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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUPERIOR 13 DAY MEXICAN FIESTA FOR CO-OP MEMBERS Departing from Calgary January 19th, 1971 Only per parson Based on double occupancy For reservations and Information contact BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE Centre Villosa Phono 328-3201 or 328-8184 "BUTTE TRAVEL SERVICE-AS NEAR AS YOUR TELEPHONE" if You t? Ask Me.. By HERB JOHNSON A FEW years ago it was fashionable to criticize the commercialism surrounding Christmas. Stan Freberg's famous recording of Green Christ- mas, in which lie lampooned the business world for making a profit out of what he considered to be a basically religious celebration, was a good example of the kind of emotional outbursts that took place against our most festive and popular holiday. The critics seem strangely silent this year, which some take to be a good sign an indication that all is well and that everyone is happy with the way Christmas is celebrated. It could well be, however, that their sense of well- being is based on a misinterpretation of the situa- tion. It just might be that the critics have stopped because everyone now believes them. Maybe most of us actually have become disenchanted with the com- mercialism of Christmas. It might be appropriate to take a few minutes now that the holiday season is almost upon us to reflect on the more positive aspects of our Christmas traditions, before all of us lose faith in the things we hold dear. Things like Christmas gifts Not just the toys for the children, but the kind of gifts that have become the really important part of Christmas the bottle of whiskey for the business associate whose goodwill needs to be cultivated, the fur coat for the wife who lias to look belter than the other women on the block. Here lies the true spirit of Christmas. There are other things about our favorite holiday that have been the target of unwarranted criticism, criticism we must fight. The annual Santa Claus parades (now held in late August) are a good example. Some people have even gone so far as to voice complaints about the inces- sant advertising of toys on television. Isn't it clear to these people that these things are an integral part of Christmas and must be de- fended from those unthinking persons who would do away with our most cherished traditions? Perhaps the best example of all is Christmas cards. One of the current ways to be "in" these days is to mention casually that you are not sending many (if any) cards this year. People who do this seem to have forgotten the thrill that comes from getting a card from someone you haven't seen since high-school and whose name hasn't so much as crossed your mind for years. Better still is the card from the business firm who thinks so much of you they send a card, even though you've never entered their store. The ulti- mate in Christmas goodwill is the card sent by a local firm's head office down cast one of thousands cranked out by a computer. What could better sym- bolize the true spirit of Christmas today than a card from a computer? It's lime the Christmas critics realized this and stopped hoping for a re- turn to the "good old days" when people sang Christmas carols and ac- tually believed them. MOVING? AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES BLOOD REPLACED IN A DAY Canadian Red Cross donors give three quarters of a pint of blood at each donation, about one twentieth of the average body content, which is replaced within 24 hours. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BIDG. PHONE THE MEMBERS OF THE IETHBRIDGE FLORIST ASSOC. WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY, JANUARY 2nd TO ENABLE OUR STAFFS TO ENJOY A WELL DESERVED HOLIDAY! Froche's Flower Shop Lorna's Flowers Marquis Flower Shop North Plaza Florist We Wish You the Happiest Holiday Season and Best in the New Year! The lethbtidije Herald SECOND SECTION Lethhridge, Alberta, Saturday, December 1970 PAGES 13 TO 24 PLANNING A PARTY? SERVE EVERYONE'S FAVORITI ERICKSEN'S 2021 3rd S. 328-8161 1705 M.M. Drive Ph. 328-7751 Workers earn 'peanuts' in shaky new By IIKHB JOHNSON lierald Staff Writer Despite modern labor legisla- tion, (here arc workers in bridge today earning exactly 20 cents an hour. Their manufacturing plant is an abandoned building. Their job security is nil the com- pany they work for will fold within a few months. Questioned by a Herald re- porter, two of the workers saifl the job was "great." Carol Sekiya and Adrienne Kwaczek are both shareholders (and a firm called EZCO. H is of four com- panies formed in late October under the Junior Achievement program. The two girls, along with 20 other high school students who have shares in the company, make and sell an item called the Footsy. Footsies consist of a 42-inch piece of plastic rope with a loop in one end and a rubber ball on the other. Fasten the loop around an ankle and you can twirl and skip to your heart's content. The Footsy sells for 99 cents, a figure that should allow for some profit margin, although the girls aren't exactly sure just how much the company makes with each sale. About 130 Footsies have been cranked out by the student firm so far, but no figures are available yet on sales, largely because all selling is done by the students on a person-to- p.erson basis. It will take a while for sales figures to be collected and compiled. The manufacturing, unlike the selling, is done on a regular schedule. The com- pany meets every Wednesday for two hours in their two rooms in the old city hall an- nex. The other three companies Singer George de Souzci in Action South not so warm By JOAN BOWMAN1 Herald Entertainment Writer While southern A 1 b ertans psyche themselves up for the cold months of the year, coun- tries south of the equator are lapping up their hot seasons. In Tanzania, an east central African nation, the average temperature, October to May, is an enviable 90 degrees. The nearby sea, the Indian Ocean, '.s ripe for swimming. Recollections such as these of :iis native land, aren't helping George de Sauza, an entertain- er at a downtown lounge, get through his first experience with snow and a Canadian win- ter. A popular music star of ong standing in Tanzania's capital, Dar es Salaam, Mr. de Souza came to the Letli- jridge area about one month ago and has decided Canada is friendly, roomy, fast and one long expanse of cold. "And my wife keeps telling me I haven't seen anything yet." Of Portuguese descent and now 24 years old, he entered the entertainment field at the advanced age of 12. Using a succession cf bands and back- up groups, he became tlie audi- ence acknowledged and self- acknowledged top club enter- ainer in Dar es Salaam. The city has a population of about He had his own weekly radio show and made numerous tele- appearances. Figuring he had played all he clubs he wanted to play in Tanzania, he considered mov- ng to England, whose ties with he country have remained ince its independence and nerger in 1904. However, his eyes were turn- to Canada by his marriage ibout six months ago to the COMPLETE CARPIT AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Avo. S. Ph. 327-5454 former Daun Roberta Dickson'ray, he learned by listening to of the Warner area. His wife, a former secretary of the Canadian High Commis- sioner, and Mr. de Souza de- cided to visit her parents on a Warner farm for Christmas. He admitted he spent most of his days on the farm confined to his in laws' home because of the cold. And "I got restless. I'm used to working all the time." (He even kept an en- gagement at a Dar es Salaam nightclub on night.) his wedding Mr. de Souza means to go solo from now on. He has re- tained use of an electric guitar, but has dropped backup men for an ele c t r i c amplif ier- rhytlim section. His repertoire, an extensive one, includes rock, calypso and traditional works, ethnic num- bers such as Havana Nagilah, numbers in the African tongue of Swahili and, of course, Eng- lish. Displaying a pleasant, croon- er-type voice, best fitted for ballads, he conceded his one drawback at present is not knowing some North American hits. But Snowbird, the million- record bestseller by Anne Mur- the radio, so it's doubtful he will take long rounding out his long list. Next Monday, Mr. de Souza intends to hire an agent in Cal- gary. Eventually he plans to make his way lo Montreal "where the big names and where incidentally, another language awaits him. The U.S. is not on his sched- ule: too many big names, too much competition. One difference he has found between Tanzanian and Cana- dian performers is that Cana- dians stop for a rest "after three numbers, just when people get started." For him, a contract for 3Vz hours of nightly entertainment means just that, with no breaks. Intending to make Canada his new home, he will continue performing at the lounge to the end of January. And January is the month when the 40 degree below weather usually sets in. George de Souza hasn't seen anything yet. No decision on price hike No decision has been made by Lethbridge's Purity Co-op Ltd. or Union Mttfc Ltd. to in- crease milk prices. The possibility of an increase in the city is not to be ruled out though, according to com- pany officials, as escalating operating costs may force the raise. Three main milk distributors in Calgary, Silverwood, Palm and Alpha, have applied to the Alberta Public Utilities Board for an increase, saying again that the raise is justified by higher operating expenses. R. W. Curell, zone manager for Canada Safeway Ltd., said the supermarket chain will op- pose the increase. The last price raise was ef- fective July 15 of this year, when the cost of a quart of homogenized milk rose one cent to 30 cents. SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS S120 AND UP Phone 328-2176 City hall addition nearly done An addition to t h e engineer- ing department at city hall is scheduled for completion early next week. The project, underta- ken by Glen Little Construction Ltd., will provide more space for the drafting department, plus storage space. City council has approved UK purchase of worth of of- fice furniture, including draft- ing and layout tables. HELPED More than patients in Canadian hospitals receive free transfusions of whole blood and j parts of blood from the Cana- i dian Red Cross. I cATERINc Are you planning a ban- quet, wedding receplion or jj social gathering soon? Let us prepare and serve a delicious meal lo your exact specifications. THE LOTUS BANQUEl ROOM for up to 125 persons is available at all times. Phone early for reservations! Just Call 327-0240 or 327-2297 LOTUS Across from the CPR Depot share the rest of the building. in the form of experience, rath- EZCO started with about than money, in working capital money i Both Carol and Adrienne are raised through the sale of enthusiastic about the pro- shares. Each worker is allowed j gram, both endorsing tire goal to buy one, at a price of Sl.jof learning about business by The rest, also with the one-to-! becoming involved and Learn- a-customer restriction arc sold i ing by doing: to the general public. The Junior Achievement pro- The company will be dissolv- gram is sponsored by four local ed in May and the financial profits shared, although tiie real profit will very likely be firms. EZCO's advisers are from Sicks' Lclhbridge Brew- erv Ltd. THE SELECTION IS GREAT But don't leave it too late to take advantage of the many specials offered! 35 MM CAMERAS INSTAMATIC GIFT KITS MOVIE CAMERAS TRIPODS DARKROOM EQUIPMENT MOVIE PROJECTORS SLIDE TRAYS AND FILES ELECTROHOME FLASH GUN GADGET BAGS 35 MM PROJECTORS PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS EXPOSURE METERS ENLARGERS CASSETTE TAPE RECORDERS PHOTO COLORING SETS CHEMICALS Lethbridge temperatures 'may drop out of sight' The weatherman says he's afraid to go dcnvntown these days for fear He'll be stoned by the people who know him, but he is insisting that the current cold weather is going to get nothing but colder. This morning's early snow- fall cleared, and skies will clear today and tonight, re- sulting in a possible high temperature today of five be- low and a low tonight of 20 to 25 below. Sunday's high, the weather man said hesitantly, "might be 10 below." A high pressure ridge is be- coming entrenched in this area, bringing a light, north- erly flow of arctic air to the Lethbridge area. "It's not too warm up the weatherman chuckled. "Temper a t u r e s down here may drop right out of sight." He offered temperatures 50 below on Melville Island, 45 below at Resolute Bay and 4it below at Yellowknife. At Inuvik, however, it's a balmy 12 below. Last year in Lethbridge it was 33 above. The weatherman wouldn't comment on why he couldn't do as well this vear. Santa requires strong legs, knees Nearly children have vis- ited a local shopping mall Santa since Nov. 28. Among those who had their pictures taken on Santa's lap were a three month old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Two little girls asked Santa not to forget them on Christ- mas one will be in Libya, the other in Venezuela. Another lit- tle girl told Santa that she al- ready had enough and asked that he give her gifts to needy children. Two children gave Santa a goldfish and ily he already had two other fish at home. The shopping mall Santas are firemen who are donating their tune and pay from the Santa job to the Muscular Dystrophy Fund. The Santa program Is spon- sored by the fireman's union, Local 237. This is the first year that the union has sponsored the Santas in Lethbridge, but it has become a yearly practice in most of North America. Santa says he has had many visitors from the local hip gen- eration. "They like to come and talk with the funny old man with the long hair and beard." QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Denial Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg, PHONE 328-7684 TUNE-UP SPECIAL Have your car tuned-up now for the holiday driving ahead. Be on time for the Holidays! This special is in effect Mon., Tues. and Wed., Dec. 71, 22 and 23. Mon., Tues., Wed. and Thurs., Dec. 28, 29, 30 and 31. As Low As Reg 28 95 19.95 L STEVE SPISAK INCLUDES PARTS and LABOR We will install new aufolitc spark plugs, points and condenser Engine analyzer test Adjust timing Set cnrburetar idle mixture Chectc charging system Clean ballerv cables Check PCV volve B. F. GOODRICH SNOW TIRES These prices while stocks last 13 775x14 BW 4 Ply Nylon OO QC 825x14 WW 4 Ply Nylon fcW.V J EXTRA SPECIAL! 825x14 or 15 Polyester Ftberglas Bolted Dual While Walls UNION 76 MAGRATH SERVICE Mayor Mograth Drive and 4th Ave. S. Phone 328-9766 STOP IN AND GAS UP FOR FREE GIFTS J Ian as A. E. CROSS PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE GREATEST HOBBY IN THE WORLD POP IN THE DARKROOM AND SEE WHAT Lethbridge 327-2673 Tabor 223-2402 ;