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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD July 25, 1973 Fair goers express their opinions of recent Whoop-Up Days In order to gauge public opinion on the recent Leth- bridge Whoop-Up Days, The Herald contacted 23 local and district residents and asked for their reactions. Following are their com- ments: Elna Brantner of 1908 6th Ave. S.: "I thought the rodeo and the chuckwagon races and everything were really great. But my children were really disappointed. The casi- no and beer garden took over and there was nothing else." Dorothy Coolidge, 421 26th S. S.: "It was pretty good. It was what I expected ex- cept they charged too much for the rides. Some of them were 80 cents." Marilyn Drake. 2223 13th Ave. S.: "I thought it was terrible. My husband and I and all our friends think this will be our last year. The grandstand shows were all right but going around the ground wasn't." Roy Ellis, 2305 13th Ave. S.: "We thought the art display and animal display were good. I thought it was all right." John Allen. 1st Ave. and 9th St. S.: "It was terrible. What was out there? There was nothing to see." Mrs. Trevor Wilson, 2111 12th St., Coaldale: "It was as good as any other time the rodeo was good." Mrs. N. F. Supina, 2516 13th Ave. N.: "The same thing as the year before and the year before. So repetitive there could be more of everything. If you took a child you would enjoy it." Dawn Drake, 615 Highway Ave., Picture Butte: "'The portrait painting booth was the most interesting sight at the fair. The games were dreadful and the prizes were awful. The double ferris wheel was good." Mrs. Gordon Young, 1706 13th' Ave. S.: The midway was "awfully expensive" and not entirely set up when they visited it. The horse races were the best thing there. Mrs. D. H. Oliver, 402 7th St. N. in Picture Butte: "Wasn't too impressed with the displays there wasn't that much there." She said she enjoyed the chuckwagon races and Leroy Van Dyke Show. Nancy Foster, 1317 4th Ave. S.: "Thjere wasn't much to it. There was too much flashy stuff like the midway and booths and not enough dis- plays like the handicrafts." William Gorewich, 1306 17th Ave. S.: "I liked the, animal display and as far as the other parts of the fair, it was enjoyable but not out- standing. The selective cattle display was very interesting, particularly to a city boy." Vivian Margrave, 516 23rd St. N.: The fair was good, "for that class of fair. I miss- ed the exhibits, the home- crafts and such. I enjoyed the grandstand and my husband liked the horse races." Dick Johnston, 2238 19th St. S.: Didn't see the grandstand show. "The displays in terms of handicrafts and the exotic animals struck me as being very important. The rides were certainly more expen- sive than I had anticipated. I did enjoy the casino-and beer garden." Gertrude Korsch, 1007 12th C St. N.: The fair was gen- erally pretty good. "My kids enjoyed the rides most. I mostly went for the kids." Andrew Lipinskt, 811 St. S.: Enjoyed the bone rac- ing. "The midway was pretty good but the prices were kind of high." Ethel Moscr. 1516 14th St. N.: "It was all right as far as we were concerned. We enjoyed the Leroy Van Dyke show and the next night we took the kids to the midway which we also enjoyed." Gsrrett Patafer, 1403 13th Ave. S.: "I enjoyed the art displays. The fair did a fair job." Mrs. W. S. Connors, 2111 22nd St., Coaldale: The kids' program at the grandstand show was good, but the rides were expensive. She liked the exhibits but felt there weren't enough. Mrs. Connors took five children to the fair, but said, "There was nothing for my own personal pleasure." Ralph Workman, 2217 17th .St. .in .Coaldale: I guess." Mrs. Bill Nagy, 251 Cres- cent Ave., Picture Butte: The fair was "pretty nice. I won pretty good at bingo." Mrs. Peggy Reason, 1103 5th Ave. S.: "There weren't quite enough exhibits. I miss- ed the homecrafts." Mrs. Karl Schlemme, 3105 llth Ave. S.: "If you've seen it once, you've seen it all the time. Nothing there could give roe excitement." But not critical yet Library pillars Armyworm count up Bertha armyworms have besn found in a larger num- ber of rapeseed fields in Southern Alberta following a provincial government survey last week. Earlier this month, offi- cials of the Alberta Depart- ment of Agriculture were for the right time to begin spraying operations, primarily in the County of Vulcan. Another infested area ex- pected north of Lethbridge was facing spraying oper- tions but possible early swathing has eased the situa- tion there. Neil Holmes, head of the crop entomology section at the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion, reported armywonns were found in the Glenwood, Spring Coulee, Cardston, Ray- mond and Warner regions. The same survey showed armyworms east to the Tabar and Chin regions, although none could be found in the Wrentham and Foremost re- gions. Dr. Holmes said the army- wonns found in the new areas aren't in sufficient numbers to require spraying "at least for this although farm- ers should maintain a doss watch on their fields. He predicted spraying would start in the Vulcan area in about 10 days, de- pending on the weather con- ditions and the rate of ma- turity of the armyworms- Six months more and then the books can move in. The new Lethbridge Public Library under construction at the corner of 8th St. and 5 Ave. S. is due for completion by .'onuary, 1974. LOCAL FAMILY WINS 3 CARS IN 6 YEARS County farmers eligible for equipment grants County of Lethbridge Ifarm- ers can get up to assist- ance for the purchase of for- age equipment from June 15 to August 31. To 'qualify for the grant, farmers must be actively farming at least 80 acres of land and have purchased the equipment before applying for th? grant. Applications for the grant can be made through the district agriculturist office in the Provincial Administra- tion Building in Lethbridge or in the Agricultural Service Board office in Picture Butte. It is extremely lucky for a person to win an automcbile in a give-away draw. It is very unlikely a member of the same family would a second automobile in its lifetime together, and it is phenomenal for one family to win three cars in six years, but it dees happen. The Lester Martin family, 2228 Mayor Magrath Dr., have proven it can happen in Lethbridge. The f a m i 1 y's winning streak began in 196? when sen Ben won an automobile at a square dance festival. Ben won again in 1969 at the age of 19 when his ticket was picked out of the Kinsmen barrel and he was awarded a Ford Mustang during the Whoop-Up days fair. And mother Mary completed the winning streak, at least for the time being, by winning a Dodge Charger in the Eons- men draw at this year's Whoop-Up fair. Mrs. Martin told The Her- sald she thought it was aJ-" most impossible for tne fam- ily to win again so they didn't even attend the ticket draw Saturday and were just heading to bed when a friend informed them of their good fortune. The Martins were consid- ering the purchase of a sec- ond vehicle so Mrs. Martin could become more active in the community, but they weren't sure they could af- ford it this year. Handicapped press gov't to keep word By JEM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Associations of the handi- capped are beginning to pres- sure the provincial Progres- sive Conservative government to stand behind its 1971 cam- paign platform of making tha problems of the handicapped a priority concern, the director of the Canadian Par- aplegic Association's Calgary region. In an interview with The Herald, Marvin Foulkes said government funding should replace the United Way as the major source of financial assistance for the province's handicapped. The Canadian Paraplegic Association is requesting the same amount of financial as- sistance .from the Lethbridge United Way as in 1972, but hopes government funding wfll reduce the United Ways' contribution in future years, he said. The pressure put on the gov- ernment by tiie handicapped appears to be obtaining posi- tive results. COMMITTEE MET A joint-committee of legis- lators and handicapped sons met in March.for the first time and will be meeting again before and after the fall session of the legislature. The committee hopes to encourage the provincial gov- ernment to improve exist- ing legislation that applies to the handicapped by research- ing the types of problems Al- berta's handicapped have to face and proposing possible government action, said Mr. Foulkes. A survey into the needs of the handicapped in Lethbridge began this month and is to be concluded by the end of August. The association has a list of 35 physically handicapped persons in Lethbridge and is attempting to solicite their opinions as well as the opin- ions of other handicapped persons not on the list. DETERMINE PROBLEMS It is hoped that handicapp- ed persons in the city will assist the survey by offering to fill out the survey question- naire, said Mr. Foulkes. "The intent of the question- naire is not to organize the handicapped, but to try and find out the problems they he said. He listed accommodation, employment, physical bar- riers and transportation as the greatest stumbling blocks faced by the province's handi- capped today. Most apartment buildings are not designed to properly facilitate the handicapped. (Steps, narrow halls and doorways and inaccessible parking lots are some of the obstacles a handicapped per' son must look for when searching for accommoda- tion. In 'Calgary, the Vocation- al and Rehabilitation Re- search Institute has prepared a booklet-form guide that pro- vides an index of Calgary buildings and services acces- sible to the handicapped. The handicapped person is an unknown factor to many employers and as a result they're not willing to employ the person, suggested Mr. Foulkes. The handicapped often doesn't qualify for the com- pany pension plan, the build- ings and warehouse likely aren't accessible, the employ- er is worried that a handi- capped person's physical con- dition may not be stable enough to work an eight hour shift and some employers feel the handicapped may alienate some customers. The result is usually no job.. ".It's not a question of dis- crimination, it's a lack of knowledge about the capabi- lities of the says Mr. Foulkes in explana- tion of the attitude of employ- ers toward the handicapped worker. Physical barriers such as steps, doorways, narrow cor- ridors, inaccessible wash- room facilities and proximi- ty of parking Ms unintention- ally prevent the handicapped from making use of public facilities, Mr. Foulkes claim- ed. Transportation is also a major problem for Che handi- capped in most cities and towns because a person in a wheelchair can't use public transportation systems or taxi cabs and most of, them don't drive vehicles so they rely on friends to trans- port them, he said. Packer applies for move funds City Packers has made ap- plication for funds from the provincial government 'to help it relocate and a de- cision should be reached by the cabinet within a month. Company president Merlin Adams today estimated the cost of a move at mil- lion. "We are trying to stay within the vicinity, of Letb- bridge but we may not be able be said. Mr. Adams said the major problem was finding a site and that he has been looking for five years. Several pos- sible locations have not met government requirements, he said. However, assistant deputy minister of the environment, Gene Kupchanko, sounded more hopeful. There were a "number of alternatives" for a location that would avoid smells from the packing and rendering plant and feed lot plaguing city residents, he said. The province has asked the company for more details on the timing of its move, be said. "We're ready to move right Mr. Adams said. Industries with an apprais- ed plant value of less than million can be granted be- tween 25 and 50 per cent of the cost of the existing plant excluding land costs under a new relocation program for agricultural industries. Garbage often tells a story By JEM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer It's tossed about. thrown out and dumped. To most people it is useless and unfit to handle, but it can reveal a lot about people and their habits. It's garbage to most resi- dents but something more to the men most closely asso- ciated with it. John Robinson has worked with the city for 20 years. 13 of these veers with tie Sani- tation department "People (iuow out everything from A to Z radios, which if you plug them in work better than the ones I have at home, good shirts and suits if they were cleaned and pressed look better than the one you have m." shoes and "socks and a variety of other items. Recently Mr. Robin- son, threw away a box full of bathing suits after finding them in someone's garbage. There was nothing wrong with the sails. His colleague Ron PeJletier said, "I have found parkas in the garbage which my chil- dren could have worn.'1 In the autumn especially, said Mr. Pelletier, a tot of geese and ducks are found the day after they have been shot as is meat that has been cleaned out of deep freezes. Steve Zsovan. who now works in meter maintenance with the city, is a former garbage man. He worked in lie downtown business dis- trict from 1st Street S. to 10ih Street S. 15 years ago. His recollections of nabils then show nothing has changed. People waste ail kinds of material, be said, including "hanis and turkeys that have nercr been unpacked. I have seen as much as 200 to 300 pounds of fish King in the city dump and homeowners are not the only offenders. I've seen restaurants throw away half a roast turkey." Although much of the waste is not accidental, there have been useful items discarded by mistake. Mr. Zsovan recalls an in- cident which cost a busuKss- man about worth of stet- son hate. An employee of a clothing firm placed what be thought was garbage next to a box of garbage in the alley. Wben the city crews cams on their regular rounds, they assum- ed it was garbage and threw it out Only later, when the firm made inquiries, did the employee and the garbage men realize what had hap- pened. I don't think I have too much respect for people who waste like said Mr. Robinson. Mr. PelletJer also express- ed his concern. "Some peo- ple are lucky 'f tbey gel meal a day and people waste like this." be said. "Instead of trying to sell it cheaper to an agency or giving it away Urtnv it Mr. ZsovaTi said refer- ring to discarded food. "My neighbor doesn't fish so wben 1 fish and have some left over I give it to him." Perhaps this could be done more often, he suggested. Although roost people are guilty of waste at some time, people in the poorer areas of the city do net throw away as much garbage of value. "They throw away a lot of straight garbage." said Mr. Robinson, adding "you can tell they are dean people by the type of garbage they throw out. Oscar Zorzetti, who for 17 years has wwked for the de- partment, agrees with Mr. Robinson. In the more pros- perous areas, clothes and cut grass are frequently picked up while in UK poorer neighbor- hoods instead of grass, it's garden scrappangs. WeaHJiy people, garbase men say. also Jeave hazard- ous garbage, such as boxes with bottoms which will not support the more frequentiv than poorer peo- pie. -Air. ZorzeUi and his asso- ciates find their weedier cli- ents are generally less care- ful in putting OTrt theii gar- bage. "Each people put out garbage in dirty he says. "Maybe some people have money but don't want to spend it on the garbage man." Back alley nof everything thrown owoy uielew ;