Today in High Prairie – January 3, 2019

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What’s Happening Today – January 3, 2020

Prayer Shawl Knitting at HP St. Mark’s Anglican Church at 10 a.m.

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

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

Chantelle Ayles

Jannine Nelson

Norman Bastien

Norman Gosselin

Pearl Fenn

Woody Savill

Kyle Dupuis

Mae Fjeld

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

Kristopher Malanowich

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 3, 2020

106 BC – Cicero, Roman statesman/philosopher

1892 – J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings actor

1909 – Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian

1911 – John Sturges, Magnificent 7 director

1919 – Jesse White, The Maytag repairman

1928 – Frank Ross Anderson, Canadian chess master

1930 – Edward Egan, The French Connection actor

1937 – Glen Larson, Magnum PI producer

1939 – Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawk

1945 – Stephen Stills, Cosby Stills & Nash singer

1946 – John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin singer

1950 – Victoria Principal, Dallas actress [Pamela]

1952 – Jim Ross, WWE announcer

1956 – Mel Gibson, Mad Max actor

1969 – Michael Schumacher, German auto racer

1980 – Eli Manning, New York Giant

This Day in Local History – January 3, 2020

Jan. 3, 1914: The Town of Grouard sends lawyer C.F. Newell, MPP J.L. Cote and W.A. Griesbach to Ottawa to oppose the ED&BC railroad’s plans to build to Iroquois Lake and Round Lake [Kimiwan Lake] and bypass Grouard.

Jan. 3, 1954: The Falher Pirates defeat the Grande Prairie Red Devils 8-5 marking an NPHL team’s first win versus a SPHL opponent.

Jan. 3, 1963: The High Prairie Chamber of Commerce meets and decides to form a committee to seek a satellite booster station to improve CBC-TV reception.

Jan. 3, 1963: Alex and Violet Komisar are the proud parents of High Prairie’s New Year’s baby, a seven-pound one-ounce baby girl born at 9:24 p.m.

Jan. 3, 1971: The High Prairie Regals give up five third period goals as they lose 8-3 at Peace River. They end the night’s play with the worst record in the NPHL at 2-13-2.

Jan. 3, 1972: Salt Prairie pioneer Phoebe Babcock dies at the age of 83 years. She came to Salt Prairie in 1929.

Jan. 3, 1980: David and Elizabeth Chomik take over ownership of the Park Hotel from Chic Kuefler.

Jan. 3, 1983: Steven Matthews and Ron Rose each score twice as the High Prairie Regals defeat the Valleyview Jets 7-3.

Jan. 3, 1985: Wapiti Aviation cancels flights to High Prairie, roughly two months after a crash which kills six people.

Jan. 3, 1987: Doug Jones scores the game winner as the visiting Beaverlodge 77’s defeat the High Prairie Regals 5-4 in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Jan. 3, 1987: The Driftpile Bad News Boys defeat the Joussard Jets 8-1 at the outdoor rink in Joussard. Both teams are comprised of children aged 6-12.

Jan. 3, 1998: Vernon and Candace Walker, of High Prairie, win $111,203.10 in the Lotto 6/49 draw.

Jan. 3, 2001: Sharon Laboucan gives birth to High Prairie’s New Year’s baby at 9 p.m.

Jan. 3, 2005: John Kuefler wins a Harley Davidson motorcycle in a High Prairie Elks draw.

Jan. 3, 2012: Rachel Cripps starts her job as curator at the Grouard Native Cultural Arts Museum.

Jan. 3, 2013: Idle No More protestors gather at Sucker Creek to voice support for the environment and rights guaranteed in Treaty 8. Sucker Creek Chief Jim Badger says no legislation exists to protect certain areas of Canada from economic development.

Jan. 3, 2014: Irene Elizabeth Burback passes away at the age of 82 years. She taught at High Prairie Elementary School and was active in the United Church.

Jan. 3, 2015: Willis Wilson, a former I.D. councillor and High Prairie Hospital Board member, passes away at the age of 80 years.

Jan. 3, 2018: John McDermott starts his job as Big Lakes County fire chief.

This Day in World History – January 3, 2020

1432 – Joan of Arc handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

1496 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

1521 – Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from Catholic Church.

1815 – France, UK and Austria form alliance vs Russia, Prussia.

1833 – Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic.

1840 – 1st deep sea sounding by James Ross in South Atlantic, 14,450 feet.

1865 – Con Orem & Hugh O’Neill box 193 rounds before darkness ends match.

1870 – Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

1871 – Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley.

1872 – 1st patent list issued by US Patent Office.

1888 – 1st wax drinking straw patented by Marvin C Stone.

1899 – 1st known use of the word “automobile” appears in an editorial.

1925 – Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator.

1938 – March of Dimes established to fight polio.

1941 – Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland [99-year lease].

1943 – 1st missing persons telecast occurs in New York City.

1943 – Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa.

1952 – Dragnet with Jack Webb premieres on NBC-TV.

1956 – A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1957 – 1st electric watch introduced.

1959 – Alaska admitted as 49th US state.

1962 – Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.

1962 – Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.

1973 – George Steinbrenner buys New York Yankees from CBS for $12 million.

1977 – Apple Computer, Inc incorporates.

1987 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin.

1988 – Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century.

1989 – Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement.

1991 – LA King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against NY Islanders.

1996 – 1st clamshell flip mobile phone – Motorola StarTAC – goes on sale.

1999 – Mars Polar Lander is launched.

2004 – After over 30 years, Casey Kasem hosts last American Top 40.

2018 – Earliest known Native Americans unearthed in Alaska.

2018 – First bionic hand with a sense of touch, unveiled.

Today’s Horoscopes – January 3, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Today may find you longing for some spots of colour in your life. Do what you can to brighten up your home environment. Even buying a few flowering plants and some colourful scatter rugs and artwork will make a world of difference. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to brighten your home and lift your spirits. Bake some chocolate chip cookies as well. That can’t help but make the place feel more homey and welcoming. Besides, it’s hard to be grumpy when you’re sporting a milk moustache!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Today you may discover you have more in common with your neighbours than you thought. It’s likely some sort of local event has brought all your neighbours together under one roof. You go as an obligation, but stay out of interest and a genuine willingness to participate. There is nothing like rolling up one’s sleeves and working together to tackle a common goal. Expect to make some good friends in the process.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – You may receive some kind of windfall today. It may be that a rich old relative dies and leaves you some unexpected cash. Or perhaps an investment is paying off better than you dared hope. This is just what you need to perk up your spirits! Be smart about how you handle this money. Our suggestion is that you eschew short-term gratification in favour of long-term security. You’ll thank us in a few years’ time.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Romance is very much highlighted today. All the planetary energies indicate that you and your partner are operating on precisely the same wavelength. It’s no wonder that the two of you have been getting along so well lately. Perhaps it’s time to take the next important step in your relationship. No matter at what stage you are, there is always a higher plane to aspire to. Begin now and you can be assured that you will both enjoy the altitude.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Anything you attempt to do today is likely to turn out really well. You have an ambitious nature, so by all means take advantage of these auspicious conditions to pursue your career-related goals. You will find you have strong focus and a clear understanding of what needs to be done in order to get ahead. Go ahead and get started. There is absolutely nothing holding you back.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Today you’ll likely find you begin to make real progress on a project that may have been stagnating for a while. You can’t help but feel gratified that all of your hard work is finally beginning to pay off. Good for you! You have earned every success that is due to come your way. But don’t rest on your laurels! Continue to work hard so you can achieve even greater recognition.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Today you’ll likely awake, look around your home environment, and realize there is much room for improvement. Fortunately, you are just the person for the job! You are creative and have tremendous decorating talent [even if you don’t realize it]. Since it’s likely you will have some visitors this evening, why not spend the day reorganizing and sprucing up your home. Add homey touches with groupings of framed family photographs on one table and a favourite collection on another. It doesn’t take money to make a home feel welcoming, just love.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You are a hard and conscientious worker, and certainly have been applying your skills and doing your best for some time now. The time is ripe for you to reap some benefits from all your efforts. The good news is all signs indicate that a big career leap is just around the corner for you. Continue to work hard and be patient and soon it will all prove worthwhile.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – You may find yourself thinking of looking for a new job in order to increase your income. But there is probably no need to take such a drastic step. It’s possible your boss has been considering giving you a raise – you may soon be pleasantly surprised. If your money concerns are only short-term, consider asking a family member for a loan at a low interest rate. Once you’re back on your feet, you’ll be able to pay it off in no time.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – You have a lot of charm and tremendous social skills. This is an unbeatable combination, and is especially strengthened with the current astral energy. Be sure to go the extra mile today, even if you aren’t in the mood to do so. Someone in a position of power and authority may ask you to join him or her for dinner, or perhaps you’ll be invited to “perform” at a party. These are ideal opportunities to showcase your talents, so embrace them rather than shy away from them.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – This is a day when you could greatly benefit from spending some time outdoors in quiet reflection. Even a half-hour’s walk through a city park will help you feel more rested and grounded. You have been working especially hard lately, and need some time to refill the well of your soul. Don’t deny yourself some downtime. Otherwise, you’re at risk of burning out.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – You’re a hard and conscientious worker, and sometimes you work so hard that you neglect to take any time for yourself. This is admirable in the short run, but not so wise in the long run. You do no one any good if you burn out from sheer exhaustion. You must learn how to pace yourself and balance your life in such a way that there is ample time for work, play, and meditation.

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