The Page – September 12, 2018


“I am beginning to see the problem facing modern youth. It is much easier to fight your way out of poverty and neglect than it is to fight your way out of comfort and having people looking out for you.” – Richard Needham

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There was a recent news report about Alberta “vanity” license plates and names that were declined.
Sorry, decorum prevents us from listing the dumped names here!
Around High Prairie there are a few plates we see often, among them ONDEGO and CUZICAN. There are others we don’t see so much, but they are out there.
We would love to come up with some great ideas for a plate [Hey, GRTHP01 02 and more might work!] but our brain is working overtime on the High Prairie branding exercise currently underway. Check out the story online at southpeacenews.com for details on branding and also see if anybody else has some “GR8T” ideas. As of this writing, the cupboard is quite bare.

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We understand a few people were smirking about what they called the “dumb” idea of raising the new High Prairie civic square clock four or five feet to make it stand out more.
We won’t name names. But we will point out there are at least a couple of towns that have the same clock. Probably lots. And yes, many of them are raised. Athabasca is one of them.

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For decades, the September Labour Day weekend pretty well marked the end of summer. These days of course, people want to get the most out of their cabins, campers and trailers, fishing licenses, boats or whatever they have to help get them through the hazy days of July and August.
Big investments and people want to see them used. Heck, even a barbecue or set of lawn chairs these days can be a hefty investment.
So, there is good reason, more people are working toward not just one season of enjoying the great outdoors, but two, three or a full four seasons of fun times.
We agree, it’s a lot easier to enjoy 10 C weather when you are coming out of winter’s minus degrees, than it is to enjoy the same 10 above after getting used to 20s and higher. Wayyyy easier!
Anyway, the forecasts are for a warmer than usual September here in Alberta. But that’s after we get a run of snow, freezing temps, sleet, and more snow.
So what else is new?

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Campgrounds and resorts around the region are opening longer, too. Shadow Creek at Joussard will be open until the end of September. Check with your favourite place to see what their schedule is like.
As with anything to do with the outdoors, be sure to dress warm and dry. Parkas and rain gear can make a world of difference on a cool evening or morning, or a rainy day.
Remember, it’s always easier to take layers off if you have them, than to put more on if you don’t have them.
And mind the sparks from open campfires!

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By the time you read this, Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee will have hosted her Open Barbecue in High Prairie.
Larivee is a New Democrat. Meanwhile, we haven’t heard much from the other parties, except for new and old names happening. The United Conservative Party still hasn’t nominated a candidate for the coming election, expected in the spring of next year, 2019.

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All kinds of meetings are happening now that summer is over. Check the Calendar of Events on the front page of highprairie.com. If your club or group isn’t listed, send in the info so it can be posted.
Thursday, Sept. 20, at noon, the High Prairie & Area Chamber of Commerce resumes regular meetings. Meetings used to be the first Wednesday of every month but were among many postponed over the summer.
All folks are welcome, as there are both business and personal memberships. One does not have to be a business or agency to join.
The next meeting will be in the dining room at Amiro’s Steak House in High Prairie.
For an agenda, the chamber’s website at hpchamber.net will be updated before the meeting.

 

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