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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Tabc By ROSS Glim TABER (HNS) Conditions of over production, water pollution and loss of recreation facilities by fire two years ago, left their deep imprint on Taber and its surrounding community during 1970. And there were other influences which gave direction to the continued progress of this community of about people. Taber's being and economy are based largely on the agricultural industry which depends on irrigation, developed hoi duclion of sugar in growers undertook a volunt a r y 10 per cent reduction in acreage of sugar beets. Yields both in tonnage and sugar content wore down over one figure (tons per acre and per cent sugar) below the previous year. No problem is anticipated in balancing production over the past two years with market demands, though supplies should he at a minimum when the 1971 beet crop is taken off. Low sugar content, along with plant improvements, allow ed the sugar fad.oiy born to operate well above previous rates, reducing the operating period to 72 days, the second shortest on record. Potato crops were rated as good, both in tonnage and dry matter, and will provide raw product for the dehydrating plant to operate over 10 months for the second year. The building of a similar plant near Vauxhall is expected to have little effect on production and processing south of the Oldman River. Co-operation between industries resulted in the re-activation of Taber's fresh potato packaging plant, field run potatoes going to tire fresh market plant where top grades of it" H 1 arc removed before the remainder of the crop is processed into granules for the British market. Canning crops and fresh mar-tet vegetables fared well, with good yields and quality reported. There was some hail loss north of Vauxhall to field peas and other crops including sugar beets. Inability of the Oldman River to a b s o r b industrial effluents las drawn orders from the provincial department of health to the sugar company and the town to reduce pollution of the river by treatment of effluents. Having its own waste water system. Canadian Sugar Factories is spending a quarter-million dollars over two years to organics from its waste water. Separation and ponding of inert lime waste bearing organic products was effected this year, and in 1971 the program will involve fine screening of waste waters to reduce the biochemical oxygen deuuuid Oil the river. The town's expenditure of provides a lagoon svs-tem north of the river, fed by an inverted syphon, comprising two anaerobic lagoons, and 35 acre and 50 acre ponds from which some 500 acres of owr crop will be irrigated with thn clarified effluent, with any possible overflow going to the riv-or, The irrigation system for land purchased by the town includes pumping and spray system capable of spraying seven acre feet per day gallons pet-minute) through the two-mile system. In 1971, the open ditch from syphon to lagoon will he replaced by a closed pipe system to eliminate seepage. At the year end, arrangements are being made for gar-baee disposal bv the earth fill process in coal strip mine excavations on land acquired previously by the town, with some possibility of the MD co-operating in the program with1 a duplicate and adjacent The town's program of providing untreated water for industry neared completion during the year, with about feet of line to be laid, including crossing the railway in 1 plc-x, the golf course, and the sower lagc'un installation cffccl-ii'g considerable saving over bids received by contractors. Payment for these cap i I a works out of revenue and short term credit funds tightened the town's purse strings pending receipt of debenture money already approved for long term repayment. Consequently, bud-getting for 1971 will be tightened up to retain the level of 76 mills taxation rate through next year. Efforts of the chamber of commerce and the industrial development commission toward betterment of community and expansion of agricultural industry have continued, the commission having published a new and concise industrial survey brochure, HIGHWAY 36 Of interest through chamber promotion is further work upgrading portions of highway 36, north between Warner and Ta-L'er, the increase of speed Urn-its on Highways 36 and 3 (east frum Of the community fail' and co-promotion of a sugar festival with iiie retail merchants and sugar beet growers to be held in connection with the chamber's annual banquet Jan. 22 and 23. Efforts of both groups toward establishment of a nurs i n g home here, and an ah- strip on town property north west of town have continued. Concerning health services, Barons Eureka Health and Social Services has established a preventive social services officer in the administration building, and Taber General Hospital directors have been unsuccessful in obtaining lermission for hospital expansion to improve efficiency In town fall elections, Elmer C, Conrad and Stan M. Hun uerc sealed on the town council replacing Ixiwis P. Pollard and Gordon W. Oddie Dale E. Clifton remained on the genenl hospital board bv acclamation. Municipal elections saw veteran Reeve Nephi J. Jensen ousted from council by Y. Mike Ohashi; Ronald S. Johnson and Ben Friesen retained. Clarence M. Jespcrsen is the new reeve. Court action early in December removed Garth M. Harris from the MD council on an issue of residence, which also unseats Mr. Harris as chairman of Taber Foundation (C 1 e a r v i e w Ledge) which experienced some concern over the recent dismissal of the matron. After long consideration, the replacement of the 60 year-old Central elementary school at 54th Ave. and 54th St., has tta go ahead. The new and modern school will cost an estimated for which funds are being procured by debenture and construction is expected to take place in 1971. The W. R. Myers symphony band did credit to the town and community by bringing two coveted1 awards from the summer international band festival in Moose Jaw. Credit is also due the Taber Bantam baseb all team which won the western Canadian title, which is actually a Canadian title as there is no eastern equivalent. Commercially, there have been a number of business ownership and location changes, personnel replacements and 3 r f' 11 4 f Q L :lk _ y CHIANG RENEWS PLEDGE President and Madams Ch ang Kai-shek ai a Taipei rally celebrating Nationa st China's 59th founding anniversary. Chiang, 83, renewed his pledge to lead his people back to the China Under the federal government's Operation Lift program which recommended a voluntary, but severe cut-back in the production of w h e a t, grain farmers in the district co-operated to a large degree, reducing wheat acreages and increasing hi some of the coarse grains and specially crops. Weather conditions were not as favorable as could be hoped, yields of grains falling somewhat short of the long-time averages. The large wheat sales by the Canadian Wheat Board did not result in the anticipated movement of stored wheat from farm stocks through the elevators. Because of tire excellent j_ j_ tof Of ll t A lei lit CHICAGO (AP) Achievement of a major breakthrough in fire fighting technology, involving continuous creation of a ciemically generated "slippery water" aboard fire trucks, was reported by a New York chemical engineer. Dr. Edward H. Blum told a science meeting here that the pioneering technique feat u r e s automatic chemical conversion of fire-hydrant water to a fluid that flows faster tlu-ough hoses arid shoots twice 35 fires He said it should enable firemen to douse blazes mors quickly and effectively. Blum, a pri v a t e researcher working for New York City fire department, also reported he and other scientists see promising possibilities for developing a new, atomic powered "early detection and warning system" 'or automatically spotting fires. He said such a system could offer significant life-saving advantages over conventional au-omatic alarm systems. He said the "slippery water" echnology has been tested in actual fire-fighting has proved so good that nore than 100 specially-equipped pumpers have been ordered. He said the key chemical, together with the special equipment, should be available to fire departments by next fall. The chemical a synthetic called polyethylene oxide is also under consideration as an additive to beer as a to stabilize the foam, ho said. Blum said the new technique ooks like the first real break-hrough in fire-fighting technology in 100 years. In order to provide additional residential and other properly in the town, annexation of 120 acres to the west and 30 acres to the east of town, south of the highway, came into force Jan. 1. Development of a motor hotel and service complex on the west property has been held up for approval of an access from Highway 3, which the department of highways has opposed in the interests of through traffic movement. Further negotiation on the matter is anticipated. The paving by the department of the road from Highway 3, to Taber Provincial Park has been praised, making more accessible this first class camping and recreational facility. The MD has also paved Hie "gas line" road from the park pavement to the west boundary of Taber, a distance of one-half mile. The project which has involved people of the town and district is the completion and opening Dec. 29, of the new recreational complex on the site of the community centre which was lost by fire Jan. 1, 1969. Built over the past 18 months at a cost of million, the recreation centre includes modern hockey arena, four sheet curling ice, skating rink which can be used for four additional sheets, auditorium with stage, kitchen facilities, and meeting and activity rooms on two floors. The recreation centre connects to the community swimming pool which was saved from fire loss, and is adjacent to a new nine-hole golf course built by the Taber Golf Club as an adjunct to the centre and adjoining Confederation Park. Tile curling club rooms wili double in service for the golf club members. Residential properties have been opened up at the north edge of the golf course facing 50th Ave., and other areas are being provided, all with underground services, to meet building needs in the community. Of the of building permits approved through November, was for Phase 2, of the recreation complex wMch included the auditorium and its associated areas. Last year, to the same date, was for Phase 1, of the complex out of a total permits issued of The town was its own contractor for the recreation Adult c TABER (HNS) Three adult education courses with 79 students enrolled are currently in progress in schools of Taber School Division No. in An industrial English class for 43 Japanese young men takes place weekly in the Vauxhall High School under the sponsorship of Canada power. Instructors are Mrs. Hysehka and Mrs. Aanastad. Also undenvay is an adult band class at the Vauxhall school under the direction of school bandmaster Robert 0. Dick. Tuition of per student was paid by the participants in the course. At Taber, an initial class with 12 enrolled has been held for adult typing. Further enrolments at per student will be accepted up to the time of the first instruction session at W. R. Myers High School Wednesday, Jan. 6. Mrs. Janet Hill is giving the instructions. In each course, tuition fees have been set at a level sufficient to meet instructors' salaries plus books and materials required for the course. No allowance is made for band instruments, typewriters, building rent, heat, or West fan paid SASKATOON (CP) Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board, says about ?50 million has been paid out to western farmers under Operation Lift. He said in a news release issued here that about farmers have received their final payments under the plan. Operation Lift, low inventory tor tomorrow, was implemented last spring bv the federal government to attempt to reduce wheat acreage and the huge wheat million Mr. Lang said cheques have been going out at the rate of about a day but this will slow down since about of the remaining payments require individual attention. Under the program, farmers could receive an acre for land taken out of wheat production during 1970 to a max -mum of a farmer. If they seeded permanent forage or grass crops on the land taken out of wheat, they could receive an additional an Yori NEW YORK (AP) From teachers to taxi drivers, subway workers to sanitation men, this city seems to stagger from labor crisis to labor crisis. What's behind this apparent labor militance in New York? Some observers blame soaring inflation and the youthful impatience of a new generation of workers. OUiers say the city's frequent strikes simply reflect the fact thai there are more union members in this "union town" where everyone from a press agent to a parking lot attendant may belong to a local. A, third view is that the city suffers not so much from union militancy as from a kind of population magnification wherein the sheer size of New York multiplies and makes more visible the effect of any major strike. With the city just through a taxi drivers strike and a week-long walkout by fuel oil truck drivers, and facing contract expirations with its policemen, firemen and sanitation men on New Year's Eve, observers offered these views on the situation: SHOWS LARGER TREND Herbert L. Haber, who was the city government's director of labor relations receives the brunt of municipal uiu'on assaults on the city treasury, attributed union truculence in New York to a national trend not confined to labor. "It reflects a growing militancy throughout all of society and Haber says. "It so happens that New York is the forefront of social changes." Morton Bahr, vice-president of the Communications Workers of America and director of its New York region, attributes the labor militancy in New York, where telephone technicians walk out at the slightest provocation, to "runaway inflation" on top of the highest living costs in the U.S. short of Anchorage and Honolulu. He says of the young worker: "It's hard to separate him from the civil rights movement. He wants more now, and he doesn't want to wait. He wants to overturn accepted practices to suit his needs, and he's have j apt to accept discipline." John J. DeLury, head of the sanitation men who went to jail for contempt, describes today's younger union members as "restless and unwilling to wait to provide for the material needs of their families." TOUGH TACTICS PAY Employers asked about the militancy declined to be identified and attributed the labor upheavals to the discovery that muscle pays off. The 1966 subway and bus strike, led by the late Michael J. Quill, leader of the Transport Workers Union, is seen by the employers as demonstrating that a union in a position to bring a city or an industry to its knees can get what it wants by exercising its power. Since Quill showed the way, other unions have followed, including the teachers, sanitation men and various unions of service employees. Postal workers in Manhattan set off the U.S. postal strike last March. Both firefighters and police have engaged in slowdowns and refusals to perform certain duties. Theodore W. Kheel, the top private mediator in the city, sees the city's labor troubles as "no more numerous than elsewhere percentagewise." "When Rochester had a transit strike, few people were inconvenienced." Kheel says. "When New York had a transit strike, the city was in a install new officers TABER (HNS) Masonic lodge officers for 1971 for Doric Lodge No. 31, at Taber and Lucerne Lodge No. 159, were installed at a joint ceremony recently at the lodge hall here. Installing officer Harry B. Myers was assisted by R. H. ft _fi S ONtY Tltt fa 1 B W ON ALL USE 1968 RAMBLER 19' 1 1 n TO, GOOD -III Wn ONtY Tltl Ill DEC. 31, 1770 D TRAILERS Little Red Ri slaying suspa LONDON (AP) Scotland Yard sought a Scots Guards soldier today in the "Little Red Riding Hood" slaving of 15-year-old Janet Stevens. The guardsman was reported seen twice with the teen-ager in days immediately before her holiday murder. Janet was strangled Christmas Day near Purbrighl, Surrey, when she was on the way to her grandmother's house with gifts. London newspapers called it the "Red Riding Hood murder." The slaying was one of three killings of women in different parts of England during the holiday weekend. Margaret Lynch, 21, was beaten to death in Liverpool. Her body was found Christmas Hood ril sought Margaret Joan Connolly, 33, was found on a Yorkshire moor on Boxing Day, the day Police reported no new developments in the search for the killers of Miss Lynch or Miss Connolly. Detectives who gave up their holidays in an intense search for the slayer of the teen-age girl sifted what a police spokesman said was a growing fund of information. "We are hoping that this guardsman will come forward and give us any information that he is able to a police spokesman said. The girl's body was found near a gunnery range of an army of Vauxhall and a number of past masters, district deputies and grand lodge officers. Taking office for Doric Lodge sre: Worshipful Master Arthur H. Avery, Immediate Past Master W. L. Fletcher, Senior Warden Gordon W. Oddie, Junior Warden Billy Holtman, honorary treasurer, Alex Stewart, secretary treasurer J. M. Williams, registrar Harry B. Myers, tyler R. K. Bailie, chaplain J. Kinniburgh, senior deacon Oris Long, junior deacon Chester Greeno, director of ceremonies Harry McKibben, inner guard Roy Kemper, organ i s t Bert Keeling, senior steward J. '.Verier, junior steward I. L. Black. Lucerne Lodge officers are: Worshipful Master D. T. Phillips, Immediate Past Master T. W. Bailey, Senior Warden A. E. Leith, Junior Warden J. Kew, treasurer J. 0. Terriff, secretary R. H. Conner, chaplain R. L. Poynton, senior deacon J. McNiven, Junior Deacon D. A. Wilford, director of ceremonies J. T. Whittaker. A social evening at the hall was preceded by a banquet at St. Theodore's Anglican Church Hall for the 60 members and wives in urges policy on language EDMONTON (CP) French-English bilingualism means the eventual extinction of other languages, such as Ukrainian, and the sub-cultures they support, the Ukrainian Language Association says in a brief to the Worth Commission on Educational Planning. The association says Canada needs a "just language which recognizes, unilingualism, living in a predominantly uni-llngtial area: bililigual i s m for those in two language areas; and trilingualism, such as Eng-lish-French-Ukrainian. The brief recommended the study of Ukrainian in Grade 1 through to Grade 12 and additional optional courses in the literature and history of the Ukrainian OKANAGON CAMPER, or Datsun Pickup. Heater, 1967 EATON TENT TRAItER. ON ALL US 1965 JEEP WAGONEER. A Warn Hubs Toyota 1 0 Q C Stove Etc. 3> AUTOS bee! Drivs tiers iiabbed in Iran coup TEHRAN (Reuter) Twenty-five persons alleged to have plotted tire overthrow of the Iranian government have been arrested here, it was announced Monday. A spokesman for the Iranian security organization said that another 20 "pro-Chinese Communist elements" were arrested for anti-state activities and also would stand trial in the next four or five troop strength cut BELFAST (AP) British troop strength in Northern Ireland has teen cut to half the number stationed in the province during Protestant-Roman Catholic rioting last July, the army announced today. An army spokesman said relations between the rival com-nunitics have improved in the last three months despite a spate of night-time explosives attacks on government RAMBLER WAGON. New Rings and Bearings 1965 MUSTANG 2 DR. H. TC Benchseat, Radio 1968 DATSUN Your NEW Authorized Dealer JEEP" TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone DATSUN VOLKS TUDOR. Radio VQLKS OF BEAUTY Col lovers will find these chin- Show in London where bosket of beaufy prayed popular, chilla irresistible o.v did to ths National Cat 1965 5IMCA Jfl