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Last week started off sloppy and depressing, which led to thoughts about southern getaways. Nice gig if you can get it; for those who can’t (or won’t), it comes down to making the best of things, and October, on the whole, was pretty nice. November? Well, here we are. Let’s see what happens. Chances are good the big lake will freeze and snow will come and stay.
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Something new in the annals of political campaign goofiness, from right here in Slave Lake. Somebody campaigning for one of the UCP Lesser Slave Lake candidates stopped a woman in the middle of the street in front of the post office, rolling down his truck window and giving her the pitch while holding up traffic (if there had been any). No real harm done, but we couldn’t help wondering why the guy didn’t park his truck, get out and then do his campaigning.
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Sorry about that, folks. We’re so used to just showing up at events and taking pictures that we take it for granted people who organize them will expect us or at least know who we are when we show up with our cameras. But it’s not always the case! So thanks to Ashley at the NLAC (swimming pool) for acting quickly to get permission for us to take pictures of kids in the pool with pumpkins the other day.
As it turned out, one of those pics made it onto the front page last week. That meant two other photos of cute kids with pumpkins didn’t. We were hedging our bets by taking pics at three different events that weekend; the other two were pumpkin decorating at the market at the MRC field house and the Halloween at the ‘Boo-real Centre’. At that one, we got little Olivia Giesbrecht attempting to bowl with a pumpkin. At the market, we had a pic of Hayden Hawksley concentrating hard (or maybe pretending to) on her punkin’ decorating. Thanks to all for helping out.
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The accolades keep pouring in for Sheila Willis of Smith. Lesser Slave MLA Danielle Larivee joined in last Friday, hosting a reception in Willis’s honour at the constituency office in Slave Lake. Willis was the recipient last month of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, for her efforts to promote history (and link it with tourism) in northern Alberta.
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Some people went to great lengths last week to come up with Halloween costumes that were witty and unusual. None of them worked for the Lakeside Leader, although one staffer did do a pretty good impression of a girl who couldn’t afford a decent pair of pants : ).
Dressing up dogs for Halloween – now there’s something that didn’t used to happen.
Anyway, you’d think with all the interest in dressing up in costumes, and the energy people put into it, some sort of Halloween costume ball would be a big hit, if done right.
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Elections, elections and more elections. Last week we had a candidates’ forum for the United Conservative Party, plus general elections for chief and council at two First Nations in the region. For all we know there could have been more, but those were the ones we heard about.
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Moving right along…. It’s strange how some people get hundreds of kids at their doors on Halloween, and others a street or two away will get only 20 or 30. Location? Or maybe it’s the kind of vibe you’re putting out. Or not putting out, as the case may be.
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People who leave their diesel vehicles idling are sure not doing any favours for other people who have to walk by and breathe the fumes. This especially goes for folks with breathing difficulties. What would it cost to shut that truck off?
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Do you want to find out what’s happening at Little Buffalo? Come on up for a visit! That’s more or less what we were invited to do last week when we were trying to get some information by phone, on the recent land claim settlement and other matters. Such a trip is probably long overdue. We’ll have to get up there one of these days…..
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Last week we promised more details on The Jackpines’ release of the song Conscience. Well it’s ‘out there’ now, and can be listened to online at thejackpines.com. Also purchased via a link on there to bandcamp.com. It’s also available on Spotify and Apple Music. Enjoy!

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