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What’s Happening Today – February 17, 2020

Family Day! Enjoy time with the family.

Louis Riel Day.

Pancake Breakfast at Kinuso Fire Hall 9-11 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast at Faust Fire Hall 9-11:30 a.m.

Family Day activities at Donnelly Park Regalo 11 a.m.-1

Family Bingo at Kinuso Ag Hall at 11:30 a.m.

Family Day Hotdog BBQ at Grouard outdoor rink noon-2 p.m.

Family Day free Skating at Guy/Donnelly Sportex 1-3 p.m.

Family Day activities at Falher Rec Complex begin at 1

HP Community Band meets in PRJH band room at 6 p.m.

HP Ag Society meets at the HP Agriplex at 7 p.m.

Shuffleboard games at HP Golden Age Club at 7 p.m.

AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – February 17,

Elden Nyberg.

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – February 17, 2020

Carol Jammer

Mike Fitzpatrick

Nancy Heroux

Rebecca Hunt

Taya-Lee Adams

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – February 17, 2020

1781 – René Laënnec, Inventor of stethoscope

1867 – William Cadbury, Chocolate manufacturer

1874 – Thomas J. Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM

1910 – Arthur Hunnicutt, El Dorado actor

1919 – Kathleen Freeman, Beverly Hillbillies actress

1925 – Hal Holbrook, All the President’s Men actor

1934 – Alan Bates, Zorba the Greek actor

1936 – Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns great

1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, Diff’rent Strokes actress

1941 – Gene Pitney, Vocalist/songwriter

1956 – Richard Karn, Home Improvement actor

1957 – Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician

1958 – Heidi Hagman, Archie Bunker’s Place actress

1963 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls great

1963 – Daniel Whitney, “Larry the Cable Guy”

1971 – Denise Richards, American actress

1981 – Paris Hilton, American actress

1991 – Bonnie Wright, Harry Potter actress

This Day in Local History – February 17, 2020

Feb. 17, 1964: High Prairie town council approves the
construction of a 17-suite apartment to be built by Dr. Wood and Company on the
property just west of Bell Brothers.

Feb. 17, 1971: South Peace News reports on Henry Tomkins’
efforts to restore the Klondike Trail from Sucker Creek to Swan Hills.

Feb. 17, 1977: Rick Scarborough places second in the
Rural Provincial Wrestling finals in Stettler and advances to the provincial
championships. Tony Sprado and Chris Halldorson also attended but were
eliminated early.

Feb. 17, 1978: Bob Calhoon skates the most laps, 69, and
Bruce Dube raises the most money, $58.20, at the Kinettes annual skate-a-thon.

Feb. 17, 1982: South Peace News reports a company
interested in building a $20 million panel board plant is granted an extension
on its timber quota.

Feb. 17-19, 1984: High Prairie hosts the Peace Winter

Feb. 17, 1988: South Peace News reports there will be
charges laid against a High Prairie Regals’ player after an alleged assault on
a Manning Comet Jan. 30.

Feb. 17, 1990: Catherine Arabella [McLeod] dies in
Valemount, B.C. at the age of 93. Her parents build the first hotel in High
Prairie in 1914 called the McLeod Hotel, later renamed the Spaulding Hotel.

Feb. 17, 2004: Alberta’s Speech From the Throne announces
High Prairie’s high cost of policing will be slashed. Details are not announced
but the speech indicates a “new funding formula” will be put into place.

Feb. 17, 2007: High Prairie earns five stars in the
WinterLights competition.

Feb. 17, 2008: Tolko Industries announces the indefinite
closure of its High Prairie mill forcing 119 people out of work.

Feb. 17, 2011: A public meeting is held at Sunset House
School to decide the school’s fate. Northern Gateway School Division tells the
audience that enrolment is too low to justify keeping the school open. The
school first opened in 1957. Current enrolment is only 24 students.

This Day in World History – February 17, 2020

1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive,
charged with heresy.

1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of
Roman Empire” published.

1795 – Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden.

1854 – Britain recognizes independence of Orange Free
State [South Africa].

1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport,

1880 – Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an
assassination attempt.

1883 – A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London.

1904 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly”
premieres in Milan.

1913 – 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect in Oregon.

1923 – Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL’s all-time
scorer [143 goals].

1933 – 1st issue of American news magazine “Newsweek”

1936 – World’s first superhero, The Phantom, cartoon
strip, appears.

1938 – 1st public experimental demo of Baird colour TV in

1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears.

1959 – 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8

1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” & “Strawberry

1968 – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.

1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; never

1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as the 1st female PM of

1972 – TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, debuts
on CBS.

1972 – Sales of Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of Ford
Model T.

1979 – China invades Vietnam, starts Sino-Vietnamese War.

1981 – Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in
US history.

1989 – 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone

2012 – German President Christian Wulff resigns over
corruption scandal.

2014 – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres
on NBC.

Today’s Horoscopes – February 17, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – The healing of a temporary
rift with your partner is likely to take place today, with a lot of honest
communication and more apologies than are necessary. You might find that a lot
of issues have come out in the open and there is a new understanding between
the two of you. A move could be coming up, or at least changes within the
household you have now.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – The desire to go off by
yourself and enjoy a little solitude is likely to be in conflict with the reality
of your obligations today. You could find yourself spacing out at times and
unable to concentrate on any tasks at hand, so try to stay focused. Some
irritating letters or phone calls could come your way, but nothing you can’t
deal with. See an exciting movie tonight.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Don’t expect any creative
projects to go smoothly today. You could experience mental blocks that you find
difficult to get beyond. Don’t let it get to you. The blocks will pass. Just
put the project aside and get back to it later. A phone call from a friend
might bring some disconcerting news that could cause you to want to pass it on
to others. Before you do, make sure you have the facts straight.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Obligations to others could
incline you toward staying home today, but important career issues could pull
you in to work. This could cause some inner conflict, and you may have to face
a choice. Only you can make that choice, but take care to be objective and take
all the facts into consideration. Don’t get yourself all emotionally worked up.
This will only exacerbate the situation.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Today you’re likely to feel
torn in two different directions. A part of you could want to sequester
yourself somewhere and read, while another part of you feels you should get
out, go somewhere, and do something. You may be more impatient than usual with
squabbles between colleagues or family members. It might be a good idea to do
some exercise during the day to work off the inner tensions. Relax with a good
book in the evening!

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Minor difficulties over
money could put you in a state of frustration. The problems aren’t
earthshaking, but they still need to be handled and could take up a lot of time
that you’d rather spend doing something else. Giving in to your frustration
could waste more time than simply handling the situation and moving on,
however. Try to keep your cool. Take your problems in both hands, resolve them,
and move on.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – An argument with your
partner could have you feeling very disheartened and somewhat depressed today.
Yet you probably are too shaken up to feel like discussing it with him or her.
Spend the day keeping yourself busy and working off your frustration. Forget
about it for a while. This should enable you to see the situation more
objectively, so that you’ll be in the proper frame of mind to kiss and make up
when the evening comes.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – You might wake up this
morning feeling a little less than your usual self, and you might not be able
to figure out why. There could be some sort of minor physical imbalance or you
might be suffering from eyestrain. This could put you a little out of sorts
with yourself and everyone else, particularly if you’re stressed about work
responsibilities. Avoid computers, if possible, and take time during the day to
run or go for a brisk walk.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Today, you might find
yourself getting more irritated than you usually would at the quirks of
friends, colleagues, partners, and children. Nerves could be frayed and tempers
around you frazzled. At times like this it’s best to remain centered and make
the effort to be your usual warm and friendly self. No lasting rifts are likely
to result, but tension with others can make for an uncomfortable day.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Temporary difficulties at
home might cause you to want to stay and resolve them rather than go to work or
anywhere else. However, career matters may also be pressing, so you’re likely
to be in a bit of a quandary. At this time, the wisest decision is likely to be
to take care of your personal life first. Professional matters will still be
waiting for you tomorrow.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Some rather unsettling
communications could come your way today, perhaps from out of state. This isn’t
likely to be anything serious, but it could be enough to put your nose a little
out of joint. Changes in your neighbourhood might interfere with your daily
routine. A neighbour or relative could be ill and you might feel obligated to
help them out a little. This is fine as long as you don’t commit to too much.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Some minor money matters may need to be handled today, and you might find this irritating as you probably have other things you’d rather do. The situation could cause some petty friction with family members, but that will pass. However, you’ll be able to muster all your innate skills and get the money matters handled, which will leave the rest of the day to do what you want. Hang in there.

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