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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBR1DGE HERAID Tuesday, November 71, 1972--------------- Life on the lone prairie... THE HERMIT HILTON home for now for a 28-year-old recluse THE INSIDE home is where you make il. is not quite lonely enough for this hermit By RUDY IfAUGENEDER Herald Staff Writer Society just doesn't appreci- ate Me any more, says a 28- year-old hermit who has set up temporary residence in a board and cardboard shack on this city's western outskirts. People have lost their ability to struggle for survival. They now live a pre-packaged exis- tence, says the former Nova Scotian who is planning to move on now that his shack has been disclosed. The man insisted on anonym- ity and would not be photo- graphed. Bearded and short haired, the secluded philosopher stuffs women's nylons into his boots to keep his feet warm, and lives in the nine foot by four foot shack he constructed west of the CPU roadhouse Friday. The man, whose cardboard shack is cluttered with health- foods, magazines and books including the Bible, texts on psychology, and books such as "Critical Issues in Canadian So- and "Enthusiasm Makes A Difference" just spent a year living in the woodlands near British Columbia's Fraser Canyon. He feels people have become too automated. The public has been brain- washed into letting the media do its thinking for them, he said in an interview. A non-drinking and non-smok- ing handyman he claims most people have lost .the power of deductive reasoning. Subsisting on a mediocre stock of so-called health foods including raw yeast, vitamin C pills and others which seem to keep him exceptionally healthy considering his harsh environ- ment, the hermit is conducting a dual experiment. He's attempting to figure out the mystic workings of the mind and life, while living as simply as he can. The man says he will soon return to the warmer coastal woodlands, but first he wants to buy a cheap car which he can convert into a camper by cutting away the back of it and constructing a suitable cab which he can call home. HELP WANTED ELKS CLUB of LETHBRIDGE HAS OPENINGS FOR 2 BARTENDERS Experience preferred but nol essential. Applications will be received up to Nov. 25th, 1972 Phone Manager 327-7219 for interview Council briefs Westbridge name abandoned The name Westbridge will no longer be used to describe the first subdivision west of the Oldman River. City council has decided to abandon that name and plans for any other name for the sub- division. "If we create a separate name for West Lethbridge, we PRESTO LOGS The Clean Economical Convenient Fuel Manufactured from wood fibres, evenly compress- ed to 4 times the density of natural wood. Free from dirt, pitch and slivers. Assures sparkles: long burning, constant even heol. Carton Containing 12 logs Cedar Blocks 10' ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. 'Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925" Cor. 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S., Lethbridge Phone 328-3301 will recreate the same situation of hostility as we used lo have between south and north Leth- Aid. Chick Chichester said. "Just adding west after the addresses is he said. In other business Monday night, council approved two land sales agreements to allow development of an office build- ing downtown and possible ex- pansion of Advance Lumber Co. Ltd. on 13lh St. S. Krahn Homes Ltd. plans to put up a three-storey office building at 511 6th St. S. within the next year. Advance Lumber plans to build new offices and a show- room and applied to buy a city lane for the development. Clos- ing of the lane lor that pur- pose must be done by bylaw, and, when the matter comes up again, opposition is expected from various cily departments because of utilities in the area. Council also approved the expropriation of land adjacent to North Mayor Magrath Drive for eventual re-alignment of roadway. The city has tried unsuccess- fully for about three years to buy the land from K.A.B.O. Holdings. Expressways study okayed Local firms cautious on new work week By RON CALDWELL Herold Staff Writer The idea o[ a four-day work week hasn't exactly caught fire in Lethbridge, even though the provincial government has of- Dcially sanctioned the 10 and 12-houv day a-s a mcrns to compress the work week. The .'.Iberia Federation of Labor lias attacked the govern- ment move as "irresponsible in that consideration is not given to trie health and safety workers." AFL president Roy Jamha stales .the aim of the federa- tion is four eight-hour days in one work week. Only one Lethbridge business is using the shortened work week but several other organ- izations arc considering it. The city police department is considering it and the city's two hospitals have also toyed wifh (lie idea. The fire depart- ment and city hall haven't ssr ously considered the four-day 40-hour work week as an alter- native to the present system. Datatron, a computer d a I a processing centre, started the shortened work week about 18 months ago. Key punch operators and computer operators work four days and have four days off, spread over an eight week per- od. The average work week is 11.5 hours. WELL ACCEPTED Harold Smith, operations manager of Datatron, said the witch has resulted in higher productivity. "We found we just weren't able to get all our work done n the regular five-day ic said. "The change to longer work days with an additional hift has given us the extra time." Mr. Smith said the staff had trouble adjusting to the change t first but it now seems to be generally well accepted. Chief Ralph Michelson of Lethbridge City Police, said he roposed a four-day week for re force last fall but it was re- ected. He plans to try again the end of this year. 'I feel we could give belter service to the community by aving more men on duty at racial times and fewer men uring the light he aid. Chief Michelson noted that many police associations have een pressing for the change but in Lethbridge, it's the ther way admin- stralion wants to do it and the orce doesn't." IXPERIMENT He said the four-day week may be tried with just the tral- c department as on cxperi- lent "to see if it will work." Andy Andreachuk, adminis- rator of the Lethbridge Mu- cipal Hospital, says the four- ay week was proposed by "a ertflin segment of the staff" bout one year ago but provin- cial legislation worked against the idea at the time. "The legislation lias been amended so I expect we may hear more of It but so far, it hasn't been given serious con- he said. Mr. Andreachuk said he feels Iho four-day week will come eventually at the hospital. "Some of our areas definitely lend themselves to it." Sister Mary Clarissa, St. Mi- chael's Hospital administrator, paid (he hospital has looked into the idea with the nursing staff, "hut couldn't seem to work it out." She said the nursing depart- ment did a study on the propo- sal but ccr.cluded there would ho no real advantage in cram- ming 40 hours into a four-day week. "On the whole, the nurses didn't seem to go for she said. The idea has apparently been discarded. BETTER Lethbridge fire chief, Wilf Hussell, said the four-day work weak has not been considered in the department "because they have sranfthing better." The department works 10 and 14 hour days and have as long as six consecutive days off at a time. "I don't think anyone wants to change from the present sys- said Chief Hussell. A fireman's work week aver- ages 42 hours. Tom Band, city personnel of- ficer, said there have been no formal requests from city em- ployees for a different work week. "I have been looking Into it for my own he said, "ft seems the national and in- ternational unions are not too keen on it." City employees normally work the regular eight-hour a day, five-day week. Christmas vacation 18 days Christmas holidays for ele- mentary and secondary school students in Lethbridge go- ng to provide a long rest period. Students will get out of classes on Dec. 22 and they don't have to be back until Jan. 10, an 18-day break from he (rials and tribulations of ex- panding the mind. Teachers don't need M long holiday, apparently. They'll be back on Jan. 8 to plan tin second semester. A functional planning study for expressways on 1st Ave. S. and 5tli Ave. N. was approved by city council Mon- day. Although the city's share in the cost of the study is only a quarter of the total, or the approval was not given without some hesitation. Aid. Cam Barnes said the study sounded like a duplication of a study done three years ago. "When we met with provincial highways officials then, we de- cided that 5th Ave. N. was ruled out as an expressway." City Manager Tom Nutting said the study, to be done by DeLeuw Gather Canada Ltd., will compare the two avenues to determine the best location for an east-west expressway. An expressway will be need- PUBLIC MEETING for All Nationalities and All Races Thii meeting will bo taktn 01 an indication of Com- munily'i rilponls la the needi of Ihl Nalivt People in thl City of Thursday, November 23, p.m. 320 llth Street (GOLDEN MILE SR. CITIZENS CENTRE) Lethbridge, Alia. Express your love end ments to family and friends with a portrait created espe- cially far you CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT SPECIAL 8x10" Framed and Four Custom Portroiti Mounted Package Combination 16 TEL. 121-0111 Make Your Appointment Now Optn and Holiday! by appointment until Chrlilmai A. E. CROSS STUDIO TEL. 378.052} 710 3rd Ave. S. ed in the 1980's, Mr. Nutting said. To allow lor land acquisi- tion along the road, the study must be done now, he added. "The study may spur negotia- tions between the city and CP Rail for relocation of their rail lines east of the Mr. Nut- ting said. City engineer Randy Holfeld told council the province will not share in the cost of express- way construction if the study is not done. T7ie plans will show such things as potential traffic ca- pacity of an expressway and the location of traffic controls, Mr. Holfeld said. Appeal to Donations from federal and provincial govern m e n I em- ployees in Lethhridgc, totalling pushed returns of the 1972 United Appeal campaign to Monday. The Lethbridge federal civil service gift of is the lar- gest per capita donation to United Appeal campaigns in Al- borta, campaign chairman Joe Csaki said. I "The provincial government employees' gill, is up from last he said. Campaign officials sold they are optimistic thnl at least last year's total, will he collected this year. "We hope lo complete all the colls by the end of Ihc month." said Allfin Purvis, nssislnnt di- rector of tho Community Chest. SVLVANIA makes color TV worth having. makes It goof'proof This portable has Perma-Lock, Ihe automatic fine luning syslem which gives you period color Intensity, llesh tones, contrast and brightness simply by pressing one control! Acme Television Ltd. 535 Ulll St. N., Ph 327-6361 and College Mall Phono 331-8316 Bert Mac's Radio-TV Ltd. 311 7th Slrtet S. Lelhbrdgt Phani 337-333] Acme TV (Taber) Ltd. Tabor, Alia. Phone: 333-3966 Fairfield Appliance TV Sales Ltd. 1343 3rd Avonuo t. Ulhbrldgi Phono 331-001] ;