The Page – October 19

So here’s another of those, “There are two kinds of people in the world” stories.
The first kind says, “Winter is for hibernating. Put away the tools. Put away the farm gear. Put away all the toys. Roll up the carpets, shutter the windows and start a fire. It’s time for burning all the wood you collected and eating all the food you grew and cut up and stored during the summer. But mostly, doing not much of anything. Just waiting for spring.”
The second kind says, “Well, the hazy, lazy days of summer are over. No more loafing around. No more goofing off at the lake. No more summer holidays. It’s time to buckle down, get all the projects and chores done, and dig into work. There aren’t any distractions like people phoning for a barbecue, or wanting to go fishing, or let’s take a nice walk in the rain.”
There you go!
That’s what we were thinking as Friday last week rolled around and snow was sprinkling down, building a layer of white everywhere. Yup. Very wintry, Christmasey and snuggly.
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But, the weather forecast all the way to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, and past, is warmer weather than usual. That will be quite the switch from a summer that gave us rain, more rain, and even more rain.
Of course, weather forecasts these days are quite the crap. Can’t count on them at all, you might have noticed.
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High Prairie’s new Peavey Mart is up and running.
It was actually opened almost two weeks ago. Lots of people are dropping in to check out the new store.
On behalf of High Prairie and area, we say “Welcome” and best of luck in your venture.
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Did you know there are now over 36 million people in Canada?
Canada cracked that number by adding 437,815 people the past year. That’s about half the number of people in Edmonton or Calgary. But spread out over the whole country so we don’t really notice much.
Alberta is still the fourth most populated province, with 4.2 million folks. British Columbia edges Alberta out, boasting 4.7 million. Quebec is Number Two with 8.3 million, about twice as big as Alberta. Ontario is the most populated, with 13.9 million, more than Quebec and Alberta put together.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan together total 2.4 million, about half of B.C. All the Maritime provinces together, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, add up to about the same as Manitoba and Saskatchewan, coming in at 2.38 million.
In other words, all the Maritimes, plus Manitoba and Saskatchewan, add up to one of Alberta or B.C. And both Alberta and BC are about the same as Quebec.
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We did not have enough space this week to provide you an update of what we call the Stoess Street Mystery.
Robert Moen from the Lower Mainland sent us e-mails with several links to check out.
It appears that Charles A. Stoess is very likely the man the street is named for.
Stay tune

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