Hotel re-opens under new ownership

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader All the talk around town last week was about the former Northwest Inn/Travelodge. Was it re-opening? When? Just rooms or restaurant too? How about the lounge and banquet room? Answer: the whole works, but not all…
Thrilling finish

Slave Lake’s St. Francis of Assisi Falcons senior boys basketball team hosted the Atikameg School Warriors in basketball action on Jan. 17 at St. Francis. It was a close, back and forth game with the Falcons winning in a thrilling…
Ready to rock

Curlers in the after-school Junior Rocks program stand with brooms at the ready, waiting to be turned loose on the ice on Jan. 17.
The Second World War years – times of change

Part 3 in an occasional series on Slave Lake history and people. By Constance Brissenden The Second World War years brought huge changes to Slave Lake, Alberta. Six years of war (1939-1945) launched its transformation from an isolated town to…
on Team Alberta North

Kennedy Hartman, right, joins her brother Jacob on Team Alberta North and will compete in girls’ hockey at the Arctic Winter Games in Hay River and Fort Smith in March. Kennedy made the girls’ team at a tryout camp in…
OT loss

Raphael Bautista of the St. Francis Falcons is under pressure from St. Andrew’s Saints Colby Cox and Jacob Kosak in a junior high game last week in High Prairie. The Saints won 30 – 29 in overtime. Photo courtesy Chris…
Win for Pee Wee 3

Slave Lake’s Pee Wee 3 team nipped Athabasca by a 3 – 2 score on Saturday, in one of many minor hockey games played on the weekend.
The ‘Tim Teddies’

Tim Hortons was out and about in the community last week, giving away stuffed toys to community support organizations. The ‘Tim Teddies’ were given to the hospital, EMS and Victim Services to be handed out to children in need. Pictured…
Food bank in decent shape after Christmas season rush

But donations still more than welcome Gord Fortin Lakeside Leader The Slave Lake Food Bank is well stocked after the 2017 Christmas season. Lucille Cook, the interim executive director of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, says the food bank…
Bohemian rhapsody?

One of the treats of mid-winter is getting to watch the flocks of Bohemian waxwings as they ravage the moutnain ash berries.
Swan lake?

We already know from the results of the Christmas Bird Count that a few migratory birds decided to hang around Slave Lake well into the winter. On Jan. 3, one of them was still there, unwilling or perhaps unable to…
Ready for action

The Northern Lakes College gym has been out of commission for a while and here’s why: it’s been getting an entirely new floor. “The College is looking forward to hosting 2018 events,” says Jessica Van Hoek of NLC, such as…
Hockey back in full swing: Midgets win big at home

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader It seemed like ages since the Slave Lake Midget Thunder had played a game, but they showed little rust in a 9 – 1 victory over Whitecourt on Saturday night. The last time they played Slave…
Cold, but maybe not cold enough to stop the pine beetle

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Questions have arisen in recent days about how the cold snap over the holidays might have put the boots to the mountain pine beetle. The Leader asked pine beetle expert Jennifer MacCormick that very question. The…
Senior hockey

The Slave Lake Kodiaks win the draw cleanly against Sturgeon Lake Saturday evening in a Peace Country Female Hockey League game in Slave Lake. Sturgeon won the game 9 – 7.
All shacked up

While lots of people complained about the extreme cold of the last few days of December, others were quite happy about the thicker lake ice it created. A quick tour of the south shore last week showed lots of fishing…