Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE UTHBftlDGE HIRAID Thunday, July 12, 1973 TAKING HOLD HERE Assured mail system to speed letter delivery By BERNICE HERLE Herald Staff Writer Southern Albertans are be- ginning to feel the effects of the postal system's two latest efficiency efforts. The three stripes on mail boxes assuring the kind of delivery that can be expected and the postal code system speeding up the sorting of mail are just beginning to take hold in this area. Ten mail boxes with blue, purple and white stripes have already been distributed in the city and a total of 37 will be painted and distributed in two months. What's new about stripes? Mail boxes previously had stripes to indicate pick-up times but there was no defin- ite color scheme. The new striped mail boxes are part of the "assured mail one way of pre- dicting when letters will ar- rive. It applies to all first class mail in Canada. For example a light blue stripe represents national, mail. It assures that any first class mail posted any day be- fore p.m. a.m. Sunday and holidays) will be delivered the next day in dose major centres and the second day in other major centres in Canada. Letter-sorting machines A white stripe stands for regional and stipulates a deadline time of p.m. for next day deliveries. Purple indicates local delivery and a deadline time of 6 p.m. for all mail to be delivered to resi- dents in the city the follow- ing day. Henry Schaufele, L e t fa- bridge's acting postmaster, said the striped box just in- dicates that if a letter is mailed according to the dead- line given it will be delivered according to schedule. He said city residents will soon feel the speeding as- pects of the postal code sys- tem as sorting machines will be installed in Calgary by the end of this year. "Calgary received the ma- chines that were destined for Toronto and so they are about nine months ahead of he said. Mr. Schaufele thought that once the machines began op- erating in Calgary mail from all over Alberta would prob- ably be sent there to be sorted. However, he said, "we real- ly don't have too much in- formation yet on how we're going to handle mail once the machines begin to operate." Code must be used more Mr. Schaufele said he is certain that once the ma- chines are operating all mail from Calgary to Lethbridge wiQ be handled by the postal code system and will reach Lethbridge sorted directly to the letter carrier. An increasing number of people in the city are begin- ning to use the code for out of town addresses but very few use it for local addresses. The postmaster said a sur- vey in Calgary to determine the number of people using the postal code showed 60 to 70 per cent were using it. However, he said for the postal code system to be ef- fective it would have to have a 90 per cent usage. No similar survey has been done in Lethbridge. The code consists of six letters and numbers, with two components separated by a single, space. The first com- ponent, letter number let- ter, is the area code identify- ing a sorting area in the city or countryside. The second component, number tetter- number is the local code identifying a parti cular house. Lethbridge has three area codes. The code for blocks north of the tracks is TlH: between the tracks and 10th Ave. S., T1J; and south of 10th Ave. S., T1K. Raymond code confusing Mr. Schaufele said if any- one in the city has lost their postal code number they may phone the post office and ask for their listing. Cecil Gordon, postal code supervisor, said an interest- ing incident regarding the postal code concerns Ray- mond's code ToK 1YO. He said many letter sort- en have confused the code with the name Tokyo, Japan, and so several parcels mark- ed for Raymond have been sorted for Tokyo instead. Mr. Gordon said there has been some thought given to changing Raymond's postal code but since it would be a big job no decision has been made yet. Some people, Mr. Gordon said, have the idea that when they move, their postal code goes with them. "People aren't personally coded, so if they move they get z new postal code he said. "The postal code number will soon become as impor- tant to the address as the street number but I don't think Lethbridge will have a postal code sorting machine in my life he said. Alberta druggists promote family pharmacy concept Gutter work A youthful crew of tanned workmen puts the finishing touches on sidewalk curb- ing trfong 14th Street S. before filling new forms with cement along the block between 6th and 7th Avenue. Weather today is expected to be ideal for projects such as this, with temperatures predicted in the high 80s. Vrhether it's, a new curb and gutter, or just some patching on the family patio, many residents will be talcing advantage of summer skies'as they spruce the neighborhood prior to Monday's start of this year's Whoop-Up Days. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Alberta pharmacists are promoting the idea of fam- ilies having regular pharmac- ists just as they now have family doctors, Alberta Phar- maceutical Association regis- trar Donald Cameron says. There is no direct pro- motion policy but the public probably serves themselves best by going to one regular pharmacy for prescription products, he told The Herald in a telephone interview. L e t h bridge pharmacists contacted by The Herald agreed that such a system would greatly benefit the cus- tomer. Bui Skelton. of Skelton's Prescription Pharmacy on Mayor Magrath Drive, says the idea would tend to give people more personalized ser- vice. It would also be easier for the pharmacist to know each person's medical prob- lems and allergies. Larry Gillot, of the Tam- blyn Drugs on Mayor Ma- grath Drive, explains that most pharmacies keep com- prehensive family records of purchases. He agrees the fam- ily pharmacy concept i? of "definite advantage" and be- lieves the keeping of family records will be compulsory soon. If a pharmacist knows a person's personal medical problems be is also in a posi- tion to recommend doctors in highly specialized fields, says George Draffin Sr., former president of the APA and own- er of Draffins Pharmacy in the Haig Medical Building. Mr. Draffin also agrees family pharmacies promote more personalized service, in- cluding delivery and emer- gency caHs at night when necessary. He says the record system for regular customers sup- plies the pharmacist with an instant survey of medications, supplied and a complete and accurate record of frequency of repeats on controlled drugs. The records also provide "quick reference for misplac- ed or lost Blue Cross re- he adds. The one family, one phar- macy idea even helps the pharmacist to decide what type of bottle pills should be put in. If the pharmacist knows, for example, a customer is arthritic he won't put the prescription in a safety-capped vial, which are difficult to open, Mr. Draffin explains. Mr. Draffin doesn't think the close relationship between a customer and pharmacist could promote the pharmacist to supply prescription drugs that a person may not need. He points out that all phar- macies are investigated by the government and stock on hand and sales must equal 4 of 21 booked through August Most schools idle during summer Waiting dark hoilwoys at lethbridae Collegiate Institute By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge, like other Cana- dian cities, spends millions of dollars each year on its schools. And, like countless other cites, those schools sit idle during the summer with the exception of some city, Opportunities For Youth or senior citizens' projecte. This city has 21 schools, six separate fad 13 under public jurisdictioD. So far this sum- mer, most local schools have seen partial use but only four are booked through August. A six student OFY task force was able to utilize St. Patrick's. St. Mary's. St. Paul's, Assumption School and four public schools for a pre-school orientation pro- ject earlier this summer Under the auspices of the lettibridge recreation depart- ment, four public schools have been confirmed (or full summer use tins year. A duplicate bridge club meets three nights each week at Hamilton Junior High, a youth activities program has been slated at Winston Churchill High School, a sum- mer playground project is under way at Lakeview Scbol and handicapped children are being kept busy at Fleet- wood-Bawden School. So far, thafs about all there is to see in Letnbridge scboofe this summer. Of course in-service work- shops have been held at Westminster School (for cur- riculum planning) and a sum- mer session in basic English is working at Fteetwood- Bawden. Spokesmen for the city's recreation department say they are to take book- ings for summer school use- only if city recreation facili- ties are overcrowded or if a particular group specifies preference for a local school. There still may be some activities this summer, in local schools, by senior citi- zens, church or for educational seminars. However, city officiate pre- fer ample notice for school use and are often stymied by groups which wish to utilize public or church halls instead of schools. School board officials, in both the public and separate systems, would like to see greater use of their buildings for two reasons: community use of schools is looked upon wiih favor by the provincial government (which, after all. doels out the dollars for school construction) and school trustees believe citi- zens (who pay tax dollars for school construction) should receive as much personal benefit from their investment as possfcle. On UK other hand, these as- pects of community use apply equally to city-owned facili- ties. A compromise, or balance, between school use and city facility use should be found, officials say. Until that time, many schools will continue to re- main empty during the sum- mer, spokesman claim. the amount supplied to the pharmacy. Fears that a pharmacy could raise its prices once it had developed a large number of regular clients have no basis, Mr. Cameron feels. "There is keen comppetition in the retail drug business" but this tends to move prices down, the APA registrar claims. Pharmacies "understand" they can sell for less but not more. They can face investi- gation if they raise their prices, Mr. Cameron plained. Bike accidents double; training lack blamed There have been more than twice as many bicycle accidents this year as there were in the first five months of 1972, city police reported Wednesday. Traffic Inspector Bill West said there were 12 ac- cidents in 1973 as compared to S in the same period last year. There is the problem of ac- cidents anywhere there is a congestion of traffic such as Mayor Magrath Dr., he said. lisp. West cites lack of training as one reason for the number of accidents. The po- lice in conjunction with the Alberta Motor Association, provide the only bicycle training available in Leth- bridge. This is carried out in the spring at elementary schools, Insp. West pointed out. "Training should start in the home too much is left on the he added. Bicycle riders are more apt to commit offences even though governed by the same laws as a car. Some people don't realize this, he said. Insp. West also said be be- lieves 10-speed riders should be required to wear helmets. Little profit in making hay at Gait Garden Provincial Judge L. W. Hud- son lashed out in court Wed- nesday at Gait Gardens drink- ers indicating he will continue to sentence heavy fines for liquor violations in the park. When Leonard Scout, 39, of Hillspring, pleaded guilty to drinking liquor while sitting under a tree in Gait Gardens, Provincial Judge Hudson said be would not take into consid- eration that it was Mr. Scout's first liquor offence. "The word would soon get out that the judge's attitude has he told the ac- cused. The stiff fines for li- quor violations in Gait Gar- dens has had its effect in re- ducing toe number of drink- ers in the park, he said. Before toe courts took tougher action Provincial Judge Hudson claimed it was impossible for citizens "to walk through Gait Gardens." Mr. Scout was fined and court costs with no time to pay- Following Mr. Scout's court appearance a Cardston man appeared also for drinking in Gait Gardens and court was informed the man had been let off with a suspended sen- tence earlier in the week on a similar charge. Judge Hudson said it was one of the few times he let a man off without a stiff fine or jail because the man said he had to be out making hay. The judge claimed the case indicated leniency for Gait Gardens violators doesn't pay. He fined Gilbert Little Bear, 36, plus court costs with no time to pay and suggested "there's not much profit in making hay in Gait Gar- dens." Windoiv smasher down and out No job, no unemployment insurance and a debt from five years in university angered a Letbbridge man into relieving his frustrations by smashing the windows of the Lethbridge Curling Rink, pro- vincial court was told Wed- nesday. Ronald Denis McRae. 25. 627 9 SL S.. pleaded guilty to causing public mischief and was remanded in custody to July 17 for sentencing. Provincial Judge L. W. Hud- con toM Mr. McRae the time ir. custody will give him an idea of what happens when a person relieves his tendons by taking it out on society. Mr. McRae had been laid off by the City of Lethbridge July 5 from a tree spraying job and went to the imenrolcy- ment insurance office only to learn be had to wait five weeks to qualify for assist- ance after which he would re- ceive a week, court was informed. With no job and a debt to pay Mr. McRae grew sngry Tuesday and washed down Ms sorrow with beer until the bar closed and dur- ing his subsequent walk borne toafc out his frustrations by using a piece of lumber to smash four double glass win- oows at the curling rink. Court was told off-duty RCMP Const. Pete Majnard spotted Mr. McRae's actions and apprehended him. Police estimate damage at 2 sought for weapon possession A warrant for the arrest of two Lethbridge women was issued in provincial court Wednesday after they failed to appear on a charge of pos- session of a dangerous wea- pon. A third parson, Leroy Hen- rickson, 37 of 324 Ttto Ave. S., appeared under the same charge and was remanded to Aug. 8 for plea. Mr Henrickson, Lillian North Pcigan, 29. 1020 12 St. S.. and Margaret WoMe, 33, 324 Ttii Ave. S.. were charged May 2 at the 324 7th Ave. S. residence. Donald KJiparchak. 22. 1253 Ave. S, toM police three popple bad chased ram with knives and hatchets.