Today in High Prairie – January 14, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – January 14, 2020

CRC Parents n” Tots at Grouard at 10 a.m.

Free Play at HP CRC 1-3 p.m.

Town of HP meeting in council chambers at 7 p.m.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 14, 2020

Carol Beamish

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 14, 2020

Nait Twin

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 14, 2020

83 BC – Mark Antony, Roman politician

1741 – Benedict Arnold, US general turned traitor

1791 – Calvin Phillips, Shortest adult male [2’2”]

1874 – Thornton Burgess, Peter Rabbit author

1875 – Albert Schweitzer, Doctor/Humanitarian

1892 – Hal Roach, 1 Million BC producer

1906 – William Bendix, Life of Riley actor

1914 – Harold Russell, Best Years of Our Life actor

1915 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer

1919 – Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes correspondent

1921 – Ken Sailors, Basketball jump shot inventor

1935 – Lucille Wheeler, Canadian alpine skier

1938 – Jack Jones, Love Boat Theme singer

1941 – Faye Dunaway, Bonnie & Clyde actress

1948 – Carl Weathers, Rocky actor [Apollo Creed]

1954 – Jim Duggan, American wrestler “Hacksaw”

1968 – Daniel J. Schneider, Head of the Class actor

1974 – Kevin Durand, Canadian actor

1989 – Marie Claude Adam, Mom of sextuplets

This Day in Local History – January 14, 2020

Jan. 14, 1913: Hudson Bay’s dwelling house building in Grouard is destroyed by fire resulting in $1,000 in losses.

Jan. 14, 1915: The ED&BC railroad is within three miles of McLennan.

Jan. 14, 1954: The Prairie Echo post office closes.

Jan. 14, 1970: South Peace News reports the Anglican Church may close due to financial hardships.

Jan. 14, 1976: Athabasca MP Paul Yewchuk announces he will not seek the federal PC party leadership.

Jan. 14, 1980: Jim Orchard begins his job as High Prairie’s new recreation superintendent.

Jan. 14, 1987: South Peace News reports 1986 was the second highest year on record for building permits in the town with $5.1 million in new construction.

Jan. 14, 1991: Wendy Johansson, Alberta Northwest Summer Games manager, opens a games office in High Prairie.

Jan. 14, 2003: The Joussard Family and Community Services community worker is forced from her office after a plumber discovers a carbon monoxide leak.

Jan. 14, 2004: High Prairie Staff Sgt. Dan McNaughton is alarmed after 10 people are charged with drunk driving crimes between Dec. 3-31 during their Christmas holiday enforcement campaign.

Jan. 14, 2004: South Peace News reports that a Prairie River Junior High School teacher is charged with assault in December. The teacher, Kirk Rasmussen, is later found not guilty after a trial. High Prairie School Division decides to not renew his contract.

Jan. 14, 2004: High Prairie Aquatics Centre partners select the firm of John Murray Architectural Associates to draw plans for the indoor pool.

Jan. 14, 2006: The High Prairie Regals honour NPHL president Jack McAvoy with an NPHL All-Star jersey for his years of service to the league. The number ‘79’ is placed on the jersey marking the first year he served as NPHL president.

Jan. 14, 2011: High Prairie resident Michael Screpnek dies in an accident at the age of 24 years. He worked as a tradesman and aspired to be a carpenter.

Jan. 14, 2011: Alberta Transportation writes the M.D. of Big Lakes informing them they can’t justify putting lights from the Grouard Bridge to the hamlet boundary. The news disappoints Grouard Councillor Fern Welch.

Jan. 14, 2012: Former Grouard resident Annie Louise Calahasen passes away at the age of 101 years.

This Day in World History – January 14, 2020

1301 – Andrew III dies at 50, ending the Arpad dynasty in Hungary.

1501 – Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, aged 17.

1601 – Church authorities in Rome burn Hebrew books.

1690 – Clarinet invented, in Nurnberg, Germany.

1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting witches.

1799 – Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets.

1873 – Celluloid registered as a trademark by its inventor, John Hyatt.

1897 – 22,834 foot mountain Aconcagua [Argentina] 1st climbed.

1911 – Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition lands on Ross Ice Shelf.

1932 – Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race.

1935 – Iraq-Mediterranean oil pipeline goes into use.

1943 – Montreal’s Alex Smart 1st NHLer to score hat trick in 1st game.

1952 – Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends.

1953 – Yugoslavia elects its 1st president [Marshal Tito].

1954 – American Motors Corporation is formed.

1956 – Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”.

1960 – US Army promotes Elvis Presley to Sergeant.

1967 – 20,000 attend Human Be-In, San Francisco.

1972 – “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC-TV.

1972 – Margrethe II becomes the 1st Queen of Denmark since 1412.

1973 – Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC-TV.

1976 – “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC-TV.

1977 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC-TV.

1978 – Sex Pistols’ final concert held in San Francisco.

1980 – Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit numbers in 28 sec.

1985 – Martina Navratilova 3rd player to win 100 tennis tournaments.

1985 – British pound sinks to record low $US1.11.

1989 – 1,000 Muslims burn Salman Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in England.

1989 – 29-year-old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris.

1993 – David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS.

2002 – UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease.

2005 – Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Today’s Horoscopes – January 14, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Social events could put you in touch with some exciting new people. They may either share a current interest of yours or bring you opportunities to expand your interests. A lot of stimulating discussions could well result. If you’re currently romantically involved, expect these developments to bring you closer together. If you aren’t, you could well meet someone new and exciting. Whichever it is, by the end of the day your mind is likely to be jumping. Enjoy!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Contacts made through friends or colleagues, perhaps younger people, might bring new ideas for bettering your home life. Perhaps a new housemate wants to move in, you could install some new equipment, or you might even have the chance to move to a roomier place. These are only ideas to be considered, however. Final decisions should wait for a later day. There are still some facts that you need to learn first.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Discussions with close friends, children, and romantic partners take on an especially exciting aura today. New information is likely to be circulated that might make a big difference both in your household and in your community. It also could make a difference to your mind. A new field of interest, a new intellectual search, as well as improved communication with those close to you could enrich your life at this time.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Visitors to your home today might engage you in discussions of innovative ways to increase your income. This may either be through the use of computers or through other forms of modern technology. You might find that you have a talent for such activity that you never realized before. You also might be enticed into going to a meeting or lecture on the subject. Open up your mind, but don’t put your money where your mouth is yet!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Your mind is sharp, quick, and full of ideas. Discussions with others bring useful information that could well open new doors for you if you make the most of it. Group activities should prove especially stimulating for you at this time. By the end of the day, your brain should be buzzing. Take a walk and clear your head before you go to bed or else you’ll never be able to get to sleep.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Newspapers, books, and TV are apt to bring a lot of new, exciting, and useful information your way. This might set your mind going in such a direction as to bring new ideas for projects or business opportunities your way. Discussions with others who share your interests could contribute even more. Expect an exciting and stimulating day, and by day’s end you’re likely to have opened up new doors for yourself.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – The opportunity to make a change in your life, which you may have been contemplating for a long time, could finally manifest itself today. This could be a move to a new neighbourhood, a return to school for an advanced degree, an entirely new profession, or all of the above. Whichever it is, expect to spend a lot of time throughout the day discussing it with friends and family. Then move ahead with whatever plans you have.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Paperwork involving money could be a real drag today, but someone close to you might just show you a way to get it done quickly and efficiently on computers or via another technological innovation. You might actually find that you like doing it this way. Your mind is especially sharp, so this is just the day to try to expand your intellectual horizons along with your technical skills. Go to it!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Your mind always tends to be quick and agile, but today you might find it going a thousand miles an hour as a result of intriguing new information received through books, newspapers, television, or the Internet. Discussions with others could also contribute. You might decide to embrace some innovative new concepts that could lead to an expansion of your horizons. At some point, go for a workout. You need to balance the mental with the physical.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Some new equipment made available for your use might prove fascinating, and you’re apt to want to learn as much as you can about how it works. Therefore, this is a great day to increase your computer skills. You might also want to try your hand at sound or video recording. Art combined with modern technology could well be a primary focus for today. Learn as much as you can, and have some fun in the process.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Today you could find yourself searching for a particular piece of knowledge that you need in order to move on with something you’re doing. You’ll probably find it, perhaps through a friend or colleague. Or else it might show itself suddenly, making you want to shout, “Eureka!” After that, it’s smooth sailing all the way. You’ll be able to use this information to accomplish whatever you need and be successful. Make good use of it.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Today you might find yourself working with an exciting group of people. Perhaps this involves an opportunity to increase your skills or a new project or even a whole new job. Your mind is quick and especially innovative, so don’t be surprised if you’re able to contribute far more than you would have expected. Don’t think your efforts will go unappreciated. Friends grow closer to you and acquaintances could become friends.

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