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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 'HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, Mny 25, 1971 Offer MiniTslrietcd. prices' for wood Japanese passion for bowling creating problem in furniture industry V i- SIMPSONS-SEARS JS JUNIOR BflZflflR Requires FASHIONABLE YOUNG LADIES AGED 16 to 18 for SIMPSONS-SEARS FASHION COUNCIL for 1972-73 applications now available in the i: JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MAY 31st SIMPSONS-SEARS CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PORTLAND. Me. (AP) A Japnncsc passion (or bowling is 1'rualiiig problems for Maine's hardwood furniture industry. Forest Commissioner Austin Wilkins says (he Japanese are offering "unrestricted prices for rock maple, which they use to construct bawling alleys and make pins. Mountain Daylight wins acceptance CRANBROOK (Special) Except for the adamant CPR always on Pacific Standard lime, Easl Kootenay appears Lo be assimilating Mountain daylight Time, its two-hour va- riation. Outdoor types and school pup- ils revel in the- long afternoons mill daylight now until 10 p.m. In mid-June this will go on to 11 p.m. Mechanics of how the Moun- tain Daylight Time experiment started here remains a mys- tery. The Regional District of East K o o 11 n a y recommended in March its six member munici- i palities resolve to join Alberta April 30 in the time switch for the extra daylight hour. They complied. Lamer Ty Colgur applied for and obtained an llth hour in- junction, but only in the corp- i oration of Cranbrook. Application was under the In- terpretations Act which the judge agreed established an untenable position with refer- ence to scrambled court and appointmcnl schedules. I City hall employees pell- tioned council for "summer a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT which lined them up in practice with MDT clock changes, to 5 p.m. EDEK also did this. Provincial assumption a 11 B.C. is on Pacific Time left ils government office an hour out at PDT for a week, then a Vic- toria order permitted them to alter to MDT. Except for the CPR, two hours out, all Cran- j brook is niw operating on MDT. However CBC radio and tele- vision relays from CBU and CBUT are halfway between the railway and MDT. Suggestion has been made CBC relay source be altered to Edmonton, but most of its regional programming is prai- rie oriented, which would eli- minate the privince's own B.C. oriented programming. Schools, which are focal I point for around a third of tho j population, report acceptabili- ty after a few days pupil adjust- ment. Chief sufferers ore probably elementary school children for i whom daylight end establishes I bedtime, wliile they still start Ihe following day an hour earl- ier. Cranbrook curfew. MST (or PDT) continues on Ihe in- lunrtion and howls at MDT Final determination of East Kootenay's time zone is up lo the provincial government, but there is hesitation in forcing i this issue, since its use of I Mountain Time has never been officially sanctioned. If the boom were lowered and Pacific Time ruled by Vic- toria, in winter months the first hour of school and manual work- day would be in darkness. The comfortable custom of chang- ing the name to PDT from MST and leaving the clock alone straddled this issue. SIMPSONS-SEARS HURRY. Last 10 days! 30" Kenmore Custom range Wilh Clock Controlled Patisserie Now White Charge it on your all-purpose account Clock-controlled, automatic off oven. Pilot light indicator Giant, Black giiss oven window High-speed oven preheat Controlled variable broil lets you adjust ihe heat, not Ihc meat Two 8" and two, 6" 'True-simmer' and 'speed-heat', plug-out elcmcnu Timed appliance outlet. Minute minder Removable porcelain drip bowls, oven door and storage drawer Non-spill, icttMtu too Wilh rolisserie and meal prohs W 4i conlinuous-clcan oven, 530? rousserie and meat probe Wilh. self-cleaning We service what we sell, coast-to-rcoast STORE HOURS: Opon Dnily 9 n.m. lo p.m., Thurstloy ontl Friday 9 o.m. lo 9 p.m. Ccnlro Village. Tolrphono 328-9231 Rock maple, also known as sugar maple, the source of maple syrup, is Ihe mainstay of Maine's million-a-ycar furni- ture business. Wilkins contends there was a serious problem in rock maplo markets even before the recent bowling craze lu't the Nipponese. "But the Japanese market has compounded the Wilkins said in a telephone in- terview. A spokesman for Brunswick, a large manufacturer of bowling i equipment, said the "Japanese i have gone crazy over bowling" I and are building some I lanes a year. I That demand has created a I seller's market for rock maple. I Charles M. Washburn of the Maine Forest Products Council said he has seen Idlers from Japanese firms offering S700 per thousand board feel for green j rod; maple I A while back, Washburn said, sawmills were getting 5100 lo per thousand. There is no state regulation lo conlrol slumpage prices or ex- portation lo Canada, through which rock maple is shipped to the West Coast. In 1861, Maine exported about nine million feet of the wood into Canada. In IS70, more than 13 million feet went across the border. "We wish we could restrict the amount of rock maple being exported, but we Wash- bum said. PJIICES GO UP He added that "it's a very unhappy situation" Washington is unlikely lo quash because the situation represents a favorable balance of trade. Wa.shburn also noted that the heady demand for rock maple is pushing up the prices of other woods, like yellow birch, be- cause sawmills aren't willing lo cut lliem if they can continue lo get (lie ir.n-'Miately high Drices (or Ihe mapla That Creoles a kind of double pinch on furniture manufactur- ers in Maine. They can't afford the maple and are having a hard time gelling ils alierna- lives. Perhaps (he most critical as- pecls of (lie unsated demand for rock maple is the danger posed to the species which takes 50 lo 100 years lo mature. James Durham, manager of .Moosehead Manufacluring Co. in Monson.'said, "The thing thsl should concern everybody in thai Ihe Japanese are draining off a natural resource that can't be replenished." NOT EVERYONE Subscribes to The Letiibriikje Herald And THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD'S CHINOOK (Guaranteed Largest Rural Circulation in Southern Alberta) But then not everyone comes in out of the rain, either! Subscribe to The Lethbridge Herald Today! The Chinook is part of The Lethbridge Herald, published every two weeks! The Lethbridge Herald Subscription Rates: 3-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION 6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION 12-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION (MAItED WITHIN 300 MILE RADIUS) The Lctlibridcie Herald CUP AND MAIt P.O. Box 670-l3thbriclno or 504 7lh Street South Enclosed is for my Subscription to The Lclhbridge Herald. ADDRESS ;