The Page – January 3, 2018

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
According to our online sources, which collect mostly American information of course, 41 per cent of folks usually do.
And guess what? 42 per cent of Americans say they absolutely never make a resolution. The leftovers of course, are people who infrequently make resolutions. 17 per cent sometimes make resolutions, and sometimes they don’t.
So, what is the success rate of those 59 per cent who do make resolutions, even if it isn’t all the time?
Well, less than 10 per cent say they are usually, note that “usually” happy with their results in being able to stick with it. But don’t be discouraged.
Just under half of those who do make resolutions say they are successful “once in a while.” Just as good, people who have goals, and make resolutions supporting those goals, are said to be ten times more likely to achieve those goals than people who don’t make resolutions at all.
The most common topics for resolutions?
1. Lose weight / Eat healthier 21.4%
2. Self Improvement of some kind 12.3%
3. Make better money decisions 8.5%
4. Quit smoking 7.1%
5. Do more exciting things 6.3%
The Top Five above make up more than half of all resolutions.
Lots of room out there for your own ideas if they don’t fit the above.

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Next week we will bring you our Reader’s Choices for the Top Stories of 2017. Vote on them at southpeacenews.com, where you will find a poll right under the photos of the week.
Leading right now is the re-opening of Tolko.

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The Farmer’s Almanac isn’t much in the way of predicting specific weather, but it did say this year’s winter weather across the Prairies would be about average for a Canadian winter.
So the bitter coldsnap from Christmas Day onwards right into 2018 is “average?” Sheesh.
It’s been a long time, years in fact, since we plugged in a vehicle or needed a boost. We are now making up for lost time now.

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Speaking of this extremely cold weather, this is exactly what local “hard water” anglers have waited for. Lots of freezing that thickens up the ice. There have already been sleds and quads on Lesser Slave Lake. And a few huts. Should be a building boom in the next few weeks for sure.

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Toasters and electric carving knives always seem to be favourite purchases for hubbies making last minute buying decisions at Christmas.
We assume they have not heard of the “Instant Pot.”
This handy dandy device is a slow-cooker, soup-maker, pressure-cooker thingy rolled into one.
And it has sold out across Canada as one of the most popular items ever.
Was one under your tree at Christmas? Tsk. It’s an invention of a Canadian, and millions are being sold.
At a starting price of just under a hundred bucks, it is pricier than a regular slow-cooker or a pressure-cooker, but comes with bells and whistles. According to news reports one in seven Canadian households will soon (this year of 2018) have one of the five or six different models.

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We have now added commenting to our southpeacenews.com website. So, if you read a story that is posted there, you can add your own words. Pat the local group on the back. Cheer on your favourite politician. Dump on your not-so-favourite council. That sort of thing.

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