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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta August 1V73 THE LETHMIDOI HHtALO Wesselman losing tho usands Too hot for glads No money in early blooms Gladiolus must be cut and shipped before they bloom. Stalks at left are being cut for shipment to Edmonton and into Saskatchewan. Beautiful blooms at right missed the market. watched closely By NANCY MILES Herald News Service CRANBROOK The recent East Kootenay Health Unit alert against any interference with bats was prop- from a Golden incident last year when acute tragedy was narrowly averted. Dr. J. M. H. Hopper's warn- ing came immediately after a Sparwood lieved to have teased a leth- argic bat who bit was re- cently given precautionary treatment. The dead bat was examined at a LeUtbridge lab- oratory and cleared of rabies suspicion. In 1972 a preschooler at name not poked a daytime lethargic bat which bit and three Gold- en doctors fortunately rallied immediately to administer pre- ventive shots in series while i to monkey with any oddly be- the dead bat went through a Calgary laboratory. It was confirmed as its bites capable of causing hydrophobia in which prolong- ed agonizing convulsions al- most always end in with a spectacularly painful injec- tion treatment only occasional- ly successful. Public health Investigation after the Golden incident show- ed the bat the first and only confirmed rabid creature east of the Okanagan to Saskatche- wan since records started. these are only Ca- nadian records and this spring an outbreak among aggressive skunks was reported in north- ern alerting border provinces. The advice stands firmly not having wild particular- ly daytime which are rec- ognized major and which may make reprisals far above expectations. TO INSPECT CEMETERY NATAL Kaiser Resources Limited has indi- cated a problem in the use of soil sterilization at the Elk Valley cemetery and has re- quested a meeting with the District of Sparwood council to clarify the matter. As part of a recent agreement reached with council required the sterilization prior to accepting title to and responsibility for the cemetery. A meeting and on-site inspection will be ar- ranged. WE'RE NOW BUSINESS WATCH FOR OUR GRAND OPENING But meanwhile we'ra continuing our ial offer for all present or future itu- dentt of any studio Our special offer of friends and popularity for those of you who want to live the rest of your life in a new exciting fun filled At Monte Criito you are the most im- portant person when you are meeting new people making new friends getting more fun out of life. Then and only then are we happy. Monte Cristo is for you. If you ever regret your invest- we'll give you you money back. That's a promise. Our Special Offer to you 5 Hours Private Lessons FOR 5 Hours Group Classes ONLY 25 is the first day of the rest of your 3290955 Our air conditioned oca da my is open from 1-10 p.m. monte cristo ojance aoaolemu i 426 13th Street North By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor COALHURST Charles Wesselman says it's too hot for glads. He's going to lose thou- sands and thousands of flow- ers. Fortunately he only has about six acres blooming and about to bloom. His the late Charles was a real gladiolus lover he had as many as 20 acres in glads at one time. It's really something to see a field of gladiolus in bloom. It's beautiful. But those blooms mean a terrific fi- nancial loss for Charles and Ann Wesselman. hot weather is sure hard on says Mr. Wesselman. bringing them on too fast. I'm losing too many.'' Looking his field looks like a rain- bow brought to and speaking in the calm manner of the Mr. Wesselman I al- ways lose a certain amount. But right now I'm losing them literally by the thou- His wife Ann drops by with a jug of cold lemonade. got some peaches down she says. you want a peach or a Do you want a drink water Harry Wesselman tucks a bunch of glads in a little wagon behind the tractor and mops his brow. Charlie ''I am shipping most of them. I ship to Edmonton and into Saskatchewan. They are packed in a box about that square and four feet His wife lot of people don't realize you cut them before they open out. You cut them tight to ship. There are 12 dozen in a sealed and The Wesselmans also sell gladiolus at a stall at the new Farmers' Market. They like to have visitors come to their farm here but wish they wouldn't drive over irrigation pipes. says Mr. Wes- selman. a car goes over an irrigation or plastic it pretty well ruins it. .Most people are thoughtful but there's always one guy who wants to drive his car right down the HARDEST JOB The hardest job on the place is digging up 20 to 35 tons of bulbs in the fall. dig them up by hand and they're all planted by hand Sometimes the work is eased by lifting them with a blade on a tractor. only plant here every third year. I move them every year. I've got a cycle going. Next year there will be grain summerfallow the next year and then bulbs Sunliglit streamed down on brilliant red Band white pink gladiolus. These lovely blooms stretch- ed off into the melt- ing into a haze of tints and greys. Planting is spread over about one month to make the season last longer. De- ff nn tho uwathnr operation begins about mid- April. am a glad grower. My dad was a glad lover. There is a difference. My dad would rather be in a gladiolus patch than anywhere else. Archi- bald grows his glads here and Larry Larcombe. They're glad lovers. ones that are opened they are he somewhat surveying long rows of opened soft white blooms. happen- ed in a in less than a week. You get that 90-degree it literally breaks it wide open. N going to make my sea- son shorter. Instead of get- ting to the middle of Septem- we'll be out of it for sell- ing. I will probably be fin- ished by the end of August because it is all bloomed out. usually hit our peak by the end of August. But this is hot I am at my peak right Sprinklers put water on this surely the prettiest fields in the south. was into it before I was born. I can remember when he had just a few. At one time he had 20 D'ARCY P.ICKARD photo Hot iveather hurts gladiolus Glad grower Charles Wesselman of and his wife Ann stop for a cool lemonade in a very hot gladiolus field. 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