Last year right around now we were in a two-week heat wave where it was over 30 degrees Celsius pretty much every day and got into the mid-thirties a few times. Of course there are people who will cite 38, 39 and even 40 degrees, but they are generally the same ones that saw minus 50 when they were kids.

Whatever the numbers were, it was hot! And the tomatoes, cucumbers and squash plants loved it! Peas and beans, not so much. Some people also not so much, although others – so we’ve heard – have been hoping for another similar blast of heat in the summer of 2022. We might still get it. Or not.

We might have mentioned this already, but the Lakeside Leader is 50 years old in 2022. (Hold the applesauce!). The founders probably were unaware of it at the time, but across town that same year, Walter and Judy Spilak started their own little business, with one tank truck. And here we are, 50 years later, still chugging along.

If there are other such milestones happening in any of the communities around here, please let us know. We’re happy to make a fuss about it in The Leader, and by that we mean interview somebody and do a story.

Now that we’re finally clear of the NHL playoffs (shorten the season, we say), it’s time to concentrate on other things. For the avid sports fan, what would that be? Locally, there are some solid minor baseball teams that occasionally host weekend round robin sets of games at Sinclair Fields. These are fun events even if you aren’t a fan of the game itself. But it’s a nice-looking facility, the teams are good and look good, and people seem to enjoy coming to town from other communities to play ball. Go Heat!

Otherwise, the Toronto Blue Jays seem capable of breaking out and winning a lot of games in a row at any time. They are fun to watch!

And the World Cup of Soccer looms, with Canada’s men’s team looking stronger than it ever has. How about the Edmonton Elks in the good old CFL? Maybe we’ll get back to you on that….

Thanks to the Canada Day long weekend, we put this edition of The Leader to bed on Friday, and took the Monday off. Hopefully the weather was good, and all kinds of fun was had by all at the various events around the region, or just enjoying friends and family around the campfire, or at the beach or wherever or whatever.

The Slave Lake long-term care is looking for musicians to volunteer their time to entertain the residents. For more information contact, volunteer coordinator Karen at

August 6 is Trail Day. The Woods and Water Recreational Trails Association is holding a free Northshore Trail Day BBQ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the entrance to Marten Beach, which is the trail hear for the Northshore Trail. The BBQ includes a burger or hotdog and chips. Volunteers will be available to answer questions about the trail. If it is raining, the event might move to Sunday.

Check out Woods and Water Recreational Trails Association on Facebook. The Page is active, but not the Group.

Red Earth Creek is holding a Summer Colour Run on July 21 starting at 5 p.m. This is a family fun 5km colour run/walk. Wear white clothes and sunglasses. Drinks and treats will be provided at the end of the run. No scooters or bikes. The run starts at the Red Earth Creek Outreach Centre on Red Earth Drive.

Another busy weekend is coming up July 8 to 10.

July 8 (evening) to July 10 (5 p.m.), Slave Lake is hosting the Powerlifting Provincials at the MRC. The calendar event on has a link to The Leader article from a few weeks ago, which has more details.

July 8 to July 10, the Riverboat Daze fair rides are in Slave Lake. The other events (parade etc.) are the last weekend in August as part of All-In Slave Lake.

On July 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Slave Lake Library is hosting Water Balloon Baseball in Schurter Park.

On July 9 starting at 5 p.m., the Slave Lake Multiculturalism Association is holding a Multiculturalism Potluck at St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake. It is open to everyone. It is free.

Gravel biking? Does anybody do that around here? Ceno Loyie Clark paid us a visit the other day when he was in town from his new home in Fernie, B.C. He’s big into mountain biking and dropped a new term on us: ‘gravel biking.‘ You should check it out, he says.

Apparently it’s a thing, and it’s happening right here in Alberta.

On another biking note, he talks about a bike park in Fernie that brings a lot of people to town. Slave Lake could easily accommodate something like that, he says.

“If you build it, they will come!”