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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 1, 1973 THE UTHBRIDCE HERALD 11 Lake Louise staff rehearses duties Chateau again awakens LAKE LOUISE, Alta. Awakening Chateau Lake Louise for the summer is al- most like preparing for open- ing night of a play. The talent, 450 staff mem- bers of which 85 per cent are Canadian university students, have been assigned their parts and are rehearsing their duties for the official opening June 8. The dress rehearsal begin- ning in mid-May is actually a pre-season opening of the 360 room summer resort hotel and includes a limited number of guests taking advantage of spe- cial pre season rates. The guests at this time of year range from early season va- cationers "to residents of the surrounding area seeking a re- spite in the mountains in ad- vance of peak holiday period. After a long winter intermis- sion, re-opening of the Chateau is a major task with the whole show under the directorship of General Manager Ted Balder- son. The backdrop, provided by mother nature consists of world famous Lake Louise and Vic- toria Glacier. But despite any opening day jitters the. staff may have or any temptation to just gaze at the scenery, with everyone working together Hie show is sure to come off a success. The parts for students in this un- usual drama range from bell- boys, groundsmen and house- men to waitresses, chamber- maids and elevator operators: Other staff have the perman- ent parts, returning year after year. Eoy Kendall, chief engineer, has one of the major roles in bringing the Chateau to life after the winter. He is in charge of turning on the heat and water. Mr. Kendall and his staff must check every radiator in the hotel, plus those in tb3 three staff residences, for any whiter damage. Job completed the steam is turned on in a step-by-step pro- cess carefully warming the lines, "as they are all below zero in explains Mr. Kendall. !t takes three days to achieve normal room temperature once the steam valve has been fully released, he added. Turning on the water supply sometimes presents a chal- lenge, said Mr. Kendall, "even though there is plenty of it." This year because of a heavy snowfall and low spring tem- peratures, it was necessary at first to pump water to the hotel from Lake Agnes feet above Lake Louise. As wanner weather arrives, the water runs freely into a catch basin and into an eight inch pipeline which directs the water into the hotel's reservoir. On the way to the reservoir the water is chlorinatsd and treated according to govern- ment regulations. Wandering about other parts of the hotel previous to the offi- cial opening one notices steady progress as plumbing and elec- trical works are being checked Oops! Sorry about that! It's sometimes hard to decipher what needs dusting and what doesn't at Chateau Lake Louise. Kathy Smiley, an arts student at York University in. Toronto decided the vase needed it but oops it's Bill Downes, operator of the boat house, relaxing in the lobby. Hotels photo) and repaired. Crews are busy touching up walls and ceilings, painting and hallways and restoring refinishing wood- work. They're replacing over 500 ligbtbulbs and taking shut- ters off of the huge picture windows in the lobby and din- ing rooms which overlook the lake and glacier. The shutters on the north side of the main dining room covering 15 foot high windows remain a little longer as the snow takes longer to melt in the shaded area. A favorite pastime with the staff has been to guess at what date the snow will all be gone. Besides cleaning and putting fresh linen in the entire hotel the housekeeping staff also find themselves chasing out regis- tered guests, mainly squirrels. Len Scott, the chef, has oper- ations well under control in the kitchen. He's busy ordering food, rewriting menus, setting delivery dates for the food and hiring and training his staff to "CP Hotel's standards." Bill Downes of Toronto is temporarily operating eleva- tors for the staff. Mr. Downes is in charge of the boat house and within a few days will be- gin the task of preparing the canoes for the season which usually begins the first week in June. Hiking and sightseeing trails are opening up and short- ly, so will the outdoor swim- ming pool and nine-hole putting green. Rosemary Downes Is busy- stocking shelves. She is in charge of three of the hotel'! boutiques. MAJOR RENOVATION In addition to the normal re- opening activities this spring, a major renovation program was in its final stages. The program to increase dining and lounge facilities includes a new Dick Turpin's pub done in ye old English Tu- dor style decor, remodelling and expansion of a self-service cafeteria and the addition of specialty restaurant and cock- tail lounge. Looking again at the stage as it nears opening day, the Chateau looks more and more like the small community it is in full operation. Best of all though, the scenery around the Chateau has warmed up. The turquoise tinge on Lake Louise is there. The newly land- scaped terraces around the hotel will soon bear Icelandic poppies. And the coundown be- gins for June 8 when the hoteV- will be ready to welcome, guests for the summer. The Chateau is located on the'- Trans Canada Highway, 1201 miles from Calgary Interna- tional Airport and one and half mil'ss from Lake Loirisfc- station on CP Rail's main transC continental railway line. Ostrich chicks emerge from eggs If these hatching eggs look big, it's because they are each one 24 times the size of a hen's egg. They're ostrick eggs and that's a new-born ostrich chick the children are holding. Photo was taken near Oudt- shoorn, capital of South Afri- ca's ostrich farming region 50 miles inland from the Indian 327-2111 IS THE NUMBER OF THE STUDENT MANPOWER CENTRE WHERE STUDENTS SHOULD REGISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYERS CAN HIRE STUDENTS. IT'S EASYI JUST CALL 327-2111 Ocean and mid-way between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Ostriches are raised in the main for their feathers, which today sell for about a pound, far below the peak of a pound in 1900 but still enough to make ostrich farming a pro- fitable business. Some 200 farmers raise os- triches in the Oudtshoorn re- gion and in total own about birds. The area is a growing tour- ist center, not only because oi the ostriches (several farms cater particularly to but because of the nearby Cango Caves, which are more than a million years old and reputed to be the most spec- ataculr caverns in the world. Last year, a record Ca- nadians visited South Africa, a rise of about 27 per cent over 1971. and 79 per cent higher than the total for 1970. DISNEYLAND TOUR (July 14 and Aug. 4) 14 days, transportation and accomodation Ponderosa Ranch, San Francisco, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Holly- wood and Las Vegas. EASTERN CANADA AUTUMN LEAVES LUXURY TOUR (Sept. 4) 24 days, transportation and accomodation Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul. TOURS ESCORTED BY STEVE KOTCH REST ROOM, AIR CONDITIONED "AQUILA" Book Now Limittc! number el available NORTHERN BUS TOURS PHONE 327-3536 LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. Jordanian resort below sea level By STEPHEN SOMERVILLE SUWAIMEN, Jordan (Reu- ter) It's a curious feeling to sit on the promenade of a sea- side resort and realize that you are 700 feet below sea level. It is even stranger if you re- flect that you are sitting on one of the front lines of the VJddle East conflict, and yet the only uniform in sight is the white shirt of the waiter who is fetching your Turkish coffee. This is the slightly unreal situation which tourists will be able to experience at a new resort being built here by Jordan on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. King Hussein's government is promoting the project in order to take the place of Jor- dan's former Dead Sea resort, just a mile or so across the water, which has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 war. Work is under way on a new road to open up the deserted eastern shore of the 45-mile inland sea, which separates Jordan and Israel by up to 10 miles at its widest point. Jordanian city dwellers have not been waiting for the road-builders. Since military restrictions were lifted on the area last year, scores of taxis and buses from Amman have been bouncing down a rutted dirt track every Friday to get to the sea. Most of the families flock to the free public beach, where they cook their own food in the open and picnic along the shore. For those who afford 200 fils (about 62 cents) per car, there is a new recreation centre with a hotel under con- struction, a seafront prome- nade, cold drinks and fresh- water es- sential after a bathe in the stinging salt-laden waters. The Dead Sea is so bitter that no fish can live in it. A sixth century mosaic discov- ered not far from here shows fish doing a sharp about-turn in the Jordan River to avoid being carried down into it. Even birds are said to avoid flying over it. For human beings, on the contrary, the Dead Sea has considerable attractions, par- ticularly in a mainly desert land like Jordan. For the inhabitants of Amman, it is a pleasant ex- cursion spot during the winter months when the capital, at 3.000 feet above sea level, is cold and often wet. Here the winter is comfortably warm, although summer can be fiercely hot. There is unsinkable bathing in the buoyant waters. You can even float in a sitting pos- ition and read a newspaper if you feel so inclined. For travellers with a sense of history, there is the spec- tacular backdrop of the red- brown mountains of Moab, where the Bible says Moses died at the end of his wander- ings and Salome danced with the head of John the Baptist. For Palestinians, the site has more recent emotional significance. This is the near- est many of them can get to their lost homeland on the oc- cupied west bank of the Jor- dan River. Despite the politically charged situation, the visitor finds a scene of total calm, with no military trappings in sight. A few miles to the north, Jordanian and Israeli garri- sons face each other across the Jordan River, but the val- ley has been generally quiet since the last Palestinian commandos were expelled from the kingdom in 1971. The only disturbance of the peace these days comes from the bulldozers levelling out the new road and the con- struction work that has just started on a 100-room hotel to attract future tourists. Passport Photos Candid Wtddlngi Picture Framing Photo A. L CROSS STUDIO 328-0111 710 3rd S. Phone 328-0222 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Eoy. 8.C., Holfwoy end Vancouver Trans-Canada moil nut e brochure. Namt Enjoy a Carefree Sunflight Holiday mnzHnnn HHUJRII Mexico's most beautiful The paradise of the holiday area. 2 weeks from Yfc O w Pacific. 2 weeks from Fly P.W.A. private jets... while you enjoy our complimentary m-flight meals and bar. You have a choice of excellent hotels, too! All with air-conditioned accommodation. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FREE COLOUR BROCHURE -CALL: ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Phone 328.3201 ALBERTA BLUE CROSS PLAN Effective July 1973, Blue Cross is introducing a new Deductible-Free, Co-Insurance-Free Group Contract. Members enrolled in Groups that select the new Contract will be reim- bursed under the terms of the contract for exoense incurred for the following: Hospital (semi or private room) Ambulance Artificial Limbs and Braces Accidental Dental Care Prescription Drugs Clinical Psychologist Home Nursing Care Naturopathic Services There is no limit on Hospital Services Benefifs. There is an overall Benefit limit for any one illness or disability imder all Other Services. Benefits are available from the first dollar of expense incurred due to the absence of a deductible ond prescription drugs are reimbursed Monthly rates for the new Group Contract are as follows: SINGLE CLASS 41 3.40 FAMILY CLASS 42 6.80 For further information on our new offering, please complete and mail coupon below. TO; The Alberta Blue Cross Plan, 10025 108th Street, EDMONTON, Alberta. T5J 1K9 NAME OF COMPANY ATTENTION OF ADDRESS CITY OR TOWN NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES D Check if your firm is presently enroled in the standard Blue Cross Group Plan. ALBERTA BLUE CROSS PLAN ;