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What the heck? High Prairie RCMP last week busted somebody for making an online threat against a school. The good news is they were able to identify the culprit quickly and make moves to deal with it.
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What the heck? #2: Whitecourt and Woodlands County are facing a bundle of charges for violating the terms of their license to operate a regional landfill. What exactly they are alleged to have done – or failed to do – is maddeningly absent from the news reports on the charges. “Taking actions that weren’t properly approved,” is how the Edmonton Journal put it. One would think it will have other municipal landfill operators looking over their shoulders.
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It might be a bit early for this, but on Oct. 27, Boston Pizza and Gilwood are teaming up for a ‘Halloween Party’ fundraiser for the golf course. Costumes optional but encouraged (the poster doesn’t say, but we’ll say it anyway).
This (or something like it) happened last year too and was apparently quite successful and a big help to the golf club, which has been struggling to make ends meet in the past while.
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Some of you might read this when there’s still time to attend the Archives Week event at the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library on Tuesday, Oct. 2. It’s at 5:00 p.m. and includes a film.
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Here we go, another free Thanksgiving dinner at the Abundant Life Assembly in Slave Lake. Apparently last year we gave too much credit to the church and not enough to the actual sponsor of the dinner, which is Dynasty Properties. They run the Slave Lake Manor. The meal goes from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the church, which is located at 109 3rd Ave. NE in Slave Lake.
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Good news: the ‘Tree of Hope’ planted by the Slave Lake Ministerial Association after the 2011 wildfire disaster in Slave Lake is still standing and still alive – though it did have a rough year. It’s a pretty maple out in the middle of the grassy low-lying area just east of the Sawridge Creek bridge on 6th Ave. SE. (Does that green space have a name? It would be a lot easier if it did.) Last week, when we heard a vehicle being chased by the police had driven through a field by 6th Ave. SE and knocked over a tree, we figured the Tree of Hope was done for. But no, it turned out to be some other tree.
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A friend of The Leader called last week with a solution to the question (even if there wasn’t one) about the bear that smashed a hole in a downtown Slave Lake store window.
‘It was a bombed bear,’ he said. ‘It was drunk on fermented berries, saw its reflection and charged.’
He says this condition is not uncommon among bears at this time of the year, and he even saw two drunk bears in the bush one time trying to fight each other. It was highly comical. So he figures that’s what happened.
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Hey, let’s not forget the ‘Evening With Jason Kenney’ fundraiser for the United Conservative Party Lesser Slave Lake Constituency Association that’s happening on Saturday, Oct. 6. It’s at the Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre at 6:00 p.m. The numbers to call for tickets are 780-849-1788 or 780-849-1067.
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Some people say there’s no use for telephone directories at all anymore, but we disagree. We’ve got four of them holding up our computer monitor and they have been doing a good job of that since 1996.
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How about those %$##! phone surveys. Usually you don’t want to have anything to do with them, but once in a while you think: ‘Finally, I get to tell someone exactly what I think of the television I watch!’ Or in the case of one last week, what I think of the radio I listen to. But no, as soon as they find out you work for ‘a media organization,’ they don’t want to talk to you any more. (Insert cuss words here.)
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We’re here to serve. For example, a fellow at the M.D. said to us the other day: ‘You should find out who does those quotes on the sign at the Slave Lake Inn. Those are good!’
So we did. It’s the manager, Colleen Chartrand. She says she finds some and makes others up. Some she has to change to make them fit. Sometimes they get rearranged “by kids at night.” She’d like to do more but sometimes she’s too busy. Sometimes she scribbles ideas on scraps of paper and finds out later her staff has thrown them out.
“It’s nice to know somebody appreciates it,” Colleen says.

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