Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbtridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION December 1973 Pages Ken Murlburt opened auctioned piglet LCC Food Fair bid on food delights A large crowd turned out Friday to view and taste the work of Lethbridge Community College's commercial cooking and meat technology students. V. R. food services manager at estimated attendance at 10.000 at the ninth annual Food Fair. I hope we don't have to feed that he said. Mr. Olson said between and persons had eaten the smorgasbord dinner at the Food Fair in 1972. By 3 p.m.. one half-hour after the seven lineups this year's lines'were already longer than last year's. People of all ages swarmed through the LCC gym- nasium to view ice baked goods and other food. A row of ice sculptures down the middle of the centre table spelled GAMES and seafood of all descriptions were set out on and around the sculptures. Seventeen cakes showed Pharley Q. the Canada Winter Games Western hospitality bird in various sporting costumes. There was a subdued rush in the kitchen as staff and students rose to the challenge presented by the crowd lin- ed up for the smorgasbord. The official opening of the show was postponed to p.m. from 2 p.m. because Premier Peter Lougheed cancelled his visit. Roast pigs illuminated by sparklers were piped into the darkened followed by a procession of LCC food services staff and students also bearing sparklers. MP Ken Hurlburt who officially opened the show in Premier Lougheed's was presented with a specially decorated cake by student Ada Sawchuk. take this cake back to said Mr. call it the Lougheed cake and I'll tell them we don't want anything in Alberta that's not good for the rest of Canada we just want our fair share of the cake.'' He auctioned the first one of the which went to Art Williams for Then Joe and Tony who donated their auctioneering services since the Food Fair's took over. The machine-gun patter of the auctioneers and the hands of bidders shooting up brought the fair to its conclusion. Enthusiastic bidders had wide choice of dishes RICK ERVIN photos Modernize rather than abandon rail chamber By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Rail line and elevator aban- donment in rural Alberta must be part of a study on the modernization of Canada's transportation the president-elect of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce said in Lethbridge Friday. R. W. Chapman of Ed- monton told a special public meeting of the Alberta chamber rail abandonment committee and CP Rail of- ficials he is awaiting a report from the committee before the chamber can formulate a policy statement. After surveying the opinion ecutives. Mr. Chapman said he couldn't find unanimous approval of a Magrath and District Chamber of Commerce push for continued maintenance of all rail lines in Alberta. The problem arose during the federal government elec- tion campaign in 1972 when the Magrath chamber was asked lo sponsor a meeting for then federal agriculture minister Bud Olson. Magrath chamber president Harold Boucher discovered no rail service was operating regularly in the Del Cardstbn and Jefferson regions. read to the public meeting in Magrath and presented to Mr. Olson. A week later the trains were moving in the districts. But this opened a new topic lor the Magrath chamber plans by the rail companies to abandon 5.528 miles of branch lines in the three prairie provinces. The chamber look- ed on these plans as a direct attack at the lifelines of rural Alberta towns. The problem was then presented to the annual meeting of the provincial chamber in Camrose but more research was found necessary. The Magrath chamber was asked to con- imiiA ifc urnrlr anrf thp rail abandonment committee was struck. Following two meetings in the south in October and the special meeting Friday was called to present both sides of the pic- ture and to provide the com- mittee with facts to be presented to the provincial chamber for a policy statement. Gordon Seddon. program director for the rail transpor- tation research and develop- ment division of the Alberta department of industry and placed the position of the provincial Government before the audience of more than 50 people. He said the government feels no rail lines should be abandoned unless alternate transportation facilities are included for the affected areas. He said if any rail abandon- ment can be clearly it would be done only on a planned using a phased time schedule with all elements studied. Dick Lethbridge MLA. representing the Social Credit contingent still in said the consensus from local elected representatives was complete support of the Magrath chamber in its move to protect rural Alberta. Leo Ellert. a Milk River set the tempo of the rest of the 2'2-hour meeting when he called for complete upgrading of the rail lines. He said this was essential for the economic survival of Alberta because farmers' grain must be moved to market and the only way to do that is to wheels under it on a railway. Otto Wobick-. a Lethbridge county said the possibility of rail line aban- donment is causing some concern on the municipal level because of the threat of extra financial difficulties in building the extra roads which would be needed. He said there is enough maintaining roads even with the majority of the grain now moved by rail. Bob Martinelli of grain marketing director for CP said inefficient use of grain cars because of the thousands of miles of branch rail lines contributed to high losses of money for his com- pany. He said the tremendous number of branch lines generate' little grain movement. And this means little revenue. He said the other factor was strictlv a financial one. In 1971. the federal govern- ment started to subsidize branch rail lines. In the this has amounted to million dollars to adding up at the rate of eight cents per bushel of grain moved out of the region. Since this program was initiated by the federal government. CP Rail and Canadian National Railways have been paid million in branch line subsidies. Of the 20.00 miles of branch lines. 8.000 miles of track are collecting the subsidy Mr. Martinelli said. He said these lines wouldn't be abandoned because the rail companies are getting the subsidy.