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March 23, 2011
Crunch Time
A portion of the roof of the old swimming pool is pulled off and onto the ground in Provost on Wednesday, March 16 as the demolition of the building was taking place. A new pool was in use last summer. More photos in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.
Fewer Babies Born Here
The number of babies born during 2010 in the Provost hospital has fallen again compared to 2009, 2008 and 2007.

From January to December 2010, there were 119 births at the Provost Health Centre —59 of them male and 60 female.

There were 138 newborns at the hospital in 2009 while in 2008 there were 144, up about 10 per cent from 131 in 2007.

Meanwhile across Alberta there were 50,602 people born in 2010. Of those 26,094 were boys and 24,508 were girls

In 2009, the Vital Statistics branch of Service Alberta recorded the births of 26,390 boys and 25,053 girls.

Across the province in 2010 the name of Liam took the number one spot. Emma also staged a comeback to the spot she held in 2003, 2004 and 2005, displacing Olivia as the most popular girl’s name.

For boys, Liam was the choice of 306 families. Emma was the top pick for girls, with 261 families giving the name to their newborn daughters.

After three years in a row of record-number births, Alberta saw a slight decrease in 2010 with 50,602 babies—a 1.8-per-cent drop from 2009’s record-breaking total of 51,498. The 2010 total is still higher than the prior records of 50,453 in 2008 and 48,589 in 2007, and 36 per cent higher compared to the beginning of the decade in 2000 when 37,155 babies were born.

Parents drew inspiration from mythology, history and the Bible in 2010 with names such as Noah, Jacob, Joshua, Apollo, Zeus, Maximus, and Leonardo for boys; and Sarah, Eden, Eve, Jezebelle, Pandora, Athena, and Aphrodite for girls.

The names of celebrities, politicians and other famous people continued to be an influence with registrations including 64 boys named Lincoln; 37 named Nixon; 10 named Lennon; four named Hendrix; three each named Clinton, Elvis and Jagger; and one each for Thatcher, Santana and McCartney. For girls, Danica was registered 44 times; Angelina 26; and Charlize 11. There were five girls named Brittany and one named Palin. There were also 44 girls and four boys who shared the name Harper.

Complete story in March 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Land Use Zoning to be Changed by Town
A special meeting of town council was held on Friday, March 18 when a motion was made to change some of the land use rules in the new area on the north east side of Provost.

The Town of Provost vote at the introduction and reading was unanimous proposing the re-zoning.

The move was triggered by an earlier discussion when a delegation met with town council on Tuesday afternoon, March 15.

Complete story in March 23 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "Asked at Sunday’s Ice Carnival: What’s Your Favourite Figure Skating Move?"
. . . and we heard answers from Emma Hawken, Madi Salyn, Daniel Chmait and Summer Bosch. Check out the March 23 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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