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The one day it rains in two weeks happens to be the day of the fall fair in Smith. The same thing happened last year and the year before that. Or was that some other year? But it was fairly warm, and the rain didn’t amount to much, and a lot of people turned out!
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This has probably come up before and been talked about around town, but it was a surprise to us. Sitting in the clinic the other day waiting to be called and skimming through a year-old copy of Readers Digest, the last thing in the world we were expecting was to find an article with not one, but two connections to Slave Lake in it. First was an article by Omar Mouallem, about a little girl whose bravery helped save her mom and baby brother after their car went off the highway in Jasper National Park. Omar may or may not be from Slave Lake, but he’s certainly got a pile of cousins there. He knows how to tell a story, too. Popping up in this one, unexpectedly, was former Slave Laker Rick Nowicki, who was in the first vehicle to stop at the scene. Rick and his business partner helped out while they waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Way to go!
Well, let’s allow for the possibility it was another Rick Nowicki. But we don’t think so!
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Slave Lake was also in the news recently when an Edmonton lawyer, acting on behalf of a Slave Lake resident, was reprimanded by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge for ‘vexatious’ and ‘frivolous’ actions purportedly on behalf of her client. He’s a fellow who has been trying for years to gain membership in the Sawridge First Nation, without success. Patricia Kennedy’s reprimand includes an order to pay court costs.
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This just in on the Robyn Chemago file: she is trying out for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and if successful plans to become a professional hockey goalie. She’ll have to find other employment though, says her mom Pat, because the CWHL doesn’t pay enough to live on. Good luck to her!
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People have been talking (complaining – let’s face it) about traffic obstruction on residential streets by holiday trailers and such. We checked and it isn’t against the rules, per se. That doesn’t mean it’s not a bad idea and quite inconvenient and probably not safe – especially when two of these monsters are parked opposite each other.
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We were sorry to hear about the demise of Grant and Arlene Gramiak’s dog Kona last week. Kona had been missing for a few days, after having run off during fireworks on the night of Sept. 2. We were all set to run a photo and a plea for help in locating Kona, when Arlene let us know she had been found “and laid to rest.” We’re not sure what happened.

Kona in happier times.

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Shawn Gramlich keeps surprising people (maybe only us); his latest venture is a run for a seat on town council, which he announced on social media last week. Sooner or later we’ll track him down and get him on the record for a story in The Leader about why he decided to do it. But since it’s not official until next Monday (nomination day), we’ll hold off until after that. At the moment we’re not even sure if there is going to be a competition for the seven council seats (six councillors plus mayor).

 

 

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