Author: Don and Elaine Cassidy

With approximately 18,000 species of birds on our planet, the birder has quite a challenge distinguishing one from the other at times mainly due to what is called “hidden avian diversity.”  Where does the novice birder start?  Feeling rather peckish after paying a few bills, I felt like beaking off a bit.  I thought I’d […]

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Optimism, relief, and maybe a touch of disbelief are in the air as Alberta moves to resume normal activity. Businesses are reopening and some annual events have returned. Seniors’ centres and Legion branches are gradually resuming their pre-pandemic activity levels. The Alberta government lifted its health restrictions July 1, except for isolation/quarantine requirements and masking […]

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June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the Primco Dene Group of Companies celebrated with a free barbecue.  Primco also used the occasion to bring attention to the Every Child Matters cause, which advocates for reconciliation through awareness of the history of Indian Residential Schools. Everyone was welcome, and there was a big turnout […]

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Age Friendly Cold Lake (AFCL) has a new service to offer to area seniors—piloted bike rides. The organization received their trishaw—a three-wheeled variant on a rickshaw—several weeks ago,and it was assembled and calibrated at Mach 1 Sports in Cold Lake.Four volunteer pilots have been trained to operate the vehicles, which use pedal power and a […]

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For the first time in 30 years, Northern Lights Public Schools will start a new school year in September without Kathy McKale on staff. Kathy, the beloved principal of Cold Lake Elementary School, is retiring at the end of June. Teachers have a huge influence on children’s lives. A good teacher can inspire a student […]

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Bonnyville Branch 181 of the Royal Canadian Legion is spearheading a local effort to offer special grave markers that signify where Indigenous veterans are buried. The markers will be bought and installed through the Last Post Fund, a national charity that provides appropriate recognition to deceased veterans. In addition to the grave markers, the fund […]

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Alberta Health has received the report on facility-based continuing care (FBCC) in the province.  The report, compiled by business advisory firm MNP, provides 42 recommendations under 11 policy directions. A major goal in the reported is a recommended shift of continuing-care delivery from facility-based to home-based care. MNP compiled the review from advice and expertise […]

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Your shore lunch for summer of 2025 just arrived in Lac Bellevue. The walleye stocking program of Cold Lake Fish Hatchery, which had been dormant since 2014, is putting fish into Alberta lakes again.  Lac Bellevue, south of St. Paul, is one of 10 lakes identified by biologists as a candidate for walleye stocking for […]

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