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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Lethbridge, Alberta Serving the South since 1907 Lethbridge Herald total to Date United Way express this year s goal is gambling pushes its victims right to the Edge by Leona Flim Lethbridge Herald not even jail time was enough to fix Anne s problem. Anne not her real 44, had a Bingo addiction Strong enough to make her steal from her employer. That led to Job loss prosecution and a nine month jail sentence. I Only had to serve six weeks which was t As she says Over cof fee at her Kitchen table in Lethbridge one morn ing. It was still pretty after release from jail Anne drifted Back into the Savage and ravaging addiction that had held such Power Over her before her ordeal. Aware she was addicted to Bingo but not to gambling in general she started playing volts in bars. It was t until she got help from gamblers Anonymous and the Alberta alcohol and drug abuse commission that Tum around was in the cards. At that Point four years ago she Learned How to Stop gambling and also discovered some of the reasons she had become addicted in the first place. There was always gambling around our says Anne married with four children. We played cards for pennies. It was a family entertainment kind of thing. I Don t think we played very Many games where we did t play for As an adult she did t Gamble except for the occasional lottery ticket. Then 15 years ago she started playing Bingo with a Girlfriend just for fun on Friday evenings. The frequency of playing Bingo escalated to twice weekly then three times then five. It became More of a thing to try and get Money rather than just As a form of entertainment. Houses fuel ill year in building record numbers of Homes were built in the last year for Home building 1997 was a record year in Lethbridge. And after City officials tallied All the year s building permits they say Lethbridge finished within about million of its All time construction record. Roger Mcmullen the City s chief building inspector says the 301 Homes started in Lethbridge last year were the biggest Factor in the million Worth of permits issued last year. Single family Homes accounted for million of that total while condos and apartments added million and commercial projects a further million of construction. I think the residential Side will see another 10-per-cent increase from last Mcmullen says. And there could be As much As million spent on Industrial institutional and commercial projects during 1998, he adds. We have an indication there will be some pretty Strong develop Mcmullen says. The South Side Fairmont development was the City s busiest last year he says with 51 starts. Three West Side subdivisions were next Glenwood wild 48 Homes begun Mountain Heights with 44, heritage and Ridgewood with 42 while Uplands was the favored North Side location with 27 Homes started. I prestigious Paradise Canyon beset by developers prob lems saw Only 10 new Homes begun. See building Page Al related stories on b6 Dave Mabell Herald staff _ f. J photo by Lauha Draper Amateur Job sgt. Don lament holds a counterfeit Bill which was passed at a Mcdonald s this week. Fake fiver passed in town policemen scratch their Heads it was a scam which could have led to a spot on the television show America s dumbest criminals. The Only problem was the sorry excuse for a counterfeiter successfully pulled it off. Lethbridge City police say a phony Bill so bad it might have been a prank was passed at a local Mcdonald s outlet this week. It s an obvious photocopy very says sgt. Don Lamont of the fraud unit. It surprised me they even took the Crook was t particularly meticulous and apparently did t have especially lofty goals. This is the first counterfeit Bill that i be Ever seen for that very reason it s really not very Lucra Tive to photocopy usually a fake or Bill is offered when the Crook is making a very Small Purchase. That Way they get Back a Large amount of genuine currency in change and make a tidy profit. The work was so shabby on the counterfeit Bill he wonders if it was t done As a prank by someone seeing if they could actually get away with it. One of the most noticeable differences Between counterfeit and True Bills is that Revenue paper has a certain texture to it. Photo or laser copies Lack that Quality and lament says Crooks will often crinkle them up to help mask that fact. Some cheats will go to great lengths to make the bogus Bucks look like the real Mccoy. Last february some fake Bills passed in fort Mac cod were Good enough to pass the inspection of some Banks. Others like the Crook with bad Bill Aren t As careful. Lamont says two Odd Bills came across his desk just recently both of them counterfeit. The face of one of the Bills was inadvertently photocopied upside Down while the other Bill was made of two separate photo copies glued together Back to Craig Albrecht Herald staff Back. While counterfeit Bills can be passed at any time he says police did receive a number of such reports Over the past few months. There seems to be a lot just prior to Christmas and right after. Probably that s Why they get missed because businesses Are Deal ing with so Many people Herald s wedding festival takes show goers Down the aisle if you got engaged Over the holidays and Are already feeling overwhelmed by wedding plans Check out the Herald s Spring wedding festival from noon to 5 ., sunday at the Lethbridge exhibition Pavilion. Admission is free and it s an Ideal place to plan and shop for a wedding All in one Stop. The festival is the City s largest and most comprehensive wedding and fashion presentation with Booths representing about 50 businesses. All aspects of a wedding will be covered from wedding party attire to invitations to decorations. Even if you re not planning a wedding much of the information is also applicable when shopping for upcoming graduations showers birthdays and other special occasions. He Mlo ph3to by Ovato floss or All set wedding Belles Robin Briscoe left and Chrisla Ruggles right do a fitting on Misha Model Jacqueline Montain. Set of Dot Page a2 planning for married life has t been forgotten either. For example experts will be available to help couples with financial planning. The event also features fashion shows at and With wedding attire from wedding Belles bridal Centre gowns by Anne Caiman dress Tux tails and the Bay worn by models from Misha Academy of modelling. Disc jockeys from supreme sound and Road show music will provide music for the show while Laura s Flowers will provide the Flower arrange ments. The show will also feature decorating ideas from Laura a balloon rations and perfect touch rentals. Had put financial pressures on myself for what Ever reason. I Don t think there was any particular thing we needed it for. We were just a Young family struggling like everyone next desire for escape from the pressures of life also became a motivator. Anne was taking on extra responsibilities at work and that added to the stress. Things did t improve much after Anne s Job loss jail time and subsequent addiction to volts. See gambing Page a2, what s on third on a3 Southern Alberta s jobless rate hits new Low by Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge boasts a lower unemployment rate than Calgary or Edmonton. But Alberta is no longer the highest employed province Federal figures show. Southern Alberta s unadjusted jobless rate was a slim 4.9 per cent last month according to year end figures from statistics Canada. That was marginally better than Cal Gary at an even five per cent and Edmonton 5.9 per though the Lethbridge Medicine hat Region slipped from a 4.8 per cent rate in november. That s really Good says Flora Brophy Southern Alberta Market analyst for human resources development Canada. I expected it would jump a Little the Lethbridge Medicine hat Region figure was also lower than the latest Alberta average 5.6 per cent. But the provincial highest employment title slipped East to Saskatchewan where a booming Economy saw unemployment drop to 5.1 per cent last month from 5.9 per cent in november. Across Canada the rate fell nearly half a percentage Point to 8.6 per cent a Seyen year Low. Sta scan says the last time the nation s jobless total shrunk below nine per cent was in the fall of 1990. Brophy says Alberta s buoyant Economy meant the number of men and women receiving employment insurance in Southern Alberta Sank to last month. That figure 32 per cent below the december 1996 total includes people on sickness or maternity claim leaving less than people actively searching for work. The Region s population has also grown by Over the past year Bro Phy says yet there Are still Many Job vacancies in agriculture and food processing. There were a lot of openings in the agricultural area in she says. Dairy herders hog farm workers seed Plant operators and agricultural equipment mechanics Are All needed Brophy says. And at least 300 jobs Are currently going begging at the Lakeside packing Plant in Brooks. Lethbridge area employers were also unable to find the workers they needed last month Brophy says. The Job listing service operated for years by Federal employees passed into provincial hands his fall. When companies wanting to hire Southern Alberta workers called the office during the second half of de Cember they found it closed during unpaid leave ordered by the provincial government. So they called me and said we need workers

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