Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Uthbridge Herald Edmonton girls tops in baton competition SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 17-32 More than 800 made a brave beginning They were still cheerful and walking briskly at Checkpoint No. 1. WALTER KERBER photos For hike was foot- sore triumph By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer They they they they they limped they covered 30 miles Monday from Lethbridge to Picture Butte. were participants in the Optimist Club of L'ethbridge's annual Hike for a walkathon intended to raise money for the club's youth projects. They started registering at the Civic Sports Centre at 7 and Optimist president Elvin Zook said 800 were on the march by 8 a.m. By they were stretched in a line from Lethbridge to a stream of people tramping along cheerfully despite the 40-degree weather and the overcast skies. The organizers opened the finish point at the Picture Butte Elks' Hall at 11 in case the hardy jogged the whole but not a soul appeared until p.m. I made said Bud the first to as he mounted the steps into the hall. Mr. of 1236 12th Ave. had left the starting point at for a time of just under six hours and an average speed of about five nrp.h. He said he felt little and stiff in the legs. The line had spread out more by the afternoon at one time 330 people were counted between Picture Butte and the Sunrise Ranch near Coaldale. Optimist Mike Prokop said he had only counted the ones still not those who looked as if they'd had it. Walkers were supporting each and many were limping or stretching to ease sore muscles. Some appeared to avoid these problems by hitching rides almost to checkpoints but the great majority as if they'd walked abiost 30 miles. Nick of said he was and was glad it was only five more miles to Picture Butte. At a St. John Ambulance first aid post just north of the bridge over the Oldman Margaret Gruss said she had seen a lot of foot blisters and tired feet. The post was 21 miles from the start. Some people were advised to remove rings from their fingers because their hands were swelling she said. Danny De said he was forced out by blisters at Mile 21. About 250 hikers did press'on to the finish. John of was the oldest and the youngest was Cheryl also of Lethfofidge. The last finishers struggled into the hall about 8 p.m. though the Optimists were travelling the route picking up stragglers for another hour. Out for a long stroll John oldest finisher. Front runner crossing bridge Bud Grouette has six-mile lead. Giving the legs a break Guy Amyotte and Elton Thomsen Straggling into the finish line Hikers on highway east of Picture Butte about p.m. Competitors from Calgary and Edmonton swept provincial prizes in the 16th annual baton contest held in Lethbridge on the weekend. Monica Mantei of Calgary placed first in the provincial T-strut event in the senior for girls aged 15 to 20. The junior for ages 11 to was won by Beverly lies of who also won the sweepstakes trophy. The juvenile category ior girls under 10 was won by Suzanne Metcalfe of Calgary. In the provincial solos Kerry McDonald of Edmonton won the senior Valerie Stinsman of the junior and Carol Pfau of the juvenile category. In the South Alberta strut event Linda Bennett of Medicine Hat won the junior and Wendy Killam of Medicine Hat the juvenile category. Tradesmen Vicki Robinson of Lethbridge won the senior categories in the South Alberta South Alberta city strut and city solo events. She was also declared overall city majorette. Diane Pungor of Lethbridge won the junior category in South Alberta solos and city Lori Hammel of Medicine Hat won the juvenile category in South Alberta solos. Elizabeth Prepsl of Lethbridge won the juvenile category in city struts. In city Renee Harris won the junior category and Sabra Barrett the juvenile. In competition for United States Mary Chaon ot Great won the senior category in both and Terri Heim of Great Falls the juvenile categories. The junior category in solos was won by Perri Davies of Great and the junior category in struts by Sue Hille of Great Falls. Incinerators may cost By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Advocates of the traditional outdoor burning barrel have some new allies the welders and bricklayers who could be called on to build refuse incinerators proposed by the city fire prevention bureau. Neither sector of the construction trade can get very excited about the proposals. Some welding and bricklaying firms indicate they will be willing to .build incinerators for city ones which have the blessing of the city fire inspector. Others aren't interested. City council is to consider the fire prevention bureau's incinerator proposals in its meeting tonight. The only welder to quote a felt to would build a 45-gallon oil drum incinerator with proper smoke stack and spark arrestor similar to those pictured in Friday's Herald. The masonry incinerator pictured the same would cost and it would be a real shot in the about said one brick layer. With the burning ban moratorium over residents wishing to get rid of refuse by burning out of doors will need a more sophisticated burner. George owner of Bell's Welding will have a sample burning barrel incinerator completed this one which should meet the fire inspector's standards. Comment Once the sample incinerator is Mr. Bell will be able to quote a price for the structures. But the examples given for incinerators by the fire prevention bureau's regulations drew criticism from Mr. Bell. He predicts Lethbridge's west winds will the things Without being anchored into concrete an extra they wouldn't serve a useful purpose he said. aren't much better than the ordinary barrel and there would still be Art Hunt of Hunt Welding Service Ltd. thinks if the city passes the requirements of there will be enough people wanting them that he can start an assembly line. He will have a sample incinerator built in about two weeks. Time required to build the structure and cost of materials will determine the price. Sam Kosaka of Sam and Carl's thinks the incinerators described by the city will be a eyesore and make backyards look like junk He says he already sells a type of with a screen on the which doesn't project very high but it doesn't meet the city requirements. not even going to make said Mr. Kosaka. too busy and they'll probably change the bylaw in six months Gerry Liska of Subway Welding feels an incinerator like those pictured by the city would take five hours to make. Depending on the cost of residents could pay to for a completed incinerator. going to build one to get them said Mr. Liska. I'll make five or six. I can always get rid of Mr. Liska noted the regulations state an incinerator must be 15 feet from another structure. would put it in the middle of my he said. would have to put wheels on the move it to the middle -of my burn my garbage and when move the incinerator out of the The bricklayers took an even dimmer view of the proposal. Peter Bowman said he was booked solid until Christmas and wouldn't be able to make any. Adolf Pries said he has never built estimating about for the completed job. George Stimatz said it is a bad idea the way Mr. Stimatz said it would mean about 2Vz days work. A concrete pad would have to be built to fit the city regulations in order to hold the expensive fire brick for the burning chamber. The fire brick would then have to be covered with cinder blocks or bricks. Mr. Stimatz said he has 22 fire places to build in new homes now. no way I'm going to build 'Tiger' by the tail By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer There are very few changes in the educational process that can get a teacher's dander but the public school board has managed to latch on to a that has many teachers in an uproar. Local teachers and rightly objecting to having a released into the confines of their domain without knowing what value the beast will be to their students and the educational system. The is labelled objective based education or OBE if you're part of the in- crowd. It was first introduced to the public schools in February by trustees. It was their new educational system of planning in which educators spell out their goals and the guidelines for obtaining the goals. The objective based education system would allow each student to advance at his or her own pace in each subject area toward- the accomplishment of minimum standards established for a certain number of years of schooling. All details of OBE have not been worked out but public school administrators have suggested minimum standards may be established for the end of the ninth and 42th year of schooling. In other the traditional grade system' would be eliminated. The school board and its administrators have advised teachers that OBE will bring good tidings to them and their if thAu will Ka natiAnt and give it the opportunity to develop. But. the teachers gasp OBE has a frightening appearance and the more they look at the more it looks like the breathing monsters they feared had been released into their midst. Because they feel there could be more to OBE than meets the the teachers in a special general meeting May 8 agreed to ask the school board to suspend implementation. They want time to assemble enough information about OBE so they can accept or reject it by popular vote. Teachers are quick to point out that they are not rejecting OBE at this time and that it may be a worthwhile direction for the public school system to take. because of the lack cf information made available to they fear OBE may simply be another educational fad promoted by administrators who feel they have to prove their worth by experimenting with the system. Such trial and error attempts to improve the education system can be detrimental to the education of students if not implemented some teachers have suggested. From the outside looking it is obvious OBE will be of little benefit to the classroom .situation until teachers know how to use OBE effectively. Public school administrators hope teachers will have a better understanding of-OBE following their short of an hour or less at each of what objective based educatibn is. But some teachers who have sat through the explanations claim they are even more curious about the value of such a system. They suggest the only solution to the teachers' suspicions is for the school board and administrators to hold meetings and workshops with teachers so an in depth understanding of the system can be acquired. The teachers wondered if the administrators were avoiding a discussion of OBE with a large number of teachers because of a fear the inadequacies of the program will be revealed. The teachers' suggestion that the implementation of OBE be suspended has caught the administration and the school board by surprise and they are nervously and cautiously approaching the task of introducing the tiger to the teachers. All school board discussions of the objective based education system have been behind closed doors since it was first introduced with a promotional splash in February. It remains to be seen if the trustees can shun their concept of teachers as employees who must follow the guidelines and policies of their employers and begin to view them as the key to the education of children. If the majority of teachers do not support the school board's latest educational its chances of benefiting children are minimal.