We all have mental health

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen Five out of five people have mental health. Every single one of us have emotions, a mind, and a soul (although not everyone agrees what this looks like). How do we maintain positive mental health so…
Watershed council reaching out to teachers about environmental ed

Lesser Slave Watershed Council February 11, 2021 meeting Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Teacher surveyThe LSWC and Lesser Slave Lake Forest Education Society often do education programming together. Many of these programs are connected with local schools. The groups plan to send…
COVID weekly: Immunizations; five cases at Michener

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader From February 13 to 19, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and neighbours decreased or remained the same. Five Lesser Slave River cases were connected to an outbreak at Roland Michener Secondary School…
Local gym owner not happy with one-on-one training

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader “We are united, this time around,” says Abdul Mouallem, about gym owners across Alberta. “A lot of people aren’t liking our government right now. Gyms have a huge influence,” and gym owners plan to use that…
History file: Relocated elk didn’t stay in Swan Hills

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader Over 20 years ago, people moved 50 elk from Jasper to the Swan Hills, but the elk scattered. “There’s elk here,” says Keith Denoncourt. The Lesser Slave Lake and the Swan Hills are within the historic…
Not all restaurants in Slave Lake offering dine-in, just yet

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader At the end of January, Char’s Railway Cafe in Smith started allowing people to eat inside even though this was against the COVID-19 public health measures. However, on February 8, when all restaurants in Alberta were…
Water fountain closure sparks need for fundraiser

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader COVID restrictions mean that water fountains can’t be used in schools.“Since September, every child has to bring their own bottle in,” says Bianca Malchin. “That can be very challenging.” Malchin is the mother of three boys…
Children’s fitness returns to Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader A surprise decision on February 6 by the Alberta government means that some children’s fitness activities can happen in Alberta. In response, some Slave Lake groups were able to reopen right away and others had to…
COVID weekly: Active cases down, but outbreak in daycare

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader After a jump the week before, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (which includes Slave Lake) decreased from 52 to 35. However, there was also an outbreak at Legacy Childcare and two cases…
Slave Lake and Falher schools team up for literacy

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On February 2, there were robot pictures all over E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary School in Slave Lake. “The buzz was everywhere,” says principal Kristoffer Herbert. On February 8, a robot voice made an announcement on the loudspeaker…
That’s love: St. Mary students reach out to seniors

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader “Love means that somebody cares about you and hugs you. Hugs and kisses!” – Oliver K. Preschool student at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School. St. Mary’s preschool and Kindergarten students are working on a…
Slave Lake Interagency Council Notebook

January 26, 2021 Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader The Slave Lake Interagency council is made up of representatives from ‘helping agencies’. Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) FCSS is updating a community directory.“This directory will include community programs, sports organizations, support/emergency…