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Mammogram screen testing is coming to Slave Lake and Wabasca, Alberta Health Services informs us. It’s in Wabasca May 28 – 30 and in Slave Lake June 8 – 14. 1-800-667-0604.
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The only sure way of getting people to call you back, says the conventional wisdom, is to leave the office. When you get back, sure enough there will be messages waiting for you. Stick around waiting for those people to get back to you and it won’t happen.
We know what you’re thinking: why aren’t they calling you on your cell phone? We’ll have to get back to you on that.
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There’s a definite shortage of greenhouses around here. That’s what people are saying. That could be because they don’t know there’s one operating in the Fawcett Lake area north of Smith. Others? Maybe, but we haven’t heard. Apparently there weren’t any at the recent spring trade show.
Of course a few local stores are attempting to meet the demand for growing things at this time of year.
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This just in from the Slave Lake Midget Heat baseball team: play began this past Sunday with three games in Edmonton. On the 26th are three more games in the city. Coach Dave LaFrance tells us the team is made up mainly of Slave Lakers, with two kids from Faust. No word yet on home dates. Good luck!
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It was a bit of a surprise last week to find an active 17,000-hectare fire in the Slave Lake district appearing on the provincial wildfire status map. But it turned out it was a 2017 fire; it’s just never been officially declared extinguished, so it stays on the books as ‘active’ until the authorities can say for sure it is completely out. It’s pretty remote, so with other priorities intervening, it might retain its status for a while longer.
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Community clean-up events are being held this summer on Bayer Road (for the first time) , Summerwood (for the second time) and Marten Beach (for the fifth time, give or take). This is not picking up garbage, although that will probably be happening too. These are FireSmart events, where folks from Forestry and fire department show up and team up with community members in cleaning up dead brush and trees on public property. Barbecued meat is usually involved. We don’t have dates yet, but we’ll pass them on as we get them.
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Gilwood Golf Club is looking forward to another season of Men’s Night and Ladies’ Night golf. Men’s Night is going to be a bit different this year, with teams vying for a season championship by accumulating points every Tuesday night. Individual players who would like to join a team are invited to call Tom at the clubhouse at 780-849-4389, or email him at gm@gilwood.ca.
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We’ve got this local cookbook sitting around the office and it seems a shame not to do something with it. Some of the recipes are pretty basic, but have outstanding names, such as Vi Baird’s ‘Humdinger Pudding.’ It goes like this: half cup of butter, milk, white sugar and raisins for starters, followed by a teaspoon of baking powder, a cup of brown sugar, tablespoon of butter, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, enough flour to make a stiff dough and two cups of hot water. Mix, etc, put on a greased pan and bake. Something along those lines. We might have missed a step or two.
Other intriguing names in the book: Granny’s Cookies (Elsie Gullion), Pumpkin Dazzler (Shirley Russell), B-52 Cake (Denise Wahlstrom and Paula Zack), Zappa (Priscille Caffaro), Potty Chinois (Rita Cyr), Porcupine Meatballs (Sheila Boisvert), Spudnuts (Bernice Allen) and Monkey Bread (Arlene Beaudet).
Where to get this cookbook is the still-unanswered question. It’s called ‘History in the Baking,’ and was published in 2011 by the Slave Lake Adult Education Committee.
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There’s an event happening in Wabasca May 25 and 26 in memory of Gloria Gladue. According to Facebook posts it starts at 11:00 a.m. on the 25th at the Bigstone Band office. Gladue has been missing since October of 2015.
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Several things came in too late to make this week’s paper. Among them: a Wounded Warriors Weekend update, info on a grants program for the ag sector and several more cheque presentations for the Anglers Cup walleye tournament. We’ll get to them!

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