Today in High Prairie – December 8, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – December 8, 2020

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Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – December 8, 2020

Finn Marko

Michelle Noskey

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – December 8, 2020

Dinah Chalifoux

Leo Dumelie

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – December 8, 2020

1765 – Eli Whitney, Cotton Gin Inventor

1861 – William C. Durant, Founded General Motors

1894 – E.C. Segar, Popeye Cartoonist

1899 – John Qualen, Casablanca Actor

1911 – Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront Actor

1925 – Sammy Davis Jr., Candy Man Singer

1933 – Flip Wilson, Flip Wilson Show

1936 – David Carradine, Kung Fu Actor

1937 – James MacArthur, Hawaii 5-0 Actor

1942 – Bobby Elliott, The Hollies Drummer

1943 – Jim Morrison, The Doors Singer

1946 – John Rubinstein, Boys from Brazil Actor

1947 – Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band

1948 – Jimmy Lai, Giordano Founder

1950 – Jimmy Farrar, Molly Hatchet Vocalist

1950 – Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter Group Musician

1953 – Kim Basinger, American Actress

1957 – Phil Collen, Def Leppard Guitarist

1964 – Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives Actress

1966 – Sinead O’Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U Singer

1968 – Michael Cole, WWE Broadcaster

1976 – Dominic Monaghan, Lord of the Rings Actor

1978 – Ian Somerhalder, Vampire Diaries Actor

1984 – Sam Hunt, Take Your Time Singer

1989 – Drew Doughty, Los Angeles King

This Day in Local History – December 8, 2020

Dec. 8, 1913: Jack Russell opens a blacksmith shop in Grouard.

Dec. 8, 1913: Verner Maurice is elected president of the Grouard Board of Trade.

Dec. 8, 1914: The High Prairie Board of Trade is formed at Thompson’s store with J.M. Cull as secretary.

Dec. 8, 1971: Alberta Government Telephones announces plans to remove its obsolete poles in High Prairie town limits.

Dec. 8, 1971: High Prairie RCMP request that town council set up a Highway Patrol in town.

Dec. 8, 1976: The Harlem Nationals pay a visit to High Prairie and defeat the E.W. Pratt Chargers in basketball action.

Dec. 8, 1984: For only the second time in 10 years, a team from the Smoky River area does not win the Divisional boy’s volleyball title. St. Andrew’s defeats Girouxville in the final 15-10, 15-12.

Dec. 8, 1991: The Midnight Twilight Tourist Association announces they will build a new head office in St. Albert. Slave Lake and Kinuso had submitted bids for the office.

Dec. 8, 2001: The High Prairie Regals suffer their worst-ever defeat in franchise history at Dawson Creek losing 21-1 to the Canucks.

Dec. 8, 2005: Plains Marketing Canada holds an open house to celebrate the opening of its fractionation plant east of High Prairie.

Dec. 8, 2010: The M.D. of Big Lakes refuses a proposal from CAO Harvey Prockiw to close the office between Christmas and New Year’s.

Dec. 8, 2011: Hockey star Theo Fleury visits Peavine Bishop Routhier School and shares his life experiences with students.

Dec. 8, 2013: David Marx’s rink qualifies for the 2014 Alberta Master’s Provincials in Edmonton after winning two straight games at zones. Members of the rink include third Bernie Poloz, second Vic Shapka and lead Jerry Nessman.

This Day in World History – December 8, 2020

1777 – Capt. James Cook leaves Society Islands.

1792 – 1st cremation in US: Henry Laurens.

1813 – Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna.

1869 – Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto.

1874 – Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie, Kansas.

1909 – Bird banding society found.

1915 – John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” appears in “Punch” magazine.

1931 – Coaxial cable patented.

1952 – 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy on I Love Lucy.

1962 – Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland.

1965 – Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council.

1966 – US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space.

1974 – Greek monarchy rejected by referendum.

1987 – Flyers’ Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal.

1992 – Galileo’s nearest approach to Jupiter [303 km].

1992 – NBC announces that “Cheers” will go off the air in May 1993.

2004 – South American Community of Nations established.

2012 – UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020.

Today’s Horoscopes – December 8, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – There is more than meets the eye to a money situation today. There could be errors in your financial records, or someone may not be telling the truth about an important item. You’re a caring, trusting person, but this isn’t the day to blindly accept anyone’s statements. Check the facts and see for yourself, then act accordingly in order to see to your own best interests.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Today, you probably aren’t going to feel very friendly. You’re most likely to want to sequester yourself at home and not see or speak to anyone. If your need for solitude is that strong, indulge it. You won’t do yourself any good by forcing contact with others. You might feel a little out of sorts physically, so it’s especially important to eat right and get lots of vitamin C.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Self-control is the word for today. Others’ unethical behaviour could trigger some long-buried anger that might make you want to lash out at those responsible. This won’t solve anything. The best way to handle these rather explosive emotions is honest communication, but today it could deteriorate into arguments. Try counting to ten before confronting anyone. It works!

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Anger and resentment caused by past hurts could come up today, at times tempting you to burst into tears. Don’t fight it. Just find someplace where you can be alone and let it out. This is only a symptom of personal and spiritual growth on your part. Releasing the past clears the way for breakthroughs in the future. You could wake up tomorrow morning feeling like a changed person!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Someone you think of as a friend may prove less than trustworthy today. There are indications of deception all around you. Perhaps someone is keeping something from you or telling outright lies. Don’t be too suspicious of anyone but check the facts of a situation before you take someone’s word for anything. It’s always best to do that anyway.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Something underhanded is going on. Unethical people could be trying to manipulate certain situations in order to turn them to their own benefit. Be careful! Steer clear of any “political” conversations, and refrain from commenting on any situation or listening to gossip. On the positive side, your intuition is sharp, so you should be able to sense the trustworthy.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – If you’ve been thinking about executing legal papers of any kind, this isn’t the day to do it. Any contract entered into today is likely to have confusing clauses and obscure language you may not understand and that potentially could be used against you. This also isn’t the day to start or even plan a journey of any kind. However, it’s a great day for reading or meditation.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Money matters look uncertain and a bit deceptive. This isn’t a good day to enter into any kind of investment program, negotiate salaries or commissions, or change banks. Your dreams may be a bit disturbing, but this likely reflects fears from the past rather than dangers in the future. Write them down, however. You may learn a lot about yourself by studying the symbols.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – New people may come into your life today. If you get bad vibes from one of them, trust your instincts! Signs are you will meet at least one new acquaintance who isn’t trustworthy. This isn’t a good day to enter into any kind of partnership, nor is it a good day to get married or even propose marriage. Put all plans for cementing partnerships on hold for a few days!

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – You might wake up feeling a little under the weather, perhaps too tired to go anywhere, and you’ll want to stay in. Perhaps this is the best course of action for today. You may be tired and a bit stressed out, and more vulnerable than usual to any bugs may be going around at this time. Drink lots of juices and get some rest. Tomorrow you will probably feel much better.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Today you might get the feeling someone in your family is hiding something. The atmosphere might be strained and somewhat tense. Your natural inclination is to try to spread oil on troubled waters to return the situation to normal, but this isn’t likely to be the right course of action here. Let things ride. Whoever is hiding something isn’t likely to reveal it.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Gossip you hear today might make you angry. You’re likely to sense it isn’t true. Take nothing at face value today. Check the facts before making any judgments. Discontent is in the air, and when people are disgruntled, they tend to say things they don’t mean. Avoid the temptation to be confrontational. It will only make things worse. Try to spend some time alone if you can.

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