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If you’re going to show up at the wrong time for a meeting, we’ve found it works much better to be early than late. We’ve had plenty of experience with both – somehow getting mixed up as to the right hour and just last week got the day wrong too, turning up 24 hours early for an interview. No harm done, except feeling stupid for a while.
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Is there something weird happening with regard to clearing snow or frost off side windows of vehicles? A lot of people lately can’t seem to be bothered to do it. Why you wouldn’t take a few seconds to swipe the snow off so you can have a clear view of what’s on either side of you….. it is a complete mystery. But it’s so common to see it, apparently it’s one of those trends. Things like that happen for a reason, but it’s hard to imagine any excuse being anything but ridiculous.
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While we’re on that topic, we’ve seen a lot of people out recently in very cold weather either without gloves or head-covering, for no apparent reason. Not homeless people. Those folks are usually pretty well-dressed. It’s hard to figure out. Frostbite is no joke.
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Lee Tanghe was telling us the other day he had a boxer fight in Medicine Hat recently against a B.C. champion and it was a very close match. He’s promised to come in and tell us that and other stories from the Slave Lake Boxing Club, but just in case he doesn’t get around to it, we’ll mention this here.
We bumped into Lee coming out of the club’s training space in the old SAAN store in downtown Slave Lake. A group from the Lakeside Outreach School had just finished a workout there.
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Don Lipinski of MichCanSka Adventures called The Leader the other morning to talk about the epic snowmobile ride for diabetes he and nine other guys are doing this winter. It starts in Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan and goes to Fairbanks Alaska, passing through Slave Lake towards the end of this month. Don asked about snow conditions; the last time they did this (2010), the lake was bare ice and not so good for sledding. He also told us the average age of the participants is 68.
“We love snowmobiling!” he said.
The ride is raising money for the American Diabetes Association, Canadian Diabetes Association and the JDRF, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, said Lipinski. And 100 per cent of what’s donated goes to those organizations. To find out more, visit michcanska.org.
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United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney will be in Slave Lake on Saturday, Feb. 17 for a meet-and-greet. Come one, come all, says Paul George of the Lesser Slave Lake UCP constituency association. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Slave Lake Inn’s Medallion Room.
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This just in from the folks who organize the ‘Kids Can Catch’ events. An ice-fishing version is being organized by the Alberta Conservation Association – two of them, actually. One is on Wabamun Lake and the other on Lesser Slave, at Joussard. They’re calling it ‘Alberta’s Family Fishing Weekend,’ and no license is required. Fishing rods are available and holes will be pre-drilled. It takes place Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is online at albertakidscancatch.com.
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You’ll notice ads starting to appear for Slave Lake’s two major annual volunteer awards. These are Citizen of the Year award and Lifetime Volunteer award. They’ll be announced and handed out at the volunteer appreciation banquet at the Friendship Centre on Thursday, April 19. In the meantime, nominations are needed for the two awards. These should be written and submitted to The Leader before the deadline of March 23. For more information see the ad on Page 16.
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On the assumption there are some readers of this publication with an interest in surface rights, here’s our annual reminder of the annual meeting of the Alberta Surface Rights Federation. As usual it’s in Canmore, at the Norsemen Inn. The date this year is Friday, Feb. 23. This year lawyer Keith Wilson will speak on the topic of, ‘The Social Contract Between Government, Industry and Farmers is Broken: What We Do To Fix It.’ Attendees will also hear from Michele Del Colle from the Farmers’ Advocate Office and Edward Zenko, acting chair of the surface rights board.
For more information call Tom Nahirniak at 780-672-6021 or email him at [email protected].

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