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Former Community Futures boss Chris Robblee seems to have landed on his feet. The Vegreville News Advertiser had a big feature on his arrival in that community as the new economic development and tourism manager for the Town of Vegreville. The Sept. 20 article by Joe Machney quoted Robblee saying (apparently tongue in cheek) he and his wife liked Vegreville because, “We’re close enough to our families that we can go over on a Friday for dinner, but far enough that we don’t have to help them out on the farm.”
Good luck to him. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Josh Friesen is the new general manager of Community Futures, Lesser Slave Lake. All the best to him as well, and if the bank has turned you down for a small business loan, go see Josh.
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Don’t look now, but The Leader turned 45 this fall. The first edition of the paper (then called the Northland Free Press), came out on Sept. 27, 1972, as near as we can figure.
We’ve decided to go easy on the partying, though. No big blow-out planned, and no need to shower us with anniversary gifts. If we’re still around in 2021 for the 50th anniversary we’ll really cut loose. Maybe. Stay tuned.
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An alert reader of our Town Council Notebook had an observation on the comparative school bus violation statistics that appeared in the Sept. 20 Leader. It was reported at a council meeting that ‘Slave Lake was by far the worst,’ in the school division when it comes to drivers disregarding the flashing red lights of school buses. But, says our correspondent, when you take population into account, Slave Lake’s per capita violation rate is actually lower than High Prairie’s.
That may be the case, but his calculations probably didn’t take the rural population around High Prairie into account, which we believe is larger and more spread out than Slave Lake’s. Be that as it may, blowing past a school bus that is loading or unloading kids is bad news and it’s happening too much.
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A guy can get bogged down pretty fast taking on the sloppy, illogical assumptions behind a lot of what we say and do. So here’s just one. Or two, rather. 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. They are logical impossibilities. Since 12 noon is the exact dividing point between a.m. and p.m., it can’t be one or the other. Nor is there any need for it to be, since 12 noon covers it nicely.
Need more? ‘A.m’ stands for ‘ante meridiam’, which means ‘before noon,’ more or less, and ‘p.m.’ means ‘post meridiam,’ or ‘after noon.’ So it’s a logical fallacy to say 12 noon is 12 p.m., because that would be saying it is after itself. By that logic, you could say 12 midnight is ‘post meridiam,’ because it is ‘after’ the middle of the day. But as it’s the exact dividing line between the p.m. and a.m. hours in the 12-hour clock, it makes no more sense to call it p.m. than a.m. It isn’t one or the other, because it falls exactly on the dividing point between them.
One way to solve all this confusion is to adopt a 24-hour clock, which much of the world has. But that might be too confusing.
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Remember RCMP Const. Matthew Quilley? He was posted in Slave Lake a few years ago, and just completed a five-year stint with the RCMP Musical Ride. According to a story in rdnewsnow (Red Deer), Quilley enjoyed it a lot and will now serve as a regular member in Red Deer, his home town.
We mainly remember him for his turn on stage as a country singer, warming up the crowd for Jim Cuddy at the Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre in December of 2012. He was nervous, but he pulled it off nicely.
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This just in from the Town of Slave Lake: CN is doing an upgrade to the rail crossing at Main St., from Tuesday, Oct. 3, causing traffic disruption for 10 days to two weeks. That’s apparently how long it takes CN to install a new set of lights and a set of crossing arms – which will be something new there.
The initial word from the town was that the project would result in the total closure of Main St. at that location for 10 days. Late last week that was downgraded quite a bit to “minor traffic restrictions, such as one lane closed for short periods.”



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