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January 27, 2010
Minor Hockey Week in Provost
The puck is dropped at the start of the third period as the Provost midget team played host to Vermilion on Friday, January 22 at the Provost arena. Despite giving up a late goal to go down 4-3, the local squad tied the game and then scored the winner with just over two minutes left to win the game 5-4. The game was part of Provost Minor Hockey week. See this week's paper for more photos. ©Provost News Photo.

Heavy Frost, Rain, Wind Knocks Out Rural Power
Extra work crews were brought into the rural area from FortisAlberta to repair lines from the Amisk area to the Saskatchewan border and from south of Chauvin to Bodo and the Neutral Hills as humidity caused heavy frost— while freezing rain and wind contributed to knocking out electricity to hundreds of users from early Friday, January 22 until Sunday, January 24.

No electrical problems were reported in Provost.

There are three men on staff at FortisAlberta in Provost so more linemen were brought in from Wetaskiwin, Sedgewick, Wainwright and Camrose. Although crew did take breaks, the electrical company had staff working around the clock to restore power. At one point there were 14 people outside working on the problem.

The first reports of power failure came on Friday at 3:30 a.m. and the bulk of the problems were fixed by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, however a couple of calls for repairs were made on Sunday evening, said FortisAlberta spokesman Brent Bowie of Camrose in a telephone interview.
The wind and other weather conditions created vibration on the lines, which sometimes turn into or are called “galloping” when the lines move up and down like a wave and when it reaches a dead end pressure like a whip is created which can break the line. Lines slapping together can also cause problems.

The largest number of users who had their power stopped first on Friday morning south of Chauvin was 480. As power was restored to those users other areas comprised of small groups of customers between 10 and 15 at a time experienced power interruption throughout the wide area. A customer near Provost had power in the house off from at least 3:30 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. on Sunday.

Staff worked on repairing lines and replaced fuses amid cold weather conditions.

The main customer base affected were oil and gas installations that could not pump their product on the 3-phase, 25,000 volt lines. Other users (like farming operations) of single phase equipment are supplied power through lines that carry 25,000 volts.

Bowie said that they tried to work as quickly as possible but safely under the icy weather and high humidity conditions.

Complete story in January 27 edition of The Provost News.
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Provost Turns 100
Provost is now a century old, with its anniversary taking place on Sunday, January 24, 2010. Formal celebrations will be held here in June.
Photos in January 27 edition of The Provost News.
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Mayor, Reeve Queston M.P. on Federal Cash for New Rec. Building
• Deficit One of Largest in History
The Mayor of Provost, Ken Knox and the Reeve of the M.D. 52, Allan Murray both questioned MP Leon Benoit about the status of a grant applied for eight months ago to help build an arena and swimming pool now partially completed in town.

Full summary in January 27 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Do You Like Best About Belonging to Guides?"
. . . and we heard answers from Lauryn Heintz, Brooke Bodnaryk, Lauren Nyberg and Rachel Angeltvedt. Check out the January 27 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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