The Hanna skyline changed this week as a mainstay of the town for the past nine decades came tumbling down.
The old Hanna Primary School Building was demolished after all of its students were transferred to a revamped J.C. Charyk K-12 school.
"I saw it last when the north and the south brick walls of the old portion were still standing," recalled Hanna resident Sandra Beaudoin. "The inside of it was all gutted out: it was kind of amazing to see that a building that was supposedly condemned, that those walls were still standing as straight as they were."
"We've got quite a bit of a wind blowing in town today and I think the residents are going to feel that with the school being gone, because I think it was a little bit of a shelter on either side," she mused.
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Beaudoin crusaded against the demolition of the old school, arguing it was a heritage building and could have been used to house other things, including a wood shop to make new fixtures for the old Hanna Roundhouse, which she is also trying to save.
"I don't agree, obviously, with the decisions that were made to get rid of it," she said. "I think it's a huge loss for Hanna, but like I said, it wasn't my decision."
What will happen to the site now that the old school is gone remains to be decided.

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