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‘Some drivers just don’t get it’ Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader While talking about seatbelts on school buses last week, the related topic of safety for kids getting onto and off of school buses came up. Are people still ignoring the flashing…
Students may have to buckle up on buses

Richard Froese and Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Students riding on school buses may have to buckle up in seatbelts in a year or so. The federal Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, recently announced that he will create a task force to study…

Submitted Seniors in Big Lakes County have a new way to get out of the house and into their surrounding communities. The county has purchased a wheelchair-accessible bus to provide expanded transportation options for local seniors. The bus will make…

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Wild pigs in Big Lakes County will remain under control. At its Jan. 9 meeting, county council renewed a containment agreement for the porkers for another five years. “The agreement is focused on ensuring that…

By-election for trustee is Feb. 4 Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader If you are hoping this article will help you decide who to vote for in the Feb. 4 by-election for High Prairie School Division trustee, be warned; it probably won’t. Why?…

Sponsorship needed for two major awards Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader  The Leader will not be continuing its sponsorship of the Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer awards. That decision was made last year by the head office in High Prairie,…

Leader staff Illegal drug trafficking seems to be quite the cottage industry in Calling Lake. Violent crime of course goes right along with that and there have been recent incidents of that in police reports coming out of the community…
New pharmacy owner hopes people ‘will see the difference’

Callie HermansonLakeside Leader Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy has opened its doors on January 21 at 102 6 Ave SW, Slave Lake (right between Mary Brown’s Chicken and Subway). Pharmacist and Medicine Shoppe owner Megan Tanner says Medicine Shoppe is different than…

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader One of three Slave Lakers running for a vacant spot on the High Prairie School Division (HPSD) Board of Trustees is Sean McConnell. McConnell is a former HPSD employee and current manager of facilities and parks…

Leader staff The community of Wabasca-Desmarais is better off these days when it comes to health care. That’s because of the recent arrival of two new family physicians. According to a Jan. 21 news release from Alberta Health Services, Drs.…
Coffee, bannock and politics: UCP leader swings by

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Back in October when United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney stopped at the A&W in Slave Lake to meet and greet, the turnout was modest. Last week he did the same thing and the joint was jumping.…
Music lessons keeping local woman on her toes

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Vocal, piano and guitar lessons – those three things are keeping Carla Boisvert of Slave Lake very busy these days. “Forty-three students,” she says. “Six days a week. I love it!” Boisvert is a musician and spent…

Callie HermansonLakeside Leader Born and raised Slave Laker Steve Adams is running to become the next High Prairie School Division (HPSD) School Board Trustee. Adams is one of three local nominees in the by-election. Adams went to school here in…

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Tammy Henkel has resigned from High Prairie School Division board of trustees. The board received her letter of resignation in December, says an HPSD news release dated Jan. 8. However, Henkel will remain on the…

League commissioner to visit on Jan. 30 Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The Western Provinces Hockey Association (WPHA), it appears, is still gung-ho about setting up a Junior ‘A’ franchise in Slave Lake. Last year’s effort did not bear fruit; they are…