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What’s Happening Today – February 14, 2020
Valentine’s Day! A great day to be a lover!
St. Isidore Carnaval [Day 1 of 3].
Free Play at HP CRC Office 10 a.m.-noon.
Prayer Shawl Knitting at HP St. Mark’s Church at 10 a.m.
Floor Curling games at HP Golden Age Club at 1:30 p.m.
Whist card games at Big Meadow Hall at 1:30 p.m.
HP AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – February 14,
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – February 14, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – February 14, 2020
1838 – Margaret E. Knight, “Female Thomas Edison”
1878 – Julius Nieuwland, Inventor of neoprene
1894 – Jack Benny, The Jack Benny Program
1913 – Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader
1913 – Mel Allen, Voice of NY Yankees
1916 – Edward Platt, Get Smart – “The Chief”
1927 – Lois Maxwell, Goldfinger, Dr. No actress
1931 – Phyllis McGuire, McGuire Sisters vocalist
1934 – Florence Henderson, Brady Bunch actress
1934 – Alan Parker Bugsy Malone, Evita actor
1957 – Alan Hunter, Original MTV VJs
1963 – Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor
1970 – Simon Pegg, English comedian, actor
1972 – Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty singer
1978 – Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead actress
This Day in Local History – February 14, 2020
Feb. 14, 1934: Dr. Desrosiers gives a physical exam to
every student at Joussard’s St. Bruno Mission School. He removes the tonsils
and adenoids from 30 students.
Feb. 14, 1961: The NPHL meets and suspends Grimshaw’s Bud
Houlder for the remainder of the year plus one additional year for a stick
swinging incident with Barry Pelland of McLennan.
Feb. 14, 1968: South Peace News reports that Linda
Fisher, Maureen Harris and Pat Marquardt are competing of the honour of Queen
of the High Prairie Jaycees Trapper’s Festival March 1-3. Lorraine Cardinal
later joins the race.
Feb. 14, 1968: Calgary residents James Cox, 48, William
Lucas, 27, and Ken MacMillan, 51, die in a plane crash near Faust. Cox piloted
Feb. 14, 1973: High Prairie’s G.D. “Tip” Jacobsen wins a
UFA award for best volume increase in petroleum sales for 1972.
Feb. 14, 1979: South Peace News reports the town’s
ministers oppose school bingos as a way to raise money.
Feb. 14, 1979: South Peace News reports High Prairie had
a record year in 1978 for construction. A record $2,587,500 in building permits
Feb. 14, 1979: South Peace News passes probation and
becomes a full-time member of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association.
Feb. 14, 1979: South Peace News reports that the sport
most people participate in locally is curling. Over 300 different people curl.
Feb. 14, 1980: Chuck Bronson takes over as owner of the
Feb. 14, 1983: The McLennan Red Wings fold becoming the
first NPHL team ever to cease operations during a season.
Feb. 14, 1986: Monahan Ford Sales celebrates its grand
Feb. 14, 1990: Former High Prairie resident Virgina
Peever receives $443,000 after a federal court rules in her favour against
Wapiti Aviation in the death of her husband in a plane crash.
Feb. 14, 1996: High Prairie town council agrees to enter
into an agreement with Recycle Plus.
Feb. 14, 2001: South Peace News reports usage at the High
Prairie food bank is up 40 per cent from January. High gas bills is blamed for
Feb. 14, 2001: High Prairie town council agrees to hire a
full time special constable.
Feb. 14, 2002: Lee Hunt scores in overtime to give the
High Prairie Regals an 8-7 win over the Valleyview Jets and the eighth and
final playoff spot in the NPHL standings.
Feb. 14, 2004: Kevin Jack Konelsky dies at the age of 49
years. He owned several businesses in town and was an active member in many
Feb. 14, 2018: South Peace News reports usage at the High
Prairie Food Bank decreased in 2017.
Feb. 14, 2018: Faust Councillor Robert Nygaard suggests
rotating the annual county barbecue.
This Day in World History – February 14, 2020
1630 – Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco,
1794 – 1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James
1803 – Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington,
1849 – James Knox Polk becomes 1st serving US
President to have his photo taken.
1855 – Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for telephone
1889 – 1st train load of fruit [oranges] leaves LA for
1912 – 1st US submarines with diesel engines
1921 – Canadian 5-cent nickel coin is authorized.
1929 – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago; 7
1931 – Original “Dracula” film starring Bela Lugosi,
1961 – Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley,
1962 – US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts
White House tour on TV.
1967 – “Respect” single recorded by Aretha Franklin.
1967 – Latin American nuclear free zone proposal drawn
1971 – Movie “Ben Hur” 1st shown on television.
1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system
in the White House.
1978 – 1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas
1989 – Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 million damages,
1989 – World’s 1st satellite Skyphone opens.
1990 – Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling
1990 – Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire
2000 – The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker is 1st to enter
orbit around asteroid.
2013 – South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is charged
with the murder.
Today’s Horoscopes – February 14, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Attempts to contact others
in different states or foreign countries today could go awry, as technology we
tend to take for granted, such as telephones and the Internet, could
malfunction, perhaps due to solar flares. There isn’t much point in making
yourself crazy, as this is beyond human control. The only thing you can do is
wait! In the meantime, do something else you love.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Machines involved in financial
transactions, such as ATMs, phone systems, or banking websites, could
malfunction today, so you might have to resort to dealing with money in the old
fashioned way: by going into the bank or writing cheques. Electrical storms or
solar flares could be interfering with satellite signals, so there isn’t much
you can do. Needless to say, this isn’t a good day to make any major financial
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – This might be a good day to
take some time for yourself. Contact with others, no matter how much you love
them, isn’t likely to go well, as most people are probably restless and in
uncertain moods. This is a good day to catch up on your reading or web surfing
and work on projects of your own that you may have been neglecting for a while.
You can always contact your friends tomorrow!
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Today you might be trying to
learn about a new form of modern technology, perhaps computer related, and you
could find it too confusing for words. Your brain could be going into overload,
so it’s probably best to take it one step at a time! It’s also important to
remember to take breaks and clear your head. Too much information all at once
could result in your not being able to absorb any of it.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Weirdness is the keyword
for today. You could be flooded with information from newspapers or the
Internet that seems very strange to you. There’s a reason for this. It’s very
likely to be misinformation! Don’t be afraid to take it with a grain of salt,
even though others take it very seriously. Hang on to your skepticism, and
don’t pass the information on unless you preface it with your honest opinion.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Rumours may be
circulating today, which could cause a certain panic. Some of your friends and
colleagues could be calling you at home to discuss the matter. However, these
rumours are probably based on little more than gossip, so don’t take them seriously.
Someone could have an axe to grind and tend to blow things all out of
proportion. Try not to engage in this gossip. Stay calm and let your callers
know that, for you, the best strategy seems to be to wait for the situation to
grow clearer. That should get you through.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Bizarre news that comes
to you from far away, possibly via e-mail or the Internet, could be spreading
like wildfire among the people you know and causing a lot of excitement. Take
care you don’t get too excited, since this is very likely to be misinformation
that some rather weird minds have garbled. Consider it interesting, think about
it, but don’t take it seriously unless reliable sources confirm it.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Some rather disturbing
news about trends in the world economy could have you and everyone around you
worrying about your financial future. Have faith! What you’re hearing may be
total misinformation. The future is probably going to shape up to be far
different than the picture you draw from the news. In fact, you might find that
your own personal finances take a definite turn for the better.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Get-togethers with friends
today could prove a bit unsettling, as someone who attends them could throw out
an opinion or possibility that seems rather shocking. This opinion, however, is
likely to be based on rumour, gossip, and other misinformation, so it would be
a good idea to suggest these concepts be explored in order to ascertain the
facts. They’ll probably turn out to be far more positive than you hear today.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Someone close to you could
develop some strange symptoms that cause this person to panic. It never hurts
to consult a doctor, but when this person does, he or she is likely to find
that these problems are probably nothing more than stress, too much work, or
overindulgence in food or drink. Therefore, don’t you panic, too! You might
find yourself making phone calls or running errands to enable your friend to
get some rest.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Group activities might prove
a little unsettling for you today. Animated discussions could turn into angry
quarrels and this could offend your desire for harmony. A lot of misinformation
could be exchanged today and cause confusion and short tempers. Stay home if
you can, but if you must go out, don’t be afraid to leave at the first sign of
arguments. They aren’t likely to accomplish much after that anyway.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – A member of your household is likely to be in a very strange mood today. This person has heard some news that is confusing and probably untrue and therefore is wondering what effect this would have on their situation. If he or she discusses it with you, the best advice you could give would be to not panic until there’s a chance to check the facts. The truth is probably a lot different from what you’ve all heard.