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What’s Happening Today – June 11, 2022
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Kinuso Farmer’s Market at Ag Hall. Kitchen open.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Peace River Farmers’ Market at 8002-102 Ave. [West Hill Industrial Plaza].
Noon – 4 p.m. – Nampa Farmer’s Day Celebration at Mill Brown Park in Nampa.
1 p.m. – High Prairie E.W. Pratt High School Commencement Ceremony.
3 p.m. – Lakeside Outreach Graduation.
4 – 6 p.m. – Derby Dash at Nampa Mill Brown Park.
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – June 11, 2022
1864 – Richard Strauss, Don Quixote composer
1867 – Charles Fabry, Discovered ozone layer
1894 – Dai Vernon, Canadian magician
1910 – Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer
1913 – Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers coach
1922 – Michael Cacoyannis, Zorba the Greek director
1933 – Gene Wilder, Blazing Saddles actor
1937 – Johnny Brown, Good Times comedian
1939 – Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer
1945 – Adrienne Barbeau, Maude actress
1945 – Robert Munsch, Canadian children’s author
1947 – Glenn Leonard, Temptations singer
1949 – Frank Beard, ZZ Top drummer
1950 – Graham Russell, Air Supply vocalist
1952 – Donnie Van Zant, .38 Special vocalist
1954 – Johnny Neel, Allman Brothers musician
1956 – Joe Montana, San Francisco 49er
1963 – Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler
1977 – Shane Meier, Canadian actor
1978 – Joshua Jackson, Dawson’s Creek actor
1985 – Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer-songwriter
This Day in Local History – June 11, 2022
June 11, 1914: J. Hackett and Son opens a fruit store in Grouard with a complete line of fresh fruit.
June 11, 1973: Newly-elected High Prairie golf club president George Bennett, says memberships are up 50 per cent this year, largely due to course improvements.
June 11, 1975: Red Rooster opens its doors in High Prairie with Dennis and Maureen Basarab as owners.
June 11, 1975: South Peace News reports a gas line in town is nearly completed and the Prairie River Gas Co-op a reality with the ability to provide homes with natural gas heat for the coming winter.
June 11, 1975: Town administrator Maurice Yusep tells council that Bayview Air Service is discontinuing air service to town due a low number of users and mounting financial losses.
June 11, 1975: High Prairie town council decides to demolish the old Northern Alberta Railway Company train station. They had purchased the station on April 2, 1975, for $350.
June 11, 1975: The Park Hotel is robbed of $950 in cash. Police report they have no leads.
June 11, 1980: South Peace News reports that the Enilda Women’s Institute is refused a culture and recreation grant by the High Prairie Recreation Board. The Institute was asking for up to $150,000 and had already raised $430,000.
June 11, 1980: Veterinarian Terry Duane arrives in High Prairie from Vauxhall.
June 11, 1982: The Munchoos Centre recreation complex opens in Driftpile.
June 11, 1986: South Peace News reports that Falher hosts the HPSD track meet and that Prairie River and St. Andrew’s bring home the team trophy for the first time in seven years. Joe Quartly and Fay Yakemchuk win their respective age groups to lead the central team to the title.
June 11, 1990: Former High Prairie Recreation Supt. Bob Guertin dies of cancer in Edmonton at the age of 58.
June 11, 1997: Kinuso farmers lodge complaints that the Slave Lake weir is to blame for Lesser Slave Lake’s high water levels.
June 11, 2000: Atikameg mourns the loss of community leader Evelyn Thunder, 65, from diabetes complications.
June 11, 2001: Gerald Loewen begins his job as the M.D. of Big Lakes treasurer taking over from Jackie Knight.
June 11, 2008: High Prairie town council approves a proposal to construct a fire training centre at the High Prairie Airport.
June 11, 2008: Lesser Slave Lake Aboriginal leaders say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology in the House of Commons for residential school abuse is not enough. Grand Chief Rose Laboucan, also Chief of Sucker Creek First Nation, says lots of work still needs to be done for survivors of the tragedy.
June 11, 2009: Driftpile First Nation holds a Diabetes Walk to raise awareness of the disease and its implications.
June 11, 2010: St. Andrew’s School recognizes its top students at an awards ceremony. Principal Marc Lamoureux praises the fact that 64 students – or over half the population – attains honours marks in at least one subject.
June 11, 2010: High Prairie’s Lynn Herben wins $250,000 in the Lotto Max draw after matching all seven numbers on her Maximillions ticket.
June 11, 2010: Gift Lake Metis Settlement holds its annual Walk Against Drugs. The entire school takes part. Students colour posters before the walk begins.
June 11, 2010: St. Andrew’s School names its top junior and senior high athletes at an awards ceremony. In junior high Hope Sauvageau and Zachary Billard are chosen, in senior high they are Caitlyn Anderson and Jericho Noskey.
June 11, 2011: A benefit dance is held for Joussard’s Darrell Caudron to help pay medical expenses.
June 11, 2011: Hockey Alberta honours long-time NPHL president Jack McAvoy with the Meritorious Award.
June 11, 2012: The municipal inspection report to be released by Harold Johnsrude is delayed. The report was completed on time but Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths needed more time to review the report.
June 11, 2014: South Peace News features the Share Lent Project at St. Andrew’s School, which raises $1,616.45 for Abigail, a child in Kenya.
June 11, 2014: Several cars jump the train tracks near Faust.
June 11, 2014: High Prairie residents Brian Holmberg and James Waikle attend a town council meeting expressing concerns over Mayor Linda Cox, and councillors Brian Panasiuk and Debbie Rose, attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Niagara Falls, contrary to council’s policy. “It will not happen again,” said Cox.
June 11, 2014: St. Andrew’s students raise money and donate to community groups. The Sucker Creek Women’s Shelter and the Free the Children project each receive $520.08.
June 11, 2015: Nancy Tancowny accepts a new role as the Town of High Prairie’s full-time legislative secretary.
June 11, 2016: Solomon Courtoreille catches the biggest fish at the High Prairie and McLennan Knights of Columbus Children’s Fishing Derby at Winagami Lake. Janelle Lepage wins the Age 10 and Under category and Gabrielle Dusterhoff the Ages 11-17 category.
June 11, 2018: Work begins on rebuilding the Collett Building, which was damaged by arsonist Christopher Trindle during a fire Aug. 15, 2017.
June 11, 2019: Marilyn Emter and Ken Melnyk are chosen by High Prairie town council to be added to the High Prairie Citizen’s Monument. The first motion to appoint two citizens in one year is against policy, but council decides to nominate Emter for 2018 and Melnyk for 2019.
This Day in World History – June 11, 2022
1144 – Basilica of St. Denis dedicated; 1st fully Gothic church.
1517 – Sir Thomas Pert reaches Hudson Bay.
1644 – Evangelista Torricelli describes his invention of mercury barometer.
1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove.
1770 – Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
1788 – First British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC.
1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
1793 – First American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick.
1870 – First stone of Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam.
1895 – Charles Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile.
1901 – Cook Islands annexed and proclaimed part of New Zealand.
1905 – Pennsylvania Railroad debuts: New York to Chicago in 18 hrs.
1935 – First public demonstration of FM broadcasting in USA.
1939 – King and Queen of England taste first hot dogs at FDR’s party.
1947 – WWII sugar rationing finally ends in US [began May 28, 1942].
1951 – Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal.
1955 – First magnesium jet airplane flies.
1959 – First practical hovercraft, performs its first public flight.
1962 – Escape from Alcatraz: Brothers John & Clarence Anglin, Frank Morris.
1963 – Buddhist monk burns himself alive at a Saigon intersection.
1964 – Manfred Mann records Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do.
1964 – Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend.
1966 – French and German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry.
1966 – Janis Joplin plays her first gig [San Francisco].
1971 – US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan.
1975 – First oil pumped from North Sea oilfield.
1978 – Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop.
1982 – “E.T” movie directed by Steven Spielberg, is released.
1984 – Michael Larson wins record $110,237 on Press Your Luck.
1985 – Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus.
1987 – Margaret Thatcher is first British PM in 160 years to win a third term.
1990 – UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador.
1991 – Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0.
1993 – “Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg, opens.
1994 – Largest popcorn container made: 6,619.76 cubic feet.
1998 – Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation.
2002 – Antonio Meucci acknowledged as 1st inventor of phone by US Congress.
2002 – “American Idol” premieres on Fox-TV.
2004 – Former US President Ronald Reagan’s funeral.
2008 – Canadian PM Stephen Harper apologizes to Canada’s First Nations.
2009 – World Health Organization declares swine flu to be global pandemic.
2012 – Nobel Prize reduced by 20% to prevent future undermining of capital.
2012 – US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State.
2017 – Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate.
Today’s Horoscopes – June 11, 2022
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – A heightened level of intuition and understanding of others might catapult you to the centre of attention at a gathering. Knowledge combined with experience results in wisdom today. Insights could lead to more efficient ways of doing things. You will probably pass this on to others, especially since more than one person could ask you for insights into their particular situation. Do not forget your sense of humour. Life is serious enough!
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Communication with friends who have traveled widely could have you hankering to make a future visit to a distant place you have always wanted to experience. At the very least, you will probably want to take a virtual tour of your city of choice. If you are dreaming of traveling to a foreign country, you may want to take a stab at learning the language. Actually, this is a good time to study a language – your mind is particularly sharp!
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Dreams or visions could put you in touch with deep feelings you may not have been aware of before. This could enable you to release traumas from your past and give you a new sense of lightness. However, your logical mind is very much at work, so you could use this experience to shed light on others’ experiences and help them, too. Whatever happens today is likely to produce noticeable results!
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Relationships of all kinds are likely to be strengthened by an increased level of understanding today. Your thinking is greatly enhanced by your emotional intuitiveness, so you will be more able than usual to identify with the needs and desires of those around you. As a result, acquaintances could become friends, and friendships could progress into bonds that last for life. Romance also benefits from intensified empathy. Enjoy!
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Today your emotional intuition intensifies your mental abilities. Friends and family members are likely to grow closer to you. You may be more aware of what they really need and want, and they could see you in a new light. This can make you feel loved and wanted. The downside is your empathy is so high you may pick up on everyone’s aches and pains. Try to keep yourself bathed in the white light!
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Relationships with those closest to you, particularly friends and love partners, should be enhanced by an increased understanding of their emotional world. You are likely to identify even more strongly than usual with others’ feelings, and this could provide inspiration for artistic activities of some kind. This is also a great day to have deep, philosophical conversations with your friends. Consider the wide range of topics you have to discuss!
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Dealing with the ups and downs of other family members could be easier for you today than usual. You are less inclined to be logical and more apt to identify with what other people feel. This will increase your understanding of their situation’s undercurrents, and they will likely appreciate your empathy. Do not forget your own concerns. You may see a lot of things in a different light today!
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Today your mind is strongly influenced by feeling and intuition, so you will be able to communicate especially well with others. You might sense what they need to hear before they know it themselves. This ability could be used in many ways. It could enhance your writing skills. If you are into performance of any kind, it could sharpen your ability to speak, teach, or act. Make the most of it!
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You generally like to think of yourself as someone who faces life logically and rationally, but today your intuitive side could prove a valuable resource, especially when it comes to dealing with others. Your communicative ability is enhanced by a strong sense of what others are thinking and feeling. This opens the door to more effective communication with everyone – friends, lovers, colleagues, even strangers!
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Your intuition is usually very strong, and your level of empathy enhances your relationships. Today, however, a burst of logic could enable you to see many things in a different light. This adds a new dimension to your communicative abilities and could prove valuable in bringing you closer to the ones you love the most. It can also increase your understanding of yourself!
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Your intuition is heightened almost to the point of telepathy today. You may be able to sense what others want and need even before they know it themselves. You could also experience a few visionary impressions that prove valuable inspiration for creative and artistic work. When images well up from your psyche, do not dismiss them as irrelevant. They could make a big difference in your life right now!
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Getting in touch with your closest friends could bring about some intense communication, with many revealing some of your deepest concerns. Your thinking should be greatly influenced by feeling, so you might experience a high level of understanding that your friends are going to appreciate. This could well bring all of you closer together and increase future contact. Enjoy your day!