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People are heading back home from the warmer places they’ve been wintering and running into snow a long way before they reach Alberta. At least last week we were hearing such reports. The weather is always something you can talk about. Although it’s supposedly the most boring subject and over-talked-about thing in the world, it never stops being interesting because it affects everybody intimately. Even though we try to avoid it and ignore it, it still affects the mood. Not to mention the gardening plans. And a hundred other things.
And after six months or more of being bundled up, most folks are just looking for a bit of relief.
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Of all the stupid behaviours out there, you’d think it would be easy enough to agree that we shouldn’t do things that endanger children. Yet there are still yahoos blowing by schoolbuses when they are loading or unloading kids. You can be charitable and chalk it up to a moment’s inattention on the road. But it’s not any kind of an excuse. Five hundred bucks and six demerit points is what it could cost you. That ought to get somebody’s attention.
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One thing that’s encouraging to see, oddly enough, is a whole lot of pickup trucks parked in places you wouldn’t expect them to be. Or at least at times you wouldn’t expect them to be there. What this often indicates is that folks who were drinking the night before made the right decision and got somebody to drive them home. Good for them.
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What’s your favourite coffee shop in Slave Lake? We probably shouldn’t be picking favourites, because we want to make all those places happy so they’ll advertise in the Lakeside Leader. Then again, what’s the harm in an informal, friendly poll? If one place finds out more folks like the coffee at _____, maybe it’ll motivate them to up their game. It’s a possibility, anyway.
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We notice Levi Lambert of Slave Lake is doing well in his second season with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. He’s a defenceman on the team, which has had a really good season, leading their division and battling for a league championship last we checked.
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Gilwood Golf Club is starting league golf on regular Tuesday Men’s Nights. Those evening outings will proceed as normal, as we understand it, but those registered in the league will accumulate points in four-person teams. Those will be added up over the season and prizes will be awarded at the end. That’s probably an oversimplification of it, but with two feet of snow on the ground as this was being written, there’s plenty of time to correct any mistakes or misapprehensions before the first Men’s Night of 2018.
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Okay, we missed the Junior ‘A’ hockey meeting on March 26. Probably should have gone to that. There was a decent turnout, we heard, of people interested in the idea of having such a team based in Slave Lake. And it looks as if the league is determined to make it happen, whether it forms partnerships with local groups/individuals/businesses or not. They’ve apparently got a model that works. Or that they think will work. It’s based on what the Western States Hockey League is already doing. This one – the Western Provinces Hockey Association – is a branch of that U.S. Junior league. How to make it work without local involvement though – that is the big question.
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This item was at the tail end of the Interagency notebook and didn’t make it into that piece on Page 8 of this week’s Leader. So here it is: The Northern Haven Support Society, which operates the women’s emergency shelter in Slave Lake, will be doing two weeks of sewing in April. The Simply Cooking program will be back for two weeks in April and two weeks in May. Northern Haven will also be doing a Healthy Relationships program for teens between 13 and 18.

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