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Say a car rolls in the ditch and the owner decides it’s not worth the trouble to get it out of there. What happens? Who takes care of it?
Such questions arise when one passes a car resting on its side on Hwy. 88, right up against the bush. If it wasn’t for the yellow tape, you might not even notice it. It’s been there for a week or two.
Somebody should start a pool on how long it sits there.
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What we’re wondering is why it is necessary – that is why some people seem to think it is – or acceptable to insult the political leaders with whom they disagree. Not liking the policies or attitudes of the federal government, say, or the provincial one is completely fair game. Make your case. State your alternatives. Display your bias. Whatever.
But name-calling – often in the crudest terms – is not helpful. It is ugly stuff; it turns what could be a useful debate about ideas into what looks like a competition to see who can be the most disrespectful. And of course it makes Facebook (the main forum for this sort of thing) into an unpleasant place to hang around.
On top of that, it backfires. It makes your views much easier to dismiss. That’s the view from here.
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Somebody, we hear, has purchased the Flatbush post office and plans to run it as a business in that community. That sounds like good news.
We’ve always thought of Flatbush as being a nice peaceful little place – more peaceful for being as far from the highway as it is. Why somebody decided to put the community hall so far from the community is a question that has occurred many times, passing by there. There were probably all sorts of reasons – perhaps simple availability of land being one of them. If it were in or next to the actual hamlet, though, wouldn’t it be better? It’s a bit late for that discussion, obviously, and probably none of our business.
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Not great harvesting weather in the first part of this month. In fact as of the day this was written, the sun had barely been seen in a couple of weeks. What’s up with that?
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The list of bookings at the Legacy Centre this fall and early winter is pretty impressive. Twenty-nine of them from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15, including seven musical concerts, one play (tentative), six Christmas parties and various other things – one entitled ‘Shop Til You Drop.’
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It might not be true, but for its size Airdrie must be the most crime-ridden town in the province. Or rather that is served by the RCMP. The Leader is on the RCMP news release email list, so we get notices of all the release-worthy RCMP files from all over. In the past year or two, Airdrie has shown up way more than some places that are bigger. More than Red Deer, Fort Mac or Grande Prairie, for example. Medicine Hat and Lethbridge must have their own police forces because they never show up. Same for Edmonton and Calgary, of course. But Airdrie – it seems every day the RCMP there is posting something. Either it’s a hotbed of crime, or the cops there send out releases on every little thing that happens. Or both.
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Here’s something a bit different. The folks at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Slave Lake are organizing a ‘food drive’ to help stock up the food bank in town. Saturday, Sept. 29 is the day when they are encouraging people who live along the ‘collection routes,’ to place non-perishable food items on their front doorsteps.
“This food drive is a simple way for all people who live along the collection routes to help neighbours in need,” says an email to The Leader. “For more information call 780-995-2682.”
We can hear you thinking: ‘So what are these collection routes?’ We don’t know, but prior to the 29th, “information is being delivered to homes,” on the routes.
There you go.
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Friend of The Leader Bernie McNeil stopped by for a visit the other day and told us stories about country singer George Jones. Apparently he’s a big fan. Why it came up is Duane Steele is doing a Jones tribute show at the Legacy Centre on Nov. 3. As it happens, that’s the same day as the Fred Penner concert!
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Annual Potato Dig on Sept 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Chickadee Farm Herbs Flatbush Alta. Potatoes are grown to support the Marion Centre in their efforts to feed and take care of the less fortunate people in Edmonton down town area. A picnic lunch is provided.
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Slave Lake Walmart had raised $8,000 for five local schools through fundraising for the Breakfast Club of Canada program. For 20 years, Breakfast Club of Canada has been nourishing children’s potential by making sure as many of them as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow.
Slave Lake Walmart is also number one in western Canada and has raised $29,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

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