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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald District Industrial workers plants advertise across the Prairies Housing shortage blamed t Claresholm firms 7 can't find workers By PAUL ANDERSEN Herald News Service CLARESHOLM In- dustries at the Claresholm In- dustrial Airport can't find enough workers to fill their work forces Jobs are going begging here. One of the difficulties is finding living accommodation lor men and their families Industrial leaders here are hopeful the situation will im- prove. Residential accom- modation here has improved with completion this year of a town housing ment by B and H Homes Also finished is a 32-suite apartment Most of these apartments are already rented About a dozen new residential houses have been completed or are nearing completion this year But this still isn't enough. Kd Garber. plant manager lor the Trus-Joist employer of 53 have three jobs waiting to be filled. I need two machine operators and one production manager Magrath student models show Simplicity fashions MAGRATH Magrath High School student recently displayed Simplicity fashion styles in a .showat the elementary school gym. Mrs Albertine western fashion stylist for Dominion Simplicity Patterns and Style Patterns Canada was the commen- tator This .former home economist and teacher advis- Widow helps jpen Legion Mrs. Emma Dixson of Koremost. widow of the late J. Dix on. recently of- ficiated at the opening of the new addition to the Koremost Royal Canadian Legion Hall Rulon Hirsche of Fort Macleod. 1st vice president of the Alberta Clipped the ribbon. Mr Dixson was president of the local branch when he died in July. 1973. Symes plan open house GRANUM The amily of Mr and Mrs. Tom iyme invite their friends to iltend an open honor- ng their parents on their 50th veddmg 2. at the Granum Com- nunily Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. Gifts gratefully declined. ed girls wishing to take designing to get .a home economics degree or take a two year course like the one the Olds School of Agriculture offers in fashions and design. Mrs. Meyer encouraged them to sew and create their own clothes for satisfaction emphasis on home Dewing has become so great that more machines are being sold than ever she said Mrs. Meyer gave an interesting account of how a pattern is selected Designers go to fashion showings in Kurope. New York and Montreal and then involve research marketing to see what the public wants. They .ire very careful in selecting an outfit as it costs to put a pattern in the book. As styles were shown. Mrs Meyers gave tips on co- ordinating a wardrobe for economy and variety. Lovely outfits of evening and sportswear were shown in the latest fabrics and giving mothers and daughters a preview of what will be fashiqnable to make Etzikom club KTZIKOM The November meeting of the Community Club was held at the home of Hazel Erdmann recently with roll-call a child's' sleepwear for the Calgary children's hospital A donation was also sent to I Re Medicine Hat Salvation Rose Heitnch was the winner of the tea prize. The next meeting is schedul- ed for Dec. 12 at the home of Kllon Heitrich Pay at his plant ranges trom to an hoar The starting salary is with a 25 cent raise alter 20 davs Five of the plant employees live at three at Stave- lv and two at Granum The others live on farms and in the town The company is grossing nearly million in sales and serves the four western provinces as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories Mr Garber says the situa- tion doesn't seem to improve with the passing of the years. Many men only work a few weeks and then move he says 'We have a training program for new employees. We find it difficult to obtain people with a degree of skill Gordon Timpson. general manager of- the Safeway Shelter Systems plant says accommodation is the problem in getting people 'We have lots of good jobs going unfilled because of a lack of livjng accommodation lor both single and married people Rental when runs from a month up. Mr Timpson advertise across the prairie provinces for workers but when they come and can't find places to many of them move The average pay rate is 50 per hour at the Safeway Shelters plant The director of nursing at the Claresholm Care Centre there is difficulty in getting sufficient numbers of graduate nurses There are three hospitals here staffing situation is not too desperate at this time but now and again we are she says. not too difficult to get female staff such as ward aides and nurs- ing aides but male staff is more difficult to The shortage of nurses will require those on staff to work over Christmas as relief help is hard to find. The works superintendent of the Willow Creek MD com- plains about not being able to find enough men. A Calgary construction company. Borger Construc- was unable to get enough men to install a sanitary sewer line from the town to the airport lagoon. Fort Macleod Granum lowest in survey Food prices higher in district towns By WARREN CARAGATA HenU Staff Writer Unleu you live in Fort a shopping trip to Lethbridge for groceries is not worth the time or travel. A Herald survey conducted last week shows that across rural Southern foo4 prices on list of selected including average 99 cents above the price in a Lethbridge supermarket for the same items. The check-out tally in Fort Macleod was the the cost of the 47 products on our grocery list was 144.16 above the rural and higher than Lethbridge. Of all major towns in Southern Granum was the cheapest place to buy even considerably cheaper than Lethbridge. The bill in Granum came to less than the Lethbridge price. Only one other small town in the region had cheaper grocery costs than Lethbridge. The Herald's grocery bill in Blairmore came to compared tc the Lethbridge price of In on the other side of the Crowsnest Pass from the manager of one store expected his price's to be considerably higher than prices in Alberta. costs He explained that he has to ship his merchandise from Vancouver a distance of over 500 miles while stores in Southern Alberta- are supplied from Calgary wholesalers. The manager also said that his labor costs are higher because his clerks have a strong union Starting hourly wage in the Sparwood But the shopping list price in the B.C. town came to more than the rural but cheaper than Pmcher or Fort Macleod. The Sparwood price was 12.59 higher than 'the check-out price in where many Sparwood residents like to do the B.C. store manager said. But at 12 cents a it would cost about for a return Sparwood to Blairmere. go just to get out of out of the the manager said. People will drive to Lethbridge for the evening just to get out-of the mountains. The survey shows that most small towns in close proximity to Lethbridge keep their prices apparently to prevent town residents from making the trip to Lethbridge to shop. Vanishing breed With the exception of Coaldale. Taber prices were 14 cents above while Picture Butte prices were 64 cents and Magrath 75 cents higher. In only six miles from the prices were more than higher than Lethbridge prices. Several store managers in the South com- plained that on some prices in Lethbridge supermarkets are lower than the wholesale prices available to them. The owner of a small store in Jim seems to be the last of a venishing breed an honest merchant who cares as much about his customers as he does about his profit and loss Mr. Furlong's store was not included in the survey because his stock was not large enough to include some of the national brands and certain sizes The Herald was pricing. But what he lacked in quantity of he made up for in friendliness and personal ser- vice. One small boy came into the store to buy some but he wasn't sure of the or kind. the kind your mother always said and you got the feel- ing that if the child had been seven cents Mr. Furlong would have toM him to br- ing it in the next time he came to the store. Mr. Furlong was charging for a 8 ounce canned ham 30 cents below the average and well below the highest priced canMd ham in the district. When I asked him about he asked why he should raise the when it was old stock which he bought at an old wholesale prige. I raised the some kid might go he said. For fresh a store in Picture Butte had the lowest prices in the district a full lower than Lethbridge meat prices. The manager of the store says when wholesale meat prices retailers were- quick to bring their prices into line. But now wholesale prices are he says most supermarkets are keeping their prices at previous levels. want to make a but I have to be fair he says. Price comparison Following are check out prices in all stores showing the amount higher or lower than the Lethbridge price in Milk River. 46 Pincher 35 Fort Picture 14 75 One qualification should be to the above price comparison with Lethbridge Many people in small towns are able to buy cheap local and locally butchered and can either buy vegetables from local or can grow their own in bigger gardens than people in Lethbridge can manage. Police building funds approved PINCHER CREEK The federal government has approved a loan of from the Winter Capital Projects Fund lor construction of improved RCMP facilities and magistrates court i'n Piricber Creek The project will create 900 man-days of employment at a payroll cost nt and when completed will provide up-to-date police lacihties to Pincher Creek and region Under the terms of the Winter Capital Projects all direct on-site labour costs incurred during winter months and 50 per cent of the labour costs incurred during summer months are paid for bv the federal government dnd subtracted from the total amount of the loan The new facilities will ac- commodate both the Town and Municipal detachments The bottom floor of the Town owned which currently houses the Town will be remodell- ed and the cell block will be moved into the rear section currently serving as a two-bay garage An addition to the northwest portion would be re- quired to provide vehicle storage and a private entrance to the detention area The present RCMP detach- ment building would be retain- ed as a barracks for single personnel of the 14 member force. Taber gets safety award John R manager of the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Motor recently presented a safety award to Taber Police Chief Gordon H Hacking The award is the second for Taber in two years and isifor cities between S.'OOO and 10.000 population that have ex- perienced no fatal pedestrian accidents Eight-ender The Frank Webber rink built this at the recent opening mini-spiel at Pincher Creek. It's an eight-ender and the curlers didn't know what was happening until the last rocks were thrown. From skip Evelyn Bill Baux and Melva lead. hockey players need new season tickets Sunshine smorgasbord set KTZIKOM The members of the Etzikom Sunshine Circle recently answered roll call by presenting articles of children's nightwear for the Calgary Children's Hospital Eleven women attended the recent meeting at the home of Katie Halvorson. Thev will smorgasbord Tuesday evening in the Etzikom School The next meeting is slated lor Dec 5 at the home of Mrs. Harold Halvorson .with roll call involving gifts lor the mental patients at the Haymond hospital Metz honored on anniversary ly of Mr and Mrs Adam Metz of Taber held open house Sun- da v to honor their parents on their Golden Wedding An- niversary. PINCHER CREEK The Pincher Creek Parks and Recreation Department will start requir- ing hockey players and figure skaters to show their season tickets for 1973-74. Those not having them will be suspended from use of the arena until they are paid Anyone who is unable to is asked to discuss the reason with Hugh Waddle. Rec. superintendent. The Lundbreck Boxing Club is holding regular workouts at the Livingstone school Thur- sdavs at 7.00 p.m. Boxers from Pincher Creek are urged to attend Interested persons may contact Norman Lee. The Court House Craft Room is the site for the Teen Arts and Crafts. Tuesdays at 7.00 p m All interested teens are welcome to get in on the tun Biddy Basketball is being expanded to the Twin 'Butte area Held for boys and girls 8 to 13 it has some modified rules. Instructors for this program are from the Pincher Creek Leadership Core Registration fees are 00 or per family. Ex- hibition games will be arrang- ed in Pincher Creek and Lundbreck Theatre group will present one-act plays PINCHER CREEK The Windy Hollow in conjunc- tion with the drama class of Matthew Halton High will present three one act plays Nov. 29 and 30. If Men Played Cards as Women directed by Mrs. Jopie The Ladies of Camelot. directed by Henry and The Man With The Silver Tongue directed by Doug Smith are the produc- tions to be presented to the Pincher Creek public. The plays are designed for family enjoyment to fund TURIN This year members of the Turin Junior Red Cross collected for UNICEF. New RCMP post planned FORT MACLEOD Fort Macleod will have a new RCMP Centennial Building. It will house a much need- ed a senior citizen's drop-in centre and a room for social and cultural functions. Federal and provincial grants have been received as well as generous donations from southern Alberta businessmen. A local women's the Sew Sew is sponsoring a tea Wednesday. Nov. at the Presbyterian Church Hall to honor women who have kept the present library operating here for the past 42 years. Sworn in Claresholm's first woman town Mae Virginia was sworn in by town secretary-treasurer Dennis Pom men at a recent council meeting. CITIZENSHIP COURT front Calgary wlH be at the BLAIRMORE COURTHOUSE Nov. 21st 9 a.m. to 12 neon mi PM Court of Canadian Cttlmtahip MS Mh Ave. t. W. Calgary ;