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Alrighty then. What do we have to start off this week? The usual weather commentary? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oops! Nodded off there. Sorry.
It’s February! If this month is anything like last month, we’ll be just fine. See you in the check-out line, maybe.

Okay, here’s a prediction on the economy. People have been banking their money in the past several months, for lack of anything to spend it on. When the COVID restrictions ease off, an explosion of spending will ensue. This will be a big boost for the economy, generally.
Some sectors will benefit more than others, of course.

More Lesser Slave area photos are showing up in Global TV’s daily posts. Richard Woodman had a nice one of blue jays from Swan River and Alice Girvan had a closeup of a raven. A couple of days later, a squirrel picture by Charlotte Measor of Canyon Creek showed up. Keep up the good work!

‘Nothing new at the archive’ says Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library Archivist Lyndsey Carmichael. ‘No pun intended’ she adds (ha ha). Then she goes on to say something is new – that being a donation of local historical photos, maps and documents. For example: “From Sawridge 1912-1914, Sawridge Flood 1935, Slave Lake 1954, Hospital Construction 1965, Fire south of Slave Lake April 1980, Air tanker crash April 1980, Slave Lake Flood 1988 and an album of photos from the movie set of “Silence of The North.”
Not too shabby!

Here’s a new one – to us, at least. Pincher Creek RCMP are asking for help in finding the culprits in a case of “mischief to grain.” The mischief had to do with exposing some barley contained in bags to the elements, by slashing open the bags. Why it’s news is because they weren’t just any old grain bags. They were really big – each containing $225,000 worth of barley.

April Isadore tells us she got the required number of signatures, and the appeal of the Dec. 20 Driftpile election has been sent off to the federal authorities.

Smith is back to a two restaurant town. On February 8, Smith Pizza and Donair opened in the space that used to be the Red Door Restaurant. The owners have another restaurant in Kinuso.
Good luck and happy dining.

February is Black History Month. Although often forgotten, there were black settlers in Alberta.
In the early 1900s, the furthest north black community in Canada was Amber Valley – 24 kilometres east of the Town of Athabasca, says ‘Amber Valley’ a Canadian Encyclopedia article. The population was around 1,000 African Americans from the deep south.

Kindness is something that never goes out of style, but there is also a day focused on it. February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. This is just a few days after a better known festive day focused on love, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year.

February 1 to 7 was Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
National Eating Disorder Information Centre ( says, “We believe that through open, supportive dialogue, we can help break the shame, stigma and silence that affect nearly one million Canadians living with a diagnosable eating disorder — and the millions of others who are struggling with food and weight preoccupation.”
The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta ( has online support groups. The NEDIC helpline is 1-866-633-4220 and the Mental Health Helpline is 1-877-303-2642.

Interested in health care in Slave Lake and area? The Lesser Slave Lake Health Advisory Committee meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 11). It is online from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and community members are welcome to join. To join, email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Lesser Slave Lake’.

How about this? A long-time reader and supporter of your local community newspaper thinks a certain local coffee shop should have its phone number in the paper! So there!
Why he wanted it was so he could order doughnuts for the staff at the hospital that recently took such good care of him!

The lonely bull? A bison soaks up the sun by the Old Smith Highway.

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