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Mike Berry, formerly of these parts and for the past decade or so a teacher in Seoul Korea, was back in town for a visit the other day and was introduced to your roving correspondent. Mike’s mom was a nurse in Kinuso back in the day (early 1970s) when he was finishing up his high school in Slave Lake. He was part of a provincial championship debating team from Roland Michener School, along with Johnny Fedorus and Brian Abbott.
“We were damn good!” says Mike.
Originally from Zimbabwe in Africa (or Rhodesia as it was then), Mike says he went the same school there as another Slave Lake notable – George Kelham of Slave Lake Helicopters.
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It was nice to see golfer Thomas Spencer make out so well in his fundraising project at the Oilmen’s Golf Tournament. As reported in last week’s Leader, Spencer hopes to join a professional tour in Arizona this winter, and is looking for some help covering costs.
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Well, well. The origin of the term ‘rubber’ as in ‘rubber match,’ apparently cannot be nailed down, as a bit of Googling turned up last week. It occurs as far back as the early 17thC in written material, referring to something in the game of ‘bowles.’ But how it came to refer to a deciding game in cards (or other games) is shrouded in mystery. It apparently preceded the use of ‘rubber’ to describe a bouncy, elastic material. The suggestion is it is related to ‘rub,’ although why this should have anything to do with cards is not explained.
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So… we’ve identified four candidates for the role of UCP Lesser Slave Lake candidate in next year’s provincial election. Will there be more? We’ll see. So far, Garrett Tomlinson, Brenda Derkoch, Darryl Boisson and Jim Sparks have put their names out. The party is setting up a process to choose one of those, which of course will involve paid-up members voting.
However, there’s more to it than that – namely a vetting process – and ultimately the provincial party executive has to pass judgment on the suitability of anybody for candidacy. All kinds of things could happen between now and whenever the constituency association decides to close nominations and declare the voting day. Or nothing could happen, and those four will be the ones to choose from. Stay tuned.
By the way, the UCP’s LSL constituency association president is Ken Vanderwell.
And this just in from Paul George of the UCP: those buttons he was talking about in an article that appeared in the Aug. 22 Leader have actually arrived and are available at the Rebryna Dana office in Slave Lake. There will be ‘button drive’ events out in the communities, George promises, but when we talked he didn’t have dates yet.
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Are there other things going on in the political realm we should be talking about? Well, the Metis Nation of Alberta general election is on Sept. 18. But we’ve already got a story on that appearing somewhere else in this edition of The Leader. We encourage the candidates to contact The Leader (780-849-4380) and tell us why they’re running.
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Elsewhere, Alberta’s Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman passed through her old stomping grounds last week (she went to high school in Kinuso). She handed out a cheque to the Firefighters’ Society in Slave Lake on Tuesday and visited High Prairie later that same day for another ‘Pints & Politics’ session at the Peavine Inn pub, along with LSL MLA Danielle Larivee.
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Lastly in the political field, the Alberta Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake (not sure if it’s official), Judy Kim-Meneen, has promised us an interview.
And (this just in), the story appears elsewhere in this paper. If you are a candidate (or an agent of one and wish to have a profile in The Leader, please contact us at 780-849-4380 or by email at
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Meanwhile, Rotary Grey Cup pool tickets are for sale.

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