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Coming up someday soon in a Lakeside Leader: Carson Lehman recently returned from travels in such exotic locales as Nepal and Viet Nam. He’s agreed to tell us about it.
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Pastor Danny Brown of the Abundant Life Worship Centre stopped in the other day and thanked us for the profile pieces we’ve done lately on new pastors at the church. Apparently they went over pretty well.
While we’re at it, let’s spread the appreciation around and say ‘thanks’ to the Abundant Life folks for letting us park in their lot during the week. Because the town doesn’t want us parking on the street for more than two hours at a time (even though we do).
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We’ve expended a lot of ink lately talking about winter sidewalk maintenance. Maybe too much. There are, after all, bigger things happening in the world. But when you fall down on an icy sidewalk and break your hip, all the nuclear sabre-rattling in the world suddenly doesn’t seem so important.
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Did we mention somebody is trying to revive junior hockey in Slave Lake? Oh yeah….. we did mention it.
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That fellow Tom Tippin at Gilwood Golf Club knows how email works and he’s not shy about using it. Most of the stuff lately seems to be aimed at club members, but since we’re getting it at The Leader, we might as well pass on an item or two. Last week Tippin (he’s the club manager) wrote about changes planned for 2018. One is to alternate starting holes; one day it’ll be Hole #1 and the next day it’ll be Hole #10. This will result in more use of the back nine, maybe?
Also in the works for 2018 is more counter service and less table service at the restaurant upstairs. Cutting costs seems to be the objective there. The menu will also be ‘pared down significantly,’ Tippin says.
A system of signing out power carts will be implemented again in 2018. This is to satisfy insurance requirements.
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Kevin Simpson, we’re happy to report, is up to his old tricks running a cribbage tournament to raise funds for a good cause. It takes place in the mornings at the A&W on Main St. in Slave Lake. Or at least it was last week. It may be over by now. But you could drop by and give him a toonie (or more) for the cause just in case. We’ll have to check with him to find out for sure what he’s raising money for, but it might be the food bank.
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A cryptic note appeared on The Leader’s desk last week. It said, in part: ‘The Americans are coming.’
We’ll have to get back to you on that.
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An interesting item in an old edition of The Leader (actually the Northland Free Press, as it was once called) from 1972: some local business people came up with a scheme to raise money for the arena, which was being built at the time. They called it the B.C.A.F., for Businessman’s Christmas Arena Fund. Dennis Barton and Joe Mouallem were involved, among others. How it worked was they took whatever they would normally have spent on promotional items for their businesses at Christmas and put it instead in a fund for the arena. What a great idea!
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Here’s something we haven’t been able to confirm, but it’s too juicy to let go by without mentioning. A source tells us that a certain M.D. of Opportunity councillor’s victory in the October election is being challenged in court. The allegation, apparently, is one of bribery! The contention is that in the campaign, he promised dry meat to people if they voted for him. Well, well. It could be frivolous…. Or there could be something to it. The guy who told us about it seemed to think the legal challenge was real enough.
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It was a bit of a nuthouse around the newsroom of your favourite local paper last week, thanks to all the extra stuff we take on at this time of year. But of course we got through it, just as we always do, and as you read this, the little elves that bring you your weekly news rag are relaxing in the bosom of their families, sipping egg nog and telling stories around the fire place.
Or something along those lines. Maybe watching a hockey game and scratching their ….. but enough of that!
Merry Christmas!
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You may have noticed lately that not many Good Neighbours have appeared on this page. We do get nominations, but some of the nominees are awfully hard to get in touch with.

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