Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, April 16, 1174 THE LETHBWDQE HERALD -15 TRANSPLANT HELPS COALDALE MAN Blind then sight regained By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer It was a sunny June morning and George Woelcke was in a hurry He'd stuccoed one house in the morning and was rushing to an afternoon job The Coaldale plaster and stucco contractor poured some water to the lime It was old lime and didn't start boiling right away like it should have. But Mr Woelcke didn't take any notice. He should have stirred the mixture but there wasn't time He began loading his truck When he returned the lime still wasn't boiling so he added some more water Suddenly, the whole mixture blew up in his face It burned so badly he began to cry He couldn't see anything As time passed he regained 10 per cent vision in his right eye Mr Woelcke formerly had 20-20 vision He had two jobs He had a farm near Coaldale and his stucco business Now he could do nothing 'To be blind is the worse thing that can happen to a "man." he says "You can t look alter your family any re so helpless About six months after his accident Mr Woelcke had a cornea transplant and five months later he was back stuccoing houses He had to quit farming but was able to resume a tairly normal life and support his tamily He's happy He says he appreciates life more today than ever before Whenever he starts to feel a little down "I tell myself I could be blind today" and picks right up There were 67 transplants in Alberta in 1973 and 106 eyes donated From May 1972 to April 1973 there were 479 transplants in Canada and eyes donated The transparent part of the coat of the eyeball covering the ins and pupil which is about one twenty-fifth of an inch to be transplanted within four to six hours of the donor's death. In emergency cases, if a cornea is needed immediately it will be flown from Toronto It usually arrives on the next plane west after it has been ordered, says registered nurse Peggy Thirlwell, secretary ol the Alberta division of The Eye Bank of Canada The eye bank will accept all eyes, Mrs Thirlwell told The Herald in a telephone interview from Edmonton The eyes not used in transplants are used in research, she said Eyes cannot be stored The term eye bank refers to a bank of duplicate cards given to people who have consented to donate their eyes Donors carry these cards and upon their deaths their eyes are removed The biggest problem with cornea transplants is getting donor eyes There are now 20 Albertans waiting for cornea transplants Mrs Thirlwell said people are no longer squeamish about donating their eyes as was the case in the past The eye bank now receives "phone calls galore" from people interested in donating Since 1958 when the Alberta eye bank was started people have signed pledge cards Between 700 and people pledge their eyes each year, Mrs Thirlwell said Word of mouth has proved very valuable in getting needed eyes If one member of a family has signed a card to donate his eyes and another member of the family dies, chances are the donor member of the family will see the deceased member's eyes are donated The biggest problem is getting "the message to the public This is something you can't do Mrs Thirlwell said People in the Lethbndge area who are interested in donating their eyes can call Verda Ross at 327-4274 or write her at 505 26th St S Mrs Thirlwell said just because there are a 1 000 pledges a year "doesn't mean we are going to get enough eyes She predicted with the gradual increase in pledges each year by 1980 there would be enough pledges to meet demands for eyes Back on the job George Woelcke sees after months of blindness Wind blown BILL GROENEN photo Chinook winds in Southern Alberta not only blow the snow away, they take some topsoil along with them. These dirt-drifts, slowly climbing a barbed-wire fence, were photographed southeast of Lethbridge, in the McNally area. Crestbrook income .6 million in 1973 Blairmore coun. asks one mill hike for lodge CRANBROOK (Special )-A gross of nearly 4 million was reported by president V C Brown, Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd for 1973 Net income was nearly 6 million equivalent to 38 per common share, compared to a net loss of 7 million in 1972 or 89 per share In the final quarter sales were 2 million and net 2 million for 60 cents per share profit International markets complicated year assess ment Mr Brown reported, since foreign exchange fluctuations were not calculated until the final quarter Though pulp and lumber divisions achieved record production, dry veneer shortage reduced plywood production by about one fourth CFI s negotiated 1973 Macleod meat processor accepts DREE's offer FORT MACLEOD Fort' Macleod Meat Processors Ltd owned and operated by Ane Den Boon, has accepted an offer of about for the expansion and modernization of its meat products processing plant Minister of Regional Economic Expansion Don Jamiesdn announced the firm is one of 21 businesses across this country that have accepted development incentive offers The Fort Macleod project is expected to create seven more jobs The offer is based on a rate of 15 per cent of the approved capital costs, estimated earlier at Den Boon says part of an old building will be taken out of the existing plant and new masonry and steel walls installed The plant will be enlarged to double its capacity purchase of Kootenay Forest Products Ltd of Nelson from Eddv Matcn Ltd was aimed partly at improving pljwood production but this was blocked by the provincial government purchase of the West Kootenav firm, nullifying the private sale Mr Brown reports optimism about production and present level continuation through 1974 The shareholder meeting has been set for the Cranbrook Towne and Country Inn May 16 Though Japanese investment in shares barely exceeds 50 per cent much of the remaining ownership is within the area of CFI operation the length of East Kootenav Mobile home application BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Coun. Wallace Aebh has requested a one-mill increase on the Blairmore tax levy to raise for the Crestview Lodge at Pincher Creek Coun Aebli says there are only 35 people at the lodge Its capacity is 50 people Council recently passed a building control bylaw The town has received a provincial road and street grant Town crews are expected to begin work soon on a storm sewer project It will extend 300 feet north from Fantin's Funeral Chapel to the Crowsnest River Tlio Herald- District Cardston MD irked at Magrath spending CARDSTON (Staff) Cardston Municipal District secretary Roy Legge and Coun David Wilde will meet with officials of the Town of Magrath to review fire equipment expenditures at Magrath Apparently Magrath has run up a bill for and wants the MD to pay 60 per cent of it The only fly in the ointment say the MD councillors, is that they were not told beforehand Involved is the recent purchase of a rather expensive fire truck Coun Olsen suggested that the bill be held for one month to let Coun Wilde investigate JDid they mention anything about the light plant9 asked Reeve Harold Jensen referring to one item already purchased They mentioned a light plant would be answered Coun Wilde "I would assume if you are fighting a big fire in the dark It s not very dark if there is a big fire going said Reeve Jensen 'It s not a question of what we can afford and what we cannot afford we should have known about it' Shifting the subject, the secretary-treasurer said the MD needs a new unit and a D600 Doge with a 500-gallon tank and a three-man cab would run from to 500 If the MD buys a new fire engine Magrath may buy the second-hand unit Will it bring 000 council wondered Blairmore will apply for TEP support BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Blairmore will make application for the annual Summer Temporary Emplovment Program for two boys and two girls for a 3Vt to four month program The local program will include house numbering clearing local cemeteries, painting in the Blairmore arena and town workshop, and ground and preparation work for the proposed tennis courts CNP recreation board director Bonnie Ullv presented a joint use agree- ment between the Crowsnest school division board and three Crowsnest Pass rec- reation boards The agreement deals with use of the school division gym. other facilities and the town s arenas tennis courts and other recreation facilities Demand for building lots here is increasing Council is seeking more land in the southeast section of Blairmore The land in which the town is interested is south of the newlv-developed subdivision in the southeast corner of town (Lonetti s flats) The property is owned bv the Canada Cement Company Water system studied PICTURE BUTTE (Special) Bill Vogt. representing the Lethbridge County 26 school board, met with town council here last week to look into the possi- bility of installing an under- ground watering system It would make raw water available from the reservoir for sprinkling the town ball diamonds and the Dorothy Dalghesh School grounds Council agreed to the county s offer on a two-to-one cost-sharing basis The St Catherine s Separate School board has also been invited to consider extending this system to their grounds absorbing any extra expenses involved Public school students last summer did enough damage to the present watering facilities at the Dorothy balgliesh School to put the system out of commission for two weeks Mr Vogt reported The vandalism occurred when workmen left the pump unsupervised for their lunch hour he added Peigan handicrafts ready for tourists rejected Taber drive aims for TABER (HNS) The 1974 Taber and district cancer drive has an objective of Instead of a one-night blitz, canvassers are calling on residents of the area during April The 1973 drive saw a total of raised from can- vassing and the daffodil drive. mailed to the Lethbridge office, donated by residents of Clearview Lodge, and in memorials MAGRATH (HNS) Town council has rejected an application for a mobile home in a residential area Councial stated the applicant could receive permission if changes in the structure and design were made to give the dwelling the appearance of a conventional house of approved standards Double-wide mobile homes, 24 by 44 feel, are acceptable to council Another five acres have been approved for a mobile homes court BROCKET (Staff) The Peigan Indians here are pushing ahead with their handicrafts projects The Peigan handicraft division women ship hundreds of slippers to Central Marketing Service They have a contract to pi oduce specific items for the service Government officials are interested in the group and helping the women in every way they can A great deal of assistance has been provided to the women by the Peigan Indian Band and the Blood-Peigan district of the department of Indian and northern affairs The women operated under a training program under the sponsorship of the department of Indian affairs, Canada Manpower and the band 8 The band entered into a contract with Canada Manpower whereby the band made bi-weekly payments to the instructors and trainees at a basic rate of per hour higher for instructors. On the submission of payroll statements bv the band administration, Canada Manpower reimburses the band for all of the instructors salaries plus 75 per cent of the trainees wages The department of Indian affairs reimburses the band for the balance The training programs were sponsored bv the department of Indian affairs It is true the band will be totally reimbursed for the training costs However-, they do make the initial outlay for wages and salaries that will amount to several thousands of dollars The authentic Indian crafts will be sold to thousands of tourists across the nation this summer How can amourist tell if he is buying an authentic pair of Peigan slippers'' How does he know the slippers are Peigan or made in Japan9 If it's made by the Peigan woman at know The best Indian moccasins are made by Indians Work break left to right, Lucy Soosay, Debbie Pro- vost and Mae Smith.