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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE August Restoring an old one High over the sidewalk, Wally Schenk works on the old Lincoln Hotel as the building, one block west of Gait Gardens on 3rd Avenue S., is converted to a steak and lobster restaurant. City Scene Rings bring jail term A 19-year-old Lethbridge man was sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty in Provincial Court Wednesday to possession of stolen property. David William Robillard, 630 10th St. S., formerly of Vancouver, was arrested Aug. 6, after the Imperial Jewelry Store was robbed of in diamond rings. About worth of rings were later recovered from Robillard. "I had been drinking quite a bit that night and bought them tor the defendant told the court. Robillard pleaded not guilty to the charge in provincial court Aug. 7 and was remanded in custody until Wednesday for trial. Wednesday he changed his plea to guilty. Robillard's lawyer told the court his client had no previous record and had been away from home for three years and asked for probation. "A short jail term may be better for you in the long run." Provincial Judge A. H. Elford said. Building passes planners The proposed two-storey County of Lethbridge office building at 9th Street and 4th Avenue S. opposite city hall was given the green light Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission. The commission approved plans submitted by architects Robins. Watson and Associates, which include closing of the north-south lane next to St. Patrick's Church. Closure of the lane in order to create a 40 to 50-foot wide grassed area and walkway between the church and the proposed county building now has to win city council approval. Also approved by the commission Wednesday was the relocation of Contemporary Sign's office and shop from 120 North Mayor Magrath Drive to 251 12th St. B N. Chase ends in wreck A high-speed chase early this morning resulted in an accident and a passenger in the speeding car was taken to St. Michael's Hospital. He is reported to be in satisfactory condition. The car. driven by Wayne Roth of Coalhurst, was being pursued by city police about a.m. this morning when the accident occurred at 3rd St. and 1st Ave. S. Police said the car was westbound on 1st Ave. at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour. At 3rd St. S., police said. Mr. Roth made an attempt to turn left but lost control and hit a telephone pole. The passenger, Frank Baranyi, 312 3rd Ave. S.. was taken to hospital with back injuries. Damage was estimated at Coalhurst classrooms squeeze children By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer As Coalhurst children prepare to return to school, the County of Lethbridge continues to wait for the provincial government to supply Coalhurst elementary school with a portable classroom. The county has received the Province's recognition of need for two additional classrooms from the department of education and has hired an additional staff member for one portable classroom. But the county's school committee is balking at strings attached by the provincial school buildings board. The county can get two portable classrooms for Coalhurst school, says Coun. Jim Nicol. if it agrees to drop two permanent classrooms from plans for the new elementary school for rapidly-growing Coalhurst. school committee chairman says accepting two portables and forfeiting two permanent classrooms would take county education "a step in the wrong direction." Coalhurst school re-opens August 26, but Coun. Nicol vows: "I'll keep plugging on this until June 26" next year. "We're a government here, too It's our money they're playing he says. He claims the buildings board, which reports to the minister of education, has "too much authority" in deciding provincial classroom needs. The school chairman adds: "Early childhood services in Calgary have 10 or 11 portables, yet we can't get one" for grade schooling. Dissatisfied with the strings attached to the two portables, the county agreed at its July school committee meeting to move one class into the high school library and re-apply to the buildings board for one portable. The county's application for one portable, to be used until the proposed school opens, has not yet been heard by the building board. Dr. S. N. Odynak, provincial school buildings director, told The Herald the board will deal with the county's request "when we get around to it.'' He said the board meets weekly to deal with as many as 300 similar applications. With only 10 days remaining until students return to Coalhurst school, Coun. Nicol is impatient. The school is "just packed" and alternatives facing the county are a "bad he says. One class and the teacher recently hired to staff the proposed portable, will probably start the term in the school gymnasium, an obsolete room which even the buildings board considers unsuitable for instruction. Other, less popular alternatives call for Coalhurst students to take classes in Coalhurst legion nail or Shaughnessy elementary school. The former, Coun. Nicol says, would take students out of a school environment and the latter would impose a hardship on the bus system. County school superintendent Chick Burge agrees that Coalhurst school is full and that the school's eight rooms can't handle this year's bumper crop of students. He says the government has "recognized the need" for more classrooms. "Last year we needed a portable classroom, and. we got it. "I'm not pessimistic enough to believe there isn't a portable available in the he adds. The county's school committee will probably deal with the building board's decision at its next regular meeting. Sept. 17. Proposed grandstand redesigned Architects for the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association are working on a new design for the exhibition grandstand in an attempt to lower costs. It will likely be a month before we have the results of month before final figures on Green Cross FERTILIZER WEED FEED W'th 2 .i-D 22 Ib bag does 5000 sq f: JS29 PER BAG .....W WEED FEED With 22 16 does 5000 sq ft 697 PER BAG LAWN GREEN 22 Ib does 5000 sq ft PER BAG .....9 Call Hardware 327-5767 97 DOWNTOWN Too few chefs harm the hospitality By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer A shortage of unskilled labor is developing in Southern Alberta's hospitality industry, several sources told The Herald Wednesday. "There always has been and probably always will be (a said Frank Besplug, manager of the Canada Manpower Centre in Lethbridge. Mr. Besplug said there is a ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 UNIROYAL ZETA high turnover rate among food service employees because of the "very competitive" labor market There are many other jobs available and the number of people entering food service careers is declining. But the industry itself is booming, he said Wages vary from minimum to excellent hourly rates. It used to be true that many immigrants got their first jobs in Canada in restaurants, but more immigrants are skilled workers now. he said. They are also better prepared, and speak some English already. The assistant manager of a Lethbridge motor hotel said experienced staff members were hard to find, and senior personnel had to be be brought in from other cities. Some employees, such as waiters and busboys. were trained on the job because experienced people were rare in Lethbridge. he said. But some, such as cooking and maintenance personnel, must have training or experience. Wages varied from the per hour minimum for a busboy with no experience up to per month for a good chef, he said. Frank Smith, executive vice-president of the Travel and Convention Association of Souihern Alberta, said some operators are lucky and are doing reasonably well, some have problems and some have the attitude: 'Kids these days don't want to work.' Mr Smith said good times and intlation has made it generally more difficult to hire students. As a generalization, many young people are not willing to work for an hour any he said. There is also a turnover caused by employees finding Mileage Guaranteed Tires ZETA RADIAL Ironclad Guarantee EHEEH MILK 75% MORE HAZARD PROTECTION' 20% MORE CAR CONTROL 12% MORE TRACTION- AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. DR. W. R. BATTING OPTOMETRIST is pleased to announce that DR. D. C. HEGLAND is now associated with him in the practice of Optometry. 430 7th Street S. (Medical Dental Bldg.) Phone 327-2959 bettter-paying work, he said. The tourist industry in Southern Alberta is doing considerably better than expected, he said. Visitors from the United States are down, but the total number of tourists have increased because there are more Canadian tourists. But Canadians spend less on the average than Americans, he said Gordon Casey, manager of the Kilrnorey Motor Lodge in Waterton, said in a telephone interview there has been no labor shortage at his establishment. Theif'e may be a shortage in a few weeks as students begin leaving to return to school or universities, he said. Mr Casey said motel wages range from the minimum to "too much." Asked how much was too much, he said' "Even the minimum is too much for some people, but an hour would be a bargain for an executive chef who really knows what he's doing." Operators have to pay good wages to get good help, and if they pay poor wages will get only poor help, he said. Arlen Leavitt, manager of two motels and president of the Waterton Chamber of Commerce, said in a telephone interview there had been a labor shortage, which will increase as students leave. He said the supply is not as critical for motel operators as for restaurants, but motel owners do have to hire 16- year-olds instead of 17-or-18- year-olds this year. Mr. Leavitt said the season started slowly this year, but most places in Waterton are doing fairly well now. Vern Olsen, food service director for Lethbridge Community College, said there is a shortage of cooks all over North America, Canadian Restaurant Association figures showed 5.000 openings in Western Canada, he said. their work, said Exhibition Association President Fred Pritchard. At this point, it is doubtful that construction of a new grandstand will start this year, he said. "It will probably commence in 1975, assuming costs can be lowered or we can obtain additional he said. The estimated cost of a new grandstand, which at one time the exhibition board hoped to start building immediately after Whoop-Up Days this year, came in at million, about million more than was anticipated. On the brighter side, Mr. Pritchard said the initial figures from this year's fair indicate it was financially successful, with revenue up considerably. It will likely be another PENNER'S PLUMBING Specializing in service Work, Water Heaters and Basement Plumbing 1209-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 the fair are in, he said. The board also finalized plans for the upcoming chuckwagon races and RCMP musical ride at it's meeting this week, Mr. Pritchard said. The event will go Aug. 23 and 24. About 25 to 30 chuckwagon teams ate expected to enter the event, Mr. Pritchard said. "We're calling it last chance chuchwagon. because it will be the last major event of the year and the results could effect the final Canadian standings." FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. 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