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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta DISTRICT Grain floivs at Spring Coulee elevator Spring Coulee Alberto Wheat Pool elevator operator Ron Hansen, left, manages one of the largest businesses in town. Here he handles a load of grain from Spring Coulee farmer Roy Johnson right. Elevator operators handle lots of grading, segregating, buying, main- tairving quality and shipping the vital food product. Hansen must keep in formed on the grain industry and policies and procedures. He acts as an information source, advisor, interpreter and reporter for hi s customers. D'ARCY RICKARD photo Huge, cavernous Wheat Pool elevators have double legs, hold bu. T.-ast of articles Bj D'ARCV Herald District Editor SPRING COULEE I stand in awe of grain ele- vators. The Alberta Wheat Pool has developed an awe-inspir- ing system. Kon Hansen, Pool operator at Spring Coulee, filled me in on grain elevators recent- ly. Holland has its windmills; southern Alberta has its grain elevators. Now that the Alberta Wheat Pool is marking its 50th an- niversary, maybe we should explore these great grain cupboards that mark thou- sands of Alberta towns. Marg Limn of P i n c h e r Creek tells me her dad was a grain buyer. When she was a child she climbed the lad- der inside to the top. Don't lry it if 3011 get dizzy easy. Rural boys often earn a few dollars cleaning out the bins. DOUBLE LEGS Many Pool elevators have been modernized to make them more efficient. They have double legs so that the operator can receive, and load out, grain at the same time. They are equipped with double loading spouts, to allow for faster leading of box cars and the newer hop- per cars. Receiving scales have been replaced, increasing their ca- pacity from 30 to 50 tons. The elevator structure it- self, without the storage annex, may be of a size rang- ing from bushels to The new ''composite" ele- vators now being built by the Miss Whitesel wins gold cord COUTTS (HNS) Coutts Ranger, Geraldine Whitesel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Whitesel of Coutts, was Joe Boone surprised over concern PICTURE BUTTR fSpec- 5al) Volunteer firefighters ileft their jobs here recently to fight a fire at the Joe Boone farm, one mile east of town, only to find Mr. Boone happily cleaning up his yard and burning the refuse. Apparently a "concerned neighbor" had placed the fire call, giving the name of a nearby livestock office as the source of the report. "It would really help the fire department i f people were sure of their informa- tion before said Fire Chief Bill Vogt in reporting on the false alarm. "We've even had people calling in as a prank. But with brigades, such calls are no joke when em- ployees have to leave work, rush to the fire hall, and pro- ceed to the fire site." one of the 50 girls receiving the Gold Cord, highest award given to Girl Guides and Ran- gers. Gold Cord certificates were presented by Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan, lieutenant gov- ernor of Alberta, at the Pro- vincial Museum and Archives of Alberta, Edmonton. The colors were presented by Miss Laura Harrison and the llth Edmonton Guide Company. Invocation was by Rev. Ian Macmillan, St. Paul's United Church. Mrs. W. E. Beaty, provin- cial c o m m i s s i o n er. Girl Guides of Canada, gave the welcome. A Gold Cord girl, Brenda Lee Peeling, spoke. Benediction was given by Rev. Don Mac-Donald, St. An- thony's Parish. The 43 girls present were from Brantford, Ont., Lang- ley, B.C.. one from the U.S., Calgary, Champion. Cochrane, Coutts. Edmonton, Hillcrest, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Rimbey and Sherwood Park. VISITORS IRON SPRINGS (HNS) Mr. and Mrs. D. Jolie and daughter. Miss Delia Joiie, of ror1 St. James. B.C., wore re- cent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Sorgard. Alberta Wheat Pool range up to 170.000 bushels. An average elevator capac- ity in the province, with an- nex, would be between 80.000 and 90.000 bushels and the elevator itself would have about 30 bins. Depending on the market situation in a given year, and the kind of grain involved, grain may be held in the ele- vator anywhere from four to 15 months. NEVER A DULL DAY Operator Ron Hansen says he never has a dull day, win- ter or summer. "Farmers are always drop- ping he says. "Some- times I can't get any work done. You've got to be'a man- ager, consultant, worker and public relations man all wrap- ped into one. Farmers are loaded with Some- times it helps if you just talk about fishing." FRIENDLY TOWN Ron says Spring Coulee makes up in friendliness what it lacks in size. He is a responsible mem- ber of his community, a good neighbor, deeply interested in the people he plans and works with. Tempted often to put a "gone fishing" sign on the Pool elevator, Ron has to stick with it. There is a heavy load of paper work and book- keeping. The manag- er lias become a key person in the administration of var- ious government and Cana- dian Wheat Board programs. Mr. Hansen manages one of the largest businesses :n town. He handles grain receives, grades, segregates, buys, maintains quality con- trol and ships it. He handles farm inputs such as seed, fertilizer, and chemicals. He makes these available to his customer so as to assist them, in gaining the largest possible returns from their farming opera- tions. The Alberta Wheat Pool operator has a fantastic range of responsibilities. He keeps informed on grain industry and agricultural policies and procedures and acts as an information source, advisor, interpreter and reporter for his customers. Ron keeps up to date about Pool affairs and discusses such matters with his mem- bers and patrons. At home, Ron and his wife Flo-Ann, and his family, are a part of the communtiy and are usually actively involved in a wide range of commun- ity activities. From the pit to the loading out scale, the elevator operat- or is a very important link in the chain of services involved in moving Alberta grain to domestic and foreign mar- kets Extended area service is possible TABER (HNS) The pos- sibility of providing "extended area service" (toil free call- ing) from the Taber exchange was confirmed by Telephones and Utilities Minister Roy Far- ran in correspondence received by Taber's industrial co-ordina- tor Ross Gibb. It will be more than three years before this service