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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LITHMIDOE HMALD-TiiMday, February Fort Macleod will keep public works crew on job FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Rather than abolishing its entire public works crew, as suggested by acting mayor Charlie Edgar two weeks ago, town council is going shopping for a number of heavy equipment items that will keep its workmen on the job. Monday night town foreman George Bota was ordered to draw up an inventory of all town equipment and report "the bad and the good" at the next council meeting. Meanwhile, council will seek tenders on a fogging machine, a boom for a truck, a compressor and a jack hammer. Coun Phil Hodnett said, "I would hate to see the Town of Fort Macleod without a fogging machine we have a whole riverbottom that has to be fogged (sprayed to kill mosquitoes and You go one year without fogging... you start getting flies and mosquitoes around watch out." Mr. Bota said the compressor pistons are burned out The jack hammer, when working, is too heavy at 90 pounds to hold over head when in a manhole. A 60-pound hammer can do the same job. Mr. Bota was authorized to take the tank off a town water truck and have the engine overhauled and ready to receive a boom. Another old truck will be. sold for and an old back hoe for council agreed. Mr. Bota said the provincial department of highways garage is a look" at the cylinders on the town's forward and backward hoist He said he replaced the double cylinders and it worked not too badly for a time. This equipment may have to be replaced, councillors were informed. Centennial parade to have town float FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Town council Monday night agreed to MLA Leighton Buckwell's request that the town employees design and build a float for the Centennial Parade It will join a host of other floats in the parade here to highlight Homecoming Weekend for the Fort Macleod Centennial celebration. Mr. Buckwell, a member of the Fort Macleod Centennial Committee, and the Fort Macleod Historical Association, asked council to "put a skin of blacktop" behind the Fort Macleod Arena where citizens will attend the Civic Homecoming Barbecue. Pondering the same request, Coun. Ron Tilbe said earlier, before Mr. Buckwell arrived, "the point is, we are going to have the parking lot paved and we have got a number of streets to finish up because I think we better finish that up and see where we sit." "Surely centennial is number said Coun. Phil Hodnett. "I think the parking lot is number said Coun. Tilbe. But he told Mr. Buckwell later, "We will have to just leave that in the air until the budget comes up and get more information on it." Mr. Buckwell said just Record construction pace shows no signs of slowing Construction in the city shows signs of continuing the record-setting pace achieved, last year. Figures released Monday by city hall showed building Pension man plans visit Paul Bellman, a field officer of the Calgary old age security administration, will be at the Lethbridge district office of the Canada Pension Plan Wednesday and Thursday from a.m. to p.m. Mr. Bellman will answer queries on the Guaranteed Income Supplement and assist in the filing of applications. He will also deal with any iroblem cases referred to permits worth were issued last month, up by more than million from the January 1973 total of Last year's total of in construction value was some higher than the previous record construction year hi 1970 when the University of Lethbridge was being built. Residential construction led the way last month with permits issued for 321 single family residences valued at and six apartment buildings worth enough paving to "cover the dust" is required. Coun Grant Day suggested the town's Christmas lights be used as a centennial yellow and gold decoration. He received no support for the idea. But 10 school students aged 17 to 20 who have completed an Emergency Measures Organization course and who want for equipment to practise what they have learned will be asked to paint 20 centennial signs on main street Mr. Buckwell said the Fort Macleod Centennial Singers, 75-strong, will ride a "layer cake" float in the parade. The girls will be dressed to look like candles on the cake. Coun. John Davis said the town needs a professional painter to do the decorations but council disagreed and urged that amateurs be given a chance to earn a few dollars. "Are we going to spend asked Coun. Davis. "Don't spend too much money because once the year is up you are never going to use them advised Mr. Buckwell. He said the centennial signs could be erected about June 1. Coun Ron Tilbe suggested that Dame Flora Macleod of Dunnvegan Castle, Scotland, be invited for Homecoming Days. He said the crest for this castle, which he has visited, and the crest for the Town of Fort Macleod are "almost the same." The idea received unanimous approval. Nameless pool The pool with no name is rapidly taking on the outlines of a swimming palace at 15th Avenue and 19th Street N. City council has tried three times without success to name the new indoor pool. North Lethbridge Pool, Winston Churchill Pool, 15th Avenue N. Family Pool, Chinook Family Pool, and Stan Siwik Pool have all been considered. With the completion date only four to five months away, council obviously needs some assistance. Can you help? Fort Macleod council briefs Did assessor mislead 'solid FORT MACLEOD (Staff) The provincial assessor will be asked to check an old shed on the town property of Inga Day, town count-" decided Monday night. She said the reason she didn't appeal the assessment on the old garage building before was because the assessor told her the shed was not assessed. "She is a solid said Coun. Phil Hodnett. "She is not a agreed town secretary Roy White. "It seems to be Inga thinks she has been told something. She's got a legitimate said Coun. Hodnett. Mrs. Charlie Wormley of Fort Macleod has two light meters, one for her residence and one for a suite, and because of this she pays two flat rates for water. This is town policy. She wants a water meter. One water meter. But council can't give her one water meter because it would contravene its policy of two light meters, two water meters. Council agreed two weeks ago to give her a water meter but town secretary Roy White The pension plan office is in room 203 of the Professional Building, 7404th Ave. S. Assault case trial set A 39-year-old Lethbridge man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of assaulting a police officer and' was remanded to Feb. 13 for trial. It is alleged that Otto Bisheimer, 92113th St. N., hit and kicked a Lethbridge city policeman after being stopped and checked for liquor Jan. 27. 4 CUP TEAPOT DBF STOPFOS DOWNTOWN A review Chorus competent but inconsistent By PAT ORCHARD The Lethbridge Symphony Chorus, conducted by Walter Goerzer and accompanied by Ruth Clarke on the piano, together with a 16-piece orchestra, presented highlights from Handel's Old Testament oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, preceded by Haydn's Te Deum, before an audience of about 300 at the Yates Memorial Centre Monday night. Haydn's Te Deum was competently performed, though it was evident from the outset that despite their numerical superiority, the female voices lacked confidence unless backed by the male voices. It was also apparent that the choir thrived on passages with vigorous tempo, but seemed less sure of themselves when the pace slowed down. Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus is no masterpiece, either verbally or structurally. However, it does contain moments of pathos, such as the ooWe, mournful music for the lamenting Israelites and a sprinkling of strong, stirring choruses throughout. Mr. Goerzen failed to set the character of the movement in the beginiing. He adopted too jerky an approach, taking much of the musk, and especially the recitatives, at excessive speeds, either fast or slow. One had the impression that he was conducting one bar, one phrase at a time, rather than thinking in broader sweeps. However, I must not write too severely about what was, in the main, a competent performance. The handpicked orchestra did much to enhance the program. A special word of praise must go to oboist Walter Falk for his obbligato to the aria "Arm, arm ye and to toe cellist Irene Scarth for her contribution hi "Ah wretched The soprano music went to Colleen Kaufmann, who sang with her usual brand of unobstmsive authority, and turned in a distinguished performance. Mary Thompson, as contralto, was inclined to some rather stolid singing. However, she sang the celebrated area "Father of heaven" with condign solemnity. Michael Kaufmann as Judas did not seem to realize the full emotional power of the music. His treatment of words and notes was rather bland. Arguably, Judas needs a heroic ring, especially for a busy piece like "How vain is and this is something he could not quite supply. Arthur Hunt as bass gave a distinct feeling of uneasiness in the upper ranges, and grovelled inaudibly on the lower notes, particularly in "Arm, arm ye The duets throughout were particularly disappointing. The choruses were adequate, but the mid-phrase omission in "Hear us, 0 Lord" was totally without sense, let alone sense of style. Did Mr. Goerzen feel that the music needed getting rid of rather quickly? The singers achieved a well-matched blend and sang with commendable clarity of diction in Parts I and H. However, they seemed visibly tired by the time the Conquering Hero came, since the initial acclaim was less than enthusiastic. The lack-lustre start to the most well- known number of the oratorio was compounded by an orchestral faux pas the brass fluffed the triumphal fanfare. From there the performance seemed to go steadily downhill, as the ensemble's lack of expressive shading and nuance in their voices began to exert, a cumulatively dull effect, until the choir rallied in the final chorus, and ended triumphantly on the Hallelujah, Amen. Handelians need not-be unduly put off by the shortcomings I have mentioned, as the evening was an enjoyable one. The Letbbridge Symphony Chorus under Mr. Goenen's direction is continuing to improve. Rail abandonment alternatives sought Two Southern Alberta chambers of commerce are seeking alternatives to rail line abandonment because of IWCKWIUIUI fears that rural communities will die without transportation facilities. At a special meeting of chamber and Southern Alberta MLA's Monday, the existing rail abandonment committee was charged with the duty of outlining alternatives to die rail line abandonment The committee, spearheaded by the Magrath LETMDMDBE HBUMBUTIuH LTD. WALK-IN 111 im II ART DIETRICH OENTUIICCLHNC DdfTALMtCHMWC and District Chamber of Commerce, has been meeting regularly to push for retention of traditional transportation systems hi rural Alberta. A freeze was put on all rail line abandonment until Jan. 1, 1975, and several rail lines in Southern Alberta are earmarked for abandonment should the Canadian Transport Commission give its permission. Mike Sutherland, manager of the Lethbrkbje chamber said Monday the committee win submit the alternatives to rail line abandonment to the federal and provincial governments and request research and evaluation to determine which alternatives are feasible. The committee alto wants to know the policies of both governments regarding rail line and elevator abandonment. Social Credit MLAs Dick Gruenwald, John Anderson and Ted Hinman vuwed to bring the subject op of the spring sitting of the Alberta legislature. Mr. Sutherland says more people are beginning to realize that some of the rail lines must be abandoned because of sheer economic if teasui es. had second thoughts and brought it back. Everyone is agreed Mrs. Wormley will save money by getting off two flat rates and getting on one water meter. "I am satisfied to leave it hi your hands and see what you come up Coun. John Davis told town secretary Roy White at Monday night's council meeting. And because Mrs. Wormley pavs both light bills, too, she might go for one light meter, thus paving the way for one water meter. Electrician James Caughlan of 568 22nd St. will be recommended by the Town of Fort Macleod to the Alberta consumer affairs department for a temporary licence for a residence business, town council decided Monday night. The application sparked a lively council discussion. Emitting a heavy sigh and setting back in bis council seat, Coun. Phil Hodnett said, "You gentlemen know how I feel on this subject so I won't say anything." He did say, however, that "we want good, clean competition." This was in response to Conn. Ron Tilbe's view that "we want families to come hi here." "I am not happy about anybody running a retail business in town from his said Acting Mayor Charlie Edgar. (Mayor George Buzunis has been absent for the past two council "It is not town policy to encourage this sort of business in residential agreed Coun. Hodnett. Coun. Edgar said zoning for commercial and residential areas is overdue. "Maybe the man can't establish in the business section at the present said town secretary Roy White. This town's new parking bylaw is still not being enforced. Passed about a month ago, the parking bylaw hasn't booked a single motorist as yet Thief leaves cookie crumbs in parked car A burglar with a sweet tooth broke into the Vienna Bakery, 740 23rd St. N., late Sunday The holdup is signs. These are being made. Once they are erected, RCMP will start handing out parking tickets for infractions. Meanwhile, town secretary Roy White urged council Monday night to ask him to write a letter to all business firms. These people would be asked to have their employees park in the alleys behind the .businesses and not on main street. Council decided a notice in the Fort Macleod Gazette would accomplish this purpose. Northwest Design and Fabrication Ltd., builder of mobile homes here in a large plant in Hangar 5 at the industrial airport, wants more mobile home park sites, town secretary Roy White told council Monday night. The town now has about 30 lots for mobile homes on the south side of the tracks here and plans to enlarge the mobile home park by 38 lots. "Now they are asking me for five said Mr. White. But Coun. Ron Tilbe said it is "too bard on the machines" to install water and sewer services when the ground is frozen solid. Coun. John Davis' motion that Northwest Design be informed the town will make more trailer sites available as soon as the frost goes out was approved by council. But Mr. White reminded council it had promised the firm to keep it supplied with sites as needed. The town secretary said Northwest Design has sent a man to Saskatchewan to try to recruit workers. Acting mayor Charlie Edgar said he wonders why a firm would nave to go so far afield to find workers when so many are on welfare in this area. Before town conned went into a closed session Monday night, Coun. Grant Day sought an open discussion of the garbage disposal contract. Coun. Day was choked off by town secretary Roy White who insisted that the wage paid to the garbage collector was for discussion in the dosed session. Coun. pay said, "He hasn't had a raise hi... years." Mr. White said he was aware of this. He said it is wrong because the contract apparently specifies that annual raises be given. But the town secretary says he can't find the contract. Coun. Day said he thought an open discussion was in order. But the regular meeting was adjourned and council went into committee to discuss salary negotiations. Nineteen residents of the Granum area who recently requested toll-free Alberta Government Telephones service to Fort Macleod are out of luck, town council learned Monday night. W. G. Sutherland, ACT section supervisor of commercial development, replying to a charge of discrimination against the Town of Fort Macleod, informed council by letter: Questionnaires were sent to Granum residents between Sept. 14 and Nov. 28, 1973. A total of 71.2 per cent of the questionnaires were returned and of these, 70.5 per cent said they preferred to telephone Claresbolm toll free. FOX DEMTUre CLINIC ESL1922 PHONE 3ZT4MS E. S. POX, C.O.M. 2M MEDICAL DENTAL SLOG. 271t 1Mi Am S. FURNACES (IM STOCK) O14-4MHS. lice said the thief pried a lock off the rear door, causing about 40 cents damage. A quantity of cookies and a small cake were stolen and 'appeared to hare been eaten in a car parked behind an adjoining station. 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