The Page – November 29, 2017

Here is a Tip of The Page Hat to all the volunteers who put together the High Prairie Light-Up this past Friday evening.

Weather was a bit nippy, but warmer than in year’s past. So that might have helped the crowed which packed the closed off section of Highway 2 from Mac’s all the way to Pop-In. One of the biggest crowds ever to come out for the turning on of the Christmas lights in the Civic Square. Wow!

Great work to everybody involved. The whole decorations bring brightness to what used to be the big, dark, black hole in the middle of High Prairie. Please keep up the good work.

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With that that in mind, over the years there has been talk of a permanent sound system for the Civic Square.

Last week, some thoughts on this were tossed around. Among the thoughts, music at the skateboard park, and music in front of the Gordon Buchanan – Sports Palace arena complex. It could all be tied together.

One suggestion for a sound system is to have “dancing lights” tied into the sound system.

Say what? Well, as music is played, the Christmas lights on all the trees could be made to flash on and off, and in time, with the music being played. If the sound system was extended over to the arena parking lot, it could be used for hockey games and other functions too.

So of course, when visiting teams come to High Prairie, our local guys could be playing their “theme music.” You know, the good old Regal fight song!

You mean there is no “Regal fight song?”” OK. Guess we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Final thought on the sound system, music could be played according to a phone app. Dial in to the proper website, pay a loonie, and your song comes up. And the lights rock ‘n roll to your tune!

Maybe the whole “wired” Civic Square, arena complex is too ambitious. But, things have to start somewhere. Beginnings would be a great project for next year.

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Meanwhile, don’t forget the News and Sports calendars, and the Christmas Greeting Cards, being sold by the High Prairie Community Beautification Association. Calendars are available at South Peace News downtown High Prairie or alternately, fill out the contact form on the southpeacenews .com website and a Beautification member will reach out to you. Same with the Greetings Cards, on the big boards at the Second Wind Store beside the Anglican Church.

All proceeds go to help maintain the Light-Up.

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Darn good Grey Cup game on Sunday!

We had to bite our tongue and cheer on the Calgary Stampeders. Heartbreak finish, but hey, somebody has to win. Can’t always be our team.

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We couldn’t help but think of former High Prairie CAO Rod Griffiths when we read the news item about Ontario secondary school teachers.

Rod joined in a conversation some town councillors were having about high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

Said Rod at the time, “Yeah, my tests were coming back always on the high side, all the time.” So what did you do, asked a councillor. “I stopped getting tested,” said Rod.

So, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Foundation has suggested the same thing. The news is out how Ontario students are getting worse and worse results on their “departmental” tests.

The Foundation says the answer is simple. Just stop giving tests.

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Here is an interesting tidbit: Jordan Peterson, the Ontario professor at the University of Toronto is involved in argument over “ze” and “zer” and “zem” and other odd-ball pronouns that are supposed to replace “he” and “she” and even “them,” plus others.

Jordan is originally from Fairview, Alberta! He went to school with South Peace News editor Chris Clegg. Small world, eh?

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