Today in High Prairie – January 13, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – January 13, 2020

Play & Learn at HP CRC Office at 1 p.m.

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.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 13, 2020

Dennis Halcrow

Brayden Derzaph

Kristy Willier

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 13, 2020

Ariana Bigcharles

Chrissie Irla

Dion Klyne

Ervin Bittman

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 13, 2020

1562 – Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet

1886 – Art Ross, Hockey Hall of Famer

1893 – Clarke Ashton Smith, Lost Worlds author

1904 – Richard Addinsell, Taming of Shrew composer

1919 – Robert Stack, Unsolved Mysteries host

1930 – Frances Sternhagen, Cheers actress [Cliff’s mom]

1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, Match Game panelist

1931 – Ian Hendry, The Avengers actor

1934 – Rip Taylor, Gong Show panelist

1938 – Billy Gray, Father Knows Best actor

1943 – Richard Moll, Night Court actor [Bull]

1945 – Cornelius Bumpus, Doobie Brothers keyboardist

1955 – Fred White, Earth Wind & Fire rocker

1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seinfeld actress

1964 – Penelope Ann Miller, Kindergarden Cop actress

1966 – Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy actor

1969 – Stephen Hendry, 7-time world snooker champ

1970 – Keith Coogan, The Waltons actor [Jeffrey]

1972 – Nicole Eggert, Charles in Charge actress

1977 – Orlando Bloom, Lord of the Rings actor

1990 – Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games films actor

1997 – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oiler

This Day in Local History – January 13, 2020

Jan. 13, 1937: The Chateau Guy burns in Grouard. By Dec. 14, a new building replaces it.

Jan. 13, 1962: The High Prairie Progress reports that $900,000 has been approved to build a vocational school in Kinuso.

Jan. 13, 1963: Wilfred Ruecker is elected president of the Faust Curling Club.

Jan. 13, 1971: The previous week sees -40F temperatures and the third snow removal in town this winter.

Jan. 13, 1971: South Peace News reports the High Prairie Regals executive meets and discusses folding the club, with the NPHL’s worst record at 2-14-2 in 18 games. They decide to continue.

Jan. 13, 1980: The High Prairie Boxing Club finishes in second place at the Bronze Gloves Tournament held in Fort Saskatchewan.

Jan. 13, 1982: South Peace News reports Dr. J.B. Wood receives an Alberta Achievement Award.

Jan. 13, 1985: Slave Lake’s Lyle Ruecker and High Prairie’s Perry Brust qualify at the Zone Mixed Curling Playdowns held in High Prairie.

Jan. 13, 1985: Peter Keay’s rink qualifies for the Junior Men’s Provincials after winning the B Event at Districts in Grande Prairie.

Jan. 13, 1988: South Peace News reports Kinuso and area residents are angry as the Athabasca Health Unit announces plans to close the Kinuso Nursing Station at the end of the year.

Jan. 13, 1988: South Peace News reports a court case halts construction of the Moostoos Building.

Jan. 13, 1993: A Development Appeal Board gives approval to the MITAA Centre to move down the street to a new home in the old Group Home Building.

Jan. 13, 1994: High Prairie Regals’ players Rey Fontaine and Shaun Henderson and coach Bob Calhoon are suspended for one game after a brawl in Grimshaw where the players go into the stands. The Huskies win the game, which is called with 7:26 left, 8-3.

Jan. 13, 2002: Brian Bliss loses a 3-2 heartbreaker to Calgary’s Harold Breckenridge in the semi-finals at the Alberta Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Grande Prairie. Bliss posted a 5-2 record in round-robin play.

Jan. 13, 2003: Anton (Tony) Straub turns 103 years old at J.B. Wood Extended Care Unit.

Jan. 13-15, 2006: An Oldtimers Hockey Tournament is held in High Prairie with an expected $30,000 in proceeds going toward the High Prairie and District Sports Complex Society. Later, it is announced $40,546.86 is raised.

Jan. 13, 2016: Rev. Leon Cadsap conducts his first service at High Prairie St. Mark’s Anglican Church.

Jan. 13, 2016: The St. Andrew’s Saints hand the PRJH Raiders boy’s basketball team their first loss in four years, 54-40. Iver Paulino scores 24 points to help end PRJH’s 26-game winning streak.

Jan. 13, 2017: Larry Lamouche’s house at Grouard is gutted by fire, driving a Grouard couple and three young children from their home. The cause is unknown.

Jan. 13, 2017: The Burger Baron re-opens across from the post office with Reza Akbari and Seemen Ali as owners.

This Day in World History – January 13, 2020

1610 – Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter.

1785 – John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times.

1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes.

1849 – Vancouver Island granted to Hudson’s Bay Company.

1863 – Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC.

1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appears.

1938 – The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.

1942 – German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast.

1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies.

1942 – World War II: 1st use of aircraft ejection seat by German pilot.

1943 – Hitler declares “Total War.”

1953 – Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia.

1958 – 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban.

1968 – Minnesota North Stars Bill Masterton fatally injured, dies Jan. 15.

1978 – NASA select its first American women astronauts.

1979 – YMCA files libel suit against Village People’s YMCA song.

1981 – Barbara Sonntag crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour.

1983 – American Medical Association urges ban on boxing.

1983 – Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out.

1985 – 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course.

1989 – “Ryan’s Hope” ends 13 1/2 year run on ABC-TV.

1989 – Computers across Britain hit by “Friday the 13th”/Jerusalem virus.

1998 – CBS pays $4 billion to televise NFL AFC games for 8 years.

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as CEO.

2007 – Two-thirds of the Venus’s southern hemisphere suddenly brightens.

2016 – Record Powerball lottery held in America – $1.6 billion.

Today’s Horoscopes – January 13, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Today you might play detective. Something or someone, perhaps a pet, has gone missing in your neighbourhood and you’ll be out there leading the charge. The object of your search could prove elusive, but will probably turn up none the worse for wear. The only caution: when searching, don’t look too far afield. Whatever you seek is probably no more than a block or two from you. Stay close to home and all should be well.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Worries about money that plague you today could well be misplaced. To all appearances, the financial road might temporarily get a little rough, but probably all is not as dire as it seems. Let go of your panic for a moment and sit down and actually go over your figures. You’ll probably find that some careful budgeting and a little belt tightening are all that are needed to get you through. You can do it.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Rational thought gets muddled today as everything seems to be happening to you at once. Everyone wants your advice, lots of people need favours, and those in authority have new tasks for you. Stay calm and don’t react by getting short with people. Play triage officer and help those in the most need first. Warn the others you might not get to them. This way you won’t make yourself crazy. Hang in there!

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – A strange communication could come from a person who doesn’t leave a name and whose voice you don’t recognize. It might, however, sound important and therefore could bother you throughout the afternoon. How can you return a call when you don’t know who the person is? Don’t make yourself crazy. This isn’t worth agonizing over. If it’s important, the person will call back. Remember that as you move through the day.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – This is not the day to do in-depth research of any kind, whether it’s an intellectual subject or how to put together a new computer system. Your mind is not as focused as it usually is, and it might temporarily be difficult for you to grasp new concepts that you’ve never encountered before. This is no reflection on your intelligence, just one of those vague days we all have. By tomorrow, all should be normal again.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – A friend you’ve known for years might suddenly shock you by saying some unkind things you would never have expected of him or her. If they’re said about you, you might be very upset because it isn’t fair or justified! Sometimes it’s hard to forgive these things, but make the effort. Your friend is going through some rough times that you may not know about. Try to put yourself in the other’s shoes. Forgive and forget.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Have you just recently reached a cherished goal? If so, you might temporarily be confused as to what you’re going to pursue in the future. You may be toying with a number of options but not be sure which one is right for you. Perhaps it’s none of them. Maybe your perfect goal is still over the horizon. Don’t feel you have to get started on something right away. Be patient and have faith.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You might be introduced to a new colleague. Don’t be surprised if this person makes your flesh crawl. This could be a warning signal or it could simply mean this person is absolutely terrified and therefore acting defensive. Don’t jump to any conclusions about this person until you get to know him or her better. Remember, always give others the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Perhaps it’s best if you stay away from your current love partner today. Your friend is having some very draining hassles with family and on the job and won’t be in the best of moods. If the two of you get together, you might find your partner in a surly and uncommunicative mood, and you might be the recipient of some unkind words. Either be prepared to deal with it or do something else tonight.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Today you might want to concentrate on one of your private projects for which you have a lot of passion. If one of your family members keeps you from working on this project, explain just how important this is for you. Usually you work very hard, so you deserve to do whatever you want to do in your off time. Just try to be tactful! They will understand!

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Memories from the distant past, perhaps as far back as early childhood, could keep popping into your conscious mind today. You may feel really silly, crying over a fairy tale your grandmother read to you when you were five years old, but as embarrassing as this can be, it’s actually a positive form of release. Old pain from the past, even as inane as this, can actually limit you in your current situation. Let it go and learn from the process.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – An object that you treasure, perhaps a family heirloom, could be missing. Don’t panic. It’s probably somewhere in the house, although it may have slipped behind something or had a pile of other stuff put on top of it. At any rate, it’s among other objects. Searching too much, however, could make it more elusive than it should be. Keep looking when you have time and the item will probably turn up in a very strange place!

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