Today in High Prairie – April 7, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – April 7, 2020

Town of HP Strategic Planning meeting in chambers at 7 p.m.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – April 7, 2020

Phil Pardell

Sarah Neill

Chris Mertz

Michael Smith

Sunny Poloz

Jim McLean

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – April 7, 2020

Andreas Matin

Maureen Churchill

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – April 7, 2020

1506 – Francis Xavier, Saint/Jesuit missionary

1770 – William Wordsworth, English poet laureate

1859 – Walter Camp, “Father of American football”

1860 – Will Keith Kellogg, US cereal manufacturer

1891 – Ole Kirk Christiansen, Inventor of Lego

1908 – Percy Faith, Conductor “Summer Place”

1928 – James Garner, Rockford Files actor

1933 – Wayne Rogers, M*A*S*H actor [Trapper John]

1937 – Charlie Thomas, Drifters singer

1943 – Mick Abrahams, Jethro Tull guitarist

1949 – John Oates, Hall & Oates vocalist

1952 – Bruce Gary, The Knack drummer

1954 – Jackie Chan, Rumble in the Bronx actor

1964 – Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind actor

1971 – Victor Kraatz, Canadian figure skater

This Day in Local History – April 7, 2020

April 7, 1914: Hughie Hunter announces the bridge on the West Prairie River at High Prairie will be completed by month’s end.

April 7, 1914: Sigmond Wegh and A. Schaffer purchase motion picture equipment from Mr. Kee and plan to build a theatre on Main Street in Grouard.

April 7, 1962: The High Prairie Progress reports Nancy McLaughlin is appointed as district home economist to serve the Berwyn and High Prairie areas.

April 7, 1971: South Peace News prints a photo of Nick Shybunia in a boat on 48 St. and 50 Ave. on one of the High Prairie’s flooded streets during the spring thaw.

April 7, 1973: Tom Iannone and Rod Berg each net hat tricks as the High Prairie Regals win the NPHL title with an 8-5 win over the hometown Grimshaw Huskies thus sweeping the final.

April 7, 1981: The visiting Falher Pirates sweep the NPHL final after defeating the High Prairie Regals 3-1. The Pirates went undefeated in the playoffs as they swept the Manning Comets in the semi-final.

April 7, 1982: South Peace News reports that Kathy Martinson, Michele Courtepatte, Lorraine Cardinal and Sherry Lambert are competing for the honour of rodeo queen.

April 7, 1983: The visiting High Prairie Regals win their ninth NPHL title after defeating the Manning Comets 6-2 to win the series in six games.

April 7, 1990: A 13-year-old girl is shot in the chest at Enilda by another 13-year-old youth. She recovers.

April 7, 1990: Brush is cleared to make way for construction of the High Prairie Agriplex.

April 7, 1991: The Sucker Creek Capitals Peewee team defeats Enoch 7-1 in Sturgeon Lake to win the Native Provincial title.

April 7, 1993: Sandford and Angela Gauchier of Peavine win just over $141,000 in the Lotto 6/49 draw.

April 7, 1993: An unnamed parent attends a High Prairie School Division meeting asking that all junk food be banned from schools.

April 7, 1998: RCMP find human remains along a cut line near Gift Lake. They are later confirmed to be Edward Courtoreille’s, who was missing since Dec. 29, 1997.

April 7, 2000: Grouard’s John Edwards is viciously attacked by four individuals in his own home after responding to an alarm in his garage.

April 7, 2000: Operation Bronx nets over $28,000 in fines against five Grouard poachers as matters conclude in a Peace River courtroom.

April 7, 2000: High Prairie’s Peter Kushner receives a plaque of appreciation from the Senior Citizens Sports and Recreation Association for his efforts in promoting senior citizens involvement in sport.

April 7, 2002: The East Prairie Accords win the Alberta Native Midget B hockey title winning five straight games at the tournament held in Edmonton.

April 7, 2009: A Kinuso School student, 12, who was being bullied, stabs a classmate and is charged with assault with a weapon.

April 7, 2012: Long-time Faust resident Robert Heroux passes away at the age of 76 years. He was an avid curler, baseball player and commercial fisherman, and was president of the Faust Harbour Authority for many years.

April 7, 2015: Former Prairie Echo resident Winnifred Cox passes away at the age of 100.

April 7, 2018: Edith Rebecca Guild passes away in Points West Hospice in Grande Prairie at the age of 79 years after a battle with cancer. She was the former owner of E.G. Frames in High Prairie and an accomplished artist and musician.

April 7, 2018: A “putrid pussycat” is blamed for a false alarm attended to by High Prairie firefighters. A strong ammonia smell is found to be from the cat’s litter box which had not been cleaned for months.

This Day in World History – April 7, 2020

1348 – Prague University, 1st university in central Europe, formed.

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet reaches Cebu [Philippines].

1795 – France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length.

1827 – English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches.

1902 – Texas Oil Company [Texaco] forms.

1906 – 1st animated cartoon “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” released.

1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

1921 – Sun Yat-sen elected president of China [Father of Modern China].

1923 – 1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed.

1934 – In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspends campaign of civil disobedience.

1943 – Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini meet for an Axis conference.

1948 – World Health Organization formed by the United Nations.

1959 – Radar 1st bounced off the sun.

1964 – IBM announces the System/360.

1966 – US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor.

1969 – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.

1977 – Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5.

1978 – Guttenberg Bible sells for $2 million in New York City.

1983 – Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt.

1988 – Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

1992 – Bosnian Serb Republic announces its independence.

1994 – Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for 1st time.

2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.

2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Hussein’s regime falls 2 days later.

2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori sentenced to 25 years.

2016 – Longest-ever captured python found in Malaysia: 26 feet.

2018 – Canadian Humboldt Broncos bus crash kills 16.

Today’s Horoscopes – April 7, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Today you might decide to attend a group activity that is primarily concerned with an intellectual, philosophical, or spiritual interest of yours. You might meet a charismatic person whose conversation stimulates your mind and causes you to come up with new insights. During the course of the day, you might notice this person is very appealing to you, and you could imagine getting romantically involved at some point.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – A public figure, perhaps an author, might capture your interest in some way today. This person could have a lot to say that appeals to you on a number of different levels. You’ll want to acquaint yourself with as much of this person’s work as possible. You could experience some valuable personal insights. Don’t worry if your practical mind chides you for this obsession. Sometimes it’s a good thing!

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Today you might attend a party or group activity that puts you in touch with some interesting people from faraway places. You could find their conversation intellectually stimulating. You’re apt to learn a lot from them. Books could be involved in some way. You’ll want to stay in touch with them, so be sure to get names, phone numbers or e-mail addresses. This could open up some new doors for you.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Some big upheaval in your career could take you by surprise, but it’s apt to make a very positive difference to you. Your public standing and income could both skyrocket. Legal papers might be involved in some way. This could happen so suddenly that it has you in a daze, but try to remain focused and go with the flow. You won’t want this opportunity to pass you by.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – A social event could bring you into contact with a very intense, fascinating person in an intriguing profession. You could find him or her very charming and sexy. If you aren’t romantically involved at the moment, there could be potential here! If nothing else, this person might steer you in a new intellectual or spiritual direction. You could seem somewhat transformed when you leave the party tonight.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You always tend to have good powers of concentration, but today you’re more focused than usual, probably on a project that means a lot to you. This could be job related, it might involve helping a friend, or it may just be a personal project. Whatever it is, you should accomplish a lot today. The downside is that you might forget to eat, sleep, or take any breaks. Take care!

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – An intense conversation with your romantic partner could take place today. This could involve taking the relationship to the next commitment level, and the subject of marriage could come up. If you’re already married, this could mean taking on a new responsibility, such as a house or child. If you aren’t currently involved, expect to meet someone new and exciting who appeals to you on a number of levels.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Today, you and the other members of your household might discuss the possibility of making some changes. This could involve some redecorating or remodeling or even something as mundane as a thorough cleaning. However, it could also involve the possibility of moving to a completely different place. The need for change in your surroundings is apparent, so don’t hesitate. Go ahead and initiate the first steps!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Today you might feel the urge to write. This could involve nothing more than a lengthy letter or e-mail to a friend, but it could also be creative work, such as a novel, essay, screenplay, or poem. Whatever it is, you’re likely to express some intellectual, philosophical, or spiritual concerns that you hope to shed some light on. Don’t be surprised if you come up with more questions than answers.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Paperwork involving money needs to be executed today. It could be a settlement, new commission, or bonus of some kind. This is likely to be a joyous occasion because money is coming your way, even though the paperwork itself might be a drag. Try to concentrate and get it done quickly so you and those close to you can go out and celebrate.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Today your mind should be especially quick and penetrating. You could decide to tackle some in-depth research you’ve been considering doing for a while on a subject that fascinates you. You might also want to discuss the subject with someone close to you who shares this interest. Don’t be surprised if you come up with some intriguing insights. Write everything down. You may want to make use of it later.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Some vivid, beautiful dreams or visions could awaken you and make you aware of new opportunities. They could be creative in nature, and you should consider taking advantage of them. This revelation could have been there, unnoticed, for a long time. Don’t write it off because of the unorthodox way it appeared. Look into it and see where it leads you. Your destiny might lie just around the corner!

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