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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Telltale signs of spring With the first official day of spring a mere 10 days away, the physical signs are increasing in frequency. Quite common now are reports of gophers, which lately have had to cope with snow in their holes Margaret White saw one near Hardieville about the same time she spotted a fly buzz-bombing her table centrepiece. Abe Petkin had visions of a trout in a cool spring snapping at the earthworm he found enjoying the sun at the south side of his house on 20th Street S. At the Robert Nelson residence, 2207 10th Ave. A S., the pine trees attracted a flock of kingfishers And a woodpecker was seen in an apple tree by Leanna Leaffingwell of Lethbndge a little early for the worm in the apple, however. No snow bunny Gopher shows frustration most of us feel after five months of winter BILL HUNT photo Monday, March 11, 1974 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 13 Ag-building deferred until land use set TABER (HNS) Since the general plan of the Town of Taber calls for the use of the Taber Rodeo Grounds as residential lots sometime in the future, plans for construction of a multi- purpose exhibition building in the area have been deferred for the time being. The Taber Exhibition Association said it does not want to construct a building in the rodeo grounds if the facilities are to be moved to the outskirts of the town in the next few years. Town council has designated the whole northwest corner of town as residential, but plans for development in the area do not include the rodeo grounds. "The 44 acres of land prime land is town one exhibition association member said at a recent meeting. "We more or less supervise or run it." Some members of the association do not favor moving the rodeo grounds out of town. "There is a danger that if the facilities are moved to the outskirts of town they will not be kept up as said TEA President Gordon S Saunders. It was also felt that a residential area requires a recreation area, a need the Pincher writes debt off PINCHER CREEK (Special) Councillors at the recent town council meeting passed a resolution that certain debts owed the town be written off. This will assist in the bookkeeping. Some debts that are to be written off are meter arrears; sewer and water accounts; ambulance accounts before 1970; archery club arrears. Coun. John Olyslager moved that, at the request of the treasurer, be written off. While indebted persons might feel they are free now, they will find that their unpaid accounts will go to the small debts court. R. A. Campion was appointed as conciliator to assist with negotiations between the town and the CUPE. rodeo grounds can fulfill in the northwest area of town. With regard to the proposed agricultural building, it was suggested it would serve a need which the Taber recreation complex does not meet. "Recreation is in more areas than curling, skating and noted Roscoe F. Gibb, TEA secretary- treasurer. "I would like to see a correlation of all the activities which come under the name said Mr. Saunders. Uses suggested at the meeting for the proposed building, included bull shows and sales, horse shows and sales, riding clinics, auctions, 4-H functions, rodeos, car dealers' shows, and machinery demonstrations, among others. It was suggested about 280 days of bookings per year would be needed in order for the building to break even on its operations. It is hoped a federal agricultural loan would be available to help finance the building, but one requirement for receiving such a loan, the meeting was advised, would be support of the project by the Town of Taber. Also, the association would require a long-term lease of the land. B.C. Tel to expand system NATAL, B.C. (HNS) More than will be invested this year in expansion and improvement Df the telephone system in the Sparwood, Fernie and 3rasmere exchanges, B.C. Telephone Company announced recently. J J McGimpsey, customer service manager of B.C. Tel's East Kootenay District, said the funds are part of a million capital construction budget for the district. The company is investing a record total of million across the province in its 1974 construction program, an increase of 16 per cent over 1973 Of that, more than million has been allocated to expand and improve service for subscribers in B.C. Tel's interior division. Mr McGimpsey said planning has already been completed on a number of projects in the Fernie area exchange. Of the to be invested in this area, some will go toward central office equipment needed to expand and improve local calling facilities and for improved long distance communications. More than has been allocated for the purchase and installation of subscriber telephones and more than will be invested in outside cable and other equipment which connects the customer's telephone to B.C. Tel's central office. In the Femie exchange, some has been allocated to the placement of more than four miles of aerial cable and almost two miles of buried cable to provide for growth and up-grading of telephone service More than has been allocated to installation of new equipment to improve radio communications with Sparwood and Cranbrook. In Sparwood. B.C. Tel. has allocated for the installation of equipment to increase the capacity of the electronic automatic exchange The District Senior citizens survey starts MAGRATH (HNS) An Alberta Housing Corporation plan to determine the need for senior citizen accommodation here has been presented to town council. Survey sheets are available at the town office to determine the need for such housing in the district. Handicapped persons able to take care of themselves are also eligible, according to AHC guidelines. There are two possible accommodations. Lodge type includes full board and room facilities with meals provided in a common dining area. Rents are per month per person for a double room or per person for a single room. Self-contained units or apartment dwellings contain suites with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Rents are based on a graduated rent to income scale ranging from including heat and water but excluding telephone and lights. Since there are many people living alone who have expressed a desire for such units, council feels they could be beneficial to the community. All interested citizens are asked to obtain a survey form and fill it out so council can determine, the demand for such facilities. In other business, council has decided not to have an annual meeting. Attendance has been poor in recent years. Committee chairman will prepare reports for publication and financial statements will be available later. School music program well-received at Taber TABER (HNS) The long- awaited schools music presentation, Music for Many a first in Taber music circles was staged here recently in the W. R. Myers High School gymnasium. The turnout was far beyond expectations. Every seat in the house was taken; extra benches were brought in, but these, too. were soon filled and those who arrived less than 15 minutes early for the performance, were forced to stand throughout its one hour and 15-minute duration. The program, directed by W R. Myers High School assistant music director Malcolm V. Edwards, proved to be most popular. Preparations for the concert Attention Cattlemen In Southern Alberta "LOW COST GRAIN for ECONOMICAL GAIN" Didsbury Feeders often this... Plus Six packing within 40 milM 50 of cattle and feedtot experience New and completely modem facilities On the apot milling and mixing of feeds and formulas 'In the hearl of a Mixed Farming Area? We have .room for approximately 800 head CONTACT DIDSBURY FEEDERS LTD. BOX 1030 DIDSBURY, ALBERTA, TOM OWO AKHEY FALCONER 335-3324, DMMtany Phon. have been going on the past three months. Students rehearsed their numbers in their own school classrooms for the past six weeks, and were put together for the first time at the concert. Flood threat in 'Pass BLAIRMORE