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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THI IfTHMIDGI HMAID June 13, 1973 Additional tax suggested Technician setting up monitor John Torneby of Calgary checks device near city hall Lethbridge air will be monitored by gov't environment department Paterson renovations face 810 deficit By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Alberta's department of the environment will be taking a closer look at Lethbridge's air from now on. Five metering boxes were set up in the city Tuesday af- ternoon to record the total dustfall on the city each month, the amounts of hydrog- en sulphide in the air and the total sulfation all sulphur compounds in the city's air. Provision has been made for Installation of three other mea- suring devices in the future. The five installed Tuesday are located in West Lethbridge, at the Lethbridge Community Col- lege, near city hall, near Moun- tain Minerals and adjacent to Stafford Drive, south of the sanitary landfill. The devices are very un- sophisticated, worth about each. They consist of a locked metal box with vented sides. Inside are two jars with chem- icals which react with hydrog- en sulphide and aft other sul- phur compounds. The total dustfall monitor is a simple device consisting of a 48-ounce juice can affixed to the top of the cages and a plas- tic juice container inside that for measuring the dust. Technicians of the air quality control branch, division of pol- lution control, department of the environment, will travel here from Calgary every month to check the monitors and record the results. The other monitoring device in the city is a high-volume sampler located at St. Mi- chael's Hospital. The unit sucks 40 cubic feet of air a second through a filter over a 24-hour period once a week. The filter is analysed to de- termine total dust load, the amount of lead in the air from gasolines and the benzo-a- pyrene content, a cancer-caus- ing material resulting from combustion in cars, diesel bus- es, furnaces and fires. The filters are sent to Alber- ta Environment's pollution con- trol lab in Edmonton for anal- ysis. Despite their crudeness, the monitoring devices set up Tuesday are being used exten- sively in United States cities with good results, said Phil Ullrnan, head of the Southern Alberta branch of the pollution control division. Jerry Lack, head of the air quality control branch for Al- berta, said the monitors "will determine if there is a problem in Lethbridge we're not aware of." The government's aim. he said, is to keep Alberta's atmo- sphere at the same level in fu- ture generations it was in 1972. Mr. Lack said his depart- ment, with 30 employees, spends an average of a year for air pollution moni- toring and enforcement. The branch has about in- vested in monitoring equipment and more equipment purchases are being considered. Calgary and Edmonton have the majority of the equipment so far. OFY project attempting to start consumer group A local Opportunities For Youth project intends to lay the groundwork for a per- manent consumer's group in" Lethbridge. The Consumer Investiga- tion and Aid group has book- ed Gym 2 of the Civic Sports Centre for 8 p.m. June 18 as a meeting place for city resi- dents interested in organizing a consumer group. Sally Merchant, of Edmon- ton, consumer counsellor with the federal department of con- sumer and corporate affairs, will be guest speaker at the meeting. The OFY project has set up a monitor on consumer pro- ducts in the city for the sum- mer. From an office at 542 7th St. S., the nine University of Lethbridge students also op- erate a complaint line through which local con- sumers can make known their dissatisfaction with local ser- vices and products bought in city stores. By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Renovations and expansion to Gilbert School- first suggested to public trus- tees eight years ago now face further delay and a deficit. Trustees Tuesday said they w-ill investigate the situation, promised a special meeting of the board at Gilbert Pater- son before June 30 and sug- gested a minor tax hike may be needed to overcome lack of funds. Included in the project, as proposed by local architects Lurie and Neufeld, are: a new library and gymnasium, renovations, 000; professional fees, 000; f u r n i ture, equipment and site development, 000; electrical services, fire alarm and intercom, Cost of the total pro- ject will be per square foot. Guidelines set by the-de- partment of education list S15.50 per square foot as a feasible rate. Lethbridge trustees were told the Calgary separate board recently received a bid for construction of a new ele- mentary school at per square foot. That bid has been forward- ed to local trustees as an example cf "adequate build- ing" by Education Minister Lou Hyndman. Lethbridge trustees said Tuesday they are not satis- fied the Calgary price could meet needs at Gilbert Pater- son. "We should be satisfied that this school (Paterson) is in the right place to exist for another 20 years. "We will never get those needs met any cheaper than today. You cannot avoid your trustee Reg Turner said. Board chairman Dr. Doug McPherson said trustees no choice but to find the money needed for construc- tion. "If we really believe this facility needs to be renovated to this extent, then we just have to find the money. "If we don't, we might as well forget the whole issue. I personally think that it has to be. Before the month is out, we have to resolve Dr. McPherson said. A delegation of trustees wOl travel to Edmonton be- fore June 30 to discuss the matter with provincial offi- cials. If no solution can be found from the department of edu- cation, Dr. McPherson sug- gested, a minor tax hike may have to be levied against Lelhbridge ratepayers. The board committee, in- cluding Mr. Turner, architect Sam Lurie and secretary M. V. Crumley, is also ex- pected to inspect the Calgary school bid in that city. Paterson principal G. Ivan Millar, who attended Tues- day's meeting with vice-prin- cipal Ernie Davvson, listed nine priority items for ac- tion- Physical education "In 1973-74 the school will have 30 home rooms. If each class was provided with 120 min- utes of physical education, 90 periods would be required. Only 33 periods can be sched- uled in the existing gymnasi- um." Library "The library is now housed in three class- rooms. The librarian .has little time to acquaint chil- dren with the world of books or for teaching library skills." Science "At present the science facilities consist of two standard-size classrooms each containing one Bunsen burner and one cold water tap. These were acknowl- edged as inadequate by the department of education in 1866." Band "The present band roam is very small. Acousti- cal qualities leave much to be desired. The last two band instructors have both com- plained of hearing loss di- rectly attributable to high noise level in this room." Art "The present art fa- cility has little storage space. More is needed." pres- ent suite lacks cohesive rela- tionships and offers little or no privacy. members of the clerical staff work in a storage room." Home economics "Fa- cilities are operating beyond capacity. If over-crowding is continued, the program will have to be curtailed." Industrial arts "A two- station shop will have to be required if all boys in Grade 8 are to continue having shop." Staff room "Staff com- mon room is doubling as a work room. H a work room is provided, the staff room could be upgraded to serve as a barely adequate lounge area." All points listed by Mr. Millar were first presented to Lethbridge public trustees in 1965 by superintendent L.. H. Bussard. Mr. Bussard, at that time, recommended ren- ovations. Public board supports family life education Less than a month after Letbbridge separate school trustees denounced a family life education program of the Alberta Medical Association as and "pro- the city's public trustees have support for the plan. Members o'f the Lethbridge public board Tuesday said the program is vital to a total education system. They went as far as advo- cating the project as early as Grade 7, not Grade 8 as sug- gested by the AMA. The AMA program, now before Education Minister Lou Hyndman and Health Minister Neil C r a w f ord, states family life education- including contraceptive coun- selling be introduced to Alberta's junior high schools. "I think we should think Trustees vote to allow teachers Jewish holidays Approval of Jewish holi- days, for teachers of that faith in Lethbridge public schools, was given by local trustees Tuesday with only minor opposition. Members of the public school board to allow Jewish holidays for those teachers desiring to observe holy tradition but only if those teachers pay the cost of substitute personnel during their absence. In addition, trustees said teachers taking Jewish holi- days must Isave "adequate classroom work" for thsir re- placement to continue with students. Trustee Reg Turner, who voted for the proposal, said he does not favor the idea. "I'm not in favor of this at all. Are they willing to work on days when Christians take Mr. Turner said. He was supported by trus- tee Carl Johnson, who ex- pressed concern that other religious faiths within the school system might request' equal treatment. "We mustn't forg.-t that we have other religious fauhs that have holidays oa still ether Mr. Johnson ssid. The board's decision was prompted by a letter from W. E. Saende, principal of Agnes Davidson School. Mr. Saende said holidays shown on the Hsbrsw calen- dar, not the Roman calendar most often used for business purposes, stipulate he must "refrain from servib work" at these times. Eight days are involved during the school year. It is not known how many teachers of the Jewish faith are members of the Leth- bridge public school system. Religious denomination is not listed by the public on its employment application forms. Fine stands in still case An appeal against a fine for possession cf illegal- ly manufactuied liquor was dismissed Tuesday in district court. The appeal was dismissed by Chief Judge L. S. Turcotte on the grounds that the sen- tencing magistrate. Provin- cial Judge L. W. Hudson, did not abuse his discretionary powers. Dr. Lawrence Kotkas was convicted April 6 under the Excise Act. Chief Judge Turcotte said that while the fine may be little high, he thought the case was dealt with fairly. about moving into the area very definitely. I think 'the program) could be made op- tional, although I think you'd find everybody attending. "I don't think we've got any choice. We've just got to. It's part of education. "It's so much more im- portant than mathematics; or English, or history or something like trustee Reg Turner said. Eosrd chairman Dr. Doug McFherson cautioned trus- tees about "contracept i ve counselling" to youngs t e r s under 18 years of age. Dr. McPherson said it is unlikely any physician would prescribe a contraceptive de- vice, including birth control pills', to any girl under 18 for fear cf facing a suit for contributing to the delin- quency of a minor. The matter will be studied by board superintendent Dr. 0. P. Larson for further rec- ommendation to trustees. In other business Tuesday, the board: Approved support of a petition to Lethbridge alder- men seeking safer crossing conditions at 5th Ave. end Mayor Magrath Drive. Lethbridge separate trus- tees have already petitioned council for an overpass at the intersection, but were denied the facility. Approved a donation to the East Lethbridge Rota- ry Club for its 1973 Young Voyageur program. Confirmed the appoint- ment cf Fred Cartwright, former superintendent of the Alberta School For The Deaf, as director of pupil personnel services for the Leflibridge board. Mr. Cartwright, one of 23 applicants for the position, succeeds Dr. Bob Gall who has resigned to accept a post at the University of Leth- bridge. Formally received the report of the Educational Goals Committee. What do a Jackson Druggist and a Leacocks pinsoda have in common? By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer There's some mysterious talk in the town these days. "Let me show you my col- lection I've got a Jack- sen Druggist, a vintage Pep- si-Cola, and a chance of a Leacocks pinsoda The speech is about bottles and they're a big business in the LethHridge hobby world. The fervor of these new col- lectors rolls up a close third to the enthusiasm of stamp and coin fans. Tom Randall of the Bridge Trading Centre, 106 5th St. S., one place in town where bottles are sold, said bottle collecting is a good hobby. "You find a tremendous amount of history with bot- he said. He told The Herald how economical a hobby it can be. Most bottles can be dug up" from dumps and around old bouses, kept or traded in for others. Mr. Randall deals in both old and new bottles from his second-hand store. Most of them are collectors' items, not antiques. "Antique" is a designation for things of a 100 years in age or more. The Bridge Trading store caters to the demands of all sorts of collections. Mr. Ran- dall said that insulators from old telephone lines, tins, lan- terns, and old furniture were all sought by cuy residents. It carries a line of mod- ern ceramic whisky bottles figured in western motifs to satisfy a current craze for them. Mr. Randall began the city's Rangeland Bottle and Glass club years ago to increase awareness of the hobby. The club has 65 mem- bers now and meets monthly. He said that medicine bot- tles from oldtime Lethbridge drug stores are popular. Em- bossed into the glass is the name and location of the druggist. The names Higenbotham, Jackson or Jackson-Coat (sig- nifying a later partnership) tell the onlooker that he is seeing a bit of Lethbridge history, from the 1920s on- ward. Some pieces of glass at the Bridge Trading Centre show that recycling is not new. During the depression years, flavor extract bottles were sold to be used later by thrifty housewives as baby bottles. Nursery rhymes and characters were printed in the glass. Two such specimens at Bridge Trading sold for dif- ferent prices. A "Hey Diddle Diddle" bottle has a price of 54.00, but the "I had a little hcbby horss" costs be- cause it still has the original vanilla extract label. The tins that Lethbridge collectors buy vary from exo- tic foreign tea tins to com- mon South Albertan varieties. Beehive syrup and Murphy Remover containers share the shelf with a Roger's Golden Syrup tin priced at Depression glass is a big- seller. Available in pale col- ors like pink and gold, cut in flowery patterns, it was mass produced in the 1930s to imi- tate expensive hand cut cry- stal. Some collectors call this "theatre glass" since it was often used as a come-on to house-wives attending theatre matinees. It was distributed free or at a nominal cost at the door. City residents who can re- member the stuff on their childhood tables will be sur- prised at its current value. A covered butterdish in the Ma- drid pale-gold pattern selling then for 35 to 50 cents now fetches Rarer now but selling well are Hutterite spinning wheels. Mr. Randall has The things people collect on Impressive tin can collection three in his store and said that the local price of is often tripled by the time a wheel reaches a distant mar- ket, like Los Angeles. The Hutterite spinning wheel, in use for a hundred years and discontinued in the 1940s, is smaller and more functional in design than Que- bec or New England models. Since the colonies made their own, they could adapt designs as improvements were discovered. This was not the case in the east where spinning wheels were ed, made by private compan- ies. The wheels am straw than most because they were built to be used by the 50 to 100 women in each colony, not for the few members of an eastern family. ;