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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, February 15, 1973 Proposed power rates worry separate trustees By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Separate school trustees 'bare are concerned vvi.h -j.o-posed rate increases of Calgary Power and agreed Wednesday to seek information on the matter through the Alberta School Trustees' Association. Board chairman J. I. Boras said although Lethbridge is not served directly by Calgary Power, other school districts in the province could be affected by a rate boost. "I do think some people have got to start doing something or these people (Calgary Power) will receive a rate increase by default. They're probably well | on the way to that now. | "I don't know what this (in- ; crease) amounts to, but I'm sure it's a few bucks," Mr. Boras said. ASTA president Harald Gun-derson has asked the local board for a donation toward legal fees for presentation of orovmcial trustees' viewpoints to Calgary Power. Mr. Gunderson said the ASTA will not oppose the 20 per cent hike - unless a special rate now available to schools is jeopardized. "Schools served by Calgary Power now have a special rate. Arguments should support and Board questions utilization rule Kidnapped Six of the eight contestants for the Lethbridge Community College Winter Carnival Queen were "kidnapped" for about four hours, by a group of law enforcement students Wednesday, The kidnappers demanded the student council to pay $5 for each of tb� hostages, with the ransom going to charity. But, the student council offered only 50 cents for all of the girls and refused to listen to further threats. Frustrated, the kidnappers released the girls in time for their appearance at a college fashion show Wednesday night-without taking any ransom. 1 DAY ONLY - THURS. FEB. 22 � - Next to Bank of Montreal IS 816-3rd. Ave. S. Groups for handicapped join forces The Rehabilitation Society of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded and the Canadian Mental Health Association's local branch have entered into a service co-operation arrangement. The arrangement is on a temporary basis, but the three agencies are confident it will be continued and perhaps ex- panded, setting a precedent for other agencies working with the handicapped. Under the arrangement, the rehabilitation society and the association for the mentally retarded will jointly evaluate the handicapped's problems and then .set up programs best suited to them, said Dave Stockbam, managing director of the rehabilitation society. "If we find a particular client likes gardening instead of sewing, we will send him to Coal-dale where the association for the mentally retarded has faci lities for gardening, and vice versa," he said. So far, clients previously with the association for the mentally retarded have been transferred to the workshop operated by the rehabilitation society, but no clients have been transferred the other way, Mr. Stockham "We just started the co-operation on a trial basis," said Len Wright, executive director of the association for the men tally retarded. "It is a step to cut down the luxury of duplication of services." Another arrangment is for the mental health association to use the rehabilitation society's workshop, free of charge, for socialization programs for mental health' out-patients. Mr. Stockham pointed out the mental health association itself does not have permanent facilities. The present schedule calls for mental out-patients to visit the workshop twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, to socialize with the workshop's clients and to learn skills such as baking, pottery-making and sewing, and participate in drama, bridge and exercises. Mr. Wright said the three agencies realize that the handicapped people's well-being is more important than institutional interests and have agreed to transfer their service population to each other if such transfer is found to be advantageous to their rehabilitation. Lola Wall, executive officer for the mental health associa tion, said the arrangement is working very well. "We feel it could he continued and expanded," she said. Crash victim satisfactory A 44 - year - old Lethbridge i man is in satisfactory condition today in St. Michael's General Hospital following a two-car, intersection collision yes terday at 16th Ave. and 20th ! St. S. Kenneth W. Spence, 2S15 19th Ave. S, was the driver of one of the vehicles, and both and his son, Kirk, 12, were | taken to hospital. Kirk Spence I was treated and released. The other driver involved the mishap was Kenneth W, Bettcher, 44, of 2021 14th Ave S. The accident occurred when | the one vehicle eastbound on 16th Ave., attempted a left turn onto 20th St. It collided head-on with the second vehicle which was travelling west on 16th Ave. and passing another vehicle on the right. Damage to both vehicles estimated at $2,500. Education Minister Lou Hyndman's latest policy on school utilization" was questioned by separate trustees here Wednesday - and was severely criticized by board member Steve Vaselenak. Mr. "Hyndman proposed Jan. 24 that new construction would not be favored by his department in a school zone which had less than 90 per cent of existing facilities in use. The minister suggested shuffling 'students from one school to another, should one building have a low utilization. "I don't agree with this at all-It's not for education purposes they're doing this - it's an expedient way of getting around money problems, that's t h e only reason," Mr. Vase'nnak said. "They have to do it, I can see that, but I know I'm sure opposed to that sort of thing. A utilization formula should include something about the number of students that can be used in certain space," he said. School superintendent Ralph Himsl said Mr. Hyndman has asked Lethbridge trustees to consider busing students from one school to another should over-crowding become a problem. "The department of education might consider the entire Lethbridge Catholic system as one zone for building purposes. Calgary and Edmonton school districts have divided their cities into four zones for the purpose of determining construction need. "The minister has asked boards to examine the effect of such a policy in local circumstances," Mr. Himsl said. He said the school buildings division has estimated local school district capacity for the separate system. Those estimates were not released to the press at Wednesday's meeting "It's the number of students you can get the best educational advantages for - not the physical space that should be of concern," trustee Vaselenak said. The board will write Mr Hyndman expressing its concern. justify the special rate applied to schools - rather than attempting to defeat the proposed increase. "Expert counsel must be retained for a submission. The ASTA budget cannot quite handle the additional costs which will be involved in making a responsible presentation to the Public V '.lities Board," Mr. Gundersoi said. He said if the special rate is dropped by Calgary Power, the extra yearly cos;s to school boards would be "several millions of dollars." Mi*. Boras said Lethbridge trustees should indicate their concern to the ASTA and should seek more details on the ASTA legal proposal. "We should just ask them and see what other boards are saying. I don't think we should drop this," Mr. Boras said. He was supported by his trustees, who audborized school superintendent R. E. Himsl to write the ASTA for further information on the issue. In other business Wednesday, trustees:  Gave formal ratification to a new two-year agreement between separate trustees and teachers.  Agreed to study details of a religious program offered at Newman Theological College in Edmonton.  Agreed to study busing problems in the city and their relation to the separate school system. Board members were told there are now 41 students in the local separate system with speech problems. Sbuiltering and the inability to articulate some sounds account for 27 of the cases, found in students ranging in age from six to 13. Trustees will employ a speech therapist to diagnose problems of individual children, estimate the nature of treatment and the time needed to provide treatment. Funds for a speech therapy program will be made available from this year's budget. No estimate of costs was available to trustees Wednesday. Date for pageant set By JOE MA Herald Staff Writer The Association for Historical Productions will hold a pageant from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in the Indian Battle Park to celebrate the RCMP centennial, it was announced Wednesday. Betty Sorensen, a Lethbridge Community College drama in-treasure!* at the association's structor, has been appointed director for The Sight, The Sound and The Fury, the name of the pageant. The pageant is expected to cost $40,000, said Frank Smith, the association's spokesman. Jack Lakie was elected vice-president and Terry Bland Marks awarded Three Lethbridge residents have been awarded the title ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music) piano performer, it has been announced. They are Melodie and Mere-lie Armstrong, both awarded first class honors, and Bertha Kopp, honors. Other residents who passed piano examinations held recently in the city by the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto include: Teacher (oral examinations in the science of teaching): Linda Dickey, Lynden Gill. Grade 10: pass - Sheryl Pauls, Carolyn Boras. Grade 9: honors - Winstan Jones; pass - Kathryn Nelson, Barbara Ward. Grade 8: first class honors- Debra Mann; honors - Betty Walshe, Bernadette Craddock, John Enman, Scott Snow; pass -Robert Tagg, Suzanne McDonald, Sandra Vaselenak. Grade 7: first class honors-Marian Parkinson, Heather Klassen; honors - Catherine Chirka, Rita Proehl; pass - Shirley Nikkei, Joyce Lepp, Marilyn McCulloch. Grade 6: first class honors-Linda Enns, Terri Ohho; honors - Patricia Isaac, Lennea Oseen, Loma Erickson, Rose Lenz; pass - Heather Fettig. Grade 5: first class honors-Edith Unger; honors - Shauna Bullock, Aniko Ott, Sharon Harms, Tim Fletcher, Luanne Nago, Noel Patson, Lester Lea-vitt.,. Cheryl Fletcher; pass - Pauline Wentz, Blake 'Tom-ilyama, Kenneth Lewis, Cath- erine Murray, Pamela Olsen. Grade 4: first class honors-Mary Long, Gordon Tait; honors - Anne Craiggs, Debra Ibuki, Barbara Larson, Lor alee Piomp, Lilly Steed, Jocelyn Vanorman, Brace Tait; pass - Katherine Waddell, Ronald Peterson, Sharon Smith, Karoline Philipp. Grade 3: first class honors-Diana Kolpak, Lisa Nirk, Shelley Hendry, Diane Bullock, Toby Taniguchi, Susan Kolpak; honors - Earl Helwig, Peter Pan konin, Dennis Shigemat-su, Margaret D o n k e r s goed, Philip Nowik, Sharon SeWya, Paul Darcel, Gima Fiorino, Sherry Moline, Tamiara Tagg, Zyla Wentz; pass - Linda Brunner, Kathy Lowry, Mimi Smienk, Paulette Huber, Kath-rine Niehaus, Lorianne Habdas, Shelly Peters. Grade 2: first class honors-Ian Coneybeer, Wendy Ibuki; honors - Evelyn Ambrozic, Kevin Tome, Esther Wirzba, Pamela Allison, Karen Men-ill, Tina Antony, Carol Garner, Tracy Habdas, Mark Johnson, Joseph Blumel, Yolanda Tera-jewicz, Ronald Clay, Carol On*, Teleni Orr; pass - Darren Gurr, Rachelle Orr, Kelly Rem-pel, Laurel Grahaim, Thelma Luco. Grade 1: first class honors-Melissa Baker, Barbara Hin-man; honors - Marilyn Peterson, Tanya Critchfleld, Janine Fletcher, Connie Maruyama, Jane Virtue, Sabina Seitz, Cheryl Frouws, Gregory Garner, Susan Stevens; pass - Diane Babino. board meeting. The president, George Brown, was elected at the organizational meeting earlier this month. Mr. Smith said the span of the scenes to be produced *z the pageant is from October 1870 to the winter of 1874. "The scenes will start witii the last great Indian battle between the Crees and the Black-foots at the river bottom and will end in the winter of 1874," he said. By the winter of 1874, the North West Mounted Police, which later became the RCMP, had set up Fort Whoop-Up, arrived at Fort Macleod and made the first arrest of whisky traders in the Willow Creek area, he pointed out. Most of the scenes will be produced in the replica of Fort Whoop-Up in the Indian Battle Park but the scene of the last great Indian battle will be staged at the site of the battle about a mile away on the other side of the Oldman River. Mr. Smith said the pageant to be held this year is but "a try-out." ' He said if it proves successful, "a more ambitious pageant will be staged next year, which is the centennial of the NWMP's arrival in Alberta." He said LCC students have submitted 13 scripts and three, more are forthcoming - two from Mrs. Sorensen and one from him. "Mrs. Sorensen and the board will decide which episodes will be accepted and incorporated into the pageant," he said. Script and other ideas from the public are welcome, he said. Inquiries can be made with Mr. Smith at the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta or with Mrs. Sorensen at the LCC. People who would like to be part of the cast or the production team are welcome to contact Mrs. Sorensen or Mr. Smith. "We haven't come to the point of discussing financing in details yet but we will be doing it very soon," he said. HAVE STARTED) only! scamper is only 8 rentals left watch for greatest show on wheels coming soon. Brakes, fridge, heater, T.T., awning, toilet, shower, pullman drape. Wat $3504