Brian Noad, the head coach of the Slave Lake Icedogs, tells us he’s organizing a golf tournament at Gilwood in support of the program. It’s a fundraiser, and will have former NHL players available for auction. So it says on the poster, but nobody is named. It’s on Sept. 30. Eighteen holes with a barbecue to follow, for $100. Brian’s the guy to ask about it, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How was your long weekend? Inconveniently moist, we’re guessing. When it wasn’t raining, the humidity was high enough to make you break out in a sweat just thinking about walking to the fridge for another cold one.
Or so we hear. There were some nice sunny periods, but in the battle against the mud in Marten Beach, the mud was winning, the last week checked. The M.D. pumps were still going, more than a week after the flood, meaning water was still seeping out of wherever into the low spots.
It will be quite some time, we think, before things get back anywhere close to normal in the hamlet.
In the meantime – a salute from The Leader to all those labouring in the muck to clean things up.
This includes individual property owners, their friends and relatives helping them, the M.D. folks who are manning the pumps and making plans for clearing roads and restoring ditches and to others who are pitching in where they can. This last category might include the provincial government – it isn’t clear yet what role, if any, that body might play.
The theme song for the past couple of months could be ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain,’ by CCR. Although with any luck, by the time this newspaper hits the stands, we’ll be into a stretch of dry weather.
Does the name Edmond Buck ring any bells? Apparently he was a telegraph operator in Slave Lake in the 1930s and a plaque bearing his name exists (or did exist) somewhere in town. His granddaughter is trying to find out where it is and asked Lyndsey Carmichael, the archivist at the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library if she could help. She called The Leader and that’s where we are with it. If you know anything about this, please give Ms. Carmichael a call at 780-849-5250.
A parade of kids was walking along 6th Ave. SW in an easterly direction one day last week, accompanied by the Summer Splash instructors. ‘Where are you going?’ asked a passer-by on a bicycle. ‘To Sherbet Park!’ shouted a little girl.
Grey Cup pool tickets are selling like hotcakes lately, we understand. Or if not like hotcakes, perhaps like cupcakes. It always sparks speculation about who might be in the big game, come November. Who knows, it might be Toronto and B.C., the two losingest clubs in 2019. Why not? In the CFL, anything can happen, and often does.
Toronto is a sad sack organization, but it has won the most Grey Cups, all-time. And its winning percentage is terrific, at .739. The Argos have been in 23 Cups and won 17 of them.
The Lions are next most successful, having won four of the six times they’ve appeared. Then the Eskimos, with a .591 winning percentage on 14 wins in 23 appearances.
The Eskies of course have only been in the league since 1949. Toronto had already been around as a club for decades when the Grey Cup was first awarded in 1909. Edmonton has the most cup wins (11) since the CFL became a proper professional league in 1958.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have had the worst luck, winning only four times in 19 appearances.
An update on the Dolphous Noskiye story: he’s been handing out letters of apology around town, for things that he did (many of which he doesn’t seem to remember) when he was drinking and living on the street. Not all have been accepted, apparently. But when he dropped by The Leader last week he was looking good and had been sober for 57 days.