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Big wind gusts did some damage at Spruce Point Park on the afternoon of Aug. 24, we hear. Park manager Bruce Parrent said three camping units were damaged by falling trees, and a lot more trees came down, blocking the roads. A couple of boats were shifted around, but no damage was done. Nobody hurt, either. We also heard of a combine being tipped over, but got no confirmation on that.
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Now that one person has declared his intention to run for town council (see story on Page 17), you can be sure we’ll be pestering all the incumbents to come clean with their intentions over the next few weeks. The same goes for newcomers. We know you’re out there! Let us know who you are so we can let our readers know who you are.
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Most bear encounters do not end badly. The bear moves off, concerned with other things. Or it runs off, as scared as you are. Occasionally there will be a bluff charge, which is scary enough for the people being charged, but in the end, no harm done. That’s what apparently happened on the Lily Lake trail the other day. It’s not the first time bears have caused problems for hikers on that trail. One fellow (we’re told) was treed by a grizzly years ago and spent the night up there.
Then there was the time the two cyclists rode out to the former ski hill by Flat Top Mountain and a bear charged out of the bush as they rode by and chased after them. They spent the night holed up in one of the ski shacks, fearing for their lives.
But most of the time (knock on wood) at this time of the bears are interested in berries and couldn’t care less who is passing by.
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Readers will have noticed the series on addiction by Mikky Locke wrapped up last week, or maybe a couple of weeks ago. We welcome any and all feedback about it or related subjects.
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Last week’s Leader, had a washed-out look on some pages. That’s not what we expect or that our readers and advertisers have come to expect from The Leader and we’d like to apologize – on our own behalf and on that of our printer, who was apparently ‘tweaking’ the process to improve it and instead made it worse. We’re assured the appropriate corrections have been made (knock on wood again).
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Don’t take this as definitive, but it’s looking as if most if not all the M.D. of Lesser Slave River councillors will be running again. Nothing is official until the Sept. 18 nomination day, but we also hear two new people (new to municipal politics, that is) – one from Flatbush and one from Smith – will be trying for council. We’ll be following this up and eventually have profiles on all the candidates.
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Ho, ho, ho. Who do these guys think they are fooling? We got a fax last week from somebody purporting to be with a swanky-sounding London law firm. They have this little problem: somebody kicked the bucket and all efforts to locate relatives to claim the $10 million life insurance payout have failed. Can you help? If so we’ll split the 10 million. Please contact us, etc., etc.
It has scam written all over it. But apparently there are people who fall for this stuff.
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Somebody was saying the other day they don’t like ‘The Great One’ as a nickname for Wayne Gretzky. We don’t like it either. As sports nicknames go it’s pretty lame. Gretzky probably doesn’t like it himself. And there’s no reason to accept it; it’s just something dreamed up by a sportswriter. One of the ambitions of many of those types is to be the coiner of a nickname that sticks; it was once a whole sub-genre of journalism – trying to out-do your competitors in the colourful way you described the heroes of the ball diamond, or whatever. The results were sometimes memorable, adding to the enjoyment of the spectacle of sports. Think of Babe Ruth. ‘Babe’ itself was a nickname, that some wiseguy turned into ‘The Bambino.’ The ‘Colossus of Clout,’ the ‘Sultan of Swat.’ Part of ‘Murderers Row,’ with the mighty Yankees of the 1920s. Then there was the ferocious Ty Cobb, facetiously dubbed ‘The Georgia Peach,’ and the Hebrew Hammer himself, Cleveland slugger Al Rosen. All fun stuff, if maybe a bit on the cheeky side. If sportswriters are coming up with this stuff nowadays, it isn’t making the same sort of impact and maybe that’s just because it isn’t as good.
The profession doesn’t seem to be attracting the brightest sort of people the way it once did. Oh well. That probably goes for a lot of life, not just sportswriting (or broadcasting).

 

 

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