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‘If you’ve got room on Page 9,’ said Harry Bartlett, on Feb. 27, ‘you could let people know the NHL playoff pool is coming up.’ That’s a Rotary Club project, presumably, at the usual $10 per entry rate. Entries probably won’t be available before the March 8 NHL trade deadline, which – let’s face it – is almost here.

We hear the Slave Lake A&W is undergoing a major renovation, starting this week. It’ll involve some disruption in service. Owner Gordie Ferguson tells us the plan was to be fully shut down for only two days, March 5 and 6. After that, the drive-through opens. The plan is to be fully re-opened with the renovated dining room, by March 15.

Donna Melvin was good enough to send us this photo (below) of her golden lab Boon, reading the Lakeside Leader. It looks as if Boon is especially interested in the town council notes!

Boon enjoys the local newspaper

Last week’s Leader had a photo of the Roland Michener high school curling mixed Rams which won the 2024 North Central Zone competition, but we didn’t have the names yet. They are Oliver Horsman, Sharlee Samuelson, Sam Carson and Myka Hoover, coached by teacher Brandon Rubisch.

Members of the Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network (SLAM) took part ina mental health awareness campaign for the Canadian Mental Health Association. It was called The Push-up Challenge. The SLAM team did 8,936 push-ups in 23 days and raised $845 for CMHA.

A group of Roland Michener Secondary School staff did 14,398 push-ups for the challenge.

The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is looking into holding a volunteer appreciation supper on April 12. For it to happen, they need help from other organizations or businesses to organize it. If you are interested in partnering on this, contact Barb Courtorielle at 780-849-3039.

Northern Lakes College is advertising its carpenter (fourth period), electrician (first period) and welder (third period) apprentice classes. See ad on Page 24.

This weekend (March 8 to 10), the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre and Alberta Health Services are holding a two-day youth suicide prevention course for 12 to 19-year-olds. It is free, but registration is required. To register, call 780-849-3039 or email

Once again, EG Wahlstrom School, in Slave Lake, is doing ‘One School, One Book’ where the whole school including the staff and students read the same book. This year it is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Each student gets their own copy of the book.

Our report on the Town of Slave Lake budget in the Feb. 21 Leader mentioned that the library would receive $35,000 less from the town this year. That was correct, but in need of some clarification, which library manager Kendra McRee provided last week. Due to some change in the library’s budgeting process, she says, that much less has been requested from the town this year. What it doesn’t mean, McRee adds, is that it costs less to operate the library.

“We are using up some of our past surplus (accumulated during COVID) to supplement the budget. I do not want community members thinking that the library is able to operate at the same capacity with less money. The Slave Lake Library’s overall budget did increase just over four per cent from 2023.”

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