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Believe it or not, the locally-produced book on the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire disaster is still attracting some attention – not exactly at a best-seller rate, but Audrey’s Books in Edmonton still carries it and sells copies now and then. It’s available also at Southshore Hidden Treasures in Slave Lake, and will be at the Visitor Information Centre when its gift shop re-opens in the spring.
Sales from the book in its first year or two were quite brisk, allowing the Fire Book Committee to create a couple of scholarships for students going into the arts. One of the recipients – Kyle Muzyka – was in town recently as a CBC TV news reporter.
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What’s happening this Sunday evening, Dec. 17 is the Old-Fashioned Community Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake. We may have mentioned it already, but here we go again. It features the Christmas Singers, the Slave Lake Handbells, the Roland Michener Jazz Band (who are these kids?) and special guests. Bring items for the food bank!
What we didn’t mention last week is the choir is ably conducted and accompanied by a combination of Neil Deas, Ellen Criss and Shane Rebryna, two of whom who also take turns singing in the tenor section. Overall organization is by Pat Larson. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
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It’s fair to say some people in Slave Lake were not happy to receive the ‘door-knocker’ notices from the town, advising them of their responsibility to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. But it’s also fair to say it had a good effect. Town manager Brian Vance told The Leader in an email entitled ‘Good news story on sidewalks,’ that of the 72 advisories that went out, “all but six complied already by clearing their sidewalks.” The remaining six would be receiving a follow-up visit or notice. ‘So far no tickets have been necessary,’ Vance said.
It should also be noted that all of these notices were in response to complaints.
So it would seem most people just need to be reminded. Some may not be up to the task of shovelling; for that, the town’s FCSS department organizes a team of volunteers who will shovel seniors’ sidewalks. Give them a call and ask about it. And by the way, they are looking for more volunteers.
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A recently-elected municipal councillor was telling us the other day how swamped he is by meetings. And this from a person who has served on council before. Apparently it has gotten busier. Two-day budget sessions; two-day Municipal Government Act 101 sessions; landfill board meetings; airport commission meetings; housing authority meetings; oh, and council meetings. And inter-municipal meetings. Maybe it’ll ease off in the new year.
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We don’t know how serious this is, but we have heard there are people talking about reviving junior hockey in Slave Lake. The Wolves played in two or three leagues over about 30 years and brought a lot of good hockey entertainment to the community, not to mention a place to play for many local kids after minor hockey. For various reasons it fell apart about three years ago. Now that senior hockey has also bit the dust it’s left a hole and if what we hear is true, some folks are trying to do something about it. More on this later, we hope.
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Speaking of hockey the local Midget team played in the Gord Smith Memorial tournament in Westlock on the Dec. 2 weekend. There was a big disparity in the teams attending, and in the first game the Thunder ran into one of the better ones, from Spruce Grove, and lost 17 – 2. Against host Westlock they did much better, losing 9 – 6. Their last game was a 9 – 1 victory over Vermilion. The experience was good from the point of view of learning things they have to work on, says head coach Richard Chemago.
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Just when things are going well in this business you make a dumb mistake and it escapes the scrutiny of four or five proofreaders. That’s what happened in the story on Matt LaFrance winning a Baseball Alberta award. Somehow we typed ‘1917’ instead of 2017 and nobody thought it looked out of place. Sorry about that. Oh, and we got the name of his baseball team wrong too. Jeepers.
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The Super Bowl pool for Slave Lake Minor Hockey is over halfway sold, we hear. Contact Harry Bartlett to get in on it.

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