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This probably deserves a story of its own, but for now, here it is: According to information we received on Nov. 1, the Catholic Church in Faust is going to be closed, due at least partly to safety concerns. We’re still waiting for a call to be returned on it, but from what we’ve heard, the building is quite historic, having been hauled across the lake ice from Canyon Creek many years ago.
The person who alerted us is probably not the only one who thinks the building should be saved and is thinking about a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.

The church in question; photo courtesy Christopher Brown.
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It’s been brought to our attention that sometimes our crossword puzzle is too darn difficult. Sorry about that, chief. Sometimes there’s a theme, but the way it usually goes is you end up using whatever fits. Feel free to cheat.
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Gas prices continue to be an annoyance. Your Page 9 scribbler was reminiscing about one of the first articles he ever did (back in October 1990) it was about the price at the pump. The prediction back then was if war broke out in the Middle East, gas prices would triple. War did break out, but the price at the pump didn’t even double. It has since then, of course, war or no war.
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The RCMP is looking to increase the number of female police officers. To that end it is holding a recruiting event in Edmonton this Wednesday, Nov. 14. It’s at 6:00 p.m. (or 1800 hours, if you prefer) at the K Division HQ on 109th St. in the city. If you can’t make it, no problem! There will be others like it, and you can always check out the info online at rcmpcareers.ca.
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Also from the RCMP is the news that the victim in the Nov. 2 fatal collision on Hwy. 88 was a 34-year-old resident of Atikameg. Our condolences to the family.
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From the ‘Nice while it lasted’ department comes news that Slave Lake Bicycle Works is selling off its stock, as owner Rowan Robertson and his family are relocating to Edmonton. We wish them the best in their new endeavours. Rowan had a nice array of mountain bikes and ‘fat’ bikes for sale when we stopped in last week, for about a 30 per cent discount.
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Here’s some good news….. sort of. Slave Lake didn’t make the list of the 10 most dangerous communities in Canada, as published by MacLean’s magazine. However, seven of the top 10 were in Alberta!
This Top 10 list was making the rounds on social media last week – how official or reliable it is…. No idea.
The list is tough to figure out. Slave Lake doesn’t appear anywhere on it, but the sleepy bedroom community of Chestermere (just east of Calgary) was 125th! Explain that one.
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Barb Courtorielle and her crew at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre have their work cut out for them doing all the regular stuff they do to provide services in the community. At this time of year it gets even busier, due to the Mat Program homeless shelter that re-opened on Nov. 1 (and for which there aren’t enough funds to keep it open all winter, yet), and the Santas Anonymous and Christmas Hamper program, which provide a nice Christmas for dozens of folks who might not have one otherwise. Last year the number was 178.
So what’s needed to pull all this off? Volunteers is one thing and donations is the other. That’s donations of toys, food and cash. The phone number at the Friendship Centre is 780-849-3039.
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November is Senior Pet Month! Senior cats and dogs need special care and attention as they get older. Yearly blood work along with annual or semi-annual health exams are recommended for all senior pets.
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Word travels fast. Last Thursday we got a phone call from a fellow in Fort Smith, NT, who had already seen the historical piece that appeared in the Nov. 7 Leader. He’s with Parks Canada in the field of ‘cultural resource management’ and historical information regarding Wood Buffalo National Park is right up his alley – hence his interest in the Paterson family pictures of the transport of bison down the Athabasca River in the 1920s. There’s a lot more where those come from, (A whole trunkful, says Bruce Paterson) we told him, and put him onto the source.



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