designer off Broadway for such seminal plays as Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot, starring James Earl Jones and The Toilet and the Slave, by LeRoi Jones, now known as Amiri Baraka.

Tell us a bit about your years as artistic director at Theatre Calgary. 
I’m very proud to have been an active part of the development of professional theatre, including planning the new theatre building that now services the community of Calgary. As a native Albertan, it was especially gratifying.
You brought a production to Provost once? 

Rest of story in September 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Town Flags at Half Mast
Full story in September 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Should Provost Have a Large Fountain Put Up For the Summer Months?"
. . . and we heard answers from Jody McMann, Joanne Greenwood, Joan McLean and Bert Roach. Check out the September 16 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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