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Things are developing quickly in the minor hockey world, and as usual we aren’t quite keeping up. We do know the Midget/Bantam Girls’ team lost out in the first round of league playoffs in Chetwynd B.C. on the last weekend of February. They’re all done now, but Kennedy Hartman will join up with Team Alberta North to compete for gold at the Arctic Winter Games in Hay River in a week or so. Her brother Jacob is on the boys’ team. Good luck!
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And just like that, baseball spring training is starting this week indoors at the field house in Slave Lake. Somebody is trying to talk your Page 9 correspondent into going down there and playing catch with the kids. It sounds like an injury waiting to happen, but we’ll get back to you on it.
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People were calling up and dropping in last week to submit their ‘beautiful babies’ pictures for our annual feature by that name. Why not? Show ‘em off! Brag about ‘em!
We’re always happy to find out people are paying attention to the ads we place. On the other hand, the one on the Town of Slave Lake page seeking suggestions for names the town could use to name parks, trails, rec facilities and the like drew zero response. Did nobody see it? Probably they did, but nobody who did had any ideas on the subject. Three names have been suggested by people within the town or the naming committee: those are former mayor and community builder Leo Boisvert, former Leader editor and super-volunteer Marilyn Richer and legendary community health nurse Laura Attrux. These have not necessarily been accepted, but it gives an idea of the type of person the town is looking at for its ‘reserve list’ of names. By the way, they don’t have to be people’s names, either. Other types of names will be considered. Such as? We’ll have to get back to you on that.
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Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. In some places south of here, spring is already in the air. Daffodils are pushing up through the soggy leaf mould, warmed by above-freezing temperatures. In other locations, daytime warmth combined with nighttime frost is causing sweet maple sap to run and it will be dripping into buckets and barrels all over southeastern parts of this country. Birds will be moving north already, or thinking about it. With open water at the upper end of Lesser Slave River, Slave Lake is one of the lucky spots that sees geese and ducks early, often when it is otherwise still very wintry. It seems they’ve been coming earlier in recent years, but we’ve never actually kept track. Maybe we should start doing that. Let us know the first sighting of a Canada goose this year.
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There’s a scam a minute happening these days. One somebody told us about is an email that purports to be from Telus. Just click on the link, says the email, and blah, blah, blah.
Don’t click on the link. It’s not from Telus.
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A Leader staff member was in Mexico for a couple of weeks recently and ran into people from Edmonton and Calgary who have relatives in Slave Lake. It’s always a bonus in those situations when you say ‘I’m from Slave Lake’ and they don’t think it’s in the Northwest Territories.
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The Leader was asked a few weeks ago whatever became of a $100,000 post-fire donation from Alberta’s GM dealers, which had been earmarked for improvements around the weir/boat launch area on Lesser Slave River near Slave Lake. We have the answer: it’s being held by the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and is in the bank collecting interest until the M.D. gets around to figuring out how to spend it. But why take our word for it; here’s part of what M.D. CAO Allan Winarski said in an email to The Leader last week: “The idea was for enhancements in the Crown land areas by the weir and MD boat launch. A core idea is dockage and moorage. Of course, dredging and river access seem to be pervasive in stalling things here…”
Winarski said the hope is that with a regional tourism organization getting back up and running it might “lead to something actually being done in the Lesser Slave River.”
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A friend of The Leader said the other day: “You should have a column in your paper every week listing the things you were asked to do.” This came out of a conversation about a call we’d received alleging that a certain elected official in a community that isn’t Slave Lake has a drug dealership on the side. ‘Can the newspaper do anything about it?’ was the question.
Answer: we can do something only if people who actually ‘know’ something are willing to say so on the record. Short of that, we’d have to mount our own undercover operation to gain first-hand evidence. We can’t do that, so we’ll leave it up to the police. It’s hard enough for them to come up with the evidence they need in situations like this, and the smaller the community, the tougher it is to do anything ‘undercover.’
Another call we got last week: ‘The government is taking my kids away. Can you help me?’ Again, who is going to talk on the record about a case involving such intervention? Certainly not the authorities.
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Former Lakeside Leader ad manager Kathie Millett was in town last week, directing traffic for CN Rail on Main Street. Kathie’s based in Whitecourt the past few years, running a towing company and now, apparently, a traffic control company and doing a lot of work for CN. ‘We’ll be in Camrose next week,’ she says.
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The Rotary Club of Slave Lake tells us they now have 777 tickets on sale, as well as the NHL playoff pool ones. As usual the crew here at The Leader will be participating in the ‘pool within the pool’ called ‘media challenge,’ with a free pizza on the line. That’s of course depending on whether the folks from the radio station and cable TV office have what it takes to lay down their money.
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Finally, this just in. Did you hear the one about the …..?

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