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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE IETHBRIDG EMERALD Monday, July 16, 1971 Fair prize winners Having his ticket drawn for tie gold bar Saturday at Whoop-Up Days "cinches" a trip to England next spring for Cecil Gordon. Mr Gordon, 1009 12 th St. S. said he and his wife Dorothy had planned to visist her home- land for six weeks and now the trip is a sure thing. Mr. Gordon, an employee for 22 years of the post office, is best known for his work with the Lethbridge division of the Canadian Cancer Society. He is past president of the or- ganization and the 1971 cam- paign chairman. ___________ Citv makes more, more use of data Mr Findlav even predicts Will the a By HERB JOHNSON Staff Writer A central theme in the folk- lore surrounding computers is the mistake of monumental proportions, usually involving a paycheque for million or a bill for a similarly huge amount. The chances of human error being magnified by an obe- dient computer are present in Lethbridge as the city hall ad- ministration makes ever in- creasing use of modern data- processing methods. As a matter of fact, there has already been one example of "a real lulu" in the city payroll. Finance Director Alli- Findlav tells the story of a paycheque for that almost (but not quite) went to a man who was expecting the usual a pleasant sur- prise for the intended recipient had it not been noticed in Mr Findlay is quick to add that 'the payroll system has since been modified to catch this type of error. The corn- outer now prints out a list o[ all paycheques of more than and it is a simple mat- te to subject this list to the icrutiny of a human observer He is equally fast in pointing out that it is human error that causes the computer to foul up and it is up to the persons de- signing the system to make i foolproof. The city has gradually been assigning more and more func tions to a local data process ing firm since 1966, and in each case the city and the firm keep dual records for the first few months, just to make sure everything is running smooth- The latest administrative chore to become modernized is utility bills. The way Mr. Findlay describes it, the old process for handling these bills was incredibly tedious, boring work. A considerable amount of manual labor was involved adding figures, transf erring figures from one page to another, checking figures. Then came the mechanical process of putting the actual bill together and getting it mailed out with the right ad- dress on it. With the computer all that is needed is to send the meter readings to the data process- ing firm. A girl punches the new reading and its classuica- ion onto a tape and the com- puter (which remembers the old reading) does the rest. Assessment department op- erations have also been streamlined. Storage of the record cards used to be a head- ache city hall was fairly bulging with them. Now the same information is contained on three discs. One man can carry two of them easily. At the present time eight dif- ferent jobs have been given to the computerized process. And it is likely that more jobs will be found for it in the future. Mr. Findlay says the police department is a good example of an area where the com- puter would be a useful tool City hall management, too might use such methods to gather accurate information on which to base administrative decisions. Mr. Findlay even predicts he day may come when com- puterized financial records ;athered from all across Can- ada would give the federal government a monthly picture of municipal spending. Al- though it's a "Utopian project" right now, planning is under way CELEBRATES 70th BIRTHDAY Will the city ever buy its own computer and do the work itself? Probably not, at least not for some toe. Eight now it is much cheaper to contact the work to a local firm which, through volume business, can do it much more cheaply. _ As an example of the saving Mr Findlay points to one job that cost the city a year for staff and equipment. By contracting it, the cost is cut to The total city con- tract is for this year. There are also savings m terms of space (which is in short supply at city hall) and staff. Above all, says Mr. Findlay, the system works and it's on time. Rapeseed tour on Tuesday The first official results of growing rapeseed under irriga- tion conditions will be shown to ths public Tuesday with a field day starting at 2 p.m. at the Vauxhall sub-station. Aimed at any interested per- sons now growing or anticipat- ing growing rapeesed with ir- rigation, the field day will deal with specifi-: areas of research in irrigatior techniques (tuning and amounts) and fertilizer trials (rates and application The varieties Span and Echo ill be compared under these conditions. Research station personne from Lethbridge will be o hand to discuss the work at the sub-station one mile south- west of Vauxhall. After turning west from Highway 36, one mile south of the town, signs will guide in- terested persons to the site. News of his win came Satur- day from his daughter Patri- cia; 19, who phoned home from the fair grounds immediately after hearing the news. The Junior Chamber of com- merce, sponsors of the bar draw, contacted him about five minutes later. For Lucy Malec, 237 20th St. N., winning one of the two cars Lethbridge Kinsmen Oars, was the first win ever for the Malec family. The family hdd two tickets on the cars. When they were telephoned of tteir good luck about p.m. Saturday, they thought a practical joker was on the other end of the line. The Malecs had planned to buy a new car next spring, and currently do not own one. Miss Malec, whose ticket was icked first, decided on the 1971 Cougar. The second ticket picked rought a 1971 Vega to Mr. and Urs. B. J. Thorlacius, a re- tired Leth-bridge couple neither of whom can drive. Mr. Tholacius, 514 27th St. S., said this morning it was the irst win for them and they wer.e "very pleased." A Sasktchewan couple who moved to the city about six years ago, they will sell me car and use the money to sup- plement their pensions. BARBECUE HELD PICTURE BUTTE Board members of the north regional recreation board met recently at Keho Lake. A barbecue and discussion on recreation were held. Turkey ivinners A fresh barbacued turkey was drawn for each day in a booth at Whoop Up Days sponsored by the Southern Al- berta Poultry Producers Coun- cil and the Alberta Turkey (rowers Marketing Board. Winners were: Monday Mrs. Arlene Flickinger, 1237 13 Ave. N.; Tuesday Mrs. E. Kay, 1249 5 Ave. S.; Wednes- dav Mrs. H. Heathcot, 1706 Lakepoint Road; Thursday Kindra Box 24, Seven Persons; Friday, Mrs. J. M. Egan, 1804 22 St. S.; and Sat- urday Mary Kosaka, 1601 2 Ave. A N. SEE FREDDIE'S oil your barn and house joint requirements. Discount prices on all paints Including jam and shingle paints. THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL Moore't Special Exterior White. Gallon See Ths Idea People For Expert Advice FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. Ave. S. Ph. 327-5540 damage One minor injury and damage resulted from two car collisions Sunday. Cars driven by Jo Ann Demaree McDonnell and Bret John Brooks, both of Leth- bridge, collided at the intersec- tion of 12th Ave. and 20th St. S. shortly before 9 p.m. Lloyd McDonnell of Warner, a passenger In the McDonnell car, received a bump on the head, but was not taken to hos- pital. Damage totalled Damage totalling re- sulted when cars driven by Dirk Clayton Ordze, 1516 Ash Grove Blvd., and Robert Locke Blair of Picture Butte, collided at the intersection of Mayor Magrath Drive and 7th Ave shortly after 3 p.m. SUMMER 606-tOS 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 WANTED-TOP MECHANIC Salary to for right man. Mainly tuneup and wheel alignment. All inquiries strictly confidential. APPLY BRIAN ROELOFS NORTH LETHBRIDGE MO-TIRES EVENINGS 328-4869 nday, July 18th, 1971 was memorable occasion for Mrs. ssia Nelson of 801 14 Street uth, Lethbridge, as she was noured by a surprise birthday rty commemmorating her 7Utn rthday. Over 175 friends and [olives attended from White ock, B.C., Calgary, Milk River, outts, Warner, Aden, Carman- ay, Masinasin, and lethbridge enjoy the relaxing Garden arty throughout the afternoon, rs Nelson wos born, July loth, 901 in Pelican Falls, Minnesota, S.A. and was raised in the elican Rapids, Minnesota area. 1910, still a young girl, she oved to Canada with her par- nts and the family settled in the outts orea wher they farmed or several years. Mrs. Nelson married the late Mr. Louie Nel- on, June 29th 1920 in Milk iver. As a young couple they n the Coutts orea and in 1928 noved to Milk River. Mr. Nelson, eceased 1967, was the mayor f Milk River for seven years and also managed the North Star ervice station and later the ocker Plant in Milk River. lethbridge became home for hem in 1950 and Mrs. Nelson still takes pride in running her lomo and garden. She has two sons, Cecil, of White Rock, B.C., Archie of leth- bridge, one daughter, Gladys Calgary, 10 grandchil- dren and 2 great grandchildren. Mrs. Nelson was a practical nurse until her retirement In 1965 and is a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lethbridge and a member of the C.W.I. Her ton Archie, made the party arrangements and acted as host to all who attended. COIEMAN 2 BURNER CAMP STOVE Mfgs. list Price 26.75. SPECIAL COIEMAN 40 QT. METAL COOLER CHEST Mfgs. list Price 27.95. SPECIAL COIEMAN DURO-BOND WATER JUG 128-ounce size Mfgs. lilt 5.75. SPECIAL STYROFOAM 40 GR. COOLER CHEST Re, 3 SPECIAL STEROFOAM 26 qt. Reg. 1.69. SPECIAL....... .29 18 in. BARBEQUE with Tripod Stand 4.41 SPECIAL DELUXt PUP TENT (S. E. Woods) Sewn in canvas floor. .95 DELUXE HIKER TENT 7'x7'x5' with sewn in canvas floor. Mfg. Price 49.00. SPECIAL floor. 32 5000 BTU AIR CONDITIONER lures. Pushbutton controls, 'idol operation. Moves large volume, of air. Germjc.dal filter, sealed system carries 5 year warranty 177 .75 6000 BTU TRAVELAIRE ROOM COOLER 197.75 18 Ibs. Durable galvanized steel cabinet metallic beige baked on enamel finish 49 16 ROYAL HAWAIIAN PERFUMES INCLUDING WICKED WAHINE MAI TAI ROYAL LEI Exclusively of MERLE NORMAN COSMETIC BOUTIQUE COLLEGE MALL 328-1525 "Home of Personal Beauty Plan li't 25.00. SPECIAL FOLDING CAMP COT with mattress. A.95 Reg. 14.95 SPECIAL 5 WEB CAMPER TOURIST TENT 9' x 9' x 7'- Inside Assembled (S. E. Woods) sewn in canvas Ad-95 Mfgs. list Price 66.00. SPECIAL TV ROUND CASUAL PATIO TABLE 1.89 BALANCE OF SWIM FINS, MASKS, LIFE JACKETS 25% Off BALANCE OF BASEBALL EQUIPMENT CHAISE LOUNGE 30% Off Rig. 11.95 SPECIAL Bati, Gloves, Protective! Equipment SKIPPING ROPES "180 370 TINY TIM CHILD'S SLEEPING BAG .............................4-95 DOWNTOWN 606-608 3rd AVE. S., PHONE 327-5767 Uw Hoyt'i own convenient credit or your "CHAROBC" Cord ;