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We hear Linda Beeston is shutting down her fabric shop in Slave Lake. Patchwork Fabrics was in business for many years in two or three locations in town. All the best to her in her future endeavours!
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Your roving Leader reporter was checking out the new amber ale at Dog Island Brewing on a recent Friday afternoon – strictly for news-gathering purposes of course. Good stuff! You can learn useful things by getting out on the town like that. For example, while there we found out that Lori Hodge is the new Chamber of Commerce manager, due to start someday soon.
Also that a certain Slave Lake traveller got a chance to experience the health care system in Israel when he came down with a kidney stone attack while visiting there recently.
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Of course readers of this newspaper are aware it only works because people like you purchase advertising space. When there isn’t enough of that, it falls apart. And on that note, we have yet another update from Swan Hills, where the Grizzly Gazette was all set to go out of business for lack of advertising revenue. But it has been given a reprieve, of sorts. We reported that last week in this space and were therefore surprised to see ‘Last Paper’ stamped to the subscription label of the Gazette we got last week. But it turned out it’s just that our subscription has expired.
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Seen any good movies lately? Read any good books? What else is there to do in the dead of winter?
Although just last week we did get a recommendation for cross-country skiing at the Nine-Mile Recreation Area near Widewater. Groomed trails and all. Of course since then it rained, melted and froze.
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This just in from the fire department: the Canadian Red Cross is putting on a ‘disaster management training information night,’ on Feb. 22 at the Slave Lake fire hall. That’s a Thursday, and it runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 780-702-4163 for more information, or email [email protected].
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A meeting has been called for Thursday, Feb. 1, for anyone interested in reviving Junior hockey in Slave Lake. It’s at 7:00 p.m. at the multi-rec centre.
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It’s good to know people are reading your newspaper, even if you only hear from them when you’ve made a mistake. So keep those cards and letters coming!
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If it wasn’t for Dave LaFrance, some of us wouldn’t know what is going on in the world. The world of hockey, anyway. When somebody from Slave Lake does well out there in that sport, Dave is sure to find out about it and post something on Facebook. That’s how we found out Austin Kuhn is now playing hockey for Adrian College, down there in Michigan. He had 21 points in his first 20 games for the Bulldogs.
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Does anybody remember a bootlegger named Pete Crow? If so, we’d like to hear about him. We have it on reasonably good authority that Crow bootlegged his way around Alberta, setting up and doing business at some of the hotter oilpatch towns. He was apparently in that business in Turner Valley, perhaps in the 1950s. His funeral was held in Slave Lake at the Legion, we’re told, some years ago.
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When something new comes along, there are often unintended consequences. New technology, new policies – whatever it is. Example: smoking is banned in workplaces. Very good; it had to happen. But one result is more smokers are smoking in their vehicles on their way to and from work, meaning they are paying less attention to the road.
Another example: electric cars. Apparently they are very much quieter than those with the standard ‘infernal’ combustion engine. Great! No pollution, plus less noise. What’s not to like? Well, several generations of people have developed a habit of judging the safety of a roadway or a crosswalk based on the sound of motors. You take for granted you can hear them coming. Now along come almost-silent electric cars and your instincts are not going to serve you. You will make assumptions about safety and they will be wrong.
There are lots of other examples.

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