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Slave Lake’s All Seasons Market continues to enjoy pretty good success on its occasional appearances at the Multi Rec Centre field house. The most recent one was April 8. Organizers Chelsea Saluk and Melissa Baxter say this is the 10th year the market has been run and add the one on Apr. 8 was a “great, steady market.”

The markets are “a great way to get your products or club out there, and the visiting is a bonus.” The organizers included comments from a few vendors in an email to The Leader. Here’s one: “Great vendors who put so much time and energy into their products and tables – great market organizers and great customers who make it all a huge success!”

Saluk and Baxter did not have the next market date confirmed by press time. If you have questions, they can be reached by email at

Smile Cookie Week was last week at the Slave Lake Tim Horton’s. As usual, customers were being encouraged to buy cookies to support the regional fire service. The money raised this year is going towards a mobile rehab unit.

Roger Holmes, the irrepressible owner of Wainwright’s Star Press (as well as the local paper), dropped in last week. He was doing the rounds, delivering bound copies of the 2022 Lakeside Leaders and talking about the ins and outs of the newspaper business, as he likes to do. Roger is trying to figure out how to convince his readers to pay for the paper in Wainwright when they’ve been getting it for free for years. Good luck to him!

It’s not very often you hear about a traffic collision involving a street sweeper, but that’s what happened on Main St. in Slave Lake on May 1. It happened in full view of the A&W coffee crowd, which is who we heard it from. It was apparently serious enough to warrant a response from fire, RCMP and ambulance.

Outdoor sports were scheduled to be underway starting this week. Minor soccer, for example, meets twice a week on weekday evenings. Different days for different ages.

Drop-in rugby for 16+ was supposed to start May 8, weather permitting at the Roland Michener Secondary School field. It is scheduled to run Mondays and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, join the Slave Lake Rugby Group on Facebook. This is the second season for this group.

KidSport has received some extra money from the provincial government. It has various branches across Alberta, including one in Slave Lake. The Every Kid Can Play program helps out families who otherwise would not be able to afford to sign their kids up for physical activities and recreation.
The biggest local fundraiser is a fun run in September.

Various local organizations have grants and bursaries for students. Schools have the information. Some of these are also eligible to be matched by the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) bursary program.

The Woods and Water Trail Association AGM has been postponed until May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Forestry Building in Slave Lake. The group is building a trail from Marten Beach toward the narrows along the north shore of Lesser Slave Lake.

We hear an exciting funding announcement will be made at the meeting.

Word from Smith early last week was that a CN train had derailed in or near the hamlet, and CN had some big equipment and a lot of people on site to fix the problem. Whatever it was, municipal fire and bylaw people were not called to help, from what we heard. One person we heard from, who was talking with some CN people in Smith on April 23, said they were passing on contradictory messages.

“One guy said routine maintenance. The next guy said small derailment with a few grain cars off the tracks. The next guy said no comment. A little weird.”

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