What’s in the news this week? One thing is that the Rotary’s NHL Playoff Pool is returning. Harry Bartlett confirmed that it’s happening. Proceeds will go toward the Rotary’s gazebo project. Harry’s talking about setting up a ‘Media Challenge’ within the larger competition. That’s usually us and the folks at Eastlink, plus anybody else Harry can think of. The prize is usually an Alimo’s pizza.
Is March a winter month or a spring month? Who cares, you might think. What difference does it make? you might say. Fair enough. But if we’re thinking spring, it makes the tail end of winter harder to put up with. If we accept it as just part of winter – one with longer days, stronger sunshine and so on – maybe it’s easier to endure. Just a thought.
Never mind that Vancouver Islanders are already enjoying their daffodils. Let ‘em have their fun!
March 23 from noon to midnight Roland Michener Secondary School Rams are holding a spin-a-thon to raise money for the athletics department. Athletes have pledge forms.
It still feels a lot like winter, but spring sports registration is open. Slave Lake has minor baseball, adult soft ball, two minor soccer associations (see article on Page 15), adult soccer, Sharks swim club, and possibly more. For instance, last year an adult rugby group started and as recently as early February was looking into drop-in indoor rugby.
March 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is offering a turtle rattle-making workshop for women. Registration includes supplies, snacks and refreshments. It costs $25 per person. There is space for 20 women. Register by calling 780-849-3039.
The end of the month is a popular time for community suppers. For instance, the Slave Lake Legion has steak night the last Friday of every month (March 31) and the Smith Half Century Plus Drop-In Centre has a community supper on the last Saturday of the month (March 25). There may be others.
The Slave Lake Motocross Association has hooked up with a bigger regional motocross organization and as such will be hosting a race event at the Flat Top track this summer. More details to be announced, but we hear July 22 is the likely date. The local group has done a lot of work out there the past year or two, after reviving the club. They also are planning to bring a ‘riding school’ to Slave Lake sometime this year.
Here’s something you might not have known. The Slave Lake Volleyball Club is doing a fundraiser with the help of Boston Pizza. The club is selling $25 tickets to an All You Can Eat Pasta Night, to be held on Monday, March 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Something that didn’t make it into the story on Page 10 about the clean-up of old fish hatchery infrastructure in Canyon Creek: the M.D. is estimating 150 dumptruck loads of stuff will be hauled out of there when all is said and done!
That’s way more than you would expect, but it’s not all timbers and rebar and pipe. A lot of it is rocks. They were added at some point to create artificial islands or something along those lines. The wood, steel and pipe remnants are all going to the landfill. The rocks are being used to fill up a low space near a water intake, CAO Barry Kolenosky told council last Thursday.
Exact Oilfield Developing is the contractor on the job.
Live to Dance has a performance on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Slave Lake Legacy Centre. Tickets are at www.livetodanceonline.com.
Y.E.S. (Youth Events Slave Lake) program has a free Easter egg decorating on April 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the MRC for Grade 7 to 12. Lunch is provided. To register call 780-849-8003 or email FCSS@slavelake.ca.