THE PAGE – April 20, 2016

A lady is sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the deck with her husband.
She says, “I love you so much, I don’t know how I could ever live without you.”
Her husband asks, “Is that you or is it the wine talking?”
She replies, “It’s me. Talking to the wine.”

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This writer always marks the first day of spring as the same weekend as the Edmonton Sportsmen Show. That used to be the around March 5, depending on when the weekend fell. For the past few years, for whatever reason, the show happens around March 10 or March 12.

A few years ago, one of the show days started off sunny and warm. By the time 6 p.m. rolled around, a regular northern Alberta blizzard had moved in. What was T-shirt weather had turned into snowboots and parkas! A typical Alberta spring day!

Moving along, we usually mark our First Day of Summer when O’s Ice Cream in High Prairie opens. And that friends, is usually around May 10 or so.

But this year, owner Tina Ostermeier says the weather was so nice, it was hard to wait.

“And so many people were asking when we were going to open, it just didn’t make sense to stay closed,” she says.

Well, we’re glad to see O’s open. It’s a nice place with nice people.

Now, let’s hope the Alberta spring/summer jinx doesn’t happen and we get a late blizzard blowing in. If so Tina, get ready to pour hot chocolate!

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We are happy to give a Tip of The Page Hat to show chair Darryl Basarab and all the organizers and volunteers at the High Prairie Sportsman show over the past weekend.

We were also happy to see so many local business people coming out and setting up exhibits. We also noticed this year there was double billing with the Home and Garden Show in with the Sportsman show. Great idea!

We are told attendance was about even with last year, which means about 5,000 or so people came through the doors. But sales were down, probably due to the economy.

No matter, it was an excellent show with lots to see and a really good addition to the High Prairie scene.
Check online at for many photos of the show. Please see a full report next week.

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Two senior ladies meet for the first time since graduating from high school. One asks the other, “You were always so organized in school, did you manage to live a well-planned life?”

“Oh yes, I did,” gushes her friend. “My first marriage was to a millionaire. My second marriage was to an actor. My third marriage was to a preacher. And you know, now I’m married to an undertaker.”

Her friend asks, “What do those marriages have to do with living a well-planned life?”

Says the friend, “It’s plain as day! One for the money. Two for the show. Three to get ready. And four to go.”

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Have a great week, everyone, and enjoy the spring weather!

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