Through the years: Cree Airways, ‘Boreal Chorus Frogs’, & birds

Snippets from Dec. 23 Lakeside Leaders

Cree Airways, an Edmonton airline, was hoping to resume flights to Slave Lake. It had flown from August to October 1987.

People were promoting early French immersion in Slave Lake, and the rest of the High Prairie School Division.

The Princess Bride was playing at Rex Theatre – the tag line was “She gets kidnapped. He gets killed. But it all ends up okay.”

The Literacy Project was gearing up for another year. The article says: “One in five or twenty per cent of Albertans have trouble with reading and writing. That is about 1,200 people in the Town of Slave Lake.”

Slave Lake Musical Theatre Association was offering aerobic classes.
(In 2020, the association’s performance in early winter was cancelled. Part way into COVID at least one member was reading scripts.)

C.J. Schurter School French Immersion Grade 1 students wrote letters to “Cher Père Noël” in French. ‘Barbie et Kelly’ made it into at least three letters. Barbie was also a feature in letters written in English (These were in the Dec. 16th paper).

Duane Kerik was the Reeve of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.
Council approved the development of a campground near Hondo by Marvin and Linda Sand. (Presumably this is Mosquito Lake Resort, which is still in operation.)
The Smith bridge was on the agenda, with a proposal to raise the speed limit on the steep hill on the north to 80 kph. This did not pass.
In Marten Beach, council agreed to go ahead with erosion control which had been put off for several years.

Gerry Allarie was Town of Slave Lake mayor.
Car seats were a new thing, and town council had considered making a car seat bylaw, but didn’t because the provincial law covered it.
“With all this public education, it still boggles my mind to see kids walking around the back seats of cars,” said councillor Darryl Joyce, in the article.

The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory was in its sixth year of operation.

There were various upcoming events. One was traditional bark carving for adults. E.G. Wahlstrom was having a New Year’s Eve coffee house, dance, and hay rides. Performers included Dave Symington, Boreal Chorus Frogs, Wildflower Country Duo, The Slave Lake Ukrainian Dancers, and DJ Services.

Mary Jane Bellerose, Clifford Sinclair, and Sister Mary Felt were interviewed about their memories of Christmas in Slave Lake (and Grouard) before the mid-1960s oil boom.

Over 45 volunteers put together 500 food and gift hampers at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. The donations of $12,757 were about three-quarter of what was needed.
for the Santas Anonymous hampers. The food bank was also busy.

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