Through the years: Signal light tampering and new I.D. 124

Snippets from January 12th Leaders – Part 1

Like 2022, the second Wednesday in January was January 12th in 1977, 1983, 1994, 2005, and 2011. In 1977, The Leader came out on Thursdays, so the date is Jan.13th, even though the calendar has the same week days as 2022. The 1983 paper isn’t included because it falls within a small gap in The Leader archive.


The second part of the Recap of 1976 News Highlights ran from May to September. The top item was from May 12, when two men had a fishing accident on Fawcett Lake during a windstorm. One survived the other didn’t. The section finishes with the September papers. One of which reported the Burger Baron Drive-in in Slave Lake had new managers – Moe and Albert Mouallem.

Someone was tampering with a signal light. The article says, “The R.C.M.P. warn that extreme measures may have to be taken if this practice continues.”

Slave Lake Continuing Education Council was offering various classes in Slave Lake and Kinuso. These ranged from $5 to $15 a person. The courses were basic sewing, home decorating, cake decorating, country dancing, photography, square dancing, making use of old clothes, macrame, ceramics, and snowmobile and small engine maintenance. Walter Vance taught the small engine class in Kinuso.

The Slave Lake Ladies Auxiliary held a quilt raffle to raise money for a whirl-pool bath at the hospital. Lakeside Figure Skating Club announced the date for its annual Ice Carnival. ParticipAction had a list of winter activities as part of the TV Times. There was no channel number listed (so likely just the one – CBC). Shows included Bob Newhart, All In the Family, M.A.S.H, Nature of Things, and The National.

The Slave Lake Winterhawks hockey team was playing the Swedish Oldtimers and others.

Elton John Laboucan was the New Year’s Baby, but he wasn’t the only one born at the beginning of the year. Five babies from the Slave Lake area were born the first week of January.


The brand new Improvement District 124 held meetings in Smith and Flatbush to discuss how much residents wanted them to cooperate with the Town of Slave Lake. The I.D. was set to have meetings with the town about working together. The general feeling was cooperation was good, but that administration needed to remain separate.
In Flatbush, 40 people attended the meeting. There was also a possibility that bad weather kept some others away. Meetings in Southshore and Mitsue/Marten Beach were scheduled.

Slave Lake Rockies women’s volleyball team were set to compete at the 1994 Arctic Winter Games in Slave Lake. Snowshoe and biathlon trials were held at the Grizzly Ridge Nordic ski area. The premier of Greenland was expected to attend.

Slave Lake women’s hockey team, the Kodiaks, were on the ice. The team included Debbie Anderson (goalie), Elisabeth Seinen, Sherri Beauchamp, and Connie Schultz.
In minor hockey, Dion Poitras, Ryan Dierker and Liam Mills were three of the players on the Slave Lake Bantam ‘A’ Sabres.


Boisvert’s Super ‘A’ was closing after 50 years of business in Slave Lake. The store sold groceries and dry goods. It was opened by Leo and Stella Boisvert in the mid-1955s. They’d moved to Slave Lake from Kinuso.

Keegan Marcus Theodore Giroux, from Kinuso, was the New Year’s baby born at Slave Lake hospital.

At 9:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day a 19-year-old held up a Slave Lake gas station with an imitation gun. To cause a diversion, he called police beforehand to report an imaginary person in a ditch outside of town. Once he had the money, he bought cocaine, broke into a house, and hid it. Police arrested him without incident. He was on release conditions for other charges.

‘Supernet’, a fiber optic internet broadband system, was promised to Slave Lake in 2004, but hadn’t arrived yet.

To be continued

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