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January 19, 2011
This heavy duty auger operated by Town of Provost worker Keith Heintz, lifts and throws snow into a white tandem truck operated by fellow worker Shane Beier. The truck is filled within a couple of minutes and then another truck, a blue three ton driven by Kevin Bertram appeared while the other unit was emptied at the fairgrounds and returned to 48 Street for more. Story in this paper. ©Provost News Photo.
5 a.m. Start for Town Snow Removal Work
When a heavy snowfall hits Provost it’s a 5 a.m. start for some of the town’s snow removal crew.

That way vehicles are usually still off of Main Street but the downtown hotel opens at 6 a.m. so the road has to be cleaned before vehicles start to park nearby. If the roads are generally cleared off by 5 p.m. the crew will head home but if roads are still plugged they will continue working. The crew wear reflective striped clothing so they can be seen easier working in the dark.

Town works superintendent Brian Rehman told The News in an interview that when all the streets are cleared, up to two weeks would be spent doing them. “Every street will be cleaned” and if they can throw snow to the side of the road to speed up operations they will. Usually the clearing operations means using a grader, two large trucks (one can hold the equivalent of five cubic yards of sand while the other, a tandem vehicle has a capacity of 10 cubic yards) and a large snow auger to lift and throw the snow into the dump trucks. The town office wasn’t sure how many miles of roads there are to clear.

The large snow auger is the third one that the town has purchased since two other ones were worn out in recent years. Augering sand and other stray garbage puts more wear on the unit than just clean snow, says the superintendent.

With the auger it’s “Only a couple of minutes and the truck will be full.” Two trucks try to keep up with the augering unit which can blow more product in the truck than could the old system using a loader bucket because the snow is very fine and is packed in more efficiently than larger chunks of snow.

The dump trucks keep busy, hauling hundreds of loads of snow to a south east corner of the fairgrounds where it is dumped.

Complete story in January 19 edition of The Provost News.
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Awards Night Held for Amisk, Hughenden, Czar Firefighters
• Recognized for 20 Years or More Service
• Weather Prevents Lt.-Gov. From Attending
Seven firefighters were honoured for their volunteer 20 years or more service at a function held in the Czar Community Hall on Friday evening, January 14.

The M.D. of Provost West End Fire Services ball and awards night was a formal affair emceed by Gina Vetter.

A head table was introduced before supper.

The firefighters were to receive their awards from Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor Col. (retired) Hon. Donald S. Ethell but he sent a message that he would not be able to attend as planned because of poor weather and driving conditions.

He wrote in a letter that “ . . . I’d like to offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to the individuals being honoured this evening for their commitment to service. I have a great deal of respect for any first responder, but when the services are being offered on a volunteer basis I think the commitment involved is that much more meaningful. The people being honoured with 20, 30 and 40-year Exemplary Service Awards clearly understand a basic principle that lies at the heart of any successful community. The principle is quite simply this . . . we get what we give. The high quality of life we enjoy as Albertans could not exist without the energy, dedication and sense of duty put forth by individuals who realize that we all have an essential contribution to make in the well-being of our communities. This applies whether you live in the biggest city or the smallest village. A community is only as strong, welcoming and vibrant as its residents choose to make it. Often, the most important work is being done by volunteers who serve purely out of love for their community combined with a sense of honour and duty to the greater good. As Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Alberta, I offer sincere thanks to the people who are being honoured for their commitment to community service. I would also like to recognize and thank everyone in attendance who volunteers their time and talents in order to make this corner of the Alberta map a truly wonderful place to be.”

Complete story in January 19 edition of The Provost News.
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Fireman’s Ball Planned as Fundraiser Here
Complete story in January 19 edition of The Provost News.
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This week we ask: "Why is Art Important in Your Life?"
. . . and we heard answers from Sheila Klein, Catherine Vigna, Gerry Motta and Violet Larson. Check out the January 19 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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