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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Alfalfa plant work begins BOW ISLAND (Staff) Work has started on a million alfalfa processing plant in the Industrial Park area in Bow Island. Leroy Gilbert, formerly of Picture Butte and general manager of Island Alfalfa Ltd., told The Herald Thurs- day his firm will utilize alfalfa from acres of land sur- rounding Bow Island. Contracts for supplying alfalfa have been signed by 52 area farmers, the furthest 22 miles from the plant. The average hauling distance to the plant is nine miles. To be ready for a market of acres of alfalfa by 1978, the plant plans capital expan- sion of in 1975, 000 in 1976 and in 1977, depending on the supply of alfalfa. Seven persons will be employed full time in 1975 with 10 seasonal workers needed during the peak processing period June to August. The initial payroll is per year, climbing to annually by 1978 when plant capacity has been reached. Contracts with farmers calls for worth of raw product initially. The value of alfalfa to be processed by 1977 is Under the contract arrangement, farmers will receive one-third of the selling price of the finished product. The plant will produce round compressed dehydrated alfalfa pellets IVfe inches in diameter to be used as roughage. It will also produce alfalfa pellets with a dual- purpose mill. The market area is Olds south into the United States. Mr. Gilbert said he expects to market about half the plant production in export markets, mostly in the U.S. The plant is to begin opera- tion June 10. Initial production will be stored in a building with a capacity of tons or steel bins with a capacity of tons. The officers of the firm include Paul Edlund, Burdett, president, J. L. Check, Ed- monton, vice-president, Robert Young, Calgary, secretary, Mr. Gilbert, Bow Island, treasurer. Directors include Phil Bryant, Bow Island, Larry Laidlaw, Bow Island, Joe Perlich, Lethbridge, H. H. Bridgewater, Calgary and William Pratt, Calgary. Farmers list wrecks VULCAN (Special) Farmers along the Lomond road about 16 miles east of here have noted 18 accidents at a corner on the road. Recently five Lomond teen- agers, returning home from a basketball game at Vulcan, were injured when the pickup truck they occupied crashed into the ditch at this corner. One of the passengers, Nancy Oake, suffered a broken neck and damage to her spinal cord as well as other injuries. It may be up to six months before it will be known if she is permanently paralyzed. She is in hospital at Calgary. She is the stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Field. Also injured were: Ronald Magnuson, Debbie and Patty Chambers and Barbara Marks. Extreme fog conditions are said to be a contributing fac- tor in the accident. The truck missed the turn to the south. It struck boulders placed in the ditch for erosion control. The roof was ripped off. It came to rest on its side. BILL GROENEN photo Rural sunset The setting sun outlined a farm house and cattails against a barbed-wire fence a mile west of Picture Butte. Hospital occupancy high in East Kootenay area CRANBROOK (Special) The Michel Natal Hospital has had a very high rate of oc- cupancy in the past three years, the East Kootenay Regional Hospital Board has learned. A recent report shows oc- cupancy rates at the Michel Natal Hospital as follows: 57.8 per cent in 1970; 94.9 per cent in 1971; 98 per cent in 1972; and 98 per cent in 1973. Occupancy at the Cranbrook Hospital shows a steady increase: 80.9 per cent in 1970; 83.7 per cent in 1971; 82.5 per cent in 1972; and 88 per cent in 1973. Occupancy at Kimberley, Fernie and Windermere hospitals has dropped in the last four years. Occupancy rates were: Kimberley Hospital: 78.1 per cent in 1970; 74.8 per cent in 1971; 70 per cent in 1972; and 61.8 per cent in 1973. Fernie Hospital: 88.2 per cent in 1970; 82.8 per cent in 1971; 82.5 per cent in 1972; and 79.4 per cent in 1973. Windermere Hospital: 86.3 per cent in 1970; 82.8 per cent in 1971; 92.1 per cent in 1972; and 76.9 per cent in 1973. Projects hinge on pollution FERNIE (Special) cil hopes to convince the provincial pollution control board this city will clean up its storm sewer problems quickly if two housing development projects are approved. The two-year-old, sewage treatment plant has a capacity to handle peo- ple but surface water is getting into the sewer lines and forcing the plant to work beyond its capacity, city of- ficials say. City clerk Frank Butala says the plant is now handling effluent from people. Council has agreed to seek the advice of its consulting engineers to track down all sources of the surface water. Part of the problem is said to be caused by direct drainage of surface water from rooftops to the sanitary sewers. South In short Socred nominations set Jan. 21 BROOKS (Special) The Bow Valley Social Credit nomination meeting will be held in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall Tuesday evening, Jan. 21. Fred Mandeville will allow his name to stand for renomination. The speaker will be announced. Supper will be served. Fund passes mark FOREMOST (Special) The Karen Traxler Memorial Fund has now passed the and is continuing to climb. This was the announcement by Foremost School principal John Waddell recently, concerning the fund set up to honor the memory of the former student who tragically lost her life in a road accident near Etzikom recently. Miss. Traxler was president of the students union, the band booster club and was herself an accomplished musician. The fund was set up to provide an award each year to an outstanding student in the Foremost School band program. The tax deductible contributions to the fund are being invested, and interest earned on the money will enable a perpetual, annual award to be made. Mr. Waddell is hoping that the fund will continue to grow in the next few weeks. Contributions to the fund may be made through the school. Town officials to meet Jan. 7 CLARESHOLM (Special) Officials of this town, Fort Macleod, Nanton, Stavely and Granum will meet at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Willow Creek High School to discuss the possibility of putting the preventive social services program under one town administration. Patterson gets raise CLARESHOLM (HNS) Mayor Ernie Patterson received council's approval Thursday to raise his pay from to per month. Councillors will now receive per meeting, up At the same time, councillor expenses were boosted from to per month. Group to help seniors PINCHER CREEK (HNS) Emily Rainford and Gloria Ames are members of a group here that has been formed to volunteer services to senior citizens of the community. The help program is available to any elderly residents who encounter difficulties with day to day living tasks. Volunteers are offering to clean, bake, rner.d and shop for the senior citizens. People who would like to volunteer their help and people who need help may telephone the two organizers. I nil arm women organize PINCHER CREEK (HNS) Norma Ringstad has been named convener for 1975 of the Chinook Women of Unifarm hospital cart committee. Members approved donations to the St. Vincent's Hospital Women's Auxiliary to help with gifts for patients. Irene Duffield and Sandra Reed were named to the sick committee for 1975. The next meeting will be held Jan. 8 at the home of Mrs. Peter Vandervalk. Mrs. Cheryl Varley will be the co-hostess. Joyce Kitchen noble grand NANTON (Special) Joyce Kitchen has been named noble grand for 1975 of the Golden Star Rebekah Lodge here. Other officers: Reta Koch, recording secretary; Judy Dykstra, financial secretary; and Shirley Nelson, treasurer. BELLEVUE (CNP Bureau) A citizens' committee has been formed here to for- mulate a program to spend about under the federal provincial municipal Neighborhood Improvement Program. The committee will study whether the community needs a library or park; whether it should build a senior citizens' centre; demolish old buildings; or possibly repair the local arena. There are many ways in which the money can be spent. The committee comprises Marge Houda, Belle Kovach, Harry Jepson, Louise McConnell, Ray Stitson, Les Siray, Walter Price, Linda Verbaas-, Farrall Barnett, Olive Rossi, Barbara Kay, Ar- nold Kay, Cathy Gudmundson and Jock Dugdale. If the committee favors construction of a new building, it could be used for several purposes. The NIP program is funded half by the federal govern- ment and half shared equally by the provincial and municipal governments. The federal government and Central Mortgage and Hous- ing Corporation also sponsor the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program. Bellevue homeowners with an annual income of or less are eligible for loans. Homeowners with incomes of per year (as reduced by the applicable exemptions) are eligible for the maximum forgiveness of The amount of forgiveness reduces by one dollar for every two dollars of income over Homeowners earn the forgiveness at the rate of per year for each year they continue to occupy the dwelling. The maximum Fernie man remanded FERNIE (Special) James Lozza of pleaded not guilty tc a charge of drug trafficking arid was remanded for trial Feb. 10. Lozza is free on bail. His arrest was one by 52 by RCMP in the Kootenays as a result of a crackdown on drug trafficking. RCMP in the East and West Kootenays began early Sun- day morning, Dec. 15, arresting alleged drug traf- fickers. Monday, December 23, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Board plans takeover of service CRANBROOK (Special) The East Kootenay Regional Hospital Board will pursue the eventual goal of assuming all planning and development of health care facilities in the region. The board supported a resolution presented by direc- tor D. R. Johnston which will lead the EKRHB into talks with provincial and local authorities about the takeover of all health care systems within the East Kootenay. Dr. Johnston explained that the purpose of the discussions might eventually lead to plac- ing the care and control services from home nursing to hospitals, into the hands of a central regional authority. The intent will be to better co- ordinate and prevent the duplication of services which now exist. "I don't know what direc- tion the board should said Dr. Johnston. "Perhaps the best action is to appoint a committee." "The East Kootenay Regional Hospital Board is the best authority to deter- mine the health care needs of the people and we should be involved in the planning and delivery of these services." he said. "It will be a totally new function for the regional board, and will probably take several years to establish. I can see it involving more staff and perhaps an entirely separate staff and a complete new field of work." The new system described by Dr. Johnston would bring the East Kootenay health centre, mental health unit, hospitals, home nursing ser- vice and all other health care facilities, under the ad- ministration of one regional office. The regional office would be responsible for the work now shouldered by several com- munity boards and the provin- cial department Chairman Vince Downey commended Dr. Johnston for his "bold and courageous" resolution, which takes the first step toward a system, "I have been advocating for a long time." Citizens group to spend forgiveness of would be earned by living in the home for five years. Money under RRAP can be obtained for repairing and remodelling homes, and other repairs required to bring sub- standard homes or residential dwellings up to local health and safety standards. Rory Campbell, local NIP organizer, also says grants of up to are available to landlords who agree to rent controls under the RRAP program. The program also applies to non profit organizations such as churches. Businesses are eligible for low-cost loans which can be used to renovate the business area. CPCD The Centre for Personal and Community Development is committed to helping people grow. We help people in the following ways: PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS: by providing individual and grcup counselling which teaches people to de- velop themselves and their relationships. PARENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS: by pro- viding individual and group training programs which teach parents how to effectively communicate with and manage and teach their children. HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS: by pro- viding group training which teaches people the skills to effectively communicate, make decisions and de- velop programs to help their own growth and to help the growth of those around them. CAREER ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS: by pro- viding individual and group training in making ef- fective decisions concerning careers, or what one does with one's life, and in developing programs to achieve those career goals. COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS: by providing training to individuals and groups to in- crease their skills in planning, organizing and develop- ing programs and services aimed at community bet- terment, self-help or helping others. HOMEMAKER SERVICES: by providing in the home care and assistance to families during times of stress. 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