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How about this idea? Invite Prince William back for the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Slave Lake wildfires? He and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited shortly after the fires and toured some of the neighbourhoods destroyed by the fire. How about inviting them back to see the restoration? Just putting it out there on behalf of somebody who mentioned it to us.


Nice crushed ice show along the lakeshore last week. It’s always fun and interesting to see how much power there is in ice when it decides to get moving. There isn’t much that can resist it.


Somebody was telling us they saw a vehicle parked outside the gate at a certain hardware store on a Sunday, and a guy on a ladder up against the fence. This was in the middle of the day, with all sorts of spectators driving by. Surely it wasn’t somebody carrying out a theft in broad daylight? No, it turns out somebody in management was doing something unusual because the gate wouldn’t open.


Pat Potvin of Slave Lake is participating in his 21st straight MS 150 bicycle ride, which is a fundraiser to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. As per usual, he’s looking for donations, which can be made online. Pat’s easy to find on Facebook, and a link is there.
Thanks to the COVID pandemic, the ride is being done differently this year. Instead of Leduc to Camrose and back, Pat will be riding a route around Slave Lake until he’s covered the usual distance. He’s doing his 8.1-kilometre training route 21 times over two days, June 27 and 28.


The North Zone curve is flattening! At least that’s what our staff COVID-watcher, Pearl Lorentzen tells us. Good news. If we continue being careful, we’ll flatten the sucker all the way down to where we can squash it altogether.


May 12 was National Limerick Day. We briefly considered making the effort to come up with a new one in honour of the day, but abandoned it quite quickly for lack of a good idea. However, having mentioned it, we think it’s only fair to include one. Pelicans will be back on Lesser Slave Lake soon (if they’re not already), and here’s what Dixon Lanier Merritt had to say about that impressive creature:
A wonderful bird is the pelican
His beak can hold more than his bellycan
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week
Though I’m damned if I know how the helican.


Museums are part of Stage I of the Alberta government’s relaunch. Slave Lake doesn’t have any of these, but Kinuso, High Prairie and Athabsca all have one.
The Kinuso Museum is the Kinosayo Museum.
Kinosayo Museum president Jennifer Churchill says the museum is waiting on more information from the Alberta government and Alberta Museums Association before making plans to open.


Optimistic reports last Thursday, May 14, had Lesser Slave Lake completely free of ice. That’s the way it looked from the east end, at shore level. However, as usual, the mass of ice had moved west and there was plenty of it in view from Widewater. A few years ago somebody who should have known better announced the ice was gone at a record early date. On the same day or a day later we received a photo taken from a Forestry plane showing the lake about three quarters clogged with ice. Don’t trust your eyes, especially when you are standing at the edge of the water. Another example of how deceptive it can be: last week we stopped at the M.D.’s lookout opposite the landfill access road. Solid ice over the lake as far as we could see. But the view from up the landfill road revealed more open water than ice to the northeast. Perspective is everything.

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