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What’s Happening Today – May 3, 2022
10 a.m. – Coffee Time at Kinuso Senior Centre.
10 a.m. – Play & Learn [under 6 yrs] at Big Lakes Children’s Centre in HP. Pre-registration required: 780-523-2715.
5:30 p.m. – AHS Workshop – Weight Management Tier 2 – Call 1-877-349-5711 to register for Zoom class.
6:30 p.m. – Town of High Prairie special meeting in chambers.
7 p.m. – Whist card games at Big Meadow Hall north of Enilda.
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – May 3, 2022
1469 – Machiavelli, Italian politician/writer
1861 – Emmett Dalton, Dalton Gang outlaw member
1889 – Beulah Bondi, It’s a Wonderful Life actress
1896 – Dodie, 101 Dalmatians writer
1898 – Golda Meir, Fourth PM of Israel
1902 – Jack La Rue, Lights Out narrator
1903 – Bing Crosby, White Christmas singer
1906 – Mary Astor, Maltese Falcon actress
1915 – Stu Hart, Stampede Wrestling owner
1917 – George Gaynes, Tootsie actor
1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, US boxing champ
1924 – Mary Carver, Simon & Simon actress
1928 – Dave Dudley, Six Days on the Road singer
1933 – James Brown, US soul singer
1934 – Frankie Valli, Four Seasons singer
1946 – Greg Gumbel, American CBS-TV sportscaster
1947 – Doug Henning, Canadian magician
1951 – Christopher Cross, Arthur’s Theme writer
1953 – Bruce Hall, Reo Speedwagon bassist
1958 – Kevin Kilner, Earth: Final Conflict actor
1959 – David Ball, Soft Cell keyboardist
1975 – Dulé Hill, The West Wing actor
1980 – Marcel Vigneron, Top Chef celebrity
1981 – Farrah Franklin, Destiny’s Child singer
This Day in Local History – May 3, 2022
May 3, 1913: O.L. Macleod and Leslie Larsen amalgamate realty firms and form Peace River Agencies next to the Royal Hotel in Grouard.
May 3, 1962: Three children and one adult die 20 miles north of Grouard after a gas explosion ignites and explodes. Pamela Bramwell, 6, Wilma Bramwell, 5, Richard Chalifoux, 3, all die immediately. Patricia Chalifoux later dies in hospital.
May 3, 1969: The High Prairie Girl Guides hold their first Cookie Drive.
May 3, 1970: Sanford Cox escapes serious injury after colliding with a horse on a rural road north of town. His vehicle is damaged. The horse, owned by Maryon Cox, dies.
May 3, 1972: A Catholic priest, Father E. Fillion, says he’s leaving Atikameg because the area is “too rough.” The final straw occurred when he was giving a ride to a local resident and threatened, then attacked.
May 3, 1972: The Faust Recreation Committee meets and chooses the name of its beach to be A-Goo-Chee-Gun-A Beach, which means in English a place where the fish hung.
May 3, 1975: SAAN store is robbed of about $1,500 after the store’s safe is opened by burglars. Entry is gained through a smashed window.
May 3, 1978: South Peace News reports Leonard Joseph Emard’s mother files a statement of claim for $170,000 against the High Prairie Hospital, two doctors and four staff members. Emard was admitted to the hospital for a tonsilectomy but died after the operation.
May 3, 1979: Construction begins on the new Treasury Branch in High Prairie.
May 3, 1980: Lee Ann Haugen, 13, dies in an auto accident.
May 3, 1980: High Prairie boxers win seven of eight matches at a boxing card held in the Sports Palace.
May 3, 1980: Rick Dumont is named the High Prairie Regals’ MVP at the team’s annual awards banquet.
May 3, 1988: Co-ed soccer for girls and boys starts with over 100 children registering in the sport, organized by Ken Nilson.
May 3, 1991: Buchanan Lumber owner Gordon Buchanan says there is a better alternative than the proposed Polyboard mill for High Prairie.
May 3, 1991: New Pioneer Home Hardware owners John and Jamie Hiscox celebrate their grand opening.
May 3, 2000: Former Enilda Councillor Craig Bissell says he hopes “faces will change on the M.D. of Big Lakes council during the next election after they refuse to expand the Enilda Fire Hall.
May 3, 2000: Joseph Dale Tallman, 32, is arrested and placed in High Prairie RCMP cells. But he takes off his shirt and sets fire to the cells and is eventually charged.
May 3, 2001: Kathie Gould begins her job as High Prairie’s Family and Community Services community worker.
May 3, 2001: High Prairie’s Landon Jones is drafted in the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft in the sixth round, 96th overall, by the Vancouver Giants.
May 3, 2006: Extra Foods director of public affairs, Laurie Steeny, says plans to construct the grocery store are on hold until a property being developed is completed. Town council and H.P. Farm Supply, where the store would be located, entered into an agreement March 23 to have the property services.
May 3, 2006: Peace Country health chair Marvin Moore says hospital site selection is delayed because PCH could not hire a company with the right equipment to complete proper soil testing at the H.P. Farm Supply location owned by the Shybunia family.
May 3, 2006: A handgun is pulled outside Egan’s Restaurant and Pub. Police begin a search for a suspect.
May 3, 2006: Booze is stolen during an breakin at Grouard Bigway by four men wearing masks.
May 3, 2006: Enilda Mud Bowl holds its Seniors Banquet. Joe Muller sweeps the top score awards in all three leagues while Wannabee is crowned the overall Seniors League Champions.
May 3, 2007: Margaret Cardinal and Leigh-anne Sheldon-Houle are honoured with Esquao Awards in Edmonton. The awards are presented to women who are exceptional role models and show leadership skills and commitment to building better communities.
May 3, 2008: Kalie Anderson and Dallas Chelick win bronze medals in Senior Mixed Doubles at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association Badminton Provincials in Cochrane. Caitlyn Anderson, Kalie’s sister, placed fourth in Junior Women’s Singles. St. Andrew’s leaves the event early and later discovers they won the 1A banner.
May 3, 2009: Over $5,000 is raised at the annual High Prairie Palliative Care Society Walk.
May 3, 2010: Gift Lake’s Deen Flett makes his TV debut in Canada’s Worst Handyman. He would go on to win the title.
May 3, 2011: Four ladies introduce themselves to the High Prairie Elks as contestants in the annual Elks Pro Rodeo Queen contest. Running for the honour are Jessica Dumont, Michelle Henkel, Sky Kasinec and Morgan Marquardt.
May 3, 2014: St. Andrew’s students Taneille Crooks and Braelynn Walker win six straight matches and win the Peace Junior High School Zone Badminton Tournament at Grimshaw.
May 3, 2015: The annual Hospice Walk raises just over $8,000 for the High Prairie and District Palliative Care Society.
May 3, 2017: St. Andrew’s School students publish the second edition of the four—page St. Andrew’s Times.
May 3, 2017: The Pin Snappers clean up awards at the Enilda Mud Bowl Day League and Seniors League banquet. The team wins the Monday Day Mixed League and the A Event Rolloff titles.
May 3, 2018: Two people are injured after an accident near the Esso gas station. A male pedestrian is struck by a vehicle backing out of the Chapel of Memories parking lot.
May 3, 2018: Enilda Mud Bowl holds its annual awards banquet. Robert Lemay wins Bowler-of-the-Year for his 339 single. Carla Auger rolls the women’s high single, 293. Each receive a cheque for $1 for each point rolled.
This Day in World History – May 3, 2022
1616 – Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war.
1621 – Francis Bacon accused of bribery.
1654 – Bridge at Rowley, Massachusetts begins charging tolls for animals.
1661 – Johannes Hevelius observes third transit of Mercury ever to be seen.
1715 – Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon “Baily’s Beads.”
1830 – First regular steam train passenger service starts.
1837 – The University of Athens is founded.
1867 – The Hudson’s Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
1915 – John McCrae writes the “In Flanders Fields” poem.
1944 – Meat rationing ends in US.
1949 – First firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km.
1952 – First landing by an airplane at the geographic North Pole.
1956 – New range of mountains discovered in Antarctica [2 over 13,000’].
1973 – Chicago’s Sears Tower, world’s tallest building [443 m], topped out.
1978 – First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail [“spam”] is sent.
1982 – President Reagan begins 5-minute weekly radio broadcasts.
1988 – 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs, Florida.
1991 – Last episode  of “Dallas” airs; second only to “Gunsmoke.”
1997 – Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue.
1999 – Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time.
2000 – The sport of geocaching begins.
2013 – Theropod dinosaur dating from 161 million years discovered in China.
2018 – Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expels Bill Cosby.
Today’s Horoscopes – May 3, 2022
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Days like today push you to act in the areas of your life where you may have hesitated before. Does your love life need a breath of fresh air? Have you been dreaming of a nice candlelit dinner with your partner? A weekend in the country? A new home? It is time to stop dreaming of happiness and do what you need to do to get it. It is well within your reach!
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – You might have questions about the satisfaction you feel about your personal life. It is possible you have more demands than ever. Things seem so urgent to you now. Why not take advantage of this attitude to talk about your deepest desires with your partner? Things will be much clearer. You may just need to express some of your negative emotions. It is important to do this before you begin to resent your partner!
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Today is excellent for just letting your intuition guide you. If you have time, you might want to let your mind go and follow the train of thought wherever it takes you. You could find something out about yourself of which you unaware, something just waiting to be noticed. Remember, your desires are fantasies before they become realties, so dream a little!
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Today is the kind of day when all you want to do is think about a vacation. You are usually such a responsible, conscientious worker you can afford to escape for just a few minutes. You could visit the world inside of you. You may even find something that has been on your mind for quite some time that requires some action by you now!
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – You are an excellent friend, and you take pride in helping the people around you. Have you ever thought about getting involved in a humanitarian cause or giving a few hours of your time every week to your local community? Today, these kinds of ideas could become a real part of your life. It is time to use all of your great ideas to help others!
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Your natural compassion may have led you to choose a profession in which healing or helping other people is your primary duty. Even if this is not the case, the people around you may seem particularly demanding today. But be careful not to go beyond your personal limits or else you could be the one who needs other people’s help!
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – You have a rather strange day in front of you. The celestial atmosphere could be playing tricks on you. You might get aggravated for no reason at all, that is, unless it is because you have been meeting too many people who do not appreciate the original way you go about doing things. You may feel as if you live in a world full of dinosaurs. Do not give up yet!
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – You might be upset by certain financial matters today. Either you realize just how much you have been spending lately or you see that things will be tight in the months ahead. It is possible you invested a good deal of money in something that could have waited, and now you can not invest in something much more important. These are hard lessons to learn, but everyone learns them some time!
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Just for today, ignore your habit of always trying to find an explanation for everything. Something is changing inside you and in the way you react to situations. The desire to incorporate life’s more unpredictable aspects into your personality is the basis for these changes. A lot of your theories are only there to reassure you, but you probably know that. Why not try being honest with yourself?
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – The planets want to make a deal with you today. Either you stay in bed fantasizing about life as a CEO or rock star or you get up, get dressed, and do what you have to do to make your dreams come true. Try and convince yourself once and for all you do not have to lose your childlike wonder when you enter the real world. That never goes away, no matter how old you get!
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – It is possible you could meet someone today who will act as a kind of Pygmalion for you. You need to be surrounded and encouraged by people who believe in you, and it is good for you have people around to support you. If you do meet this kind of person, do not be a showoff! Listen to what he or she has to say to you. It is for your own good!
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – You are particularly inspired by and sensitive to crisis situations. What that means is you can not stand to see other people suffer. Sometimes even you suffer because you do not allow yourself to do the things you like best and the things that help you feel fulfilled as a person. Why don’t you think about going easier on yourself, just for today? Try it – you might like it!