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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Letkbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Thursday, April 11, 1974 Pages 17-32 City school boards split on new bill Now you see it. Martin Nash, "card man of the nimbly deceives the audience watching his performance at the home and recreation show being' held at the Exhibition Pavilion today through Saturday Mr Nasrr began his career with cards at the age of five, observing card tricks shown to him by friends of his parents His fascination grew to the point where he now works with a deck eight to 10 hours per day His professional career as lecturer on gambling and audience demon- strations began five years ago, and he has been with' the Dancing Waters show for two years The show is open to the public from 6pm to 11pm this evening and from 1pm to 10 p m on the weekend. YMCA With an operating loss of and still owed on its new building, the Vs anxious to make its programs pay By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer The Lethbndge YMCA wants more people to use its facilities and it wants, more revenue says the s president. Roger About 4 000 people a year now use the YMCA Rich Bailey general secretary of the Y says it has accumulated a 000 operating deficit since it opened its new building six years ago The association also owes 000 on the building itself Mr Bailey says the Y has a budget of about 000 a year About 13 per cent of it, 000, comes from the United Way About two per cent comes from other gifts and 85 per cent from fees The high proportion of fees provides "instant feedback on the popularity and effectiveness f programs he says The YMCA s programs and facilities are open to everyone and no one is ever turned awav, he says Anyone who can't afford the fees can use the Y for free There are no investigations or means tests since they would cost more than any amount for which the association might be cheated But he does not think the Y is being cheated he adds More than 300 children and some adults take part in YMCA activities under this Stores, businesses, set Good Friday schedule Most Lethbndge stores, all banks federal and provincial government offices, city hall, YMCA and the YWCA will be closed on Good Friday There will be no milk, bread or mail delivery and provincial court will not sit Friday or Monday City emergency services (police, fire, water and Greyhound Bus Lines and Time Air Ltd will operate Time Air will operate on its holiday schedule and Greyhound will operate on its normal schedule The lock-box lobby at the post office will remain open on a 24-hour basis on Good Friday The wicket lobby will not be open and no wicket service will be given Special deliveries will be delivered and collections from the street letter boxes will be made on the Sunday schedule There will be no postal service provided at any of the Lethbndge sub-post offices and highway mail services will be curtailed Full service will be given on Easter Monday Milk and bread deliveries will be made Saturday and Monday and department and grocery stores will reopen as well The YMCA will be closed Easter Sunday but will be open Saturday and Monday The YWCA office will be closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday but the residence will remain open The banks will stay open until 6pm (some branches 8 p m today and will be open Monday Provincial and federal government offices will be closed Monday but city hall will be open The last day of classes for public separate and county schools is today and classes resume April 22 Indian language classes 'not needed' Native language "instruction m the Lethbndge separate schools would serve no purpose the superintendent of the school system told trustees Wednesday Ralph Himsl says he spoke with local Indians and officials of the department of Indian affairs in the city and found they felt there was no need for such a program in the separate schools The school board directed Mr Himsl earlier this year to study the possibility of adding native language instruction to the curriculum for the Indian students who are attending separate schools in the city Mr Himsl also pointed out it would be very difficult to provide formal instruction because there is very little, if any literature available written in the Blackfoot language He says Southern Alberta Indians "just pick up" the language from their environment and are not given any formal instruction in the Blackfoot language on the reserve Mr Himsl says it was suggested to him that the separate schools should consider introducing a native studies program to their curriculum Such a program, he says, would allow both Indian and non-Indian students to study native history and culture and may help "do some bridge building between the two groups arrangement he says Dr Meintzer says membership fees and services were reorganized at the Y in response to a survey ordered bv the board of directors about a year ago He says it showed many people want to use the facilities on a pay-as- you-go basis without becoming members Most programs and memberships are intended to pay for themselves but one the men s health club, should make a profit It costs for three months or a year, compared with for three months or a year for a regular men s membership It includes membership and some extras steam room, towel service, ultraviolet lamp snooze area and tote- basket service The profit subsidizes activities for tne underprivileged Memberships for children under 14 were also abolished, and they only buy a card for whatever activity they sign up for Mr Bailey says charging those under 14 only for their activities will allow more to use the Y at a lower cost per head Dr Meintzer says membership is a good buy for those persons who want a broad range of activity But those who want to only swim or only lift weights would be better advised to pay only for the activity they want He says activity memberships will attract more people to the Y and they will be a different group from those who buy memberships, increasing the revenue "There's no way you can run this association without some he says Dr Meintzer says the YMCA's big concern is now physical fitness, especially among those aged 10 to 25 "Canadians, and indeed North Americans, have been adequately described as physically he says The separate school board Wednesday shrugged off a request by the Alberta School Trustees Association to express opposition to the minister of education about proposed changes to legislation that would alter the method by which trustees grant themselves increases in honoraria payment The proposed changes to Bill 28 would force trustees to authorize any increases in their honoraria by a bylaw rather than by resolution Trustee Steve Vaselenak agreed with the proposed changes to the bill It would give the public time to complain about increases in honoraria between each reading of the bylaw, he suggests Most of the trustees were of the opinion the proposed changes to Bill 28 were reasonable The ASTA objected to the proposed legislation because it singled out school trustees Municipal and city elected officials will still be allowed to increase their honoraria by resolution, the association points out Trustee Paul Matisz suggested municipal elected officials may have been excluded because they have acted more responsibly than some school boards when granting themselves an increase in honoraria The Calgary public school board created a public outcry in December when its members granted themselves a 50- per-cent increase By boosting their pay a second time in two years the Calgary trustees became the highest paid trustees in Canada They are now paid a year compared to the a year received by public and separate school trustees in Lethbndge The public school trustees Tuesday were unanimous in their decision to oppose the proposed legislative change to Bill SB May be long wait, says ALCB El Rancho wants to prepare for dancing-in-tavern era By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Dancing is still not allowed in taverns, but at least one city hotel wants to add a dance floor to its beer parlour m anticipation of changes Al Hober, general manager of the El Rancho Motor Hotel, told the Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday the hotel wants to add a recreation room and dance floor to its tavern, as well as 34 motel units The addition to the tavern would be built over the hotel swimming pool But Al Forgione, board assistant with the Alberta Liquor Control Board, said later in a Herald telephone interview from Edmonton the ALCB is in no position to consider such proposals yet Of the possibility of dancing being eventually permitted in taverns, he said "It's one of the areas that will possibly be looked at by the board somewhere down the road He said he could not predict when that will be One of the recom- mendations nf Calgary MLA Ron Ghitter's committee which suggested changes to the liquor act recently was the maximum emphasis should be placed on recreation in liquor outlets Mr Hober also told the planning commission he could not expand the seating capacity of the hotel's tavern because the board is cutting down the maximum seating capacity from 375 to 125 in all future hotel taverns that are being built and is not approving expansions beyond that number in existing hotel taverns However Mr Forgione said the beard is still using the 375 figure which was established as board policy in 1982 The 125 capacity is the limit for each -section in a tavern. which must be separated from other sections by a railing or different level or other means he said The intention of this is to create a more pleasing cozy atmosphere, instead of a big barn of a he said The planning commission tabled the El Rancho application for further consideration In other decisions Wednesday, the commission okayed two warehouses, an office building a second maturing warehouse at Palliser Distillers and a rehabilitation centre workshop The rehabilitation centre, which will be built in the north side industrial park at 2914 8th Ave N will replace the present workshop run by the Rehabilitation Centre of Lethbndge at 1261 2nd A Ave N It will have double the capacity of the present building with room for 100 people to work Money for the project has apparently been approved by the provincial government Welling man fights fish sale charge The trial of a Welling man charged with illegally selling fish to a local meat retailer was adjourned in provincial court Wednesday to May 8 Harley Seward, 28 who owns and operates a trout farm at Welling, is charged with selling fish to a business other than the Fresh Water Fish Marketing Corporation Fish and Wildlife officials seized about 30 pounds of rainbow trout Feb 5 which Seward had brought to a small city meat market They claim that according to the Fish Marketing Act, Seward cannot sell fish to anyone other than individuals on a catch-your- own basis, or to the marketing corporation, a government body Seward brought to the court s attention a change in regulations which allows a trout farmer to obtain a permit to sell fish The case was adjourned to give Seward who is defending himself, time to collect evidence and documents to support his plea of not guilty A Lethbndge man who neglected to change the address on his vehicle registration when he moved ended up spending a couple of hours m a police cell and paying in fines for overparkmg Robert Petro, 236C Vista Village, was charged with seven meter violations Because he had not appeared in court in response to appearance notices sent to General Delivery, Lethbndge, his former address, Petro was arrested Wednesday morning and lodged in the police cells before his appearance in provincial court Petro told Provincial Judge A H Elford that he had received none of the notices concerning the parking tickets because they had been sent to his former address 'TRUANT RESIGNS A longtime Lethbndge educator has decided to tender his resignation as attendance officer for both the public and separate school systems George Watson informed the separate school board Wednesday bv letter that due to recent illness it is in the best interest of mv health to send in m v resignation The separate school trustees commended Mr Watson for his dedication to education in Lelhbndge The two school boards have not reached ;