Today in High Prairie: August 3, 2022

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What’s Happening Today – August 3, 2022

3:30 p.m. – High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Story Time at HP Municipal Library [3-5 years].

Noon – Grouard Seniors Lunch at Kapawe’no Band Hall.

12:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Marigold Farmers’ Market in HP at Marigold Building.

1 – 4 p.m. – Play Mah Jong at Joussard Homesteaders Hall. Admission is $3.

5:30 p.m. – Bingo at Kinuso Ag Hall, Precall at 6:30 p.m., games start 7 p.m.

7:30 p.m. – Play cards at Joussard Homesteaders Hall. Whist/crib alternate each week.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – August 3, 2022

1811 – Elisha Otis, Elevator Safety Genius

1860 – William Dickson, Inventor of Motion Camera

1900 – John T. Scopes, Convicted in “Monkey Trial”

1911 – Alex McCrindle, Star Wars Actor

1918 – Larry Haines, The Odd Couple Actor

1921 – Marilyn Maxwell, East of Sumatra Actress

1926 – Tony Bennett, American Singing Icon

1926 – Gordon Scott, Tarzan Series Actor

1938 – George Memmoli, Hello Larry Actor – Earl

1940 – Martin Sheen, The West Wing Actor

1941 – Beverly Lee, Soldier Boy Singer

1941 – Martha Stewart, American Business Magnate

1945 – Ron Hendren, Entertainment Tonight Host

1950 – Jo Marie Payton, Family Matters Actress

1950 – John Landis, Thriller Video Producer

1961 – Lee Rocker, Stray Cats Bassist

1963 – James Hetfield, Metallica Rocker

1967 – John Femia, Square Pegs Actor

1977 – Tom Brady, New England Patriot

1979 – Evangeline Lilly, The Hobbit Actress

This Day in Local History – August 3, 2022

Aug. 3, 1962: High Prairie’s oldest citizen, 95-year-old Joe Mearon, celebrates his birthday.

Aug. 3, 1977: Wagner Lumber wins best commercial float as the annual Elks Stampede kicks off with a parade.

Aug. 3, 1983: South Peace News reports a thumb injury to boxer Stan Cunningham will keep him from competing at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Aug. 3, 1983: The Park Hotel float wins best commercial float as the annual Elks Stampede kicks off with a parade.

Aug. 3, 1985: Premier Don Getty visits High Prairie and promises agriculture is a priority.

Aug. 3, 1986: Dave Temple wins his fourth straight High Prairie Open Golf Tournament title. Slave Lake’s Deanne Quintal wins the women’s title and Nampa’s Joey Mayowski the junior crown.

Aug. 3, 1988: South Peace News reports Slave Lake organizes to block the proposed AVC-CVC merger.

Aug. 3, 1988: Spendiff Transport wins best commercial float as the annual Elks Stampede kicks off with a parade.

Aug. 3, 1988: Officials at Winagami Lake Provincial Park ban swimming for the first of five days because of excessive algae blooms on the lake.

Aug. 3, 1993: Faye Stewart opens the Great Canadian Dollar Store in the High Prairie Laundromat Building.

Aug. 3, 1993: AVC employee John Terryll Delorme, 42, dies after his vehicle leaves the road and hits a tree three km north of Grouard.

Aug. 3, 1994: Monahan Ford wins best commercial float as the annual Elks Stampede kicks off with a parade. Over 6,000 attend the Stampede.

Aug. 3, 2000: Peter Keay’s home run gives the hometown High Prairie Playboys a 7-6 win in the third game of Valleyview and District Men’s Fastball League final over the eight-time defending champion Valleyview Fountain Tire Eagles.

Aug. 3, 2001: Rob Kessler and his brother Glenn purchase High Prairie Fas Gas.

Aug. 3, 2005: Kristina Beaudette wins the title of Elks Pro Rodeo Queen during the second day of the Elks Stampede.

Aug. 3, 2005: South Peace News reports Peavine Metis Settlement is considering testing its employees for drugs.

Aug. 3, 2005: South Peace News reports Fish and Wildlife is considering tougher regulations for fishing tournaments next year on Lesser Slave Lake. Public concerns over fishing tournaments prompt the action.

Aug. 3, 2005: M.D. of Big Lakes begins studies to see how serious the grasshopper problem may become.

Aug. 3, 2005: A Peace River couple begin a search for a Good Samaritan after they are rescued by a stranger after they hit a moose near Triangle.

Aug. 3, 2010: Callista Gomes, 5, wins the grand prize of Little Tikes Jump and Slide Bouncer in the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council Summer Fun Raffle.

Aug. 3, 2010: St. Mark’s Anglican Church members and staff from the local Agriculture Financial Services Corporation hold the annual pancake breakfast to begin the High Prairie Elks Stampede.

Aug. 3, 2010: The names of Alex Komisar, Violet Komisar, Bernadine Kruger and Fritz Krueger are added to the High Prairie Monument.

Aug. 3-4, 2010: The 50th edition of the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo occurs. Buchanan Lumber’s float wins Grand Champion – Best Parade Entry. Parade marshals are Pete Zahacy, Frank Pratt, Bill Eckel, Tippy Jacobsen, Ray Duchesneau and Verda Kozie.

Aug. 3, 2011: Michelle Henkel is crowned High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Queen.

Aug. 3, 2011: One person dies and another is injured after their vehicle collides with a moose on Highway 2A four km north of Highway 2. Names are not released.

Aug. 3, 2011: South Peace News publishes a photo of Mary Zabolotniuk, who was recognized for her 14 years of service as Zone 8 seniors activity director for the Alberta 55+ Seniors Games.

Aug. 3, 2011: South Peace News reports on Leonard Sahlin’s efforts to preserve the last telegraph pole on the old line running from Police Point to Hudson’s Hope, B.C.

Aug. 3, 2011: Gift Lake’s Randy Anderson wins the annual Elks ATV Raffle. Kinuso’s Lexi Plante wins the Pony Raffle.

Aug. 3, 2012: Before leaving High Prairie, long-time rodeo clown Ricky Ticky Wanchuk says the High Prairie Elks Stampede is one of the best.

Aug. 3, 2016: South Peace News features The Farm Truck, a new catering business operated by Diane Perry, Corey Perry, and Morgan Nesom.

Aug. 3, 2016: Garry Peterson arrives to act as acting CAO for Big Lakes County until Sept. 30.

Aug. 3, 2019: Joussard resident Peter Nygaard wins the Green Party nomination for Peace River – Westlock for the Oct. 21 federal election.

This Day in World History – August 3, 2022

1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage.

1527 – First known letter sent from North America [Newfoundland].

1798 – Battle of the Nile: Brits forces French fleet to surrender.

1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded.

1914 – First seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal.

1921 – First aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars.

1934 – Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President.

1944 – Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp gases 4,000 gypsies.

1949 – The National Basketball Association is formed.

1958 – USS Nautilus reaches North Pole [first submarine to do so].

1958 – The Billboard Hot 100 is founded.

1960 – Niger gains independence from France.

1963 – Allan Sherman releases “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”.

1966 – South African government bans Beatle records.

1967 – James Law rides entire NYC subway in 22 hrs 12 minutes.

1970 – Mairiam Hargrave passes her driving test on 40th try.

1971 – Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings.

1977 – Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 computer.

1978 – 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton.

1983 – John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards.

1990 – 98.8°F [37.1C] in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire [UK record].

1994 – 102.4°F [39.1°C] in Tokyo Japan: record.

2001 – The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway, is released.

2006 – Barry Bonds’ 715th MLB home run ball [one more than Babe Ruth].

Today’s Horoscopes – August 3, 2022

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Catch the wave of activity that’s spinning in your direction today. You will find prosperity and good fortune within your reach. Expand your horizons and connect with others intellectually. Hurdles will shrink to nothing as long as you maintain a positive attitude. It will be tremendously easy for you to make great strides in any project you are working on!

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – You may find it hard to trust others today. Trust your instincts – they are probably right. Do not take anything at face value. There is a fanciful frenzy that is threatening to lure you into its madness. Approach things cautiously. You may discover people are full of hot air. If it does not have real meaning for you, do not waste your time!

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – There may be a bit of opposition coming at you. There is a light, airy feeling that is prevalent everywhere. This is definitely the kind of energy you can connect with today. There is a great deal of strength in numbers. Do not let anyone try to stand in your way. It could very well be they are operating on incorrect information!

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – What seems like the perfect plan today may not necessarily seem like the perfect plan tomorrow. Do not put all your eggs in one basket. There is an expansive feeling in the air that is working to catch you up in its net and pull you into its plan. Beware of get-rich-quick schemes. The wool could get pulled over your eyes on a day like this!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – There is a flurry of activity around you today you should latch onto. You will be on a magic carpet ride that takes you into the clouds. The most difficult thing to remember is to not get so carried away you lose sight of the ground. Keep in mind things are not always exactly the way they seem. What appears to work perfectly today may not work at all tomorrow!

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – You will find yourself working well with any group today. There will be a great connection between you and the people around you. Make sure you ground your relationships in something meaningful or else you could find you have built a whole reality out of something that does not exist. Be true to yourself and try not to get fooled by anything that seems too good to be true!

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – There is an incredibly expansive feeling in the air that you should latch onto, Things are moving rapidly. You will find long-term trends come together quite well. The thing to be aware of today is making sure you are operating based on facts you know to be true. Check your sources. Be cautious, but if you see an opportunity that looks good, run with it!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Sticking close to home may leave you feeling like you are missing the boat on certain things, but you are probably better off. People may make outlandish promises that sound good today but will basically flop tomorrow. Stay safe and do not invest a great deal of time or money in risky ventures. Keep moving at a steady pace. You will find success your own way!

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You are riding a wave of prosperity and things are looking up for you, The situation today may appear too good to be true. The bad news is that is probably the case. It may be the truth is being masked, and there is a great deal of speculation and hype causing a frenzy of activity. Feel free to join the frivolity but realize the bubble may burst tomorrow!

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – The wind is blowing quite strongly today, and you will find things are flying around in a frenzy. This whirlwind of activity is threatening to pick you up, spin you around, and take you away. Be cautious of anything that suggests this. People may take on unrealistic attitudes that lure you into grand schemes. Beware of fanciful promises!

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Things are sporadic today. You may find a thousand things on your plate, and all of them look delicious. There is a great deal of wind to fuel your fire, so let it burn red hot. You might get caught up in a frenzy of activity. Have a good time but realize it might not last forever. The royal carriage is likely to turn back into a pumpkin at some point!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Do not get pulled off track by empty promises today. Someone may try to sell you oceanfront property in the middle of Saskatchewan. Beware of things that sound too good to be true. People may be talking quite a bit, but in reality, they probably have nothing to say. Do not waste your time trying to make sense of useless drivel. You have got more important things to do!

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