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Thanks to two people from Flatbush for letting us know there was a mistake in the M.D. candidate summaries last week. Ryan Cooper was interviewed at the Flatbush Store, but he doesn’t own it. Nor is he affiliated with it other than as a customer.
The store belongs to Debbie and Harold Brenneis. Our apologies.

After a few games, it’s looking as if the Slave Lake Icedogs have their work cut out for them in the GMHL West. Three losses in their first four games, to go along with a big win over Gibbons.
You can’t win ‘em all, as they say, and what’s most important is that they give it an honest effort every night. All the best to them! Coach K tells us the club is still actively recruiting players, so the picture may change quite a bit over the next while.

It’s always good to get that first snow of the season out of the way, so we can stop fretting about it. Ironically. it happened on Thanksgiving Day. One of the things to be thankful for was that there wasn’t more of it!

Will Chemago didn’t waste any time making an impact as a Junior hockey player in St. Paul. The former standout for the Slave Lake Midget Thunder scored a hat trick in the Canadiens’ first game of the NEABHL season – a 4 – 3 win over the Lloydminster Bandits. Yay! He had two assists in a 7 – 3 victory over Vermilion in St. Paul’s third game.

There are a lot of things that can be said about people and their dogs, not all of them complimentary. But one thing seems certain: if not for pet dogs, a lot of people would be getting a lot less exercise. You get the impression people on the whole think their legs are mainly for the purpose of getting from their houses to their vehicles and from their vehicles into the store or office or whatever. Nothing much else. But that darn dog needs to be walked. So there’s that to be thankful for.

This just in from Ian Doetzel, the Roland Michener School wrestling coach: RMS has been chosen to host a provincial championship wrestling tournament, February 18 and 19. We’ll report the details as we get them. Go Rams!

Probably nobody cares about election campaign news after the election is over, but we thought this was interesting. The Rotary Club’s town council candidates’ forum on Oct. 7 was an online event. The candidates, moderator and organizers were at the Legacy Centre, but everybody else had to tune in remotely. Questions were submitted ahead of time and read out by the moderator. That was the format.
The traditional, in-person forums almost never attract more than 100 people. That’s pretty small, given the number of eligible voters.
Anyway, we hear from the Rotary folks that this time, 217 watched the live broadcast (or at least part of it), and that was just the start of it. The next morning, 1,235 people had watched all or part of the forum, and as of a day later, the number of views continued to climb. By Oct. 12 it was up over 2,000.
So it turned out the degree of engagement with the voters was much higher than normal. It may even have affected the outcome.

Frost is on the grass. There’s a nip in the air, it must be time for the annual Coats for Kids donation drive. The Allarie family and their companies (Allarie Cleaners and The Brick) run this each year. Coats, toques, mitts, and scarves for all ages (four months to adult) can be dropped off at Allarie Cleaners, which is across the street and down the block from The Leader.
People in need can pick up the warm clothing at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.
This has been going on for years, since 1991.

Slave Lake has an Alberta Healthy Living Program through Alberta Health Services. At the moment everything from weight management to chronic pain management to heart and stroke is online. The website is People can also register for a class by calling 1-877-349-5711.

October 18 to 22 is Small Business Week. The Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce has started a new weekly feature for local businesses. The Business Excellence Awards will be the first week in November.

Short notice, but the Slave Lake Victim Services Society AGM is Wednesday, October 20, 2021 starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Contact [email protected] or 780-849-6884.

Attention all knitters, crocheters, and other ‘yarners’, the Rotary Club of Slave Lake has yarn to make toques for C.J. Schurter (K to Grade 3) students for Christmas. They are looking for knitters and crocheters to make the yarn into toques. If you are interested in helping out, text or call Gailene Kazakoff at 780-805-0324. The deadline is December 10th.
Also, Jo Stewart ([email protected]) is organizing a ‘yarn bomb’ of useful items – mitts, toques, socks, etc. around Slave Lake. Yarn bombing is a type of art installation, with people encouraged to take the items should they need them. Stewart has yarn left over from another community project if people need some to make items for the project.
The final items won’t be up around the community for a few months, as it takes some time to make handmade items.

The Slave Lake handbell choir has started up again. Not to perform, but just to get together to play music on Tuesdays. If you are interested in joining, call Edith Maddex at 780-849-4894. COVID precautions are in place.

There’s no Court Report this week as the Provincial Courts across Alberta have only limited services at the moment due to COVID-19. There may be a few people dealing with their matters for the next few weeks, but it will likely be slower than normal. Most matters were set over to November 10 or 17.

This item came across The Leader desk too late for the Oct. 13 paper, but on Oct. 16 the Slave Lake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its annual food drive. The event was postponed for about a month.
The food bank accepts donations all year. It is in the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, in northeast Slave Lake next to the Legacy Centre. The number is 780-849-3039.

Up to November 15, various forms of COVID proof will be accepted, but on that date people must have the one that includes a QR code. There’s an app, also people can get them printed at registry offices or by calling 811.

Yikes, there seem to be a lot of vehicles getting stolen lately. What anybody can do about it is a difficult question to answer, except to not make it easy for the thieves.

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