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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, July, 27, 1973 Long weekend each month with Perpetual Calendar By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Thirty days has Novem- ber, April, June and Sep- February has 28 alone and all the rest have 31, but not for long if a 69- year-old Hawaiian has Ms way. Dr. W. E. Edwards has made his lifetime objective and hobby one of replacing the present calenar with a fixed-date calendar he orig- inated in 1919. The Perpetual Calendar, Dr. Edwards' label for it, shows Monday rather than Sunday as the first day of the week. Every month has 30 or 31 days, each year con- sists of four equal quarters of 9i days each, common payroll days, the 1st and the 15th. are always weekdays and Easter would fall on the same day each year (April Dr. Edwards, during an interview with The Herald in Lethbridge, claimed his calendar fits the actual practice of modem day lif; because it shows Saturday and Sunday as the weekend or last days of the week and has statutory holidays fall- ing on the same day of the week each year. PRESENTED TO UN It is also his intention to have holidays adjusted to a fixed Monday so each month would contain one thres-day holiday weekend. He claims to have obtain- ed Vatican approval in 1963 for a fixed date for Easter and has presented the calen- dar plan to the United Na- tions. Dr. Edwards has proposed the Perpetual Calendar to several world leaders and received press coverage in many different languages throughout the world. While leafing through doz- ens of newspaper clippings and letters of support for the calendar, he loudly boasted of having obtained the sup- port of the international Chamber of Commerce, ho- tel and travel agencies and several of the world airlines. The calendar was present- ed to the U.S. Houst of Rep- resentatives March 22 for proposed adoption in 1978. However, it has been in- troduced yearly into the House of Representatives since 1943. Many unions and em- ployee associations have also expressed interest in the Perpetual Calendar be- cause it provides a more constant work year with the quarters, half years and years equaj in their respec- tive lengths. LEAP YEAR DAY The years are kept con- stant by having "a day apart" every four years which is called "Leap Year Day" on the Perpetual Cal- endar and wciJd be de- clared an international holi- day. It would be located be- tween Sunday, June 31, and Monday, July 1, and rather than carry a name of a day in the week it would simply be called Leap Year Day. The same would apply to the first day 'of each year which would precede Mon- day, Jan. 1, and recognize as day zero or New Year Day. It. would also be an interna- tional holiday while Jan. 1, would be a work day. The day apart allows each year to have four equal quarters of 13 full weeks with 26 possible workdays, plus Sundays, in each month. Superstitious types are ex- pected to give the Perpetual Calendar overwhelming sup- port becouse it eliminates the feared At the age of 16 in a class- room of students studying the history of the Romans, Willard Edwards first op- posed the logic of the pres- ent civil calendar. His in- structor s a r c a s t ically in- quired if he thought he could make a better one and the classroom rumbled with laughter. After an in-depth study of the origin of the present cal- endar and hours of experi- mentation, young Willard presented the world with a "more practical calendar" and has been toying to con- vince civilization to use it ever since. "It is gaming acceptance slowly but surely, but I will not likely see it become a reality during my says Dr. Edwards -even though he still hopes it will ba adopted before he dies. Offset system The Goss Urbaniie offset press, which will begin printing the Lethbridge Herald late this summer, is capable of printing at the rate of issues per hour. The copies travel along the eaterpiliar-like conveyor to the circulation department where it is dis- tributed to readers. Chemicals replace lead When tiie tethbridge. Her- ald converts to offset printing late this summer, the most noticeable result of the new process to the average read- er will be the sharper print and crisp pictures. But to the men in the back- shop, the new process means a whole new world. Quietiy humming computers will re- place chattering linotypes, and the pungent smell of photographic chemicals will replace the acrid odor of melting lead. Employees in the Herald's mechanical departments are undergoing extensive retrain- ing, says Tom Adams, gener- al manager of the paper, since the new process bears so little resemblance to the old method of printing. The present system, letter- press, has been conventional in newspapers for the better part of a century. Type is cast in lead slugs and put to- gether in chases. Curved plates which fit onto press rollers are moulded from the flat chases, and the image is transferred directly onto the paper. In offset printing, type is set photographically on paper by computer-controlled type- setting equipment at the rate of up to 150 lines per minute. Linotype machines are cap- able of about four lines a min- ute when operated manually, and up to 10 lines a minute when run by paper tape. The type, along with head- lines and illustrations, are pasted onto a dummy page. The completed page is photo- graphed to obtain a nega- tive. The image from the negative is burned onto a sen- sitized aluminum plate which is wrapped around a cylin- der on the press. The image from the plate is transferred to a roller which in turn transfers it to the paper. The new press, a Goss Ur- banite, is capable of printing 64 pages at a time. Full color illustrations can also be printed with near-magazine quality. Mr. Adams noted that al- though the Herald's basic for- mat won't change with the' conversion to offset printing, the result will be easily dis- cerned by the reader as the quality of printing will be vastly improved. Cost of the conversion, in- cluding an addition to the Herald building, is about SI.3 million, be said. Campsites in city need expansion By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer Consideration will be given to improving city camping facilities when the 1974 bud- get is being planned in Aug- ust and September, city man- ager Tom Nutting said Thurs- day'. But problems in use of ad- ditional land at Henderson Lake and in making available sites for additional camp- grounds must be overcome before improvement of camp- ing facilities can ba made. Expansion of the city own- ed campsite at Henderson Lake wffl depend on the availability or land east of the campground now usad by the Exhibition biard but owned by the dty, Mr. Nutting told The Herald. "There has been a history of conflict between council and the exhibition board but it is ha said, "to eval- uate expansion of the camp- ground with a view of plans for the exhibition. "Since the use of this land hcs not been toe city has the responsibility to determine one or two al- ternate locations for public or private development of a campsite. There is a lot of land available for of campsites in Wsst Letii- bridge if the area selected is planned for future develop- ment." APPLICATIONS REJECTED A number of applications to erect campsites have been made during the past two years, said Mr. Nutting, but they have been turned away because areas selected were in the river valley, in an area designated by the city as a nature preserve. The river valley develop- jnent report, adopted by coun- cil ia 1971, recommends that resource area 17, as it was cal-ed, be used as a recrea- tion area, and not be devel- oped for commercial use. The area is bounded en the south by the high; level bridge, 'on the west by Old Man River and on the east by Highway 3. The report was approved in principle and instruction was given for a development scheme to be proposed. If a suitable location can be found, it does not matter who builds the campsite, Mr. Nutting said, so long as the builder makes provisions for adequate facilities on the site. One of the terms that must be met, he said, is providing adequate space, a situation viMch does not exist now at Henderson Lake campsite and causes overcrowding. Henderson Lake campsite dees not have adequate space to handle the number of campers seeking accomoda- tion. according to caretaker Henry Jenkins who says that people are being turned away every day. Henderson Lake camp- ground has facilities for 36 trailer hook ups and 70 tents and trailers without hook ups, but there have been only a few nights during July when the site has not been fuH by 6 p.m., said Mr. Jenkins. A check at 9 p.m. Thurs- day showed only a-few er spots available, tent spaces wen all taken by 7 p.m., according to Mr. Jenkins. Campers turned away from Henderson Lake can either stay in a motel or camp at River Valley Wayside Camp- site west of the city. Campers are charged per night there but there ara no trailer hook ups and only outdoor toilets are provided. OLD WOOD STOVE There are five barbecues, and three picnic tables situat- ed in the main camping area along the river, as well as two tables in a large open field west of the site. The field, where one camper was spotted Thursday, .has no shade at all. There is a camp kitchen equipped with an old wood stove covered with rust. The campsite has room for about 25 campers. Mere coa'd be accommodated in the field to the west. Fewer campers are using the river valley campsite this year, said Mr. Jenkins, likely because of the lack of. facil- ities. At Henderson. Lake camp- site business is running on a par wi-a 1972, he estimates. Last sumrnsr, campers in tents and trail- ers used the facilities. Figures to date this year are not avail- able. A survey of six campers at Henderson Lake showed most were satisfied with the facil- ities, and liked the camp-. ground's central location. "It is handy to swimming pools and said Mrs.' Gordon Brooks of Win- nipeg. Mrs. Gordon Blimkie, of Grande Prairie liked the entrance fee that was charged for the trailer without a nook up. But most of the com- plaints were based on the lack of space at the camp- site. TRAFFIC LINE-UPS Mrs. Brooks said she thought the campground could be larger. Only an early arrival prevented the Brooks's from being turned away, she said. Robert Powe of Moose Jaw liked the campground but said there should be more room at the entrance. With cars and trail-re parked at the office, and two lines of traffic moving, lines build up at the entrance to the camp- ground, he said. Wreford Lacey of Edmon- ton said he would recommend the campground to .anyone but that it needs another washroom. The campground now has two. But, he added, the campground could be larger. Belleville visitor Carmen Coon was impressed by Che "beautiful location" and said tte campsite was as good as cay. perhaps a little bet- ter than most be bad stayed in. Guatemala officials here to seek trade agreement Two members of the Gua- temala agriculture depart- ment will meet with Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer today in Calgary to seak market exchanges with the province. J. Guillermo Gonzales Men- cos, director of livestock acd agricultural programs for Guatemala and Enrique Her- rera. bead of the animal hus- bandry section, incorporated with meeting a tr.ip throughout Alberta seck- hg possible livestock pur- chases to improve Ifce dairy and beef cattle herds in their country. Mr. Herrera said in an in- terview that they are inter- ested in looking at all aspects of the livestock industry in Alberta, including artificial insemination, feeding and crossbreeding programs. He said Guatemala would like to import cattle and frozen semen from Alberta. In their talks with Dr. Hor- TJCT. the men tnll try to es- tablish a trade in coffee, ba- nanas, cotton, textiles, leath- er goods, fmuiUuc, rubber end fresh all ma- jor export items in their country. Grain corn, a relatively new crop in Southern Al- berta, interested the men from Guatemala since it is one of the main crops in that country. With about 52 inches of rain three grain corn crops can be grown. Tbe first yield is about 130 to 140 bushels per acre with the second crop yielding naif that total end the third crop about SO per cent. Burglars gel nothing BaTglsrs left empty-handed sfter breaking and entering two caly businesses late -last niebl and early this morning. A window on an overhead door was broken to gain en- trance to Purity Bottling Ltd., 2929 Ave. N., and desks were ransacked. Entrance to the T and T coffee shop, 1906 2nd Ave. S., was made after a screen window was ripped. ;