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The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s Outdoor Adventure spring trade show is coming up this Friday and Saturday. It should be a good bit of fun – something to do on a Friday evening or a Saturday morning or afternoon. See what folks are promoting, sample whatever is being offering for sampling, enter a few contests, win a prize or two. Maybe also enjoy some entertainment, not to mention some food. Last week when we were snooping around the MRC, somebody from a local restaurant was checking out the kitchen in there, making plans for food service during the trade show.
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There was water running over Hwy. 44 near Westlock last week. But as far as we know nothing like that has happened around Slave Lake, in spite of all sort of dire predictions. Mind you, we haven’t done an exhaustive study on the subject. All we saw in driving around was water running, but well within the ditches. Although we did hear of some water over the pavement in Canyon Creek.
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Winters hereabouts sure are hard on roads. The potholes in Slave Lake are so many and so bad you barely notice all the garbage lying around as you negotiate the obstacle course out there. There’s a lot of patching to be done, and we’re confident the town public works guys will be all over it as soon as they solve the drainage problems and things dry out. The patching should keep them busy for a good while, by which time people will be complaining about all the grit all over the place and ‘why don’t they start sweeping?!’
Some spots look as if they might be beyond mere patching. Caribou Trail at Main St. is starting to look pretty Third World-sh. Even at the best of times it’s a nasty bump there, and these are definitely not the best of times.
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Dare we actually start speculating about warm-weather activities? Gardening? Mountain-biking on bush trails? Dealing with mosquitoes? As mentioned before in this space, a local group is hoping to develop some single-track bike trails somewhere not too far from town. This would be a nice addition to the amenities. Now if someone would just get on the job of building an extension of the town’s trail system out to Poplar Lane…..
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Word on the street is that Hellfire Heroes, the Discovery series that features the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service, begins airing on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 p.m. That’s Eastern Time, so it might air at eight here. What’s new (at least to us) is that it also features the Yellowhead County fire service.
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We’re #5! A news item last week in Reinsurance News listed the five costliest disasters in Canada since 2008. The 2011 Slave Lake wildfire is fifth, behind the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, the 2013 southern Alberta floods, the Toronto-area flooding of the same year and hailstorms in central Alberta in 2014.
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How about that Stan Isadore. He MC-ed the volunteer awards event at the Friendship Centre, and next month has a couple of acting gigs lined up. Or almost lined up. He asked us to keep one of them on the down low, but we can’t remember which one, so both will remain unnamed. Good luck to him!
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The Southshore Children’s Association is holding a community garage sale on Saturday, May 26 to raise money for the pre-school program. So we’re just passing it on.
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This probably deserves its own story, but time constraints, etc…… The Rotary Club of Slave Lake expects to be sold out of 777 tickets by the May long weekend. So if you want a chance to win that car, you know what to do.
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Widewater Sports, a fun-filled weekend of senior men’s baseball and slowpitch, is coming on the June 8 weekend. Organizer Harry Bartlett is hoping for at least six teams on the senior men’s side and a dozen slowpitch teams in two divisions for the 59th annual event. Call him at 780-805-0482.

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