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So….. how are those New Year’s resolutions going so far? More exercise, less rich food, quit smoking, etc.
Sorry, if you’re expecting advice, you’ve come to the wrong place. In our view, nothing is more boring than tips for healthy living. There’s enough of that sort of stuff around as it is – some of it probably appearing elsewhere in this newspaper. We’re not saying it isn’t worthwhile – obviously a lot of people live unhealthily and continue to do harmful things to themselves. But Page 9 is supposed be entertaining. If we can find a non-boring way to convey tips on healthy living, maybe we’ll use it. Otherwise, you’re on your own.
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In related news, judging by how often the words ‘your,’ and ‘you’re’ are misused, it seems likely not many of us were paying attention in English class. There’s not even a very good excuse for the annoying use of ‘your’ when it should be ‘you’re.’ There are tougher ones to figure out. But we’ll admit there are also bigger problems in today’s world.
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One thing we were happy to hear about over the recent cold snap was an outpouring of support for the overnight homeless shelter program in Slave Lake. According to Barb Courtorielle of the Friendship Centre, who runs the Mat Program, donations and volunteers allowed her to keep the place open 24/7 during the worst of the cold. Who knows, it might have saved a life or two. Good for Barb and good for all the people who helped.
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The news is going around town that a group of investors and business types are contemplating a re-opening of the Travelodge hotel in Slave Lake. What it might entail, who is involved and what sort of services would be offered, when it might happen – all have yet to be determined, or at least to be confirmed. One of the principals has asked us to wait before we do a story on it, so no names for the time being. We wish these folks all the best. No doubt it’s a big challenge, not to mention a financial risk. But if and when it happens it will be good for the town. It just isn’t good to have big buildings sitting empty for long periods of time. For one thing, they become targets of vandalism, which is already happening to the former Northwest Inn, with half a dozen or more of its rear windows having been broken.
Now if something could just be done about those two other shuttered and dilapidated motels in town. Demolition seems the most likely solution. We heard the former Lakeside Motor Inn was slated for the wrecking ball a good six months ago, but nothing has happened.
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So, how bad was that cold spell the last week of December? Fire chief Jamie Coutts tells us there were lots of fire alarms, two vehicle fires, a hazardous material leak from a truck and two hotels with frozen sprinkler pipes that did “significant damage.” All the above, he says, were related to the cold weather.
It was a record year for calls to the regional fire service, at 377. Coutts says that breaks the old record by 36 calls, which was in 2011.
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This just in: somebody’s Blackberry weather app said last Tuesday that the temperature in Slave Lake was minus six, but with the wind chill it felt like minus five.
We’d love to explain the phenomenon, but we’re just going to go with it.
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Somebody tells us the Super Bowl pool being done on behalf of the Slave Lake Minor Hockey Association is about 95 per cent sold out. If you want to get in on it at the rate of $2 per ticket, Harry Bartlett is your man, at 780-805-0482.
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We heard from MR. MIKES last week that its Deeds Well Done program donated $18,000 to charities across Canada. Deeds Well Done ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 31 of last year. Patrons of the restaurants were encouraged to nominate charities that make local communities better places to live. The $18,000 is $500 times the number of MR. MIKES franchises, which is 37.

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