Today in High Prairie: June 13, 2022

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What’s Happening Today – June 13, 2022

3:30 – 5 p.m. – HP Municipal Library CX Energy Outdoor Activity. Call [780] 523-3838 for openings.

4 p.m. – Next Steps Kids at Big Lakes Children’s Centre in HP. Pre-registration required: 780-523-2715.

5 p.m. – Town of Peace River meets at town office.

6:30 p.m. – Town of McLennan meets in council chambers.

7:30 p.m. – High Prairie AA chapter meeting at HP Church of the Nazarene.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – June 13, 2022

823 – Charles the Bald, King of France

839 – Charles the Fat, Carolingian emperor

1854 – Charles Parsons, Inventor of steam turbine

1965 – William Butler Yeats, Irish poet

1891 – Nell Craig, Calling Dr. Kildare actress

1892 – Basil Rathbone, Sherlock Holmes actor

1897 – Paavo Nurmi, Finnish long distance runner

1903 – Harold Grange, “Galloping Ghost” of football

1913 – Ralph Edwards, This is Your Life TV host

1924 – Percy Rodriguez, Planet of the Apes actor

1926 – Paul Lynde, Bewitched actor [Arthur]

1929 – Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars conceptual designer

1940 – Bobby Freeman, Do You Want to Dance singer

1942 – James Carr, To Love Somebody singer

1951 – Richard Thomas, The Waltons actor [John Boy]

1953 – Tim Allen, Home Improvement actor

1954 – Bo Donaldson, Billy Don’t Be a Hero singer

1969 – Jamie Walters, Beverly Hills 90210 actor

1986 – Mary Kate Olsen, Full House actress [Michelle]

1992 – Tyler Davison, World’s smallest baby

This Day in Local History – June 13, 2022

June 13, 1914: The Grouard News reports grading of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railroad branch line to Grouard will begin this week.

June 13, 1914: The Grouard News reports Fred Graham of the Grouard-Peace River Oil and Gas Company files claims to drill for oil within town limits.

June 13, 1976: Speed Hutchinson wins the women’s title, Dave Temple the junior title and Bruno Javnell the men’s crown at the High Prairie Open Golf Tournament.

June 13, 1976: The Peavine Rangers win the Falher Fastball Tournament giving up only four runs in four victories. The Rangers were also in first place in the local men’s fastball league with a perfect 5-0 record.

June 13, 1979: High Prairie town council approves a plan for improvements to IGA.

June 13, 1982: Ron McNeil defeats Dave Temple in a playoff to win the High Prairie Open Golf Tournament. Both had finished 36 holes of play with 155 scores.

June 13, 1984: South Peace News reports the High Prairie Park Hotel Brewers have split their first six games in Wheat Belt Baseball League play.

June 13, 1987: Fountain Tire celebrates its grand opening at its new store in the east end of town.

June 13, 1987: The first six Grade 12 students graduate from Trout Lake School.

June 13, 1990: No one is injured after an airplane is forced to land on the East Prairie road after suffering mechanical difficulty.

June 13, 1992: E.W. Pratt High School student Quin Sekulich wins a bronze medal in the long jump at the Alberta High School Track and Field Championships in Edmonton.

June 13, 1996: Charlie Andrews wins $32,250 in a satellite bingo at the High Prairie Bingo Barn.

June 13, 1997: Jeff Thomas Rain, 27, of Edmonton, takes his child at knifepoint in Driftpile and is charged with abduction and assault.

June 13, 2000: Al Anderson gets five hits, including a leadoff home run, to lead the Peavine Rangers to a 15-2 win over the Grouard 86ers in High Prairie and District Men’s Fastball League action.

June 13, 2001: Brandon Marczyk is named Best Senior Cadet at the High Prairie Air Cadet Squadron’s Annual Inspection.

June 13, 2005: Kristine Maurice begins her job as the youth addictions counselor and tobacco reduction counselor at AADAC.

June 13, 2006: Senseless vandalism at Atikameg School results in an estimated $35,000 in damages.

June 13, 2006: Roy Turner, who homesteaded about 25 miles west of High Prairie, passes away at the age of 84 years.

June 13, 2007: South Peace News reports Charrois Motor Products employee Tom Duchesneau is chosen as one of the best GM technicians in Canada.

June 13, 2007: South Peace News reports Harrington Homes of Grande Prairie says High Prairie is a terrific place to do business. The company recently purchased several properties to develop into residential lots.

June 13, 2007: South Peace New features Peavine’s Janis Cunningham, who sets her sights on a promising career in dance.

June 13, 2007: High Prairie Community Health Council members are angry after hearing space for the cancer, dialysis clinics in the new High Prairie Hospital are not included. South Peace News publishes a letter from Dave Hancock, Minister, Alberta Health and Wellness, in its June 20 edition. The public is made aware of the problem and the decision later reversed, after High Prairie town council and the M.D. of Big Lakes get more actively involved. Before the news, High Prairie Mayor John Brodrick is quoted as saying he will settle for a “Chevy” hospital instead of a “Cadillac”. His statement has the full support of council, as none object publicly to his statement.

June 13, 2007: High Prairie town council pulls out of Big Lake Country Tourism saying they are not getting good value for the money invested.

June 13, 2007: High Prairie town council and Sucker Creek First Nation hold a joint meeting to discuss issues of common concern.

June 13, 2009: The Northern Lights Encore Choir holds its Spring Concert at the High Prairie United Church.

June 13, 2009: The High Prairie Native Friendship Centre holds the first Spirit Walk remember women who were victims of violence and murder. Over 60 attend.

June 13, 2009: Over $90,000 is raised for the CT Scan at the Black and White Gala, held for the second time.

June 13, 2009: The High Prairie Golf Club hosts the Alberta 55+ Seniors Summer Games golf playoffs in High Prairie. Local residents Lloyd Gauchier, Dorothy Calvert, Lillian Bliss, Dorothy Anderson and Elmer Anderson qualify for the games.

June 13, 2010: Lawrence Lochhead, formerly of High Prairie, passes away in Daysland, Alta., at the age of 87 years.

June 13, 2010: The High Prairie United Church celebrates its 85th anniversary by holding a special service at its church in Triangle.

June 13, 2012: The M.D. of Big Lakes decides it will no longer deal with requests from citizens unless they are put in writing.

June 13, 2012: HPSD trustee Joyce Dvornek appears before the M.D. of Big Lakes council asking for support in HPSD’s efforts to build a new school in Joussard. Fourteen years waiting is long enough, she tells the M.D.

June 13, 2013: ATCO Sustainable Communities announces it will build a 6,600 square-foot gymnasium and community centre at Swan River First Nation.

June 13, 2013: Former High Prairie firefighter Dave Vanderwell is awarded the Exemplary Services Medal in Edmonton for his dedication to the service.

June 13, 2014: South Peace News wins three Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association awards in its circulation class including second for Best Sports Pages and second for Best Front Page, and third for Best Overall.

June 13, 2014: South Peace News editor Chris Clegg receives a Silver Quill award for outstanding service to the industry at the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association convention in Calgary. The award is presented to people with 25+ years of exemplary service.

June 13, 2014: Lisa Pruden wins the Spring Duck Race, co-hosted by the High Prairie Native Friendship Centre and High Prairie Municipal Library.

June 13, 2017: E.W. Pratt hands out its athletics awards. Winners are as follows: Grayce Keay wins top Grade 10 female athlete; Cole Isaac wins top Grade 10 male athlete; Trista Calhoon wins top Grade 11 female athlete; Brendyn Larson wins top Grade 11 male athlete; Julia Isaac wins top Grade 12 female athlete; and Brandon McNabb wins top Grade 12 male athlete. The first Francis Lessard Sportsmanship Awards are presented to female recipient Katrina Reade, and male recipient Hunter Bissell.

This Day in World History – June 13, 2022

1611 – John Fabricius dedicates earliest sunspot publication.

1777 – Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit.

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette lands in US.

1789 – Mrs. Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington.

1854 – Anthony Faas patents the 1st US accordion [enhances sound].

1871 – Hurricane kills 300 in Labrador.

1886 – Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, B.C.

1895 – Emile Levassor wins the first automobile race in history.

1898 – Yukon Territory of Canada established, Dawson chosen as capital.

1917 – WW I: deadliest German air raid on London occurs, 162 die.

1920 – US Post Office says kids can’t be sent by parcel post [did happen!]

1922 – Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins: 68 years long!

1925 – Transmission of synchronized pictures and sound [early TV] occurs.

1933 – German Secret State Police [Gestapo] established.

1940 – Paris evacuates before German advance.

1948 – Babe Ruth’s final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug. 16.

1951 – United Nations armed forces reach Pyongyang, Korea.

1956 – The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt.

1963 – Vostok 6 launched, pilot is first woman cosmonaut.

1970 – Beatles’ “Let It Be” album goes No. 1 & stays No. 1 for 4 weeks.

1978 – Film “Grease” opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John.

1979 – Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills.

1980 – Deborah Harry [Blondie] and Meat Loaf film “Roadie” premieres.

1980 – UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela.

1981 – Teenager fires six blank rounds at Queen Elizabeth II.

1983 – NASA’s Pioneer 10 is the first man-made object to leave solar system.

1989 – Houston’s Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game [most by a Canadian].

1989 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament.

1994 – A jury in Anchorage blames recklessness by Exxon for oil spill.

2000 – Italy pardons Mehmet Agca: Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope.

2002 – The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

2005 – California jury acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molestation.

2011 – Christchurch, New Zealand hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

2012 – “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield premieres.

2015 – Philae, first spacecraft to land on a comet, re-awakes after 7 months.

2018 – Report: Antarctica is melting at 200 billion tonnes a year.

2018 – Volkswagen fined 1 billion Euros over diesel emissions scandal.

2018 – Raccoon climbs 23-storey office building in St Paul, Minnesota.

Today’s Horoscopes – June 13, 2022

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Sometimes, it is amazing to see how your relationships can spin so easily out of control. Today you may have to deal with a lot of tension within your group. You will almost feel as if no one understands the situation. You just need to keep your cool. Why not try to solve any outstanding issues with your relatives? Stay calm and things will be OK!

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – You sometimes have difficulty making up your mind. You do not always know exactly what you want. Today, you will be at peace with yourself. If you need to make an important decision concerning your private life, you will able to do it. But if you find yourself confronted by a big decision, you should take the time to think about it. You will decide once you have more clarity!

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Sometimes we all feel a little lost. We often want to move mountains and use all our energy and enthusiasm to try to do so. But a few moments later we could feel all efforts have been in vain. It pays to remember one of the hard facts of life – take nothing for granted. You should not let that keep you from trying to make changes to things around you. Be vigilant!

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – You have a natural ability to accomplish a great deal rather easily. But today you may feel snowed under with projects. Things around you might be moving quickly, and perhaps you are having difficulty dealing with it all. For once, try to take it easy. You do not need to struggle all the time in order to be accepted by the world. Lighten up!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Your day has finally come! You have your own vision of life and you like sharing it with others. You are far from thinking you are any sort of new messiah, but you feel the need to talk to children or young people about your views. Today, you will be able to communicate clearly with the people around you and they will be receptive to your ideas!

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Today you will have the strange feeling that something is floating in the air. The time is right to try to understand the different needs of your family circle. There will be a lot of movement around you, so you should feel free to step back. Your relatives will understand you need more space in order to gain perspective on the situation!

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – As the dawn of another quiet and peaceful day appears, you will be in the best disposition to observe and appreciate the lightness of things. Life can seem so beautiful on some days. You will benefit from this state of mind because you will be able to meditate. But be careful not to start reminiscing about sad memories. Keep things light and calm!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – You will find a clean page on the agenda today. You should try to think only about yourself. This will allow you to meditate about your life and be at peace with yourself. Life will seem much simpler. This frame of mind will enable you to solve issues with some of your personal ties if you so desire. Take advantage of this energy to calm your mind and your life!

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You will wake up today on cloud nine! Your morale is at a peak. You will feel totally free and be able to clearly perceive the essentials of life. You have the perfect opportunity to share this gift from the stars with your loved ones. Even after this aspect has passed, you may have trouble getting your feet back on the ground. Do not rush it!

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – The astral energy will have you reminiscing all day long over childhood memories. These memories will take you to the houses and places where you were raised and where your personality and character were formed. Many memories will surface – happy, melancholy, and everything in-between. You should probably seize this opportunity to write them down!

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You love interacting with people others might consider eccentric. You can not help it. You are simply attracted to them. You will probably encounter one of these people today. But you might have a feeling of déjà vu. As strange as it may seem, it is possible this person will be no one but you!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – You have always tried to build up your health using traditional methods, and you take great care of yourself. But this morning you might feel a little curious. Indeed, there are so many different courses of treatment available. Why not inquire about alternative forms of medicine? You could learn a great deal today and benefit your health in the process!

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