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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVELLING TO EUSOPE VIA CHARTER? LET US ARRANGE YOUR GROUND i TOURS AND RHINE CRUISES For Further Information and Rattrvallem Contact: ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centra Village Wast End Phono 328-3201 or 328-8184 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, March 25, 1971 PAGES 13 TO 28 It's a GREAT DAY te SERVE EVERYONE'S FAVORITE Ktntiifkij fried fikkkm (Special Price* an Bulk Order*) ERICKSEN'S 2021 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 328-8141 1705 M.M. Drive Ph. 32B-77S1 Blown circuit breaker causes outage City silenced by major electrical power failure Collision injures five Five persons were injured two seriously in a two-vehicle collision early Thursday morning on Highway 2 north of Nan-ton. One of the vehicles involved in the accident was a station wagon bringing the Calgary Al-bertans to Lethbridge and other points in southern Alberta. The Albertan vehicle was driven by Thomas Dickie of Calgary; the driver of the other vehicle has not been disclosed. Injured in the other vehicle were Linda Scott, Leah Milton, Theresa Larson and Vicki Dip-pner - all nurses from the Calgary General Hospital. Frank McCool of Calgary general manager of The Albertan told The Herald this morning that he regrets inconveniences caused by non-delivery of the paper to subscribers. He said that The Albertans will be delivered today as soon as arrangements are worked out for another vehicle and with delivery boys. Medical missionary here Sunday Dr. Helen Huston, medical missionary . for the United Church of Canada; will give a presentation loin3 her work in the mission hospitals in Nepal, during a rally in Southminster Church Sunday at 11 a.m. Services in all churches of tiie Chinook Co-opeerative Parish and First United Church will be cancelled to allow congregations to attend the rally. Dr. Huston will also present a film and a number of slides Sunday evening. The South Alberta Presbytery will begin a two-day meeting following lunch Sunday. Presbytery will continue Monday with elections and division reports. fjCLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LABI lower level MEDICAL DENTAL BIDG. PHONE 327-2822 MAGPIE TALK-It isn't every day that people have the chance to meet a talking magpie, but here are four who did. The magpie lives with Mr. and Mrs. Loel Olsen, in Raymond, and the youngsters left to right are Lorelei, Not just words - real gabby Barbara, Arlene and Darrel Olsen. The magpie-named Jasper-might perhaps be a bit confused at seeing Lorelei in two places at the same time. The mirror keeps Jasper company when there are no humans around. Magpie talks, whistles, is sassy By MARGARET LUCKHURST Herald Staff Writer When baby says his first words, that's exciting. When a magpie starts yapping, that's got to be news! Mr. and Mrs. Andy Sorenson, of Raymond, have raised a talking magpie whose name is Jasper. Mrs. Sorenson who has a real "thing" about birds, picked Jasper up just out of the nest and set about to teach him to talk, She didn't think this to be too difficult a task as she'd taught her pet budgie to sav over 500 vords, and had a magpie previous to Jasper who was downright gabby. So while she went about her daily chores, Mrs. Sorenson would talk to Jasper who followed her around the house, quite happy with his home away from home, as it were. Dine and Dance FRIDAY NIGHT! Marvellous Food .   Soft Lights .  In the Luxurious WESTWINDS DINING ROOM Featuring . . . "THE SUNSET 4" 8:00 to 12:00 p.m. NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations sen s By the time he was eight months old, Jasper could carry on quite a conversation. "Come on Andy, give me a dollar," he'd chuckle, "give me some money Andy!" There were times, Mr. Sorenson admitted, when he came pretty close to shelling out a buck for a bird. "I love you, give me a kiss," Jasper will sing out to Mrs. Sorenson and she's happy to comply. "You're cute," would be her reward from cheekv Jasper. How in the world did she pick up the knack of teaching birds to talk? "Well, I believe it is a special k n a c k," Mrs. Sorenson said. "Magpies are pretty smart which helps, and they are great mimics. However it takes a lot of love and patience to get them going. Once OUR OSCAR 3-2CP "You should have seen my Jasper had managed a word or two, he was well on his way. A tame bird around the house can be a good companion, Mrs. Sorenson pointed out, and if it happens to talk, well, it makes for some lively dialogue. "Jasper has never been a trouble to look after," she said. "And contrary to what you'd expect, a magpie's diet isn't made up of worms, so I fed him dog food, fruit, and some greens. He liked to eat often and thrived on this diet. In summer he was kept in a cage outdoors where he attracted other magpies. He'd chat away with them making them wonder, I suppose, what kind of bird they were dealing with. He'd call out to pedestrians walking by and they'd answer, quite pleased to get his attention. He also called the dog when he saw him wan-d e r i n g off. "Come on Tick," he'd say, "come back here," and that dog would come every time. To demonstrate the talents of Jasper, the Sorenson's have taped a recording of Jasper displaying his unique gifts. His vocabulary runs to more than 125 words and he seems to know when to use the right ones. "It was hard to teach him to whistle," Mrs. Sorenson explained, "but now he can do a real wolf - call, with a hi-babe thrown in; it's disooncerting if you don't know it's coming from Jasper." Considering the number of animal acts on the Ed Sullivan show had they ever thought of volunteering Jasper to do his stuff? "I don't think he'd have done ... . . - I well, under all the hot lights, wife this morning trying to I Mrs. Sorenson said ."He if happiest in a familiar environment and we weren't anxious heat the breakfast coffee and toast over a candle!" COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONING FEDOR'S REFRIGERATION Ph. 327-5816 C & A Sheet Metal Ph. 328-5973 to put him through any unnecessary hardships." A short time ago the Soren-sons had to make a decision about Jasper. "Now I'm retired we travel around a lot," Mr. Sorenson explained, "it meant we had to get a bird-sitter for Jasper." That didn't work out too well, so we contemplated giving him to the Calgary zoo. However the Loel Olsens down the street said they'd like him and that sure suited us because we can see him whenever we want. "Jasper likes the arrangement too for he gets lots of attention from the kids in the family. Whenever we go over there Jasper is tickled to see us and starts in to chatter right away." Mrs. Sorenson doesn't think she'll attempt any more bird lessons. "I've made a tape on how to teach a bird to talk, if anyone is interested," she said. "It's really not hard, and I've had lots of success. The only thing I failed in was getting Jasper to say his name. That he refused to do and I can't think why. Perhaps it wasn't, quite "birdie" enough for him." A major electrical failure1 that cut power to the entire city this morning was caused by a blown circuit breaker at the city's power plant. The breaker was not actually in use at the time. It was being taken out for inspection when it blew out, causing an electrical fire on the "bus" - the central control point where power is fed into the plant and lines are fed out. The plant was filled with acrid smoke. Utilities Director Oli Erdos described it as "a serous situation, the kind of thing that may happen once in 10 years." The electrical fire on the bus caused everything to shut down and power plant workers had to move quickly to stabilize the plant operations. Much of the delay in restoring power was due to the fire on the bus. Instead of tying in with Calgary Power through normal channels, rerouting through special tie-ins had to be done. When power was restored, one-half of the bus was being used and the city was relying heavily on Calgary Power. The reason for the circuit breaker blowing out is not known and may never be determined, Mr. Erdos said. It will be examined to see if it can be determined why it failed. Although no official times were available, Mr. Erdos estimated the power was out for about IVt hours - from 8:17 until 9:49. The longest power failure he could recall was in the early 1950s, when the city was without power for three days. In order to avoid further >cuble at the plant, power was x-ed in stages. The north-section of the city and u. .dustrial park area were first and other sections of the city followed one at a time. The Lethbridge Municipal Hospital was in the process of installing a new $63,000 emergency power generator when the lights went out this morning. As has been experienced In the past, the hospital had trouble in keeping the present emergency power plant operating. An operation which was under way was completed successfully but further operations and other procedures such as x-rays had to be rescheduled. The hospital was without elevator power and patients could, not be moved from one floor to another. A series of problems over the last two years has delayed installation of the new 450 kilowatt generator. There was difficulty in obtaining equipment and parts and some of the equipment was damaged in transit. The new unit, which was moved in Wednesday, will take over 12 seconds after regular power cuts off and will provide sufficient power for the entire hospital, plus any expansion. The present plant provides power for only the operating room and corridors. No major problems were experienced at St. Michael's General Hospital or the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital as emergency power cut in immediately. Things were pretty quiet in local stock brokers' offices because wire services to head offices and stock exchanges were out. The outage came just as eastern stock exchanges were opening. One brokerage house, whose telephone system is connected with city power, didn't BEAR right McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. li TONICS  WAMPOIES MULTIVITAMINS' 100'$. Regular 2.49. SALE .................. 1.79 250'�. Regular 4.98. SALE ..................3.89  CHOCKS. 50'i. Regular 2.69. SALE ..........2.09  PARAMETTES Forte in 60's, regular 5.20. SALE ............3.90 Forte in 100's, regular. 8.13. 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Resolutions to be dealt with by the assembly include; recognition of Red China, redefini tion of territorial water rights and legislation to forbid the trafficking of raw materials of drugs for illicit purposes. have any bells so employees were kept busy just picking up telephones to see if anybody was on the line. Urgent orders were phoned to Calgary. The taxi business was quiet except for people phoning in to determine the time. Base communications were without power so cars had to return to their offices to pick up addresses. AT STANDSTILL CP Telecommunications was at a standstill with no circuits and could not get messages out of town. Even though power was restored first in North Lethbridge, businesses there could not get messages out of town because the downtown office circuits were down. The police department was on emergency power so there were no communications problems there. No major problems were encountered by firms requiring refrigeration, such as dairies and fur storage establishments. The Lethbridge Herald, which requires large amounts of electricity for its teletypes, linotypes and other machines, was almost at a standstill for the duration of the outage. Lanterns were used to light fireballs. The base communications system was inoperative but portable radios were working. THREE CALLS The Lethbridge fire department had three calls during the power outage. The callers complained of a strong smell of smoke in their homes. "The smell of smoke was caused when the thermostats were triggered and the fan in forced air furnaces could not operate. The increased heat in the furnaces caused paint and fittings in the furnaces to bubble an/1 melt," said Fire Inspector Doug Kometz. To reduce the danger of hazardous heat build up the fire department issued a warning for all homeowners to turn their thermostats down until the power came back on. WHY TRAVEL TOPLESS? 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