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Everyone needs to drink, and there’s a possibility that climate change will make it more difficult for communities to provide consistent safe drinking water.
A recent study by Alberta Innovates looked at Slave Lake, Peace River, and other drinking water facilities. For anyone interested in learning more, it is available online and is called “Drinking Water Infrastructure Risk and Vulnerability Assessment.”


Too bad about that coffee house being postponed. It could have been good and lots of fun. But the timing was bad. People who bought tickets and would like a refund are advised to go back to wherever they bought them. If they purchased online, the refund will be direct to credit cards.
“Organizers feel that it would be irresponsible to encourage non-essential group activities at this time,” said a message from coffee house organizer Ellen Criss, on behalf of Stage North and the Rotary Club. Criss said the hope is the coffee house can be held in the not too distant future.


On a similar note, the Community Christian Centre in Slave Lake has decided not to hold a community dinner it was planning for the 28th of November. Another casualty of COVID.


Something you don’t hear or see very often is Hwy. 88 referred to as ‘The Bicentennial Highway.’ In fact the only place we’ve ever seen it is on Gilwood Golf and Country Club emails, and only in the past couple of years. Apparently it was so-named to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Vermilion in 1988, which is at the north end of the highway.
Good to know! But if Hwy. 88 keeps falling apart at is current rate (at least the southern portion), they’ll have to think of calling it the Bicentennial Goat Trail.


Times are tough, as everyone knows, but Appara Shoes of Slave Lake is celebrating 20 years in business. Congratulations to Dawn and her staff and here’s to another 20!


Good old Dan Rose stops in every week to pick up some newspapers for the box at Marten Beach. We appreciate it, and as far as we know so do the people out there who like to get their paper.
Another bonus for us is Dan’s weekly report on the progress on the two bridge projects on Hwy. 88. Every week we expect him to say they are open, but we keep being disappointed. Surely it can’t be long now!


Rules are rules. At a medical appointment in the city last week, the lady at the desk said, ‘Put your mask on, please,’ which made it hard to drink the Tim Horton’s coffee your correspondent was working on. ‘And you can’t wait in here; you’ll have to go down to the lobby.’
Okay. Fair enough. Lots of room in the big lobby, benches spaced out at a safe distance from each other. Security guard (also masked up) keeping an eye on the scene. If you didn’t have legitimate business, he made sure you moved along.
Next door in the Tim Hortons, about half the patrons looked to be only a few coins short of being out on the street. One guy had bought four cups of (probably) coffee and was busy drawing pictures on one of his hands. Another guy exploded in a stream of verbal abuse when the coffee shop staff insisted the washrooms were for paying customers only. We were happy to get back on the road to Slave Lake, where we have our own problems.


Is anybody else getting this type of phone call? A recorded voice says, ‘This is bank security….’ That’s all we’ve heard because we hang up immediately. But the calls keep coming.


Congratulations to Katie Bickell, who grew up in Slave Lake, on the publication of her novel “Always Brave, Sometimes Kind” by Brindle & Glass Publishing.

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