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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January 31, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 For skinny Games budget FOG snares million bonus From plane tickets, pianos and plywood to podiurns and potatoes, two years' of FOGging by Games volunteers has put million worth of meat on a bare bones Winter Games budget. FOG, Gamestalk for Friends of the Games, has collected in cash and in merchandise and services to the Winter Games society. "They're not afraid to says FOG boss Tom McNab describing the success of volunteers in seeking public support for the Games. By way of comparison, the Saskatoon Winter Games society collected only in cash and in donations of goods and services. Why does the Game society seek help from its friends? Explains FOG boss McNab, a Lethbridge accoun- tant: "When the Games were awarded to Lethbridge by the federal government, the society signed a contract with Sports Canada. "It's understood when you sign the contract that the municipal authority will elicit support from the private sector." When the Games finalized its operating budget, says Mr. McNab, "the budget that was struck used infor- mation that is now four years old. Our budget was predicated in large part on what happened in Saska- toon in 1971." Inflation hurts But inflation and the regional concept of the Games have worked a war of attrition on the Games budget. "Our costs are considerably greater than he says, because the Games must tran- sport athletes and equipment throughout Southern Alberta. The gasoline consumed by 160 Games vehicles as they travel miles during the Games would cost more than Saskatoon has one advantage over Lethbridge, he adds. Games organizers for the 1971 Games raked in from their lottery. But that was before the days of Olympic lotteries. Western Canada lotteries and a myriad of other lottery schemes. "We couldn't expect to make in competition with all the other lotteries he says. But the main function of FOG, he adds, is to "put some meat on a bare bones budget" provided by Ot- tawa and make the Games a "good show." FOG went after cash donations, but concentrated on contributions of goods and services from big com- panies. Because large companies can finance more support through advertising budgets than through charitable donations, the Games had considerable success with their marketing strategy. Public relations will be everywhere: Shell Oil will supply gas for Games cars, trucks uuu buses; Xerox will chip in an elaborate electronic system for collecting sports results; Molson's will give visiting press the red carpet at the media centre in the El Rancho. Donations came Air Canada and Time Air have handed all officials on Games business buckshee plane tickets; Alberta Government Telephones has installed a complex telephone network from venues to Games head- quarters; Palliser Distilleries has donated the use of their warehouse in the industrial park; Gulf Oil has paid for the printing of tickets and contributed their 3rd Ave. S. building currently serving as Games heiJ- quarters; Yamaha has given the Games 120 snow- mobile suits for Westcastle officials and loaned snow- mobiles to the Games; Ford and General Motors have loaned the Games 100 vehicles; Canbra Foods is offering factory space for food crews assembling meals for athletes; Omega and its Canadian distributor are furnishing timekeeping equipment; Crestbrook Forest Industries has donated plywood needed by shop students at two city high schools to manufacture podiums for awards presen- tations; Canadian Western Natural Gas is installing gas torches at each venue; Simpson Sears donated costumes for 40 Games hostesses; Eaton's contributed uniforms for Games officials; Catelli has donated cases of Laura Secord puddings for athletes and Toledo has supplied scales for officials weighing in athletes. "The most gratifying thing about this FOG boss McNab adds, "is the people supporting the Games, they mostly don't have a direct interest" in a business sense. FOG has supported the Games to the tune of million. That tally fails to include the most vital contribution to the Games: volunteer work. No value has been placed on the hundred of thousands of hours of volunteer labor to be worked by Games enthusiasts. "If you computed that in terms of paying people, you would be looking at millions of dollars." "Most people don't realize how big the Canada Games are. "They're bigger than the Commonwealth he adds. "Last year, New Zealand hosted the Com- monwealth Games and their budget was million. Ours is one tenth of that. i fznpFZf.'rftf; outh In Caaal contract awarded EDMONTON Repairs on the main supply caiii! 'or the Mounluir.vicw, Aetna and Leavitt irrigation districts should be completed by March 31. Remington Construction Co. Ltd. of Cardstun has been awarded the contract to repair water control structures southwes1 Cardston, the department of environment lias an- nounced. Three concrete drop structures will replace aging wooden ones. The new will carry water through 36 inch diameter pipes which allow water to change elevation rapidly while preventing erosion of the canal. A steel and concrete overflow structure will also be built to handle excess water. Saiers bull arrives in city The third Saiers bull in North America arrived in Lethbridge last week from Quebec. Owned by Pincher Creek Ranch, the French mountain breed bull Imperial will be held in Southern Breeders artificial insemination station. Pat Lowe, ranch manager, said the bull is a two year old purebred which joins 102 half blood Saiers animals owned by the ranch, the largest Saiers herd in North America. Ambulance drivers needed BROOKS (Special) Although the Town of Brooks has two full time and one part time ambulance drivers, they are still accepting applications for more, Town Administrator Ercell Lindquist said Tuesday. Mr. Lindquist says that they are fully staffed at the moment but are always on the outlook for new drivers. The town has been advertising for more drivers and atten- dants who fit the qualifications for the particular jobs. These will be needed for transfer trips especially. A new hospital scheduled for construction this year is ex- pected to take over the operation of ambulance services for the town. BICYCLE WINNER HAROLD CHRISTENSEN Municipal secretary appointed Beginning biker old enough to learn STIRLING (HNS) Barbara Bezeau has been appointed municipal secretary of the Village of Stirling, replacing Muriel Sullivan. She is the wife of Kenneth Bezeau and a graduate of Brigham Young University. A resident here for 1 years, Mrs. Bezeau is a kindergarten co Oiuinator and a member of the library board. Crowsnest Mountain tunnel proposed to save lakes, sheep grazing range STIRLING (Special) Harold Christensen, 78, has won a 10-speed bicycle. "It's the first thing I've ever won in my he says. But he doesn't know how to ride a bike. His wife says he is "just the right age to learn." So when he turns 79, May 11, Mrs. Christensen is going to give her husband his first bicycle riding lesson. "It's too high speed for says Mr. Christensen. says his wife. "It will do you good." "I think I'll sell says the retired farmer. "When spring comes I think I'll teach you how to ride says his wife. Meanwhile, the 10-speed is parked in an old granery behind the Christensen home here. He won it in a raffle sponsored by the Stirling Volunteer Fire Department. BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) A Blairmore businessman told department near Crowsnest Lake for Highway 3. Speaking at a public of highways officials here this meeting with highways and week they should build a environment departments of- tunnel through the mountain ficials, Max Brown, owner of Coal licence sought in B.C. SPARWOOD (HNS) -Sage Creek Coal Limited has applied to the B.C. depart- ment of mines and petroleum resources for a licence to develop and produce coal on its acre holdings in the Flathead River drainage country just north of the U.S. border. Sage Creek Coal is a sub- sidiary of Rio Tinto Mines of Toronto. A.C. Turner of Toronto is the company secretary. The firm began examining seams on Dally Hill and Cabin Creek Mountain in 1971. Twelve adits have been driven. The Regional District of East Kootenay has asked the provincial government to un- dertake a comprehensive en- vironmental, socio economic study of the Flathead area. The study would also include the Elk Valley. A new townsite in southern Flathead country is envision- ed if the Sage Creek deposits are mined. A rail line from McGillivray south has been suggested as a possibility. Montana environmentalists have expressed concern over development proposals for the B.C. side of the Flathead country. They say it could affect the water of the Flathead River, which flows into the U.S. Student advised to seek OFY grant for study CARDSTON council Tuesday night decided to advise University of Lethbridge anthropology stu- dent David Shaw to seek an Opportunities for Youth grant to survey a prehistoric site at the town dam about five miles southwest of here. Council will also advise the student that flooding for its new dam won't take place in that area this year. He will have ample time to obtain permission from the landowners for his site sur- vey, council decided. The town and its employees, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, are still at odds in wage negotiations. The town has offered raises up to a high of 33 per cent on some classifications to a low of 27 per cent on others. The contract expired in December. CUPE requests hikes of 52.2 per cent to a low of 39.8 per cent. Council is now awaiting CUPE's reaction to its most recent offer. Council decided to replot a subdivision opposed by Mr. and Mrs. Gene Little of the 'south hill area. It will go ahead later when the couple is prepared to proceed with the crescent planning. Hubert West, chairman of the local Canada Winter Games promotion committee, and LeRoy Walker, venue manager, discussed the best way to provide meals for about 140 people involved in wrestling events here. Coun. Hugh Stewart of the recrea- tion committee was named to help co-ordinate the service. People who water stock with the town water supply will be charged an open tap fee of per month until April 31. Then council will crack down on its order that float controls must be in- stalled. Council approved the purchase of a portable welding unit for public works. the Lost Lemon Campground, said a tunnel would eliminate many sharp curves, reduce the winter snow hazard, and leave wild sheep habitat and the lake unspoiled. The meeting was held in council chambers here to dis- cuss the rerouting of Highway 3. Only a few citizens The proposed lower path of the new highway will interfere with two golf fairways. These could be replaced on the north side of the golf course. If the northerly route is used for the highway, several fairways will be disrupted. This would ruin the golf course. Al Warner, highways department planner, said he is reasonably sure the highway will follow the lower route. The department will replace the two fairways, he said. The meeting heard the new two-lane highway would branch off from the present Highway 3 at the east end of town. It would proceed in a northwest direction, on the north side of the Crowsnest River, and pass through central Blairmore south of the cemeteries. At this point an access road would be built for traffic to Blairmore. The highway would proceed west and cut through coal piles and the lower section of the golf course. It would re- join the present highway west of the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital. An access to the old highway would be built here. Mr. Warner said the ex- isting Highway 3, from the east end of Blairmore through to Coleman, would remain as an access road between 'Pass towns. Coal piles northwest of town, said to be an eyesore and a dust problem, should be removed or covered, citizens said. Some thought the coal might be recovered. Officials said they were reasonably sure snowplowing would continue on the access road. Also on hand were Tom Hazuka, Mike Vaselenek and Dale Bailey, all of the highways department; and Bob Galaiuk and Dave Anderson of the department of the environment. Citizens said care must be taken not to destroy Emerald Lake. The meeting was told Island Lake, near the Alberta- B.C. border, was ruined when a causeway was built several years ago. The department of public works will be asked to provide an additional lane or shoulder on the existing highway between Coleman and Blair- more. This would be for bicy- cle and pedestrian traffic. This summer highway work will continue at Burmis and from the B.C. border to a point west of Coleman. The highway impact study now under way here will allow citizen input on the route from Burmis through 'Pass towns to west of Coleman. Provincial takeover termed 'sensible' Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The person in charge of at least one provincial government group home for problem teenagers believes there is a crying need for facilities such as Cow Camp. Neil Crawford, minister in charge of group homes Games committee budget swelled by grant CLARESHOLM (Staff) Council this week approved a motion by Coun. Harold Seymour to add to the local Canada Winter Games committee budget. At an earlier special meeting a budget was approved on a motion by Coun. Joseph Heward. Council approved the addition on the grounds it is needed to pay the expenses of two persons who will travel to Vancouver. They are gather- ing information on boxing events which will be held here as part of the Canada Winter Games. At the same time, Mayor Ernie Patterson told the com- mittee he could find no formal resolution that a committee had been appointed as the Canada Winter Games Com- mittee. operations in the province, has refused to intervene on the camp's behalf and Deputy Premier Hugh Homer has said it is not needed here. "We could stand about a the supervisor of one government home claims. "There is a great lack in that area of facilities. "Facilities such as my own are lacking something essen- tial, there is a lack of challenge, a lack of adven- this supervisor says. Some officials and centres called Apollo Centres, operated for troubled children in conjunction with the province's two major mental health hospitals, are also known to applaud the Cow Camp operation. Meanwhile. Keith Bennett, headmaster of the St. John's School of Alberta, operated in affiliation with the Anglican Church, says the Cow Camp operation doesn't conflict with his school. "Someone has got to do that kind of work, and if they're willing, let Mr. Bennett said today. New office established CRANBROOK (Special) An office for Steven Rnmsey, deputy regional administrator of justice lor the East and West Kootenays, has been established at 135 10th Ave. here. At the same address is Florence Gilbert, supervisor at the provincial court level. This is the first step in a new provincial program to co or- dinale justice levels in this area. Work program outlined FOREMOST (Special) The County of Forty Mile School Committee passed a policy affecting in school work ex- perience programs at its January meeting held in the council chambers at Foremost. Work experience became a recognized part of the senior high school curriculum, and as such receives the full support of the School Committee. One student per school each semester will be allowed to participate in the program, employed as a school aide under the guidance of authorized school personnel, with the County of Forty Mile as employer. Remuneration shall be at the rate of fifty cents per student for each hour of employment. rogram gives more experience FOREMOST (Special) The University of Lethbridge will launch a program in the fall of 1975 that will provide longer periods of classroom experience for potential teachers, the Forty Mile County school committee learned recently. Superintendent of Schools Cliff Elle told the committee the "extended practicum" program will more thoroughly prepare students for their teaching careers. Senator Gershaw High School teachers Edgar Anderson and Brian Lindstrand have resigned, effective in February and March respectively. FOR SALE ENCHANT DISTRICT Seven quarters deeded half section grazing iesse adjoining. Fully modern 3 bedroom dwell- ing; steel quonset 40'xSO'. 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