Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
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He added that the $2 million loss figure that has been mentioned in connection with the arena fire was probably out of line, although he had no accurate figures as yet. City Manager Tom Nutting said the gross replacement value of the building, according to the insurance policy, was $273,000. Insurance on equipment may add to this figure, he said. Both Mayor Anderson and Mr. Nutting said there was a strong possibility that any new facility would be built in another location, the old site being too small to handle parking requirements. Mr. Nutting said there were four options open to the city. One is a joint-use arrangement with the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board. The board has asked the city if it would be interested in such an arrangement in a building that would include a skating area, dance hall and lounge facilities. Seating would be limited to 1,200 to 1,500 seats. There is a possibility of a federal grant to cover part of the cost. OUR OSCAR "What's brought this on? fhey want to know if it's okay for the wives of policemen, firemen and meter readers to wear pant suits." gCLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LABI lower level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2822 Another possibility is a 5,000-seat arena built in co-operation with the Lethbridge Community College between the collge and Scenic Drive. Mr. Nutting said nothing definite has been worked out on what kind of costing-sharing arrangement might be made with the college. A third option is a new arena built by the city on its own. A fourth, on an interim basis only, is using the ice making equipment at the old arena for an open-air facility. Mr. Nutting said it would be known soon if the equipment were still usable. Some idea on the amount of money available for a new arena has already been prepared. Mr. Nutting, in a report to council in January, noted that some $800,000 was allocated in the five-year capital budget for various projects and this could be directed toward a new ice facility. Included was $300,-000 set aside for 1973 for a new skating rink, plus $100,000 for a conservatory and $400,000 for a pavilion at Henderson Lake. Working conditions hey issue Teachers strike looms in south By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer The possibility of a southern Alberta general teacher's strike moved a step closer to reality Saturday, as 100 teacher representatives reaffirmed their stands on the need for contracted conditions. The representatives of more than 2,000 teachers in the Lethbridge - Medicine Hat region and the 18 - district Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, held an all - day meeting in Lethbridge Saturday. "We are now determined to respect the wishes of the tach-ers and retain our position." said Joe Berlando, Alberta Teachers' Association welfare officer, following the meeting. "Strike action is distasteful- the youngsters are affected. But trustees are leaving us with little alternative." Salary negotiations have become a secondary consideration for both teachers and trustees this year, and teachers' representatives say they would probably settle for near the six per cent federal government 'guideline. Saturday's m e e t ing was .5 Blood Indian nominations March 22 Official notice of nominations for 12 positions on the Blood Indian Band Council were posted on the reserve today, served the necessary six days prior to the nomination meeting March 22. The election will be held April 5 in the Kainai Sports Centre in Standoff. The previous election Nov. 19 was protested by two members of the tribe because their names had been inadvertently left off the election ballot. COMPUTER MAGIC-Grade 6 students of Westminster School learned the ins and outs of the computer on a home-made version, and explained it all to parents and friends during open house last week. The computer was designed by members of the staff, and run with the help of "inside" operators. These students are under the supervision of teacher Robert Ackerman. Aberhart to Grade Fields Variety was the word for arena events By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff The Lethbridge Arena came into being long before I did. But during my time I can recall many evemls held in the old building, sporting and otherwise, that will always hold a cherished place in my memory. As I recall, my first visit to the arena was with my grandfather while still a boy of six or seven. We were there to see the Lethbridge Native Sons. The seats were at the west end, above the entrance way, a seat my grandfather occupied for a good many years before and after my initial visit. Hockey, of course, was the mainstay of the 49 - year - old building. It served as the home for the world champion Leth- What's New in Trailering from pREB�0 TRAILER AWNINGS and SIDE CURTAINS ........................ Made of Reinforced Plastic 3 Size* Available-7'6"x8'; 10x8' and 12'x8' 7'6"x8' Size. Complete with 3 poles, rope* and ground pegs .......................... 2 Side Curtains......................ONLY 39.80 AS STRONG AS CANVAS 29.50 600 4th Ave. N. RECREATION VEHICLES West of Gas Company bridge Maple Leafs of 1951, the great senior pre - war Maple Leaf teams, the Native Sons junior club and, in later years, the junior Sugar Kings. The New York Rangers had also skated on the arena ice, the only National Hockey Conservatives to nominate candidate Alberta Progressive Conservative leader Peter Lougbeed will be guest speaker tonight at the party's Lethbridge East nomination meeting to be held at Ericksen's Family Restaurant. The meeting, to start at 8 o'clock, will be the party's first nomination meeting in Lethbridge, which through redistribution was accorded two new ridings in place of the former one. The only announced candidate so far for the Conservative Lethbridge East nomination is city businessman Richard Barton. Nominations will be accepted from the floor. The meeting will mark the third candidate to be named in Lethbridge. The New Democratic Party earlier this month named its two candidates. League team, to my recollection, to do so. Uncountable minor hockey league games have taken place in the old arena, and like thousands of Lethbridge kids I was involved in the system. The arena was also used to house the Shirtsleeve Bonspiel before the Lethbridge Ice Centre opened in the 1950s. In fact, according to Spike Martell, the artificial ice at the arena marked the first time in Canada that artificial ice was used for curling. The Boy Scout Ice Stampedes used the arena. We scouts' performed for the large crowds, demonstrating skills in such wild events as chuckwagon racing on ice. As young wrestling fans, we used to carry in the wrestlers' bags in order to watch men like Primo Camera, Whipper Billy Watson or Hard Boiled Hagarty strut their stuff, without having to pay. The old rafters would ring with the jeers for the grunt and groan-ers - it seemed so real in those days. And who, as a kid will ever forget arena manager Spike Martell - I'll bet he went home more than once with a headache. I'll never forget my surprise when I attended my first Ice Capades show in the arena. The ice was painted in bright colors, with colored spotlights highlighting the fancy skating stars - quite unlike the skating of the Native Sons' Rock Crawford. 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Some of the great dance Appeal meeting March 17 The annual public meeting of the Lethbridge Community Chest United Appeal will be held March 17 at 8 p.m. in the Canadian Red Cross building, 1120 7th Ave. S. bands of the 1940's performed in the Arena, such as Gene Krupa, Freddy Martin, Jimmy Dorsey, Spike Jones gave a capacity audience a laugh-a-minute. Victory bond rallies and Victory Day dances are also tuck ed in the glad and sad events of the arena's history. Don Jackson, the world's figure skating king, was the last big name to appear on the arena ice, in connection with the local ice show nine days ago. The old arena housed just about everything at one time or another. Horse shows, carnivals, curling, band festivals, flower shows, the Coldstream Guards, baseball great Bob Feller, William Aberhart, Alberta's first Social Credit premier, car shows and whatever else you care to name are part of the arena history. The date best remembered however, will be Friday, March 12,1971, when early in the third period in a game involving the Sugar Kings and the Edmonton Maple Leafs, a fire broke out. Ninety short minutes later the arena was alive only in memory. scheduled as a regular welfare-area conference, but discussions all focused on the current collective agreement situation. The teachers want their work week defined in their agreement, and want the right of consultation on any changes of policy or operation which directly affect the teacher's professional work. 'The trustees' negotiators are refusing to talk about anything else until the teachers change their position on working conditions, but we've reached the minimum conditions now which we can accept," said Frank Ackerman, ATA executive assistant and negotiator. "What we want is an agreement taking into account the number of hours teachers work outside of their general classroom duties, and which will simply notify us of any changes before they go into effect and give us a chance to review them and to make recommen dations concerning them. The boards would still retain their full authority - all we want is the right to make ourselves heard," Mr. Acker man said. He said the original bargaining point had asked for a full voice in policy - making where it involved the educational programs, but teachers had reduced this demand. Concerning working hours, the teachers are seeking about j a 30 - hour defined work week similar to one accepted recently by the Edmonton public school district. The Edmonton agreement defines 23.7 hours as instructional time and 6.3 hours as "rendering service," which could involve general supervision and other non - instructional work. The teachers point out that a 30 - hour in - school week would give them a 50 to 55 - hour working week, since substantial amounts of time must be spent preparing lessons, marking and grading tests and on related activity. The Lethbridge - Medicine Hat regional trustees' unit has offered teachers a 35 - hour week and SASAA has defined no work week so far. "What we have is a case of 17th century thinking by the trustees," Mr. Ackerman s|'d. "They refuse to acknowledge that someone can work outside of the school hours set for him, and refuse to acknowledge that we're professionals, with the ability to offer professional as-vice." The current situation arose because of the need to redefine what is and what is not negotiable under the new Alberta School Act, which came into effect in August, 1970. The act directs that all teacher-school board negotiations be completed under the Alberta Labor Act, instead of under regulations formerly spelled out by the School act itself. The Labor Act, the teachers say, makes all working conditions not only negotiable, but also a "must," since unless conditions are listed in their contracts, the school boards could change many of them without reference to their teaching employees. School trustees, however, say such contracted matters would be an infringement on their management rights and are thus unacceptable. Annexation approval is granted The provincial Local Authorities Beard has authorized the annexation by the city of two parcels of land. Neither of the parcels comprises a major addition to Lethbridge. One is an.area between the new secondary sewage treatment plant and the Old-man River. This land is needed for sludge cells for the sewage plant. The other is an 860 foot strip along most of the southern edge of section nine, which is just north of the city's industrial park. This would be used for future expansion to the park. Three receive 20-year award Three Lethbridge employees of Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd., received long service awards at the company's annual awards and service recognition banquet held Saturday in Calgary. Lethbridge employees receiving 20-year awards were K. W. Bettcher, T. E. McLean and E. A. Risler. COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5454 E HERNIA? When an organ protrude* through an opening in the surrounding walls it is called a hernia. Most hernias are in the abdominal, groin area. This hernia weakness can be there at birth but it may be much later in life that it is discovered. At one time having a hernia repaired surgically was a long drawn out process. Often the patient was out of commission for many, many weeks. Some preferred to wear a confining belt rather than have the operation. But today recovery is much more rapid and it is more advisable and common to have it taken care of. 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