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What’s Happening Today – February 5, 2020
HP Inter-Agency meets at Prov. Bldg at 9 a.m.
Free Play at HP CRC Office 10 a.m.-noon.
Storytime for Kids 3-5 Yrs HP Library 10:30-11:30 a.m.
CRC Parents N” Tots at Sunset House at 1 p.m.
Baby & Me at HP CRC Office at 1 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – February 5, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – February 5, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – February 5, 2020
1784 – Christian Neefe, Tutor of Beethoven
1788 – Robert Peel, UK PM, founder of Bobbies
1848 – Belle Starr, US female outlaw
1906 – John Carradine, The Grapes of Wrath actor
1919 – George Papandreou, PM of Greece
1919 – Red Buttons, American comedian, actor
1923 – Claude King, Wolverton Mountain singer
1934 – Hank Aaron, Baseball Home Run King
1934 – Don Cherry, Hockey commentator
1942 – Cory Wells, Three Dog Night vocalist
1943 – Nolan Bushnell, Atari founder, created Pong
1948 – David Denny, Steve Miller Band guitarist
1964 – Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses bassist
1968 – Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jay
1971 – Marcus Redman, Doogie Howser actor
1985 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
1992 – Neymar, Brazilian footballer
This Day in Local History – February 5, 2020
Feb. 5, 1914: Frank Pottage arrives in Grouard with news he is confident the ED&BC railroad will pass through town.
Feb. 5, 1962: Bernice and Jim Gibson reopen the Driftpile General Store. A fire had destroyed the building the previous October.
Feb. 5, 1968: William G. Clark dies after a short illness at the age of 55 years. The former Department of Highways employee helped build the little log St. John’s Anglican Church at Tall Pines at Little Smoky.
Feb. 5, 1969: High Prairie town council unanimously agree to doubles fees for honouraria for attending meetings to $20 from $10.
Feb. 5, 1973: Bernard Fevang is elected new High Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce president.
Feb. 5, 1977: The High Prairie Day Care opens in a new log building in High Prairie’s west end.
Feb. 5, 1986: Results are released from a High Prairie recreation department survey indicating an indoor pool is the top priority. Recreation director Doug Munn says the pool would cost $1.5 million.
Feb. 5, 1986: South Peace News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Shybunia property beside the West Prairie River will be the new site of the Provincial Building.
Feb. 5, 1989: Pearl Calahasen, 36, wins a spirited PC nomination meeting in Kinuso.
Feb. 5, 1991: MLA Pearl Calahasen announces $100,000 will be given for construction of the new High Prairie Day Care building.
Feb. 5, 1992: I.D. No. 17 agrees to sell the Wagner property at Enilda to the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre for $30,000. Eventually, the Eagle’s Nest Hall is built there.
Feb. 5, 1993: Aero Aviation ceases flights into High Prairie and Slave Lake without warning.
Feb. 5-6, 1994: Gunnar Odegaard organizes the first High Prairie Sled Dog Races.
Feb. 5, 1995: The High Prairie Chamber of Commerce begins a letter campaign asking the Alberta government to complete Highway 750 paving.
Feb. 5, 1999: UGG decides to rebuild a grain facility in town to replace the elevator destroyed by fire in November.
Feb. 5, 2011: Inga Marquardt passes away at the age of 80 years. She was a member of United Farms Women and worked on the High Prairie history book.
Feb. 5, 2012: David Marx’s rink qualifies for the Alberta Master’s Men’s Provincial Curling Championships after going undefeated at Zones.
Feb. 5, 2014: Sucker Creek singer/songwriter Nathan Cunningham is nominated for a Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year.
Feb. 5, 2018: Willy and Kristie Gordon open Shady Orchard Winery east of High Prairie at their farm.
This Day in World History – February 5, 2020
1644 – 1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut.
1783 – Sweden recognizes US independence.
1825 – Hannah Lord Montague of NY creates 1st detachable shirt collar.
1850 – Adding machine employing depressible keys patented.
1861 – Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia.
1869 – World’s largest alluvial gold nugget founded: weighs 97.14 kg.
1870 – 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience at Philadelphia.
1879 – Joseph Swan demonstrates light bulb using carbon glow.
1900 – United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal.
1901 – Loop-the-loop [roller coaster] patented by Ed Prescot.
1918 – 1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W. Thompson.
1918 – Separation of church and state begins in USSR.
1921 – Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx to build Yankee Stadium.
1922 – Reader’s Digest magazine 1st published.
1924 – Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcast, Greenwich Time Signal.
1945 – US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manila.
1953 – “Peter Pan” by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC.
1962 – Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn all within 16 degrees.
1967 – “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS-TV.
1969 – US population reaches 200 million.
1972 – US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage.
1973 – Comic strip “Hagar The Horrible” by Dik Browne debuts.
1973 – Funeral for LC William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam War.
1974 – Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win.
1974 – US Mariner 10 returns 1st close-up photos of Venus’ cloud structure.
1978 – Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded.
1981 – Largest Jell-O made [9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavour].
1983 – Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial.
1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points.
1991 – A Michigan court bars Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
1997 – O.J. Simpson found liable in deaths of Ron Goldman, Nicole Simpson.
1997 – 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund.
2013 – UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage.
2015 – 1970s British rocker Gary Glitter convicted of sexual child abuse.
Today’s Horoscopes – February 5, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – It won’t be surprising if you find yourself getting frustrated with a close friend or partner today who is far less ambitious than you. The energy in the air can really emphasize your “go, go, go” way of reaching goals and achieving success. Others who are passive or fearful in this area may be difficult to understand. Yet each person has to do things in ways that are best for him or her. Try to be patient.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – See about using your good relationships with friends and loved ones today to get some group activities going. Chances are you’ll feel pretty good and the idea of socializing will appeal to you. See about inviting people over for supper or a game of cards. If you’re especially lively, some sports may be just the ticket to get you out and moving. Do whatever it takes to have some fun and get some fresh air today.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – If you’re lacking a regular exercise routine, today’s a great day to turn that around. Exercise doesn’t have to wear you out or hurt. Even relaxing activities like walking or yoga are excellent ways to keep you in good shape. Participating in a sport that appeals to you like volleyball or bowling combines fun with exercise. Heck, even dancing is a recognized form of exercise! See about finding something that will work for you.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Put your ambition into action today. The day’s planetary aspects should find you feeling energetic and positive. Make the most of this by taking steps toward your goals. As you know, if you don’t actively pursue things, nothing will happen. The years can pass by so quickly and you wouldn’t want to be sitting on a rocker wondering “what if.” Trust yourself and do what it takes. Everything starts with a single step.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Don’t hesitate when it comes to taking on a project or making plans today. Extra energy will complement your organizational skills, making the perfect combination to handle almost anything. Be sure to write down your goals and plans to help keep you focused. If you decide to tackle any cleaning today, get rid of the things you never use. Consider donating such items to charity, since there’s undoubtedly someone out there who could use them.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Today should go well for you. Expect to feel a renewed energy and perspective on things, especially those that are work related. Make the most of this by working toward finishing projects that are waiting for you or by cleaning and organizing your desk or broom closet. Feel confident you’ll be able to handle most any task in no time. When everything you wanted to get done is taken care of, make some plans for a little recreation. You deserve it.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Today you may notice that you’re feeling very creative and ambitious. You might want to use these strengths to work directly on an artistic project. Or you may choose to channel that energy into activities like organizing your home or workspace. If you plan it out, there should be plenty of time to get to both if you have a mind to. Make the most of the day!
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Don’t be surprised if you wake up feeling super today. Chances are good you’ll feel a renewed physical strength with energy to spare. That said, it might be a good day to tackle any projects that require you to use some muscle. Perhaps there’s some yard work that needs to be done or furniture you want to move around. On the fun side, you might want to get to the gym for a workout or swim. Whatever the activity, today is a good day to go for it!
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – The effect from the planetary aspects will bring an end to any lethargy you’ve been feeling. It’s an excellent day to get up and head into the open to do something active. Walking, running, or going on a hike can make great use of both your energy and creativity. Fresh air and physical exertion will lend much to your health as well, so make the most of this. Even if you have to work today, you can always enjoy the evening.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Take charge of your overall health today. You’ll likely wake up feeling energetic and well. Seize this opportunity to be active in doing things that will help continue your good feelings. Consider all aspects of your health, including emotional and spiritual. If you can, sit outside in the sunshine and fresh air to consider the areas of your life that could use a workout. Take a walk, do some gardening, engage in something both creative and physical.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – If there’s something crafty or artsy you’ve had your eye on and would really like to get but can’t afford, consider making it. Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic, you may surprise yourself if you give a project half a chance. There are numerous websites that cater to novices and can give you the support and instruction you need. Don’t dismiss your ability. Explore this avenue and see about finding a creative niche for yourself.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – It’s the perfect day to get up and head outside. You’ll likely find yourself feeling positive and energetic, and some fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity may be long overdue. Even if this is a workday for you, make the most of your breaks and lunch hour by walking. This evening may be the opportune time to get together with some friends for coffee or a favourite sporting event.