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January 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library is holding a Family Literacy Day event focused on culture and diversity awareness.

People are encouraged to dress in their cultural attire and come to learn about the people around us by sharing stories and culture. This is open to everyone. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 780-849-5250.

January 26, the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre has a Disco Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is regular admission. For more information, contact the pool at 780-849-8639.

Music Jam and Supper starts up on January 27 at the Smith Half-Century Plus Drop-in Centre. It is the last Saturday of every month, with the last one in June. Jam (playing music) starts at 2 p.m. and supper is at 5 p.m. Tickets at the door. Supper is $15.

On February 18, SHARA presents the Third Annual Smith Skijor and Cowboy Curling. These are winter sports with horses. It will be at the Smith Rodeo Grounds. Full details on the skijor are TBA.

Skijoring is connected with the First Annual Orin Sand Memorial Hockey Tournament.

For more information, on the skijor event contact Devon Peiffer at 780-849-8885.

The hockey is a four-on-four tournament. Registration is $100 per team. For information or to register, contact Fred at 780-805-4071 or

February 27 is the deadline to register a team for the Oilmen’s Bonspiel which is March 1 to 3. It costs $500 per team. To register, contact Taylor Kelham at 780-849-0330 or

Parents of young children can take part in a couple of surveys. The Town of Slave Lake has one called a Community Child Care Survey on

The provincial government has one called Early Learning and Child Care Parent Engagement Survey at The deadline for the provincial one is February 11.

People can also attend an in-person engagement session on health care in Slave Lake on Feb. 15, for more information see article on Page 1 and 2.

People wanting to know more about local flood mapping can check out the draft Slave Lake and Marten Beach documents. They have until Feb. 12 to give feedback at and

One of the casualties of the icy weather in the Jan. 11 – 15 period was the Lakeside Leader’s delivery van. It never failed to start, but on the last day of the really cold weather it developed a motor oil leak that put it out of commission for a couple of days. Thanks to Pearl Lorentzen for stepping up and making sure our papers got delivered to where they needed to go last week.

There’s always another side to any story, and sometimes it takes us a few weeks to get all the angles covered. Thanks to a phone call from MLA Scott Sinclair on Jan. 15, we got another perspective on the Hwy. 88 story. It came too late for last week’s front-page story, so we’ve done yet another one.

Another thing we learned from Sinclair is that his constituency office in Slave Lake is open, but…. But not very much or very often, due to having lost a key staff member. That’s Chad Bowers, who took a job in the oilpatch, Sinclair tells us. He’s still helping out, but isn’t available as much. Sinclair said when he manages to find a full-time person for the constituency assistant role, he’ll be firming up office hours and making an announcement.

It was a bit unsettling to see a white Dodge van off in the ditch last week on the Ottawau hill. It looked a lot like the Lakeside Leader van, which was due to deliver papers that day to Flatbush and Smith. But it wasn’t ours. We hope the driver is okay.

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