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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 7, 1974 Grandstand nearly finished Baseball fans will get some shelter from the elements for the rest of the season. The grandstand built to replace the wooden stand that burned down last summer is all but completed with only some finishing touches to come. The new grand- stana will seat about spectators. Claresholm fair to be this week CLAHKSHOLM Exhibits and displays for the Saturdy Clareslioltn and District Fair will br accepted from .7 to 9 p.ITI Friday and from 9 to 11 a m. Saturday. TK" parade is scheduled to be held at 12 noon Saturday and the lair will be open to the public from 4 to 9 p.m. The United Farmers of Alberta donated the lumber used to prepare the local rink tor the fair. There will be about 25 pens of cattle and sheep on display this year. Comments on animals shown will be heard over the public address system. Luncheon will be served to judges and staff at the arena by the Starline Ladies Club and then the parade will be hold. It is sponsored by the Claresholm 20-30 Club. Local Kotarians will con- duct bingo games during the afternoon. Mae Takahashi named trophy winner at fair PICTURE BUTTE (Staff) Mae Takahashi of Picture Bu 111- won the grand aggregate trophy for the most points in all classes of the Pic- i ii r o B u 11. e F o o d and Vegetable Fair in the Jam- boree Days celebration here on the weekend. John Vonkeman of Iron Springs swept the dairy show ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 THE ROYAL COPENHAGEN "1974" CHRISTMAS PLATE has arrived) "WINTER TWILIGHT" Artist: KAI LANGE cones, can spring be 'j.r In his motif for this year's Christmas Plate the artist con- veys not only the restful still- ness when nature seems to sleep and only a few animals can eke out a living, but also the beauty of this season which after all holds the promise that the cold twilight of midwinter will, in t.ime. turn into the light and warmth of spring. Add to your collection a beautiful gift. Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN honors with his Holstein cattle. Mrs. Takahashi won the vegetable and fruit trophies. Elva and Maryann Forrayi of Picture Butte shared the flowers trophy and Patty Phillips of Picture Butte won the sewing cup. The baking trophy was won by Wilma Lavvlor and Alice Gibb, both of the town, who tied. There were about 50 entries in the dairy show. Mr. Vonkeman's herd won grand champion, mature cow. yearling heifer, junior heifer calf and grand champion junior honors. The other first place award went to Henry Swenen of Iron Springs. He showed the best two-year-old Guernsey. About 1.500 people viewed the parade. Dignitaries included MP Ken Hurlburt, MLA Ray Speaker, MLA Leighton Buckwell and Lethbridge County 26 Reeve Dick Papworth. The food fair drew 48 entrants in 61 categories rang- ing from chiffon cakes to men's clothing, said Elaine Dick, one of the organizers. Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLD6. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 IMPORTANT NOTICE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE PARKING METER CONVERSION As of August 6, there will be free parking at all parking meters until further notice. This will enable City crews to make necessary changes for the in- creased meter rates. Foregiveness is golden for ex-convict Joe X To Joe X, a pardon from the federal government for his prison-cell past is worth about a month. At least, that is the difference between his pre- sent monthly salary and the wage he claims he would definitely have the opportuni- ty of obtaining if he received a pardon, thus becoming eligi- ble to be bonded. Joe X. a resident of Lethbridge during the past three years who is left unnam- ed to protect his identity in the community, applied for parole almost 20 months ago and still has not had his application refused or accepted. He was first sentenced for armed robbery while a teenager 20 years ago and was in and out of jail during the next six years. He led a legal life for about seven years, then was imprisoned for less than two months for assaulting a police officer he claims was harrassing him. Joe X says he has lived a respectable life for the past seven years, two years more than the minimum require- ment for a pardon. He now owns a home, is raising a family and has held steady employment during the last seven years. The decision to change to a legal way of life came sudden- ly one morning when he woke up crying in his cell. "It suddenly hit me that I was wasting my life." After arriving at the deci- sion to change, he refused to associate with his old friends and was careful not to become associated with the criminal element. Key left, "I am not particularly proud of what I did, but I have always informed my employers of my record because I believe you never get anywhere by deceiving he maintains. Despite openly admitting to his record, Joe X has never had difficulty obtaining some type of employment. However he has always worked as a laborer. And he refrained from applying for some jobs he would have liked to have ob- tained because he knew his record would eliminate him from qualifying for the position. Now he is in a position where he can't advance to a higher paying job that would be available to him if he was bonded. He can't receive bonding until the federal government grants him a par- don. Ironically, his financial loss is also the federal governments loss. If Joe X was receiving the additional a month, federal income tax coffers would also be an estimated a month wealthier. Inquest set in Tuesday death wreck An inquest has been ordered into the death of a 13-year-old Vulcan youth who was killed Tuesday morning in an auto accident 7 miles north and 4 miles west of Vulcan. RCMP said David Dann, of Vulcan was driving on a gravel road about a.m. when he lost control and the vehicle rolled, causing his death. A passenger in the car, Gordon Smith, 16, also of Vulcan, was not injured. Coroner Dr. A. D. Tompkins, of Vulcan ordered the inquest but no date has been set, according to RCMP. City Scene "Godspell" set for stage A California theatre group will bring a musical play based on St. Matthew's gospel to Lethbridge next month. Gazebo Theatre One, of Santa Barbara, Calif., will present "Godspell" at the Yates Memorial Centre Sept. and 7. Other stops on the 13-city Canadian tour will include Banff, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary, Red Deer, Brandon, Man., Winnipeg, and Medicine Hat. The cast will include a Lethbridge native, Brad Murdoch, as Jesus. bike taken Rain dampens posies A Lethbridge man who thought he had taken the key out of the ignition on his motorcycle found out Tuesday morning he didn't the hard way. City police said Bryce Grey, 714 9th Ave. S., cafled them about a.m. and reported his 1971 motorcycle missing. Mr. Grey told police he parked his motorcycle in his backyard. The motorcycle is valued at about Milk River gets loan MILK RIVER Milk River Agricultural Socie- ty will receive a loan tor its agricultural exhibition arena, sports complex and community centre. AIR CONDITIONING NOW AVAILABLE for (MUMS huttd with hot water systems. CHARLTON HILL LTD. 1262-2nd Ave. South Phone 328-3388 Lethbridge's first rain in three weeks Tuesday produced only 0.01 of an inch, leaving the annual precipitation 1.45 inches below normal for the date. The Lethbridge weather office reported this morning the total precipitation in 1974 reached 7.37 inches with Tuesday's shower. The 30-year average for the area to Aug. 5 is 8.82 inches. And the weather office holds little hope for relief from the dry conditions. The 30-year average for precipitation in August is 1.64 inches. With only odd showers forecast for today, dry conditions are expected to persist. Adding to the problems is a large high pressure area building up in the region. This weather condition is expected to create more drying effects. Man charged with possession A Lethbridge man has been charged with possession of stolen property after a local jewelry store was robbed Tuesday of rings worth more than City Police said Imperial Jewelry Store, 317 6th St. S., was robbed of a number of diamond rings with a total value of Police said they received a report of the theft about 6 p.m. Tuesday and a man was later apprehended. Residents fined Failing to stop at a stop sign brought fines totalling to two Lethbridge residents in provincial court Tuesday. Both cases involved auto accidents with injuries and damages totalling Gary Morrison, 24, Box 883, Lethbridge, was fined after he pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop at a stop sign. Court was told Morrison was involved in an auto accident at a.m. July 17 at 7th Avenue and 20th Street S., where he and another person were injured and taken to hospital. Damage in the accident was estimated at Adeline Miron, 31, of 2304 19th Ave. S., was fined after she pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to halt at a stop sign at 6th Avenue and 20th Street S. Court was told she was involved in an auto accident at p.m. July 30 at that intersection and three people were injured. Damages were estimated at Ex-cons lack pardons, can't find good jobs says society official By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Unnecessary delays by the federal govern- ment in granting pardons to ex-convicts who have mended their ways are causing hardships for a few Southern Albertans. All five ex-convicts who applied during the past two years through the local John Howard Society office for pardons to crimes they served time for 14 to 20 years ago have still not received confirmation of a pardon from the solicitor generals department. Four of the five committed the crime in their youth and have been living a "responsi- ble life" since they were released from prison, even though they haven't been able to obtain certain jobs or advance to positions of responsibility because of their past. It is a "real social crime" that people who committed criminal offences in their youth have to live with it on their record long after they have been released from prison, the ex- ecutive director of the Lethbridge John Howard Society says. Dave Rodgers adds "the whole idea of the pardon is a good one and I think it is working." However, "the investigations in some of these simple cases are much too complicated and unnecessary." The pardon, introduced by legislation in June, 1970, provides the ex-convicts recovery of full citizenship and civil rights and seals and stores the offender's record apart from other criminal records in RCMP files so it no longer reflects adversely on his or her character. Ex-convicts can only apply for the pardon five or more years after they have been released from prison and are only granted a pardon if an intensive investigation by the National Parole Board and the RCMP shows that they have been of "good behavior" and not involved in "criminal activity" since their release. If those pardoned commit further offences or are proven to be no longer of good character, the pardon is revoked and the offender's record is unsealed. Mr. Rodgers suggests the investigation of the offender's behavior since release from prison should take less than eight months if the persons investigated have changed their ways drastically and can now easily be classified as totally rehabilitated. Three of the five Southern Alberta ex- convicts were sent to prison for "very minor crimes" in their youth and have had to live with the record since. One served time for stealing gas from a car that was abandoned for several months after he ran out of gas on a lonely road. Mr. Rodgers recalls. Another was imprisoned for shoplifting. "It is quite obvious after an investigation that this person is living in an entirely different type of life and could very easily be granted a he maintains. Young people, Mr. Rodgers says, "just don't think what it really means to have a record" when they commit minor criminal offences such as shoplifting. They may only get a small fine or serve a very short sentence but they're still identified as a criminal across the country, he added. Whether an offender is pardoned or not, his record still persists in the memory of neighbors, friends, relatives and local law en- forcement personnel. Even worse, the ex-offender still must answer in the affirmative to questions on job application forms that ask the applicant to in- dicate whether he or she has ever been arrested or convicted of a criminal offence. A pardon does not allow ex-convicts to deny their records. However, the pardon does make it easier for the ex-con to advance in position because employers appear to be more willing to ad- vance a recipient of a pardon because they know the person has successfully undergone an intensive character and behavior investigation by government authorities, ac- cording to Mr. Rodgers. Once pardoned, an ex-convict is again eligible for bonding, which is a requirement for many positions with responsibility. "It seems to make all the difference in the world if the ex-con can obtain the government's seal of approval that he is liv- ing a legal Mr. Rodgers points out. Mr. Rodgers claims ex-convicts also make a mistake by only applying for a pardon when they find it is absolutely necessary if they are to obtain a job they want or a position of responsibility. If ex-cons are satisfied with a laboring job or a job with little responsibility, they face very few stumbling blocks when attempting to find employment. But, Mr. Rodgers adds, they may want another type of job or to advance in position with their company and lose the opportunity because they haven't received a pardon for their past mistakes. Judging by the lengthy delay local applicants have faced, ex-cons should apply for pardon immediately in case they will need it two years from now. Mr. Rodgers is appalled at the way some employers abuse employment application forms. For the majority of jobs it "doesn't matter a bit" whether the applicant has ever been arrested or convicted of a criminal offence, but many employers insist on having the in- formation. "I just don't see any need for it." Mr. Rodgers insists. "The employer can obtain all the information he needs about the per- sons' character and work habits by con- tacting the person's personal references and former employers." Mr. Rodgers firmly believes such ques tions should be deleted from employmen! application forms, especially if the offenct- occurred several years ago, and a change of attitude of employers toward rehabilitated ex-cons is essential, he said. District pocket gopher probe laid NANTON A pocket gopher probe is under way at the Bar S Ranch west of here. The pesky little rodents are being watched closely by Canadian Scientific Con- sultants Ltd. researchers of Edmonton. Research assistant Joan McDonald hopes the behavior probe will help ranchers alleviate rodent damage to rangeland in southwestern Alberta. The research involves the most intensive biological study to date in this country on the gopher. Researchers hope to develop biologically sound methods of reducing economic damage caused by the rodents. Later on, the researchers will move to the Burton Ranch City police check out break-ins City Police are investigating two break-ins in the city Monday night that may have been committed by the same thieves. Police said thieves broke into King Chrysler, 3 Ave. S., some time after 1 a.m. this morning. The safe had apparently been left unlocked and a cash bag containing was taken. The culprits also entered the body shop across the lane from the main garage and police say some tools may have been taken. The other break-in, at Great West Tire, 2 Ave. and 12th St. S., was reported to police Tuesday morning about 9 a.m. west of Claresholm. For years, ranchers have complained of severe damage caused by pocket gophers, which are often mistakenly called moles. The mounds of earth pushed above ground cause extensive damage to machinery. After a time, the mounds render some fields useless for hay produc- tion. Agriculture Minister Dr. Hugh Horner has provided resources to pay for a study of the problem over the next three years. First, the researchers are going to find out exactly what the pocket gophers do and the extent of the damage they cause. Second, they will try to find out why control techniques don't seem to work against the earth-moving animals. Third, researchers will investigate the feasibility of developing new technology to control and reduce damage by economically and biologically sound means. It's hard to study pocket gophers. Miss McDonald said because they spend almost their entire lives below ground. PENNER'S PLUMBING Specializing in service Work, Water Heaters and Basement Plumbing. 1209-2ndAve. S. Phone 327-4121 FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Open Thursday Evening lilt 9 p.m. PHONE 328-0372 2716 12th Ave. S. Fora Speedy Recovery Birthday or Anniversary. remember that special someone with a bouquet of BEAUTIFUL FRESH GLADIOLAS from the MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP Phone 327-1515 SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMOOELLINO PhOM 321-2176 STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phone 327-3024 ;