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Spring, as the calendar calls March and April, was going to be kindergarten open house season. However, COVID-19 closed the school. The last day for a while was Friday, March 13, which was the day of the one at Koinonia Christian School.
Other schools weren’t as lucky.
Smith School had one scheduled for April 17. St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School had three demonstrations scheduled for March 19. C.J. Schurter’s open house was to be April 20.

For spaghetti lovers, Red Earth Creek School’s annual spaghetti dinner and loonie auction is March 19 in the Back Lakes Sport Complex Gym. Supper is from 5 to 7 p.m. The auction starts at 7:15 p.m. Supper is $4 a person, with five and under free. Auction tickets are $1 each. Contact Chantelle 780-649-0500.

We hear Slave Lakers Austin Kuhn and Blake Carpenter were set to compete with their college teams at the ACHA National Tournament in Frisco Texas next week. Like the rest of hockey, it was canceled. Kuhn plays for top-ranked Adrian College in the Div. I tournament. Carpenter skates with the fourth-ranked Dakota College at Bottineau in Div. II. Congratulations to both!

Dodging potholes – that’s what keeps us on our toes around here. It’s all good fun of course only until somebody gets hurt. Probably the worst ones will get patched, when the weather allows. From what we’re hearing, the budget for highway maintenance – already slim – got slimmer in the recent budget. So we’ll see how it shakes out this summer. But the signs are not pointing towards economic recovery, are they? And that means no balanced provincial budget, and probably no increase in highway maintenance cash. One thing is for sure about roads: they either get better or worse. They don’t stay the same as they are now.

This just in from your Member of Parliament, Arnold Viersen. He has signed his name to a piece of proposed legislation that – if successful – would exempt farmers from the federal carbon tax. The cost of drying grain – already high – is going higher with the carbon tax and farmers deserve a break, says Viersen in a March 11 news release. Bill C-206 needs to get through Parliament to go into effect, which is far from a sure thing.

The Slave Lake Sharks swim team is hosting its annual general meeting and registration night on April 1 at 7 p.m. at Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake.

COVID-19 might be closing down in-person events at Northern Lakes College, but hopefully it won’t impact its webinars. These include Spring Migration Webinar on March 25 and a Watershed 1010 Webinar on April 15.

Most events The Leader knew about March 14th were cancelled. These included Stage North, hockey, all ages, figure skating, wrestling, basketball zones, and archery provincials.
Sunday March 15 fared better. The daycare’s Open House went ahead.
Bring Emma Home on March 29 was also postponed.

Through the years, the March 18 1974 Northland Free Press reported the Slave Lake RCMP responded to 93 complaints in February. In 2020, the week of February 22 to 28th, the RCMP responded to 98 calls.

Say ‘mushroom soup shortage’ three times really fast.

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