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What’s up with these precise weather predictions? Some online weather service or other was telling us last week that it would begin raining at 1:10 p.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Like hell it will, we said. Nobody can be that certain.
It’s a gimmick, of course. An attention-grabber. As it turned out, it didn’t rain at all that afternoon.
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A Slave Lake resident has proposed a series of articles on addictions. It’s a topic of great concern, here and everywhere else. Her view is that addiction is not well understood as the disease it is and she hopes to shed some light on it. It’s a complicated and unpleasant topic, but it is certainly worth looking at. So we’ll see what comes out of it. We’re hoping the first installment will appear next week.
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‘Your crosswords are difficult!’ a faithful reader of The Leader told us the other day. Hmmmm. We’re just trying to make them interesting. Sometimes maybe a bit too interesting, such as this week’s number, which starts off with a quote from the Queen of Hearts that she might not have actually said. Your crossword maker distinctly remembers her saying it in the 1951 Disney film ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ but an online search refused to turn it up. We went with it anyway, making what might be a difficult puzzle already even tougher. Here’s a clue: It’s four words and contains a pun on the word ‘guards.’
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News from the trenches on the last weekend of June: somebody broke their back in an ATV accident, another person was airlifted to Edmonton due to a hit and run that happened near the Cornerstone apartments and yet another person was in the hospital for treatment of a stab wound. How do we know this? Somebody close to the action told us.
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Sign of the times: the folks at the El Ameen Mosque in Slave Lake were all set to start cooking pancakes on the ATCO grill on June 25, but nobody had a lighter to start it! This was both good and bad – good that nobody there smoked; bad because they couldn’t get the darn thing fired up. But it only held them up for a few minutes, and as far as we know a good time was had by all and some money raised for the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre’s food bank.
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Speaking of the Friendship Centre, what’s going on there these days? We’re sure the food bank is still operating and still struggling. We know it’s operating, because super volunteer Kathy LaCouvée (pronounced ‘La coovay’) comes in The Leader weekly to relieve of us our surplus cardboard boxes.
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So…. Foolish people at The Leader waited until the last minute to go shopping for Canada Day flags and such. Good luck! None to be had for any price. Even those factories in China couldn’t keep up with the demand for patriotic Canadian products.
So what did we do? Made our own! And when we say ‘we,’ we mean Tammy, Katrina and Sunny.
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Somebody apparently was reading this space recently when we were carrying on about the lack of variety in summer barbecues. Because what to you know – up pops the Rotary Club with an East Indian BBQ for famine relief in Africa. Or if not a barbecue, at least food. You can’t beat that for variety. But just in case, they had some burgers on the side for folks who don’t like to step out of their culinary comfort zone. All for a good cause. Good job by Srini and his truckstop crew and by the Rotary Club for again making it easy for us to help people suffering in faraway places.

(Okay, it probably had nothing to do with our whining.)
Following up, Rotary president Lynn Haas tells us the event raised $706. That’ll be doubled by the federal government, after the Rotarians donated the money to the Shelter Box program. Shelter Box, Haas explains, is a Rotary relief program providing basic living items (tent, cooking utensils, etc) in a box, for people displaced by disasters, including famine.
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Jumpstart’, not ‘Kickstart’. In Last week’s Leader we got the name wrong of the Canadian Tire program. Sorry about that.
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‘Prayer helps,’ says Mary Brown, and what she’d like readers of this newspaper to do is include Churchill Manitoba (her home town) in their prayers. Churchillites are suffering right now because flooding has shut down the railway connection to the community on Hudson Bay. Supplies have to be flown in and are much more expensive as a result. She asked us to mention it in the paper, so this is it.

 

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