Today in High Prairie – February 3, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – February 3, 2020

HP Community Band meets in PRJH band room at 6 p.m.

AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.

Triangle PTA monthly meeting at Triangle Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – February 3, 2020

Maxwell Burgar

David Lines Jr.

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – February 3, 2020

Ryley Ann Marie Brown

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – February 3, 2020

1480 – Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer

1809 – Felix Mendelssohn, German composer, pianist

1811 – Horace Greeley, Editor: “Go west, young man!”

1879 – Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer

1883 – Clarence Mulford, Hopalong Cassidy writer

1899 – Doris Speed, “Queen Mother of Soap”

1904 – Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster

1907 – James A. Michener, Sayonara author

1914 – George Nissen, Trampoline inventor

1920 – Henry Heimlich, Heimlich manoeuvre inventor

1929 – Russell Arms, Your Hit Parade vocalist

1938 – Victor Buono, Untouchables actor

1939 – Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter director

1947 – Dave Davies, Kinks vocalist

1950 – Morgan Fairchild, Falcon Crest actress

1954 – Tiger Williams, Toronto Maple Leaf

1957 – Michele Greene, LA Law actress

1958 – Lizzie Borden, Working Girls director

1958 – Lee Crystal, Joan Jett rocker

1976 – Isla Fisher, The Great Gatsby actress

This Day in Local History – February 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 1913: The Grouard Board of Trade agrees to publish a pamphlet listing area information in the Peace River Country.

Feb. 3, 1962: The High Prairie Progress reports MLA Roy Ells announces that the new High Prairie Provincial Building has been approved with work expected to be completed by August.

Feb. 3-5, 1970: The High Prairie Curling Club hosts the Alberta Ladies Curling Championships. Betty Cole’s Edmonton rink wins.

Feb. 3, 1971: South Peace News reports Al Burger, of Faust, and Marie Carlson, of Grouard, both declare intentions to seek the NDP nomination in the Lesser Slave Lake constituency.

Feb. 3, 1975: Bayview Air Service of Slave Lake begins daily air service from High Prairie. The company had suspended service in 1973 until improvements in the airstrip were made.

Feb. 3, 1986: Ruecker and Ruecker moves to a new location in the old United Church Hall.

Feb. 3, 1992: Two British Columbia men are charged with robbing Norm’s Jewelers in town.

Feb. 3, 1992: The Sucker Creek Women’s Shelter opens with directors Maggie McMaster and Audrey Willier-Samson in charge.

Feb. 3, 1999: South Peace News reports Buchanan Lumber is granted a 2 1/2 year extension to operate its beehive burner to June 30, 2001.

Feb. 3, 1999: The M.D. of Big Lakes agrees spend $50,000 on an airport runway extension project. Seven days later High Prairie town council does the same.

Feb. 3, 1990: Harold Bellerose suffers a season-ending injury in a game at Manning after being hit by Ken Asmussen. The Comets trounce the Regals 7-2.

Feb. 3, 2009: Community booster Albert Babkirk turns 90; four days later a party is held at the Banana Belt Hall by family and friends.

Feb. 3, 2014: The NPHL revokes the Lakeland Eagles franchise after it repeatedly fails to fulfill league commitments. The decision was reached by NPHL president Jack McAvoy after the Eagles failed to ice 10 skaters at a game in Grimshaw Feb. 2. The Regals, despite a dismal 1-21-1 record, qualify for the playoffs.

Feb. 3, 2018: A curling oddity occurs in the A Event final at the Town and Country Bonspiel between Al Butterfield and Jesse Smith. When Smith throws his last rock in the final end, all 15 rocks are in play.

This Day in World History – February 3, 2020

1743 – Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants.

1752 – Dutch States-General forbids export of windmills.

1783 – Spain recognizes US independence.

1815 – World’s 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland.

1863 – Writer Samuel Clemens 1st uses the pen name of Mark Twain.

1876 – Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods empire.

1882 – Circus owner P.T. Barnum buys his world-famous elephant, Jumbo.

1913 – 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, federal income tax, ratified.

1916 – Canada’s original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down.

1943 – 4 chaplains drown after giving up their life jackets to others.

1944 – World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.

1945 – Almost 1,000 Flying Fortresses drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin.

1947 – Cold day: -81 F at Snag, Yukon [North American record].

1951 – “Victor Borge Show” debuts on NBC-TV.

1953 – J. Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC’s Today Show.

1959 – “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musician Buddy Holly.

1966 – 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched by US.

1966 – 1st soft landing on Moon [Soviet Luna 9].

1967 – “Purple Haze” recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

1967 – Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged.

1973 – Dr Hook’s “Cover of Rolling Stone” enters Top 40, peaks at No. 6.

1979 – “YMCA” by Village People peaks at No. 2 on pop singles chart.

1982 – Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, at Podmoscovnoe, USSR.

1982 – John Sharples of England finishes 371 hours of disco dancing.

1986 – The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta.

1993 – Trial of Rodney King beating by police begins in Los Angeles.

1994 – President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam.

1998 – Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in UK.

2016 – Lord Lucan’s death certificate OKed, 42 years after disappearance.

2018 – Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record.

Today’s Horoscopes – February 3, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Are you into abstract art forms? Today you could find yourself irresistibly drawn to them, whether blank verse, abstract painting, or New Age music. If you’re into the arts yourself, you might want to try your hand at whatever discipline appeals to you the most. If you aren’t, attend a concert, stroll through an art gallery, or go to a poetry reading. Whatever you do, enjoy your day!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Have you been toying with the idea of redecorating your house? If so, you might actually come up with a few solid ideas, although you’ll have a difficult time deciding among them. Sometimes making a list can help you work out the details of each and discern which is the most workable at this time. Look at home decorating magazines and furniture catalogs. Write down what appeals to you. You’ll decide something. What fun!

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Emotions run high today as a love partner calls on you to discuss some troubles. These don’t directly concern you, but you’d still like to see them straightened out, as you tend to feel helpless when someone you care for is upset. At times like this, it’s really best to listen rather than try to give advice. Your partner probably just needs to talk it out. Be patient and all will be well.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – A close friend or your love partner may present you with a gift. You’ll be touched but you’ll also feel uncomfortable. Maybe the present is costly or not something you really like. You might also feel that your friend is too eager. What you do in this situation is, of course, up to you. Tip: don’t refuse the gift unless you genuinely feel it’s totally inappropriate. And definitely don’t give it back because that’s what your mother would do!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Love matters may seem to be far worse than they really are. Emotion runs high as your current love interest seems preoccupied and uncommunicative; however, it wouldn’t be a good idea to let your insecurities get the best of you and lash out. Your partner’s heart is with you, though the mind is another matter. Family or career problems are getting in the way of your enjoyment of each other. Bite your tongue, be patient, and hang in there.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Is your imagination brimming over with ideas for new projects? Are you drawing upon old memories for inspiration? Your past can be a very fruitful resource; however, today you may find that some of these recollections make you feel more emotional than you should. Let them all go. This is a necessary release. Channeling your feelings into creative work could prove cathartic. By the end of the day you should feel great. Go with the flow.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Are you suddenly falling for an old friend? This may have you confused and a little frightened since you’ve never viewed this person in this way before. However, this person probably does reciprocate the attraction, so don’t completely write it off. Consider this: could this person be a strong part of your future? How well do you know each other? Do you respect this person the way you should? If the answers to these questions are positive, give it a try!

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Are you in love? You might find that thoughts of your beloved haunt you today, even while you’re apart. Desire and passion could be practically obsessive, and they’ll interfere with your other projects if you aren’t careful. Try to stay focused on the tasks at hand and make a date to get together with your partner later. After all, you want to keep all departments of your life in their proper perspective!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – A picture of an art object from a different culture could arouse some strange feelings in you. You won’t know why, but it will spark a new interest in that culture. This probably relates to events deep in your past that you don’t remember. Go ahead and explore this new interest. It will be intriguing and at the same time could help you release old traumas or phobias. Enjoy!

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Are you worried about the psychological and emotional state of a friend? Don’t get yourself too worked up over it. Your friend is probably more troubled about money than anything else. If this is your love partner, you should be especially careful not to push for confidences, as this could be a turn-off. Your beloved will talk to you when the time is right. In the meantime, be patient and a good listener.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Your current love interest could be experiencing some family problems. Therefore, don’t expect too much scintillating conversation this evening. Your partner may seem preoccupied and not be in the best of moods. Rest assured that this has nothing to do with you. Don’t let your insecurities get the best of you. Don’t demand an explanation. Be there, even if it means being silent, and let your partner think things out. This is tactful and will certainly be appreciated.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Is someone you know having a birthday? If so, beware of all the great food that will undoubtedly be brought to the party! If you’re trying to improve your level of health and fitness, you’ll be sorely tempted to depart from the program. Be as firm as you can, but remember that we all need a little indulgence occasionally. Chocolate cake and ice cream might not be on your diet, but think of them as emotional health food. Enjoy a little bit!

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