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Close call

For everyone wondering what happened near the Cornerstone Shopping Plaza last week on May 11 – a child fell off of a cliff overtop of the Sawridge Creek. Various emergency agencies were on scene as so was The Leader. Const.…
New 2 U also new 2 her

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The New 2 U thrift store re-opened for business in Slave Lake last week, with a new owner and a totally new look. Stacy George is now the proprietor, having taken over from Joyce Kern on…

May 10, 2017 meeting Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Town requests M.D. participation in waterline upgrade Council heard the Town of Slave Lake plan for upgrading waterlines in the north end of town and into M.D. areas of Old Town Slave…

Richard Froese For the Lakeside Leader A new municipal development plan and updated land-use bylaw for Big Lakes County is a reality after nearly two years of community consultation. At its Apr. 26 meeting, county council adopted the bylaws for…

Leader staff Well known teacher and community activist Florence Gladue has been honoured with the 2017 Esquao Award in Lifetime Achievement. The award was presented April 28 at a ceremony in Edmonton. Here’s (part of) what the announcement by the…

Three ODs in three days have police alarmed Leader staff Police suspect a series of dangerous overdoses in a three -day period last week are the result of opioid drugs. One of them was fatal. RCMP issued a warning about…

Fallout continues from Poplar Lane debacle Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Reps from the engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler spoke with M.D. council last week about the project everybody would rather forget – the Poplar Lane rebuild. Glen Newman did most…
Hazard climbs

Yes, it really is that time of year again, when two or three days of warm, dry weather can push the fire hazard into the ‘high’ range. When every spark from every ATV muffler, every cigarette tossed carelessly out of…

Leader staff Slave Lake’s Bantam Heat baseball team started its season with a three-game set in Edmonton and won all three. This is largely the same team that hosted the provincial tournament last year after a stellar season. It seems…
Spring training

Word from the baseball people is Slave Lake will have a junior ball program this year, along with the usual Midget, Bantam and younger age groups. Chances are the Southshore Men’s League will be back in business again, although we’ve…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Slave Lake teams took three out of the four top spots in the regional floor curling tournament held in Slave Lake on April 29. The Stan Conrad rink (with Alma Conrad, Trudy Stephens and Delores Scarfe)…
Opening day

Gilwood Golf Club offcially opened for business on May 5, and Steven Leishman (not to be confused with pro golfer Marc Leishman) was one of the first on the course.

Katrina Owens Lakeside Leader What affects all Canadians either directly or indirectly at some point in their life? According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illnesses do. “Twenty per cent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness…
Lots of bird movement, but not many captures

Nicole Krikun For the Lakeside Leader I think I can say it now – spring is actually here (knock on wood). With typical spring weather returning this week bird activity has surged. We have new species arriving at the lab…