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Well, well. The first frost had to come sometime, so why not on the last day of August? There wasn’t much to it, and apparently it only happened here and there. But by now (let’s say it’s Sept. 8 or 9 when you read this) it may well have frozen again, and harder.

The Slave Lake Icedogs, we hear, are looking for billet families. They have a few new players coming from other towns and provinces. Not to mention a new coach coming all the way from Sweden. We hope to have a story on him sometime pretty soon (maybe even in this paper). Get hold of Lauren Barr if you can help, [email protected] 587-936-7827.

So…will there be a rec hockey season? This is from Mike Martin, who organizes the adult league in Slave Lake. His answer: “Yes! It may not be quite as normal as you’re used to, but I think it can be close.”
That’s just a snippet from a long social media post the other day, with all sorts of details about ‘return to play’ rules for hockey in the COVID era. The goal is to reduce the chance of virus transmission and if it does show up, be able to track down whoever might have had contact with the infected person.
Show up dressed, play, no showers, no hanging around, hit the road directly after the game, etc. etc.
By the way, we hear last week the process of installing ice in the front arena had begun.

Next week (more than likely) we’ll have a section in The Leader on hunting. It’s something we do pretty much every year; a few stories, a few ads from companies providing services to hunters and so on. One thing you’ll see in there is an article about moose hunting, or maybe about the moose itself. It’s an impressive animal, with all sorts of interesting details once you start looking around. One strange thing about the moose is that although it is identified as a ‘New World’ species, it exists all the way across the northern parts of the Eurasian continent. So did it start out here and end up there? Nothing we read had anything to say about that.
Apparently there were once moose roaming around Great Britain! They are called ‘elk’ – or some version of that word – in Europe. Moose often do quite well where they are introduced (or re-introduced). Newfoundland is the great example. A few have also been turned loose in New Zealand, but they haven’t exactly caught on there.

A nice surprise came last week in the form of an email from former Slave Laker Patrick Simpson. He lives on Vancouver Island, where he either makes a living playing music or at least does a lot of it. It turns out Pat keeps in touch with his home town via The Leader’s online posts ( and said some very complimentary things about your local news rag. Thanks!
The garden featured in our Aug. 26 edition, on 13th Ave. SE in Slave Lake was the Simpson family home all the years Pat was growing up here. He says his parents Rand and Diane spent a lot of time and effort on the garden and it was recognizable in the photos and he says, meant a lot to him and to his parents.

September is Month of the Artist in Alberta, so do something nice for the artists in your life. Food is always appreciated.

Congratulations to Smith resident Sheila Willis, who has another award under her belt. This one is an Alberta government award to honour Albertans who have helped during COVID-19. She adapted her tourism app – History Check – to include open washrooms and food services so truck drivers and couriers could find a place to stop.

Congrats to Richard Krikun, former Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory bander-in-charge on his co-authored scientific article ‘Widely distributed breeding populations of Canada warbler converge on migration through Central America’ in BMC Zoology.

Your Rotary Club is teaming up with Stage North on a coffee house for sometime early in the New Year, we hear. Local performers and all that. Stay tuned.

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