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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i Last unit grain train pulls across high level bridge bound for Vancouver BILLGROENENphoo The 24th unit gram tram left the Canadian Government Elevator in Lethbndge Wednesday carrying about bushels of clean export- ready wheat to Vancouver. The Canadian Wheat Board authorized trucks to bring gram from country elevators to Lethbndge to ready for shipment aboard unit trains. Almost 6Vz million bushels were shipped to Vancouver in the trucking program which ended July 31. Twenty employees hired for the trucking program have been laid off. The government elevator remains about one half full of wheat, oats, barley and corn District The Lethbtidgc Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Water ton town 'needs more places to By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer WATERTON The many traffic problems here are beginning to create an at- mosphere of the "big citv and vacationers don t want that a townsite planner for Parks Canada said here Wednesday night AI Lubkowski who is work- ing on a master plan for the townsite said at the rate the popularity of the park is increasing there has to be long range planning He indicated that as far as the Waterton townsite is concerned people haven't looked far enough to the future There were only 18 people attending the meeting The traffic flow here is slow and there is too much congestion at key intersec- tions he claimed I would like to see the fostering of a walking environ- ment here, he added Mr Lubkowski said with the further use of existing trails and the construction of more the park could be brought back to the townsite He said of all the problems that have to be looked at the traffic is the main one By use of statistics and a map of the townsite, Mr Lubkowski showed those at the meeting where the traffic problems are His figures showed on a 'typical" day Waterton Avenue, the main street, handles about vehicles He said Windflower Avenue, now used as entrance to the campground and trailer court averages vehicles a day He suggested re-routing the traffic to go by Cameron Falls but some of the people at the meeting most of whom owned or leased cottages, didn't appear to like that idea You would just be moving all the traffic there and that's one of the most beautiful places in the said one woman Mr Lubowski said there are other alternatives and "this is only a meeting to talk over ideas there is nothing definite being set down At a meeting last week, Mr Lubkowski said the circum- stances of park use are ex- plained to the public along with planning options and ideas given by the public can be incorporated in the preliminary plan He said Wednesday night he would like to see traffic routed away from the down- town area specifically Waterton Avenue The townsite as it is, is not a pretty place there has been a lack of imagination.' he said One man who has owned a cottage at the townsite for several years said he can t see anything wrong with it But Mr Lubkowski suggested the man is used to things the way are You d be surprised how manv people come here find things wrong and offer suggestions for improvement There s alwav s room for im- provement he said In conjunction with the walking environment" he said he would push for Mr Lubkowski offered the idea of a pedestrian plaza He suggested closing traffic to a one-block portion of Waterton Avenue, between Mount View Road and Cameron Falls Drive He said something of this sort would eliminate conges- tion at the intersection of Mount View Road and Waterton Avenue That s where the biggest congestion problem lies We haven't properly utiliz- ed the downtown area and we could have one of the most intriguing townsites you've ever seen he said Some of the other suggestions offered by Mr Lubkowski were designated bus drop-offs, more strategic parking facilities turn- abouts and possible parking facilities in the downtown back alleys. because that space is being wasted It was pointed out from ear- ly returns on questionaires sent to cottage owners, park employees and vacationers', most people appear to be in favor of a pedestrian plaza or mall, but many want more in- formation on the idea Mr Lubkowski said the next public session will be held Aug 29 at 8 30 p m "We will try and come up with an over-all concept of what we've talked about at the other 10 meetings He said once the ideas have been put together definite plans can be made When that happens he said, the work would begin "but several years away yet Lethbndge, Alberta, Thursday, August 22, 1974 Pages 13-24 Time plans to tighten Kenyon Field security Time Air will tighten airport security by November, the airline's president said Wednesday W R Ross said Time will be using metal detectors supplied hy the ministry of transport to give passengers departing on Time Air flights from Lethbndge Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Edmonton and Grande Prairie a "full screening Tighter security precautions at Kenyon Field, he added will result in a "clean" area where screened passengers wait flights in a secured waiting room Ross said full screening of passengers complies with MOT security measures at airports across the country Institute reports rash of rabid bats A rash reports of rabid bats in Alberta this week isn't causing undue concern among health authorities but parents are being urged to caution their children about handling the animals Stuart Magwood, director of the federal Animal Diseases Research Institute in Lethbndge, said this morning two bats from the Edmonton area and one from Claresholm were diagnosed positive early this week Then a bat found outside the University of Lethbndge Wednesday was diagnosed positive, bringing to 12 the number of bats found in Alberta this year that reacted positive Dr Magwood said the bat at the university was found lay- ing on the ground during the day one sign something might be wrong with the animal Dr Magwood said this is the time of the year when rabies among bats reaches its peak The animals are on their an- nual migration routes and con- tact among them is at its highest The rash this week is a repeat pattern of last year when many rabies cases were diagnosed in late summer Parents should make sure their children realize the danger of the disease, said Dr Magwood The children should be advised not to handle or even approach a bat which is in the grass or out during the day If a person does get bitten by a bat he should try to im- mediately retrieve the animal dead or alive for observation and diagnosis The diagnosis can be performed within hours by staff at the Animal Diseases Research Institute medical doctor should be summoned immediately and pending the outcome of the diagnosis, an anti-rabies treatment can be started Teachers want time to study OBE details By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A new planning scheme introduced by public school trustees last February was again one of the major issues on the agenda when local representatives of the Alberta Teachers Association met Wednesday for the first time this school term The scheme, labelled ob- jective based education is an educational planning system in which educators spell out their goals and guidelines for attaining the goals During the last meeting of ATA members in May, a resolution was passed calling for the suspension of the ob- jective based education system until teachers were given enough information about it to accept or reject it by popular vote Following that meeting, the public school administrators agreed to discuss the teachers concerns at a meeting of the public school co-ordinating council which includes four teacher representatives three school administrators five central office administrators and an executive of the ATA A report by teacher representative Terry Morris to the ATA meeting Wednes- day outlined the concerns ex- pressed by the ATA to the ad- ministrators and the reaction received from the ad- ministration The ATA felt more time is needed to analyse manage- ment by objectives (OBE) in detail and if it is indeed a good educational scheme it would stand on its own merits The ATA also suggested that teachers should be able to decide by secret ballot if they want the scheme introduced in their schools Mr Morns report in- dicated that public school of- fice administration agreed that teachers should have more time to study OBE and consultation should take place But according to the report the administrators also pointed out the school board was elected to make decisions and it must reserve the right to make final decisions and a ballot of teachers to accept or reject the scheme might suggest teachers are running the school system During the co-ordinating council meeting the ATA also expressed concern about the amount of teacher time it will take to introduce OBE The administrators, the report stated, claimed it was impossible to determine how much time would be involved in introducing OBE and they would ask what is only reasonable and valuable" from the teachers When it was pointed out that teachers are expected to prepare for OBE on their own time while administrators are to be given 11 school days off to studv the scheme, central office administrators explain- ed that principals will be out- numbered by teachers at the OBE workshop scheduled for September the report said Two school administrators also expressed concern that there was not a fair represen- tation of teachers at the meeting in which the ATA decided to ask the school board to suspend OBE Mr Morris explained in his report The OBE resolution was introduced at the May general meeting of the ATA under new business The attendance at the meeting was on par with other general ATA meetings The teachers and ad- ministrators agreed at the co- ordinating council meeting that the ATA executive con- sider accepting a motion that OBE continue in the schools that are now gradually introducing OBE or who wish to introduce it in the future The ATA executive have not taken a stand on the proposed motion Teachers opposed to OBE have expressed concern about its implementation without any evidence being provided that it is as good or better than the system now in operation in public schools The OBE scheme in addition to establishing a new planning system in the schools also es- tablishes certain standards students must meet at designated points during their grade school studies City to buy school property A special meeting of ciU and public school land saie committees agreed Wednes- the citv should purchase the two school propertv acreages in southeast Lakeview Each committee will mm recommend to their governing bodies that the land transac tion be approved When the public school board receives the recommendation at itb regular meeting Aug 24 it will mark the second time the trustees have faced a decision ol whether to sell their 4 75 and 4 79 acre sites to the cm Earlier this vear the trustees offered the land to the at fair market value but the citv declined When the citv indicated it was not interested in the land the trustees agreed to sell bv public tender Public tenders closed noon Tuesday but the school board and citv land sale committees, had already agreed to meet to discuss citv interest in the land prior to the deadline Home canners find metal lids for jars scarce Due to an acute shortage of the most popular metal lid used on preserving jars, many Lethbndge housewives are faced with abandoning the preserving of fruits and vegetables this year or purchasing a complete new line of jars A survey of local food chain stores and smaller grocers to- day found very few wide- mouth and zinc-metal lids in the city Most stores don't have them in stock and don't expect to be able to receive their stock of lids this year Most stores do have a stock of standard lids that fit on salad dressing jars and narrow-mouth lids that fit on jelly jars, but since an es- timated 75 per cent of the housewives use the wide- mouth jars store managers say there is little demand for their present stock Most stores also have a good stock of wide-mouth jars with lids but the process of canning could be very expensive this year if consumers have to purchase the jar to get the lid when they already have an adequate supply of jars The shortage of lids resulted from a serious shortage of plate steel and an increased interest in food preserving by consumers Western Canada retailers have purchased their supply of metal lids from American manufacturers during the past 15 to 20 years but now have had their flow of supplies cut by the manufacturers who ap- parently are having difficulty meeting the needs of their own domestic market The shortage of lids has not affected the whole Canadian market Since Eastern Canada retailers traditionally received their preserving jar lids from two major Canadian firms based in the East, they continue to be supplied first by the firms and there is not a noticeable shortage in that part of the country The shortage in Western Canada has been most acute in Alberta and British Colum- bia Most Lethbridge store managers have noticed a number of consumers from British Columbia and Mon- tana checking their shelves for the wide-moputh jar lids Emu Dudley, manager of Super Sam Food Stores says he had a large stock of lids earlier this month but the influx of customers from out- side the province and a move by local consumers to preserve more this year have depleted his supply Likewise, the demand for preserving supplies increased across the nation this summer as people turned to planting large gardens and preserving as a method of softening the impact of inflation on their food budgets In an effort to do something about the lid shortage Beryl Plumtre. chairman of the Food Prices Review Board in Ottawa, wrote to the depart- ment of consumer and cor- porate affairs this month suggesting that measures be taken tc secure a diversion of extra steel supplies to Cana dian manufacturers of metal lids The board also believes the federal government should consider taking steps to pre vent a renewed dependence on supplies of metal caps from imported sources by en couragmg the supply of this, product throughout Canada by domestic manufacturers ;