Today in High Prairie: October 2, 2022

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What’s Happening Today – October 2, 2022

Attend the church of your choice.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – High Prairie Quilt Guild Show & Sale at HP Curling Rink. [Day 2 of 2].

1:30 p.m. – High Prairie FireChase at Jaycee Park.

1:30 p.m. – Enjoy cribbage games at the HP Golden Age Centre, 4824-53 Avenue.

2 – 4 p.m. – Coyote Acres 4-H Club registration/info meeting at HP Agriplex. More info, call 780-536-6735.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – October 2, 2022

1800 – Nat Turner, Slave Rebellion Leader

1869 – Mahatma Ghandi, Indian Pacifist

1890 – Groucho Marx, American Comedian

1896 – Bud Abbott, American Comedian

1896 – Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s first PM

1930 – Dave Barrett, Former BC Premier

1938 – Rex Reed, Movie Critic

1942 – Steve Sabol, Won 25 Emmy Awards

1945 – Don McLean, American Pie Singer

1950 – Michael Rutherford, Genesis Pop Bassist

1951 – Sting, The Police Musician

1954 – Lani O’Grady, 8 is Enough Actress

1955 – Philip Oakey, Human League Vocalist

1960 – Glenn Anderson, Edmonton Oiler

This Day in Local History – October 2, 2022

Oct. 2, 1913: Grouard town council agrees to hire lawyer C.F. Newell, of Edmonton, to present Grouard’s claim before the Railway Commission and Alberta legislature to secure the main line through the town and defend the rights of the town. This occurs after the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railroad announces it is not coming to Grouard. Grouard town council tries to secure a loop.

Oct. 2, 1915: The Peace River Land and Trading Company, better known as Diamond P., closes.

Oct. 2, 1971: Merv Kurtz is installed as Exalted Ruler of the High Prairie Elks at their meeting. Vic Chodzicki is installed Leading Knight.

Oct. 2, 1975: Leniency of the courts in granting bail was cited as the main criticism at the Kocon-Sartorius inquiry held in High Prairie. Both died in a kidnapping-suicide earlier in the year.

Oct. 2, 1983: Hazel Agatha Morden Wood, 66, dies at her home of a heart attack. She was one of High Prairie’s most prominent citizens and wife of Dr. J.B.T. Wood.

Oct. 2, 1985: South Peace News reports of damage at Jaycee Park after someone on a three-wheeler uses the baseball diamond as a playground. Deep ruts are left in the infield.

Oct. 2, 1987: The High Prairie courthouse celebrates its official opening. The first trials are held Oct. 5.

Oct. 2, 1991: South Peace News reports the High Prairie Recreation Board receives a $27,141 grant for upgrading the campsite at Jaycee Park.

Oct. 2, 1992: Melissa Smith, Robert Jezewsky, Haney Sharkawi and Steven Leepile all win medals at the West Coast Invitational Taekwondo tournament in Vancouver.

Oct. 2, 1993: The new E.W. Pratt gymnasium in christened as the Chargers host their annual Invitational Volleyball tournament. Slave Lake wins the women’s title while Rocky Lane wins the men’s crown.

Oct. 2, 1995: Joussard Area Development Association president Camille Goutier writes the High Prairie Chamber of Commerce inviting them to hold the Golden Walleye Classic in their community but the plan never materializes.

Oct. 2, 2000: John Gould begins his job as the first M.D. of Big Lakes fire chief.

Oct. 2, 2006: Paula Cowell begins her job as High Prairie recreation director.

Oct. 2, 2006: Ray Dupres is elected by acclamation to the M.D. of Big Lakes council to serve Enilda after nominations close.

Oct. 2, 2006: Another piece of High Prairie’s history goes up in dust as the Regional Services Building is torn down. The building is also the former town office.

Oct. 2, 2007: South Peace News publishes photos of the construction of the new municipal services facilities in Faust and Grouard.

Oct. 2, 2013: Joussard School celebrates the official sign unveiling of their new school. Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pearl Calahasen attends and says a strong lobby from the school, HPSD and parents helped make the new school a reality.

Oct. 2, 2015: Jeff and Mary Burgar receive their Silver Quill pins – 18 years late! When the Burgers received their Silver Quill Awards in 1998 the pins did not exist. Instead, a certificate was presented. CCNA provided the Quills and South Peace News staff presented Jeff and Mary Burgar with their own Quills at a potluck lunch.

Oct. 2, 2016: Outrage is expressed after an abused and wounded dog is left in a dumpster at Peavine.

Oct. 2, 2018: Whitefish Lake First Nation turns sod on its new $2.3 million community hall.

This Day in World History – October 2, 2022

1535 – Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal [Montreal].

1608 – Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope.

1614 – French King Louis XIII declared an adult at 13.

1804 – Britain mobilizes to protect against French invasion.

1836 – After 5 years at sea, Charles Darwin returns to England.

1866 – J. Osterhoudt patents a tin can with key opener.

1870 – Italy annexes Rome & Papal States; Rome made Italian capital.

1895 – First cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper.

1902 – Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is published.

1910 – First 2 aircraft collide at Milan, Italy.

1936 – First alcohol power plant forms at Atchison, Kansas.

1940 – British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sinks.

1949 – USSR recognizes People’s Republic of China.

1950 – First strip of Charlie Brown [later “Peanuts”] published in 9 newspapers.

1956 – First atomic power clock exhibited.

1957 – New volcanic island appears off Fayal Island Azores.

1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai” starring William Holden released.

1971 – Homing pigeon averages a record 133 kph in a 1,100-km race.

1984 – Three cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit.

1990 – Radio Berlin International’s final transmission.

1991 – Toronto Blue Jays clinch AL East title.

1991 – Toronto Blue Jays first sport franchise to draw 4 million fans.

2004 – Montreal Expos last win in franchise history, 6-3 over NY Mets.

2016 – Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game [67 MLB seasons].

Today’s Horoscopes – October 2, 2022

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – People are apt to try to hit you square on the head with their ideas and thoughts today, so be ready for the onslaught of information that may come your way! There is a distinct advantage to listening to the whole spiel before you react with your own facts and emotions. The problem is you are going to be tempted to argue instead of calmly resolve the matter!

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Anchor yourself in practical matters before you try to prove your point to others! There is a great deal of primal energy rising within you today and searching for some sort of outlet. Be aware of overextending yourself when it comes to issues of the mind. You may be so anxious to prove your point you end up losing sight of the reality of the situation!

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Do not take no for an answer today! Know what you believe in and stick with it. There is a distinct advantage to holding true to your inner nature. Do not let others throw you off course with their views on how things should be done. Be confident and do not worry about taking things over the top. There is no such thing as excess today. “The more the merrier” should be your motto!

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Be a pioneer thinker today! There is a noble courage in your thoughts, so do not let this quality go to waste. You will be surprised at how cutting edge you can be when you put your mind to it. Take a walk by yourself and contemplate the next major move you would like to make in your life. Feel free to brainstorm bold ways to execute this plan!

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Be aggressive and forceful when it comes to exerting your will! Let others know you will not be a pushover. Your opinions are extremely important, and they need to be heard by the people who matter the most. Have faith that whatever you say has the power to come true, especially when you enlist the help of those around you. Opportunity lies in joining hands with others!

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Today may be one of those days in which you come to a four-way stop and no one knows whose turn it is! Do not sit and wait for everyone else to go first. If you know it is your turn, be bold and make your move. It would not be a bad idea to signal others you are going ahead. People might not be used to you taking such an aggressive role!

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – People would be foolish to challenge your thinking now! The power behind your words is volatile, and you may find yourself going to extremes in order to get your point across. Be careful about making promises you can not fulfill. It could be you are so adamant about your point of view that you make up hyperbolic situations just to get your ideas across!

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Your old ways of thinking have carried you quite far, but you may now find it is time to seek a new platform for your ideas. Look for more adventurous ways to express yourself. Break out of the old mold and try something new. Once you start in a brand new direction, there will be a great deal of support encouraging you to continue along that way!

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – One quick phone call to a friend may turn into a long discussion about the meaning of life! Be conscious of the fact there is a great deal of momentum building in your mind now. Once the dam breaks, you may soon have a giant flood on your hands. Be careful about releasing all this energy at once, even though you may not seem to have a choice!

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – It could be you feel a bit of pressure today to start or create something you are not quite ready for! There is hesitation on your part that indicates you should take it slowly and learn more of the facts before you jump into the fray. Position yourself in such a way you take control of the situation rather than become a victim of it!

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Move forward with your plan of attack today! There is an anxious rumble within you that is urging you to get going with a current plan. You have all the facts you need, so do not hesitate any longer. The power of the word is with you. You will be smooth, collected, and confident even in the most nerve-wracking situations. Words will flow off your tongue with ease!

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Add spark to your life today! It could be things are getting stale and boring. If so, consider the possibility you simply are not challenging yourself enough. Remember you are responsible for lighting your own fire. You have the perfect opportunity to get something started today, so go for it. Feel free to get other people to help!

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