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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta DID YOU KNOW? Special reduced senior citizen and youth fares available on Air Canada, CP Air and Time Air. Also new reduced fares to Europe available August 10th; when you plan to travel call BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE Phone 328-3201 328-6858 PERSONALIZED SERVICE-NO EXTRA COST The Lethbrulge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, August PAGES 13 TO 24 Jerry A. E. CROSS JL-tci. Sco tlio new Inslamotic Cameras wild Flash that docs not need batteries Flash failure a thing of the past. Income Below Poverty Level Pensioners Struggle With Budgets By MARGARET LUCKHUKST Those of us who worked she doesn't have to depend on Staff Writer through forty years of wars her pension entirely. "My sis Old-age pensioners bridge find budgeting tough proposition. Even those er who. receive the guaranteed in- it w a s n t always feasible to and depression didn't have a I share living ex chance to save much, if at all. she said, "and I want Pension plans were not avail- workers so that MRS. MYRTLE COX come supplement receive only a year well below the poverty level. Donald MacDonald, president of the Canadian Labor Con- gress, urging Ottawa to provide immediate increases for pen- sioners, said: "It wouid almost appear it is some kind of crime to grow old in Canada. Surely we cannot forget these people were highly productive citizens and played a major role in helping to build the economy to its present level." He said the inflationary per- iod of the past few years has been "disastrous" for pension- ers and his suggestion is re- flected in the lives of pension- ers in Lethbridge. The Herald recently gathered opinions from a number of pen- sioners on how they feel about their condition. Rev. A. T. King, himself a pensioner for many years, for a time served as president of the Pensioners and Senior Citi- zens Organizations and had first hand knowledge of some of the trials and tribulations many of the members have in the monthly struggle of mak- ing ends meet. "We have to remember that many of the elderly today lived at a time when pensions plans were Mr. King said. "We also have to re- member that the economic conditions in Canada were not always as fruitful as they are today for working class people. We lived through the First World War only to have it fol- lowed by depression and anoth- er war. rely on this fund upon retire- ment. Indeed, many elderly people have had to work long after they are really able to do so." Mr. King said in his expe- rience he has found that wom- en alons better than men, and are able to make their dollars go farther. "It's a big help it' a husband and wife are both getting the pension for the pooled re- sources add up to around a month, and provided nothing disastrous happens they can do pretty well on that amount. But a man living alone in a tight housekeeping room, as a rule suffers more than a wom- an under similar circum- stances. She is a better man- ager and is able to spin her cheque out to the last day. Men spend a little here on tobacco, a little there on a magazine or will take in a movie. These are luxuries that people on fixed incomes cannot afford. If we squander so much as a quarter it comes off older cope careful these budgeting to allow problems." Mrs1. Agnes Hyde, 75, who lives alone in a small semi- detached bungalow, receives the supplement but finds this little extra is difficult to cover all her needs. She is diabetii and should have a diet high in protein. "I don't think I've had steak or roast once in the las 15 she said, "so I try to eat lots of cottage cheese to make up for meat. Just the same, my food bill for lasi month was ?37. That's too high, there's nothing left over." Mrs. Myrtle Cox who lives in much on my she said, "or it comes off my supple- ment." Mrs. Charles Arkinstall, at 83 lives and maintains a little bungalow which sire's lived in since 192C. "My furnace went a few years she said, "and it would cost too much to repair so I had my kitchen wood stove converted to gas. It heats the house pretty well, but if something happens to it I guess I'll be in trouble." The prpblem of living alone completely dependent on the pension Mrs. Arkinstall said is that if anything goes wrong with any appliance or the heat- ing or plumbing, there usually isn't enough money to cover repairs. All p-ensioners agreed that an extra a month would mean ;he difference between anxiety over tha unexpected, and hav- I MRS. ESTHER WARREN ing a little extra to put by, just for this purpose. "Pensioners are grateful for MRS. AGNES HYDE somewhere else, and its usual- ly the food budget." Mrs. Esther Warren, also a past president of the pension- ers club says she's very lucky MOVING? Parking Ride Clarified A spokesman for the Down- town Businessmen's Associa- tion says there has been some confusion concerning the new regulations on free downtown Saturday parking. Drivers are reminded that the. plan applies only to one- hour meters in the immediate downtown area. The time limit is two hours; cars will be ticketed if over- parked. If hi doubt, check the meter all free meters are marked with small gold-colored signs. a little apartment in an older what we Mr. King stated, home, also receives the supple- "but the changing economic ment, but finds it inadequate in patterns calls for a review of the light of rising rent and food the whole pension system." costs. "My generation didn't have the opportunity to she said, "my life has been touch- ed by tragedy which is hard to Writing BEAN PICKING, THE EASY WAY Frank McKay, Cranford, is one of the first to harvest beans this year. The harvest machine on a specially adapted tractor followed by a box hopper on wheels, is one of many special machines required for the variety of crops grown in southern Alberta. The bean acreage in southern Alberta this year is estimated at 538 acres. Crops Look 'Pretty Harvest Wheels Roll In South The harvest wheels have be- gun to roll in most parts of outhern Alberta, and crops in general look pretty good ac- -ording to elevator agents and district agriculturalists. The vegetable harvest is well under way, with peas almost ompleted. followed now by jeans. Both processing and commer- ial vegetables have suffered rom poor germination and lack of moisture according to Tom Krahn, vegetable crops specialist with the Brooks horti- ern Alberta are as follows: Processing acres; beans, wax and green, 538 acres; red beets, 49 acres; corn, car- acres; potatoes, 150 rots, 100 acres. Commercial vegetables, sold fresh to grocery stores or super 540 acres; carrots, 390 acres; potatoes, acres; onions, 275 acres; rutabaga, 290 acres; cucum- bers, 65 acres; cabbage, 130 acres. Grain crops on irrigated land OWEN AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES Conference Members of the Lethbridge congregation of Jehovah's Wit- nesses, including Arvid McKee, will attend a four-day church convention in Edmonton Aue. 6-9. The convention is expected to be attended by delegates COMPUTE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 WEEKEND SPECIAL FAMILY DINNER FOR 2 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN Chicken Chow Mein Sweot and Sour Spareribt Deep Fried Shrimps, Breaded or Pineapple Chicken Chicken Fried Rice ALL FOR ONLY............. Delivered to Your Piping Hotl Open Weekdays 7 a.m, to 2 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m, to 9 p.m. Phone the 327-0240 327-2297 LOTUS Aerou From The CPR DEPOT but when there isn't a cent in the house, as so many farmers realized during the depression, >F? L ll Vs v ILjfll MRS. CHARLES ARKINSTALL and one has to depend on others for help, it makes things much more difficult." Mrs. Cox who is 80, adds to ler income by occasionally >aby sitting, and doing some sewing. "I can't make too George Dew, chief libraria of the Lethbridge Public L irary, will conduct a nine-da creative writing workshop next two weeks for regi trants aged 12-16 years. The workshop, to start Tue day and rim through to Aug. at the Bowman Arts Centr rill be the final subject offerc by the Allied Arts Council in i summer arts program. Session will run daily 2-4 p.m. The course wia entail wri ng, plus a look at letter-wri ing, essays, poetry, play novels and short are also expected to suffer. Vegetable acreages in of the Lethbridge R search Station, but dry Ian cereal and oil seed crops var By HERB JOHNSON Staff Writer Neil J. Andrew, a consultant for the city's parks and recreation department, says 20 recreation areas that have been iden tified in the study he is doing this summer have excellent potential for future development His optimism stems largely from what he terms the "fine co-operation" of area residents who own land that could be used for recreational purposes. Another important factor, he said, was the fact that much oi lie land, most of it in the river-Dottom, is publicly owned. The 20 resource areas that lave been defined are located, for the most part, within the riverbottom and are bounded )y natural physical barriers. Some, such as Indian Battle Park, are already being developed. Others, such the area ust north of the park, are still "wild" areas. The study is designed to Survey for optimum use of the entir area and takes into considera tion the fact that city powe water and sewage plants ar located in the vicinity and car not be ignored. Some screenin of these utilities will likely b done, with activities such a picnics kept well away. An important part of th study is fitting the Hght typ of activity to the proper ares Each of the areas will b evaluated using such criteri such as availability of utilities ease of access and ownership In those cases where the Ian is privately owned, "indicativ planning" comes into play, i which Mr. Andrew (a publi official) indicates what types o development might be feasibl for the private owners. Ther have already been some encour aging results in this area, h said. A first draft of the studj Women At Conference Mrs. Eric Lyon and Mrs }ar] Hahn of Lethbridge a tended the recent 10th biennia convention of the Alberta i r i t i s h Columbia Distric Women's Missionarj ,eague at Concordia College Edmonton. The 160 delegates unanimous y passed resolutions agains tie idea of abortion on deman< nd the legalizing of Housing I Planned I A board responsible for ap-roving low-cost experimental ousing projects in the city will kely be set up soon, Mayor Lndy Anderson said Friday. Representation would be from le provincial government, the ity and Central Mortgage and lousing Corporation. Mayor Anderson said the oard would have to be set up oon, as several local builders re ready to go as soon as final pproval is obtained. The mayor also stated his atisfaction with the housing an, noting that because the nits would be owned by the eople living in them there ould be a certain pride of vncrship involved, with the re-ilt they would very likely be slter maintained than rental nits. In City The federal and provincia governments should be congra tulated, he said, for their par in making this type of housing available to persons in the lower income DRY CLEANING AT NO EXTRA COST BENJAMIN'S CLEANERS TAILORS 317 10th Street South PHONE 327-5771 Death Investigated Cardston RCMP are still the death of Philip Shouting, 32, of the Blood Indian Reserve, whose body was found Wednesday near the Gladstone farm north of TO THE 8RIDE-Engage the Minister V Book the Church v" Arrange the Reception V Order the Flowers Invite the Best Man 'V (That's the photographer from Terry Blond's A. E. Cross Photography Ltd.) -MEMO TO THE GROOM-Get Your Hair Cut Be There V1 And leave the Rest to