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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 30, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 This is the sixth issue of Countdown, published by The Lethbndge Herald as a contribution to the 1975 Canada Winter Games effort The publication is designed to keep Southern Albertans up to date on the progress of the Winter Games socie- ty and to intro- duce society man- agement, employ- ees and volun- teers to The Herald readers Pharley Pheasant, which will illustrate different Games sports each month, was provided in his form on the front page of Countdown through the courtesy of Herald Printers Commonwealth Games visitors Even though the Xlth Commonwealth Games will not be held until August 1978, the wheels e already in motion for the people of Edmonton. On August 7th, a delegation from Edmonton paid a spe- cial visit to Lethbndge to meet with the various Committee Chair- men of the Winter Games. The purposes of the meetings were to ex- change ideas and information concerning both Games. Games part of ACT history Distribution of the 1974 telephone directory for Lethbridge and District is underway and by August 17th, 000 new telephone books will be delivered, shipped or mailed to subscribers Initially new directories will be distributed in Lethbridge City with being sent to the surrounding district The remaining books will be used for normal shipments to other telephone com- panies, new customers, replacements in public telephone booths and for sale to other customers The outside back cover focuses attention on the Canada Winter Games to be held in Lethbndge and District February llth 23rd, 1975 This will be the first time a regional concept has been used for the Canada Games and allows the Canada Games Society to schedule the various sports at fifteen different locations throughout Southern Alberta City of Lethbridge listings increased by four pages for an approximate growth of names, the District listings increas- ed by 10 pages. The Yellow Pages increased by 32 pages This represents one of the largest increases in this directory's history. From May, 1973 to May, 1974 a total of 000 lines were inserted and approximately 000 lines were removed. The first name, "A-l Cabinets and has remained unchang- ed since the 1973 issue, as does the last name "Zvingevics, A." The largest group of identical surnames is still Smith with approx- imately 90 listings Following close behind is Anderson with 78 There is only one Andersen The 1974 directory has approx- imately listings The earliest known Bell Telephone Direc- tory for Lethbridge and District is the 1904 directory which has 164 listings. Fifteen names are still found in the 1974 directory, along with one each from Raymond and Cardston. By 1904 the Bell telephone system had two separate long dis- tance networks in Alberta The northern system operated between Edmonton and Calgary, while the southern system connected Lethbridge, Stirling, Raymond. Magrath and Cardston The southern network was the first long dis- tance line in Alberta built by the Mounted Police and Mormon settlers in 1894 The system was rebuilt by the Bell Telephone Company in 1903. Phones from which long distance calls could be made are marked with an asterisk in the 1904 directory. Almost all Lethbridge' subscribers had been converted to the Bell long distance phone with the gooseneck tran- smitter Long distance calls could be attempted with the older Blake transmitter models but success was not guaranteed. A Cardston caller wanting Lethbridge would probably have to call from the telephone of- fice. The rate for a three minute daytime call in 1904 from Cardston to Lethbridge was 50 cents. Today it is 40 cents. Games offices will be moved Within the next uw wee' s Alberta Govern- ment Telephones vvi'l a installing com- munications facilities in t! 7F C-naaa ,vinter Games new communications pn dministrative headquarters located at 1804 South, Lethbndge A major piece of equipment going into the headquarters will be a capable of handling 50 trunk lines and 200 locals. The switchboard will provide direct service to the news media centre, games result centre and the athletes' villages to transmit information from a message centre to other locations in the same building. Various types of communications equipment will be installed in venues located throughout the city where the games will take place. The Siwik Swimming Pool will be equipped with an un- derwater music system for synchronized swim- ming. Public coin telephones, paging systems, private exchange switchboards and facilities for xerox machines will be installed in the Sportsplex, Civic Sports Centre, Lethbridge Curling Club, University of Lethbridge, Yates Memorial Centre, Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion, Siwik Swimming Pool and several schools The district venues of Magrath, Raymond, Picture Butte, Cardston. Blairmore, Pincher Creek, Bow Island, Taber, Claresholm, Coaldale, Milk River and Westcastle will have similar equipment installed. All venues will have coin telephones available with instructions in French and English Signs will be provided where necessary to indicate the location of the telephone. AGT will provide mobile telephone service for athletic events, transportation, parking, management and security personnel ;