By the time this comes out, the Edmonton Oilers will either have advanced to the next round of the NHL pandemic playoffs or will be consoling themselves on the golf course. Either way, they provided some great entertainment.
It’s been a strange year so far, with many things happening for the first time in our lives. Here’s one example: shelling peas while watching the NHL playoffs. We’re pretty confident this has not happened before in human history. Well, not in northern Alberta. Maybe somewhere that has peas ripening in May….
At The Leader we sometimes attempt to follow a fire truck when we hear the sirens blaring. You never know – there might be something worth taking pictures of. Nine times out of 10 either we never find out where the truck was headed, or we do find it but nothing is happening. A false alarm or something. Once upon a time we had a pager and would sometimes catch the dispatcher calling the fire department. That’s how we got to a fire in the southeast part of Slave Lake before the fire truck one time. The fire chief was there, looking at a house that was leaking smoke. We started taking pictures of the scene and actually caught on film the instant when the picture window exploded outward in a blast of flame and heat. We were told later that what we saw is called ‘flashover,’ and it is rarely photographed.
It’s hard to imagine a local lumber yard being out of 2 x 4s, but so much building is going on that’s what is happening. We know of someone who was unable to buy a an eight-foot treated 2 x 4 in town the other day. A guy from a mill told us the stores were reaching out to the mill to see if they could buy some directly (not the usual procedure) to ‘backfill’ while they waited for their regular suppliers to come through. That’s just one more unusual thing about this summer.
Speaking of summer, how is the blueberry crop coming along? We’ll have to look into it. Sheila Willis of Smith says a decent crop is shaping up in her neck of the woods. She’ll probably be using a shop vac to pick them again. Last week when we spoke on the phone she was speculating about the idea of some kind of competition involving an obstacle course and using a vacuum to suck up a certain amount of berries. We’ll get back to you if anything comes of it.
What do you get when you do an online search for images of Slave Lake Alberta? Some nice pictures of the beach. An aerial view or two of the town itself. And lots of fire pictures. As a bonus, you get a few photos of Great Slave Lake, in spite of including ‘Lesser’ and ‘Alberta’ in the search.
We notice Sawridge Creek through Slave Lake was as low as it has been all season last week. It’s actually a relief to see after so much wet weather. The lake, on the other hand, is still very high, but receding slowly. Or was when this was written. Who knows what the next few days brought.
But getting back to the creek, somebody had this to say the other day when walking across the railway bridge. “It’s so low you can see the shopping carts and bicycles in there!”
With everything growing, the question of how to dispose of weeds comes up. The quick answer is bag them and send them to the landfill. In town, they can go in the black bins. The recycle area is only for grass clippings, leaves, and cut branches.
August 22 is the Terry Fox Ride of Hope and September 20th is the 40th annual (Virtual) Terry Fox Run to raise money to fight cancer. Slave Lake has held one almost every year since it started in 1981. However, this year there is no barbecue or other get-together.
People who want to participate can sign up online, says Slave Lake organizer Jen Simpson.