Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tutldoy, Mortli 57, 1973 Vegetable processors see substantial production increase ahead Albeita's vegetable proces- sing industry will experience a substantial increase in produc- tion in 1973 and the Howard trend is expected to continue. Bob Bender, agricultural sup- erintendent for Empress Foods Ltd. in Lethbridge and Taber, said heavy frosts to Eastern Canadian vegetable crops and heavy rains in the Fraser Val- ley have caused a severe drop In the huge inventory of pro- cessed vegetables evident in 1970 and 1971. He said this means more room for locally grown and processed vegetables for the Taber and Lethbridge plants. He expects to have a double shift working at the Letlibridge plant with a longer-than-normal or split shift at the Taber plant depending on the rate of maturity of the crops. Empress Foods freezes peas, corn and carrots at the Leth- bridge plant as well as canning whole potatoes and vacuum- packed corn. The Taber plant only cans vegetables, including peas, corn, beans and red beets. The contracts for vegetable crops arc now underway with the majority of them to "be signed by the middle of April. The pea acreage is the larg- est tor Empress with acres to be contracted for 1973, an increase from only 1.600 in About 42 growers will be need- ed, including some new produc- ers. Some new growers will also be needed to increase the con- tracted sweet corn acreage to from in 1972. About' 55 contract holders will ba used. The bean acreage will be in- creased for 21) growers to 635 from 535 with carrots up to 100 from 70 and red beets up to CO from 50 acres. In these crops, present contract holders will be given larger acreages. Six producers grow carrots with five men producing red beets. Mr. Bender said 15 acres of limelight beans, an early mat- uring variety developed at the Lethbridge Research Station will also be contracted. He said the experiments had been car- ried on for three years on a small scale prior to 1973. Due to an approximate five per cent increase at the produc- er paying level, farmers in Southern Alberta can expect to receive about more for processed vgeteables in 1973 than in 1972. The increased returns include for peas, for corn, for beans, for carrots and for red beets. Dave Dyck, plant manager for Alberta Canning Co., a division of Canada Packers Ltd. in Lethbridge, said tlrere will also be a substantial Increase in the contracted acreage used by his plant in 1973. He said the increase would be for both potatoes and peas. Alberta Canning freezes peas and potatoes only. A review Symphony concert oi encore By PAT ORCHARD The Lethbridge Symphony performed at the Yates Me- morial Centre Monday eve- ning. The orchestra began with that familiar war-horse Fin- lantfia. The opening bars were rather deceptive, as I found myself wondering if the neon lights on the port- able marquee outside wert going to be the only bright spot of the evening. However, the symphony soon warmed up after a shaky beginning, and played enthusiasm. This is a forthright and brilliant expres s i o n of nationalism, and on that level it was well done. The orchestra then went on to play Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Conductor Lucien Needham's way with Haydn Is to adopt a fairly slow tem- po. However, the approach w a s painstakingly detached and lacking in rhythmic con- trasts, so that the work lost impetus and focus at much the same rate as it gathered size. DRAGGED It seemed doubtful whether the andante would ever come to an end, and similarly the minuet and trio dragged, ft seemed that the players were waiting rather desperately for inspiration to strike. There were one or two mo- ments of brilliance in thn fi- nale, but a performance such as this should be capable of more than the occasional eruption. The second half of the pro- gram began with Beethoven's Consecration of the House. Although the opening bars were E bit labored, Mr. Need- ham played it as was intend- ed, majestically, and any- thing but dull or pompous. Listening to this perform- ance, we rose to the occa- sion, the opening of the Jo- sephstadt Theatre in Vienna The trumpet and tim- pani fanfare passages were played lightly and swiftly (with the bassoons attempt- ing miracles of some kind or The great fugue was taken at a lively pace. The whole performance was superficially all very excit- ing, but in retrospect one re- alized that although the main entries came over splendidly, the surrounding texture did not. This was a pity, as it must have taken Beethoven a long time to write down all those notes. However, the per- formance was a likeable one. HIGHLIGHT The highlight of the eve- ning was the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. Mr. N'eedham secured some excellent playing from the or- chestra, especially the strings, and revealed liimself as a sensitive musician. We cannot have too much of tliis light music so well played. The evening concluded with a performance of Strauss's Emperor Waltz. The orches- tra seemed to revel in tbe op- portunity to reveal them- selves in unbuttoned and carefree mood, as they lav- ished a wealth of affection on the waltz. Tlie strings prevented that final touch of the true Vien- nese lilt, causing the rhythms to lurch rather than flow, de- spite the conductor's obvious understanding of what should ba done. However, once the main melody got into its stride, the whole orchestra was the personification of gaiety and liveliness. Despite these criticisms, one cannot deny [hat the Lethbridge Symphony is starting to win its battle of technique, and tonight was a yardstick one would not will- ingly abandon. I hope the spirits of conductor, sym- phony and audience will stay similarly airborne for the next performance, as we would have liked to have had an encore last evening. Waste bylaw amendments disturb council The spectre of sanitation con-, stables trailing down back alleys ticketing unwitting res- dents whose garbage palls may have been tipped over by stray dogs proved too much for two aldermen Monday. Council %vas considering amendments to t h e waste by- law setting out fines for sev- eral specific violations of the bylaw and designating two spe- cial constables authorized to hand out tickets from to 515, but the whole matter ended back in Hie laps of city admin- istrators after Aid. Vera Fer- guson and Aid. Vaughan Hem- broff objected to some of the proposed violations. "We'll be in fear of our lives every time we go out with the said Aid. Ferguson, after bringing up the possibil- ity of people being fined be- cause a srtay dog knocked over their garbage can. "Don't you think people can accept some she asked. "The world is over- legislated already." Aid. Hembroff agreed and took a few pokes at the wording of some oi the violations. "I can't money (or imagine paying overturned recep- tacles, he said. 'As for improper presenta- tion of waste at the city land- fill site, I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole." "These bylaws be en- forced, except people would pay any 52 fine rather than ar- gue about it, and tliis is ridi- Aid. Hembroff said. He said soma of the proposed violations were good, but some should be deleted. The administration was ask- ed to bring back to coun- cil those sections of the bylaw amendment it felt could be en- forced and were necessary. Barriers down City workmen remove the long snow fence from the east end of Henderson Park, making way for uninterrupt- ed summer of green grass. The fence is erected in the fall to keep snow Wowing across the lake and park from drifting onto the section of Parkside Drive which runs past the Exhibition Grounds. City to buy 3 new buses to replace 2 on last gasp Council briefs No clear air for city hall yet It will be a while yet, it seems, before the air is cleared on the second floor of city hall. City council Monday MATERIALS ASPEN1TE PANELS (CHIPBOARD) x 59" Thick........Per Sheet 2x4- UTILITY FIR...............Lin. Ff. 1 x 10 FIR BOARDS (Dressed) Lin. Ft. 1 x 10 SPRUCE BOARDS (Rough) Lin. Ft. 1x8- CEDAR BOARDS...........lin. Ft. 4x4- CEDAR POSTS (6' lo 200 Lin. Ft. 2.19 12c 18c 18c 21c 47c a request by city manager Tom Nutting for for me- chanical improvements to city iall including ventilation sys- tem "There's no fresh air upstairs Mr. Nutting (old council, but aldermen turned a deaf ear, referring the matter :o the committee studying city hall expansion. Approval was given however to spend to complete Henderson Lake tennis court fa- cilities. Five citizens were named Monday to the new landlord- tenajit advisory board. The five appointed by council are Steve Wild, Mrs. Edith Haszard, Joe Mould, Mrs. Betty and H. A. Marquard- son. The board will generally deal with residential accommoda- tion in the city and disputes that arise between landlords and tenants. msndstions of its land committee Monday. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff told council tbe recommendation was made simply to hold land the east side because so much money is involved on the west side. He added that there wasn't very much city-owned land still available on the east side in any case. Among other recommenda- tions of the committee accept- ed by council was sale of the city hall annex at 909 4th Ave. S. to N. B. Peat and Co. for with the company pay- ing for demolition of the an- nex. Council was told Hie com- pany Is proposing a million development on the site, but details oi the proposal were not revealed. It must still be submitted to the Municipal Planning Council for approval. FREE ESTIMATES You can build ihe fence yourself or we will complete the job for you. ADVANCE LUMBER CO., LTD. YOUR PIONEER LUMBER DEALER SINCE 1925 Cor. 2nd Ave. 13lh St. S., lelhbridge Phone 323-3301 Monday, August 6, will be a civic holiday this year. Council approved the holiday, with only Aid. Vera Ferguson opposed. The city is not prepared to sell cr service any large tracts of land on the east side for a reasonable length of time until demand for the development of the west side can be assessed. Council approved this gen- eral policy statement along with 10 other specific recom- Illegal entry by scribbler Some scribbling on a desk, j and two stolen flashlights ap- pears to represent the total ac- tivity of whoever broke into As sumption School, on 14th Ave. and 24th St. S., Sunday night. Entry was gained by taking off a skylight over the secre- tary's office. Principal of the school, Jerry Keck, said whoever committee the break-in "didn't even scrib- ble anything nasty." A request for an amber flashing light and other pe- destrian improvements A the 6th Avenue and 12th St. S. in- tersection was referred lo Ihe traffic committee by council Monday. James Gray, president of the ?lestwood Bawden Home and School Association told council 19 students cross the intersec- ion making about cross- ngs in a year. Mr. Gray said present cross- walk provisions of faded lines and a regular pedestrian sign lidden a good deal of the time ay transit buses stopped there, were inadequate. In another traffic matter, council refused to go along with Calgary Mayor Hod Sykes in seeking authority for mu- nicipalities to set 20 miles per sales Monday to the Whoop-Up Coun- ty Chapter, Historical Society o! Alberta, to use the Whoop-Up (lag design as a crest on a 'bolo-lie" to sell to members of tbe society. The design is registered as a City of Lethbridge symjwl and as such city council approval is required before it can be re- produced for sale by any pri- vate or public body. A blocked-off portion of 16th Ave. N. at 13th Street making access to the Blue Sky Lodge and Green Acres Lodge some- what difficult, will remair closed. The two senior citizens odges located north of 16U l.ve. can only be reached through 15th Ave. and peopli driving to the lodges for the irst time often overshoot anc lave trouble getting to them council was told. But it was also pointed ou that Green Acres resident and slcff supported closure o 16th Aye. to cut down on traffic when it was closed in 1971. Council voted against re opening the avenue 4-3. A di rational sign indicating wher. to turn to reach the lodges wil be posted on 33th Street. The city nil! get three new transit buses late this year, just in time to replace two bus- es on their last gasp, according to transit system director John Frouws. City council approved pur- hase of the buses by a 4-3 mar- in Monday and also unani- mously approved purchase of 6 trucks for city departments fter turning down both re- juests last week. Mr. Frouws told council two if the transit system's 23 bus- 3s were obsolete and it was no ongcr possible to get parts for hem. Purchased in 1947, they a combined total mileage it over miles, he said. As was the case last week, some members of council ob- jected to being asked to ap- jrove the bus expenditure with- hour speed limits in areas, without having to DOS each street. Council agreed unanimously with Aid. Veira Ferguson that such a step would be inviting people to break the law, that i would be difficult to police and costly to implement. City Council gave approva out having a total picture of the need for the buses and total ser- vice provided by the transit system. The request for tbe buses and trucks had to be made before the budget presentation be- cause assembly line shut-down dates meant ordering now or not being able to get the equip- ment until well into 1974. Cost of the three diesel buses is nearly while the trucks, three for the commu- nity services department, nine for the public works depart- ment and four for tiie utilities department, will cost about Voting against the bus pur- chase were Aid. Chick Chi- chester, Aid. Vera Ferguson and Aid. Vaughan Hembroff. Nutting ready policy to increase parking rates The 12-minute penny parking meter may be on the way out again. City manager Tom Nutting told council Monday a policy outlining a complete rate re- vision and a gradual reduction in angle parking will be brought before council in the forthcoming budget. Mr. Nutting said rates would be increased, "to the chagrin of downtown businessmen" under the proposed policy to five cents for K or 30 minutes de- pending on location. City council adopted a five cent per half hour and 10 cent per hour parking rate ip Jan- uary 1972, hut then reversed it- self two weeks later, rescinding the increase and leaving the old rates of 12 minutes for a penny and five cents per hour in ef- fect. Mr. Nutting sairl there was a large parking deficit and the increase was seen as the only way to balance the problem so the whole city doesn't subsidize one part of it. He said angle parking would be gradually done away with only at intersections where vis- ibility is reduced causing se- rious accidents. Also on the subject of park- ing, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff in- troduced a motion that the physically disabled who work in areas where they must park at a meter, be allowed to pur- chase a special permit enabl- ing them to park there for ex- tended periods of time. Trustees asked to support broadcast act amendment Separate school trustees have been asked lo support an amendment to the federal Broadcasting Act by Alberta School Trustees' Association president Harald Gunderson. Mr. Gunrlerson, in a letter to the Lethhridge Separate Board to be discussed Wednesday, said Bill C-143 will give trus- tees "a free hand, without cost, !n the use of educational ma- terial produced or leased by the Canadian Broadcasting Cor- poration. "The bill will erase any fur- ther problems, even as those that have arisen with Visual Education Centre, a distributing agency for the, he said. Mr. Gunderson said VEC has launched a number of suits against school boards who have copied and used CBC-produced television material. The bill is being introduced by two Members of Parlia- ment, both former school trus- tees, Dan McKenzie (PC-Winni- peg South Centre) and Allan McKinnon Prior to the 1972 federal elec- tion, Mr. McKenzie was a school trustee for St. James- Assiniboia at Winnipeg. Mr. McKinnon was a trustee for the Victoria School Board. "Both men believe the bill will come up very early and may be talked out. "The Canadian School Trus- tees' Association is actively supporting the adoption of Bill C-143. The executive of the ASTA has voted its support as Mr. Gunderson said. Copies of Mr. Gunderson's letter have been sent to Educa- tion Minister Lou Hyndman and Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster.