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Our photo of the ‘bra pole’ on Hwy. 2 a couple of weeks ago drew a response from a woman in Slave Lake. It’s still not solved, but we do know more about it. She says she first noticed “the bottom three bras” on the pole a year or so after the 2011 wildfire. In 2016, she added one. Since then two more have appeared.
“I have no idea who or why the bra pole was started,” she says, “but just thought it was a cool idea.”
Keep those emails coming. It’s not exactly in the class of a UFO, as mysteries go, but it is kind of interesting.
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Apparently there’s a guy with a splendid archive of photos depicting the days of dogsled and barge transportation up and down the Athabasca and Mackenzie Rivers from the early years of the last century. The photos, says our source, are in excellent condition, with all the accompanying information you could hope for. It sounds like something that should be in a museum or archive. Anyway, the news came through to us on the very same day we were chatting with Sheila Willis of Smith about ‘Peace River Jim’ Cornwall, owner of the Northern Transportation Company back in the day. He was involved in the same area in the same line of work as the grandfather of the above-mentioned person.
By the way, history nut Willis (she’s the one that has developed the ‘History Check’ application for mobile devices) says stay tuned for some “really big” news in about six weeks.
Something historical? Maybe or maybe not. She’s full of surprises, including using a shop-vac to pick blueberries.
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Last Tuesday morning’s heavy fog was kind of weird, but as far as we know no harm was done. In the midst of it, folks at a certain Main St. coffee shop were startled by a loud ‘Boom!’ coming from a certain auto dealership, sounding much like a shotgun going off. This was followed by a few thousand panicky gulls departing the roof of said auto dealership.
Those birds have been getting on people’s nerves lately – as they do every year at around this time. It’s a sort of novelty for most Slave Lakers (‘Oh, look at all the birds!’). But for the owners of the buildings where they congregate it’s quite a nuisance.
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Constance Brissenden passed on the happy news last week that the book she edited on the history of the East Prairie Metis Settlement is “gone like hotcakes” at the Slave Lake Visitor Information Centre. She’s supplying another 15 copies. The book is called ‘Memories of a Metis Settlement.’
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We’ve been promised a ‘blow-by-blow’ (or maybe it was bat-by-bat) report on the Midget ‘AA’ Tier II Provincials on the August long weekend. Thanks to our custom of finishing off The Leader on the Friday before a long weekend, we don’t have any news from the weekend this week. We hope to get that – plus how the Barrhead Junior Orioles did in their provincials the same weekend – in next week’s edition.
The same goes for the Wounded Warriors Weekend and whatever else might have happened this August long.
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The Rotary Duck Drop tickets are going (being sold, that is) – perhaps not exactly like hotcakes, but steadily. So says our coffee shop source for this sort of news. Actually, what he said was ‘Over 50 per cent sold.’ The drop takes place in September at Gilwood golf course.
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Coming up this Monday at the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake is a presentation by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) on how to apply for funding for Indigenous art projects. Miranda Jimmy of the AFA is making the presentation. It starts at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. Space is limited (as they say), so drop Ms. Jimmy an email at

You’ve heard the rumours; now here’s the photo, showing Sheila Willis of Smith demonstrating how she picks blueberries with a shop-vac.

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