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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta U-THE LETHBRIDGE HCRALD-TuMday, August Mental health officials attem to solve Raymond Home pro By 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 Midi in Poimd Heavy tai. Reg. SPECIAL 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 Claresholm. says planning and progress has included programs for the patients as well as changes in the operations of the facility. Development of basic skills. programs for the some 64 women at the home have been developing, since an assess- ment was done of the facility. under the direction of a psy- chiatric social worker. One of the complaints against the home was that mental patients Jiving there had no access to either a psy- chiatrist or a social worker. The highest 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 LETHB'BIDBE-DENTAL UB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG; rehabilitation, have now in- volved the Canadian Mental Health psy- chiatric 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 Claresholm where they will receive further help to re- enter the community. "The other women are developing to a point where we can a realistic assessment as to their poten- he says. The CMHA and Alberta Mental Health Services, a government agency, are gear- ing programs and facilities in Lethbridge to" help former mental patients and this will include women from Raymond. Mr. Christie says the programs at Raymond nave not been develop-d to Sheir maximum and at least five new staff positions wili be created to help in the effort The laundry at the home, where patients worked daily without pay, has been closed and this has staff member and- palic- s to concentrate mo on rehabilitation pi he says. The patients at (lie home also operate a on the premises. PHIL ILLINGWORTH photos Caught by up Airborne RCMP constables have, been nabbing speeders and other highway violators for about 2Vz years, but say it would be better if they couldn't find any. The car approaching the lines on the highway wili be timed to the next line. If it gets there too soon, the constable will note its speed by the stopwatch and ra- dio ahead to the waiting police cars. City Scene Free parking starts today Motorists can park for free starting today at the city's some 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. Man finds too many caps 1 Union-Prebuilt talks set PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 -2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 A Lethbridge man has six he found on the Ciareshoim-Barons road, if 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 hill and hit a sudden rough spot. After he fixed the flat he found the other six hubcaps while searching for his own, which popped off when the tire blew. No Fuss! Convenient! Delicious! Ready to Serve... Ideal for: STAFF PICNICS FAMILY GATHERINGS Choice of: is pleased to announce DR. HOLT DR. EVELYN HARDIN have joined the staff in the Department of Family Prac-fca or: SLICED CUTS OF BEEF, HAM or TURKEY With Salads Buttered Rolls Paries Attractively Displayed Ready for Your Buffet Tatotol DELIVERED ANYWHERE! FOR FURTHER DETAILS FOOD and PASTRY SHOP 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 with no serious accidents or crimes, except for minor incidents which kept police going steady during the three day holiday. Soiree We do not pretend that we. or any other funeral director, cap cure sorrow. However, we do feel Jriat we can help to heai sorne o! the of rr held in ou" j chspol, j Cree hired by 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 live in Taber and travel to Vauxhall and Coaldale to advise native people appearing in court on legal procedure. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Seturtt Mf. 222 5A 8. S. Billboards useless for traffic cops who fly airplanes By MICHAEL ROGERS HoraU 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 un- iformed officer flagging you over to the side of the you wonder bow 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, loan from the Lethbridge Air Service, circles above a two mile stretch of highway between Lethbridge and Kipp while motorists speed down the road, feet below, un- aware 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 hjm is Const. Mei 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 clip- board 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 stretch. "Here comes one now and he's going pretty com- ments Const. Dyson. Const. Dyson taps the pilot on the shoulder, "Can you stay with the 'blue truck? He's a violator" It's p.m. and the con- stable- 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, "Castbound Left lane third vehicle coming to you blue 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 ef- ficient than patrol cars and says Const. Dyson. The aircraft patrol system to check for speeders is simple, accurate and effec- tive, 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 Const. Dyson concjuded. Mail official insists i ti I j -r 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, ac- cording to Lethbridge post- master Art Lewis, but it works. "It definitely speeds up mail handling and gets the letter to the 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 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." Dwrtrt Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB LOMT Lml PHONE 3Z7-M22 PUBLIC NOTICE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 12th Our New Address and Phone Number will be as follows: 1020 -20 St. S. Phone 329-4877 COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT circled <-c' neecfs of the ,y Respect and tenderness ar guidelines. rve our 327 !0fh STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-2802 J.'.JifU.rOrtJE LlD. .LETHBRDGE, .BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES MID MSTMUTNM By B3H BER8NIAN Open Thursday Evening (iff 9 p.m. PHONE 328-0372 2716 12th Ave. S. No. 11n AIR CONDITIONING PROM ;