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Good turnout for the kick-off event for Seniors’ Week last week at the Pioneer Drop-In Centre in Slave Lake. Thanks to a mix-up, the sausages and bacon were nowhere to be seen for the first part of the brekkie. But they arrived just in time to avert an uprising of disgruntled senior citizens, and a nice meal was had by all (or at least all who waited). Thanks to the Town, the Pioneers and whoever else might have lent a hand. Whoever else includes pancake flippers Carl Jevne, Chris Brown, Brice Gillard and Stan Conrad (probably others) and an array of servers whose names we don’t know, organized by Tammy Kendall.
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One thing we didn’t mention in the Big Fish Bay story this week is watercraft rentals. It’s something new over there, apparently. Jet skis and a pontoon boat are available.
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Keeping zebra mussels out of Alberta lakes is a worthy effort, but what a challenge! The latest edition of the Alberta Conservation Association’s magazine – ‘Conservation’ – highlights the scope of what authorities are facing. For example, boats entered Alberta last year from 11 provinces and territories and 45 U.S. states! The article says last year the government’s inspection program looked at 31,000 boats, catching 19 with the mussels on them. But there’s no way to inspect every boat coming in.
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We might as well put out the word again – anybody with a bare minimum of bookkeeping savvy, along with a bare minimum of interest in helping with the development of a section of the Trans Canada Trail on the north shore of Lesser Slave Lake could be a big, big help to the group that is working on that project. Namely the Woods & Water Recreational Trails Association, which is limping along without a treasurer at the moment. Please get hold of Joe at The Leader if you can help. 780-849-4380.
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Smarter people than us are trying to figure out the long-term role of the community newspaper in the digital age. Likely it involves some combination of online and paper presence. The details of how that might work we’ll leave to those aforementioned smarter people. What we hear out of recent discussions at the provincial level, some community papers are ignoring the online possibilities altogether. Sounds a bit head-in-the-sand-ish.
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It’s been pointed out that The Leader was harder on UCP leader Jason Kenney than we were on Rachel Notley in covering their respective visits to Slave Lake. We’ll have keep an eye on that….
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Speaking of provincial politics, we hadn’t been paying much attention to the election in Ontario, until about two days before the vote, when it finally got through that something pretty interesting was going on over there. For example, there were 28 political parties running candidates in the election! The more the merrier, certainly, but it makes you wonder why they bother.
Among those vying for seats were the ‘None of the Above’ party, the ‘Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda’ party, the ‘Party of Objective Truth,’ ‘Pauper’ and ‘Stop Climate Change,’ which ran two candidates. You’d think the Green Party, with 124 candidates would have the anti-climate change thing covered, but apparently not.
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Word around town last week was that a bear or bears had been spotted in two or three spots around the community of Slave Lake. This is so common as to hardly qualify as ‘news,’ but because there’s always a chance of something bad happening, it’s best to mention it with the usual cautions. Be alert, make noise, etc. Stay away if the Fish & Wildlife folks say to stay away.
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The Rotary NHL playoff pool entry presciently named VEGASCAPS is the unofficial winner, with 305 points. For the rest of the top ten (also unofficial at this point), see lakesideleader.com on the world wide web.

Title sponsor of the Anglers Cup again this year is Canadian Tire. Pictured are Owner John Cryan (left) and GM Richard Kresky. The big fishing tournament goes this Friday and Saturday, and late-ish last week we got a pile of sponsor photos from the organizers. We ran out of space but will get them in when we can.

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