Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District SECOND SECTION The LetKbriilge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, January 14, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 View from new hose tower The fire engine^s yellow and the pole isn't used for sliding at Chief Ernie Holberton with antique pole Fireman Lou Sallenbach slides down poie at old fire hall. FIRE HALL NO. 2 Firemen Wayne IVIcGinn with the department's collection of antique hose npzzles. By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer Fire-engine yellow? It might not catch on as a descriptive phrase, but soon it will be more accurate than fire-engine red. Painting the fire equipment yellow is just one small facet of the change undetway in the Lethbridge Fire Department. And the changes here represent trends throughout the continent. Yellow stands out more than red, says Fire Chief Ernie Holberton, and plans are set to paint some 13 pieces of equipment noticeable yellow. He pointed to a 100-foot ladder truck housed in Fire Station No. 2. "That's what color everything will be," he said. Headquarters for the fire d^artment has been moved out of old Station No. 1 to No. 2 at 28th Street and 5th Avenue N. More bays and offices and living quarters have been added to No. 2. All communications and alarm equipment will be housed at No. 2 by the end of this year. A 70-foot hose-drying tower Juts up from the west end of No. 2. The metal stairs and brickwork contrast sharply with the rickety structure at No. 1. "They (the architects) were going to build it without any stairs," Chief Holberton said, craning his neck and looking up hito the tower. "Everything would be completely automatic, and no one would have to climb up there. But we asked 'em what would happen if a cable or a hose got Jammed up there. So they stuck the stairs on." The stairs are outside the tower. On a cold, windy day, it's a long and bitterly chilly climb to the top. "But now we can use it for training in aerial rescue," the chief explained. He handled a model of a structure that was an architectural pbt-pourri. "This is about what out training tower will look like," hesaid. "Ithasall sorts of windows, doors, balconies... even a place in the roof where we can chope holes." The tower, he hopes will be built sometime in the next couple of years. The hose-drying tower at Ni;;. 2 should have been built near the middle of the building instead of at the �id. "Now we have to drag the hoses across three bays," the chief 8aid.''"If it was built right here, we could just lay the hoses out down the side of one bay." Antique fire pole But a tower sticking up out of the middle of the station would have been architecturally unsightly, perhaps, so it was stuck on the end. Balancing the hose-drying tower is a swirl of brick and concrete near the east end of the building. It has no functional purpose, but breaks up the monotony of a straight brick wall, and gives the firemen a place to put their fire pole. The pole is shiny and brassy, like all fire poles, but no one will be sliding down this one - it's an antique. , "That's the original fire pole out of old No. 1," said Chief Holberton with some pride. "It was put in back in '98, or '99... when was it anyway?" He turned to the deputy chief. "Sometime around there." said Walter Willetts. The non-sliding fire pole will be the only fire pole in Lethbridge when Station No. 1 is demolished. A new fire station planned for the downtown area will probably follow the example of No. 2 and No. 3 which have the firemen sleeping on the ground floor. Nostalgia buffs disheartened by yellow fire engines and fire halls without briass poles can be encouraged by knowing that the firemen still sleep with their shirts on, boots and pants standing beside the beds ready for action. And they still have suspenders, though they might not be red. Preschoolers face lack of facilities � ------ -��'IJj---r" Fire Hall No. 2 has latest innovations in fire fighting equipment, including yellow trucks. By JIM GRANT Herald SUff Writer Government support to make kindergarten education available in September to all children aged 4^ to 5^ doesn't mean all Lethbridge children in that age group will be able to enroll in kindergarten this fall. The province announced Friday it will financially support preschool programs to all children in the 4Va to 5Vk age group in all kindergartens which meet the established government guidelines. Only those operators who had programs in effect in January of 1973 are now qualified for per pupil grants from the province. Even though all kindergartens can now qualify for government grants, there is little hope that enough new kindergartens will be in operation this fall to relieve the long waiting lists of children who want a preschool education. Although they welcome additional government funding, some members of the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services (ECS) planning committee feel the lack of facilities and instructors would hinder the expansion of preschool programs in this city. The province doesn't provide funds for new facilities and there are very few suitable buildings in the city that meet government standards, Tony Tobin said Saturday. Some schools have space available but they are all located in areas of the city where there is little need for additional kindergarten facilities, he explainedf. Mr. Tobin, also director of city's preventive social services, said "if they (government) mean business, there is no use saying here is the money to educate all kindergarten children if there is no matching money for community facilities.'' In the past, "we have had difficulty locating programs where they're needed," he stressed. Maurice Landry, chairman of the ECS planning committee and director of elemen-tary education for the Lethbridge Separate School Board, says kindergarten facilities are needed in North Lethbridge and in the/ southeast corner of the city. Kindergarten planners hope to establish new kindergartens in those areas next fall if facilities can be obtained, he said in an interview Saturday. Fred Cartwright; planning committee member and director of public school ser-vices, welcomed the government's extended preschool funding but saw problems with the implementation of it. "There are insufficient numbers of trained people in this city to be able to open up the program to many more children and I haven't seen much in the development of a curriculum for pi'eschool children." He maintains the development of preschool education in the city needs more time for planning before rapid expansion. "And you don't train people in six months," he also pointed out. The government's ECS funding regulations jndicate there must be a qualified teacher for each group of 35 or fewer kindergarten children. By qualified it means the teacher must hold an Alberta teaching certificate with a major in early childhood ^'^Mr.^'Fobin said the development of more kindergarten facilities in areas of the city with the greatest need is a "pretty high priority" with ECS planners in Lethbridge. Most kindergartens in Lethbridge had qualified for government funding prior to the government's extended preschool funding announcement Friday. Only a few have actually received the ECS grants but the others will receive the funding as soon as they have complied with the ECS funding regulations. The one exception is t(ie Christopher Robin Nursery whose operaj^or, Dorothy Groves, did not apply for provincial funding. She applauded the government's decision to extend its preschool funding to include all kindergartens. "My chief complaint was that kindergarten education was only available to those who could pay for it," she said Saturday. It's "about time" the government did something about it, she continued. Mrs. Groves now intends to apply for the funding. When the kindergartens receive funding from the province they'll be expected to lower their tuition fees to a nominal level so that all parents will be able to afford to place their children in a preschool program. The government did not reveal Friday if the amount of its funding has been changed. Private kindergartens now receive $200 a ch Id per year for most children and between 9555 and $695 a year for each handicapped child. The local ECS members also welcomed the government's decision Friday to extend its support of preschool education for handicapped children. It will provide funds to extend selected quality pilot programs for handicapped children to include those aged 3^ to 4^. Previously, the province only supported programs for handicapped youngsters AVt years and older. The governments also indicated Friday that it will assist kindergartens with the developiment of parental involvement in all programs. It had Indicated last fall that government funds would only be available to those preschool programs that involved parents in their organization and daily operation. The department of education will develop a program to train parents as teacher aides and provide information and program guides for parents, kindergarten operators and communities. "Assisting parents and communities to provide individual and group experiences for preschool cbUdren continues to be the major thrust of the program." conunented Lou nyndman, minister of education. In maiklng the announcement, he said "encouragement of expanded rural services will continue to be given special attention." Grain should move during dock strikes By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writ<;ir REGINA - A rewliition supporting a west coast dock union to allow the movement of grain during strikes was turned from the floor to the executive of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association for further study. Using Saturday as its business session, the associa-tion handled about 25 resolutions ranging from grain tariffs and hopper cars to unit trains and annual, domestic grain stocks. The resolution supporting the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union was drafted following a meeting of the union's president and Palliser members Friday. The union wants grain stricken from labor negotiations so any strike action by its members won't stop the flow of grain into export position. Don Garcia. Canadian area president of ILWU, told nearly 600 Palliser delegates Saturday if grain could be controlled by a neutral body at the west coast, it would guarantee the undisrupted flow of grain in the best interest of Canada. If the executive okays the resolution, a committee with representation from Palliser, the union and the Western Transportation Advisory Council would negotiate labor contracts independently with the 75-member B.C. Maritimer Employers Association which controls dock activity at Vancouver. In other action, Palliser members urged the federal government to sell more grain while the prices are very nigh. The members claimed a carryover of 362 million bushels, including 100 million bushels stored on farms was too high for domestic use and emergency measures when a new crop was ready to be harvested. The members set the carryover figure at 100 million bushels which would allow the government to sell another 160 million bushels of grain now in the transportation pipeline. And to help move this grain to export position, the association called on the federal government to supply 4,000 additional hopper cars for grain movement. The government paid about $48 million for 2,000 hopper cars last year. These cars haul more grain and load and unload faster so they can be reused more often in a given period of time than standard boxcars. A resolution from the floor called on the government to purchase as many of these cars as possible from the manufacturing division of Britlslv v.Colunibla Railway which' has a' new rail car construction factory at Squamish, north of Vancouver. The association also wants the inland terminal elevator system used more efficiently to help move greater stocks of grain into export positions. The inland terminals, controlled by the Canadian Grain Comniission. are located at Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Calgary and Eldmonton. They are capable of holding about 17 million bushels of grain, cleaning it and loading rail cars rapidly. The association suggests because the magnitude, of the grain handling problem is great, potential gains would more than offset the costs of using the inland terminals. Grain should be trucked from the country elevators and directly from farms to facilitate the inland terminals. To encourage use of the inland terminals, the association wants the cost of trucking from country elevators to the terminals to be paid by the producers. In another move to increase payment for quality production, Palliser wants a system of measuring the protein content of individual farm grain samples instituted by Aug. 1. Alberlan is Palliser director REGINA - Growing farmer representation in the Palliser Wheat Growers Association has resulted in the election another Alberta director. Walter Moore of Oyen, east of Hanna, has been elected to his first term as a director to Western Canada's major wheat conmiodity group. Orville Reber of Burdett was re-elected to this fourth consecutive term as an Alberta director. There are now two Alberta directors, one from Manitoba and 11 from Saskatchewan. The association encompasses the large land area in the three Prairie provinces called the Palliser triangle with border points at about Lethbridge east to the Manitoba-Ontario border and northwest to Prince Albert. Walter Nelson of Avonlea, Sask. was returned as president, the position he has held since the association's inception.