Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Local news The LetHbridge Herald District Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 20, 1975, Pages 17-32 WALTER KERBER photos Playing host to It500 "It's an evening for having Premier Peter Lougheed declared Wednesday and quickly followed his own counsel. He downed some refreshment, centre, while Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, was offering words of welcome; chatted, left, with Games volunteers Syd and Verna Healy and along with some other people enjoyed some prime rib, right, sliced by Chef John Vos and served by Bev Korver. Wo politics at premier's party VISITING GAMES A THLETES PARTIAL TO TEN-GALLON HATS Cowboy hats are spreading through the Winter Games like a prairie grass fire. The Games souvenir office and western outfitters in the city say Games athletes are quickly buying up every ten gallon hat in town. At Action Central, where the Games sells pennants, pins, T-shirts, toques and hockey pucks all crested or emblazoned with Pharley Pheasant and Sunny South logos cowboy Hats are proving to be the souvenir most sought after by visiting athletes. City western wear shops say athletes are The March 26 provincial election will just have to wait until The South is through with the Canada Winter Games. As Premier Peter Lougheed told Games officials and volunteers at a roast beef dinner thrown by the provincial government Wednesday night in Exhibition Pavilion: "Tonight is not a night for making speeches. It's an evening for having fun." And having fun wasn't hard for volunteers and mission staffs in- vited to the premier's dinner. Seven- ty kegs of Lethbridge brewed suds were rolled in the door to help the hungry horde wash down pounds of standing rib roasts, 600 pounds of coleslaw, 600 pounds of beans and 300 apple pies topped with 120 pounds of Cheddar cheese. "Non political" is'how Joe Hut- ton, the premier's press secretary, described the cabaret style fest. Early in the evening, Mr. Button spotted Calgary Herald legislature reporter Gordon Jaremko in the crowd and immediately scurried up to.the reporter with the news: "no politics tonight." Many of the guests were from out of province, here with their provincial Games missions. For them, the March 26 election was not a hot topic of conversation. And for most, the talk centred on what else? the Games. Travel group petition CAT A special meeting of the Travel and Convention Association to discuss the resignation of the association's staff has not been set for Feb. 26, the group's president said today. Steve Kotch said the ex- ecutive of the association must set the meeting date and this has not been done. The Herald reported .Wednesday a petition bearing more than SO signatures of association members is call- ing (or the special meeting. Mr. Kotch told The Herald today the petition has not been presented to the executive and the petition does not automatically set a meeting date. Mr. Kotch, who is to approach city council Monday for the association's annual grant, said directors who are pushing for the special meeting are "people sounding off on things they know nothing about." He added not one director has approached him to discuss the resignations of the staff or any other problems that may be troubling the association. Mr. Kotch said today he does not know what directors are pushing for such action but added "it is not a ma- jority." "There is one thing that is a he said. "A majority of directors at the last meeting accepted the resignations of the paid staff of the association. Mr. Kotch said reports that a quorum was not established at the meeting are untrue. The president added there were only three of the 18 members who voted at the meeting to turn down the resignations of the association staff. OTTAWA ACTS TO UPGRADE KENYON FIELD FACILITIES Kenyon Field Airport Manager John Fifield said .today pro- jects on which the federal government intends to spend in the 1975-76 fiscal year upgrading the airport are "very necessary." Mr. Fifield was commenting on news reports from Ottawa which said plans are underway to build a maintenance garage, sand storage facilities and secondary sewage treatment works at the field. "We need the maintenance garage Mr. Fifield said. "I am very happy, we need all those things out here very much." Federal transport department officials said Wednesday the department has launched a plan to rebuild and modernize the airport's facilities. A maintenance garage and sand storage facilities will be provided at a cost of In the coming fiscal year W7S-78 a total of will be spent on the project. A secondary sewan treatment works is to be installed at a total cost of The government this coming fiscal year will spend on that part of the program. after Stetsons ranging in price from to 145. The Games souvenir office is sold out of bright yellow Stetsons, but still has 300 Smithbuilt hats selling retail at a more modest Action Central brought in 800 hats before the Games, says souvenir boss ;Khym Goslin. While the memorabilia section of Action Central is not trying to make a profit from athletes, the demand for Games souvenirs has already netted the Games the it spent stocking shelves. Physical education said inadequate for national wins 'Key to improvement in elementary schools9 Brewery W By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Grossly inadequate physical education programs in S; elementary schools are a ma- ll jor factor in Canada's poor S showing at international sport competitions, two national SI sport officials said Wednesday. 1 John Hudson, director of the Canadian Coaches' Associa- tion and Geoff the I; group's technical co- Si ordinator, said in a joint inter- view schools must change if. Canadian results are to im- tO prove. ''The key to improvement is a much greater emphasis on physical education in elemen- tary Mr. Gowan said. "The youngsters are in their formative. years from six to 12 and are not being ex- posed to good physical educa- tion teachers at that time." There is an inadequate amount of time spent on physical activity in schools, with some elementary grades having only 60 minutes of physical education each week, he said. More important elsewhere Mr. Gowan said East Ger- many, with about the same population as Canada, is deep- ly involved in early physical education in schools and now. is ranked third in the sporting world. "But here we don't seem to think physical education is as important as mental Mr. Gowan added. "When school boards look at their budgets they put restric- tions on physical education and many administrators cltin't understand physical ac- tivity has an effect on the total development of a he said. "Physical education is low order on the totem pole." The technical co-ordinator said this has its effect when the person reaches about 16 years of age "and finds he has an inadequate vocabulary of physical activity." Increased physical activity in schools need not, in fact should not, be based on com- petition, but on developing skills, he added. Both officials said they felt youngsters in Canada are forced into .competition too early in their development and this is eliminating sports participation. Sport for youngsters Mr. Hudson said in Canada 80 per cent of the people play- ing hockey are less than 16 years old whereas in East Germany 80 per cent of their soccer players are more than 16. "We should be bringing competition into the sport at a later age and there should be a minimum age set for the Canada Games he said. Mr. Gowan, who mentioned there was a nine-year-old par- ticipant at the Games here, said competition puts 'un- necessary pressure on young athletes who many times end up leaving sports. "Many of the things we do to our children in sport are, to say the least, horrendous." _ "A youngster in competition gets pressure from parents and he added. "And this can be negative pressure on winning and perfor- mance." Some parents grill their children on why a game was lost, if they won, why the child did not play a better game and stress" only winning to the youngster, he said. Only one winner "If the children are con- stantly put.under this pressure to perform they have a great chance of becoming a failure, because there is only one he said. "If this is to be the attitude then almost everyone is a loser." "Parents are on ego trips, bathing in the reflected glory of their sons and daughters." "At the end of a game a child should only have to answer one question: 'Did you play your Mr. Gowan said. Mr. Hudson said changes can be made in the general Canadian attitude toward sport competition and coaching if there is an increased awareness of a coaches duty. "I think we have so much bad coaching because we allow anyone to handle our children in he Mid. "We shouldn't allow anybody to call himself a coach." The association a working through II national sports organizations, developing a national coaches accredita- tion programs for the sports. The programs touch on aspects including sport psy- chology, physiology, child development and advanced techniques in each sport. Mr. Murphy said coaches must realize they are dealing with a human being and should know more than just the mechanics of the sport. Mr. Hudson said many coaches now working with young people want to attend coaches' clinics to be able to perform a more professional job. The development of coaching clinics will give them'that chance. Clinics held in hockey leagues which people must at- tend before they may coach a team have been booked solid, turning aside any worries that sport will lose volunteer coaches if it implements man- datory couching education, Mr. Hudson be filled Sicks Lethbridge Brewery will be allowed to fill a ravine behind, its plant for possible future use as an effluent lagoon. The Municipal Planning Commission granted the brewery's request Wednesday, although stipulating the approval was only to backfill the ravine and not to construct a lagoon. Jack Lakie, brewery general manager, told the commission the brewery wanted to fill the ravine in case it is eventually required to have a lagoon for sewage pre-treatment. "We hope it will not be necessary as it will be very expensive, but we want to be prepared if the situation Mr. Lakie said. He added that the area, just west of the brewery and just south of the present brewery gardens would be well land- scaped. The lagoon would not emit odors, he added. "A Molson's brewery in Barrie, Ont., has a lagoon and there's definitely no offensive odor he said. In other business Wednesday, the planning com- mission decided the Exhibi- tion Grounds would be the only area of the city in which temporary farmers markets could be established. The commission was told the Exhibition Grounds would best meet health and zoning requirements for farmers market type operations and that the exhibition manager had agreed that exhibition, facilities could be used for the purpose. The Alberta agriculture department has a program promoting farmers' markets in which farmers set up stalls and sell their produce on a non-permanent basis. In other business, the com- mission approved establish- ment of a retail sporting goods store by Dieter's Ski and Sport Ltd., at 518 5th St. S. Also approved were con- struction of a warehouse for Welcraft Cabinets Ltd., at 3307 6th Ave. N. and construc- tion of a shop and office building at 32218th Ave. N. by Knodel Masonry Construction Ltd. Etzikom planning jubilee ETZIKOM (HNS) This hamlet will celebrate its 60- year jubilee celebration June and 30. Alice Ondrik of Etzikom is preparing a history booklet for the occasion and invites submissions. At one time Etzikom was a thriving town. It had a bank, general store and post office.