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Woman taking a stand against drugs

‘No more lives lost’ Susan Thompson For the Lakeside Leader Shilo Thomas is staging a protest outside the Woodland Cree band office. She is trying to bring awareness to the amount of deaths from drugs and alcohol in the area.…
Obituary – CALVERT, Donald (Don) Wilbert

April 26, 1932 – Vilna, AlbertaJuly 24, 2020 – Edmonton, Alberta Donald Calvert, beloved husband of Joan Kathleen Calvert (née Gaschnitz), went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the age of 88 years, from the…
Obituary – Elizabeth June Ulm Croswell

March 18, 1927 – August 1, 2020 Elizabeth June Ulm Croswell was born March 18 1927 in Weyburn Saskatchewan to parents Nellie Madison Ulm and Arthur Ulm, both of Nebraska U.S.A. Elizabeth married Hawley George Croswell November 19 1947 in…
Things could get rough for rural municipalities

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Nobody is exactly crying wolf yet, but it is fair to say rural municipalities in Alberta are getting nervous. Why? For years, ‘big oil’ has been trying to pay less in the way of property taxes.…
It’s a weed!

Creeping bellflower This pretty lilac-coloured flower is very hard to get rid of as it spreads from root and seed. Each year, one plant can produce over 3,000 seeds, says abinvasives.ca. As it is a noxious weed, Albertans are required…
Bird report: Why birds are looking a bit ruffled lately

Laura Brandon For the Lakeside Leader Although many of us are just starting our summer vacations, birds are already on the move during the third week of fall migration monitoring. In total, we’ve banded 826 birds from 34 species this…
Part II   – Hanged!

The 1904 Charles King murder Chris Clegg For the Lakeside Leader The conviction of Charles King for the murder of Edward Hayward occurred after a hearing and two trials. The Edmonton Bulletin reported the hearing began Feb. 20, 1905 at…
Con Dermott passes

Long-time forester Conway (Con) Dermott passed away recently at the age of 82. He spent many years working in and around Slave Lake, although residing in Sherwood Park. For most of the past 23 years, Dermott worked for Vanderwell Contractors.…
What is a noxious weed, and why care about it?

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader For the last while, The Leader has been monitoring an outbreak of Himalayan balsam, a prohibited noxious weed, near a waterway in Slave Lake. The Town of Slave Lake parks people have pulled the plants at least…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 18 – Books Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts If you are a book lover, these expressions will be useful for you. Libro – (lee-broh)This is the word for “book.” If you want to talk in plural (books),…
Bits of history connected with buildings at campground

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader A church and windmill aren’t what one expects to see at a campground, but Diamond Willow campground on north shore has both. Both have been in the campground since the 1970s. Stevy Johnson and her late husband…
Beautiful Gardens 2020

The ninth beautiful garden in our 2020 series belongs to Judy Spilak of Marten Beach. It extends around all four sides of her home and was full of pretty and interesting features when we paid a visit in the middle…
Letters to the Editor – from John Barlow, MP, Richard Lehoux, MP

Government must insure food producers remain viable To the Editor: John Barlow, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Richard Lehoux, Associate Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, sent the below letter calling on the Trudeau government to take urgent…