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Stop the presses, the theme for this year’s Moonlight Madness parade is ‘Superheros Celebrating Christmas.’ The parade and other festivities will be Nov. 20, the deadline to register for the parade is Nov. 18.

The thing about typos is sometimes we catch them and sometimes we don’t. Recently, ‘bend of October’ got a good laugh in the office, but didn’t make the final cut.
Unfortunately, we don’t catch everything. In the Oct. 28 Leader an article ‘Métis Nation food boxes focus on local produce’ the grant was from Second Harvest, not Second Helping as was written.
In a similar vein, words can seem generic, but have specific meanings. For instance, degree instead of diploma, caused some confusion. A degree is an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. A diploma takes two years.

Noon on Nov. 16, the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5 and the Town of Slave Lake will raise the Métis flag at Rennie Hall Plaza. This marks the beginning of Métis Week.

We had a nice chat last week with Bob Beaulac on the subject of gravel. Bob used to be a ‘soilsman’ with Alberta Transportation, based in High Prairie. He also was quite the basketball player, which is how your Page 9 correspondent got to know him, back in the first half of the 1990s. He’s retired now, living in Wetaskiwin and driving schoolbus for something to do.

Megan McNeil was good enough to call The Leader the other day from out on Hwy. 88, where she had observed some change in the appearance of the new bridge over Lily Creek. We appreciate such tips, however they may come.
People often say something along the lines of: ‘You’re in the news business. You must know what’s going on!’ Answer: ‘We only know stuff if somebody tells us about it!’
Over the years there have been a few good friends of The Leader who take the trouble to let us know things they have seen or heard that we might be interested in. Megan is one of those and she comes by it honestly (as they say), because nobody is more curious about what’s going on around the area than her dad Bernie McNeil. She was telling us how she and Bernie were out on the highway on the day the girders for the new bridge at Lily Creek were being slung into place. They spent four hours watching the show and had the pictures to prove it. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

National Trail Week came up last month. We were thinking of doing a bit of a feature on ‘The Great Trail’ (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) in commemoration, but kept putting off the photographic expedition due to lousy weather. It might have to be on skis or snowshoes by the time we get around to it. However you go, there is a nice trail through Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park. It’s called the Freighter Lakeshore Trail and is part Canada’s ‘Great Trail.’ There’s also that neat little hike from the top of Marten Mountain into Lily Lake, although the road up there will be closed soon if it isn’t already.

It sure seems a lot of small businesses have been launching lately in Slave Lake. It’s great to see people making the effort, given the risk involved, in times that are economically uncertain, to say the least. Best of luck to all!
On the other hand, there have also been business closures. Whitecap Recreation comes to mind as a recent example.

COVID testing, we found out recently by first-hand experience, is a pretty slick drive-through procedure at the old fire hall in Slave Lake. The big overhead door opens, somebody beckons you in, you drive in, roll down the window and answer a few questions, then drive forward to the testing station where somebody takes a swab and off you go, through the bay door on the other side. Bob’s your uncle, as they say.
What works less well about it is the getting results back part. You are supposed to stay home until you get them, which can be quite inconvenient. In our case it took four days. And the result? Negative!

The never-ending story around here is how long the bridge construction on Hwy. 88 is going to take. Latest word is the new bridges look substantially complete, and it’s just a matter of getting the approaches paved. Now that we’ve written this, it’s probably going to happen before the paper comes out.
That seems to be the way it works. Dan Rose of Marten Beach was telling us the detours were in horrible shape last week.

This paper comes out just the day before Remembrance Day. It will be different this year, thanks to COVID. But it’s the thought that counts, and taking a moment at 11 a.m. on 11/11 to think of the ones who gave their lives in service of their country can be done wherever one happens to be.

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t. True, that is. The exception may be Expander Energy’s synthetic diesel plant it plans to build near Slave Lake. At least we sure hope so. All it needs is a source of raw material (check), money to spend (check, apparently), a decent product (we have to take the company’s word on this one) and people who will pay a fair price for it (no worries there, says Gord Crawford of Expander). Have we missed anything? Good workers would be one. Reasonable taxes. A way to get the product to market. All good there, as far as we know.

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