Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 16, 1973 A cold shower to dampen the surfs spirits This method of beating the heat backfired for three-year-old Beverly Mack, of 2019 13th Ave. N. who shivers with cold (right) after a dash through the sprinkler. The heat wave pushed the mercury up to 85 in the city Tues- day, just three degrees snort of the record high for May 15 of 88 set in 1910 and equalled in 1931. A high of 82 in Pincher Creek Tuesday tied the record high there set in 1924. A slight cooling trend is pre- dicted for Thursday setting the temperature back into the 70's and with the pos- sibility of thundershowers later in the doy. BILL GROENEN Most stores., offices closed Victoria Day For many Lethbridge resi- dents Victoria Day will mean an extra day. For others it will only be a noi- mal working day. The court house and provin- cial judge's court will be clos- ed Monday, reopening Tues- day. The majority of lawyers' offices are also expected to be closed. Federal and provincial gov- ernment offices will be closed for the day. Doctors will not have office hours Monday although emer- gency service will be pro- vided. Dental offices will also be closed all day. There will be no milk or bread deliveries M o n day. Normal deliveries will be made Tuesday. City buses will operate on holiday hours Monday with one bus serving North Leth- bridge and one bus serving South Lethbridge. Most city stores will be closed on Victoria Day, al- though several confectioner- ies and smaller stores will be open. Time Air will operate on its Sunday schedule Monday Greyhound Bus Lines will maintain its regular Monday schedule. City hall will be closed for the entire day. The automatic secretary will provide emer- gency telephone numbers. Essential services such as the powerhouse, water treatment plant, police and fire will be maintained. Banks will etay open until fi p.m. Friday but will be closed Saturday and Monday. Beer parlors and cocktail lounges will be open all day Monday. The Herald will not publish on Victoria Day. At the Fritz Sick Pool Mon- day, there will be family swimming from 30 a.m. to 12 noon, adult swimming 12 to 1 p.m., and public swimming from to p.m. The YMCA will be closed for the day but the YWCA will continue with its regular program. The Sir Alexander Gait Museum will be kept open Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. by members of the Lethbridge Historical Society. There will be no mail deli- very on Victoria Day and the post office and sub post of- fices will not be opened for wicket sendee. The lock-box lobby will remain open on its 24-hour basis. Regular hours will be resumed Tuesday. Area proiects JL seek solution to seep By ETC SVFIHART Herald Staff Writer Three special pilot proj- ects will combat the growing agricultural problem of salt deposits which are rendering many acres of farm land useless. A co-ordinating committee has been formed to plot re- search and to evaluate the work. Montana and North Dakota are aiso experiencing alkali and the Alberta committee will be making study ex- changes with the United States researchers. Thousands of pamphlets have been sent to Southern Alberta farmers telling about the problem and re- searchers are doing. More than 300 .have replied, stat- ing individual problems. Alkali, or saline seep, leaves land useless to most crops. It is caused by water moving through the soil and carrying salt to the surface. With a growing fear that saline seep could cause eco- nomic hardship on farmers, the committee has arranged with six farmers in three districts to plan new crop ro- tations and new crcps to com- bat the problem. The committee uses the principle that moisture enters the land and, if net used by plants or the atmosphere or lost through ground drainage, drains at a low spot ar.d forms a wet area or water body. A lar.d basin tncludes all land through which water drains. The entire area is used because all the mois- ture draining from high areas could contribute to saline seep in low areas. About acres of land in the Champion district belong- ing to Hubert Warren, Elmer Deal and Albert and Leslie Krasman will be studied. In the MD cf Willow Creek, Claresholm farmer Howard (Lefty) Huddle will allow tho committee to suggest reme- dies using one quarter of a section of his land. Committee member Jack McCracken, head of the Leth- bridge office cf the provincial environment d e p a rtmsnt, says the total basin area in the Claresholm region could total acres. Another quarter section east cf Milk River belonging to Ken Welsh will be the site of a pilot project. Up to 2.500 acres could be used in the study in this region. Mr. McCracken says as the study progresses, more peo- ple will be involved in re- search and more fanners will be asked to allow researchers to use their ted. Part cf the work being done this year involves using var- ious types cf crops and var- ious methods of farming. Officials now believe that large areas of summerfallow left for an entire year may contribute to saline seep be- cause the land tends to re- tain underground water more readily than land which is being used to grow crops. In the Champion project, strips cf land will be farmed with alfalfa. Alfalfa requires a great deal of water and officials are predicting that if the hay crop is planted uphill from the discharge area, the extra moisture may be used by the plants before it can be discharged to de- posit salt on the ground. Recording machines will be installed at various locations throughout the study area to determine which method of cropping is most effective in stopping the discharge. Through aerial photography mapping, officials have de- termined that the area of farmland and pastureland being affected by salt depo- sits is growing rapidly. Photographs taken cf the Peigan Indian Reserve in 1961 and 1970 show a six-fold increase of saline seep on cultivated land and a two-fold increase on pasture land in the 10-year period. Prices to increase furniture market concerns manufacturer, retailer and consumer Festival begins Monday The week-long arts festival oigsnized by Playgoers of Lethbridge to celebrate their gulden anniversary begins Monday at the Yates Mem- orial Centre Tickets are to each per- formance. Curtain time all week is 8 p.m. In a wide spectrum of tal- ent from the Lethbridge dis- trict, tho festival offers pro- Games society delavs j hiring general manager A general manager for the Lethbridge, Southern Alb-rta Winter Games society may not be selected until fall, 1873. The society had narrowed a field of 60 applicants down to three last week but has since decided there is no hurry to fill the position, Vera Ferguson, society vice-prasi- tier.4 said Tuesday. Mrs. Ferguson said the so- ciety was to'.d last week by Ld Sebeatyn, of (he 1971 Winter Games so- ciety in Saskatoon, that plans in this area are well ahead of schedule. For that reason, there is real pressure to hire a gen- eral manager now, she said. The society has advertised it will pay about a year for the manager. Inquest next week The inquest into the death of 17-year-old Jo h n Scott Davis will be held May 23, nat today as earlier reported. The inquest will be at the provincial courthouse, 4th Av- enue and llth Street S., at 2 p.m. auctions of straight drama and dance, a musical comedy and a concert. Pineapple Poll by the Jol- liffe Academy of Dancing ar.d Black Comedy by Playgoers combine in a double bill May 21 and 22. Students from Coaldale's Kate Andrews High School will put on four short one-act plays May 23 under the dir- ection of Frank Featherstone. Fifty years of music is the theme of Th? Big Band in a concert May 21. Playgoers of Lethbridge re- appear May 25 and 26 with their musical comedy Oh What a Lovely War. A free performance of The- a'tre for Children takes place at 10 a.m. May 26 by the Lsth- bridge Youth Theatre under the direction of Joan Waiter- field. Parents are also wel- come. Sales for the reserve seat performances are slow but beginning top pick up, accord- ing to Leister's Music. High demand, short Furniture, clothing join inflation spiral By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Prices are going up and up. Demand is going up and up. Supply is going down ar.d down. Where it's going to end, nobody knows for sure. So say local furniture and clothing merchants. If a person wants to spe- cial order good quality furni- ture, he should do so six to eight months ahead of when he needs the goods, advises one furniture dealer. Where it used- to take seven to eight weeks to receive spe- cial order furniture from good line major companies in the east, it now takes that many months to get ther merchan- dise, he said. Some Eastern Canadian manufacturers are net accept- ing any mere orders for deli- very this year, several furni- ture dealers said. what makes things even tougher now is I hut there are no price guaran- tees. Prices change Dealers are receiving pries changes every two to three months from the manufactur- ers. They are advised prices are subject to change with- out notice. A chesterfield suite today might have a price tag of a month from now and by the time it is delivered. The price of qual- ity furniture is expected to rise 15 to 16 per cent this year. Most furniture dealers, avixve of the demand and supply situation for this year, ordered mare furniture than usual so they would have the product on hand. One store is carrying a 50 per cent greater inventory than usual and is planning on doubling its order for next year. The Store is already ordering for the February- April season. "We have a dynamite sit- uation here. If styles change drastically, we could be stuck with our be said. Clothing costs The problem today is not a matter of selling furniture, one dealer said. People seem to have the money. The pro- blem is in getting the mer- chandise. Local dealers agree there are two major problems af- fecting Eastern manufactur- ers. The buoyant economy and surplus cash in the hands of the consumer have caused the demand for furniture to rise sharply. While the manufacturers are struggling to meet the demands, they are beset by a labor shortage. Tr.ey are un- able to obtain and retain skill- ed labor. The manager of a local de- partment store said special orders for case goods and upholstered furniture now takes a minimum of sis weeks for delivery. There are guarantees at all" when the order will be delivered, he said. Three to four years ago, delivery could be guar- anteed within a month. The department store, he said, has an advantage in that its furniture is bought md built under special con- tract. Demand and labor shortage, however, is caus- ing problems in obtaining merchandise. Stores are buy- ing in advance and stocking more than ever beiore to avoid special orders, he said. He forecast a furniture price increase of seven to 10 per cent this year compared with the normal three to five per cemt increase. A local manufacturer of upholstered furniture c o n- firmed the problem ex- perienced in the east. He has had a 50 per cent turnover of night labor in the last year. Furniture production has doubled in the last year, he reported, and there is ''a fair backlog of orders." Lumber and fabric prices have been going wild, be said, and the company just could not hold the price on draperies and furniture any longer. They were raised this month. Labor shortage According to the manufac- turer and local clothiers, there is a world-wide problem in supplying fabric. The furniture manufacturer said two Canadian mills he deals with won't quote prices on material. They say they v.-ill advise on the price the day of shipment only. The price of cotton goods supplied from India has dou- bled in the last year, he said. A supply contract doesn't rnsan anythir.g now. If one firm doesn't like the price, there are others that will. The demand for material is similar to the demand for furniture. Clothing has already jump- ed in price this year and a further increase is expected this fall. One clothier said Japan has purchaised 50 per cent of the U.S. cotton crop for 1973- 74 and 50 per cent of the 1974- 75 crop. Manufacturers of men's clothing have advised they can no longer absorb the cost of wools and trimmings, let alone labor. Suit prices have climbed So, and more in- creases are expected. No end in sight The already high price leather clothing is holding fairly even, he said. Mills no longer contract their product but go to the open market, creating hot competition among manufac- turers. An shirt a few monttw ago now sells for he said. Work overalls from the U.S which used to cost wholesale and sell for a pair now sell for "I don't know Where It's going to end. It's hard on the ordinary working man. Many are reclaiming their old clothes instead of buying new ones." He forecast a price increase of at least 10 per cent this lall in men's clothing. A major department store manager said there is an acute shortage of men's shirts and suits. Canadian and Far East manufacturers have a short supply of cloth- ing, he said. He forecast an increase mf 10 per cent in the price of most clothing this fall, more than double the normal three to four per cent inflationary increase. A local manufacturer said the flood along the Mississ- ippi delta in the U.S. has added increased pressure on cotton. Cotton prices have generally increased 40 per cent in the last year, he said. Mail guilty of driving without care A 23-year-old Lethbridge man pleaded guilty in Leth- bridge Provincial Court Tues- day to a charge of driving without due care and atten- tion. Garry Allan Low, 1027 llth St. S., was fined plus costs. Z a, An 13-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge cf driving without due care and attention and was fined and costs. Leslie Walter Johnson, 3009 llth Ave. S., was charged May 10 after he was unable to negotiate a turn with his vehicle and hit a parked car causing damage.