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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD -Tuttdav, February 19, 1974 New operators optimistic about Whoop-Up Country Although the Kinsmen ran Whoop-Up Country as well as they could it lost in 1973, says the newly-elected president of the Whoop-Up Country Historical Society Whoop-Up became too big for the Kinsmen to handle and for this reason it's operation has been turned over to the society, Arnie Locatelli, told a public meeting of the society held Monday at the Civic Sports Centre Dr Locatelli who was on the Kinsmen committee which ran the Indian Battle Park fort, said although it was run m a conservative manner they couldn't make ends meet. So it was decided to form a society to run Whoop-Up, he said. It would be eligible for grants that the Kinsmen couldn't get "It was a realistic and gracious way of handing over the Dr. Locatelli, a local optometrist, said. About has been spent on Whoop-Up since it was first conceived as the Kinsmen's centennial project in 1965. Whoop-Up attracted visitors in 1973, compared with in 1972, he said. This shows it has a good potential as a tourist attraction. Dr. Locatelli told The Herald afterwards that in 1973 Whoop-Up had reduced its deficit by one-half over 1972. He said the society would get funds for the 1974 operation of Whoop-Up from grants from the federal and provincial governments, the Kinsmen and the city. Campaign blitz nets More than was collected in a residential blitz for the heart foundation Monday, Suzy Hironaka, campaign chairman said today The blitz is the major part of fund raising during heart month, February. The topped the collected last year in the one-night blitz. The Lethbndge region is hoping to collect for the whole month More than was raised during February last year. One of the main challenges the society faces is to get people interested in Whoop-Up and in the history of Southern Alberta, he said. An immediate difficulty is that the fort's main access is not usable because of the construction of the 6th Avenue bridge. But this is only temporary. Whoop-Up will open June 1 and will have some new additions an Indian teepee village, a log cabin and a sod hut. Whoop-Up now includes the original replica of the fort, a museum inside the fort and a mine train which carries passengers around a one-quar- ter mile track. One of the main items of business of the meeting, attended by about 20 people, was to elect an executive and a board of directors for the society. It has been governed by a provisional board of directors since the society was formed in July. The executive consists of president, Dr. Locatelli; secretary, Mary Lynch- Staunton and treasurer, Pat Morkin. The board of directors are: Rex Little, Alex Johnston, Rich Davidson, Rod Draffin. Bob Parkyn, Cleve Hill and Jim Bole. Gov't must subsidize branch rail lines9 By TERRY McDONALD Herald City Editor MAGRATH (Staff) -The federal government has a responsibility to continue to subsidize branch railway lines, at least until farmers and rural communities have been provided with an alternative method of moving their grain to market, says the Cardston Member of the Legislature. Ted Hinman, a farmer in the Glenwopd area and a former Social Credit provincial treasurer, said here Monday night the federa Svernment would be doing an injustice if it scontinued branch railway lines subsidization and continued to subsidize other business enterprises, "like building those big airplanes and setting freight rates for Eastern interests." But, if railway branch lines must be abandoned, he told a meeting of the Magrath Chamber of Commerce, then farmers must be given answers to their transport problems. "We should accept abandonment only if someone can show that people will be served as well as they have always Mr. Hinman told about 40 chamber members. CP Rail applied in 1967 to the Canadian Transport Commission to abandon seven branch lines, all in Southern Alberta. But the CTC will not consider those applications until Jan. 1, 197S when an eight-year freeze on abandonment hearings is lifted. Mr. Hinman said farmers are wondering if government will build super highways to replace the rail network. "We want to know how much it will cost farmers to haul their grain longer distances. And what happens if a farmer is late delivering his grain quota? Will he be He wondered if improvements in bridges would allow farmers to haul their grain to more distant points in winter when the highways would better support such heavy traffic. And would the government pay the farmer for storing his grain on his land during the times of the year when the roads would not allow such traffic? Mr. Hinman claimed branch railway lines were built with the understanding they "wouldn't pay." But they were necessary to open up new areas of the province and to get the grain to market. The government encouraged the rail companies to build these lines, giving considerable tracts of land "some of which now runs through cities and is terrifically valuable." He encouraged farmers and townspeople to "be to circulate petitions, and to demand meetings with CP Rail officials and government. One bright note, he told the meeting, was that the Alberta government had given him assurances it would help research alternatives to the branch line network. Town pressed by industry for more lots By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD The plant engineer at Northwest Design Homes Ltd., builder of mobile homes here, told town council Monday night that unless the Town of Fort Macleod can supply seven serviced lots immediately, new employees of his firm will have to live hi tents. Town council promised to do the best it could under the public works burden of frozen ground. But it will be into March before any lots will be available. The firm recently travelled to Saskatchewan to recruit men for its plant. SPECIALI RADIO-STEREO (Form A Collection) BSR Changer List Price 229.95 SPECIAL 149" Call 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Smokestacks at rest As warm Lethbridge winds bare city roofs of snow, city smokestacks seem to have gone into hibernation. And this includes the seven pipes atop Mid-Town Texaco at 4th Ave. and 4th St. S. New Taber bylaw allows 15-year-olds in pool hall Students to earn project funds TABER (Staff) Town council gave its blessing to a new pool room bylaw here Monday night that allows 15- year-olds into Taber's one and only billiard parlor. Six councillors.and Mayor Arthur Avery were unanimous in approving the bylaw. Three readings went off like clockwork. The only question, asked by one councillor, was had the secretary-treasurer talked to the police chief. He hadn't but assured council the bylaw is sensible and workable. It follows hard on the heels of the new Alberta Billiard FOX DENTURE CUNIC Est1922 PHONE E. S. P. FOX. C.O.M. iFOXLETMMME DENTAL IM 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLOC. THURSDAY BUCKET SPECIAL nm buv a bucket or barrel Family Pack ol French Fries oz 01 Creamy Cote Saw A toal ol Grecian Bread Room Act which came into effect Dec. 1 to lower the age requirements from 16 to 15. At the same time, council said the pool parlor here can remain open Saturday to p m.; open again Sunday at 2 p.m. and close at p.m.; open at 7 a.m. Monday; and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday can remain open until midnight. Preschools set in Lakeview All youngsters in the 4fe to SVz age group who reside in the Lakeview area of the city will likely be able to attend kindergarten next fall, according to the chairman of the Gingerbread House Co- operative Pre-school. David Lynagh reports the Lakeview Kindergarten has received government funding for 40 youngsters and the Gingerbread House Co- operative Pre-schpol now has provincial funding for 60 youngsters. If the demand for a kindergarten education in the Lakeview area should exceed 100 children, the early childhood services division of the department of education will be approached to sponsor another 20 youngsters. Mr. Lynagh also announced that tuition fees to the Gingerbread House Co- operative Pre-school have been reduced to per child per month. The fees bad been a child per month. Parent involvement is now one of the requirements for provincial government funding. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC 328 4095 FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Ten school students aged 17 to 20, who have completed an Emergency Measures Organization course and who want for equipment, are going ahead with a centennial project here to earn the money, Coun. Phil Hodnett said at the regular council meeting Monday night. They will paint from 24 to 30 two-foot-square signs signifying Fort Macleod Centennial for erection on main street and the two one- way streets Fire Chief Len Hatton's problem of motorists parking in his driveway will be dealt with by the erection of two "no parking between signs" signs on each side of his driveway. Paving of the alley behind the Fort Macleod Curling Arena, requested two weeks ago by MLA Leighton Buckwell of the Fort Macleod Centennial Committee, will be dealt with by council when it goes into its annual budget next month. There is very little water pressure at the manse at the Anglican Church at Fort Macleod, Coun. John Davis told town council Monday night "The plumbing in that house is all said town foreman George Bota This prompted deputy-mayor Charles Edgar to urge that town workmen test the water pressure inside the building at the shut-off valve and "see what pressure you have got there." It will be done. It is located on 21st St. Council tabled a notice from Snowmobilers want snow hauled to track from town FORT MACLEOD (Staff) A three-man delegation from the Midnight Snowmobilers Club of Fort Macleod, headed by president Gene Koopman, received assurance from town council Monday night that snow removal crews will dump some snow around the track at Midnight Stadium if it snows again before spring. The delegation included Joe Tarness and Len Hatton. The club has 15 members. "We are wondering about the possibility of the town dumping their snow out at the said Mr. Koopman. Deputy-mayor Charles Edgar promised, "We will do the best we can, if there is a big snowstorm we will try to haul some from the west end of town. We like to try to avoid long hauls." Mr. Koopman also wanted to know if the town has its own bylaw regulating snow machines in town. He was informed, by Conn. Ron Tilbe, that the town does have a bylaw prohibiting recreational snow machine operation in town and contravention of the bylaw would be dealt with. Coun- John Davis doubted if (here was roach the town could do for the club because, "We are not going to get any more snow this year." Coun Davis said it could cost the town from to f200 a day to haul snow during a winter crisis Town foreman George Bota said it would be "a slow process" to haul snow to the stadium from the east end of town. "I think he has got a said Coun. Phil Hodnett. "But from now until the middle of May we are going to get the most snow according to he forecast. Coun. Ron Tilbe said it would take a lot of snow to cover the track but Mr. Koopman persisted that it could be done with one big storm. Council refuses to sell 3 lots to Calgary man SVEN ERICKSENS FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP An. 32M161 I.I. trill Finn 321-7751 LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD nmzmt coouftt tctMAKim 111 11fll FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Town council Monday night refused to sell three lots to a Calgary man. Henry Willms wanted to buy lots and 18 on the south side of 30th Street S. east of former El Rancno owner Mel Fengstad's property. "He doesn't want to build on all three said Coun. John Davis. "I told him quite frankly I didn't think council would approve it" Town administrator Roy White said the lots are not serviced, Coun. Davis suggested be tell Mr. Willms the limit would be Itt lots. Mr. White said be wants to buy all three and pot two lots into garden. Council heard the lots are 211 feet deep and "if he had a lot and a half he would nave plenty for garden... he would have all the garden he would want to take care of." Coun. Ron Tilbe said, 'Put him down for one lot." Coun. Davis's motion was approved that Mr. Willms be sold one lot, subject to the usual building regulations, "until we see what kind of borne he intends to put in." Deputy-Mayor Charlie Edgar also wanted to know garden, we don't want it." In other land transactions: One and one-half lots at the east end of 18th Street will be sold to Mervin Dusyk of Fort Macleod for a residence and double-wide carport, subject to the engineer's report on the depth of the sewer line at this point "The sewer is only-four feet said town foreman George Bota, adding, "he wouldn't have much of a basement" 3rd Avenue plans okay FORT MACLEOD (Staf 0 Town council Monday night approved a request to block off 3rd Avenue for a Fort Macleod Centennial event this summer. ___ The source of the request was not revealed, nor did town administrator Roy White recall publicly who it was from All council beard was that "tfeey are going to have a dance in the Elks Hall and part of the celebration in the Knights of Columbus Hall and they want Otis blocked off so the Alberta Treasury Branch. Town administrator Roy White said that at the present time the Town of Fort Macleod does not get interest on its standard accounts. "They are paying interest rates of 6% per cent of all amounts in the he said. A request from the Alberta Heart Fund for a grant was posptoned until budget time. Council approved a motion to withhold payment of to Everall Construction of Edmonton until a paving job is completed to council's satisfaction. Dick Campion has been appointed by the provincial government to conciliate the wage dispute between the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Town of Fort Macleod. Councillors Ron Tilbe and John Davis will represent the town at the conciliation meeting with CUPE set for 7 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Campion will serve in the same capacity at Pincher Creek a day earlier. Tom Story of Fort Macleod will be asked to submit more precise plans as a follow-up to his request to town council to rent part of the old General Coach property at the industrial airport for a storage site. "I am wondering what all is going to be dragged in the asked Coun. John Davis, referring to the annual town meeting set for 8 p.m. March 25, tentatively at the Elks Hall. Earlier he asked, "Do we want an annual "Do we dare not have asked Conn. Phil Hodnett. "As far as I am concerned, that is our obligation to the people" And to Coun. Davis' reference to "dragged in the Coon. Hodnett said, "I don't give a damn what it is. As far as I am The need for mobile home sites for these new people is urgent, Ed Wieclaw said. Lots are wanted on 10th and llth streets. "We have several families on the road. Unless action is taken immediately they will be living in tents." "We are going to move as fast as we possibly can on these said Coun. John Davis. Town foreman George Bota said, "We are going to try digging tomorrow. The pipe is ordered and there should be water pipe in tomorrow. The sewer pipe came in the end of last week. We're looking at the first of the month." Mr. Bota said surveyors will be on the job "tomorrow afternoon." Bill Young of Northwest Design said two mobile home sites are needed by next week. Asked Coun. Phil Hodnett: "Is there any way we can pull something over there and do a crash program? We have the electricity in there." But this chitchat didn't satisfy Northwest Design plant engineer Wieclaw. "What type of long-range plan does council he asked. We would prefer not to have to come to council every tune we need a few lots. I presume other people besides ourselves are looking for lots" Coun. Hodnett reaffirmed that "the town gave a commitment that they would keep ahead of what your needs were, but then wintertime comes in. Did you give the town enough Coun Hodnett wondered who was to blame for the situation. "We are not here to try and align said Mr. Wieclaw. "It's a desperate need. We have these families coming in. You can bring on the hard luck stories about pregnant wives freezing in cold units. The town foreman said if the weather holds good all will be well but "you get a ditch dug and then a big snowstorm comes and you are beat right there... there is no way you can clean that ditch out unless you hand shovel it out." Switching topics, Mr. Wieclaw asked council to put some graders to work on the gravelled airport road as it "would sure save the front end suspensions a little." Councillors said public works would take a look at the road but any gravel spread wouldn't last long under the heavy traffic of airport industry workers CUff HACK. ILACK DENTAL UU PHONE strata people are the main thing and if we are not willing to go to the people then we might as well quit right now." "what kind of a garden be is going to pat in; if be is going people can mill back and forth to go into some kind of market between the two." 271t FURNACES (IN STOCK) SUET WOW 2214 ;