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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, February Causing layoffs at Thunder Bay Cold weather blamed for decline in elevator grain stocks WINNIPEG (CP) Prairie farmers aren't moving their grain to country elevators at a normal winter rate and the decline in elevator stocks has contributed towards layoffs at Thunder Bay. G. F. Holloway, director of country planning for the Canadian Wheat Board, says country elevators are just over half full. He said the root of the problem appears to be the cold weather and heavy snowfalls, combined with a relatively large amount of ready cash in farmers' pockets. He said elevator receipts for the week ended Feb. 1 were a "disappointing" 6.5 million bushels compared with deliveries of 19.5 million bushels the previous week. This sharp decline in elevator stocks has spread to Thunder Bay where ZOO more grain handlers were laid off this past week. Frank Mazur, vice general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, grain elevator division, said the elevators have been filled to only half their 100 million bushel capacity and just 800 of the grain handling force now is employed. "Stocks are goine down all the time. It is this Time of the year when elevators should begin filling up. If it isn't done now, there won't be enough grain on hand to open spring navigation." Mr. Mazur partly blames the railways for failure to place "proper emphasis on crucial grain shipments." The Canada Grain Commission report for the period Aug. 1 to Jan. 23, showed, however, producers delivered a total of 179.6 million bushels of grain, just 56 per cent of the amount delivered a year ago. Jack Skull, public information officer for the CNR said the report shows that "while the railroads have not handled as much, the producers have not delivered nearly as much as a year ago." Norman Richards, president of the Thunder Bay Labor Council said he expects layoffs to reach both train crews and non operators of the railways companies. Ordered deported Bernardo Arrano, 24, who says he fears execution if he returns to his Chilean homeland, was ordered deported 'as soon as practicable' by an immigration appeal board in Vancouver. Breakfast mishap leads to fortune VANCOUVER (CP) Even large companies experience difficulties launching new consumer products but Gino Fera decided to try his luck after an accident at the breakfast table eight years ago. "The family and I were hav- ing breakfast when my wife dropped a three-quart carton of milk. It slipped through her hands and I can tell you that is a pretty messy Mr. Fera said. But the spilled milk inspired him to design a container to hold milk cartons. Today the containers are sold throughout Canada and parts of the United States. "The first thing I did was to make a prototype out of metal. I then took that around to supermarket managers and asked them what they thought of it. Everyone I saw was impressed and suggested that an item like that would sell Mr. Fera said. After spending on the prototype, Mr. Fera, president of Vancouver-based Fera Plastics Ltd., searched for other patents. When he found none he got his own patent on the milk carton container. By January 1968, after spending he was ready to introduce the container. His first customer was a large Vancouver department store. Sales have been increasing steadily over the years. In the period 1968 to 1971, containers were sold, averaging a month. In 1973, sales averaged a month. The milk carton holders are being produced by a local company, Columbia Plastics Ltd. Despite the world petroleum shortage affecting the plastics industry, Mr. Fera is confident he won't have any problems. "Our suppliers have assured us that we will be supplied. But instead of giving them six weeks notice as to how many containers we would like them to produce it has now risen to three months. And the same condition prevails for Eastern he said. Getting the product started was a difficult task. "It was hard pounding. For months and months my wife and I would spend countless hours on the weekend demon- strating the container to people and gradually through word-of-mouth advertising people started buying the he said. Revenue from oil sands up TORONTO (CP) Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., a pioneer in production of synthetic oil from the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta, reports higher revenue but increased losses for 1973. Great Canadian had a loss of on revenue of for 1973 against a loss of on revenue of during 1972. President Kenneth Heddon says revenue increased because of higher selling prices but this was offset by an extensive maintenance shutdown in the spring and expiry of a 50-percent remission of Alberta royal- ties granted three years ago. YOU'LL LOVE OUR... MEAT SPECIALS SIDES OF BEEF FRONTS OF BEEF HINDS OF BEEF We cut (there you wrap it at home. SIDES OF PORK Cut, wrapped and from COUMTKH -ROUND STEAK ..................ib. RUMP ROAST PORK CHOPS loin and rib ends HAMBURGER Prices Effective Feb. We Mssens The mght To UmN OuantMes RANCHLAND MEATS Pnono32S-oe37 EATON'S HOMEFURNISHIIMGS Eaton's Big Homefumishing sale continues. Items advertised in the colorful Eaton's flier are still available where stocks permit. Buy Line 328-8811 Use Your Eaton Account.. Credit Terms Available. Sterling sofa suite or pair of loveseats Traditional designs, graceful, richly covered and low priced at Eaton's. Made with semi-attached pillow back and 6" polyuretnane seat cushions. Sofa, chair and loveseats covered with cotton and rayon matelasse in green or brown. Eaton sale price, 2 pcs................................. 659" SWIVEL ROCKER in co-ordinated cotton-and-rayon antique velvet covers. Chair has high padded back and 4" polyurethane seat cushion. Choose moss green or bronze QQ QQ cover. Eaton sate price, each Wunder tables Chinese Chippendale style tables with hand-glazed walnut veneers.Approx. sizes. bunching, table. QA -QQ 22" square x 16" high Eaton sale price, End table, QQ QQ 27x22x20" high. Eaton sale price, each ...................................................v7 57 57 Sofa suite or pair of loveseats See how this contemporary furniture is cushioned and padded -to make you as comfortable as can be! All done with polyurethane over a hardwood frame and firm springs. Covered with easy-care polypropylene in tweedy cinnamon, marine or natural colour. Choose sofa and chair or pair of loveseats for the same low price. Eaton sale price, 2-pcs........................... Traditional sofa suite 419" by Kroehler 92" of real luxury! That's what you get with this price, plus a chair to match. Both luxuriously cushioned with 5" polyurethane. Elegantly coveredMn floral patterned cotton-and-rayon velvet in rich pumpkin or neutral brown tones for your living room. On front casters. Eaton sale price, 2-pcs........................ eu in norai patterned 664" Kroehler tables Mediterranean style tables in warm pecan finish. Made of solid ash and pecan veneers with urethane mouldings and carvings. Antiqued brass finished hardware. Approx. sizes. Eaton sale price, each Low-drawer commode, 26x2GVzx20" high Cabinet cocktail, 53Vzx20x15" high ___ Hexagonal commode, high 159.99 159.99 Lighted Curio Cabinet in oak finish. 25x10Vix70" high. Eaton sale price. 109.99 j. 209.99 Contemporary dinette suite Attractive and practical! Rectangular table has heat- and stain-resistant laminated top in today's beautiful Planked Pecan. T shaped base has matching insert. Chairs are covered in Desert Sand Ranchyde, an easy-care supported vinyl. All pieces have brightly polished chromium plated frames. 36x48" extends to Eaton sale price, 5-pce. suite............. 358" Country French bedroom suite 'Eaton Exclusive' Chablais suite elegantly styled in country oak finish. Of oak- solid-and-veneer construction. Full mahogany drawers are dust-resistant, dovetailed and centre guided. And Duradeil outer finish protects from scrapes and spills. Triple dresser. vertical plate glass mirror, armoire. headboard Eaton safe price, 3-pcs. ate wallafate in finish it slightly