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January 20, 2010

‘Guiding Has Grown So Much’
Members of the Guiding organization, current and former leaders and guests took in centennial celebrations at the Legion Hall in Provost as the national group marked 100 years of operation. At right former leader Lois Johnson of town received applause saying that “Girl greatness starts here” and “Let’s keep Guiding going in Provost.” Story, more pictures in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Hall Packed as National Guides Mark 100th Anniversary
The Girl Guides organization in town celebrated with others across Canada on Saturday, January 16 as the national group marked its 100th anniversary.

A “Centennial Tea” was held at the Legion Hall—filled with members and other well-wishers.

Lois Johnson, one of the honoured guests noted that Guiding in Provost began in 1946 and urged people to see information on display at the Provost Museum. “Guiding has grown so much” she said. 

One of the leaders, Kim Higdon of the Provost Sparks and Brownies addressed the crowd and then a large anniversary cake was cut and served along with other refreshments.

Higdon, in her address talked about some of the history of Guiding:

“Guiding began because of Boy Scouts. An army general named Robert Baden-Powell published articles on scouting in an English boys’ magazine.  Boys began practising scouting on their own and by 1909, Scouting had become so popular that a rally was held at the Crystal Palace in London. Eleven thousand boys attended the rally. As exciting as that was, there was more excitement caused due to the fact a few girls also attended.  They had been copying their brothers doing Scouting, usually in secret.  This was quite a shock, since girls were expected to be “ladylike” doing needlework and art.  Their place was in the home not outdoors dressed in costumes, tracking,  and learning first aid.  The girls begged Baden-Powell to allow them to join Scouts.  He agreed to help them, but said they would be called Girl Guides.

He asked his sister Agnes to help with the girls’ organization. She became the first president of Girl Guides.  Together they produced pamphlet A and B, which outlined program ideas and badges for the girls.

Visitors to Britain observed the value of Guiding for girls and took the idea back to their countries.  In 1912, Baden Powell married Olave St. Clair Soames, and when he was later knighted for his service to England, she became Lady Baden-Powell.  She was our first and only World Chief Guide.  Olave was a great help to Baden Powell in his work for Scouting and Guiding. They visited Canada several times.

Complete story in January 20 edition of The Provost News.
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$70,000 Needed for Water Tower Erection, Sandblasting and Painting;
. . . Is Re-set on Temporary Pilings at Museum
It will take an estimated $20,000 to sandblast and then paint Provost’s landmark water tower at the museum grounds this summer. And shortly after that another $44,000 will be used to re-erect the structure to just over half its original height.

Counting other costs the total bill on the project is expected to come in at close to $70,000 museum spokesman Warren Schug told The News as part of the water tower was being repositioned at the museum grounds on January 12.

Full story in January 20 edition of The Provost News.
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Town Hosts Brainstorming Session to Address Next Half Century
The Town of Provost hosted a planning session in the Alberta Room on Wednesday evening, January 13 to discuss the future of Provost over the next 50 years.

Full summary in January 20 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask: "Can You Offer a Curling Tip?"
. . . and we heard answers from Pete Coté, Ted Grocock, Bill Schultz and Ralph Lawrason. Check out the January 20 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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