Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
14-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Tuesday, August 6,1974 & .lis 'mm Mental health officials attem to solve Raymond Home pro Hv GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Against the fading backdrop of complaints launched March 2 against the Raymond Home, mental health officials have been working vigorously to iron out problems and bring the home in line with modern mental health philosophy. And since those complaints were launched by two former patients and a mental health AMBER CRYSTAL BEER MUGS Made in Poland Heavy base, handled. Reg. $3.50 SPECIAL $2 49 CALL CHINA 327-5767 DOWNTOWN association volunteer in a Herald article, many areas of progress have been seen. Stu Christie, administrator for the geriatric facility at Raymond and a larger one in Ciaresholm. says planning and p r o g r e .s s h a .s included program.s for the patients as well as changes in the opei^alions of the facility. Development of basic skills programs for I he some 64 women at the home have been developing, since an assessment was done of the facility, under the direction of a psychiatric social worker. One of the complaints against the home was that mental patienLs living there had no access tn either a psychiatrist or a iofial worker. The liighest, qualified staff member was the home's director, a psychiatric nurse. The programs, aiming at FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBBIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL OEMTAL BLDG. rehabilitation, have now involved the Canadian Mental Health Association, the psychiatric ward at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, and the University of � Lethbridge. Mr. Christie says. The assessment of the home and patients, which followed the published claims, revealed a need for improvement of the facility and programs, he said. �'Only in about two or three cases did the assessors come right out and recommend relocation for any of the patients." Mr. Christie says he expects about six of the women in the home to be moved during the next few months to Ciaresholm where they wi!: receive further help to reenter the community. "The other women are developing to a point where wo can make a reaii.stic assessment a.--- ru ihcif uoieti-lial." he sa> s. The I'.MHA .VJijiTla Menial Hoaltl; .Scrvic'':-- a governrnenl agoiicy. are gearing pi'ograins anfi tacilities in i.ethbiadge !0 ln'Ip l'iiiiii(>r mental patn-'nt:- .uul tlii.-. will i n ( I u d e \v u tn c n fro ni Haymond, Mr. C'lirisi i" . - the [inifirains ai l( '.^ aave not been devei i; i 'iieir maximum .and a! h.j-' live new slal! pusi.ions v.;ll be created to help la the rehabilitai'on eii'ori. Tlie l.a.nclry ai il where patients wor; witlii'ul pay. has b( �. i his na,s i:)..r anu-� e III r a t e ailitation i a ni! IlU'ii (Ml a I ivh � The patients at also optM'ale a caiii' preiiii.n''.-'. liome. i daily �losed �laff � to I) n he iionie 'n the Man finds too many caps �TENNER'S PLUMBIjMG Specializing in ser^qe Work, W/ater Heaters and 'Qasement Plumbing. 1209-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 A I."'hbridge man has six i. it)! ,^ he found on the Clare.'-ituim-Barons road, it the owners want to claim them. Cass Bond, a correctional officer at the Lethbridge Correctional Institution, found the hubcaps when his car had a flat tire Monday .At that- point, said Mr. Bond, motorists come over a tiill and hit a sudden rough soot. After he fixed the fitit. he found the other six hubcaps while searching for his uwn, which popped off when tlie lire blew. No Fuss! Convenient! Delicious! Ready to Serve... Ideal for: ^ STAFF PICNICS ir FAMILY GATHER! Choice of: is pleased to announce DR. GORDON T. HOLT DR. EVELYN HARDIN have joined the staff in thi^ Department of Family P;r or: SLICED CUTS OF BEEF, HAM or TURKEY With Salads - Buttered Ro!!s ' -Attractively Displayed . . . Beady for Vour Buffet Tablel DELIVERED ANYWHERE! FOR FURTHER DETAILS . . . Soiacs We do not pretend that we, or atiy otlier funeral director carl cure sorrow. Howe^'er'. we dc feel that v^e can help to heal wounds; of be' field :n ON- rujecls (''� \i I.; , Respect und '.c-.C' guidelines. of the , ces & 2201 3rd AVE. S. - PHOMil^ 1701 M.M. DRIVE - PHONE fl28-77Sl S A 1- M ... 327 lOlh SI8EET SOUTH___ iiiillliils PHIL ILLINGWORTH photos Caught by cops ? Look up Airborne RCMP constables have been nabbing speeders and other highway violators for about 2V2 years, but say It would be better if they couldn't find any. The car approaching the lines on the highway will be timed to the next line. If it gets there too soon, the constable will note its speed by the stopwatch and radio ahead to the waiting police cars. ity Free parking starts today Motorists can pari? for free starting today at tlie city's some 1.150 metered parking spaces. It will be possible to park cheaply for at least a week and possibly two, as meters are changed. A city crew began the job today of changing the meter heads to the new prices, which will be double the old. When they're finished it'll cost a nickel for Vz-hour, a dime for an hour, or if you only have a quarter in your pocket, you'll be able to buy two hours parking for that. Fifteen-minute meters will take nickels, and penny parking will be gone forever. But until the changeover is completed meter parking is free. Motorists will get a couple of days warning from city hall on the date the new meters will go into operation. Union-Prebuilt talks set Tentative dates have been set for negotiations in the carpenters' strike at Prebuilt Industries Ltd., a union spokesman said today. Hartley Phillips, spokesman for Local 2998 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said meetings could take place Aug. 13 and 14. The union wanted to keep talking until the strike was settled, he said. Mr. Phillips also said the union had wanted to meet Friday, but the company couldn't make it. A meeting tentatively set for today had been cancelled earlier because the union negotiator couldn't make it. Police left waiting It was a quiet weekend for RCMP and City Police w;th no serious accidents or crimes, except for minor incidents which kept police going steady during the three day holiday. Billboards useless for traffic cops who fly airplanes By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Everyone's heard it before - you've been driving for hours and there's only a few miles left before getting home, so you press down on the gas pedal to cut down a few minutes. Suddenly you realize that those few minutes saved are going to cost money. In front you see a pair of RCMP interceptor cars and a uniformed officer flagging you over to the side of the road.^ While you wonder how they knew you were speeding, the RCMP air traffic patrol chalks up another "donation" to the Alberta government. Last weekend the air traffic patrol eagle-eyed a total of 50 motorists for speeding violations. The Lethbridge and Magrath areas totalled 19, with 11 speed violations in the Lethbridge area. The Fort Macleod area had 19 and in Milk River area 12 speeding tickets were given out. The top speed was 98 miles per hour. A Cessna 172, �n loan from the Lethbridge Air Service, circles above a two mile stretch of highway between Lethbridge and Kipp while motorists speed down the road, 1,500 feet below, unaware of the watchful eyes of the RCMP constable in the aircraft above. In the two one-hour flights over that stretch of highway, the air traffic patrol averaged a speeder every 12 minutes, 11 in all. For the first hour out the pilot is Will Rew, 21, and in the seat behind him is Const. Mel Dyson, who has been with the air traffic patrol since it began here two and a half years ago. At the end of that hour everyone takes a short break and Brian Huff, 24, takes over as pilot. While over the speed zone Const. Dyson holds a clipboard with two stopwatches attached to the top. The headset he wears over one ear keeps him in contact with RCMP Constables Pete Maynard and Craig Parkinson on the ground." The two men on the ground stand patiently by two marked police cars at the end of the traffic zone, about a I'/z-mile stretch. "Here comes one now and he's going pretty good," comments Const. Dyson. Const. Dyson taps the pilot on the shoulder, "Can you stay with the -blue truck? He's a violator." It's 4:10 p.m. and the constable clocks the truck on a quarter mile section at 98 miles per hour in a 65 zone. Then he radios to his partners on the ground below, "Eastbound - left lane - third vehicle coming to you - blue pickup." He tells the pilot to follow the vehicle to the interceptors "just in case he decides not to stop." One of the officers steps out from beside the police car, looks down the highway and flags down the third vehicle coming towards him. Then the aircraft veers off and down the road to find another victim. "We've been using the sky patrol now for about two and a half years and it's more efficient than patrol cars and radar," says Const. Dyson. The aircraft patrol system to check for speeders is simple, accurate and effective, he comments. Each zone is clearly marked by the words "air patrol" painted on the road, followed by a pair of aircraft silhouettes, another pair of silhouettes and a series of lines that divide the highway into quarter mile sections. "You notice, after they've been clocked and leave the zone how. they slow down when they see the patrol cars. But it's always too late," Const. Dyson concjuded. Mail official insists patrons use postal code Complain about slow mail service all you want but as long as people continue to omit postal codes the mail will get through, all right, but slowly indicates a Lethbridge Post Office official. Postal codes in Canadian cities are relatively new, according to Lethbridge postmaster Art Lewis, but it works. "It definitely speeds up mail handling and gets the letter to the receiver," Mr. Lewis said. He said if mail was sent from Victoria to Lethbridge with the proper postal code on the envelope along with the address, the mail would be sorted by machine in Victoria and sent directly to Lethbridge and the right letter carrier. "This eliminates second handling," the postmaster said. Without the postal code mail has to be sorted by hand "and that takes time." He said at present the Lethbridge Post Office doesn't have machines for handling postal codes, "but letters going out of the city should have the code as should mail coming in." Certified Dental Meclianic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 Cree hired court A 34-year-old Cree has been hired as court worker for Taber, Vauxhall and Coaldale by Native Counselling Services of Alberta. Former U of L student, Lloyd Ewenin will li.ve in Taber and travel to Vauxhall and Coaldale to advise native people appearing in court on legal procedure. 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