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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Menday, November 13, Model railivfi-y club Casey Jones would be proud By MARLEXE COOKS1IAW Herald Staff Wrilcr The Southern Alberta Model Railway Club, now situated in its first clubhouse, has set its sights on larger projects than portable models. The club currently has 20 members, all male, although there are no sex or age restric- tions. AH have an interest in model building, and most were members o[ the smaller, "visiting type" Lethbridge Model Railroad Club, active since J952. The older club had no perm- anent base, and members built portable operating models in each other's homes, giving shows at the Bowman Arts Cen- tre occasionally. The Southern Alberta Model Railway Club was established in September of 1971 and has recently completed its first pro- ject building the clubhouse located in the Gyro Park. The 19-foot by 45-foot building was built at a club cost of 000, but member Chester Robins estimates its total worth includ- ing labor and donations at three to four times that amount. It will house the on-going pro- ject of the club a large scale- model of a railroad on terrain similar to the south Alberta- Crowsnest Pass area. The project layout was design- ed In May, and when finished it will almost completely fill the room. There will be 425 feet of mainline track, as well as branch lines, all hand as- sembled from inch long rail- road ties of hand stained wood, quarter inch spikes and hund- reds of feet of narrow brass rail. The attention lo detail and accuracy Includes experiment- ing to find ways of creating the appropriate sound a train would make passing over a certain type of terrain, and precise measurements of angles, curves and slopes lo coincide with ac- tual situations. Pictures are taken of actual railroads and buildings, with other ideas obtained from model books and the members' imaginations. The scenery is painted on molded plaster, with trees carved from wood and moss adding further detail. When completed, the trains will be operated by time dup- licated procedures, the electri- cal system involving approxi- mately 700 terminals. The towns which will be part of the scenery will be given the old names of towns In the area, such as Coalbanks. The club plans on developing the suth wall of the clubhouse into a viewing area, where pso- plc can watch the model in op- eration through a glass wall. Mr. Robins said the members hope to have it ready for public viewing in the spring. "This is the type of project that can go on for literally he said. "You just keep on working for further detail, and there's no end to what you can do." He estimaled that the project would represent a total club in- vestment of approximately 000 at the end of 10 years. The club holds regular meet ings Tuesdays, but each mem her has a key to the clubhouse and can work on the model anytime. Mr. Robins said the club can accommodate about 10 new members, anyone interested in any aspect of the work involv- ed from the carpentry and electrical wiring to the scenery painting. EVERY DETAIL the cook's ear. Ervin pholcs. MEMBER CHESTER ROBINS compares the blue-print. STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 'Tough times ahead' Hohol knocks bargaining methods At the legislature The collective bargaining process used by unions and management lo resolve their differences is Labor Minister Bert Hohol told a carpenters council convention in Calgary. MACLEODS OFF DAY 1 TUESDAY. NOV. OPEN A.M. 'TIL P.M. MACLEODS i CENTRE VILLAGE MALL ONLY The labor minister attacked two accepted methods used in ba-gaining today. He condemned the "adver- sary where labor and management fight each other, ss an outda'.ed tool which "will be recognized to a hin- derance to neogtiations." Secondly, ho criticized "the head-long rush to get the con- ciliator (appointed by the prov- ince) and to get the slrike vole as an aid to negotiation." A conciliator attempts to draft an offer acceptable to both sides when a negotiation impasse has been reached. If the conciliation offer is re- jected, the next step may be a strike or lockout. Unless Ihere self-adopted changes in the collective bar- gaining procedure, the minitser warned that labor-management relations in Alberta will decline to the strike-ridden level of British Columbia, Quebec and the Marilimes. If collective bargaining "at- titudes" don't change or devel- op soon "the 1970s, I would sug- gest, are going to be tough in Alberta." Some labor and management officials have repeated the la- bor minister's prediction of "tough times ahead" unless col- lective bargaining preedure at- tiludes change. They point lo the coming spring negotiations between the Alljcrla Provincial Council of Carpenters, bargaining agenls for nomo unionized car- penters In the province, and the Alberta Construction Labor Re- lations Association, represent- ing 355 construction contract- 's. Both sides ire expected lo take hard line "adversary" ap- proaches against each and some officials foresee a province-wide c o n s t r u ction slrike-lockoul looming. Mr. Hohol lold the carpenters convention unions should re- vise their membership drive at- titudes and "should not sell llw advantages of unions as such, but rather to stress the re- sults." Teacher dispute continues Conciliation board submits 3 reports The provincial government got three reports for the price of one but it still didn't get ils money's worth from the con- ciliation board appointed lo in- tervene in Ihe contract hassle Involving teachers in rural southern Alberta. The board completed Its hearings In mid-October and was expected to submit a re- port by Oct. 3J. However, Labor Minister Dr. Bert Hohol told The Herald that the three-man board was un- able to agree on an agreement and each member submitted a different Get of recommenda- tions. "We arc going to appoint a new board ns soon as possi- said Dr. Hohol. "I am not critical of the first board because if they couldn't agree, It Is propel1 that they submit three reports." Dr. Hohol declined to elabor- ate on the of Ihe Ihrcc documents, About leaches in lira IB rural school muth of Vulcan and Brooks are Involved in the dispute which still cen- tres around wages, principal's allowances, payment for partial years of education, payment of Alberta Health Caro and Blue Cross premiums and the lenglh of the agreement. City man elected director J. D. Wallers of Letlibrlclgo has been elected to n two-year term as a director of tho In- surance Agents' Association of Alberta. Elected president was the mayor of Vermilion, C. T. 'Charlie" Hcckbert. Mr. Heck- bort, has served ns mayor for three ycnrs, has boon ac- tive in tho Insurance Indusli} (or more than 25 years. Help for friends By GREG MclNTYRE EDMONTON It looked like more than a coincidence that the five agencies handling government vehicle Insurance all had Conservatives in their top ranks. The five: Roy Watson, past president of Ihe Alberta Pro- gressive Conservative Association and a vice-president in the national party (Roy Henry Insurance Agency Bob Sewell, current president of Ihe Alberta PC Association (Sewell-Huber Tony Thibaudeau, unsuccessful PC candidate in Ed- monton North in the 1967 provincial election (Thibaudeau Agen- T. J. Stewart, assistant campaign manager for Provin- cial Treasurer Gordon Minlely (Stewart Campbell and Jack Moon, co-campaign manager for Industry Minister Fred Peacock (Reed Shaw There's nothing wrong with the companies these people represent, it's just that deciding contracts on party lines does nothing to encourage competence or economy. Premier Peter Loughced balanced the political scales a bit by appointing former New Democratic Party candidate Roy Jamha as chairman of the Workmen's Compensation Board. And on the same theme, wasn't it interesting that the Con- servatives were the only federal party to make use of the provincial government's new-fangled communication wire to the news media during the recent federal election. You'd think the Liberals, who were spending money like it was going out of style, would have jumped at the chance. It nil seven Letlibridgc County Cmtncillora make it to the annual meeting of the Albarta Association of Municipal Dis- tricts and Counties here this week, they'll be bankrolled by the taxpayer to the hire of counting the odd administra- tor or foreman who might also attend the four-day get-together. That's (one day for travel) plus flat J250 ex- penses. The annual convention is looked on as a bit ot a plum for all that slogging during the year. There was a flutter of gossip over B colorful spectator In the visitor's gallery during debate of the new Human Rights Act last week. Wrapped in fur and a fluorescent scarf, the Gay Lib type was watching to see what rights the act would offer him. Publicity seems to have given controversial Edmonton Phys- ician David Craig new motivation to attack the provincial gov. ernment's drug treatment programs. On Wednesday Opposition MLAs were hammering Attorney General Merv Leitch about the government's hassling of Dr. >aig and the very next night the doctor was out at the Uni- versity of Alberta talking about lieroin "floating around" the jail at Fort Saskatchewan. Reaction from the theatre owners makes you wonder wheth- er censorship laws are meant to protect the public or the film industry. The proposal to put censorship in the hands of the police sent visions of horror through the head of one theatre operator. The police will turn theatres into shooting galleries for obscenity charges, he moaned. Seems the theatre man- agers won't be able to pass the buck to Brother If the censor board is abolished. On the same subject, censorship committee chairman Ernie Jamison publishes the St. Albert Gazette -gave himself a little toot in his paper with a headline: Jamison tables tough report on censorship. Opposition MLAs didn't find the report so lough. They're wondering what it cost. At the earlist the current session of the legislature could end Thursday. Still unfinished are two pieces of human rights the Mental Health Act, the Communal Properties Repeal Act, a report on legislature procedures, and If there s time, more debate on the Worth Report on Education Plan- ning and the Premier's state of the province address. A date lor the spring silling hasn't been set, but it's tra- ditionally in early February. Education Minister Jan Hyndman has been dazzled by the wpularity of the Worth Report which has been on sale at >5 in supermarkets and other outlets across the land. In com- parison, the earlier Cameron Report on Education went largely unnoticed by the public. Even a Toronto school board chairman's crack that the -eport was nothing more than "a remarkable piece of dread- ful scholarship" didn't perturb Uie cheery Mr. Hyndman. "We must be doing something right if we've been attacked by the Ontario education he exclaimed. The minister said it doesn't matter whether you agree with the recommenda- tions in the report, or not "But if you don't have any opin- ion, you're a dope." Reaction lo Ihe Worth Report has covered both extremes. The Toronto chap said it was overloaded with outdaled Old Testament morality, while Lethbridge's school critic Dick Gruenwald said the report didn't place enough emphasis on values. ANNOUNCING 7-Eleven Store HOLIDAY VILLAGE Now Open 24 Hours Doily For Your Added Shopping Convenience 7-Eleven Store 13th St. and 6th Ave. North Alia Open 24 HOURS DAILY 7-Eleven Store 20th Avt. and Mayor Magrath Drive Regular Heuri 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Daily ;