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What’s Happening Today – July 12

Trap Shoot in HP at the Gun Range begins. Action until Sunday.

Marigold Mini-Golf open for play from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – July 12

Ashley Caudron, Jeremy Pitts.

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – July 12

Kelly Donald, Mary Spark.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – July 12

1854 – George Eastman, Kodak camera inventor.

1884 – Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude painter.

1886 – Jean Hersholt, Heidi actress.

1895 – R.B. Fuller, invented geodesic dome.

1908 – Milton Berle, Uncle Miltie comedian.

1909 – Joe DeRita, The Three Stooges [Curly].

1920 – Pierre Berton, Canadian author.

1930 – Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor/director.

1937 – Bill Cosby, Cosby Show actor.

1943 – Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac vocalist.

1948 – Richard Simmons, US exercise guru.

1948 – Jay Thomas, Murphy Brown actor.

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, Charlie’s Angels actress.

1952 – Liz Mitchell, Boney M vocalist.

1967 – Bruny Surin, Canadian 4X100m sprinter.

1977 – Brock Lesnar, US pro wrestler.

1988 – Melissa O’Neil, Canadian singer.

1997 – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani female activist.

This Day in Local History – July 12

July 12, 1913: The Grouard News reports Chiverton and Amos buy the Grouard Hotel.

July 12, 1913: The Grouard News reports the village’s population stands at about 1,500.

July 12, 1913: Editor Roy S. Burns writes in his editorial of the disgusting state of Main Street: “…pools of stagnant water filled with microbes, glass in the form of bottles, and no effort on behalf of the town to have it drained.”

July 12, 1914: Settler J.M. Bryan is found dead of suicide at his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

July 12, 1967: Helen Payne is awarded a Centennial Mother-of-the-Year plaque at Triangle.

July 12, 1972: Gift Lake receives a grant of $5,580 for a recreation project. Joyce Laderoute sets up a program to teach arts and crafts and organize playground activities.

July 12, 1972: The completely renovated Roxy Theatre celebrates its grand opening.

July 12, 1976: The Peavine Rangers complete a perfect regular season by going 12-0 to finish in first place in the High Prairie and District Men’s Fastball League standings.

July 12, 1987: Michael Bliss, Ryan MacDonald and Hazel Kroetch return home with gold medals as the first Northwest Alberta Summer Games come to a close in Grande Prairie.

July 12, 1989: An informal survey of 47 high school students by South Peace News indicates drug and alcohol problems are on the rise.

July 12, 1992: Steven Leepile wins a silver medal and Tamara Neilsen a bronze medal at the Junior Canadian Taekwondo Championships in Toronto.

July 12, 1993: The Cycle of Hope begins as Recreation Supt. Lauren Craven and 14-year-old students Joey Delauriers and James VandenBerg, and AADAC counsellor John Dunn cycle to Vancouver for charity.

July 12, 1996: High Prairie Truck and Trailer celebrates its grand opening.

July 12, 2000: Ray and Dianne Willier, of Sucker Creek, win $100,000 by matching the Plus number in the Lotto 6/49 draw.

July 12, 2006: Slave Lake developers Arnie Dreger and Shane Knutson attend an M.D. of Big Lakes meeting saying they want to develop a 58-lot project in Joussard’s west end. The development would become known as Red Sky.

July 12, 2006: Gilwood-Triangle Councillor Ken Melnyk resigns after informing council he plans on moving out of the jurisdiction.

July 12, 2010: I&P Mechanics opens its doors as the new Greyhound Bus service provider in High Prairie.

July 12, 2016: “Cautiously optimistic” is how Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox described the possibility of Tolko re-opening its plant west of High Prairie.

This Day in World History – July 12

1109 – Crusaders capture Syria’s harbor city of Tripoli.

1785 – 1st manned flight by gas balloon in Netherlands.

1843 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy.

1859 – Paper bag manufacturing machine patented.

1902 – Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage.

1921 – Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs.

1928 – 1st televised tennis match.

1940 – Air conditioning unit for trucks patented.

1943 – WWII: Battle of Prokhorovka – one of largest ever tank battles.

1948 – 1st jets to fly across Atlantic.

1957 – US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer.

1960 – Congo, Chad and Central African Republic declare independence.

1960 – USSR’s Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs.

1962 – Rolling Stones 1st performance. [Marquee Club, London]

1970 – Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on raft Ra II.

1975 – Sao Tomé & Príncipe gains independence from Portugal.

1976 – 1st “Family Feud” game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson.

1988 – USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit.

1990 – Boris Yeltsin quits the Soviet Communist Party.

1995 – Latin King of Pop Enrique Iglesias releases his first album.

1997 – Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit.

2017 – Giant iceberg breaks away from Antarctica: 6,000 sq km in area.

2018 – World’s longest fingernails cut off: 909.6 cm.

Today’s Horoscopes – July 12

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – The moon enters Sagittarius, inspiring you to reflect on your daily routines and rituals, and while this is a good time to reflect on your habits, don’t get too stressed about organizing things just yet — Mercury is retrograde! The moon and Mercury connect today, asking you to play around with ideas concerning your budget and schedule.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – The moon enters fellow fire sign Sagittarius today, finding you in an especially romantic and creative mood! Watch out for chance encounters with people from your past as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – The moon enters Sagittarius, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules home and family. You’re in a nostalgic mood as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde. Make time to slow down and reconnect with people from your past today.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – The moon enters Sagittarius, illuminating the communication sector of your chart, but watch out for misunderstandings since Mercury is retrograde! The moon connects with Mercury retrograde today, encouraging you to reconsider some ideas.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – The moon enters Sagittarius, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules finances, and connects with Mercury retrograde, asking you to rethink your budgeting strategy. Shifts are taking place in your career—it’s time to reconsider how you manage things!

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – The moon enters your sign today, Sagittarius! Make time for self care: plan your next trip, eat a fantastic meal, spend time with friends. It’s a great time to reconnect with people or revisit a favorite spot as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – The moon enters Sagittarius, asking you to slow down. Make time to listen to your inner voice as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde. It’s a great time for a massage or healing modalities that help you relax and get grounded into your body.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – The moon enters Sagittarius and lights up the sector of your chart that rules your social life. Watch out for the old friends you may run into as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde! Make time to reconnect.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – The moon enters fire sign Sagittarius and ignites the sector of your chart that rules worldly success! You’re eager to step into the spotlight, but as the moon connects with Mercury retrograde, you’re asked to rethink your plans and your schedule—and watch out for traffic.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – The moon enters fellow fire sign Sagittarius, inspiring you to embark on an adventure—but watch out for delays and miscommunications since Mercury is retrograde! The moon connects with Mercury today, asking you to take time to rethink your stance on something.

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – The moon enters Sagittarius today, a sign that loves new experiences—are you open to something new? The moon connects with Mercury retrograde, asking you to reexamine your feelings. Stay flexible!

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – The moon enters your opposite sign Sagittarius and lights up the relationship sector of your chart today, and connects with your ruling planet Mercury, inspiring you to connect with others. However, keep it light and don’t get bogged down by the details since Mercury is retrograde.