Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
it THE UTHBRIDCE HERAID Friday, May 11, 1973 Thefts in city up one-fifth over last year By WARKEX CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer The number of thefts in- creased 24 per cent in the first four months this year over the corresponding figure last year, according to the April statist leal reoprt issued Thursday by Lethbridge police. From Jan. 1 to April 30 this year a total of 608 thefts were reported in the city, against last year's total for the same period of 489. Commenting en the figures, Chief Ralph Michelson said part of the reason for the in- crease was people's careless- ness with their property. In an attempt to reverse the tide, city police will be sponsoring a display of secur- ity devices for home and business, in conjunction with police week which begins Monday. The displays rail be set up in the auditorium of the po- lice station and will ba open to the public Thursday and Friday. The report also indicates that for the first four months of 1973, no sericiis crimes, such as rape, or murder, have fcesn committed in Lethbridge. Last year, city police had investigated 2 at- tempted murders in t h e JsntratT-thrcugh-April period. Police carried out 34 road- side 24-hour suspensions of drivers' licences in April, bringing the 1973 total to 111. One factor which may dim Chief Michelson's hope for a fatality-free year is the num- ber of speeding offences. There were 225 tickets Is- sued for exceeding a posted speed limit last month for a four-month tc-tal of 890. When speeding in school zones, and "excessive or unreason- able rates of speed" are taken into consideration, 881 speeding offences were com- mitted to the end of April, compared with a same-period total in 1972 of. 754. In normal circumstances, the chief said, a traffic acci- dent in which the vehicle, or vehicles are travelling at the speed limit, should not cause a fatality. There were 181 accidents last month, causing 29 injur- ies and about in prop- erty damage. While the num- ber of accidents increased from the March tally of 170, injuries decreased from 44. Traffic prosecutions handled in April declined to 662 from the March figure of 850. Traffic Insp. Bill West said in the report, "It is also in- teresting to note that Thurs- days to be the day when most accidents occur, (and) running with a close second is Saturday. As a sidelight: force mem- bers gave formal lectures to students and citizens last roonth. ENGINEERING POSITION IS 'OVERPASS NOT NEEDED' A pedestrian overpass at 5th. Ave. S. and Mayor Ma- grath Drive is not warranted from a traffic engineering point of view, says the city's engineering director. Randy Holfeld said in an interview Thursday the vol- ume of pedestrian and vehi- cular traffic at the intersec- tion where parents backed by separate school trustees are asking for an overpass, is such that under normal circumstances the present traffic light controls are ade- quate. Mr. Holfeld was careful to point out that traffic engine- ering is a statistical not an emotional science and en- gineers have to operate on that basis.' It's been shown in Calgary and ether cities, Mr. Holfeld said, that for an overpass to be successful people have to be forced to use it by putting up fences adjacent to it. Mr. Holfeld said traffic counts were taken at the in- tersection last year and re- counts are being taken as part cf a routine city traffic study thai has been under- way for two weeks. He said the previous survey showed many pedestrians as well as vehicles were ignor- ing traffic control at the in- tersection. 'We voted too quickly'' Council to consider bus fare backtrack Surfing anyone? There no rush on surf boards, but proportion- ately the wind-whipped waves of Henderson Lake still managed to pound ashore in impressive-looking fashion this week. The big blow has ended says the weatherman with winds which gusied to more than 50 m.p.h. both Tuesday and Wednesday net expected to be more than a breezy 10-15 m.p.h. Saturday and Sunday. Sunny skies ere also forecast for most of the weekend with highs in the 60-65 degree range. Students to participate in mechanics competition Vancouver orchestra touring the E'tucwnts from Leihbridga and Cpaldale will travel to Calgary Wednesday to parti- cJiate in a provincial auto mechanics competition spon- sored by Chrysler Canada Ltd. Eighteen teams are enter- ed in the competition, which provides a scholarship for the winning students in the national finals. On the provincial level. more than in scholar- ships, trophies, tools and au- tomotive components for the schools are available. Competing from the city two Grade 12 students at the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute, Layne Whipple and Henry Warkentin. LCI has been sponsored locally by Fleming Motors Ltd. Kate Andrews High School at, Coaldale will be repre- sented My Dwayas Bacruk arcd Werner Schrage. The, al- ternate team member from Coaldale is Dan Ratzlaff. Teams are entered from Calgary, Ciaresholm, Drum- heller, Red Deer, Coald a 1 e ard Lethbridge. National finals will be held at Winnipeg in June. At Calgary, students will be given a written exam and v.iii be given new Chrysler autos which have been me- chanically altered by the manufacturer. Students must locate the problems and correct any malfunctions to bring the cars back to new condition. If one item is missed, the tesm is disqualified. 'to Would people in Leth- bridge. Cardston or Caaldale get upset if they knaw an orchestra that was booked to play there considered the en- gagement as "going to play in the George Zukerman. admin- istrator of the Vancouver Ra- dio Orchestra, says "yes people would get upset and that's why when attempting a tour to some the smaller centres in the country an or- chestra has to make the pso- pla feel it really wanted to coma there and enjoys what it's doing. The best way to insure this feeling, Mr. Zukerman said is if the orchestra truly feels this way. "We do feel this he said. "To us a concert in Lethbridge is as important as a concert in Vancouver or Toronto." Mr. Zukerman said the Alberta dental meeting in Lethbridge June 7, 8 Dentists from across the province will meet in Leth- bridge next month for the an- nual convention cf the Alberta Dental Association. The meeting will be bald June 7 and 8 in the Holiday Inn and is expected to at- tract about 125 dentists. Keil Crawford, provincial health minister, is scheduled to speak at one luncheon. The president of the Cana- dian Dental Association is also a guest speaker. The theme cf the conven- tion. The Future Shcck of Preventive Dentistry, will be presented by Dr. George Birrback. an Illinois dentist. Medic-Alert speaks for those who cant Life underwriters endorse program By BERXICE HERLE Herald Staff Writer The man lies very still on the pavement. The city police- man comes up close, peers at him and mutters "drunk again" and begins to move him to take him to the jail. As he moves the man's arm and he sees a bracelet on John S.'s arm with the Medic-Alert symbol on it. He flips it over and reads: "I'm a diabetic my insulin doasage is. John S. would have died in the jail cell if he hadn't re- ceived his insulin dosage and if the policeman hadn't not- iced the bracelet on his arm. Medic Alert speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves in an emergency. May is Medic Alert month and a campaign is being aimed at diabetics, hemophil- iacs and others whose spe- cial condition should be known in an emergency. The Canadian Medic-Alert Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization estab- lished to protect people with hidden medical problems. It is endorsed by the Life Under- writers Association cf Canada through its 83 local associa- tions. Reed Ainsccugh, president of the Life Underwriters As- sociation of .Lethbridge, says the Medic Alert program really has two aims. The first being to encour- age people to wear a brace- let cr. necklace which identi- fies any medical problem that should be recognized in case of an emergency. A secondary purpose is to educate .all persons who may be called upon to give first aid or emergency treatment to recognize such warning id- entification. Mr. Ainscough said all Medic-Alert members are pro- vided with a stainless steel bracelet or necklace that has the symbol of the medical profession and the words "Medic-Alert" engraved and emblazoned in. red on the face of the emblem. He said the bracelet is just a warning sign and added in- formation such as the physi- cian, next of kin and details otr an individual's disease are on a wallet card. Canada is just one of the many countries associated with Medic-Alert. It is known around the world and is an inter national organization with a central file and head- quarters in Turlock, Califor- nia. Mr. Ainscough said all Medic-Alert member's files are sent to this central office and information- in these files is obtainable at a moment's nc tice by physicians and other authorized personnel in an emergency. The president said about people in Canada are Medic-Alert members. The basic lifetime membership charge is Further information on Medic-Alert can be obtained by contacting a local life in- surance agent or by writing to The Canadian Medic-Alert Foundation, 174, St. George Street, Toronto 5, Ontario. Tin a diabetic Radio Orchestra specializes in going to unus- ual places in Canada to play. The 30-member orchestra is presently en a tour of re- mote and unique areas of Canada such as Fort McMur- ray, Alta.; Uranium. City, Sssk.; Inuvik, N.W.T. The orchestra is also visiting Medicine Hat and Saskatoon and was in Lethbridge for a concert Wednesday. who decide to live in a rural community have ju-x as much right to enjoy good arts as people who de- cide to live in pretigious he said in an inter- view Thursday. The Vancouver Radio Or- chestra, Mr. Zukerman said, locks upon this particular torn- as an opportunity for Canadian artists to do impor- tant things within Canada. The tour is made possible by the substantial grants from the Canada Council, the government oi the Northwest Territories; the music perfor- mance trust funds cf the re- cording industry, the Kosrner Foundation, the B.C. Cultural Fund and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Mr. Zukerman is also the executive d i r e c t o r of the Overture Concert Association of Canada, which gainers tal- ent and arranges the concerts for certain arees. He said the Overture Con- cert Association trys to offer durjig the year something that has a little bit of appeal for everyone. The performance of the Vancouver Radio Orchestra was the last concert in the Overture Concert Series, 1972- 73 for Lethbridge. By ANDY OGLE Herald S'wff Writer That five cant bus fare in- crease voted in by city council were discussed. guson opposed at a special bud- gei mesting at which a number cf other items including water rates and the 1971 mill rate May 2, might not come into effect after all. Aid. Tom Ferguson has served a notice cf motion ask- ing thai the increase, which was to go into effect July 1, be rescinded. "We voted it in a little too said Aid. Ferguson Thursday. "There was too much coming at us all at once." Council approved the in- crease with "only Mayor Andy Anderson and Aid. Vera Fer- According to city officials, a fare increase automatically yields a reduction in passen- bsrs resulting in little or no gain in net revenue. Utilities director Oli Erdcs estimates with a 15 cent fare revenue would increase roughly five per cent while ridership would fall off as much as 20 par cert. "People will take their cars just on the principle cf the he says. Hembroff backs increases Aid. Vaughan Hembroff who submitted the five cent in- crease motion to council's bud- get deliberations disagrees. "How one he asks. "I don't believe it will go down that much." Aid- Hembrcff says that while he realizes tha transit system will never pay for it- self completely, there should be a better return on its opera- tion. "It's just too darn much Of a deficit, he says. "We just can't justify it." "No doubt the 30-cent fare has been popular and ridership has been strong. Bvt I think it will stay strong and we should be getting a better return on it." "Surely a ride downtown from wherever is worth 15 cents." Aid. Hembrcff admitted, how- ever, ha surprised by the strength of the fare increase vote, as council's expressed policy ever since the 10 cent fare was introduced in Janu- ary, 1972, has been that the transit is a service and net a utility and hence no at- tempt should be made to make it pay for itself. What has been the effect of the 10 cent fare, lowest in Canada, on the city's bus oper- ation? Low fare increased riders According to the transit sys- tem's annual report for 1972, ridership increased nearly five per cent over the year, due mainly to the reduced fares. The fares previously had been 20 cents or six tickets for SI for adults and 12 tickets for Sl for children ami students. Average fare was 12 cents. The across-the-board 10 cent exact fare greatly simplified the fare operation. There was also a consider- able drop in fare passenger revenue, according to the re- psrt, but this was anticipated as it had been estimated a 30 per cent ridership increase was required to offset the revenue loss from fare reductions. The transit system's deficit in 1972 was up nearly from 1971's loss. But part of this was attribu- table to purchase in 1972 of one new passenger bus and two school buses at a cost of 000. New equipment in cost Another factor also enters the picture the free passes given senior citizens. In 1971, this cost the transit system about in lost fares, but this sum was counted as tran- sit department revenue through allocation from the city's gen- eral reserves. In 1972 the allo- cation was not made. 1972 deficit attributed Thus, about 1972 deficit is new equipment and loss of the allocation for senior citizen fares. City council has approved purchase of three new passen- ger buses this year at a cost of Transit system revenue in of the tor John Frouws in his annual attributable to report, but LethbrSdge buses in 1954 when figures were first kept. In bad weather, the daily- average of passengers now is including fare- paying passengers, senior citizens on free passes and 1972 was higher from its char- students on school bus runs, tor and school bus operations When the weather is better this at than from regular average fluctuates between fares which netted 000 to It's still tough to compete Total number of passenger against cars, says transit direc- trips in 1972 were 720 graduates at high schools Possession charge set to June 6 A 53-year-old Lethbridge man who has pleaded not guilty to possession of a stol- en, old-age pension cheque was remanded to June 6 at the request of the defence. William Winkler, a resident of the Plainsman Hotel, is charged that on March 29 he was in possession cf a pension cheque belonging to William McPherson, a patient at Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital. The request for postpone- ment was made to give the defence time to get another witness. More than 700 students at Let'hbridge's three high schools be involved with graduation ceremonies this and next throughout the city. At the Lethbridge Col- legiate Institute, 454 Grade 12 stucteris will the banquet tonight at in the Exhibition Pavilion. Guest speaker will be Dr. Keith Robin, director of con- tinuing education at bridge Community College. Class valedictorian is Dawn McCaugherty. The LCI invocation cere- mony was held Thursday from the Southminster Church Hall. A hundred and six senior students from Catholic Cen- tra! High School began grad- uation at 9 a.m. today with a MESS from St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The graduation ceremony will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. from the Yates Memori- al Centre. Guest speaker will ba W. B. Lambert, assistant professor of English at the University of Lethbridge. Valedictorian for Catholic Central grads is Mary Anne Farrington. The school's spring prom will be held Saturday at 9 p.m. from Catholic Central. At Winston Churchill High School, 160 students will at- tend the graduation banquet May 18 at p.m. at the Exhibition Pavilion. A dance will follow at 10 p.m. at the school. Guest speaker for the WCHS ceremony will be Ernie Dawscn, a teacher at Gilbert Paters o n School. Valedictorian is Karen Kropi- nak. No awards, scholarships or bursaries will be present- ed at any of the graduation ceremonies. Each school schedules a special awards day in the fall for that pur- pose. Thieves take gun from school No damage wr.s done to Fleetwood Bawdcn school, 9th Ave. and 4t.h St., during a break Wednesday right. Thieves brclrj into the school by snitching a wir.dow in the iiicir.-sraicr room. About was stolen from the desks of several teachers a starting pistol was also taken. The money had been col- lected from students to pur- chase books.