The setting sun lights up the canopy of a powered parachute as it takes off from the abandoned section of Hwy 11A west of Sylvan Lake Saturday night. Pilot Will Armitage of Central Alberta Para-Craft took a client airborne during summer’s first evening free of the showers that marked most of the weekend.

LOOKBACK: School board gets tough on slack students

Farms were evacuated and the highway closed Monday after a tanker truck carrying a highly toxic chemical rolled into a ditch north of Wetaskiwin. Leduc Fire Chief Kevin Robins said between 100 to 125 liters of chemical had leaked out of the tanker. The truck was carrying a manganese compound used as an anti-knock component in unleaded gasoline, a spokesman for the provincial Environment Department said.

25 YEARS AGO (1987)

Published June 23, 1987

Tanker Spills Dangerous Chemical

Farms were evacuated and the highway closed Monday after a tanker truck carrying a highly toxic chemical rolled into a ditch north of Wetaskiwin. Leduc Fire Chief Kevin Robins said between 100 to 125 liters of chemical had leaked out of the tanker. The truck was carrying a manganese compound used as an anti-knock component in unleaded gasoline, a spokesman for the provincial Environment Department said.

Published June 25, 1987

School Board Gets Tough on Truancy

Red Deer public school students can be expelled for skipping classes under the district’s new attendance policy. According to the policy, adopted Wednesday by the board of education, teachers will monitor class attendance on a daily basis and inform parents of absences. Excessive absenteeism may result in a recommendation to the superintendent that the student be expelled. District superintendent Ken Jesse said the new policy is meant to make students more accountable for their actions.

50 YEARS AGO (1962)

Published June 22, 1962

City Chamber Plans Businessman School

City Chamber of Commerce executive today laid plans for a school for businessmen. The chamber plans to offer courses on subjects from commercial law to window display to chamber members and their staff. Mr. HM. V. Hewson introduced the idea as a means to build chamber membership and offer members tangible benefit of membership. Chamber President Wilson Wood said the plan has the full support of the executive.

Published June 25, 1962

Vote Lists Reported Torn Down in City

A stern warning against tampering with Red Deer liquor plebiscite voters’ lists and proclamations was issued today by William D. Kabeary, returning officer for the plebiscite, as he reported that many of these documents which had been posted about Red Deer for public inspection had been torn down and destroyed. He stressed that the Election Act provides for severe court fines and jail terms for anyone convicted of unlawfully taking down, covering up or altering any voters’ lists or proclamations.

90 YEARS AGO (1919)

Published June 23, 1922

The $500 Picnic At Sylvan Lake

The Building committee and the energetic ladies of the new church at Sylvan Lake are putting on a big picnic at the Lake on Saturday July 1, at which they hope to raise $500 by the sale of refreshments, etc., and they solicit the support of the whole district in their effort to reach this sum.

A fine programme of land and water sports, a baseball tournament, the Jazz band, are among the features. July 1 open the season at Sylvan Lake and there will be a big crowd there from all over Alberta.

Published June 23, 1922

Cases For Spearing Fish At Sylvan Lake

Before Mr. H. F. Lawrence, J.P., on Monday and Tuesday, residents of the west district were charged with spearing and attempting to spear fish on June 9, 10 and 12 in creeks at Sylvan Lake contrary to the game laws. Five were found guilty and fined $5 and costs.

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