Today in High Prairie – August 26, 2019
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What’s Happening Today – August 26, 2019
CRC Off to a Good Start at HP CRC at 1 p.m.
Community Gardens at HP CRC Office 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Stronger Together Night at HP CRC Office 6-8 p.m.
AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthday – High Prairie – August 26, 2019
Today’s Local Birthday – Faust – August 26, 2019
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – August 26
1676 – Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister
1743 – Antoine Lavoisier, “Father of Modern Chemistry”
1845 – Mary Ann Nichols, Victim of Jack the Ripper
1873 – Lee De Forest, Radio Vacuum Tubes Inventor
1910 – Mother Teresa, Indian Nun, Nobel Peace Prize
1917 – Jan Clayton, Lassie TV Series Actress
1919 – Brandt Parker, Wizard of Id Cartoonist
1941 – Chris Curtis, Deep Purple Drummer
1946 – Chantal Renaud, Quebec Singer/Actress
1957 – Rick Hansen, Canadian Paraplegic Athlete
1959 – Jim Rutledge, Canadian Pro Golfer
1970 – Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly Actress
1980 – Chris Pine, Star Trek Actor
1985 – Brian Kelley, American Country Musician
1989 – James Harden, Houston Rocket
This Day in Local History – August 26
Aug. 26, 1970: South Peace News reports that construction on the McLennan H.W. Fish Arena nears completion. The previous arena was destroyed by fire in 1969.
Aug. 26, 1973: The Enilda Combines win a men’s fastball tournament in Joussard after defeating the Kinuso Royals 6-0 in the final. Strong Creek defeats High Prairie 9-6 to win the women’s title.
Aug. 26, 1976: MLA Larry Shaben and Dave Russell, Minister of the Environment, discuss problems of the water supply and flooding in the Lesser Slave Lake district.
Aug. 26, 1979: The Peavine Rangers win the Canadian Men’s Fastball Championships in Saskatoon. During the course of the tournament the Rangers outscore their opposition 50-6.
Aug. 26, 1983: Bowling comes to Enilda as the maple and Georgia pine alleys open just in time for fall leagues to begin. The six-lane five-pin alley is built by the Enilda Sports and Recreation Association.
Aug. 26, 1984: Andrew Howard wins a gold medal at the Alberta Swim Championships in the 100-metre breaststroke. Ian Griffiths sets a provincial record but at the wrong time. Instead of recording the time in an individual 25-metre race, he sets it during the relay race; therefore, the record is not recognized. Griffiths did win a bronze medal in the 25-metre freestyle race.
Aug. 26, 1986: Game seven of the High Prairie and District Men’s Fastball League final is suspended after nine innings because of darkness. The game between the Peavine Rangers and High Prairie Playboys ends 4-4.
Aug. 26, 1987: South Peace News reports local singer Rick Perry’s latest song “It’s Over in my Mind” will be released across Canada.
Aug. 26, 1989: Bill Coates and Frank Izsak win the first Golden Walleye Classic.
Aug. 26, 1989: Three High Prairie Dolphins’ swimmers win two medals each at the Alberta Swim Meet in Edmonton. Ryan MacDonald swims a provincial record in the boy’s 17 and over 100-metre breaststroke in 1:12.02 seconds. He also wins silver in the 200-metre medley. Robin McCallum wins a gold in the girl’s 11-12 50-metre freestyle and a bronze in the 100-metre freestyle. Byron McDonald wins a bronze in both the boy’s 17 and over 100-metre breaststroke and 200-metre medley.
Aug. 26, 1992: South Peace News reports Bissell Brothers Lumber of Enilda sells to Zeidler Forest Industries for an undisclosed sum. Fifty people are put out of work when the mill closes in December.
Aug. 26, 1998: South Peace News reports at least 50,000 waterfowl die during an avian botulism outbreak at Utikuma Lake.
Aug. 26, 1998: A town landmark disappears as the Park Theatre is torn down.
Aug. 26, 2005: South Peace News sponsors the last family swim at the outdoor pool.
Aug. 26, 2008: High Prairie Judge Thomas Goodson finds himself the victim of a crime when he arrives home to discover his home broken into.
Aug. 26, 2009: Maeng-Je Yoon aces the second hole at the High Prairie Golf Course.
Aug. 26, 2015: South Peace News features the Mel Hill family and their 100 years of farming the same land. Earlier in the summer, Melvin and Gillian Hill received an Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award from the Alberta government.
Aug. 26, 2015: Big Lakes County agrees to spend up to $202,565 in legal fees to argue its case against assessment appeals.
Aug. 26, 2017: MacIntyre Park is rededicated after an upgrade, driven by the High Prairie Community Beautification Association. Member Trish Long headed the project by securing grants and donations.
Aug. 26, 2017: High Prairie citizen Lois Dunn is recognized as the town’s Citizen-of-the-Year at the MacIntyre Park rededication. Her name is placed on the Citizen’s Monument.
This Day in World History – August 26
1346 – Battle of Crécy: cannons used for first time in battle.
1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta.
1778 – 1st recorded ascent of Triglav; highest mountain in Slovenia.
1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat.
1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter.
1858 – 1st news dispatch by telegraph.
1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power.
1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater in 57 seconds.
1937 – Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished.
1939 – 1st major league baseball telecast.
1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri get instructions to surrender.
1951 – Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart.
1951 – “An American in Paris” starring Gene Kelly premieres.
1967 – Dutch 2nd Chamber demands US stop bombing North Vietnam.
1968 – “Hey Jude” single released by the Beatles.
1971 – Bobby Orr signs 1st million dollar contract in NHL history.
1973 – U of Texas [Arlington] 1st accredited school to offer belly dancing.
1981 – Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn’s moon Titan.
1985 – French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior.
2012 – 17 villagers in Afghanistan beheaded by an unknown organization.
2012 – A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City kills 8, infects 104.
2013 – All 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia fail exams.
2014 – Burger King agrees to buy Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion.
2017 – 500,000 take part in a peace march in Barcelona.
Today’s Horoscopes – August 26
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – You may need to spend a lot of time in the car today. You could hit traffic and miss some of the people you need to see. Irritations could quickly turn to anger if you aren’t careful. Park your car and walk to some of the places. This will get you out of the crush of cars and work off your frustration at the same time.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Paperwork involving money may need doing today, and this could take you away from what you love most – working on your own projects and spending time with a love partner. Don’t get too crazy over it or you might make mistakes. Correcting those errors would eat up more time. Take care of it methodically and quickly and you’ll be able to get back to your life.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – An unhappy visitor, probably a woman, could come to your home today, Virgo. This person has a lot of anger right now and probably won’t make much of a conversationalist. If you can’t make your excuses, put on some music or perhaps a funny movie. You might be surprised at the results! Some soothing chords or a few laughs might accomplish wonders. Be clever!
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Have you been expecting an important letter? If so, it may not arrive for a while. If it doesn’t appear today, call the person who sent it and ask for a duplicate because the original could be lost in the mail. Better to have two copies than wait for one that will never come.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Money worries could have your nerves on edge, Scorpio. It’s better to focus on doing what you have to do to resolve your difficulties than it is to waste time fretting over them. Your business head is operating at a high level today. If you stay focused, you can accomplish wonders. Formulate a plan of action and put it to work.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – A lot of tedious paperwork is probably waiting for you, and you will want to get it done as quickly as possible. You might be distracted and irritated by everyone goofing off. Don’t worry about everyone else. Concentrate on your own work. You will only cause further irritation by getting upset with everyone. You will be done with your tasks when they’re just getting started on theirs!
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Some facts that you may need for certain projects might prove elusive today. No matter what website or periodical you consult, you’ll probably come across some interesting stuff but not exactly what you’re looking for. If the task isn’t urgent, it might be a good idea to put it off for a bit. Otherwise you’ll spend too much time looking for the impossible.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You should pay attention to your dreams, but tonight your subconscious might send you some garbled information that means next to nothing. If the message is obvious, pay attention to it, but if you have to perform too many mental gymnastics to discern what the symbols mean, they might mean nothing. Sometimes a dream is just a dream.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – A miscommunication with a business or romantic partner might cause some ruffled feathers today. You can divert this by explaining the facts clearly whenever you give information. Make sure your partner understands what you’re saying before they go and act on it! For your own part, don’t be shy about asking what someone means. Remember, it’s better to ask a stupid question than make a dumb mistake!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Do you work with a lot of documents? If so, you might find today that some of the papers you need are missing. They might seem to have vanished into a black hole. Look everywhere, of course, but chances are that someone has them and isn’t aware of it. Don’t be too shy to ask people about the papers. You could save yourself a lot of unnecessary effort this way.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – A missed communication – or miscommunication – with a romantic partner could find you waiting in the wrong place. If you’re planning to get together with someone special tonight, make sure you get the full details of the location, including the exact address, cross street, and driving directions. Write it down! And don’t forget to note the time.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Today you could find that you’ve left something at home, perhaps a book or letter that you need. There’s no way around it, Gemini, you’ll have to go back. This could make you late. Stay calm! This is a temporary irritation that will pass. Making yourself crazy over it will only stress you out. At lunch, treat yourself to a glass of wine or a soothing cup of tea.