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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Uthbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 15, 1974 Pages 13-20 Erosion at work Backyards in these Park Royal residences on 20th Avenue S. are slowly sliding into the coulee they border The bank slippage poses no serious threat to the houses yet, according to the city engin- eering department, but it has taken its toll. The rail- road ties jutting out over one small cliff used to be part of a children's sandbox. City council is debating hiring a consulting firm to do soil stabalization tests in the area. Photos by Walter Kerber 200 CITY VOTERS USE ADVANCE POLL An even 200 voters cast their ballots in the civic election's advance poll held Thursday through Saturday at city hall. That's 51 more than the 149 voters who trekked to the polls early in the 1971 civic election. Polls are open Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Take care how you mark ballot The Lethbridge voter who wants his civic election ballots to do the job he intends Wednesday will mark an "X" beside the candidates of his or her cnoice, and only those candidates. On the ballot for city council, the voter is entitled to vote for any number of aldermanic candidates from one to eight If more than eight selections are made, the ballot is spoiled. But if a voter, for example, likes only five candidates, he'll vote for only five, because to vote for three more simply to complete the ballot could reduce the chances of the five he prefers. There are four other ballots facing city voters Wednesday; two for the public school board, one for the separate board and one for the floorida- tion plebiscite. Public school supporters may vote for from one to seven public school trustee candidates. They'll also be ask- ed to fill in an opinion poll ballot on three public school programs. Separate school supporters may mark an "X" beside one to five separate board candidates. For fifth time, voters will he ask- ed to say whether they are for or against the bylaw that would bring fluoridation to Lethbridge. There are eligible voters in Wednesday's election, up from the 984 in the last civic election in 1971. Only voters, or 47.8 per cent of the electorate cast ballots last time, however. In fact, the best turnout for a civic election here was in 1962 when 59.4 per cent of those eligible voted. According to City Clerk John Gerla. who serves as the returning officer in civic elections, the number of spoiled ballots is usually less than one per cent TOT DIES OF BURNS AFTER NAPTHA FIRE A Lethbridge boy died Monday in a Calgary hospital after being severely burned at bis home Saturday. Lethbridge city police say Lloyd Van Egmpnd, son of Mr. and Mrs Lawrence Van Egmond, 45 Park Meadows Blvd., was playing downstairs by himself when he apparently knocked over a gallon can of naptha gasoline that was underneath the stairway It is believed the gasoline fumes spread to the furnace where they were ignited by the furnace pilot light. Police believe the boy must have been right in the middle of the spilled fuel when the gasoline ignited, starting the boy's clothes on fire. The boy's father came to his aid and put out the tot's burn- ing clothes, receiving burns to his hands. The two were taken to St. Michael's Hospital following the 3pm. accident. About 6 p.m. the boy was transported to Foothills hospital in Calgary by Time Air Mr and Mrs. Van Egmond accompanied him Mr. Van Egmond was treated for burns Saturday but was re admitted to St Michael's Monday and is reported in satisfac- tory condition. Funeral services for the child will be held Thursday at Monarch Reform Church in Monarch beginning at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Monarch Nobleford cemetary. Lloyd is sur- vived by one brother, Christopher. Deal's end may drive grain higher Higher grain pnces and a tighter economic pinch for cattle feeders has been forecast for Alberta fanners and ranchers as a result of the cancelled United States American grain deal with Russia John Channon, Alberta grain commissioner, told The Herald this morning from Ed- monton prices for grain in Canada dropped when the Americans announced a sale of 91 million bushels of corn and 35 million bushels of wheat to Russia. Following the Chicago futures market closely, the prices dropped in Canada because of the large demand for grain filled by the Americans But when President Gerald Ford cancelled the sale, prices in Canada strengthened beyond the levels prior to the drop, said Mr. Channon. This resulted when the large de- mand was again loose on the world market. The higher prices will help gram fanners but it will'hurt the cattle feeders "who are already said Mr Channon. And the higher pnces will put more pressure on the Canadian Wheat Board to make more sales, be said. Since the wheat board has a good carryover of grain from the 1973-74 crop year, there won't be any pressure on the government grain selling agency to try to get farmers to haul gram from this fall's harvest. Under present pricing for- mulas, the wheat board can't compete with the free market for grain within Canada The initial pnces paid by the wheat board for grain when delivered is far below the price domestic users of grain are paying. When farmers sell to domestic users, they receive their payment in full. When the wheat board buys the grain from the farmers, final payments aren't receiv- ed until March of the follow- ing year. Mr. Channon said when the carry-over crops are sold, the wheat board will have to raise the initial price of grain in order to fill export sales com- mitments. Ammonia hearing to resume The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board -Wednesday will-con- tinue its examination of a huge fertilizer plant proposed for Raymond. The hearings in the Calgary Courthouse was adjourned Oct. 2. Interventions to the applica- tion filed by Alberta Ammonia for the first phase of a million ammonia plant and pipeline will be heard. Seven apply Seven applications have been received by the Napi Freindship Centre in Pincber Creek for the vacant position of centre director, acting director Oliver Soop said today. The centre's board will of- ficially appoint the new direc- tor Oct. 23. Car rolls, man killed A 19 year-old Hays man was killed in the early hours of Saturday in a single car accident eight miles southeast of Hays, when he lost control of his car and the vehicle rolled. RCMP said Warren Harold Benson was pinned under the car after it rolled. Dr. Gerald Beckie, coroner at Taber, pronounced the man dead at the scene of the mishap. Dr. Beckie said no decision has been made on an inquest The accident is still under investigation by toe Vauxhall RCMP. Top shot Don't tangle with this hombre. His shooting eye is deadly accurate. Const Mike Soroka scored 96 per cent to take top honors last week at the Lethbridge police force's shoot-out, held annually to determine the best shot in the force. Const ten Kolpak took second place wittt a score of 93.3 per cent and Const Gary, Holberton took third wHh a 91.6. Schools 'should screen children for spinal problems' ____ GEORGE STEPHENSON Hcrali Staff Writer All school systems should have a screening procedure for spinal problems in children, a foremost authority in cur- vature of the spine said during a visit to the city. Dr. John Moe, an orthopedic surgeon from Minneapolis, Mum., said scotiosis, lateral curvature of the spiae, must be detected early in children if complex surgery in later life is to be avoided. Curvature of the spine is a common disorder and oc- curs in about five to 10 per cent of school children. The most common type of scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis. is more common in females than, males and develops usually about the ages 10 to 12 years he said. Dr. Moe, who pioneered research towards treat- ment of toe disorder, is ad- vocating screening in schoal children between eight and IS years of age. "The only solution lies in early be said. Cases can be detected through school surveys done by a school nurse or physical education instruc- tor." The examination is sim- ple and involves only a 30- second visual test The child, whose back is bare, bends over wilL bis hands hanging straight down. The examiner checks the child's back to see if the spine and ribs rotate as the child bends over. If, when the child is bent over, one side of the back is higher than the other the child could have a curvature. Or. Moe said this initial examination could be followed by an x-ray in a physician's office if the test proved positive. If a curvature is detected early it can be treated with external bracing instead of surgery, be said. If the problem is allowed to go unchecked in early life, however, it could develop into a crippling spine disorder. Dr. Moe pointed to statistics compiled in Sweden that showed death caused by heart and long disorders is four to five times as high in people with scoliosis than normal individuals This is caused by a greater curve developing in later life and restricting the heart and lung func- tions, he explained. Dr. Moe, who talked with local physicians about scoliosis, became interested hi the disorder in 1947 when he rdized lit- tle was known about the affliction. He now works at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Centre in Minneapolis. He said various states in the United States have in- stituted screening procedures in schools. Bat more must begin if the dis- order is to be Uiiued aside as a major health problem. He added that "not very many" children detected through school screening tarn out to be surgical ;