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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuwday, December 17, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Calgary foundation provides facelift CALGARY (CP) Main Street in Acme, has been transformed. Most of the shabby buildings have been refurbished with new siding and paint. The derelict former bank building, which until recently housed hobos passing through town, has been flattened. In its place will go a park, showplace for the formidable com- munity band. Acme's facelift is part of a minor revolution that the Calgary-based Devonian Foundation hopes will stir Alberta's 237 small towns and villages to clean up their eyesores. The foundation is ready to run up a bill of million or more during the next five years to help finance the facelifts. But the offer is con- Insecticide residues in irrigated soils By DR. BILL CHARNETSKI Research Scientist Pollution of soils by organochlorine insec- ticides is generally not im- portant in Southern Alber- ta. The residues of some insecticides are widespread in the irrigated soils of Southern Alberta, but the levels are one-tenth to one hundredth of those in comparable areas elsewhere in Canada and in the United States. These results are from a study by the Lethbridge Research Station in con- junction with the Dairy and Food Laboratory, Alberta department of agriculture. Soils were chosen at ran- dom from 179 localities in seven irrigation districts and were analyzed for 17 organochlorine insec- ticides and. seven organophosphorus insec- ticides. The organochlorines were the most persistent group of insecticides. The residues found most com- monly were aldrin, dieldrin, heptachlor, hep- tachlor epoxide, lindane, chlordane, and DDT or their degradation products. Endnn, on the other hand, was found only in a few samples. Considering the total organochlorine residue load (that is, all the com- pounds over 50 per cent of the sites con- tained much less than 0.01 parts per million 28 per cent averaged 0.03 ppm, 18 per cent averaged 0 20 ppm, and 2 samples averaged 0.66 ppm. (If you are not sure what a part per million is, 1 minute is 1 ppm of 1.9 years.) None of the soils contain- ed organophosphorus com- pounds that could be positively identified as insecticides (Dursban, Diazmon or Guthion) or as their degradation products. In general, the residue levels of organochlorines can be considered in- significant. The Bow River Development (Hays) and the Seven Persons Irriga- tion District contained the lowest levels of total organochlonne residues recorded. ditional on two towns must chip in about 33 per cent of the cost of improvements, and the projects must volve the entire com- munity. The short-term aim of Main is to spruce up the province, but on a long-term basis the philanthropic organization wants to help recapture the community spirit some towns seem to hae lost. Towns respond The foundation's ad- visers want to see land- scaped streets and parking lots, dressed-up public buildings, screening of car dumps and removal of cluttered signs. Acme was one of eight pilot com- munities that achieved the improvements. "The response of these AbHIORIiGEDIIRHOfflES 524 23rd St. South, Lethbridge LTD. We'll show you how you can have a quality kiln dried Canadian Cedar Home that is fast, easy to assemble and save hundreds of dollars, too. If you can't come in, send for your Lmdal 44-page Color Plan Book fnr nnlu ft1 AumDflLCEDBRHOmiS Bringing nature (and savings) home 524 23rd St. S., Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 329-3013 Enclosed for my Lindal Cadar Planbook. 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Carbon Mayor Adam Buyer said there are only two vacant lots left in town and annexation of more land appears likely, "we think that cleaning up our main street with Devonian's help will cer- tainly be an added attrac- tion for newcomers who are thinking of living here." The forest of protruding shop signs has disappeared from Carbon's main thoroughfare and several shop fronts have been painted. Land around the old peoples' residence has been levelled and turf will soon be laid. In addition, trees have been ordered for planting along the road leading into town. And the province will soon begin a program of improvements to sidewalks, gutters and sewers. Towns wanting to par- ticipate in the cleanup operation must follow a set procedure laid down by the foundation. This involves calling a town meeting to set up an organizing committee of residents, submitting a plan of improvements and cost estimates, detailing the town's financial contribution and describ- ing how residents will be involved in the facelift and future maintenance Communities have two years to complete their irn- provements and the foundation is appointing a team of co-ordinators who can help work out the details. JOHNSON PONTIAC-BUICK Cardston, Alberta Phone 653-3672 I The NEW 1975 Models... NOW ON DISPLAY See Them... Soon! LeSofare Custom Hardtop Coupe Our SINCEREST BEST WISHES to All for the NEW YEAR! CHRISTMAS Gary Johnson Stan Johnson And to all, thanks for your wonderful patronagel ;