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February 24, 2010
Members of the Provost Associated Gospel Church in town are working to get the bulk of the work completed on a new building that uses up 8,120 square feet.

The old church, originally a Baptist Church has been sold and will be converted into a business.

The new church will operate south of Husky Energy on the east side of town and is to have a capacity of 299 people.

The old church, with 2,100 square feet holds approximately 100 people.

Building on the new church began in October 2007 using mainly volunteer labour.

A spokesman for the church, Sylvia Huttges told The News that there is “a lot of activity right now” over at the new building. Work is underway in the kitchen and other rooms while plumbing and floorcovering work and trim work is also taking place. Painting has taken place while some items have already been moved out of the old church.

In the autumn of 1908 Baptist services were started in Provost by Rev. J. E. Pengelly but because of ill health services were postponed the following winter and resumed in early spring 1909. The First Baptist Church of Provost was officially formed March 30, 1909. The Baptists rented the local Methodist church for $4 per month until Oct. 1, 1910 and after the winter of 1910 the First Baptist Church ceased to exist and members were without a church home. An organizational meeting of the Provost Baptist Church was held Oct. 10, 1926 and the Royal Theatre was rented for $8 per month with services held there.

A new committee was formed June 5, 1929 to go into building a church. It was officially opened by Rev. Gunn.

In 1943 R. E. Oswald started the Interdenominational Gospel Mission work, using the Baptist Church building. In 1948 Rev. Harold Elliott was the pastor and the name was changed to Undenominational Gospel Mission. In September 1953 the Gospel Mission’s offer of $3,500 for the land and the building to the Baptist Union was accepted. In 1955 renovations took place. The Gospel Mission was incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act on May 2, 1957 and in 1960 the church became a member of the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada and the official registered title of the Provost Associated Gospel Church took place in 1961.

Another story in this paper describes the planned use of the original building on 51 Avenue, now owned by Cathy Bishop.

Complete story in February 24 edition of The Provost News.
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Dip in Number of Babies Born Here
• A Birth Here Every 2.64 Days on Average
The Provost hospital had slightly fewer newborns appear in 2009 than in 2008—but more than in 2007.

There were 138 births at the Provost Health Centre in 2009—on average one newborn every 2.64 days.

The number of babies born in the Provost hospital in 2008 was 144, up about 10 per cent from 131 in 2007.

There were no figures breaking down the numbers of male or female births.

Multiple births are not usually handled by the local hospital.

Meanwhile across Alberta delivery rooms were kept busy in 2009 as the province marked its third record-breaking year in a row for births.

Preliminary statistics show that 51,443 babies were born last year, topping the prior records of 50,543 in 2008 and 48,589 in 2007. The 2009 total is 1.8 per cent higher than in 2008, and 38 per cent higher compared to the beginning of the decade in 2000, when 37,155 babies were born.

In 2009, the Vital Statistics branch of Service Alberta recorded the births of 26,390 boys with 5,654 names and 25,053 girls with 6,977 different names.

Ethan was the most popular boys name for the ninth year straight, selected by 355 families. Olivia was the top choice for girls in 2009, at 245, while both Olivia and Ava were tied as the top names in 2008.

Parents appear to have been inspired by astrology, history, mythology and literature in choosing names such as Aragorn, Archimedes, Cyrano, Draco, Michelangelo, Neptune and Voltaire for boys; and Calliope, Cinderella, Gemini, Hermione, Pandora, Perseus, Phantasia and Virgo for girls.

Names associated with celebrities were also registered, including four boys named Presley, two named Viggo, two named Orlando, and one each of Costello, Ericlindross, Ledger, Obama and Sutherland. For girls, Grace-Kelly, Lennon and Sigourney were registered once each.

Geographic names were also represented in parents’ choices with Aztlan, Bronx, Cairo, Egypt, Nashville, Oakland, Reno, Rome and Venice for boys; and Alabama, Britain, Jerusalem, Maligne, Montana, Manhattan, Persia, Tennessee and Tijuana for girls.  

Families also chose such one-of-a-kind monikers as Argyll, Bison, Boss, Chaos, Cherubim, Dice, Helix, Kal-El, Lightning, Morpheous, Mystery, Thunder and Whip for boys; and Albertarose, Amazyn, Comfort, Epic, Fury, Fyre, Halleluya, Infiniti, Mischiefs, Mystique, Peanut, Twinkle, Victory and Whysper for girls.

Alberta parents showed their creativity with different spellings for names such as Phoenix, with variations including Feenix, Pheenix, Phoeniks and Phoenyx; and Lincoln, with Lincon, Linkon, Linkyn and Lynkyn.

Complete story in February 24 edition of The Provost News.
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Blades Drop Two Games
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Olympic Events Do You Have Your Eye On?"
. . . and we heard answers from Sara Paulgaard, David Stang, Caitlin Atkins and Albert Jickling. Check out the February 24 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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