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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Twmday, January t, A review Soprano gives unsteady recital By PAT ORCHARD Shigetni Matsumato (soprano) and Robert Scandrett (pianist) gave a variegated recital at the Yates Memorial Centre Monday night. The program began with some 17th century songs by the composers Paisiello, Gluck and Scarlatti. The opening two numbers were rather gritty with vibrato as Miss Matsumato seem- ed tense and all too un- steady in her emission of tone. However, the Scarlatti songs were sung with the necessary lightness and simplicity. It was a pleasure to hear the latter composer's vocal works once again, as they rarely attract attention from modern artists. The next numbers were the Recitative and Aria "Momento die vieni non tardar" from "Le nozze di by W. A. Mozart. The opening recitative was an object lesson in floated tone and seemingly effortless phrasing. However, the aria was marred by some rather artistic flattening. I felt that Susanna's music could have done with a bit more tenderness as the performance was curiously lacking in character and devoid of Mozartian style. The ever-popular Ex- sultate Jubilate was even less successful, as Miss Matsumato did not have sufficient technique to sus- tain the runs. The artist tried to compensate for a lack of vocal weight by pressing rather uncomfor- tably on her tone, making the whole performance rather perilous. A group of lieder by Brahms was competently performed, and the first half of the recital conclud- ed with the Recitative and Aria "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville. This was the highlight of the evening. The second half of the program began with four settings of 16th century madrigals by Juan Rodrigo. There were some rather strange noises, for which it was difficult to determine whether the ar- tist or the arranger was to blame. An unusual feature was the group of four Japanese folk songs, each of which was preceded by an ex- plication by the artist. These were performed in a charming manner. Miss Matsumato went on to sing two arias from Puc- cini's La Boheme, Mimi's farewell and Musetta's waltz song. The artist was obviously a Puccini stylist. She filled this ardent music with a warm if not always fully-supported tone. Her diction was exemplary, and her portrayal of the Puccini heroine was given with the kind of execution that affords genuine musical pleasure. The evening concluded with a rather un- distinguished group of songs by Samuel Barber, which was rather an anti- climax. But what was worse was the encore from Rodgers and Hammerstein, which was surely out of place in a programme of this type. Miss Matsumato is strikingly attractive, and has a pleasant voice. However, she is a late arrival to the concert scene, as was made ap- parent by the rough un- trained edges of her voice. It could be that success has come to her rather too- quickly. She has a good rapport with the audience, and if certain infelicities in her performance can be corrected, she should have an even brighter future than is already open before her. The concert was the first of the season's professional Overture series. About 300 persons attended. 11 city, district firms are now incorporated Three city and eight district firms are listed as newly in- corporated, according to the Dec. 31 edition of the Alberta Gazette. City firms listed with shares at per share are Ayukawa Farms Ltd., 304 7th St. S., Farm and Ranch .Construction Ltd., 202A 'Professional Building, and Ray and Fay Depew Ranch Ltd., 310 Canada Trust Building. Six district firms are from Medicine Hat. They are: Kitchenique Ltd., kitchen product dealers with capital listed at shares, max- imum price a share. Holdings Ltd., Freimark Ranching Co. Ltd., and Robko Enterprises Ltd all with' FOX DENTURE CLINIC Ett. 1922 PHONE 32T-6S65 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB. MEDiCAL DENTAL BLDQ. SOLARAY AUTOMATIC VAPORIZER -Lock on nead -Automatic shut-off -Molded medicant well -1 gallon capacity for all night operation reg-6-98 Sale Price A 4. Call housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN capital of shares and price set at a share. Other Medicine Hat firms are Melgaard Distributing Ltd. with shares listed including class A shares, class B and preferred shares all selling at a share, and Hat Masonry Contractors Ltd., the last Medicine Hat firm listed. Capital is listed at shares selling at a share. S and S Welding Ltd. of Brooks has been incorporated with capital set at shares and shares selling at a share and Fort View Confec- tionery Ltd. of Claresholm lists shares with a max- imum aggregate of Public, school session today Interpersonal relations and communications are vital for good relations between the school and the public, says Gerry Heck, principal of the Assumption Elementary School To assist its teachers in developing interpersonal relations and com- munications, the school has organized a workshop that will include sessions on the two topics all day today. AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE by LTB. iff------ Z214-43 St. S. PI. M7-M16 Sign ofseason9s end You know Christmas is really over when the street decorations start coming down. Bringing an official end to the festive season are electrical department workers Ray Corrigan (in bucket) and Larry Keinick. The street decorations are always left up until after Ukrainian Christmas, 12 days after the usual December festivities. They're then packed away in a utilities department garage for another year. School plans early start Students attending the Lakeview Elementary School will start and end their school day earlier this year, if public school trustees agree to the change today. The school has proposed that school start at a.m. in January rather than a.m. and close at 3 p.m. instead of p.m. The 15-minute afternoon recess would also be eliminated to gain an extra 15 minutes of instructional time that would otherwise be lost by closing the school a half hour earlier. The extra time available to teachers at the end of the day would be used for staff meetings, to provide extra help for students, to hold inservice meetings, to par- ticipate in extra-curricular activities and to prepare and plan instruction for the next day. The elimination of the after- noon recess isn't expected to create a hardship for the youngsters, Elma Groves, principal, says in letters of in- formation to the school board. The afternoon time period, even without recess, is still shorter than the first period in the morning and children are always quite free to go to the bathroom or get a drink dur- ing class, she points out. Miss Groves also says the manner in which classes are conducted in the afternoon offsets the lack of a break. "Children are not expected to sit still in their desks for long periods, nor are they expected to be absolutely quiet." The proposed change in school hours has the support of the Lakeview Elementary School staff and a large ma- jority of parents who have children attending the school. A survey shows that 81 per cent of the parents who returned the questionnaires on the proposed change in school time were in favour of the proposal. Seventy-three per cent of the questionnaires sent out by the school were returned by the parents. The Lakeview Elementary school is the second school in the city to alter its school day within the last month. The Assumption Elemen- tary School in the separate school system extended its school day by 15 minutes so time could be accumulated over a period of a week for curriculum development and to allow teachers time to par- ticipate in educational pro- jects. Starting Wednesday, students attending the Assumption Elementary School will be dismissed hours earlier for one day each week. United Way still short of drive goal BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Open Thursday Evenings 6 30 p m to 9 p m Phoiw 2716 12th S. The Lethbridge United Way campaign has collected still short of the figure it hoped to reach in this campaign. Publicity chairman Ron Sakamoto said this morning the United Way "is still hopeful to get the in spite of the fact the campaign has been extended until the end of January. Mr. Sakamoto said about 20 firms have still to forward their donations. The United Way campaign is scheduled to be discussed in detail tonight at the organization's board of direc- tors meeting with attention to greater agency involvement in the annual drive. Two representatives have been designated by the agen- cies Rich Bailey, executive director of the Family Y and Bob Jenkins, executive direc- tor of the Boy Scouts of Canada to attend the meeting and present the case on behalf of the agencies. "It is going to be particular- ly important to involve the agencies in the next campaign because of the shortage of volunteers caused by par- ticipatin in the Winter said Mr. Sakamoto. Propane consumer to get price break Alberta consumers of propane can expect a price reduction following a volun- tary move by producers to roll back the wholesale cost of the petroleum product. Vic Bohonos of Calgary, manager of marketing and transportation for Canadian Superior Oil Ltd., told The Herald in a telephone inter- view Monday all producers of propane have agreed to a wholesale price reduction for product delivered after Jan. 1. Producing companies have assured the Public Utilities Board of Alberta that wholesale prices effective Jai cent pe will not exceed gallon. FHMOIMS said 10V4 cents .on is a reasonable -mise "nowhere near the goi..g price." He said the producer of propane will be hurt by the agreement, designed to protect the Alberta consumer, "but he's (producer) prepared to accept it." Ron Wolfe, manager of Superior Propane Ltd. in Lethbridge, said no word of the wholesale price reduction had reached his office by this morning. Gov won't pay for renovations to local school The provincial government will not fund any new construction for the Assump- tion School, separate school trustees will be told Wednesday. The separate school board had requested government funding last year for further development of the school to Miners strike Kaiser SPARWOOD (Staff) The United Mine Workers of America, Local 7292, began a strike against Kaiser Resources Ltd. operations here at midnight, setting up picket lines early this mor- ning. The union members have been without a contract since Dec. 31. The union is asking for a basic an hour wage increase in a one- year contract, plus an extra 50 cents for "danger pay" for un- derground miners. Negotiations are continuing today between the company's committee, headed by in- dustrial relations manager Henry Volkmann, and the un- ion team of Ezner Deanna, James Caldwell, Paul Chala, union president Stu Johnson and vice-president Len Bourne. A company official said to- day "that some progress is be- ing made." However, the company is adhering to its policy of not releasing Kaiser offers in the dispute. Negotiations continued throughout the night in an ef- fort to avert the strike. The first contract, which ex- pired Dec. 31, was for a five- year period. The strike has shut down operations at the open pit mine here, the Elkview coal preparation plant, un- derground mining operations and operations at the byproducts plant at Michel. The union also wants a company-paid dental plan and a vacation schedule which would allow two weeks annual paid vacation for employees serving up to three years; three weeks for those with three to five years' service; four weeks for those with five to 10 years and five weeks for those who have served over 10 years. CHfflMDMMMicliMic CUFF BUCK. BUCK DENTAL LAB MEMCAI DENTAL ILD6. lower PHONE I27-2M2 OUT OF RESPECT for the late Mrs. Mary Matisz the Law Office of Spanos, Matisz Peta will be closed during the Fore- noon, Wednesday, January 9th, 1974 alleviate what it called "inadequate The province also turned down a similar request by the board two years ago. The school needs additional office and storage space and new library and science rooms, a separate school board office report to the trustees in October stated. The province will inform trustees Wednesday that it may support renovations to the science and library rooms but final approval will not be considered until a detailed ex- planation and price estimate is forwarded to it. The province also suggested that the services of an architect were not needed because the renovations do not alter the structure which effects the support of the building. New construction was not supported by the province because the classroom utiliza- tion rate in the separate school system is 77 per cent. In a school system where the student population hasn't increased by at least five per cent for each of the past two years, 90 per cent of available classroom space in all its schools must be filled before the province will give con- sideration to new construction proposals. The separate school board may still choose to approve new construction for the Assumption School and finance it with other funds available to it Trustees will also be in- formed Wednesday that the County of Lethbridge has complied with their request to preserve the cornerstone of the old St. Patrick School, later the city hall annex. The old school is soon to be demolished. The county has not decided what to do with the corner- stone but has indicated it will likely have it placed in the Lethbridge museum. He said once he gets word of the price reduction from his company, his customers will immediately benefit. Blaine Cox, manager of Town and Country Propane Ltd. in Lethbridge, said there has been no change in his propane prices for some time. His wholesale price has been lOVz cents per gallon dur- ing the recent period of public uproar which forced the Lougheed government to threaten to bring propane pricing under the Public Utilities Board unless it was better controlled by the producing companies. Mr. Cox said he didn't an- ticipate any decrease or any increase in the immediate future although his handling charges continue to go up. He cited his insurance premium as an example of high costs for the distributor of propane. He pays one cent per gallon for liability in- surance and on a truck load of gallons, which amounts to That is more than the wages for the driver. Andrew Archibald, manager of Canadian Propane Gas and Oil Ltd. in 'Lethbridge, said word of the wholesale price reduction hasn't reached his office "to my knowledge." He said all the pricing and invoicing for his office is done in the company's head office in Calgary. Pointing to the two-price structure for propane sold in Alberta and outside Alberta, Mr. Bohonos said the new agreement will help the Alberta consumer in the short run but he feels it wasn't a good move considering the long-term picture. With 85 per cent of Alberta produced propane sold outside the province, Mr. Bohonos said producers will have a tough time maintaining the higher prices for propane in Ontario and other provinces when the prices are so much lower in Alberta. He said the propane producers are seeking to get the Alberta government to in- stitute a price rebate system to protect the Alberta con- sumer of propane. Under such a system, the price of propane would be allowed to float at a level determined by supply and demand. This would keep the entire propane pricing struc- ture at the going market price, resulting in higher royalties for the Alberta government. Mr. Bohonos said from the higher royalties, Alberta con- sumers could be given rebates to give them a price break. "This would give Albertans the most beneficial use of the natural resources." ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th SI. S. Phone 328-4095 THE HARD WAY It is Comparatively easy to prosper by trickery, the vio- lation of confidence, oppression of the weak sharp practices, cutting those methods that we are so prone to palliate and condone as "Business Shrewdness." It is difficult to prosper by the keeping of promises, the deliverance of value in goods, m services and in m the meeting of so-called "Shrewdness" with sound merit and good ethics. The easy way is efficacious and speedy; the hard way arduous and long. But, as the clock ticks, the easy way becomes harder and the hard way becomes easier. And as the calendar records the years, it becomes in- creasingly evident that the easy way rests hazardously upon shifting sands, whereas the hard way builds sol- idly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away. THUSWEBUILDED Copyrighted by Harland 1937 Sincermt Best Wishes To All For A Year of Happintss and Prosperity! real Liberal onel SVEN ERICKSEN ERIC SMITH McGUIRE'S JANUARY SALE STARTS THURSDAY! ____________We will be desed all day Wednesday In preparation for this tremendous salel (See our ad In Wednesday's Herald) ;