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Thanks to Tammy Kendell and crew from the Town of Slave Lake for putting on another excellent breakfast for seniors last Monday morning at the Pioneer Drop-in Centre. A decent-sized crowd turned out to sample pancakes, bacon, sausages and beverages, with help from volunteers Ed Procyshyn, Brice Gillard and probably others we didn’t see.
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Pickleball is happening at the field house at the MRC, we hear. It’s being promoted as a fun bit of exercise for seniors and others.

You have to pace yourself, though. Two over-enthusiastic senior citizens hurt themselves playing it due to ill-considered lunges after the ball. Just remember: There’s no lunging in pickleball!
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Hey, have you seen the new ten-dollar bill? It’s got a picture of Viola Desmond – Canada’s Rosa Parks – on it. That would be interesting enough, but it’s in portrait format – something we’ve never seen before.


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Unfortunately we’re not going to get the results of the United Conservative Party election in this edition of The Leader, thanks to the voting being on Monday the 26th. We’ll try to track down the winning candidate this week and get some comments from him or her for next week’s paper.
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It kind of snuck up on us, but last Monday was International Men’s Day. Oddly enough, nobody made much of a fuss about it.
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From the ‘You-get-what-you-pay-for’ department comes the following item: Here at The Leader we bought a new coffee-maker not long ago at a store with a reputation for selling cheap stuff. It cost $12 and we thought we were getting away with something. Within a few weeks it was making funny noises and leaking water all over the counter. Not only that, it never really got the pot hot and never stopped smelling liked burnt wires. So we splurged last week on a $25 model. Stay tuned… or better yet, drop by for a coffee!
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Okay, where’s this ‘accessible trail’ that’s set to open up in Lesser Slave Lake? It came up last week in a story in a Calgary newspaper about a trail opening in Fish Creek Park. One of seven such accessible, one-kilometre trails opening in the province, the article said, without providing specifics about the other six. If we had to guess, it’s something in the provincial park. There were some accessibility improvements at the Boreal Centre last year. Maybe that’s it. Things always sound grander when they show up in the foreign press. (And by ‘foreign’ we mean the big city).
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Does anybody remember the Falcon Lake, Manitoba UFO story? It’s a strange one – very well-documented – and there’s a new book out on it co-written by the son of the fellow who claimed to have had the encounter. Stefan Michalak was his name. The authors are Stan Michalak and Chris Rutkowski. The book came out last year, on the 50th anniversary of the incident. It’s called ‘When They Appeared.’

Hearing the authors talking about it on the radio the other day reminded us of George Kupilik’s UFO story from Banff back in the 1970s. Another unsolved mystery. That’s probably the best kind, come to think of it.
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How about those folks in High Prairie – always upping their game and raising the bar when it comes to activities. High Prairie’s ‘Light-Up’ celebration was week later than Slave Lake’s, and this year added all sorts of fun activities, including (according to the South Peace News) road hockey, celebrity chili cook-off, ice turkey or ice chicken bowling, milk jug curling, Santa hat ring toss, snowman shootout, snowball toss, coal toss, snowshoe races, sled pull races, glow-in-the-dark soccer.

“And more,” says event chair Chris Clegg, who also happens to be the long-time editor of the News.
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More stuff from the Barton archives arrived at The Leader last week. No space now, but we’ll get back to you on it.

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