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Rumour has it somebody ran into a bear on Hwy. 88 in Slave Lake. Perhaps not surprising, given how many have been around, but we haven’t been able to confirm it.
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Rumour also had it last week that musician and Big Valley Jamboree MC Danny Hooper was in Slave Lake. But if it was for a show, it sure wasn’t advertised very much.
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We’re hoping the labour dispute between school support workers and the Living Waters School Division will have been settled by the time this comes out. Such situations are upsetting and disruptive for all involved – and of course that includes students. So if the walkout continues, and you’ve got a story to tell about how it is affecting you or your children – we’d like to hear it.
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Coffee with Community Futures. Apparently an event by that name happened on Sept. 26, but we didn’t find out about it until Sept. 28 or thereabouts. But good news! Another one comes up on Oct. 10 and another on the 24th and yet another on Nov. 7. And what’s this? One on Nov. 21 as well. These are all to be at The Fix in downtown Slave Lake. Community Futures staff members will be there to talk to new or existing clients about the services CF offers to small businesses. This includes loans and business advice.
What else? Oh, the sessions all run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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The Leader will be contributing to a regional tourism promotional publication for the 2019 season. Anyone wishing to advertise in this can get the details from Tammy here at The Leader. As far as the newsy bits go, contact Joe or Callie at 780-849-4380.
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Jon Ronson, in his book ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,’ estimates Google makes 38 cents per search. That’s based on something like 13 billion searches in the previous year, divided by Google’s $4.9 billion profit in that period (or something along those lines). He was doing this exercise to come up with how much the company earned by one high-profile case of public shaming. Here’s how much somebody profited by somebody else’s life being ruined, was the point he was making. Something to think about while debating whether to push ‘send’ or not.
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Speaking of online nonsense, we got a kick out of Jeff Burgar’s regional commentary on Sept. 26, entitled, ‘Are you a FOMO addict?’ FOMO stands for ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ and it is apparently afflicting a lot of folks.
It explains, maybe, why so many of us seem to be unable to go more than a few seconds without checking our phones to see how others are reacting to what we’ve just posted (or Tweeted, or whatever it’s called).
‘Are you nuts?’ says Burgar, rhetorically and undiplomatically.
Maybe the whole world is going nuts. Or maybe it already was.
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But there’s always a sasquatch rumour to distract us from all the bad news. Last week the Heritage Discovery Centre in Grande Prairie opened a display on the mythical man-beast of the woods, with a focus on stories from Alberta. We’re not ready to take a side in the ‘does-it-or-doesn’t-it-exist’ argument, but your Page 9 editorial board is more than ready to report any bigfoot rumours that pass through.
The same goes for UFOs, by the way. They are more or less in the same category anyway. You believe what you want to believe (as the late Tom Petty said).
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If you like stories about families or individuals from the region, there’s getting to be quite a decent collection of them online at historius.ca. It includes biographical pieces done by reporters of this and two other newspapers (in High Prairie and Falher) over the past couple of years. That’s where you’ll find the stories about Slave Lake drugstore pioneers Dennis and Wendy Barton, about actor, dancer and all-around good guy Stanley Isadore, about Brian Pitcairn’s unusual and eventful career in the Back Lakes, the Charley Jackson story and much, much more!
We’d like to do more of these. All it takes is a willingness to chat with a reporter. As simple as that, really. Give us a call at 780-849-4380 or email lsleader@telusplanetnet.
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The call is out for a ’30-something male’ to play a role in the stage play ‘Kitchen Witches.’ The Slave Lake Musical Theatre Association plans to put it on sometime in the next few months and the lack of an actor of that age and gender is an obstacle.
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Joke of the week: ‘Last week my yoga instructor was really drunk (long pause). It left me in an awkward position.’
Thanks to stand-up comedian Stewart Francis for that one.
He’s the same guy who brought us: ‘I quit my job at the helium balloon factory…… I refuse to be spoken to in that tone of voice.’

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