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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION The LetKbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, February 4, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 MILITIA WINTER EXERCISE All aboard 'survive' Herald reporter Jude Campbell Winter whites, combat jack- ets, HQ and ration packs have become passwords with the girls of the Lethbridge 20th Independent Field Battery of the Canadian Militia. Cpls. Denise Ballermann and Ardyth Schmidt, and Pte. Allison Sheets were among 30 members of the militia taking part in annual winter survival exercises near the West Castle Resort, west of Pincher Creek. The two-day campout took place Saturday and Sunday with militia members trekking one mile into the forest area to set up camp for the night. The exercise is meant to acquaint the men and women with arctic conditions and to ensure all are familiar with winter survival gear. Each person carried a fully- equipped back-pack containing a down-filled sleeping bag, food rations, personal gear and; white camouflage gear. Clothing included heavy winter parkas, mucklucks, leather mitts and magnesium-alloy snowshqes. At the campsite, personnel were divided into tent-groups with five and four people to a tent. Each tent unit had hauled in kitchen equipment on toboggans and were expected to be self-sufficient throughout the exercise. Several feet of snow and fair weather provided excellent conditions for the winter camp, compared to last year's Chinook conditions which uncomfortable for snow-shoeing and marching. As part of the exercise, all militia members participated in a reconnaissance at dusk. Several squads, camouflaged in winter whites, marched ahead of the main group to hide in the snow and surrounding trees. The remaining squads then attempted to search out the ambush points before crossing trail in front of the hidden member. The majority of the ambushes were successful, with only a few being discovered during the hour- long ploy. Prior to leaving the area, an exercise in winter survival and shelter without the aid of tents was conducted, with the men digging into the snow with snowshoes. Windbreaks were provided by trees and Walter Kerber photos Moving out backpack arrangements militia had girls taking part in around the dugout. Snowshoes the survival camp, were converted into adequate seats. Brigade Commander Maj. Donald Graham termed the overall exercise a success, and commended, the girls on their participation. The girls themselves commented that they had "enjoyed" this camp more than the last one because of the snow conditions, and all were pleased with the way the It was the second year the exercise had been carried out. rrf On the march camouflage exercise near West Castle All the comforts left to right, Cpl. Denise Ballermann, Cpl. Ardyth Schmidt and Pte. Allison Sheets 500 hearties bundle up for Skate-a-thon above didn't seem to bother the estimated 500 to 600 people who turned out for the Kinsmen Skate-a-thon 74 at Henderson Lake Saturday. The Skate-a-thon was sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Lethbridge which paid the expenses and will get half of the proceeds for its projects. The other half will go to minor hockey and similar youth groups such as the Buy Scouts, said Bill John- son, Kinsmen Skate-a-thon chairman. Skaters were sponsored per quarter-mile lap, said Mr. Johnson, earning three laps every time they went around the three-quarter-mile course on the lake. Tiv Erais, a member of the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association executive, estimated that 350 members of minor hockey teams were skating in support of their sport. Coaches were skating, dads were skating, managers were skating and dads were watching. Impromptu races were held and an official media race at noon was a highlight of the day. Mayor Andy Anderson was declared the winner of the media race after he donated ISO to the cause in lien of skating. The actual race was a six-way tie between the skaters, Herald sports editor Pat Sullivan, LMHA president Leo HarroM, Canada Winter Games public relations officer Ray Morton, Kinsmen president Rod Draffin, Brent Seely of CJOC, and Moriey McGill of CHBC. Skaters were offered prizes by the LMHA for the best performances in the Skaie-a-tbon. Mr. Erais said gift certificates would be awarded to the minor hockey players raising the most money in each of the four divisions. Certificates worth would be awarded to the top money- raiser, and to the second-best pee wee, bantam bantam "A" and midget players skating. Trophies would be given to toe top coach, top manager, toe boy with Vat most laps, the oldest skater and the youngest skater. Mr. Erais and Mr. Johnson said winners will not be known until pledge cards are tabulated and the money is in, in two to three weeks. Rick Ercin photos Frozen toes William Brown, AVB. S. Sean Eriendson, 4, 2914 12th Ave. S. I'll just watch, thanks Jock perched in owner Clyde Matheson's warm car ;