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A couple of Town of Slave Lake employees were nominated recently for The Leader’s Good Neighbour award that appears on this page. It turns out they are not allowed to accept gifts for doing their jobs, however good-neighbourly they may be. So last week they returned the gift certificates that come with the award. ‘We appreciate being recognized’, said Sean McConnell and Rory Leishman, ‘but we can’t take these.’ Good to know and keep up the good work!

‘Seven Summits and Two Poles,’ says the headline on a poster. ‘An evening with Horacio Galanti.’ Three possible interpretations immediately occur.

  1. Mr. Galanti used the same two hiking poles to climb all those mountains. Fair enough; good equipment is important.
  2. Or, Mr. Galanti kept encountering the same two Polish climbers, interesting chaps that earned a prominent part in his story.
  3. Or, in addition to climbing the highest peak on seven continents, Mr. Galanti visited the North and South Poles.
    What do you think?
    Why this comes up is Galanti is speaking in Slave Lake twice on May 7, as part of the Leadercast: Postive Disruption event.

If you’re visiting on the second floor of the Points West residence in Slave Lake, you’re in for a treat. And not just because of the nice people who live there and work there. On the walls is an impressive array of historical photographs, nicely framed. They look as if they could be from around this area, but on the other hand might be from anywhere in northern Alberta from back in the early days of settlement. Riverboats, dogsleds, fur trading posts, people on wagons – all sorts of stuff like that. What’s missing is any information to go with them. One resident is trying to do something about that and has asked The Leader to help. So….if anybody knows anything, we’d like to hear from you!

Friendly reminder- March 6 is the deadline for nominations for Slave Lake’s Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer awards. They will be presented at the volunteer appreciation banquet in the latter part of April. To nominate someone, give Serena a call at 780-849-4103, or Juanita at 780-849-3039.

The ‘Media Challenge’ portion of the Rotary Club’s NHL Playoff Pool hasn’t been worth the ink we’ve expended on it in recent years, with only one or two contenders for the big prize (a pizza from Alimo’s). We’d like to throw out the challenge directly and in no uncertain terms to Lake FM, otherwise known as Boom! Get in the game! Pick your teams! Get involved! Harry Bartlett has three entries with your name on them. Nothing against the cable TV crew, but we need at least three teams in this to make it fun.
Meanwhile, the 777 tickets are now available at The Business Factory, we’re told. So are the playoff pool ones, there and at Alimo’s Pizzaria.

Nominations are being sought for the second annual ‘Game Changer Award’ which the Beauchamp family of Slave Lake established to honour the late Terry Beauchamp. It’s for somebody – coach, manager or team executive member – whose dedication makes a difference in the lives of players.
There are a lot of such positively influential people in the community, as we all know. Email Calvin at [email protected] to nominate. The deadline is March 31.

March 8th is International Women’s Day. Congratulations to Northern Haven Support Society for selling out its annual Brunch with the Girls on that day.

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library is looking for local artists to display their art on the art wall. The space is available until April 6. For more information contact 780-849-5250.

Here’s a reminder about the March 29 fundraiser for Emma Read, who has been in an Edmonton hospital since running into a moose on Hwy. 2 near Widewater in December. ‘Bring Emma Home,’ it’s called.

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