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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ___________________________ Monday, August 31, 1970 THE tGTHBKIOGE IIP'" HOW about a lilUe whale watching? No, I mean it! I'm going to form the Soulli Alberta Cetacean Society and I need your support. We're going to watch whales. I discovered these magnificent creatures at Long Bcacli, near Torino on Hie west coast of Vancouver Island. We watched them from a small boat. We saw them in their lumbering sport slap- ping their giant flukes on the water as they dove to the depths. Then these California Gray Whales burst from the sea spouting water before stand- ing on their heads for another dive. Unfortunately there are no California Gray Whales in south- ern Alberta. Therefore the South Alberta Cetacean Society will be limited, at first, to watching ducks. I understand, after a hasty reading of Darwin, that whales and ducks are cousins, evolu- tionary-wise that is. As head of the society I will naturally have to take annual field trips to Long Beacli, all expenses paid, where I will stay at the Wickaninnish Inn and study the California Gray Whale. Gray whales feed in summer in the western Bering Sea and adjacent Arctic Ocean. In winter, particularly in De- cember through February, they may be seen travelling south along the California coast in small groups, usually two to five, on their way to Mexico. There, in various of the bays and lagoons of Baja, California, and the mainland especially Scammon Lagoon the fe- males have their calves and breed. In the spring, particularly in March and April, they travel north again along the coast. They travel fairly close to shore often coming within a few hun- dred yards of some of the points POT-LUCK By D'ARCY RICKARD or even into the surf zone. These whales travel around to miles each way, and the trip takes 2'A to 3 months. The distance is calcu- lated to be 60 to 80 nautical miles per day, at a speed of 4 knots for a 15- to 20-hour day. Their top speed is about 10 knots. They frequently raise their heads out of water to look around and get their bearings. They are believed to find their way on the long migration bv memory and vision. Gray whales reach 35 to 50 feet in length and around 20 to j 40 tons in weight. The calf is] WAX TREATMENT BATH Recently Ihe women of the Picture Butte Order of the Royal Purple presented a wax treatment bath to the Picture Butte Municipal Hospital for the treatment of arthritis. Left to right are Mrs. Lucille Nolan, honored royal laay; 15 to 16 feet long at birth. The migration illustrates the irresistible urge on the part nf select species to undertake long journeys across the face of the earth. Why do I write about the Gray whale? Because the more we strive to reach the popular science future, the more likely we are to achieve the ecologi- cal disaster. I look with awe at the Cali- fornia Gray Whale. And the grizzly. And what man is doing with his "popular science" men- tality dismays me. Soon I will finish writing this story. I will retire here in mv room in the fabulous Wickanin- nish Inn on Long Beach. But I won't sleep. I will think, with awe, about those ocean beasts, the California Gray Whales. They're out there now, making their deep, echoing calls. They're as large as a dinosaur but they're still a living, breath- ing part of the world today. Two hours ago we watched diem from a small boat. We saw them in their lumbering sport slapping the water with their giant flukes, standing on their heads, diving to the depths. It was the most exciting sight on this fabulous trip: the Cali- fornia Gray Whale bursting from the sea. Vernon Price, hospital board chairman; Mrs. Rose Moriyama, head-nurse, and Kathy Hadford, past honored royal lady. Miss P. Johnson Photo. Win Macleod Support JL. JL. By JEAN SWIHART Special Correspondent FORT MACLEOD The Ju- nior Forest Warden movement began in 1930, a project of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Forestry Association as a measure against forest fire losses. The movement spread to Al- berta in 1961 under the spon- sorship of the Provincial gov- ernment, in order to put a con- crete conservation prograpi into action. The Alberta JFW now comes under the department of youth. They operate under a charter from the National Association of Canada in Vancouver. The purpose of the organiza- tion is to provide sound con- servation education and prac- tical training for the adults of Vandals Deface Monument By JEAN SWIIIART Special Correspondent FORT MACLEOD Tall grass and weeds surround a 15- ton rock, whose face is mar- red, the result of vandals and their chisels. A cement base for the rock and a semi-protective fence bear witness that once some- one cared. The rock a monument to the Number Seven Service Fly- 'ing Training School, located one mile west of the town of Fort Macleod was erected by the works and building section of the school and was official- ly dedicated on Sept. This unique memorial was brought in from the Blood Re- serve and is in the form of a Gothic window. The school was opened in December 1940, 'out pressure of the day prevented the men from, completing their craftsmanship until two years later. The day of dedication was proclaimed Sports Day on the Base. Special guest was the first Commanding Officer, Group Captain James, who came from Calgary to unveil and dedicate the Monolith. At the special ceremony he was introduced by Wing Command- er Davenport, the Command- ing Officer. In his address Group Capt. James said it was fitting that such a monument should be erected to remind future gen- erations of the work carried on here. "The cairn will remain from generation to generation as a reminder, not only of the splen- did war work of all those who came to this school, but also of the splendid co-operation and support which the station re- ceived from the people of the town of Macleod." He then unveiled the Mono- lith and axposed the b r o n z e plaque designed by LAC Law of the station. Wing Commander Davenport then proceeded to the base of the Monolith where he placed a container in which were all the names of the personnel present when the base was opened and the present person- nel. They were cemented into On base for future generations to discover. ALL KILLED The school graduated 50 men each class and by the time of the Monolith's dedication over 600 men had gone from the school to assist their country. The 50 men in the first grad- uating class were all killed in the service of their country. Their names recorded in the container at the base of the Monolith will never be known to our generation or to the next one because o! Vandals. Recently it was discovered that hoodlums and their chisels had removed the bronze plaque and the container of names. The Legion is trying to re- place the plaque. The Town of Fort Macleod has agreed to put a fence around the cairn after the Legion has repaired the damage. It will then be made a Historic site. Each year many people, for- merly connected with the Sta- tion, come back for a visit and bring their families to see where they trained. When the restoration is complete, it is hoped that it will remain; thus remind people that once the majority were willing to sac- rifice for others. Walkqthpn Set SPARWOOD (HNS) The Michel Hospital Auxiliary is making plans for a walkathon to he held Sept. 20 providing ap- proval is granted by the depart- ment of highways for use of Highway 3 for this purpose. ISLAND LAKE IS POPULAR PLAYGROUND Island Lake, at the west end of Crows- nest Lakes near the Alberta, British Columbia border, provides a scenic area for motor- ists who pass over the causeway dividing the lake. An excellent camping area is pro- vided. Camp shelters, fresh drinking water, good fishing and excellent scenery make the area a paradise for and Vern Decoux Photo tomorrow. Projects initiated by different clubs help to clarify the real meaning of "conserva- tion" and in some cases serve to improve forest environment. To be eligible a boy must be between the ages of 10 to 16 years. Older boys often remain with their clubs in a leadership capacity. Some become Con- servation Wardens or Junior Forest Rangers. All are better informed adults as a result of the training they have re- ceived. The Fort Macleod group was formed in the Fish and Game Association PS spon- sors. Their supervisor is Harry Chapman Jr., and the council- lors are Jim Scott and Roy Scott. Last season saw 46 boys as members. An amalgamation of the groups from Pincher Creek, Coleman, Lethbridge and Fort Macleod for the purpose of pro- moting co-operation is unique to JFW anywhere. SPONSOR CAMP The combined groups spon- sor Lynx Creek Camp each summer from the end of June until -the end of August. By co- operating they are able to have larger and belter camps. The camp is located 13 miles south of Hillerest on the Adanack Road. The site was formerly a Gov- ernment Ranger Station. It has been leased from the govern- ment. The three bedroom house accommodates the coun- cillor and cooks. The double garage has been converted into a cookhouse. It is equipped with running hot and cold wa- ter, propane stove, wood stove, fridge and pressure system. The tent area, located about a quarter of a mile from the buildings has a wash stand with water syphoned from the creek, campfire area, latrines and the obstacle course. Each camp is of one week duration. They are held ac- cording to age, there is junior boys (ages 10 and inter- mediate Boys (12 and senior boys (14 and over) as weE as camp for girls, also based on age. This year the last camp was held to accom- modate all ages and it picked up the boys who had missed their own camp for one reason or another. Aiidy Russell Speaks to FPA PINCHER CREEK (Special) Andy Russell recently was a guest speaker at a general meeting of the Foothills Pro- tective Association held in the Cowley Community hall. This is an organization form- ed by farmers and ranchers concerned with the protection of their rights as individuals and the protection of their property. The primary con- cerns of the organization are in the fields of hunting, fishing, surface rights, pollution and right-of-ways. It is also con- cerned with any other fields that affect the rights of its members and their properties. A good example could be the eventual involvement in the area of environmental control. Any individual that has not been enrolled who is interested in the association may contact any of the following: Presi- dent, Henry Hammond; Secre- tary. Robert Mitchell; and di- rectors Bob Day, Earl Hig- glnbotham, and Sam McClel- land, all of Pincher Creek. In Cowley area contact How- ard Davis; Lundbi'eck contact Ross Jensen or Terry Webber; and Fort Macleod contact Bob Jackman or Pat Schnarr, Every morning before break- fast the boys go through the obstacle course, this not only invigorates them but teaches co-ordinat i o n. After breakfast the different skills are taught. There is a vigorous swimming program as well as instruction in forestry, woods travel, radio communication, mapping, first aid, tree identification fire- fighting, conservation, report writing and public speaking. Fort Macleod cooks are Mrs. Henry Lemire, Mrs. Harry Chapman, Jr., Mrs. Jean Mc- Bridef Mrs. Stan Billiards. Also going from here as councillors were Les Scott Calvin Edgar and Clark Robinson. The Su- pervisor for the camp is the only one who receives a stip- end. This year Larry Nelson from Coleman acted in this ca- pacity. Besides Lynx Creek the JFW have a provincial camp at Hin- tori. It is for the older boys (14-16) and there were six boys attending from the local club. They are: Denzil Conner, Les- lie Scott, Darcy Watson, Chris Billiard, Richard Hose and Blair DeGuines. The camp is run in the same manner as Lynx Creek, except it is more advanced. The last day and a half is a survival hike. The boys are given a map and compass, and a survival kit. They are on their own then and if they don't read the maps to find each meal that has been pre-planted they must survive on the kits. Harry Chapman said that the season activities will begin with a meetuio Sept. 11 at 7 in the Scout Hall. OK New Rales For Taber Rink TABER (HNS) A sched- ule of rental rales for the new ice skating rink and the hock- ey arena received the stamp of approval COMMERCIAL Hockey arena (deposit of pel- .day plus per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gate, whichever is larger. Skating rink (deposit of S50) per day plus per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gate, whichever is larger. SPONSORED CLUBS Hockey arena per day plus per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gate, whichever is larger. Skating rink per day plus ?1 per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gate, whichever is larger. LOCAL CLUBS Hockey arena per day plus per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gale, whichever is larger. Skating link per day plus per hour setting up time, or 40 per cent of gate, whichever is larger. Ice rental in the h o c k e y arena is per hour, and in the skating rink per hour. Minor hockey will pay 40 per cent of gate receipts, and hockey games other than mi- nor hockey will pay 40 per cent of gate receipts, minimum of OiftSGS Nursing Parley CKANBUOOK (Special) Nursing the "Iw.v" Patient the theme (if the Continuing Mi I ucniion of Nurses Institute pro fram sot fur Cranbruok Com immity Health Centre Oct. 10 and 17. I Emotional aspects of patic-m care lie considered undi'i four topics, listening and (rust, j steps in of beha- vior, communication, and ap- propriate nursing intervention. Ssek Arena SPARWOOD (HNS) At a joint meeting ot the advis o r planning board and recreation commission it was decided a delegation of Mr. Van Molly Doratty and Dick Clark i will" travel to Calgary to dis-1 cuss plans for a new rink and arena to be located at Spar Wncd. They would discuss the plans frith Undcnvood end lIcLelltm i engineers retained by council. I Zoning Bylaw NATAL, B.C. (HNS) The long awaited zoning bylaw fcr the District of Eparwood lias had the finishing touches made and is now ready for public study. In the next few weeks the by- law will be on hand for viewing at the District office in Natal, and extracts amounting to j about half the total plan will I be advertised. i The plan which was largely developed through discussions by the advisory plamung com- mission reflects the needs of the citizens of the district. It is a comprehensive plan for the controlled development of the township of Spanvocd, and it makes adequate provision for orderly development of Ihe en- tire district, officials say. Awards Contract CLARES HOLM (HNS) Claresholm may'soon have an- other industry employing a con- siderable number of persons but details of the plans were not revealed. Negotiations with the uniden- tified firm were held at a clos- ed committee meeting of town council. Council accepted a bid of 952 from Southern Paving for this year's part of the paving program. Work has already be- gun on a number cf residential streets. Donafe NATAL, B.C. (HNS) At the last meeting of the Michel-Natal District Hospital Women's Aux- iliary the sum of was re- ported as being donated for hos- pital equipment and furniture. The furniture included three hospital beds along with related tables and stands. A wheel chair was donated as well. The hospital auxiliary raised the funds through'a member- ship drive and oilier activities. The next major fund drive to be undertaken will start with a walkathon in September. WATER SAFETY Red Cross water so was hold for some -40 Peigan children at Creek swimming poo! recenlly. Af flic cc week's instruction 20 pre-boginners ana i were passed. The Indian children were ti o by the Peigan Co-op bus every morning for tltf held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Ice P 1 Set For Arena BELLEVUE (CNP Bureau) A new artificial ice plant will be installed in (he Believue arena in September. The work- of installing the Ja- panese manufactured plant will be done by a Calgary firm. Tlie project is a joint effort between the village of Bellevue. the Hamlet of Hillcresl: and the Bellevue Sports Association. Meanwhile announcement is Peigaii Chiefs Host Tourney Sept. 6-7 I'lNCHER CHEEK (Special) Peigan Chiefs are host- ing the first annual Slow Pitch Tournament to be held in Brocket on Sunday and Mon- day, Sept. 6 Eight teams will be taking part in this double knockout competition. The entry fee of should he forwarded to: Gerald Smith, General De- Sept. 2. made that the Bel'. v-- pal cilices will IK' CV Scnf. I to 15. Water ;ir. that discount pcriivl rates will be exicp.Jc. her 14. Tiie village recently the property fcMn-ri1 "VnnUsgc in Leaf. The villtgfi'v.ill he mov- ing some (if ii; rnuipniT.l hi'.o the storage sheds on the ne-.v premises. Pians call for the mu- nicipal offices into the ?'.Japli3 Leaf building fit a kite" cinLc. The building was Ihe former Maple Leaf "Echcol. Harry Randsma appoint- ed assessor for the 1970 voar. Returns rionis SPARWOOD nKS' .Irihn- ny Thomson, mayor cf tin: Ilis- tfict of Sparwood under- went surgeJ'y at the Cross Hospital, Calgary, and Iws- pitalized for several lias returned to his at Gpar- wood. Joins Clinic BLA1RMORE (CNP Bureau) W. T. Kao of St. John, N.B., has accepted a position and will join the staff of the Crowsnest Pass Clinic in early September. Dr. Kao is a graduate of Tai- wan University and took post graduate training in surgery! and gynecology in Toronto, De- troit and St. Jc'lm. He is mar- ried and has one child. The family will be taking up resi- dence in Blairmorc. Leave Coleman COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Habctler of Coleman left town this week for Sherwood Park. Mr. Habctler, recreation di- rector in the Crowsnest Pass for the past two years, will be returning to university to com- plete his education. Ttio rodeo of them It came hurkinn osif o( the diuto in 1912