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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta _ THE LETHBRIDGE HKRAID Lieut. Shrank and v Ray Mercer and Albert Azarra A review Today message in 1950s garb By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Q What Is talented and un- A The cast of Side Sponsored by the Allied Arts Council. the opening night of Side played to an but smaller than crowd at the Yates Memo- rial Centre Tuesday evening. Under the direction of Dick the cast and crew toiling while others holidayed have created an entertaining and enjoyable summer musical. More im- though clothed m the outmoded stiletto ducktail hair cuts and street slang of another the play makes a con- moving state- ment against senseless hat- red and prejudice. And that's no mean for a sum- mer's when the livin' is easy. West Side Story's actors and actresses are but not callow. The quality of the performances varied some- but there was not a careless or inferior portray- al to the fine jobs done by musical director Ellyn Mells and choreographer Muriel JoUife. Especially good were the numbers by the Shark and Offi- cer by the Jets. The at the end of act depicting the thematic rivalry and antag- onism between the Sharks and the Jets in west New was particularly effective. Act one of the musical tended to drag a build- ing to a slow but act two compensated with fast-moving and well-done drama. Without the skill and charm of its two lead ac- tresses played by Linda Johnson and by Wendy Burrows Side would have been far less enjoyable. Miss Bur- rows and Miss Johnson are excellent foils for each oth- and both possess fine voices. Miss dark- clad in scarlet gave a vivacious sparkling perform- ance as the more tempestuous Anita. dressed in Miss John- son's portrayal of the inno- cent heroine Maria was equally appealing. Miss Burrows was espe- cially gocd when she led the spirited number and Linda Johnson delight- ful when she sang '1 Feel Combining their tal- ents in Have a the girls were causing more than a few damp eyes in the theatre. As the romantic lead. Jim Veenstra tended to alternate between nervous and wooden to over-acting and but gave a touching performance with Maria in the number Mike Day gave a strong performance as Jet leader Kirk Jensen and Brian as gang-members Action and were also outstanding providing excel- lent moments of comedy. Debbie Anderson as jet girl was a convincing though occasionally overdo- ing her portrayal. And as cce of the two 'over-25' ac- tors in the Bay Mercer was splendidly dis-likable as the bigoted Lieut. Schrank. Side con- tinues tonight through Satur- day at the curtain time is p.m. Treaties recognized Indians' sovereignty' Opening night audience smaller than deserved By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer BROCKET When the Ca- nadian government signed the Indian it was rec- ognizing the Indian people as a sovereign a public meeting was told here Tues- day night. Leroy Little a second- year law student at the Uni- versity of Utah who is now researching Treaty 7 for the Blood Indian said that the howev- views the treaties as con- tracts. Speaking to a meeting on treaty rights sponsored by the Napi Friendship Society o f Man guilty of passing bad cheques A man accused of defraud- ing local businesses with about in bad cheques pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud -and forgery in pro- vincial court Tuesday. Peter no fix- ed was remanded to Aug. 28 for sentencing. According to city police. Tschetter has other charges against him from various points in British Co- lumbia and Saskatchewan. About in fraudulent cheques are involved. Tschetter allegedly used fraudulent cheques in Leth- bridge to obtain buy a car and obtain stereo equipment as well as to pro- cure cash. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to leave premises after being request- ed to do so. Tschetter had elected to be tried by judge. His request to be released on his own rec- ognizance was denied by Judge L. W. Hudson. Pincher Mr. Little Bear said that when Indians signed the their un- derstanding of the terms was quite different from what the government thought the treat- ies to be. If the Indians view of the that they were sisi- ed by equal and soveriegn na- is he then Canadian law shouldn't apply to the reserves and govern- ment-Indian relations should be regulated according to principles of international law. But if the government's in- terpretation of them then principles of contract law should apply and the way Mr. Little Bear explained the government would lose either way. For a contract to be both parties have to have an identical understanding of the terms. And the Indians' concept of what they were signing was very different fronTthe feder- al government's concept. In the Indian he land ownership is viewed as resting with the whole of Indian icluding gener- ations yet unborn. original owner of the land was the Creator who gave it to the Indians forever as long as they didn't give it The Indian people at the time the treaties were signed thought they were just giving away the surface Mr. Little Bear said. And when the clauses out- lining Indian reserves were the Indian people thought the reserves would be places reserved only for Indi- ans but that they could con- tinue to live elsewhere. In the United he reserves have a higher status than states and are treated quasi-sovereign He suggested that reserves in Canada should have almost the sams status as adding that in some cases band councils have powers similar to provincial govern- such as the power to levy taxes on the reserve. Hospital food costs could cause deficit By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Municipal Hospital could end the year more than over its anticipated budget if steam- rolling food costs continua their upward hospital administrator Andy Andrea- chuk said Tuesday. The hospital has already exceeded budget forecasts by because of the unex- pected rise in expenditures for food. J. H. head of the hospital's food said costs are determnsd per ''meal the cost of feeding a patient fcr one day. He explained this cost is bassd only on the raw food and labor with other related expenses not included. Costs per meal day during the first six months of 1973 in- should change' jailed 3 years A 19-year-old Lethbridge man was sentenced to three years in jail today for the armed robbery of a Calgary hotel Aug. 5. Terry Lee of 537 16th St. pleaded guilty before Provincial Judge L. W. Hud- son to the charge laid by Cal- gary City Police after the hold-up. Provincial Judge Hudson also sentenced him to two years in jail on each of 12 other local charges of break- ing and entering. Mr. Flint pleaded guilty to those charg- es Monday. The sentences will run oncurrently. The judge recommended the sentences be served at the Drumheller penitentiary. Lethbridge would get bet- ter administration from the commissioner form of gov- ernment than from the pres- ent city manager Bex former said this week in a service- club speech. The city manager should be chief commissioner in- be ssid. This would provide for better utilization of and communication with directors. Under the commissioner form of the directors are under less re- straint and become more ful- ly a part of the administra- tive Mr. Little said. The directors could contri- bute without having to go through the city manager's as they do and could keep city council more closely he said. The present system has over-burdened the city man- ager with he added. Mr. Little also said the city goes to great trouble to pre- pare an annual financial statement for sale to namely tax- payers and other but has never said more than 10. In inflationary such as the he said the city should be borrowing more and investing less. He criticized the period of three years between civic elections. The usual two terms was more than most potential candidates would like to be committed for. He favored two-year terms. The court of which hears appeals on as- is a Mr. Little said. It keeps no gives no has no guide- lines. The appellant has less than a fair chance before it. Organ equipment stolen Over in organ equip- ment was reported stolen from the Piano 313 7th St. S. by persons who apparently forced a door open Monday night. City police are still investi- gating the incident. The equipment missing In- cludes a tone cabinet valued at an amplifier valued at and a connector box worth creased to from the total 1972 average. Mr. Andreachuk added there was an increase of per cent over the first six months of 1972 brought un- precedented shoot- ing the meal day cost up to Sl.71 47 per from 1972. Mr. Bolduc pre- dicted the August figure to be about the trend continues at the rate July we could be more than over Mr. Andrea- chuck said. The hospital has been hard hit with rising meat facing increases which at times have reached 100 per cent on some cu.s. Meat cost increases for the hospital have hit 37 per with increases of 69 per cent for 22 per cent for bsef and 43 per cent for cooked hams its primary meat products. Mr. Andreachuk said Ihe hospital is not unlike the housewife in its purchasing of produce the hospital buys pre-cut wrapped in spe- cified portions. The only differ- ence is the hospital buys in bulk at wholesale prices but Mr. Bolduc out retail and wholesale prices do not vary that much. He also explained that pur- chasing in bulk does not help the fight against rising because after three weeks the hospital must buy more and the prices Even with the drastic es- calation in the price of food no changes are being planned in the menu. really haven't any way to change the menu you have to serve a quality Mr. Andreachuck 5aid. Mir. Bolduc added there Is little likelihood that meal p'-iions could be cut down either. The hospital is expecting a drop in prices but it is diffi- ficidt to determine how much they will drop as the hospital cannot get a commitment from the Mr. Bolduc said. Mr. Andreachuck that any drop in costs for one product may be offset by increases in others such as bread and pastries. Sister Mary ad- ministrator at St. Michael's Hospital said she has not no- ticed any in- in food how- the figures for July had not been compiled yet. Parent involvement emphasized Gov't to fund preschools Kindergartens that can show the provincial govern- ment that parents of their students are actively involved in the school's program will qualify for goverment finan- cial support- Some million has been allotted by the government for support of kindergartens the first time ever that kindergartens in this province have received financial sup- port from the government. The philosophy behind the says the director of the province's new early child- hood services is to encourage parents to as- sume more responsibility in the early education of their children. Local kindergartens should know whether they qualify for the support by the end of this month. Several have ap- plied and at least a few are expected to The Her- ald has learned. Those who receive the pro- vincial money will likely re- duce their fees. Also expected to be approv- the Lethbridge public school system's preschool project for children with learning disabil- ities. The board has optimistical- ly scheduled the project to be- gin Sept. 4. In a telephone interview from Dr. H. I. Hastings said he is hopeful the preschool program will help parents to better under- stand and help their children to recognize learning diffi- culties and participate more actively in the child's total education. Dr. Hastings feels a long- term benefit of the new ap- proach will be a substan- tial decrease in the high school drop-out rate. He hopes the program will help parents encourage their children to complete their ed- ucation. The early childhood services branch was formed last spring to co-ordinate govern- ment involvement in pre- school education and to utilize services currently offered at the continuity level. departments include health and social cul- youth and ad- vanced education and educa- tion. Even the home econo- mists with the department of agriculture may provide as- sistance with family nutrition problems. old concept of kinder- garten was too Dr. Hastings says. The new program will take into consideration the young- sters health and and social development. It should also make the youngster aware of the com' munity's culture and empha- size ihe development of the child's senses such as an awareness of different Dr. Hastings suggest- ed. Creative arts will definitely be a part of the pro- The new government guide- lines govern preschool teach- er qualifications preschool fa- cilities and the distribution of government money to pre- school programs although they have not yet been clearly not taking the re- sponsibilty away from the parent. It's just the opposite. We're putting the responsi- bility on the he said It is important that parents be part of the decision-making committee at the community he said. The allotted million covers the period from Sep- through 1974. The department of health and social development will fund and supply resource peo- ple for the community and parent involvement portion of the program. Other govern- ment departments involved supply resource personnel. It is aimed at the 4te to age group and is expected to reach children during the first year. There are about children in that age category in Alberta and about children were enrolled in kindergartens in the province last year. following year we may move down and catch the kids at an earlier Dr. Hast- ;