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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Schools Merger Asked By PAUL CIIALA Herald News Service NATAL, B.C. At a recent meeting of the board of trus- tees of the Forme School dis- trict, correspondence was re- ceived from1 the minister of education recommending amal- gamation of the several school districts within the East Koote- nay district. His suggestion would result in a. single school district close- ly approximating the Regional District of East Kootenay. The minister's letter said there were a number of ad- vantages to amalgamation. The school board decided to attempt to set-up an explora- tory meeting in September with the other school districts of the East Kootenay. Tenders for construction of industrial education facilities at the Sparwood Secondary School were received. ACCEPT BID The b i d submitted by Paul Schwab was accepted. T h i s company has been working on the Sparwood Elementary School and is able to start work immediately. Harry Peebles, principal of tbe secondaiy school in Spar- wood, reported to the board on the population jump. He asked that some priority be given to the construction of four new rooms for the school which re- ceived approval in the last money referendum. TRANSFER THREE With the close of the Michel Natal Elementary S c h o o it was decided by the board to transfer the custodial staff o three to the new Sparwood Ele mentary School. Although the new school is somewhat larger, a decision to increase the cleaning staff will be held until the school is in operation. Awarding of a contract foi school facilities for the new township at Boivin Creek in the Upper Elk Valley is being held awaiting necessary approvals from Victoria. The board is ready to move this project ahead as soon as approvals are received. They have already taken a number of steps to expedite construc- tion of this facility in order that classrooms will be available for school opening in Septem- ber. Thursday, July JJ, 1970 THE LETH9RIDGE HCRAtD Music Results THOMAS SHOWS MIDWAY, FROM THE TOP OF THE "SPACE WHEEL" RIDE Thrill Rides Take Over At Midway COMING SOON College Cinema The midway business has turned topsy-turvy in the 19 years since 1951 when Bernard Thomas took over Thomas Shows from his uncle, Art Thomas, after whom the mid- way is named. "The whole industry has Mr. Thomas said. "When my uncle owned it the side shows and concessions were by far the most popular things on the midway. "Today the thrill rides have taken over they used to be of less importance than every- thing else, but today you have to constantly keep up on the new rides, and to anticipate what the public will want next year." The reason, he said, is the popularity television today. "You can see almost every- thing a side show can offer on television, but you can't just watch the thrill rides, you have to participate in them and that's why people go to the midway today." The result is a midway with 18 thrill rides, 12 kiddie rides I porary people and about G5 games and con- cession booths and its own self-contained electric power generating system. Mr. Thomas said he owns about 90 per cent of the mid- way operation, valued at some- what more than 51 million. Sev- eral independent rides and oth- er operations are worth several hundred thousand dollars more, and are leased bv their owner-operators to Thomas Shows. Rides are expensive to buy: the sky wheel (a souped-up fer- ris wheel involving two small wheels connected together across an axle with everything whirling around vertically) is worth and several oth- ers are worth more than 000. It takes a permanent crew of 375 people who travel with the show to run it including opera- tors, barkers, the "roughies" who put it together and take it down, and others. It also requires about 60 tern- employed for the duration of the Canadian run, and a further 50 locally employed workers in each cen- tre it visits. The show is on the road for about 25 weeks1 a. year from May to October, wintering in its headquarters at Lennox, North Dakota. It plays in 20 to 25 cities a year, ranging in size from metropolitan Kansas City, split between the states of Kansas and Missouri, with people, to Brandon, Man., with just This year it travels through Ontario. Manitoba, Saskatch- ewan, Alberta and the northern U.S. midwest states. To move takes 75 trucks, many cars and about 40 house trailers and mobile homes for families who travel with the show. "Most of our permanent em- ployees are Mr. Thomas said, we have about 50 kids and at least 75 dogs with us." There are also two qualified i Us next stop is Great Falls, mechanics for both the ve- j i0 ji goes over this week- hides and ride machinery, sev- j eral mechanical helpers and! i Marly Mr. Thomas ssia ram is the land M, most serious problem his way normally faces: when rains few people go on the mid- way, "but the employees have to be paid even if no one at six electricians. i "We don't all travel togeth- he said, "and in fact it isn't legal to travel in convoy. "But that doesn't usually present too much of a prob- lem because some of the stuff comes dawn fast, it's packed and the trucks leave for the next city. Other stuff is slower to dismantle, so it leaves later." all comes." Thomas Shows has been con- tracted by the L e t h bridge and District Board i for a three-year period, a stan- 1 dard midway agreement time. Tried ThoseRides Yet? I midway ha I T h e "pal By HEKB JOHNSON STAFF WRITER What can you say about a merry-go-round that hasn't al- ready been said a thousand They go round and round and they have horses. Sometimes they have swans, or just bench- es. The brass ring is usually in there too, if it's a good merry- go-round. They've been around as long as anyone can remember, yet they still fascinate each new generation. They are the first step up the ladder of thrills to the giant ferris wheel. This year's Whoop-Up Days us a merry-go-round, ainted three abreast, go through their state- ly routine. Mothers and fathers stand beside the younger riders, making sure their children are safe but still having fun. Perhaps this is the essence of the midway's atiraction having fun without taking any real risks. British philosopher Betrand Russell, in an essay on man's seemingly inborn need for ad- venture, claimed he got ai! the excitement he needed from reading mystery stories. But he admitted most people required something a little stronger to THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Requires Listings of Off-Campus Accommodation FOR THE FALL SESSION ROOM AND BOARD if ROOM ONLY ir LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING BASEMENT SUITES (MANY ARE NEEDED) Tit APARTMENTS HOUSES TO RENT To List Please Call The Housing Office 327-2171 EXT. 288 OR 289 Your Assistance h Very Much Appreciated Fire Confined To Slot Sorter CRANBROOK (Special) as usual. The plant is in the With its million dollar old early stage of phasing out to Salterville woods plant at risk-1 the new CFI wood complex a The Western Board of Music of Alberla has announced the results of practical and theory examinations held earlier this year in Lethbridge, filairmorc, Coleman and Pincher Creek. Three Lelhbridge musicains passed Grade 11 practical ex- aminations held in connection with the board's associate and licentiate diplomas. Gaining associate Grade 11 status were Evelyn Mills with honors' in singing and Alberta KrywoIL and Mar- ion Esau with honors in piano Names of other successful candidates are listed in order of merit, with "and" signifying equal rating. LETHBRIDGE PRACTICAL PIANO, Grads 9 Honors: Patricia Tompkins, Edith Sheffield, Teresa Lynn Pitcher; Pass: Naomi Hoyt, Sandra Kryanowski. Grade B' Honors: Laurelie Nat- tress, Donna Passey; Pass; Patricia Pragnell, Roxanne Laycock, Wendy Grant. Grade 7 Honors: Aria Caiman and Barbara Milliken, Alxeander Bar- ler; Pass: Daniel Thomas, Michaelynn Varzari, Barbara Erickscn. Grade f> First class honors: Shar- iain Bzdell. Carol Steed arid'Terrance Ingoldsby and Elaine Kinq-Brown; Honors: Theresa Rellander, Elizabeth Sheffield, David Fong, Maureen- Rice, Matisz; Pass: Judith Modrze- jewski, Shelley Burt, Judith Louwerse. Grade 5 First class honors: Rob- (rt Tagg, Cheryl Sanderson and Vale- Thomson and Nancy Watson; Hon- jrs- Carolyn Orewry and Valerie Erickson and Kurt Ivison, Peggy John- son, Debra Cutforth, Bernodette' Pa- hulje, Elizabeth Kaplan, Catherine McCracken, Palli-Jean Forsyth and I Brenda Block and Bonnie Sherman; Pass: Laurie Norby, Barbara Stewart, Penny Marie Erickson, Rae Ann j Steed, Frederick Tyrrell, Joy Hickson. Grade i First class honors: Alison Stillwcll, June Poelman, Patricia Tom- iia, Allan Hcgenson; Honors: Carol Reimer, Helen Matsushita, Carolyn Gray, Barbara Gibb, Virginia Holmes; Pass: June Takeda, Jodie Pepper, Kath'ryn Erickson, Susan Lewis. i Grade 3 First class honors: Shel- ley Irvine, Lennea Oseqn, Charlene I Dor ward; Honors: Dianne Dick, 'Marty Kaplan and Diane Whilehead irv ce jGrdr.ii, Cathy Veer.lar.d laker, Elaine RCilander, i Heather Cameron and Carol Jorpen- it son and William Chernezsky; Pass: Jeanelle Johnson, Ben Matkin, Bev- erly Harris and Kenneth Grade 2 First class honors: Shar- on Vaselenak, Randel Sawada, Terri Ohno; Honors: Margaret Foster; Pass: Jeanine Lewis. Grade 1 Firs' class honors: Diane Pungor, Joan Schneider; Honors: Susan Foster, Steven Erickson, Mi- chael Schaalje. CELLO, Grade 3 First class hon- Perry Foster. CLARINET, Grade First class honors: Margaret Fos- jr. Grade 5 First class honors: Lori Leisier. TROMBONE, Grade 1 Pass: Neil Foster. TRUMPET, Grade 7 Pass: Robert Foster. blow off steam. The midway is made to order1 for just this. Every ride has its safety devices but each man- ages to create the impression of impending disaster. The favorite method of con- vincing the rider that he is about to meet his doom is to move him about in two or three directions at once. Buy a ticket on the Sky Wheels rid.e and you'll find yourself on a huge double ferr- j is wheel. It's like being on a j ferriswheel on one end of a monstr'ous teeter-totter, except that the teeter-totter goes all the way around. This is for the brave souls who have worked their way up from Hie merry-go-round. In between there is every- thing from the Flying Bobs to the Tip Top to the Tilt-a-Whirl. One of the tamer-looking rides has the most complicated motion. The Tempest looks like four wire mesh cages that might give the rider a rather uneventful spin. And while it lacks the speed and height of some of the rides, it does man- age to get you going three dif- ferent ways at once. j It works on the wheels-within- i wheels-withiivwheels principle, which is difficult to explain. It is even more difficult to pre- dict which way the cage is go- ing to move when you're on it. A more predictable and thor- oughly scary ride is the Round- Up. It's good if you want to find out how astronauts feel during blast-off. It's much the same as twill- ing a bucket of water over your head fast enough that no water falls out. Except the bucket is a big wire mesh cage and the water is people. It sounds dangerous, but it's fun. And if gravity should some- how fail there arc safety chains to prevent the people falling out. If you're looking for a nice safe adventure, the midway is (he place. Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. reported only negligible damage in a recent spectacular yard fire. The disused frame slot sorter was apparently the point of or- igin. CFI vice-president and woods production manager Arnold Quinim reports the fire be- tween day and evening shifts quickly rallied the city fire de- partment, the company's own crews and British Columbia Forest Service crews to hold it to the sorter and piles of scrap wood and wood refuse in the yard. Evening shift at six resumed mile north in Cranbrook Indus- trial Park. Park Roads Improved Grading and dust suppres- sion work on the Indian Battle Park road was completed re- cently by city crews. Whoop-Up Days visitors and city residents now have an im- proved road from Scenic Drive j through the park to the high level bridge. THEORY Grade 7, Counlcrpoint Firjl clan honors: Metafile Loycoch. Grade 6, Harmony Firs! clasn honors; Healhir Sills; Pass: Kristicn Bcrqhmans, Patricia Pragnell, Naomi Hoyt. Grade 5, Harmony Firsl hoAG'S: Roxanne Laycock, Refine Har- ris, Qreiida Milne, Carol Erickson; Honors: Linda' Pitcher and Patricia Tompkins. Grade J First class honors: Merlin Hall, Sharel Smith; Honors: Louise Sivcrtson and Carlo Bevans; Pass: Janet Graham and Eleanor MacLeod. Grade 3 Firs! class honors: Elaine Gasiler, Dolores Jorgenson, Connie Matisi, Judy Louwerse, Joy Hickson; Honors: Shelley Burt, David Fong, Elizabeth .Sheffield, Sandra Francis and Lori Leister; Pass: Deb- orah Schroter, Joanne Tajfrl, Patricia Gaszlcr. Grade 2 Firsl class honors: Cheryl Sanderson and Bonnie Sher- man, Debra Cutforth, Penny Erickson, Carolyn Drewry arid Valerie Thomson and Maureen Rice, Beatrice Rahl and Lani Duce, Barbara Stewart; Honors: Brenda Block. Grade 1 First class honors: Shel- ley Irvine 'and Ethel Pcelman and June Rodman, Richard Stephure, Laurie Norby, Barbara Gibb, Ka.thrj Erickson; Honors: Karen Pass: Scott Milliken. Shower Held For Mrs. Walsoii WARNER (HNS) Mrs. Chriss Watson (nee Peggy Lee Doenz) was recently honored by women in the Warner and Ban-hill districts with pre-nup- tial showers. Helping Mrs. Watson in opening her gifts at a "Come and Go Tea" in the home of Mrs. Ivan Norris, at Warner, were her sister Miss Dale Doenz of Calgary and Miss Bonnie oinclair of Hinton. Assisting the bride-to-be at the community shower at Barr- hilf were her cousins Miss Loa Snell, Pincher Creek and Miss Beverlcy- Doenz, Warner. Grandmothers of the bride, Mrs. Barbara Doenz and Mrs. Lillian Snell both of Leth- bridge, attended both showers. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Meiropolilnn Bldg. 328-4095 This Is Whoop-Up Week MORNING ACTIVITIES DOWNTOWN LABOR CLUB Corner 13th St. and 2nd Ave. N. SOCIAL EVENINGS Friday--July p.m. Saturday--July p.m. Music Both Nights By the "MINT JULEPS" MEMBERS AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS "NO COVER CHARGE" In the Club Rooms the "Bel Aires" will be playing Friday Night and "Bruce Neilson" Saturday Night. FREE BREAKFASTS PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINERS SQUARE DANCING PRINCESSES COSTUME PRIZES WATCH FOR THE CJOC TRAILER FOR LOCATION IT ALL HAPPENS DOWNTOWN Courtesy Your Lethbridge Downtown Businessmen's Association FRIDAY IS LIVESTOCK DAY at WHOOP UP DAYS LETHBRIDGE Rodeo 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 7 p.m. Chuckwagon at p.m. Water Wonderland Youth-A-Rama Horse Betting Gambling Pavilion Giant Shows ;