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March 9, 2011
Making it Reel
Actress Dendrie Taylor (back, left) of Los Angeles gets ready for part of her role in “Barlowe Mann” being filmed in Provost as producer and actor Corbin Bernsen (front) who wrote the movie script and is also known for his role in LA Law and other productions, plays Gus Henry in the film. Actor Larry Pressman (not seen) also came on this set at the back of The Provost News office on March 7. Meanwhile director of photography, Gustavo Petersen (far right) of Los Angeles gets ready for another take. Several actors were recently introduced in Provost at the Legion Hall including Nathan Gamble, 13 of Portland, Oregon who plays a main character called Oliver Henry in the film while Taylor plays Joan Taylor as the mom in the film. She recently played a mother in the film The Fighter (which was just shown at the theatre in Provost) and Jarhead as well as Star Trek: Generations and others. Bernsen (of L.A.) who is also known for his role in LA Law plays Gus Henry in the film. Pressman is playing Pastor Jim and is Joan’s father in the Hollywood film; he has appeared in productions including Doogie Howser, M.D., American Pie, American Wedding and Shaft. Vernee Watson (see more photos, PN March 9, 2011) also of Los Angeles plays chief of police Ruth Hauck in the film. She has also appeared in films such as Antwone Fisher, The Kid and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. There are 27 actors (nine from the Provost area) in Barlowe Mann and there will be an estimated 15 or more different shooting locations in town or nearby. ©Provost News Photo.
Firms Invited to Give Quotes For Old Arena Demolition
The Town of Provost has invited a couple of companies to give an estimate for the possible demolition of the old arena that has been empty for almost a year.

The town also wants to know what dollar value the large wooden beams holding up the roof might bring. There could also be other material inside the building that could be salvageable.

No decision has yet been made by council over the fate of the arena which was built in the 1960s on the east side of town beside a playground.

There have been no serious inquiries from anyone showing an interest in purchasing or renting the large building, says assistant administrator at the town office, Wendy Trenerry.

Residents had been asked for their input over directing the fate of the arena (see PN Oct. 13, 2010) when municipal voting took place on October 14 and 18, 2010. There was an option of choosing one of 21 suggestions that the Town of Provost had put forward on paper with instructions to mark only one preference. Seven surveys were spoiled. Some comments were also recorded among the completed surveys. The top five suggestions garnering the most interest by the 264 people who expressed an opinion included: “Tear down and rezone for single and or multi-family residential lots” (106 “votes”); “Leave as a second arena possible with natural ice and in use in place of or in addition to the existing outdoor arena” (48); “Operate as a rental facility for events or as a sound stage ” (43); “Sell for a private business” (34); “Develop into an indoor RV park.” (9). Comments included: “Make more living quarters like Crestwood area; seniors’ housing; preferably senior/ handicap condos, given access to downtown, etc.; make it into a seniors’ manor close to downtown; include green space/park; also develop part of it for green space park.”

The old arena was closed on March 24, 2010 while the new arena was opened on October 2, 2010.

Meanwhile work is continuing on the contracted demolition of the old swimming pool directly west of the arena. The pool was closed August 17, 2009.

Some material has already been taken out of the old swimming pool building but it’s apparent with cold weather that a target date of the end of this March for demolition completion will not be met. The pool cement is to be taken out and the hole filled in.

A new outdoor pool opened in town on June 14, 2010.

In other town news community peace officer Sean Haig has been “let go.” He was hired August 16, 2010 and he was done here the end of December. The Town of Provost intends to re-fill the position.

In other town affairs, the regular meeting of the Town of Provost for February was held on Tuesday, February 15 and council authorized the following:

To hear three delegations.

To accept the M.D. No. 52 Waste Management Authority amended 2011 budget and requisition.

To accept a Provost Municipal Library Board member resignation.
To approve 2011 wage increases.

To approve the bank reconciliation, super savings statements and the payables for the month of January.

That the minutes of the regular meeting of council from January 13 be approved.

To repair the sewer line at 5104 – 48 Street which wasn’t previously replaced on Town of Provost property only.

Complete story in March 9 edition of The Provost News.
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Atoms League Champions
The Atoms Tier II won their hockey league finals against Lloydminster. The final playoff round was two games, total points. Provost won the first game in Lloydminster on Saturday 6-3 and on Sunday won 6-4. On the team are: Les Watchel (coach), Shane Knox (assistant coach), Jack Rennie (assistant coach) and Brad Weinrauch (manager). Middle: Garett Olson, Brayden Smith, Cody Knox, Watchel, Brady Koch, Brett Schmidt, Chad Hauck, Will Bouma, Olaf Erasmus, Mason Weinrauch and Drake Rennie. Pictures in PN March 9 shows some of the action on Sunday in Provost.

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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "Are Canada’s Gun Laws Too Strict or Too Lenient?"
. . . and we heard answers from Beth Hannon, Stan Taylor, Sheldon Thibault and James Otto. Check out the March 9 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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