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The Lesser Slave Lake Forest Education Society’s annual summer camp for kids is happening later this month, from July 24 to 26. It’s for ages 12 – 15 and includes all kinds of fun and educational activities in and about the forest and its denizens. Call the Boreal Centre at 780-849-8240 or email [email protected] for information or to register.
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Here we go again…..some people were probably thinking, after about 18 hours of steady rain over July 2 and 3. There was a video making the rounds of flood water pouring over a road in the Swan Hills on the morning of July 3. But as far as we know the rivers and creeks didn’t get too high – at least not compared with the event last month.
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Pints & Politics. Great name for a party fundraiser. We didn’t go, but it sounds like it might have been fun. A nice way to combine some political stuff with support for a local business, in any case.
It is interesting how craft breweries have become – or are becoming – such indispensable and colourful components of communities. What next? Well, what’s next of course is legal cannabis and the shops that dispense it – perhaps in forms we haven’t thought of. Nobody imagined gourmet beer back in the day. Maybe one day we’ll see constituency association fundraisers at the local MJ emporium. ‘Pot & Politics,’ it might be called. ‘Come down and support your local UPC candidate!’ Imagine that.
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Somebody, we heard, smashed a window and broke into a clothing store on Main St. in Slave Lake on the night of July first/second. The weird thing about it (according to a second-hand source) was that although it was apparently an attempt at stealing things, and some merchandise was scattered outside the store, nothing actually appeared to be missing.
Maybe he (or she, or they) was in a hurry, or didn’t find what he was hoping to.
This, by the way, took place on the same night that somebody set the Highway Motor Inn on fire.
The investigation continues, as they say.
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Cougars are being spotted here and there in country residential areas. We’re not sure what anybody can or should do about this, except be careful. What exactly being careful means in the context of prowling cougars we’re not sure.
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So what’s the deal with the fire at the Highway Motor Inn? Authorities last week were not saying too much, except that it was considered suspicious and was human-caused. Various possibilities come to mind, but there’s no sense speculating.
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As much as the hockey and baseball crowd around here may think soccer is for sissies, as the World Cup progresses, you do start to hear more people talking about it. Even people who aren’t normally sports fans. The final is this Sunday, and the big question is which two teams will be in it. As of this writing, the Cinderella role was still open for host Russia, who might have won a few fans in that crazy shoot-out win over 2010 champion Spain. But they’d have to first get by Croatia. A friend of The Leader has tapped them to ‘go all the way,’ because somebody at the downtown Italian Centre in Edmonton told her that’s what was going to happen. A Belgium – Croatia final would be pretty cool. Two small countries on top of the world. But Belgium had to get through Brazil…..
So, as of June 7, Croatia was the 20th ranked team in the world. Brazil was #2, right behind Germany. Belgium #3. And Russia? Look down….waaaaaaay down. Ranked 70th, between Guinea and Macedonia. So even before their showdown with Croatia last week, they had overachieved like nuts.
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Slave Lakers pop up in unlikely places. How about this one? Brett Morton is the new play-by-play guy for the Rochester (Minnesota) Honkers baseball team, on KOLM, 1520 radio. This comes via an online story in the Post Bulletin. Morton was last seen (in The Leader, at least) on the winning men’s baseball team at the 2017 Widewater Sports. The Post Bulletin article says he worked for Newcap TV in Lloydminister and as a production assistant on Hellfire Heroes.

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