Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, June 25, 1974-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Research scientists help thrive BEAVERLODGE (CP) Take 17 highly edu- cated research scientists, mix them with local residents and you have a thriving rural community. At a time when many Prairie communities are dying, the injection of the researchers has helped Beaverlodge maintain slow but steady growth rather than decay. The scientists, 13 of whom have their doc- torates, are employed at the federal agriculture research station which was founded in 1917. Because the community does not offer the cultural advan- tages of larger cities, many of them have become deeply involved in com- munity affairs. A prime example is Dr. Bob Elliott, a 22-year veteran at the station and now head of the forage crops section. For the last three years he has been mayor of the town, 300 miles northwest of Edmon- ton. Studies in Saskatchewan have shown that one of the problems contributing to the decline of small towns is a lack of leadership. Dr. Elliott said the professional staff at the station has provided a lot of input into community af- fairs but added that the "dogged determination" of Deadline set for vegetable claims If you want to take ad- vantage of the financial assistance offered under the Alberta fresh vegetable incentive program, you have until July 1 to file your "intent to claim" form with the horticultural branch, Alberta depart- ment of agriculture, 9718 107th Street, Edmonton. "Intent to claim" forms were sent out earlier this spring to all known market gardeners and commercial fresh vegetable growers. If you did not get one of these forms, you should contact the horticultural branch, your regional plant in- dustry supervisor, the Alberta Horticultural Research Centre at Brooks or R. N. Huber, secretary manager, Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission, Box 180, Rosemary, Alber- ta. KITCHEN BATHROOMS THE NOOK Plaza The Alberta fresh vegetable incentive program provides assistance in the form-of incentive grants to market gardeners and incentive payments to commercial fresh vegetable growers who qualify for the program Market gardeners will receive a grant of Commercial growers will receive incentive payments of per ton for carrots, cabbage, rutabagas and parsnips sold; per ton for onions; and per ton for sweet corn. The minimum and max- imum limitations on these incentive payments are and per grower. If you are a market gar- dener and want to apply for a grant under this program, you must grow, harvest and sell all the vegetables from a minimum of two acres of land. And you must sell them on a "pick-your-own" basis, at your farm gate or through a farmers' market. You do not need to be licensed under the Alberta Fresh Vegetable .Commission unless you sell some of your produce through a commercial channel. WHEN AT at QUEENS DEN CANADIAN EXHIBIT from tht BELMORE'S MUSEUM COUTTS, ALBERTA the area's residents to en- sure their town's survival also has been a factor. "The people here take a real pride in their town and it is always satisfying to me to see the town businessmen out early each morning sweeping off the sidewalk in front of their stores before opening time." Dr. Elliott, credited with developing Dawn, a new variety of alsike clover particularly suitable to northwestern areas, cited the example of French- language instruction in the schools as an area in which the station staff have become involved. "Unlike many areas of Alberta where people couldn't be concerned less with bilingualism, our staff ef civil servants are highly aware of the fact and this concern has been generated throughout the area." Dr Steven Bonin, a plant breeder at the station, recently led a five-member delegation representing the Beaverlodge and district local advisory public school board in presenting a brief on French-language instruction to the Grande Prairie County school com- mittee. French-language instruc- tion now starts in Grade 7 but the committee wants conversational French classes to start at Grade 1. Sybil Pringle, a housewife-member of the delegation, said question- naires were distributed to 200 parents of elementary school children. Of those returned, 107 were in favor of initiating a French program and 21 against and with so much interest expressed, "we felt we should pursue this majority opinion and make sure it was put before the school she said in the brief No decision has been made by the county com- mittee but the Beaverlodge group intends to push for the course. Dr. Elliott, who takes many visitors on personal- ly conducted tours of the town, noting that two- thirds of the streets are paved and that there is a 30-bed hospital with two resident doctors and a den- tist. "Our current mill rate is 69, one of the lowest in Alberta." There are seven churches in the community and its pride and joy is the open-air swimming pool built in 1967 as a Centennial project. This year a new library, costing in excess of will be opened in a renovated building. "We make maximum use of any money that is floating around to improve our community, such as Local Initiatives and winter works grants." There is a wide range of goods and services avail- restaurants, a liquor store, fully licensed hotel, plumbing and electrical services. There are some limitations in the com- munity. Each Thursday Dr. Elliott drives one of his daughters to Grande Prairie for dancing lessons. 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