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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta uvcvmovr ji, i nc HERALD 17 Blairmore price hiked By ROSS GIBB Herald News Service BARNWELL Alex Moravek is a shy, kindly, lone- ly man. He kept his dream alive here for 42 years. Now he has Water improvement contested By NANCY MILES Special Correspondent CRANBROOK "When is democracy not Little Van Home Property Owners Association members are asking here. With 63.3 per cent of its members opposing by petition, the city can still sad- dle them with about per property for a water im- provement, they say. But city administrator Bland Hoover says the criterion of the petition were not met and the city can now go ahead with the im- provement. Council wants to put this im- provement southward through the area. Property owners say if they were not long ago already supplied with water as a city extension they initiated and paid for prior to entering the embrace of city limits four years ago, it would be different. No formal petition for water sewer extension was ever made by them, they say, though a few may have queried the city independently. The city administrator says the water system in the north portion of the area is a maze of two inch lines that are 20 years old The area has no fire protection because there are no hydrants. He says the "negative petition" failed because although 63.3 per cent signed against the improvement, they represented only 44.4 per cent of the total assessed land value involved. In order to block the im- provement, ratepayers would have had to get signers with more than 50 per cent of the assessed value of the land, said Mr. Hoover. He said the homeowners un- derstand the criteria of the "negative petition." Council advertised that it intended to do the work and sent out notices to the registered lan- downers. They came up with the "negative which failed Some ratepayers still say it is not fair. School name changed PINCHER CREEK (Special) Matthew Halton High School's name has been changed to Matthew Halton Community School, as the in- stitution has served adults for two years. A number of senior depart- ment of education officials met with the board recently and discussed planning for the community school The department will be in- vited to join with the division in a cost analysis of the com- munity school and in planning a special project. School trustees have accepted a committee recommendation that funding for grounds development be included in the 1975 budget. Tenders for three new school vans were referred to a committee for a decision. returned to his native land, the dream of a family life in Canada gove forever. He lived alone here in a lit- tle house on the east side of the village. His main diver- sion was a few pigeons which he kept in a little house in his backyard. He had a few friends here but he was lonely He came here in 1932 and settled, leaving a wife and daughter behind in Czechoslovakia. Mr. Moravek planned to make a new home for them. They were to follow him. But a sugar beet laborer doesn't put together a new home over- night, especially during a depression. The reunion was delayed. Then the Second World War broke out. They couldn't come. One day Mr. Moravek got a letter. His wife had remarried. Then his daughter took a husband and started a family of her own. Mr. Moravek spent 42 Christmases alone. This year, he decided he had had enough. The yearning for family ties and his homeland was over- powering. This caused Mr Moravek, now about 70, to sell his property here, pack up his memories of Canada, and return to his native land. It's been a long, lonely life in a strange land. He worked in the sugar beet fields He held a position as repairman with the Taber Irrigation District for about 30 years. Now he's home. Brooks woman named top citizen BROOKS (Special) Ruby McMillan has been named "citizen of the year" by those who submitted nominations to the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce She has lived here for 30 years and has been active in the Brooks United Church, Canadian Mental Health Association and Brooks Han- dicraft Guild As a member of the Brooks Hospital Auxiliary, she spent much lime tutoring children who were missing regular school lessons while in hospital In earlier years, she served as a volunteer librarian and a two year term on the Brooks recreation board. A Grade 1 teacher for many years, she also taught English and other subjects to new Canadians, adults as well as children. Last winter she drove a handicapped youngster every Wednesday to his farm home some 15 miles away from Brooks Once a week she gives an evening to the nursing home, often taking patients for out- ings or to her home for coffee She helps them with han- dicraft work, mending or sewing. Said one letter to the chamber: "Although Mrs. McMillan has now reached an age when many women relax and think of themselves first, she is still going strong, ever cheerful, never saying 'no' to a request for help." Fitness awards presented TABER (HNS) Canada fitness awards were presented recently to four Dr Hamman Elementary School pupils by their physical educa- tion instructor Guy Passey. The awards were won by Murray Sparrow, Cathy Dahl, Glen Campbell and Gary Fitch. The best ol what the New Year has to offer to you and the family. And fondest wishes to all, plus a big round of thanks. PETER SIMONS SONS CONSTRUCTION LTD. 237 13th St. N. Phone 327-6052 ALEX MORAVEK'S DREAM HAS FLOWN Depot image may change CRANBROtfK (Special) The old stereotyped image of bus depots may soon dis- appear if Stage Inns' idea pans out. Stage Inns, a subsidiary of Welland Consolidated In- dustries, in co operation with the Greyhound bus company, is using this city as a unique experiment for travellers. As well as a 41 unit travel lodge, the company has built a large bus depot and a 130 seat restaurant. "We're building 16 of them in British said manager Darryl Zacharuk He says Stage Inns hopes to set up a telex system so travellers can eventually book their reservations with the chain across the country. The million project was constructed by Career Construction of Vancouver. Local labor was used The depot and restaurant are scheduled for opening dur- ing the first week of the new year. The hotel may be open a few weeks later. There are parking facilities for !8 buses and 50 cars and a cocktail lounge is expected to be opened in the spring. "The public is going to be South In short Shop equipment to be bought CLARESHOLM (HNS) The Willow Creek school division board has approved a expenditure on new shop equipment for Nanton, Stavely and Granum schools. Leroy Rasmussen, shop teacher, requested the board's approval for the purchase of new potter's wheels. Nanton principal Brian Warwick supported his request on the grounds that the present kick type potter's wheels are too heavy for smaller students to operate properly. The board approved the purchase of one new electric wheel for each shop. One kick wheel will be kept in each shop. Caretaker honored at retirement FORT MACLEOD (Special) Margaret Burrows, caretaker at the town hall for the past 18 years, was honored recently by Mayor Charlie Edgar, councillors and the office staff on the occassion of her retirement. Mayor Edgar expressed appreciation for her many years of scrubbing and waxing. He noted that her mother, the late Katharine Hamilton, worked for the town until she was 75 and lived until she was 90. Coun. Margaret Moses added words of gratitude. The honored guest was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a gift of glassware and a cheque. said Mr. Zacharuk "It's not going to be like the general image of bus depots." Juveniles appear in court TABER (HNS) -Juveniles continue to be in court here In his November report to the town council. Police Chief Gordon H Hacking noted that on Nov 16, four local juvenile girls stole a truck at the sugar factory, drove it to Medicine Hat and abandoned it in a ditch On their return to Taber, they admitted to the offence and to the theft also of cash money from a town residence. Appearing in juvenile court Nov. 29, they were placed on probation. Two of the four- some, however, were in further trouble in less than a week, and further charges are now pen'ding. The 17 Criminal Code con- victions during the month in- volved false pretences, im- paired driving and theft of goods of over value, along with common assault, wilful damage to property and minor theft A total of 30 people were convicted of traffic offences one hit and run, six stunting, and the remainder speeding offences. A total of in property damage, with no injury, resulted from 10 reportable and five minor motor car ac- cidents during November. Under the Liquor Control Act, 20 people appeared in court for various infractions, and another 13 were arrested for intoxication, they were released from the cells the next morning. as power costs soar BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Electrical con- sumers here will be charged a higher rate beginning in January Calgary Power has hiked its wholesale power rate to the city owned system and this will be passed on to local power consumers. Brooks plant gaining support BROOKS (Special) -Social Credit MLA Fred Mandeville of Brooks says he supports the proposed Pan Canadian am- monia plant which may be located near Bow City. He says a study is being done on the effects to the dis- trict and province at the moment. This report will be given to Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock who will present it to the cabinet. Mr. Mandeville says Mr. Peacock is favorable towards the plant at present. Pan Canadian is currently testing the fertilizer plant idea. The company already has constructed a road to the site "A tremendous amount of work has been done in preparation for the said the MLA. The plant would produce an estimated tons of ier- tilizer per year of which 90 per cent would be exported to the U.S. The MLA feels it is better for the province to be able to turn raw crude into ammonia than sell the crude to the states for them to process. "It is more advantageous for us to export the finished product." said Mr. Mandeville. "Let's cut off ex- porting raw crude and sell them the finished product Ernie Luini. chairman of the town electric committee, says residents served by the town pay a higher rate than residents served directly by Calgary Power in the west area of Blairmore. Calgary Power has offered to do an evaluation of the town system with a view to purchasing it. 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