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Something you didn’t hear on the TV reports about Jimmy Carter visiting Edmonton as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer: He was more interested in talking about farming in Alberta than about building houses. This tidbit came via Alfred Nikolai, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton. He had met and chatted with the former U.S. president, and that’s what Carter wanted to talk about. The deep green of the wheat fields, up against the blazing yellow of canola must have made a strong impression on him. Apparently he’d never seen anything quite like it, and as a lifelong farmer down there in Plains, Georgia, he had plenty of questions.
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Everybody and his dog is tubing on the Pembina River these days, so it seems. Missing persons complaints are through the roof the last few years – so much so that the RCMP saw fit to issue a news release about it last week. Apparently the missing tubers all showed up eventually – so far. Hypothermia was as bad as it got in any of those cases. So far this summer – four missing persons calls, involving 18 people.
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Speaking of everybody’s dog, how about that golden retriever that rescued a drowning deer fawn? It didn’t happen around here, but was being widely viewed and talked about last week. Dogs are in the news every other week saving people’s lives. Now we can add deer to the list. And is there a better dog in the world than the Labrador retriever? We think not.
There could be a lot of great local dog stories. We’d be happy to hear them and put the best of them in The Leader.
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A story from the mean streets of Slave Lake: a driver swerves to miss some kids and crashes into a parked car. That’s the story we heard, but no more than that. It could have been as simple as that, or more complicated.
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A story from a local exterior renos contractor: he was all set to move his crew to Fort McMurray this spring, thinking there might not be enough work in the area to keep them busy. That was after a slow start in the spring. Then.. boom! It got busy and there has been more than enough work in and around Slave Lake. Let somebody else take care of Fort Mac, which must have a lot of building going on.
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We had high hopes last Thursday of meeting up with Louis Bunton, who is cycling across Alberta to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. However, we missed him. The news from his daughter Natalie was that as of July 19 he had pedaled over 500 kilometres and raised $7,000 in the first seven days of his ride. Bunton decided to do the ride after his wife Ruth was diagnosed at the age of 54 with Alzheimer’s. If you want to find out more or make a donation, call Natalie at 780-864-2554.

Louis Bunton on his cross-province ride for Alzheimer’s.

 

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