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Former St. Mary of the Lake School teacher Annette Stevens was in touch last week with some news from the world of cupcakes and publishing. Or to be more precise, publishing a book about cupcakes. That’s what she did 25 years ago, she tells us. The book was (is) called ‘Cupcakes – All Occasion Treats.’ What’s new is she is doing a 25th anniversary re-issue of the book. But why take our word for it? All you need to know and possibly more is online at

This news came in too late for it to do any good in our newspaper, but it’s still interesting. Apparently somebody was selling bogus passes to the Riverboat Daze carnival “from a dark-coloured pickup,” according to the RCMP. If anybody did buy them, they were out of luck , because, as the RCMP warned, “these passes will not be honoured at the midway.”

There’s a kayak fishing event at Lesser Slave this coming weekend, we are more or less reliably informed. It’s part of a series of seven being held around the province, called the Western Canada Kayak Fishing Trail. Could be a bit of fun if the wind is up that day. To find out more, Facebook seems to be the place to do it.

What is the proper pronunciation of the nickname of Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital? Is it Royal ‘Alex’ or Royal ‘Alec? CBC Radio in Edmonton was asking people that question the other morning. They got lots of both; a Scottish guy said ‘Alec.’ Others said ‘Alex,’ obviously, because the full name has the ‘x.’
It turns out the hospital was named for Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who happened to be the wife of King Edward VII of Britain, etc. etc. in the early part of the last century. A member of the board of the hospital was interviewed. Alex or Alec, he said, either way is just fine.
There are lots of other ways to shorten Alexandra – Sandy and Lexa being a couple of examples. So how about the Royal Sandy?

Landon Horsley? Of Slave Lake? News to us, but his name turned up in an online news report about the Calgary Stampede. The article – in ‘Everything GP’ was about Peace Country cowboys who had done well at the Stampede. It said Horsley finished first in junior steer riding with a score of 74.5. Nice going!

Various ideas are floating around about what could or should be done with the old Lakeside Motor Inn site once it’s cleaned up. One would be to expand the MRC parking lot. There’s never enough space in there when a big event (or several events) is happening. Add 40 or 50 more parking stalls – why not?

How in the world do you fit 288 golfers onto an 18-hole course at the same time? Answer: you don’t. You do it in two shifts of 144, eight per hole with a shotgun start. That was the plan for the Emes/Lukan Memorial Tournament, held this past Saturday. We may even have a report on it in this week’s sports pages.

Speaking of that golf tournament, participants would have noticed a stock of special beer from Slave Lake’s own Dog Island Brewing (DIB) at Hole #10, paired up with food served by Falcon Rentals. What was special about the beer (or rather one thing that was) was the labels displaying the hockey jerseys of the two men in whose memory the tournament was named – Conner Lukan and Tyler Emes. Chad Paulson of DIB says the idea was to help out the tournament in its fundraising efforts by donating some beer. Its suppliers jumped on board, donating grain, yeast, the label design (by Corey Courts) and the labels. The beer itself is a “Mexican summer beer” Paulson says, with added lime juice. (That would explain why he was in Sobey’s the other day looking for 80 limes.)

There is a new app available for people interested in tracking invasive plants
The difference between wildflowers, weeds and prohibited noxious weeds can be unclear.
Alberta has a weed control act, which categorizes weeds as common, noxious and prohibited noxious.
The most recognizable weed, the dandelion is common. Scentless chamomile, growing along many sidewalks, is noxious.
A to Z, the prohibited noxious include autumn olive (a pretty bush) and plumeless thistle (a recognizable weed).
Another one on the prohibited noxioius list is Himalayan balsam. In spite of its status, it can be seen in flower beds here and there. It can escape and take over large areas of territory, making life difficult (or impossible) for native species.

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