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This Friday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to about 8 p.m., volunteers are needed to do a survey of homeless persons in Slave Lake. Groups of two or three will conduct the survey throughout town. Volunteers will meet at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre to start. To volunteer call Lorna at 780-849-3039.


Inter-Agency Council meetings are starting up again Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. The location has changed to the multi-purpose room at the MRC.


The Northern Lights Aquatic Centre will be closed for at least the end of 2020, says a Town of Slave Lake news release. This is because Northern Lakes College is updating the boilers across the campus.


What in the world is ‘Turnip Home?’ That’s what town councillors and probably everyone listening in was wondering when it was reported at the Sept. 8 Slave Lake town council meeting that a business license had been granted to an entity of that name. So naturally we conducted an Internet search and found an Edmonton company by the same name. It deals in home security systems. So maybe a satellite office?


The M.D. of Lesser Slave River sure has a nice 2020 calendar. We’ve had a copy of it at The Leader all year and have been enjoying the photos of pretty scenes from around the M.D. But how about the month of September? It only has 28 days! Sounds more like February.
We’re going to hang onto it; someday it might be a collectors item.

Collectors item: A 28-day September.

We’ve had the pleasure at the office lately of listening to many hours of local radio, coming through the wall from the fellows doing the renovation work next door. Depending on the volume, it can be more or less of a challenge to figure out what song is playing, so we’ve got a ‘name that tune’ thing going on sometimes.
So what about that ‘Seventies, Eighties and Nineties’ format anyway? We can say for sure the programmers don’t stick to it – not that we’re complaining. We’re just wondering why – if playing certain songs from the 1960s is so irresistible – they don’t just add ‘Sixties’ to the format tag. And why is it always an ‘All-Eighties Weekend?’ Is that supposed to make it more attractive? Question, questions.


We finally got around to asking somebody about that mountain of sawdust out on the road with no name northeast of Slave Lake. It apparently belongs to Complete Waste Solutions and is used in oilpatch applications. It’s big! You can see it from miles away, thanks to the country being so flat around there.


Big discussion in the office last Friday about whether the Oh Henry! candy bar is strictly a Canadian thing. Quickly solved by Google, of course. Invented by George Williamson of Chicago in 1920. Produced in Canada by Hershey in Smiths Falls Ontario (Home town of Brooke Henderson!) until 2008, when the factory moved to Mexico.
So not Canadian, although the one produced in Canada was different than its American counterpart, according to our sources.

The sawdust mountain.

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