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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 17, 1973 Predators can't reach them when lay eggs 20 feet up OFY project places tubs for nesting B.i .TOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer Secure in their wash tubs among the tree-tops, wild geese near Medicine Hat are nesting, hidden from preda- tory rattlesnakes. Construction of more these bucket hide-outs is the task of an Opportunities for Youth project there. Their plan for the conser- vation of the Canada Goose is really very sensible. The usual pattern for the Canada Goose which ranges over most of Canada is to nest each spring on ground near water by marshes, rivers and lakes. Rattle- snakes which abound in this sort of terrain seek out the nests and eat the eggs. The Canada Goose how- ever is not a bird of little brain. Often it adapts to safer nesting areas. It has been known to rear its young on islets or cliffs, in aban- doned tree nests left by larg- er birds like the eagle or hawk. Donald G. Boll, an 18-year- old high school student in Calgary, told The Herald how this OFY project that he shares with his sister and wife began. Mr. Boll's father has long been interested in the nesting problems of the geese. Ten years ago the family lived in Medicine Hat and began their own private attempt to solve the problem. The family eventually dis- covered that old laundry tubs, the kind found inside old wringer washers, would provide a nesting platform for the gsese. The large tubs with their metal strength could support a goose and her goslings, yet were manageable enough to be hoisted 20 feet up a tree and fixed there. Among the tree-tops the geese were safe from the en- croaches cf snakes, foxes and coyotes, their natural foes. The OFY project will use the trees en the land along the South Saskatchewan Riv- er that belongs to the Gra- ham-Ellis ranch, and anoth- er area that belongs to Bert Margraves, the Medicine Hat member of Parliament. The artificial nests are lined with straw and placed high up in the large willow and cottonwood trees. Some branches arc pruned away to make entry to the nests easier for the geese. After Geese in trees About 20 feet above the ground in a wash tub near Medicine Hat, these goose eggs lay waiting to be hatched. Canada G usually lay eggs on 1he ground, but an Opportunities For Youth project is encouraging them to lay eggs in trees, away from rattlesnakes which prey on the eggs. the geese lay their eggs, the female sits on them for a month while the male guards the nest. A small rectangular hole is cut into each tub's wall to allow the goslings to leave the nast when they are ready, usually twenty-four hours after hatching. The exit is necessary because the tub wall is too high for the goslings to hop over. A hole further down would cause immature goslings or eggs to roll out. After the goslings leave the nest, the gander ushers them down to the river and the geese leave the nesting ground until next year. The project members, who have a salary grant for are now searching for dis- carded laundry tubs in city dumps ind jur.kyards. In the summer they will repair old nests as well as setting up new ones. 10 area provincial parks, terton set for tourists The 1973 tourist season of- ficially gets under way this weekend with the opening of Waterton Lakes National Park and 10 smaller camp areas across Southern Alber- ta. Businesses in the Waterton townsite come to life Friday and will remain open until after the Labor Day week- end. The Prince of Wales Hotel is not expected to open until early June. All campgrounds at Water- Tax picture more confusini By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Tax time for property own- ers can be confusing in or- dinary circumstances. This year with the provin- cial government's new prop- erty tax reduction plan in ef- fect, the tax picture is more bewildering than ever. Even veteran city hall money men are shaking their heads as they try to keep up with last minute changes and new wrinkles in the plan. With tax notices due to be sent out May 28. they're just a little fearful that they'll be facing long line-ups at the tax counters of people want- ing to know why they didn't get the refund they thought they should on the education portion of their tax bill. When the government in- troduced the plan under which the school foundation program was to be paid for by increased oil and gas rev- enues, ifc said property own- ers would get tax relief on that part of their tax bill up to a maximum of Anybody whose home was assessed at or higher on the equalized assessment would on the basis of a 30 mill levy for the school foun- dation plan, get the maxi- mum rebate. But in actuality it doesn't work this way, because the homeowner's bill shows his tax according to the local rateable assessment, not the equalized assessm e n t which is used by the provincial gov- ernment to ensure that all municipalities and counties in the province are paying the school levy on an equal assessment basis. In addition, two weeks ago, the school foundation levy was reduced from 30 to 28 mills. The net result in Leth- bridge is that you have to have a home assessed at 640 or higher before you will get the maximum rebate of The rebate on the school foundation portion of the property tax goes down as the assessed value of prop- erty gets loxver reaching a minimum of S100 at an assessment of If your assessment is lower than in Lethbridge you'll stop worrying about the education tax refund and take the homeowner grant which was raised this year to from S75 last yeaV. You can't get both though can take cither the homeowner grant or the edu- cation tax refund, whichever is higher. Home securitv stressed by Police Week displays Security of the home will be emphasized in city police displays today and Friday as Police Week activities continue in Lethbridge. Burglar proof locks, pafo door protectors, wide-angle psek-a-boo viewers, security bells and buzzers and elec- tric eye photo cells are just some of the security devices on display for the general public's viewing. The city force display in the auditorium of the station will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days. The RCMP were to move its display to the College Mall today and it is open for public viewing from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The RCJIP display in- cludes its highway patrol air- craft, a display trailer and several marked cars equip- ped with radar equipment. The trailer contains a RCMP centennial display, communication equipment, a computer, a highway patrol display and various other illustra t i o n s of specialized RCMP work. The RCMP Police Week display will move to the Cen- tre Village Mall Friday and will be open for public view- ing from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pilice forces in Lethbridge are sponsoring Police Week in an attempt to improve po- lice-community relations. Seals drive short The Kiwanis Club of Gresn Acres fell ?250 short of its original Easter Seal Campaign goal for 1973. The club made even though they were sheets of Easter Seals short of the requested to sup- ply the Lethbridge area when the campaign kicked off in April. Every year the sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Green Acres sends out seals to residents in the Lethbridge district with a renuest for a dona- tion. Funds from the Easter Seal Campaign are used to assist handicapped children and adults in Alberta. University names proposed for ivest side streets Streets in the first neigh- borhood in West Lethbridge will bear the names of Ca- nadian, American and Euro- pean universities if sugges- tions made by the city's street naming committee are adopted. Under the proposal, res- idents of the stage one and two areas where lots are now being sold will live on streets Chamber curious about civil service The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce is going after Premier Lougheed in an at- tempt to determine why the provincial civil service is growing. Chamber directors Wednes- day approved a letter of in- quiry which is to be sent to the premier. The letter was prepared by the provincial affairs task force of the chamber. It says the committee has observed that the Alberta taxpayer is supporting an in- creasing number of cml ser- vants. The letter reminds the pre- mier 'of his election cam- paign platform expressing a careful evaluation of the pro- vincial civil service. The reasons for an in- crease in numbers, the letter says, should be explained and justified in the context of the public interest. The letter asks specific questions such as: Docs the government still maintain its stand regard- ing a lesser number of civil servants? Have long-standing depart- ments of government under- gone changes in direction and subsequent functions? Have these changes result- ed in staff obsolescence and if so is this obsolescence being retrained, transferred or phased out of the civil ser- vice? What new departments and expansion of depart- ments have been established under the present, administra- tion? What kind of cost-benefit analysis has been applied to the expansion of the civil ser- vice? After the letter was ap- proved, Dick Gruenwald, So- cial Credit MLA for Leth- bridge West, predicted the chamber would only get a general reply. In other business, it was in- dicated the chamber will be asking for increased mem- bership fees in the future. Response to a voluntary fee increase has indicated merchants are in favor. A committee is to present a proposed membership fee schedule to directors in the near future. The chamber was also in- formed a mealing with Philip Dowling, chairman of the En- vironmental Control Author- ity, will be held at Sven Ericksen's Family Res- taurant at 8 p.m. May 23. Mr. Dowling is scheduled to discuss the purpose of the June 13-14 hearings in Leth- bridge regarding develop- ment of the eastern slopes of the Rockies. named Acadia Rd., Carleton Rd., Dalhousie Rd., Trinity Place, Loyola Place, Laval Blvd., McGill Blvd. and so on. Most of these names are the same as those already on signs marking west side streets that still lead no- where, but they've been re- arranged alphabetically as you move away from the city centre. Some of the names, like Victoria Rd. were dropped because as well as being the name of a Canadian univer- sity they also were name des- ignated geographical areas. The naming of streets according to a neighborhood theme as has been done in other areas of the city is ex- pected to be continued on the west side as new areas are developed. According to city hall fig- ures Wednesday -M lots been sold on the west side. Lot prices range from as high as for lots closest to the lake, most of which have already been sold, to as little as for half of a duplex on a 40-foot lot. ton are open, with the excep- tion of Cameron Lake, still under four feet of snow. Cam- eron Lake should be ready for visitors by mid-June, park spokesmen" say. Last season, people entered the Waterton gates. This year, because of the mild winter and early spring, park attendance was up 82 per cent from mid-April to the end of the month. Tent and trailer spots with- in the townsite are available at per night without electrical hook ups. The townsite trailer park, at S4 per night, offers all facili- ties: electricity, sewage, wa- ter, showers, kitchens. A S2 park entrance fee pro- vides access not only to Wa- ter .on but to all othsr nation- al parks in Canada. For the fisherman, a na- tional park licence allows fishing in all federal parks. If the influx of tourists be- comes as large as in past years, a new 150-site camp- ground outside the park will take the overflow this sum- mer. The privately-owned facili- ty is located on the Waierton- Pincher Creek Highway and provides serviced tent and trailer sites. Sailings by the SS Interna- tional will not begin until the Prince of Wales Hotel opens. The 250-passenger ship sails from the Waterton townsite to a ranger station on the United States end of the lakes. Passengers can disembark- on U.S. shores for hiking be- fore returning to Waterton. The International schedules two sailings each afternoon, one cadi morning. Cabin cruises are expected to be available this weekend at Waterton. One or both o{ the 40 and 44-passenger cruis- ers will provide shoreline sailings for tourists. Provincial parks, open year-round, ire ready for the summer surge of visitors to Southern Alberta. There are 10 provincial parks within the immediate Lethbridge area, including: WOOLFORD PARK Located near Cardston, this park has facilities for camp- ing and picnicking. For those who can brave the cold, there is swimming in the St. Mary's River. Huge trees surround the park, providing protec- tion from sun and wind. LITTLE BOW The orchard type atmo- sphere of Little Bow Park, plus the beauty of the sur- rounding lake and hills, com- bine to create an ideal set- ting for picnickers, campers and boaters. The park is lo- cated in a coulee 13 miles east of Champion. It offers good fishing on Travers Res- ervoir for yellow perch, northern pike and whitefish. PARK LAKE Large poplar trees provide shade and give Park Lake a relaxing atmosphere. A 15- minute drive north of Leth- bridge takes the visitor to this man made reservoir where swimming and boating are popular. TABER On the Oldman River, two miles north of the Taber town- site, is a small park known for its watching oppor- tunities. Picnicking accounts for the greatest use of this park. WRITING-ON-STONE Situated 20 jniles east of Highway 4 on the Milk River, this park is one of the most intertVJng to visit. At differ- ent times it was a home for the North West Mounted Po- lice in Alberta, a whiskey smuggling passage into Can- ada from the U.S. and on Indian writing ground. Picnic and camping facilities are available. BEAUVAIS LAKE Beauvais Lake Park is lo- cated 15 miles southwest of Pincher Creek between the foothills and sub-alpine re- gion. The water in the lake is extremely cold but the trout fishing and boating is excellent. CHAIN LAKES As one of Alberta's most heavily stocked trout lakes, Chain Lakes is one of the most favored parks in the province. It has facilities for boating and camping, 20 miles off Highway 2 west of Nanton. CYPRESS HILLS The largest of Alberta's provincial parks is located 40 miles souUieaft of Medi- cine Hat. The hills rise feet above the prairie. Trout fishing and a nearby golf course compliment wildlife and plant life. POLICE OUTPOST Alberta's most southern park has the international boundary between Canada and the U.S. as its southern limit. Outpost Lake provides good trout fishing and small craft boating. Camping and picnicking facilities available. WILLOW CREEK The terrain surrounding Willow Creek Park is char- acterize by rolling hills, cou- lees and creeks. The main activities are camping, pic- nicking and swimming. Just 10 miles west of Highway 2, it receives most of its visit- ors from Nanton, Stavely and Claresholm. MIKE SUTHERLAND Chamber hires manager o A former information ser- vices co-crdinator for the University of Lethbridge is the new secretary-manager oi tha LeJibridge Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors ap- proved the appointment of Mike Sutherland at their Wed- nesday meeting. Mr Sutherland, 30, was one of 20 persons who applied for the position following the resignation of Wilf Bowns. Mr. Bowns has taken a posi- tion with the. provincial de- partment of agriculture. Mr. Sutherland received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1965, then took courses in commerce at the university. He joined the University of Lelhbridge as information co- ordinator in September of 1967, and resigned from the position July 31, 1972. As chamber secretary- manager, his salary will be a year plus" for car expenses. Tha appointment is cffec- the June 1. Swim club registration under way A summer competitive swim club will bs started next week at the Lion's Pool a. 411 16th St. N. The community services department is providing the facilities to enable local swim- mers who do not train in the winter to learn competitive sv.im.mnsj and possibly com- pete in the Southern Alberta Alberta Summer Games in Raymond, July 25- 28 Registrations for the club vill be taken today from 7 to 10 p.m. in the main lobby of (he Civic Sports Centre, 420 llth St. S. Stamps displayed this iveek The annual exhibition of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society is being held this week at the College Mall. This year's exhibition con- sists of 22 displays, each con- taining eight large album sheets. The displays are of stamps featuring: special design, spoils figures, the postal his- tory, the railroad, Russian sports activities, printing me- thods used in producing Cana- dian stamps, and flowers. The exhibition judge will be Calgary collector, Douglas Reid. ;