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First things first: congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on their Stanley Cup victory. The Penguins going the distance was good news for a few Rotary Club NHL playoff pool entries, which brings us to the following unofficial list of winners. Flinter, at 222 points, finished in top spot and is in line to win $1,000, pending appeals. Slabstar had 219 points, good for second place and $500. In third at 216 points was LeahWilloh, good for $250. Rounding out the top 10 were Bolan (215), Magpie, Mowsie and Herbert (all with 212 points), Calbeau (206), Dixies (204) and Big Mac (202).
According to the rules, the operators of the pool have to wait a week for challenges to the results as posted. So we’ll have the usual cheque-presentation photo of the winners (those who show up), probably in next week’s Leader.
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Rumour has it a certain pet care business will be moving into the new animal shelter building in early July. Ads to that effect may already be in The Leader. Congratulations are in order. It’s been a long haul on that building – a decade or so of fundraising and an awful lot of work by volunteers. The work continues.
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Platlnum sponsor? How come we never noticed that before? It’s on a plaque attached to a print of a Linda Halfhide painting, presented to The Leader by the Arctic Winter Games Committee over 20 years ago, recognizing The Leader’s support for the 1994 Games. An apparently nobody ever noticed the goofy spelling error. It’s actually in capital letters, like this: PLATLNUM SPONSOR.
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We heard through the grapevine that a Dennis Barton horse won a race the other day against very long odds. How long? We’re not sure, but the story we heard had a two-dollar bet earning $47,000! Wow. That is not confirmed, but it’s good enough for the Page 9 rumour mill.
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Sightings around town: Peter and Margaret Moore, up from Edmonton and watching their grandson Miles Allarie playing Pee Wee baseball on a beautiful evening last week. Peter, for those unfamiliar, was mayor of Slave Lake in the early 1990s and played a big role in Slave Lake winning and carrying off the above-mentioned Arctic Winter Games in 1994. However, we don’t hold him responsible for spelling ‘platinum’ with two els.
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We hear St. Pete’s Ecumenical Church is planning a best-ball golf tournament in a month or two as a fundraiser. The entry fee gets you nine holes of golf, a meal at the end and some other stuff which we can’t remember at the moment. And lots of fun! We’ll provide more details as we get them.
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Does anybody want to guess what the busiest RCMP detachment in Alberta is? Keep in mind several of Alberta’s cities have their own police forces, so RCMP don’t have much to do in those places. Why we bring this up is because we’ve recently started receiving email updates from the RCMP from all over the province. The most of these by far come from Red Deer.
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Something to think about is safety when passing parks. Usually…no problem. But on recent days Schurter Park in the northeast part of town has been very busy. The other day your Page 9 correspondent had a scare in that spot. The entire park side of the street was filled with parked vehicles. Seeing that, we slowed down below 30, probably closer to 20, because you never know when a kid might appear. Then one did. His mom was letting him out of the street-side door of the vehicle she’d just parked on the other side of the street. He popped out and immediately started running for the park across the street. No hesitation, no looking left or right. So if we’d been traveling a bit faster, it would have – or could have – been very ugly.
It would have been much safer, in that situation, for her to have insisted her son got out on the sidewalk side of the vehicle, as inconvenient as it might have been.

 

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