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You never know what people get up to in their spare time. With Barry Scott of Slave Lake it’s gold-panning. He’s been participating in a competitive panning event in Taylor B.C. for years, it turns out. This year he broke through and won the championship, which is how we found out about it. His name came up in an online story in the Alaska Highway News. Congratulations!
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We’ve heard nothing new about efforts to establish a Junior ‘A’ hockey team in Slave Lake. We take this to indicate it’s not going to happen – at least not this season. It’s unfortunate, but there’s a financial risk involved and apparently nobody locally was willing to take it.
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The thing about that gull behaviour that was getting on so many people’s nerves earlier this month is that it is a fairly recent phenomenon. New in the sense that if it was happening before it was elsewhere and not so much on buildings in town. The gulls have either discovered a preference for buildings over beaches and fields, or there are just a lot more of them than there used to be.
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So… what do you think of the Chamber of Commerce’s Friday farmers’ market now that it’s being held downtown?
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We’re told the band performing this Wednesday (Aug. 15) at the Timber House in Slave Lake is a pretty big deal. From Scotland, Rura is part of the Celtic Revival scene and has been turning heads and winning awards. Talked into visiting Alberta by the organizers of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Grande Prairie’s Bear Creek Festival, they are squeezing in a Slave Lake gig this week. Check ‘em out!
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Feel better about your lawn weeds, folks. The humble dandelion has been chosen as the symbol of the Wounded Warriors Weekend. Or at least that’s what WWW founder Blake Emmons said at a banquet in Slave Lake the other day. He could have been joking, but he was wearing a dandelion symbol on his necktie.
“You can’t kill us,” Emmons said. “We keep coming back. We’re everywhere!”
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Word on the street is former Edmonton Oiler Marty McSorley will be (or was already) in town this week for what he’s called a ‘press conference’ on the upcoming Ice Breaker hockey game and banquet. Why a press conference would be necessary we’re not sure, but we’ll get back to you with a full report on how it went. By the way, the Ice Breaker is on Sept. 8 this year, and features Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson on the Oilers alumni team that will face off in a ‘Battle of Alberta’ against a squad composed partly of ex Calgary Flames. The names Jamie Macoun, Dana Murzyn and Curtis Glencross are being mentioned.
All the money raised (after expenses) goes into the Landon Persson Memorial Fund, which has been donating money to good causes and projects around Slave Lake for several years.
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It’s nice to see a new local business thriving. Many are, and one example is Slave Lake Bicycle Works, in the Potpourri Mall. Owner and operator Rowan Robertson now has an employee, and says he’s been quite busy this summer. He is also involved in developing mountain biking trails.

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