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What’s Happening Today – February 17, 2020
Family Day! Enjoy time with the family.
Louis Riel Day.
Pancake Breakfast at Kinuso Fire Hall 9-11 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast at Faust Fire Hall 9-11:30 a.m.
Family Day activities at Donnelly Park Regalo 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Family Bingo at Kinuso Ag Hall at 11:30 a.m.
Family Day Hotdog BBQ at Grouard outdoor rink noon-2 p.m.
Family Day free Skating at Guy/Donnelly Sportex 1-3 p.m.
Family Day activities at Falher Rec Complex begin at 1 p.m.
HP Community Band meets in PRJH band room at 6 p.m.
HP Ag Society meets at the HP Agriplex at 7 p.m.
Shuffleboard games at HP Golden Age Club at 7 p.m.
AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – February 17, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – February 17, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – February 17, 2020
1781 – René Laënnec, Inventor of stethoscope
1867 – William Cadbury, Chocolate manufacturer
1874 – Thomas J. Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM
1910 – Arthur Hunnicutt, El Dorado actor
1919 – Kathleen Freeman, Beverly Hillbillies actress
1925 – Hal Holbrook, All the President’s Men actor
1934 – Alan Bates, Zorba the Greek actor
1936 – Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns great
1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, Diff’rent Strokes actress
1941 – Gene Pitney, Vocalist/songwriter
1956 – Richard Karn, Home Improvement actor
1957 – Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
1958 – Heidi Hagman, Archie Bunker’s Place actress
1963 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls great
1963 – Daniel Whitney, “Larry the Cable Guy”
1971 – Denise Richards, American actress
1981 – Paris Hilton, American actress
1991 – Bonnie Wright, Harry Potter actress
This Day in Local History – February 17, 2020
Feb. 17, 1964: High Prairie town council approves the construction of a 17-suite apartment to be built by Dr. Wood and Company on the property just west of Bell Brothers.
Feb. 17, 1971: South Peace News reports on Henry Tomkins’ efforts to restore the Klondike Trail from Sucker Creek to Swan Hills.
Feb. 17, 1977: Rick Scarborough places second in the Rural Provincial Wrestling finals in Stettler and advances to the provincial championships. Tony Sprado and Chris Halldorson also attended but were eliminated early.
Feb. 17, 1978: Bob Calhoon skates the most laps, 69, and Bruce Dube raises the most money, $58.20, at the Kinettes annual skate-a-thon.
Feb. 17, 1982: South Peace News reports a company interested in building a $20 million panel board plant is granted an extension on its timber quota.
Feb. 17-19, 1984: High Prairie hosts the Peace Winter Games.
Feb. 17, 1988: South Peace News reports there will be charges laid against a High Prairie Regals’ player after an alleged assault on a Manning Comet Jan. 30.
Feb. 17, 1990: Catherine Arabella [McLeod] dies in Valemount, B.C. at the age of 93. Her parents build the first hotel in High Prairie in 1914 called the McLeod Hotel, later renamed the Spaulding Hotel.
Feb. 17, 2004: Alberta’s Speech From the Throne announces High Prairie’s high cost of policing will be slashed. Details are not announced but the speech indicates a “new funding formula” will be put into place.
Feb. 17, 2007: High Prairie earns five stars in the WinterLights competition.
Feb. 17, 2008: Tolko Industries announces the indefinite closure of its High Prairie mill forcing 119 people out of work.
Feb. 17, 2011: A public meeting is held at Sunset House School to decide the school’s fate. Northern Gateway School Division tells the audience that enrolment is too low to justify keeping the school open. The school first opened in 1957. Current enrolment is only 24 students.
This Day in World History – February 17, 2020
1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive, charged with heresy.
1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published.
1795 – Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden.
1854 – Britain recognizes independence of Orange Free State [South Africa].
1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine.
1880 – Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt.
1883 – A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London.
1904 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” premieres in Milan.
1913 – 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect in Oregon.
1923 – Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL’s all-time scorer [143 goals].
1933 – 1st issue of American news magazine “Newsweek” published.
1936 – World’s first superhero, The Phantom, cartoon strip, appears.
1938 – 1st public experimental demo of Baird colour TV in London.
1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears.
1959 – 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg.
1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” & “Strawberry Fields”.
1968 – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; never released.
1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as the 1st female PM of Israel.
1972 – TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, debuts on CBS.
1972 – Sales of Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of Ford Model T.
1979 – China invades Vietnam, starts Sino-Vietnamese War.
1981 – Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history.
1989 – 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone “hole”.
2012 – German President Christian Wulff resigns over corruption scandal.
2014 – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC.
Today’s Horoscopes – February 17, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – The healing of a temporary rift with your partner is likely to take place today, with a lot of honest communication and more apologies than are necessary. You might find that a lot of issues have come out in the open and there is a new understanding between the two of you. A move could be coming up, or at least changes within the household you have now.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – The desire to go off by yourself and enjoy a little solitude is likely to be in conflict with the reality of your obligations today. You could find yourself spacing out at times and unable to concentrate on any tasks at hand, so try to stay focused. Some irritating letters or phone calls could come your way, but nothing you can’t deal with. See an exciting movie tonight.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Don’t expect any creative projects to go smoothly today. You could experience mental blocks that you find difficult to get beyond. Don’t let it get to you. The blocks will pass. Just put the project aside and get back to it later. A phone call from a friend might bring some disconcerting news that could cause you to want to pass it on to others. Before you do, make sure you have the facts straight.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Obligations to others could incline you toward staying home today, but important career issues could pull you in to work. This could cause some inner conflict, and you may have to face a choice. Only you can make that choice, but take care to be objective and take all the facts into consideration. Don’t get yourself all emotionally worked up. This will only exacerbate the situation.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Today you’re likely to feel torn in two different directions. A part of you could want to sequester yourself somewhere and read, while another part of you feels you should get out, go somewhere, and do something. You may be more impatient than usual with squabbles between colleagues or family members. It might be a good idea to do some exercise during the day to work off the inner tensions. Relax with a good book in the evening!
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Minor difficulties over money could put you in a state of frustration. The problems aren’t earthshaking, but they still need to be handled and could take up a lot of time that you’d rather spend doing something else. Giving in to your frustration could waste more time than simply handling the situation and moving on, however. Try to keep your cool. Take your problems in both hands, resolve them, and move on.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – An argument with your partner could have you feeling very disheartened and somewhat depressed today. Yet you probably are too shaken up to feel like discussing it with him or her. Spend the day keeping yourself busy and working off your frustration. Forget about it for a while. This should enable you to see the situation more objectively, so that you’ll be in the proper frame of mind to kiss and make up when the evening comes.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You might wake up this morning feeling a little less than your usual self, and you might not be able to figure out why. There could be some sort of minor physical imbalance or you might be suffering from eyestrain. This could put you a little out of sorts with yourself and everyone else, particularly if you’re stressed about work responsibilities. Avoid computers, if possible, and take time during the day to run or go for a brisk walk.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Today, you might find yourself getting more irritated than you usually would at the quirks of friends, colleagues, partners, and children. Nerves could be frayed and tempers around you frazzled. At times like this it’s best to remain centered and make the effort to be your usual warm and friendly self. No lasting rifts are likely to result, but tension with others can make for an uncomfortable day.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Temporary difficulties at home might cause you to want to stay and resolve them rather than go to work or anywhere else. However, career matters may also be pressing, so you’re likely to be in a bit of a quandary. At this time, the wisest decision is likely to be to take care of your personal life first. Professional matters will still be waiting for you tomorrow.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Some rather unsettling communications could come your way today, perhaps from out of state. This isn’t likely to be anything serious, but it could be enough to put your nose a little out of joint. Changes in your neighbourhood might interfere with your daily routine. A neighbour or relative could be ill and you might feel obligated to help them out a little. This is fine as long as you don’t commit to too much.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Some minor money matters may need to be handled today, and you might find this irritating as you probably have other things you’d rather do. The situation could cause some petty friction with family members, but that will pass. However, you’ll be able to muster all your innate skills and get the money matters handled, which will leave the rest of the day to do what you want. Hang in there.