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What’s Happening Today – January 8, 2020
HP Inter-Agency meets at Prov. Bldg at 9 a.m.
Big Lakes County meeting in council chambers at 10 a.m.
Storytime for Kids 3-5 Yrs HP Library 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Village of Donnelly meeting in council chambers at 7:15 p.m.
HP Beautification meets at Amiro’s at 6 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 8, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 8, 2020
Alexandra Gene Davis
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 8, 2020
1587 – Johannes Fabricius, Discovered sunspots
1742 – Philip Astley, “Father of Modern Circus”
1824 – Wilkie Collins, Woman in White author
1862 – Frank Nelson Doubleday, Publisher, Doubleday & Co.
1896 – Jaromir Weinberger, Bird’s Opera composer
1911 – Gypsy Rose Lee, American burlesque actress
1926 – Soupy Sales, Soupy Sales Show comedian
1933 – Charles Osgood, American news anchor
1935 – Elvis Presley, American singing icon
1935 – Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist
1937 – Shirley Bassey, Goldfinger singer
1938 – Bob Eubanks, Newlywed Game host
1941 – Graham Chapman, Monty Python’s comedian
1942 – John Peterson, Beau Brummels drummer
1942 – Stephen Hawking, English physicist
1946 – Bobby Krieger, Doors rocker
1947 – David Bowie, Major Tom singer
1951 – John McTiernan, Die Hard actor
1953 – Bruce Sutter, Hall of Fame baseball closer
1955 – Mike Reno, Loverboy vocalist
1958 – Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler
1981 – Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
1982 – Gaby Hoffman, Field of Dreams actress
1983 – Kim Jong-Un, North Korea leader
This Day in Local History – January 8, 2020
Jan. 8, 1913: Mgr. Joussard celebrates the first Mass in the chapel at the convent at St. Bruno Mission in Joussard.
Jan. 8, 1951: High Prairie’s new curling rink consisting of six sheets of ice opens with a challenge from a Peace River rink. Enilda, Faust and McLennan rinks are also invited. The building’s two outside sheets were seldom used due to frost heaves.
Jan. 8, 1969: South Peace News reports that General Service Garage president Lyle Carson announces the appointment of Rollie Johnson as sales manager and director.
Jan. 8, 1969: South Peace News publishes a picture of PRJH student Ron Rose’s new crest for PRJH School.
Jan. 8-9, 1970: The Third Annual Northern Alberta Live Mink Show in Kinuso attracts 102 entries.
Jan. 8, 1971: Mary Goede is elected president after 26 people attend a meeting and form the High Prairie Association for the Mentally Retarded.
Jan. 8, 1971: Lucille McKenzie scores seven points to lead the Faust junior highs school girls to a 15-9 win at Prairie River. Ivy Giroux and Debbie Bellerose add four points each. The Faust boys also win 16-12.
Jan. 8, 1972: A crowd of close to 800 fans watches the High Prairie Regals defeat the Edmonton Oldtimers 6-5 in exhibition play.
Jan. 8, 1975: High Prairie town council meets for five hours and hears that Alberta Government Telephones is suing the town for $4,500 over a $2,690 AGT bill for relocation of an underground cable at the High Prairie Shopping Centre.
Jan. 8, 1978: An old wood stove is the cause of a fire in Atikameg which claims the life of Ronny Patrick Nahachick, 7.
Jan. 8, 1978: Faye Stewart’s rink wins the A Event and Stella Sware the B Event at the Ladies Zone A District Playdowns held in High Prairie.
Jan. 8, 1978: Holly Komisar’s rink wins the Zone 2 Junior Ladies A Event and qualifies for the district playdowns.
Jan. 8, 1979: Jual’s Beauty Salon opens in Vic’s Super A with Judy Smith and Alberta Buettner as owners.
Jan. 8, 1982: High Prairie’s Stan Cunningham defeats two opponents in Drayton Valley to qualify for the Canada Winter Games in Quebec.
Jan. 8, 1989: The newly-constructed Church of the Nazarene opens for its first service.
Jan. 8, 1990: A delivery truck carrying propane is destroyed in a fire near Triangle. An electrical short under the hood is the cause.
Jan. 8, 1997: High Prairie town council debates a letter from New Holland’s marketing rep about establishing a dealership in town.
Jan. 8, 2000: Anton Straub celebrates his 100th birthday at Pleasantview Lodge.
Jan. 8, 2002: A bomb threat at St. Andrew’s school proves to be only a hoax.
Jan. 8, 2003: M.D. of Big Lakes Grouard Coun. Fern Welch asks M.D. Special Const. Mark Stabler to do something about stray dogs running wild in the hamlet.
Jan. 8, 2003: A student is injured in a paintball attack prompting High Prairie RCMP to launch an investigation. A teenager later apologizes for his actions in a letter to the editor in South Peace News.
Jan. 8, 2004: The RCMP open a satellite office in Grouard.
Jan. 8-9, 2010: High Prairie hosts a highly successful Peace Country Beef Congress at the Agriplex.
Jan. 8, 2010: High Prairie’s Judy Hamelin wins $100,000 in the Lotto Max Extra draw. She waits until May 26 to claim her prize.
Jan. 8, 2014: High Prairie town council meets and receives an update on the municipal inspection report from Municipal Affairs. Council vows to work toward better government. Councillor Michael Long calls the report “damning”.
Jan. 8, 2014: Violet Komisar attends a High Prairie town council meeting and proposes a train mural to mark the train’s arrival in town 100 years ago.
Jan. 8, 2015: Gordon Olson resigns as High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce president. He was the only president in its history. Matt Lovsin assumes the role of interim president.
Jan. 8, 2016: Long-time High Prairie resident Joe Muller passes away at the age of 89 years. He worked at O’Brien Lumber, Buchanan Lumber, Shell Bulk, Peyre Farm Equipment, UFA and Oliver’s Esso.
This Day in World History – January 8, 2020
1297 – Monaco gains its independence.
1806 – Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105-foot blue whale in Oregon.
1835 – The United States national debt is zero for first and only time.
1856 – Dr. John A. Veatch discovers borax.
1877 – Crazy Horse and his warriors fight last battle with US Calvalry.
1884 – Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz.
1904 – Pope Pius X bans low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
1940 – Britain’s 1st WW II rationing of bacon, butter & sugar occurs.
1951 – Thought extinct since 1615, a Bermuda petrel is rediscovered.
1954 – Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records 1st 2 songs.
1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” go No. 1.
1958 – Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana.
1959 – Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France’s 5th Republic.
1962 – Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, makes 1st pro appearance.
1968 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st undersea special on US network TV.
1978 – Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay elected to US public office.
1988 – Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S advanced scientific calculator.
1989 – Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons.
1992 – George H.W. Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese PM’s lap.
1993 – NBC offers “Tonight Show” to David Letterman.
2009 – A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica’s Volcan Poás region.
2013 – Canadian Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist in NBA.
2016 – Mexican Prez Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of El Chapo.
2018 – Republic of Somaliland passes its first-ever law against rape.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 8, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – A close relative may be ill or otherwise troubled, and you might worry a bit too much today because of a lack of communication from this person. Attempts to phone might result in no answer or repeated voicemail messages. However, take care to stay focused and objective. Your relative is probably recovering from whatever has been bothering him or her. Remember, no news is good news. Hang in there.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – This is not the day to make financial investments of any kind, although someone may present you with some possible opportunities. They may sound good, but caution is called for. If the information appeals to you, look into it and try to learn the facts, but make no commitment today. If it’s truly a good opportunity, it won’t disappear within a few days. If it isn’t, you’ll want to know. Wait!
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – You should be looking especially attractive today, but you may feel that it’s wasted because your beloved isn’t around to appreciate it. Cheer up! It will only be for a few days, and you’ll still look pretty good by then. Try to keep yourself busy, preferably doing something you love to do, so your enthusiasm will enhance your good looks. Your friend won’t be away forever. It only seems that way.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Your ingenuity and imagination may seem to have deserted you today, and this isn’t making it easy for you to produce the high level of quality you’re used to at work. Perhaps it might be best to busy yourself with routine tasks you can do automatically and, if you can, put off the more creative endeavours until your brain gets back in gear. Don’t be too proud or too shy to ask for help. Hang in there.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Money matters might require your attention today. Unusual expenses may have depleted your reserves, so you might have to cut a few corners. Your income, however, is probably the same if not slightly higher. This is, therefore, only a temporary situation, and your accounts should be back to normal in time, although some caution with regard to spending may need to be observed for a while. Work creatively on your budget and try to relax.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – A lack of contact with a romantic partner could have you feeling a little down right now. You may be wondering if you’ve said or done anything that offended your beloved one in some way. Your friend, however, is apt to be totally oblivious to the idea you’re upset. Your partner is probably taking care of some family obligations and may have lost track of time. Hang in there! Your honey should get in touch with you soon.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Excesses in food and drink yesterday may force you to cancel a social engagement today. You probably aren’t feeling up to it. This might be a bit irritating, and somewhat embarrassing as well. However, you just might have needed the rest even if you hadn’t eaten too much. Make the most of your evening alone. Soak in a tub and go to bed early. In the morning, you’ll be glad you did.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Tension between a married couple who are both your friends could have you situated in the most uncomfortable place of all: right smack in the middle. Both may want to recruit you to their side, but you’ll want to avoid allying yourself with either party. The best you can do is mediate by trying to get each of them to see the other’s point of view. Whether you succeed or not, you’ll have tried your best.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Gloom over the absence of a family member or romantic partner could come upon you today, and your usually exuberant nature could be far more subdued than is normal for you. You might even spend the entire evening watching whatever happens to be on TV. It would be far more productive if you treated yourself to a trip to the bookstore and picked up some new reading material. At least you’ll learn something while your partner is away!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Too much food and drink could have you feeling a little out of sorts today. Some friends might have taken you out and exposed you to the most tempting of food and drink. This is always fun, but today you have to face the consequences! A workout fueled with water could help burn off any toxins or extra calories, and a nap just might complete the process so you’re feeling like your old self again. Get going!
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Right now you might be in the process of moving from one job to another. This might even be a total change in career. Your hard work is paying off, though it may not show up in your bank account for a while yet. There might be contracts to be executed first. Your social life may be put on hold until all facets of this transition are worked out. Don’t be intimidated, however. You’ve made the right choice.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Right now, you could be overwhelmed by conflicts among your own needs, the needs of your family, and your responsibilities towards your job. As a result, you may be feeling tense and stressed out, and wondering if the situation will ever be resolved. Don’t panic. It will, and you’ll be none the worse for it. The keyword is balance, and the solution lies in finding it. Get to it! You’ll want to put this behind you.