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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, May 19, 1973 midst BILL GROENEN photos A brook bubbling into a sparkling poo', with a lovely Japanese girl resting dur- ing height of day's heat. Where else but at the Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden in Leth- bridge which opened Friday for the summer. Dawn Matsuno, a student at the University of Lethbridge, is one of the garden's summer guides. October production start for Palliser Distillery At Buchanan School television monitor and camera sit while class works on something else tnwai 'Better training and staff are needed? if local program is lo succeed By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge school trustees haven't gene far enough in their program to provide edu- cational television in city classrooms, says vies prin- cipal Winters Brooks. Mr. Brooks, who directs the ETV schedule at Senator Buchanan. School, says full value for the taxpayers' dol- lar is being thwarted by in- adequate equipment, inade- quate training and inade- quate staff. "We just got seme better quality tapes this year but. we still haven't had enough training in ETV' use. "The former librarian fat Buchanan) and I had a train- ing class put on by the sales- men who provided the ETV equipment, but it was very short. "We learned a lot more af- ter we got the machine and .started horsing around with Mr. Brooks says. Like all other schools in the city's two systems, Buchanan was provided an ETV cam- era, monitor and recorder. Unlike many of the other schools, students at Bu- chanan do not .operate the equipment. Mr, Brooks says the facilities are too valuable, end complicated enough for teachers, let alone a Grace 6 student. 1-1.3 says a four-week course at the Lethbridge Community College, possibly during the evening, would benefit many teachers in ETV u.-e. Belter yet. he says, would be a full-time ETV specialist in each of the schools. "They should have someone on staff who has the time to utilize this equipment proper- ly. Someone who could spend half time teaching, and the rest devoted to ETV would htlp make tha best use of the Mr. Brooks says. He says full-time librar- ians are common place in all schools. The amount of mon- ey spent by local trustees on ETV certainly justifies em- ployment cf a, specialist in ETV" use, says. "We'll never really make the best use of this until we have someone who can spend at least half his lima on ETV." Mr. Brooks says. ETV does have limited use at Buchanan, such as taping of Grade 5 skating programs for viewing by other teach- ers, choral tapings during the Lethbridge Music Festival, science experiment taping, educational television pro- gramming for use off the commercial airwaves in the classroom. Still, only a small percent- age of students at Buchanan get any benefit from ETV. All students are exposed to the equipment but too few ad- vantages arc reaped for the costs involved, Mr. Brooks says. He is confident ETV can be improved and that its poten- tial will someday be realized. get the bare neces- sities, probably, and that's about it. It's belter than noth- ing. "I think we could make ir.uch better use of the pro- gram, but it lias to get start- ed somewhere. "If they're (trustees) real- ly going to make this a real asset to the schools, they're going to have to go on beyond xvhat they have so Mr. Brooks says. He says he appreciates the financial restrictions placed on trustees. But he finds it discouraging for tax dollars to be spent with only partial ecv benefit. Mr. Brooks says the amount of money needed to provide a balanced, well- Ira med ETV program would rot. be much more than al- ready spent. If improvements are not he says, the taxpayer will never get full value for his ETV dollar. (Second in n By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Letbbridge's million distillery is scheduled to start producing whiskies, vodka, gin and light rums in Octo- ber, it was announced at a press conference here Fri- day. Construction is proceeding en schedule, said Robin Ker- nick, managing director of International Distillers and Vintners Limited, of London, England, the parent com- pany. Mr. Kernick also an- nounced that Pallisfir Distil- lers Ltd. is the name of the operating company here, a sister company to Gilbey's. Both are controlled by Inter- national Distillers Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsid- iary of International Distillers and Vintners Limited. The name for the Leth- bridge distillery WES selected, he said, to identify the distil- lery more closely with the locality and the province. The local distillery will turn out its product under the Palliser label. Interna- tional Distillers Canada Ltd. Isbel and Gilbey's label. Palliser will market sev- eral brands of whiskias and She other spirits for sale in Canada and for export. Phil Underwood, president of the Canadian parent com- pany, said PaHiser will sup- ply 30 per cent of the com- pany's export market with Gilbey's serving the rest. Export product will be shipped from Lsthbridge to xSsn Francisco for distribu- tion in the western United Slates. Palliser needs bush- els of corn this year to get into production and by 1977 will require an estimated bushels of corn an- nually. The company hss contract- ed with district fanners for l.GOO acres of corn which should yield, at an average of 70 bushels an acre, about one quarter of this year's require- ments. There is a total of about seres of com in the dis- trict this year, which could supply more than half the dis- tillery's initial requirements. If tho price is right, it was in- dicated, the distillery could buy all the local corn. Where the rest of the re- quirements will come from has not been determined. Company officials said bad weather and floods have hit the U.S. corn industry, and it is not known if com can be obtained from the U.S. or what the price would be. The distillery is quite flex- ible, however, and rye or oth- er grains can be used to sup- plement the local corn. The company is hoping that in the near future all the corn and grain required for LS opera- tion can be purchased local- ly. When full production is reached, the distillery could be paying local farmers as much as million annually for their corn. In the first year the distil- lery plans to produce 2.1 mil- lion proof gallons of spirits. Gins and vodka from the plant will be on the market; this year but it will be four years before the first whiskies are for sale. The whiskies are aged four to eight years in the distillery's warehouses. As construction of the plant nears completion, plans are under way to start construc- tion "right away" on addi- tional warehousing. Product under the Gilbey's Isbel will be distributed from the Lethbridge plant to B.C., Albarta and Saskatchewan. The Lethbridge Rehabilita- tion Society has been retained by the distillery to put labels and raffia (Italian bottle wrapping) on Governor Gen- eral brar.d rums. Initially the society will do cases of battle's a year. Volume is expected to in- crease 10 per cent a year. Once th2 labels and wrap- pings have bsen put on the bottles, they are shipped to the distillery for filing. The plant itself will em- ploy 52 parsons initially, in- creasing to 65 laler. Hun- dreds Of other jobs are ex- pscted to bs created in tire city in the service and sup- ply fields as a result of the development. Hesitant to condemn houses City's low vacancy rate hampers health officials By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The low vacancy rate in this city is preventing the Le-thbridge Health Unit from condemning some houses that are too unsanitary for human living. Houses declared unsanitary often require extensive re- pair making it necessary for the renters to move cut and it isn't easy in this city for people to find another house to rent, says the city health director. Dr. A. A. Byrne says even though the department may not take immediate action on unsanitary homes, it decs "keep on tabs with the situa- tion." When renters decide to move to another location the proper steps are then taken to correct the unsanitary con- dition of the home before new renters move in. The department has had complaints withdrawn by ten- ants when they realize their rented premises will have to be vacated during renovation. But, "If the situation is really bqd we condemn the house whether somebody is living in it or Dr. Byrne said. Structional weakness es such as cracks in the walls and ceiling, broken windows, J-qles in the floor, uncloseable doors and leaky roofs often lead to a home being de- clared unsanitary. Other conditions considered unsanitary include defect i v e plumbing, poor ventilation, inadequate healing and a wa- ter supply unfit for human consumption. If each person in a house or apartment doesn't have 400 11 bic feet of air space and (10 square feet of floor space the building could also be de- clared unsanitary. Upon receiving a com- Judge Mill increase fine ft A provincial court judga warned Friday that he will increase the fine for the illegal possession of li- quor where an automobile is involved. Provincial Judge A. H. El- ford says he made the deci- sion because of ths increas- ing number of people appear- ing before him on the charge. He says he is considering a fine of up to for the ille- gal possession of liquor in an automobile especially if it ap- pears the offender has been drinking in the vehicle. Provincial Judge Elford says has usually levied a fine of Library closed this weekend, The Lethbridge Public Li- brary will be closed Sunday, The library is open most Sundays, but will be closed this week in line with its pol- icy of Sa.rfayj p.''or to long weekends, an official said Friday. plaint at the health unit, the building in question is in- spected by a city health in- spector and if found uosani- tary the landlord is informed as to what must be repaired. If the landlord fails to make the alterations neces- sary to render the home sani- tary, the health inspector can then condemn the building. Court action could be ta- ken if the landlord continued to rent the condemned build- ing. A notice condemning the building could be placed on the front door and anyone removing the notice would be liable to arrest, said Dr. Byrne. In 1972 the Lethbridge Health Unit declared 12 houses as unsanitary and condemned three others. It appears last years1 fig- ures will be surpassed in 1970. During t. h e first three months of this year three bouses have already been condemned and another sev- en declared unsanitary. Dr. Byrne claims the in- crease in the number of un- sanitary and condemned buildings in any one three- moi'ith period should not be alarming because the statis- tics in the past have aver- aged out on a yearly basis. The Health Unit hasn't re- ceived as many false com- plaints this year as in past years, but there still are com- plaints received in which peo- ple unjustly blame their neighbors of being unsani- tary, he said. ;