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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 10, 1975 Soviet resort town trying to act like French Riviera Winter wonderland The snow-frosted winter wonderland at Mount like an illustrators dream for a Christmas card. The Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia looks scene, however, is quite real. SOCHI, U.S.S.R. (AP) Sochi is trying to act like the French Riviera, with such watering havens as Vichy and Baden-Baden thrown in. It has come a certain distance, but Coney Island-style crowds are choking up this workers' paradise. A visitor from Moscow has to look closely to realize he's still in the Soviet Union. The spreading acacia, palm and magnolia trees along the well- tended streets and sidewalks hide much of the Communist party sloganry and the inevi- table presence of Lenin. The air is tropically soft and the Black Sea is in- a painful struggle across stone-strewn beaches. You might prefer a meal of fresh fish to leathery beef, but fish is mysteriously hard to come by in Sochi. Striking stone buildings. some with Corinthian col- umns, distract the eye from traditional Communist-mod- ern high-rises, which look bet- ter here in the meridional sun. An official guide book notes that pre-revolutionary Sochi was a "paradise in chains" and virtually neglected by authorities who lei malaria run rampant. It was Lenin who "devoted special attention to the devel- opment of health in- cluding Sochi. And Stalin, who used to have a street named after him here, had his Black Sea dacha in Sochi. The resort area stretches about 90 miles along the, northeastern shore of the Black Sea at about the same parallel as the French Riv- iera. The "Pearl of the Black Sea" boasts numerous hotels, 450 restaurants and cafes and some BO sanatoriums offering rest and medical care in- cluding treatment at hydro- gen sulphide springs origina- ting from the lower levels of the Black Sea. One of the sanatoriums, which is said by its officials to offer "average" facilities, is an elegant stone structure with Greek-columned facade, luxuriant gardens, chandelier- hung salons, a well-furnished library, theatre, dining room and spacious rooms. This is reserved for metallurgical workers, who can get a 24-day cure for as little as 48 rubles Sochi has an off-season pop- ulation of which is sometimes nearly doubled in the summer. Normally, be- cause of limited accom- modations, reservations are made well in advance but other holidaymakers come to Sochi without any guarantee of sleeping space. Local resi- dents otten rent out rooms to the "wildcat" trade. ADVANCE BOOKING CHARTERS REGISTER NOW FOR 1975 DEPARTURES TO LONDON AMSTERDAM NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 Office open Monday thru Friday a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. Curling came with Wolfe, now truly Canadian sport Historically, 1759 was an important year in Canada. That's when Generals Wolfe and Montcalm met in mortal combat in what is now Quebec City and determined the fate of a nation. That's also when the first curling game was played. In the winter following the battle, Scottish soldiers with General James Wolfe's British army, cleared a lane on the ice locked St. Lawrence River and introduc- ed what has since become one of the most popular winter sports in the country. And while more than Canadian curlers feel the sport has evolved from its Scottish origins to become as Canadian as maple syrup, they look to other countries to help guarantee the game's growth. Rinks from outside Canada are more than welcome to enter most club bonspiels. Not too long ago, curling was looked upon as a game for old men. Not anymore. Today, Canada's best male rinks are staffed not only with top shot- smiths, but with young men who have the stamina to sweep hard and the ability to compete in major national and world events. Women as well as men of all ages and at ail levels of com- petence also play. With the influx of settlers from Scotland after 1759 and natural winter weather con- ditions, that prevail throughughout much of Canada, curling grew steadily in popularity. By 1807, the j first club was established in Montreal with curling games recorded as late as April 11, on the St. Lawrence. Other I clubs were formed on the banks of frozen rivers, lakes and ponds until the game was taken indoors to allow for un- interrupted play and a longer playing season. For most Canadian clubs, the curling calendar unfolds in October and extends into April. (from Calgary) Sunihght. 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N. 1050sq.ft. baths Double front drive Immaculately fenced and landscaped All drapes included Priced well below placement cost. 1088 sq.ft. 3 bedrooms Large country kitchen 2 years old Single garage Spanish Stucco exterior Basement development in- cludes 2 bedrooms and rumpus room "The Inflation Fighters' Exclusive NEED INSURANCE? MLS SEE DOUG AT KEY REALTY INSURANCE For toy Insurinct Nods. HOME, FARM, COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL Fire Hail Liability Auto Bonding Let Us Quote You Our Rates, They Are Most Competitive Phone 328-8671 DOUG FLEMING 328-1490 i ;