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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Water war' warms up By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD The Wil- low Creek MD has served no- tice it will take 6.09 acres of Mrs. Jane Whipple's ranch to obtain a community well for the North Macleod Water Haul- ers Co-operative but the 80- year-old rancher says she will fight the expropriation tooth and nail. Meanwhile, a couple of her neighbors and a Willow Creek MD councillor face trespass- ing charges in magistrate's court here Monday, June 18. Court sits at 10 a.m. At the same time, Marvin Vandervalk, a neighbor, faces a charge of assault arising from an alleged incident at the arte- sian well site. It is alleged a chain was cut by bolt-cutters from the pipe while Mrs. Whip- pie sat astride the pipe. The Willow Creek MD holds an "ace card in the hols" in the "water war" because it has a road allowance that cuts through Mrs. Whipple's ranch just west of her buildings. The MD could drill a well right be- side her barn and tank trucks could parade through the ranch 24 hours a day. Bram Vandervalk, a neigh- bor who uses her water, offer- ed to buy her ranch and let her live in the house, but she wouldn't sell. The Willow Creek MD paved an access road to the well. It cuts through a pasture where Mrs. Whipple's 26 cows graze and she says the truck traffic bothers her animals. Mrs. Whipple let her neigh- bors use the water free for years but last winter the well was allowed to run wide open (it flows at a rate of 90 gallons a minute) and this caused the pressure underground to drop. This, says Mrs. Whipple, low- ered the pressure in her own well at her home, rendering her bathroom useless. At this point, Mrs. Whipple lost all patience, erected barri- cades, posted "no-trespassing" signs and the "water war" was on. Mrs. Whipple sawed off the well's taps to keep neighbors from using her water supply. Now she has dug a ditch across the road on her property lead- ing to the well. Meanwhile, her neighbors in the arid ranching country sur- rounding Fort Macleod have escalated their fight to get at the well. They've persuaded the Mu- nicipal District of Willow Creek to start expropriation proceedings. Water r a t i o n ing continues. Granum has turned the water haulers away. The artesian well that every- one is fighting over was drilled by the government during the Second World War, it has been used since by everyone in the area. But at the beginning of May, Mrs. Whipple put an end to the traffic to her well. Neighbors, on the other hand, say the well can supply every- one. They say many ranchers have tried finding their own water supply without success, and, if they can't use the Whip- pie well, they have to haul wa- ter from nearby towns some- thing that costs both time and money. Marvin Vandenvalk says Mrs. Whipple's plowing has de- stroyed the road to the well, even if water could be obtain- ed from it. "The road's a five-foot ditch now." At the moment, he says, his neighbors are either buying wa- ter from Fort Macleod, five miles from his farm, or they're getting water from a farmer nine miles away. The fanner is permitting them temporary access to his supply, but says he cannot be- come a permanent source for his water-short friends. The municipal district, which has served notice that it will expropriate 6.09 acres of Mrs. Whipple's property to get at the well, will hold a hearing on June 22 in Claresholm. Mrs. Whipple's lawyer, D. J. Welbourn of Claresholm, says Mrs. Whipple will be at the hearing "with bells on" to fight the expropriation. The mu- nicipal district has offered her for the land. The money, however, won't solve Mrs. Whipple's own water problems, particularly since she is in the process of starting a cattle feedlot on her ranch. The expropriation would "cut the heart out of her Mr. Weltburn says, and leave her without enough water for her feedlot operation. Mrs. Whipple will continue the fight even if the municipal district decides to proceed with expropriation. Assault charge Marvin' Vandervalk, Fort Macleod district farmer, faces charges of assault and trespassing in magis- trate's court at Fort Mac- leod Monday, June 18, as a result of alleged inci- dents in a "water war" five miles north of town. Several others face Ires- passing charges. It is al- leged they trespassed on Mrs. Jane Whipple's Gold- en Valley Ranch to fill trucks with water from her artesian well. Mrs. Whipple says she sat astride the well pipe and alleges a chain was cut out from under her with bolt cutters. She says her finger was crushed. Miss Heather Thompson feted by 15 hostesses CLARESHOLM Miss Heather June bride-elect, was honored at a shower in the North Peace Lutheran Hall recently. The hall was decorated with pink and white streamers, large vases of flowers and but- terflies. Mrs. Alvin Stange presided over a varied program: piano solo by Donna Glimsdale, flute solo by Susan Stange, vocal solo by Kris Lange accompa- nied by Donna Glimsdale and a monologue by Mrs. Orlan Berg. Janice Markle sang two solos accompanied by Donna Glims- dale. Miss Cara Moser conducted a contest which was won by Mrs. Russell Brown and Mrs. Herb Maurushat. Gifts were presented by Mrs. Emil Markle. She expressed good wishes. Seated with Miss Thompson at the bride's table and helping her unwrap the gifts were her mother, Mrs. Donald Thomp- son: her grandmother, Mrs. J. E. Thompson; her aunt, Mrs. David Thompson; her brides- maid, Miss Bonnie Sherman. Miss Moser recorded the gifts. The gift of the 15 hostesses was a mixmaster. Serving of lunch concluded the evening. BINGO SESSION PINCHER CREEK The Ladies' Hospital Auxiliary will conduct a bingo night on Thurs- day, June 28, in lieu of its regu- lar meeting. Vauxliall Pioneer Girls gather VAUXHALL -The Pioneer Girls held their candle light service in the Vauxhall ele- mentary gymnasium. The Pioneer Girls are di- vided into two groups. The Colonist girls numbering 13, are the girls of junior high. Their leader, Mrs. Frieda Riemer passed out awards to them. These girls under the di- rection of Mrs. de Vos sang two numbers to the accompaniment of Janet de Graaf on the gui- tar. The second group Of girl the Pilgrims, are the girls from Grades 3 to 6. They also re- ceived awards from the various guides in their section. Mrs. Margret Golby is their leader and gave the awards. The Pilgrim girl's sang sev- eral numbers with Mrs. Tina Bexte leading them. Irene Janz accompanied them on the piano. Pension sessions slated The manager of the Leth- bridge district office of the Canada Pension Plan, ,J. (Fern) Bouchard, wishes to In- form residents of the following areas that Louis LaPlace will be in attendance at: SPARWOOD Tovoi Hall, June 18: to IfcSfa.m: FERNIE City Hall, June 18: 1 to 3 p.m. CRANBROOK 101 Federal Building, June 19: 9 a.m. to p.m. KIMBERLEY Union Hall, June 20: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CRESTON Federal Agri- culture Building, June 21: a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to take ad- vantage of .this service is cor- dially invited to do so. Mr. LaPlace will answer queries on the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supple- ment. He will also provide assis- tance in the filing of applica- tions for those who are now or will soon be qualified for the above-noted benefits. ROSS GIBB photo Recreation specialist Miss Barbara McKernan of Edmonton, graduate of the University of Alberta, is the new assistant recreation director at Taber. Her degree from the university is in recreation administration. jun> 14, ins LEH-IBIMUWC FIBKWIU .1 Claresholm out of STEP CLARESHOLM fall the recreation board pur- chased about worth of playground equipment. It was to be set up in the Centennial Park. Recreation director William Frazer had planned to set up a creative playground with the help of the STEP student pro- gram. Claresholm town office has had word from Edmonton that this year the villages have been given priority and no money is left in the fund for even one student worker here. The public works department had also counted on soma workers under this program and had applied for 10 students to work in developing and keep- ing parks in shape. The recreation board found it necessary to take money from the capital budget account which was to be used to equip other playgrounds. Vulcan county tax rate rises 2.43 mills from '72 Campfire cookout enjoyed by girls IRON SPRINGS (HNS) The Iron Sprirngs Canadian Girls in Training closed for the fire and cookout along tie Bow River. Janice Jorgensen and Shelley pro- year with a successful camp- Dickout presided over a j District News I i In Brief f the Lit- gram of singing and skits. Elections were held: Pres- ident, Shelley Dickout; vice- president, Brenda Christie; sec- retary, Sandy Yalowega, trea- surer: Wendy Iwamoto; inter- mediate representative, Mi- chelle Bailey. Wendy Ivramoto received her lanyard, becoming a senior CGIT. Janice Jorgensen and Denise Hammon will be back to assist leader Mrs. Gloria Miller as ju- nior leaders. The girls decided to continue meeting monthly. The evening closed with ves- pers. VULCAN basic tax rate of 64.43 mills has been set forj the County of Vulcan for the year 1973. This is an increase of 2.43 mills over last year's basic tax rate, due mainly to a larger supplement a r y school requisi- tion. A surplus on school operations in 1971 was used for school purposes in 1972, allow- ing the school tax rate to be re- duced that year. The county anticipates total expenditures this year of Of this amount, will be raised by taxes and will come from grants and revenue other than taxes. This year's basic tax rate of 64.43 mills is made up as fol- lows: Municipal 27 (last year School Foundation Pro- gram 29 (last year Sup- plementary School Requisition 8.43 (last year County of Vulcan ratepayers in the High River. Brooks and Lethbridge hospital districts will have a net decrease in their total taxes this year due to the provincial government now picking up all hospital op- erating costs. Lust year, ratepayers in the three hospital districts paid special hospital r e q u i s i tions More district pages 50 and 51, 52 iBIillllllllfflBIBlillllllllllBIIGe (High River 3.6 mills, Brooks 5.2 mills and Lethbridge 4.2 mills) and this year there will be no special hospital levies. In the Vulcan, Little Bow and Bassano hospital districts there were no special requisitions last year. Nanton potters gather NANTON Members of the Nanton Potters Club met at the home of the president Mrs. Dave Anderson for the finale of their winter work. A small gift of English mon- ey was presented to the instruc- tor Mary Thomson of Stavely prior to her forthcoming trip to the old country. Mrs. Anderson also presented secretary Shirley Nelson with a small lemcmbrance in appre- ciation of her efforts with the Potters Club. The group travelled to the Perrott home west of Stavely the following Friday for tea and a tour of the lovely gar- dens and grounds. The local potters met during the winter months every sec- ond Wednesday at The Hub with a dozen taking advantage of the instruction. They have now disbanded un- til fall. SOSICK WINS PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) The Picture Butte Open Golf Tournament was held recently at the Picture Butte Golf Course with Morris Sosick again winning. He has won three times out of the past four years. In the championship flight: Moniss Sosick; John Sharp of Lethbridge; and Alan Takasaki of Lethbridge. SCHOOL BUSY ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (CP) Brock University is bracing for its largest summer school in its nine-year history. Already the university has a total of course enrolments com- pared to last summer. Dr. Alan Earp, Brock's provost, said the larger enrolment was expected tliis summer since a greater variety of courses are being offered. BARBECUE, DANCE PINCHER CREEK -Com- munity Auction Sales still has tickets available for its appre- ciation night to honor two vet- eran cattlemen, Warren C. Cop- per and Ted Nicholls. This promises to be one of the largest events of the season, and it will commence at p.m. on Friday, June 15. Brownies flock., fly up to Guides By ALICE WADE Herald News Service SHAUGHNESSY The first Shaughnessy Pack held its ban- quet in the auditorium of the Shaughnessy School recently with the girls and parents at- tending. Special guests were: Mrs. Nancy Rutt, area commission- er for Chinook District; Mrs. Francis Miller, Brown Owl from Barons: Mrs. Marj Mar- tin, pack holiday advisor for Chinook area; Mrs. Faye Neher, president of local asso- ciation; Mrs. Rica Simmons, secretary treasurer; Mrs. Mary Sereda, Brown Owl and Mrs. Donna Featherstone, Tawny Owl. There were 44 people present. Toasts were proposed by Shelly Neher to the Queen; to the parents by Maryann Kip- reply by Mrs. Fonda Han- na; and to the leaders by Cor- cen Featherstone, reply by Mrs. Donna Featherstone. The program was started with a song and dance by the Brownies. Several girls, mem- bers of the Anne Campbell Singers, sang Candyman and Ben; piano solos were played by Elaine Simmons and Karen Hanna. and Irene Sereda per- formed a Ukranian Folk Dance. Many Brownies performed. Special presentations were made by Mrs. Rutt to Mrs. Se- reda for first Shaughnessy Pack and to Mrs. Neher for the local association. Mrs. F. Miller was awarded a commis- sioner's pin and ribbon for councillor over Coulee district. A special gift was present- ed to Mrs. Cora Johnson, cus- todian of the school, by Mrs. Donna Fealherstone, for all her help tliroughout the year. A gift was presented to Mrs. Neher on behalf of the Shaugh- nessy School. Statues were given to Mrs. Sereda and Mrs. Featherstone by Tobi Neher and Rosemary Brau from the Brownie Pack. Shelley Noher, Maryann Kip- nik, Laurie Fajnor flew from Brownies to Guides. Shaughnessy Brownies Shaughnessy Brownies, known throughout the ham- let for a multitude of good turns, will be rewarded with a holiday. They go to camp June 28 to July 1 at Camp Okeekun at Fort Macleod. Front row, from left, Lisa Gullikson, Marci Neher, Karen Taguchi, Elaine Simmons and Coreen Featherstone. Middle row, Doriann Brau, Maryann Kipnik, Tobi Neher, Karen Hanna, and Rose- mary Brau. Back row, Mrs. Mary Sereda, Sandra Bain, Laurie Fajnor, Mrs. Donna Featherstone and Shelley Neher. Willow Valley trophy shoot set LUNDBRECK (CNP Bureau) Sharpshooters from all over Southern Alberta and British Columbia will set their com- passes and head for Lundbreck this weekend, June 16, to attend the Willow Valley Trophy Club's annual trophy shoot. The shooters' day will again be held at the Frank Lynch-Staunton ranch 12 miles north of Lundbreck. Shooting will begin at 10 a.m. The trap-shooting will start at 2 p.m. Entry deadline has been set for 3 p.m. and all large-bore rifle snooting is to be com- pleted by 4 p.m. Women of the Willow Valley Trophy Club will be on hand to serve dinner and refreshments throughout the day. The events will feature sin- gle competitions as well as group events. MacKenzie's Presents OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE Our lease will be expiring and to prepare for the closing of our store, we are clearing out nil the merchandise at fantastic savings! OFF REGULAR PRICES During our sale you may choose from Diamonds, Watches, 10K and 14 K Gold Rings, Fine Jewellery, Bone China Dinnerware and Gifts Everything Must Go! WATCHES All famous name watches, Rolex, Omega, Bulova, Accutron, Elgin, One year unconditional guarantee 25% TO 50% OFF RINGS (10 and 14K) Ladies and gents gold rings- Select from our complete selection of genuine and synthetic stones, modern and traditionally styled. 25% TO 50% OFF SWISS FONDUE SETS Metal and ceramic base, some with matching serving plates 50% OFF IMPORT CANDLE in glass candle holder. A variety of colors to choose from. 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