Congratulations to former Slave Laker Betty Osmond, for receiving special recognition recently from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Osmond is the recipient of the Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer Award, which is also sponsored by the Society of Local Government Managers. This was in recognition of her work the past few years as CAO of the Town of Sylvan Lake, which is where she and husband Bob moved after Betty’s four or five years as CAO at the Town of Slave Lake.
“The Town of Sylvan Lake has benefited immensely from Betty’s experience and dedication — to not only her role as CAO, but to the concept of community,” said Sylvan Lake mayor Sean McIntyre in a statement quoted in the Red Deer Advocate.
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Oh boy, what next. RCMP sent out a warning recently about ‘romance scams’ that are being perpetrated via the Internet. Lonely people looking for love are getting sucked into believing somebody they met online cares about them, and in some cases end up sending money to the scammers. The RCMP say 56 such reports have come in this year, from Alberta, with $3.6 million dollars having been lost. The true numbers are probably much higher, due to the acute embarrassment involved in reporting such things.
If you suspect something like this, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
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Much was being made last week about somewhat fanciful online year-old news story about Isaiah Letendre the Red Earth Creek hockey player. He was with the Las Vegas Storm of the WSHL, a junior league, at the time, and was one of its leading scorers. Isaiah is now playing for the Peace River Navigators of the NWJHL, and had eight points in the team’s first seven games. Good for him. Blake Carpenter of Slave Lake is a teammate and is off to a fast start as well, with 13 points in his first seven games. Three other guys from the Red Earth area are also on the Navs – goalie Jeremiah Yellowknee, Rolston Houle and Daniel Noskey. Good luck to all of them.
While we’re at it, Drake Bjornson of Slave Lake shows up on the roster of the Sexsmith Vipers this year, as a defenceman. One of his teammates is Dylan Bellerose of High Prairie, who is likely the same guy who played in Slave Lake for the ‘AA’ Bantam team three or four years ago.
Checking in on Brad Girard of Widewater, we see the Olds Grizzlies of the AJHL just traded him to the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL. Brad was off to a decent start with the Grizzlies, with two goals and seven assists in his first seven games.
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Word on the street around Slave Lake is that the Friendship Centre is closed and without an executive director. This came as a bit of a shock to us last week; another shock was that the Mat Program (homeless shelter in the winter months) will not be resuming at the Friendship Centre for the time being. That’s even bigger news than the Friendship Centre losing its ED. That was a good program (though not without its problems) that was keeping people alive. We hope to have a proper story about it, which (if the right people responded to interview requests) should appear elsewhere in this paper.
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Feeling generous? ARC needs donations of cat food and litter.