Through the Years: ‘Computer Hair Styling’, a woman falls in a hole, etc.

Snippets from January 13 Leaders


In Here’s My Card, JoAnn at Hair Traces was advertising something called ‘Computer Hair Styling.’

It was – 30°C, but the new cross-country ski trails in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park were ‘well worth the drive.’

The Slave Lake Pioneers were working on funding a seniors lodge in Slave Lake.

Economic development, tourism, and community services in Slave Lake were the topics of several articles. One included an upcoming meeting with a ‘futurist.’

In sports, Slave Laker Rodney Auger placed silver at boxing nationals. The Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club was getting set up to host events at the 1994 Arctic Winter Games.

The Court Report headline was ‘A $440 fine makes movie rental expensive.’ The man in question tried to walk out of a video rental store with a VHS tape under his jacket. The rental fee was $3.


A woman walking along the bear trails toward the suspended bridge behind the Northwest Inn fell into a four-metre hole. A stranger rescued her, but she’d crushed four vertebra. The Town of Slave Lake fixed the access plate over the hole.

The annual Christmas tree burn happened at Hilda Eben Park, despite it being -25°C and windy.
There was also lots of snow, which meant that Grizzly Ridge Ski Club could open its downhill ski hill. The snow meant that the Town of Slave Lake planned to start enforcing bylaws and towing vehicles which had been abandoned (parked for more than 72 hours) or parked the against the flow of traffic.

There were some fundraisers to build a climbing wall in Slave Lake. One event was a talent contest at the Walter Twinn Theatre on Main Street.

World War II veteran Joe Turions, returned to Ortona, Italy, 55 years after he was wounded in battle on Christmas Eve. He and 29 other Canadian veterans had a reconciliation Christmas dinner with some of the German veterans who fought on the other side of the battle. Turions lived on a farm near High Prairie.

There was to be a new area code as of January 25, 1999. It was (and is) 780.

A yearly subscription to The Leader was $29.96 in Slave Lake and area; $22.47 per senior; and $47.08 elsewhere in Alberta.

Someone from the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) inspected and counted the around 140 elms in Slave Lake. The disease had been in North America for over 50 years and killed many trees. The next year, the plan was to trap the elm beetles which could carry the disease.


Slave Lake was applying to be Kraft Hockeyville. Two mascots – Sparky and Sgt. Safety Bear – got in on the action.

The Arena Fundraising Committee held a New Year’s masquerade ball at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre.

Slave Lake resident Jamie Linington was to carry the Olympic torch through Edmonton on its way to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She was nominated by the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.

The Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5 office had big plans to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the North West Rebellion and Louis Riel’s execution. The federal government had made 2010 the Year of the Métis Nation. The events were scheduled for the Annual General Meeting in August. These included the addition of Métis games such as knife throwing, axe throwing, log carrying, and flour sack carrying.

Animal collisions were up, including four collisions with moose between Dec. 28. 2009 and Jan. 4, 2010.

The Town of Slave Lake was considering building a new water treatment and storage facility.

Georgie Gauthier started a new catering company called Generations Catering out of her basement.

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