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We mentioned fish flies a week or two ago in this space. That was after only a few days of them being more numerous than ever and swarming in places they usually don’t show up. But the good thing about the fish fly explosion, we thought, is it only lasts a couple of days. Two week later…. Still hatching, swarming and generally being a nuisance. For that and other reasons, it’s been a summer like no other.

Jamey Gervais was good enough (again) to offer us the use of his aerial photographs – taken by drone of the All-In Slave Lake parade on Aug. 27. You can see the results on Page 12 of this week’s Leader.

We hear Vanderwell Heritage Place (the seniors’ lodge in Slave Lake) is closed to visitors for the time being, thanks to a rise in community COVID-19 cases.

Coach K (Gregg Kennedy of the Slave Lake Icedogs) is back in town and up to his eyeballs in preparations for the new season of junior hockey. That includes player recruitment, of which there was still plenty to do when we talked to him last week. He’s also pounding the pavement and knocking on doors trying to drum up sponsorships for the team. We wish him success on both fronts!

We missed the memo on this, but William Chemago of Slave Lake is suiting up for the St. Paul Canadiens, we hear. That’s a Jr. B team in the Northeast Alberta Junior Hockey League. All the best to him!

Okay, okay, okay…..we screwed up! Somehow, five proofreaders didn’t find anything odd about a headline in last week’s edition of The Leader that said: ‘Federal election 2020.’ One of them being the guy who made the typo in the first place. We’ll try to get the year right from now on!
And speaking of dumb mistakes, on that same page is another one; in the story on Maverick Party candidate Colin Krieger it says he is running in ‘Lesser Slave Lake.’ Our crack crew of proofers missed that one as well. Back to the drawing board….

This fall there are five Action Alberta events for Slave Lake. The series is called Responding to Hate, Racism, and Discrimination Slave Lake and Area. The events are every other Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with dates of (Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9). Registration is free and is on

This Friday, Stage North is holding its first concert of the season. ‘jazz evangelist’ Tim Tamashiro. It is Sept. 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake. Tickets are available, at Seasons tickets are also available.

Sept. 11 is International Day of Service. There’s a ‘Family Fun Day’ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Slave Lake. This includes family history research help, children’s games and a BBQ.
Sept. 11 is also Indigenous Entrepreneur Day at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
That day there’s also a fun three-on-three hockey tournament scheduled.

Congratulations to Slave Lake Alliance Church on its 50th anniversary. The celebration is scheduled for Sunday, September 12.

Sept. 13 to 15, Skydive in Slave Lake is scheduled to be happening. Posters are up.

Sept. 18 is stacking up to be a busy day. Last week, two more events were added – the annual 5 km Color Fun Run & BBQ and The Future is Female – Ladies Night Out. (see calendar on for all the events which have come to The Leader’s attention on that and other days).

Between the federal and the municipal elections, school board trustee elections can fall under the radar. However, these are the same day (Oct. 18) as the municipal election. If anyone hears of anyone running for the Slave Lake portion of either High Prairie School Division or Living Waters Separate Catholic School Division or Aspen View Public Schools (Smith-Hondo), please let The Leader know at 780-849-4380.

How busy are sign makers these days? People’s Party candidate Darryl Boisson tells us he had to go all the way to Ontario to find someone willing to make his!

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