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Somebody asked us the other day: ‘Is Party With Your Toques On’ happening this year? That’s a good question and we wish we knew the answer. Maybe somebody who does know will read this and tell us so we can tell you.
For those unfamiliar, Party With Your Toques On is or was an ice-fishing tournament held on Lesser Slave Lake in the month of March, near Slave Lake.
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Well, the folks re-opening what used to be the Travelodge in Slave Lake (now called Hotel Northern Star) didn’t manage to get it going quite as soon as they wanted to, but we notice it is now open for business and we certainly wish them all the best. The idea, as we understand it, is that they’d get one wing of rooms open, then work on opening the other wing. After that’s done they’ll focus on getting the lounge operational and then turn to the task of firing up the restaurant.
Good luck!
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Meanwhile, there is a vitamin store in the Plaza 2000 opening soon for business, we hear.
Anything else going on out there? Please let us know.
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A group of long-distance snowmobilers from Michigan are expected to come through Slave Lake sometime on March 1. They call themselves 2018 MichCanSka International Snowmobile Club, and they’re raising money for several organizations dealing with diabetes. The ride is from Sault Ste. Marie Michigan to Fairbanks Alaska. The itinerary on Mar. 1 calls for them to start from Athabasca and end up at Red Earth Creek, a leg of 360 kilometres. That’s the fourth longest daily stage of the trip. The next day takes them 324 km to High Level. To donate, or find out more, visit online at michcanska.com.
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A Page 9 contact tells The Leader there’s a business opportunity, or maybe a fundraising opportunity, in the large amount of scrap wood that the big powerline project is generating. Apparently all the components of the transmission towers come in wooden boxes, shipped from somewhere overseas. The boxes themselves are solid and would be useful for something, he figures. Or, broken down, the wood could be turned into other products or maybe sold for some cash. There’s a lot of it, and otherwise it will just be burned.
Anyone interested might want to get in touch with the general contractor to see if the stuff is available.
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Okay! We got January out of the way. February will be over before you know it. Then March. March is when people start to get impatient for spring. Tolerance for winter weather weakens. Depending how April goes, it may get even worse. This is why April is a popular month for being somewhere else. Cold, snowy weather is so much easier to take in February than it is in April.
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We mentioned Pete Crow in this space a week or two ago. He’s the bootlegger (allegedly) who followed the oil industry around Alberta for many years, cashing in. Somebody had asked us to find out something about him – hence the mention on Page 9. No response to that, yet, but an Internet search did turn up a brief mention of a Pete Crow in Turner Valley, as the operator of a gambling joint. People from all over the province came to his funeral in Slave Lake, which was held at the Legion, says our source. He couldn’t say when it was, though. We’re not sure why this is important – maybe it isn’t, but we thought we’d mention it again.
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The Chamber of Commerce’s business awards gala is coming up on Feb. 24. The Chamber was encouraging its members to nominate businesses for the various awards right up to last week’s deadline; hopefully they got a full slate. It’s always a good show and a fun event and we expect nothing different this time. For tickets or more information, call the Chamber at 780-849-3222
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Lots of nice things are being said around town about soup and bannock at the Friendship Centre. This is a regular Friday lunchtime offering, served up by Barb Courtorielle and crew over there. It’s not a big money-maker, but it helps the Friendship Centre out a bit and a nice hot meal goes down very well on a cold winter day.

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