Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LCTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, J7, 1972 A review It's jolly good fun ior the 7th year By JOAN WATERFIELD Exit Scrooge laughing pursued by Dame Primrose Lovelace and the cast of the Od "Woman is the Shoe. Presented at the Yates Memorial Centre it was the seventh annual Cnristmas Pantomime direct- ed and choreographed by Muriel Joliifie and the cap- acity audience Tuesday night raay vote it the best of all. The story lice is slight but it's tenuous trail travels from the Shoe, aboard ship, to the bottom of the sea, to Candyland and out into the audience vvtere cheers and boos in turn greet heroes and villains. SUPERB And leading ai! is the su- perb Frask Feathersione, a dame of many delights. Topped by a rog that looks like a Eons Kong reject, skirts high to reveal Can- adiesne hockey socks his joyful capers dominate the stage yet never overpower hiswfeliow performers. Good performances come from all the principals: Kirk Jensen is crisply com- ic, Linda Johnson sweetly humoric. Alberta Azzarra a dandy pirate chief who rerxraaces the skull and cross bones for a job as as- sistant city manager. Brian King is in good voice as Neptune and there's a very nice cameo from David Ttfflgn as the Candyland gatekeeper. SURPRISE But the pleasar-test sur- prise is Brian Walker who shows a flair for light com- edy as the television emcee who can only offer an all- expense paid trip to Taber as the grand prize of his game show. The dance sequences are carried by youth aod en- thusiasm and the Undersea ballet is especially effective Carol Jolliffe is obviously a dancer with an exciting future and her partner, Mark Litcbfield. later seen in tap routine, shows a tal- ent that requires only more energy and projection. Lighting by Ed Bayly is uniformly good, although the scenes undersea, espec- ially the ballet, could have used a hint of mystery. The costumes of Gladys Carson are attractive and the sets by Ed Bayly and Lscce Willis fresh and color- rfuL ONE SMALL LAG The special effects, the ship in storm, the opening shell, the sea monster all add excitement. Set changes, except for one small lag, are handled cuickly. The musical accompani- ment, which must always be attuned to the improvis- ation cf the players, is in the competent hands of Susan Young and Willie Mathis who never hesitat- ed to get into the act. Its all jolly good fun with the law of slander suspend- ed for the season' as per- sonalities come in for their share of the gentle gibes. Tbe Old Woman in the Shoe sponsored by the Al- lied Arts Council continues at the Yates tonight, Thurs- day and Friday. Only a few tickets remain. Humbug, Bah. Up with Happy Ever After. This ice is (ouch) slippery! Marc Ricou, almost dd of 619 12th St. S., the ice with new Christ- mas spates on bottom end and a Bobby Orr Jr. hockey helmet on top end, on his way to wet pants, a sore rear end the desire for more of Children and parents across Southern Alberta will be out in full force this trying out all the toys, gomes, sports equip- ment end clothing left by jolty oid Santa Claus. Kerber photos Care for vuletide plants Professor, Manpower official differ on unemployment effect Budget meet today City Council was scheduled to sneet today to discuss the 1973 to 1975 capital budget which calls for million in expendi- tures on major projects. Included in a budget report from the city manager is 000 a year for the next 15 years to cover the cost of installing lajderground wiring in tial areas to replace the present overhead system. Provision is also made for I million modificatiocs to the I city's vater distribution system land for the construe- jtion of a new public library. JBoth expenditures are slated jfor 1573. In SL25 million will be spent on a new bridge to West Lethbridge, if the budget is approved. Protier care of Christmas wOi eiisure longer life, j according to Brendan Casement j of the Alberta Horticultural Re- j search Center at Brooks. 5 He suggests putting the plants I i in bright light although not ia j i sunlight same time, the j plants should be kept cool and i out of drafts. j I Ee said although most plants I George O'Brien who is re- need a considerable amount of Mf< Rycn hcd MANAGER- Lorry 5. Ryan has been appointed manager of the Farm Cred- it Corporation's Alberta branch. Mr. Ryan manage 1 light to keep them healthy, the blossoms get hot and quickly j wilt in direct sunlight He sug-1 fending m i gests tuning the once a j berto for FCC. i week to help maintain even i growth. i i The ideal temperatures f or 1 plants is usually lower than that j i i found in the average home.! I The plants ideally should be put in a bright location where the 1 m AI- Marqnis renovations to be complete March 1 An estimated -will be spent on renovations and en- largement of facilities at the Marquis Hotel Work started Dec. 15 on re- decor a ti ng the hotel coffee shop, tavern, dining room, and lobby. In addition, 60 of the hotel's 100 rooms will be re- decorated. Manager of the hotel, Don t Gordon, said that most of the i Glacier httS work involves installation of' new fighting and carpeting. Tbe carpeting is expected to cost at least The hotel's banquet room is being enlarged and re- decorated to accommodate a dme-and-dance operation. The work, which is being done by BuiM AH Construction of CaJgsry, is slated for com- pletion Mar. "L SEE THE LENS THAT DARKENS IN THE SUNLIGHT (VARIGRAY) season Glacier National Park in the I United States reports tfce num- i her of visitors to the park in i the 1972 season reached an afl- time high. j A total of visitors to j the park were recorded to tfee lend of November, an increase 1 of 6 per cent, according to a 'press release from tfoe Pack. teraperature ranges between 65 j 1 1 J aad" 75 degree during the day Scheduled ar-d 50 to 55 degrees during i lght A travelling caravan display He suggests that during win-} Cgnadfen nature and native ter the temperatures are four county of ally lower near windows. j schools this spring. To keep plants away from j A Calgary group called Al- drafts, do not put them near I kerta Caravan Exhibits will doors, hot sir registers or radi- j tour Southern Alberta with four ators. displays set out in trailers. Ee sais vrhen watering al The exhibits are the Indian plant, try to maintain a moder-1 and his Gods, a walk through ate soil-water ratio. The roots i nature, mineralogy and West I can be severely dmaged if the I Coast Indian and Eskimo art. I soil becomes over-dry or County School Superinten- erlogged. j feet Chuck Burge said the ez- He said ordinary tap water I bibts provide an educateoc- at.room temperature is the best al look at Canadian fife for although water treated through i county stodents. a softener should be aroided. i The caravan will be set up To determine the arcouct I on school grounds. It will be of water, pour until it runs out 1 toured by students and teacfc- hole b the bottom of the' ers during the day and open to j plant holder. Plants with bios-1 adults in the commaniiy evw- soras or plants with leaves win more water The caravan is visiting at no than those with sparse foliage, j charge to the county, be said. Mr. Casement suggests re-! R will be at Coaldale March moving faded flowers from the j 11 to 14, Picture April 15 !plant to prevent seeds 17, Nobelford April IS and setting- Developing seeds sap! at Coslhurst at a time to be an- jtbe strength of the plant. ImovLTg faded flowers also Students from surrounding ihances the appearance of the [schools wifl be transported is 1 plarrt. to see the exhibits. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A University of Lethbridge economics professor and a Can- ada Manpower official are at cods over the relative value of unemployment. Keith Schackleford, CMC's re- gional economist for Southern Alberta, said in an interview with The Herald that a large number of unemployed people can be attractive to an industry wishing to locate in a common- jity. I But Takashi Oloki, an ecoh- omics professor at U of L, said I that generally speaking, Mr. statement is not j correct. "It deplnds on the kind of industry moving he said. j "Most industries are looking for skilled people, and these are iusnafly the people who are not I unemployed." HINDERS I In fact, Mr. Ohki said, unem- jpioyment binders economic de- velopment. I "When some-one is unemploy- I ed, his income goes down, local i store owners lose business, the I v-iiolesaiers don't sell as much, I and there is a chain reaction jail the way down the line. As I a result, the economy is not func tioaing at full capacity." Quoting figures for June 1972, I contained in the _November is- isue of the Canadian Statistical Review, published by Statistics Canada, Mr. OaM estimated that the money value of lost output in 1972 is 13% billion. Mr. Ohki said that his figure is only one indicator of the ec- onomic cost of unemployment. While the unemployment pic- tore across the country is bleak, ioca! Canada Manpower of- ficials estimate that the Leth- bridge district has an unem- ployment rate lower than the provincial average of 5.1 per cent. ASSUMPTION However they warn that this is merely an assumption based on various factors, and they iwere unable to specify a per- Although the economy usual- ly takes a down-tarn in the 'winter as construction and ag- i riculture slacken off, Jim Kana- jsbiro, assistant manager, Leth- i bridge CMC, said that seasonal i fluctuations in the number o! unemployed are not as pro- jnounced in the district as they ionce were. j He said the cause of this j change is the development of processing and mamtf acturing i industries in the area that take I the "bite out cf seasonal un- employment." Gerald Litchfield, president of j the Lethbridge and District La- jbor Council "said however the major cause of unemployment Jin the area is still seasonal j shifts in the economy. j Mr. Litchfield crtidzed bu31- jing contractors in the city for i not planning their constructioc I projects to keep men on during j the winter months, INSIDE j "Ths projects are not advanc- j ed enough, to allow the men to I work inside. If the company is large enough, they should have i work ready for the he jsaid. I Litchfield sail that while un- 1 employment isn't a large proo- Item at this time, he it I to get worse this winter. I However most of the major i employers in the district have I no plans to lay-off men in the 1 winter months, and several [have plans to hire more em- Iployees. j Coleman Colleries, in Cole- i raan, is prepared to hire from to 100 underground miners immediately, but Gerald Black- Imore. executive vice-president, j reports difficulty in finding skilled miners. LAID OFF Five months ago, most of the company's 116 strip min- ers were laid off when strip ruining at Colsmaa was discon- tinued. Most however did not have underground experienca aud are now working on ground- level mining and ccnsti-uction projects in Sparwosd, B.C., I Grande Cache, Alta., and else- j where. Stanley Grocutt, secretary- I treasurer of the United Mine I Workers of America, district 13 said this week that "Coleman Colleries have already employ- led about 50 additional miners i they've had a difficult time I finding enough men. A lot of i men don't want to work under- ground anymore.1' Pre-Built Industries and I Haico Manufacturing, both local trailer msnufactorers. are pian- ;ning to increase their pro- dixtion staffs afteiCaristrcas. i Tne only major employer in !the district which will lay-off i employees, Canadian Sugar Factories, which processes sug- l ar bests, is new completing its oeak prcxiictioii period, and af- 1 ter Dec. 20 wSl have only about 1175 employees. i "When the company is process- ;ing beets, it employs from 5W3 to 700 people. These employees are usually farmers who have j completed their dirties around the farm. iHIGHEST I Although uneniplflyment here I is not severe, unemployment I levels across the country are I the highest they have been in [a decade. I The real national ucernpioy- j meat figure for November 1372 was 5.9 per cent, compared with 5.4 per cent in October, and 5.8 I per cent in November last year. jThe last time the November S jobless rate hit 5.9 per cent was in 1362. 1 Mr. Schackleford said that for the 20 to 25 age group the un- j employment rate is very nigh. He said the problem is com- itsounded fay limited work ex- I jgther parts of the country as th growth area in Southern Alher- i ta, and this factor helps reduce I unemployment by creating an expanding economy. I George Erier, a supervisor at I GMC Lethbridge, said that in I November, there was a IfiO per cent increase in the number of job orders, although at this time Manpower has only 187 vacan- cies on file, including openings for architects, civil engineers, experienced salesman, t n d journeyman auto mechanics. Christmas calls down from 1971 of those within this age group, and contended feat people wit a good ecucatioti are j unwilling to accept 'tow-paying ijobs. j Mr. Schackleford said large I increases in the labor force in area are by new I industries moving in. i Mr. Kanashiro said Leth- bridge has a posiave image in Lebtbndge-based locg-do- tanoe telephone operators vert bosy this past Christmas day, but not as busy as last year. Operator- assisted long-dis- tance phone calls originating from the Lethbridge area num- bered down 576 from the long-distance calls placed Christmas Bay 1371, an Alberta Government telephones repre- sentative said. A tally of directly dialed long- distance phone calls win not be completed for .several days, said the spokesman. Long-distance phone calls placed from Lethbridge on Box- ing Day were lip slightly this year from last year. ThJs year long-distance calls originated is the city; last year such cafls -w-ere made for an overall increase of 76 such calls. Tbe number of directory as- sistance calls (phone calls made to operators for informa- tion) decreased noticeably dor- ;ing this Christmas-Boiing Day [holiday. Operators bandied 3, ioll such calls this year, com- pared with such calls last ;year. THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY PRICE SALE 5ONIY 2-pce. SOFA SUITES or SOFA ONLY OFF TO PRICE MOOIIN GOLD SUITE 4 icater. 1495................................. SPANISH CXUSHfD VELVET SOFA 2 PIECE GOLD HEXCULON end VINYL SOFA SUITE New STRIPED HEXCULON SOFA ONLY 2 PlECf COLONIAL Rig. All soles on above cosh and final! OfENTIU 9P.M THURSDAY Of CHAIRS CLEARING AT Price I ONIY TIAK CONSOLE TABLE Ktg. WHITE COLONIAL GIRLS' KDftOOM SUITE 54" and footboard. Match- ing night lablt. NOW ODDS AND INOS IN MOKIN SITS OF LAMPS AND TAIlIS elf Priet 912 3rd Avt. S. Phont 328-5777 (INTERIORS) LTD.