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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Petrolia restores i' 1889 opera house JAMES NELSON PETROLIA, Ont. (CP) The oil boom hit this town in the late 1800s, but now it's aiming for a new kind of culture and tourism. A neighborhood group in- corporated under the name of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia has raised more than of the it will need to restore the town's crowning structure, a Victorian opera house built in 1889. Petrolia plans to hold a summer festival of the arts in 1974 to celebrate the centen- nial of its incorporation. By the following year the old op- era house should be fully re- stored as the new home of the annual summer festival -and winter-time community ac- tivities. Ten miles southeast of Sar- nia and only a few miles more from Port Huron, Mich., Petrolia seems sure to be- come a lively museum of the 1880s and '90s, an attraction for Canadian and American tourists, and a focal point for the cultural life of the re- gional farm community. BIRCH FIREWOOD 329-4941 The village first boomed into prominence with the dis- covery of oil by drilling in 1858, after a small kerosene industry had been established on the basis of surface pools of tar. After the opera house was built, great touring art- the New York Metro Metropolitan Opera appeared here. Then the commercial centre shifted to Sarnia, where the big oil companies built their refineries and the country's petrochemical industry was established. Development froze in Petrolia, which now is little more than a dormitory town for Sarnia. ONCE HOUSED JAIL The old opera house in the town hall, which also housed the jail, municipal offices and the fire hall, still is struc- turally sound. Plans call for fireproofing the stairs, strengthening the floor, deep- ening the stage, and con- verting the fire hall into an entrance foyer. The Playhouse group also have tentative plans for reha- bilitating two old schools and another fire hall, now boarded up, and using them as an art gallery, a crafts shop and a showroom. The town's Victo- rian atmosphere has already been heightened by two sum- mers of fresh paint on the main street. SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "INNOCENT BYSTANDERS" in color. Starring Stanley Baker, Geralcfine Chaplin and Donald Pleasance. Wednesday, January 2 show at p.m. ADULT _ NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "SOYLENT GREEN" in color. Starring Burt Lancaster. Wednesday, January 2 show at p.m. ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre RED SUN" in color. Starring Charles Bronson and Ursula Andress. Wednesday, January 2 shows at and p.m. ADULT. UBLICBING 3rd AVENULTOUTH 1251 3rd EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES N1W BLACKOUT Played Till Won (No Number Limit) No one under 16 years allowed PUBLIC UPSTAIRS ELKS and INVITED GUESTS 'JLY DOWNS klNMENT WEEKEND ENTERTAI Thursday, Jan. Friday, Jan. RANCH BOYS" Saturday, Jan. CANADIANS" MUSIC" Ron Baker, Lambton Coun- ty librarian and a promoter of the projects, says no single theme has been set for the festival. Petrolia doesn't want to become a centre for a single man's work, like Shakespeare at Stratford, Ont., or Shaw at Niagara-on- the-Lake, Ont. Mr. Baker says the com- mittee wants to keep the Pet- rolia festival oriented to the community. A theme may be found in recent work by To- ronto's Theatre Passe Mu- raille, which gave the pre- mier performance here of a play based on the 1880 Don- nelly murders of Lucan, Ont. a grim tale of rural horse- thievery, barn-burnings and Saturday night barroom mayhem. OFFERS SERVICES Nicholas Goldschmidt, director music at Universi- ty of Guelph and internationally-known choral conductor, came here to ex- amine the old opera house and gave his encouragement to the project. He also volunteered to conduct a choral workshop among area church choir members as a preface to building up community interest in a festival. The opera house is only one of several scattered throughout Ontario which have been or may be restored to their Victorian splendor. Actually, they are small auditoriums, seating about 800, suitable more for recital and small play wo'rk than for grand opera. Mary Pat Gleeson, recrea- tion director, said there is plenty of community activity to keep the restored Victoria hall busy during the winter months. She is in charge of ac- tivities ranging from girl's hockey to senior citizen's clubs. HAS MANY CLUBS There are five local men's clubs, two lodges, five professional associations, three choirs, three drama clubs, two children's organizations and the Lambton County Historical Society which could use the building. The town council has given the project unanimous support and a five-year rent-free lease the space. The Ontario Architectural Conservancy has declared the yellow brick building worth preserving and the sponsors have obtained federal provincial winter works grants for two years. When the town hall was completed in 1889, at an original cost of the old Toronto World described it as a lavishly outfitted opera house, and the building "one of the best designed and most handsome public buildings in western Ontario." HERD NUMBERED American herds of black Angus produced pure- bred calves in 1972. MARANJO'S SALE STARTS THURSDAY, JAN. 3rd at a.m. SELECTION OF WINTER Boots 14 Regular to CLEARANCE, PAIR....... 99 BALANCE OF STOCK HANDBAGS 20% OFF Now SELECTION OF WOMEN'S SHOES 10" to SELECTION OF HANDBAGS during it MEN'S CLEARIN6 AT SHOES 14" ANOTHER SELECTION OF Women's Shoes CLEARING AT BALANCE OF Winter Boots 20% Off Noto: Swrttani Albtru IniMu Smptor Ml fcrlHi IMS sato.. MflRflNJO WORLD OF SHOES Wednesday, January THI LETHMIDQE HERALD-7 Scientists plan spoon bender investigation Minority groups praise Moncton documentary By DONAT VALOIS LIEGE, Belgium (CP) The Canadian film L'Acadie L'Acadie, shown for the first time on television in speaking Europe, received warm praise from spokesmen for European minority groups. The documentary filmed by Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault, is about French-speaking students In Moncton, N.B., who in 1968-69 staged a series of demonstrations to insist on municipal recognition of French-language rights in Canada. French-speaking natives of New known as Acadiahs. Four spokesmen for European minority groups appeared on the screen after the film, presented by the Belgian television, and discussed the film which they consider a rallying point for all minority groups. Charles Rebuffat, a Walloon or French-speaking native of Belgium, called the film exemplary not only for the French-speaking minority and ethnic minorities but for all minorities whether social or cultural." "There is no group of people too big, such as the Chinese people, who are not a minority in this said Mr. Rebuf- fat, who is president of the French Journalists' Union. RESPECT ALL GROUPS "We must respect even the smallest group, no matter how dispersed its members may be in the world." Leopold Genicot, a historian and professor, said it is impor- tant for minority groups to grow culturally in their own language, no matter where they live. Minority groups should learn the other languages existing in the country in which they live as well as those of neighboring countries, Mr. Genicot said. Andre Benedetto, author and representative of the Occitan people who live south of the Loire River in France, said the Oc- citan people have already lost the battle being waged by Que- becers and Acadians. They lost their fight to retain their language, he said, "because the French culture imposed itself by force" seven centuries ago. A spokesman for the minority Jurassian Francophone group living in Switzerland said the Acadians' resistance was en- couraging to the Jurassians. However, he said, linguistic sovereignty was not their only issue. "The Jurassians have kept their French personalities he said. "Today they aspire to other things such as being masters of their own businesses. Pooh gear Peggy Wasman (right) makes adjustment to Tig- ger outfit worn by Robert Jeffrey for a festive holi- day production of Winnie the Pooh playing in To- ronto since Dec. 21. Bob Dermer in Piglet outfit (left) waits for his turn. Mrs. Wasman made the costumes for the produc- tion. START HUNGER STRIKE LA PAZ (Reuter) Nine hundred Bolivian war widows, whose husbands died during Bolivia's 1935 war against Paraguay, began a hunger' strike Thursday to demand pensions from the government Show Times Wednesday, January 2 PARAMOUNT Short Subjects 2 00 7 00 9 05 THAT DARN CAT 2 10 7-10 9 15 LAST COMPLETE SHOW' 9 05 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects: 7-15 9.30 AMERICAN GRAFFITI- 10.00 LAST COMPLETE SHOW: ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE DINEMA Short Subjects: 9.05 EXECUTIVE ACTION. 7'35 9 40 LAST COMPLETE SHOW: 9 05 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ROSS HOSACK Dentil Mechanic 8-304 5th St. 8. Ph. 327-7244 6 for 86 (Plus Deposit) SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE FOR OUR NATIONAL BRAND SOFT DRINKS By PETER MOSLEY LONDON Uri Geller, a young man who has a way of making spoons curl up at his touch and broken watches tick again, is about to submit him- self to scientific investigation once more. Either Geller is the greatest illusionist since Houdini or he is the champion the world of parapsychology has been seeking all these years. Geller, a 27-year-old Israeli, has taken Britain by storm in recent weeks, starting with an appearance on a radio talk show. Claiming that an energy force of unspecified nature is somehow being channeled through him, he demonstrated how he could bend a teaspoon simply by concentrating his thoughts and gently stroking it. Within minutes, the tele- phones were abuzz at the BBC from people reporting their spoons had bent as well. A motorist listening to the program said he had watched his key bend in the ignition. A police constable com- plained that the blades of half a dozen table knives had just twisted. Other callers reported seeing bracelets, cake tins and even a bird cage buckle and bend as Geller was doing his thing. During a television appear- ance the next day, Geller worked his powers on a collec- tion of old watches which hadn't ticked for years. Again, the public reported their own broken timepieces worked again. Bryan Silcock, science cor- respondent of the Sunday Times, and photographer Bryan Wharton accompanied Geller to London airport by taxi and took the opportunity to test his powers. Geller took the steel key to Silcock's office desk and pass- ed it to Wharton, who held it in his hands. Wharton said he could feel a sensation of warmth and a kind of slow pulsing as the key bent at an angle of about 10 degrees. News of the World repor- ter Roy .Stockdill and photographer Michael Brennan swear that Geller took pictures of himself using Brennan's removing the lens cap. Silcock wrote: If people really can bend metal by mind power it will mean a revolu- tion in science and our whole way of thinking about the world more profound than anything since Newton turned the universe into a piece of clockwork three centuries ago." Nature magazine printed an editorial urging thorough scientific examination of Geller because "there are too many loose ends lying around for comfort." The New Scientist has per- suaded Geller, now back in the United States, to return to Britain for scrutiny by a special team of investigators. That will be one of the main purposes of his visit here ear- ly in the new year. The team will comprise a member of the Society of Psy- chical Research, a research psychologist, the editor of New Scientist, a physicist, a professional magician and a journalist. 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