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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBaiDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 24, 1974 Cobbler plans to take extended Yule vacation By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Christmas, a tradition laden festival, this year "will see the passing of a bit of another tradition- craftsmanship When cobbler- Gotthilf Joachim closes his shop. For close to nine years, Mr Joachim has worked in the De Luxe Shoe Repairs shop. The shop is a small building, reached by crunching through the snow in the alley between '5th and 6th Streets behind the bus statron. It's 75 or 80 years old, and its tenant says it's one of a dwindling number of shoe repair shops in Lethbridge. "In five years, no he GOTTHILF JOACHIM AT SHOP DOOR Lethbridge will have more says. Once there were nine shoemakers in the city. Now there are four or five. Young people today want money "Big wages and not much says Mr. Joachim. There is little money in shoe repair work. Young men and women aren't entering the trade. Perhaps it could be taught in colleges, he says. The 65 year old shoemaker started his apprenticeship at the age of 16 in his native Stuttgart, West Germany. Three years later he was a master cobbler. He lost his master's papers in the Se- cond World War, along with everything else, and in 1951 came to Canada. Mr. Joachim worked two years in the beet fields of the South, then two years at Park Lake and one at Taber. For nine years he worked for Pahulje Construction in Lethbridge. Then, in 1966, he had the chance to get back into shoe repairing and rented De Luxe Shoe Repairs. He says he's been happy meeting people at his shop. The "thank you" on the notice that the shop is clos- ing is "Thank you to he adds Several cusomers have asked why he's quitting The roof on the shop needs fixing and the machinery needs overhauling, Mr Joachim says. It would take at least to to carry out the work, he says, so he's retiring. He will take in no more shoes after Christmas. Come Jan. 2 he'll be out of De Luxe Shoe Repairs for good. A person can learn a trade in a year or so, he says, if you pay attention to what you're doing. "But whatever it is, have to be interested.' you Two students to attend Tuxis Two University of Lethbridge students will be going to Edmonton after Christmas to attend the 55th session of the Tuxis and Older Boys Parliament. David Murata, 18, and Trevor Cook, both of Lethbridge, will attend Canada's longest running model parliament. About 80 young men aged 15 to 21, will be in Edmonton for the session, Dec 26 to Dec. 31. This year's session to be held at the Alberta School for the Deaf, will be led by Premier Ron Henbest and Leader of the Opposition Larry Derkach, both of Ed- monton. Legislation to be discussed this year includes provisions for a guaranteed annual in- come based on negative in- come tax; controlled develop- ment of Canada's 'North; redirection in Canada's trade relations to improve con- ditions in underdeveloped countries, problems of alcoholism and resolutions arising from the recent United Nations World Food Conference in Rome. Militia to fire salute FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. A Lethbridge militia unit will initiate the City of Calgary's centennial celebrations Jan 1, the unit's commander has announced. Maj. D. P. Graham, cOm- mandmg officer of the 20 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS We hope that your expectations of Christmas joy become reality. And thanks to all our good friends for your kind generosity and goodwill. HERMAN'S ROOFING LTD. Box 681, Lethbridge Phone 327-5302 Independent Field Battery, said the battery will fire a 100- gun salute in downtown Calgary at noon New Year's Day Twenty-two members of the battery will travel to Calgary on Time Air that morning for the ceremony, he said The traditional New Year levee for friends of the battery has been cancelled. Santa brought Deral a bike By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer PICTURE BUTTE The popular bicycle repairman in this small Southern Alberta community, 20 miles northeast of Lethbridge, is rapidly gaining a reputation as the inventor. The most, recent Harold Pilling creation isn't a telephone to extend season's greetings long distance, nor is it an incandescent light to give the Yule added sparkle. But when Mr. Pilling arriv- ed at the door of Deral West chuckling his "ho, ho, ho's and a peddling you will go" and presented the neighbor with a gift that may well be the only one of its kind, it likely struck closer to the real meaning of Christmas than did those other two inventions. In the world of Deral West, the kind and thoughtful gesture of his friend will make Christmas Day a memorable occasion For about 30 hours over a three-week period, the Pic- ture Butte inventor labored over the work bench as he twisted metal, installed gears and selected sturdy but mobile wheels in the process of creating a bicycle. While the bike was invented many years ago, the Pilling bicycle is a bike with a difference. It is designed specifically to be operated by a paraplegic who does not have the use of his legs. Mr West has been in that condition for more than four years following an automobile accident. The three-wheeled mechanism must be peddled, steered and braked by hand. The operator simply reverses the two peddles to brake. "I wanted to make him a three-speed but he has only two hands to control Mild holiday forecast Warm winds Christ- mas, laced with occa- sional rain Boxing Day, are expected for the holidays, the weather office here predicted today. Daytime tempera- tures were expected to rise to 35 degrees today and continue through Boxing Day. Lows will be about 15 degrees, the weatherman said. The Chinook will be brought in on a warm system from the Pacific Coast and will cause cloudiness. Boxing Day ram should be light. HAROLD PILLING MAKES ADJUSTMENT ON DERAL WEST'S NEW BIKE everything" and an addition of another mechanical ap- paratus may have made its operation too difficult, Mr. Pilling pointed out. The bicycle includes most of the parts from two bikes; City Scene Funding decision awaited A government decision on additional funding for the Southern Alberta Com-serv project is not expected until the New Year, the Com-serv chairman said Monday. Joyce Dunlop said the decision should come early in the New Year. The Corn-serve association, which is operating a pilot pro- ject to help the mentally retarded gain a foothold in normal society, is facing a deficit. The association has approached the government for help to pay off the deficit. Christmas program Boxing Day The First United Church choir presentation, cancelled Sun- day, will be held Boxing Day. The presentation, Wonderful World of Christmas, will be held at the church at p.m. Vandals ransack home A South Lethbridge home was ransacked between Thursday and Sunday causing damage. Lethbridge city police say someone entered the Ruby Rylands residence. 609 12th St. S., by smashing the glass out of a rear door Once inside the person or persons broke three clocks, two mirrors, the glass of a bookcase, smashed some ornaments, took all the light bulbs out of the floor lamps and smashed them, burned paper on the electric stove, spilled food in the refrigerator and smashed a transistor radio The break-in is still under investigation. three 20-inch wheels, a wide platform for the seat and a narrow platform for the feet. Mr Pilling estimates the bicycle's top speed at seven or eight miles an hour. That's plenty fast for the proud new owner who hasn't gone peddl- ing for about 40 years. Since its inventor has a full- time job in a local sugar fac- tory, the bicycle had to be constructed during leisure hours, leaving Mrs. Pilling a "garage widow" for the past three weeks Bicycle repairing and rebuilding was just a hobby for 'Mr. Pilling for many years During the past three years it has turned into a full- time leisure hour activity and he is selling bicycles to people from distances as far away as Coutts and Calgary. He had not seen anything like the bicycle he invented for Mr. West In fact, the invention was sparked by a suggestion made last summer by its recipient. Mr West was looking over the selection of bicycles in the Pilling shop and idly wished for a bike he could operate It was the potential for ex- ercise such a mechanism would provide rather than its transportation value that sparked the wish. What's next on Mr. Filling's list of inventions9 Who knows. An inventor just works and works with what he does best and when a creative drive takes hold the world has a new- invention Some inventions can make people very happy im- mediately. Such will likely be Deral West's state of mind as he en- joys a Merry Christmas Wednesday dreaming of warm summer days and a bicycle built for one Westcastle to open Boxing Day Ski conditions are reported almost ideal at Westcastle ski resort as it prepares for an influx of about 500 skiers when it opens Boxing Day. All but one run is in good to excellent condition with a base of about 16 to 18 inches and four inches of fresh snow, Westcastle director Garth Turcott said today. The 28-mile road from Pincher Creek to the resort is paved, two bridges have been added and the big hill that created winter driving problems for skiers has been removed, Mr. Turcott said of the changes that have been made to the road since last ski season. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC ScbwirUBIdg. 2225th St. S. Phone 328-4095 MOTOR HOTEL LTD. Would Like to Wish EVERYONE A VERY Headline in error A headline on Page 13 in The Herald Monday was in error. While it gave the impression that an application heard in District Courty Monday, concerning the city's fluorida- tion bylaw, had been quashed, it should have said the application had been ad- journed. The application will be heard Jan 14 at 10 a m ALL FACILITIES CLOSED 8 p.m. Christmas Eve CLOSED ALL DAY CHRISTMAS DAYf Mayor Magrath Drive PtMm8 327.5701 Certified Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE BEST WISHES to all fora MERRY CHRISTMAS SMILEY'S PLUMBING Phone 328-2176 HOLIDAY HOURS TUESDAY, DEC 24th CHRISTMAS EVE RESERVATIONS TILL 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25th CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED THURSDAY, DEC 26th BOXING DAY OPEN 4 p.m.-10p.m. IN THF Ol D TRADITION OF WESTERN 6ven Ericksens family restaurant FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SAINT ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TONIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE p.m. in First Baptist Church 1614 5th Avenue South CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY SERVICE a.m. in Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church 1818 5th Avenue South EVERYONE WELCOME A Christmas Message from CPCD Happy holidays! Hope they're packed with spirited, fun times and lots of special Christmas cheer. from the management and staff of Progress Clothing Ltd. 112-114 5th Street South Lethbridge THE CENTRE FOR PERSONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT The message of Christmas is that human potential can be fully realized, that the humanity of mankind can be fully achieved. The promise of Christmas is that man can have life and have it more abundantly. (John Everyman starts with the potential to be fully human. The extent we choose to grow determines the extent to which we can fulfil that promise. Some choose to grow a) any price and some choose not to grow at any price. The promise is for human happiness. The challenge is our day to day contact with those around us. Isn't it time for those who love enough to work and grow to train others to work and grow? Who would refuse a Christmas gift? The real gift of Christmas is the free- dom to become human. A Very Happy Christmas ;