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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 17, 1973 13 Construction delays hospital opening date Chocolate factory assembly line Factory opening sweet event for Mrs. Smith CARDSTON (Stall) Or Glen Purnell. Alberta deputy minister of agriculture Fri- day alternoon snipped a ribbon to officially open Fern's Chocolates Ltd s new candy laciorv It was a sweet moment lor Mrs Fern Smith. 77. who started making chocolates in her own home m 1928 and has been satisfying Southern Alberta sweet tooths ever since The business will produce about 30.000 pounds ol chocolates between now and the end ol the year and use about 15.000 pounds ol sugar to do it Dr Purnell said Mrs. Smith's recipe tor success is made up of love and loyalty He praised her lor founding the firm He said it was her love lor people that made Fern's Ltd the thriving business it is today She is loyal to her employees and her employees are loyal to her. he said The business is owned by lour shareholders, Wayne Smith and his wile Mrs Smith and Mrs. Dean W all of Hillsprmg. and Mrs Fern Smith ol Cardston On hand lor the opening were Mr and Mrs. Nyal Fletcher of Magrath. drugstore proprietors who Mrs. Fern Smith FARM TRUCK TIRE SALE PLAIN GRIP 875x16.5 Splytbls. 750 x 20 10 ply 825 x 20 10 ply 900 x 20 10 ply 49.95 64.95 75.85 59-95 69-95 79-95 ALL FIRST GRADE NYLON FULLY GUARANTEED LEONARD TIRE MART LTD, 'WE KNOWINGLY UNDERSELL" 1902-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-3580 SCOUTING SPAKVUXH) (HNS) Ac- cording to H. C. Williams, ad- m i n i s t r a t o r o 1 F e r n i e Memorial Hospital, the new Ferine and District Hospital will not open until sometime in November The date lor the opening at which local and provincial dignatanes were to be in attendance was set tor October. 15. However, due to delays in construction of the new'facility, the opening has been postponed In 1969. Fernie board members convinced the British Columbia Hospital In- surance Service that a new facility was desperately need- ed to serve the area The hospital serves Elko. Grasemere, Jaflray. and other small communities in the south countn. around Fer- nie. as well us Fernie and llosmer. The hospital board surveyed Uie old building and found it was not suitable to renovate If renovations were carried out. they could prove more t'osth than a new building, the board discovered A functional program for the new building had to be presented by the board to the BCHIS This uas done and it was July 29 before approval lor its acceptance was receiv- ed tioin BCHIS The hospital board toured six sites with of the BCHIS from Victoria It was at this time Herald- District Hutterites meet school officials became Mrs Smith s first confectionary outlet Alter making the candy in her basement for more than-30 vears. Mrs Smith bought a store in Cardston in 1970 and formed a limited company She made the chocolates in the back of the store and had outlets in Calgary and five at Lethbndge, mostly drugstores, selling her products Now an agreement has been made with Can-Am Industries Ltd of Edmonton, managed Jack De Jong, to market the candv in Edmonton and a few areas ol B C "We have given them a ver- bal contract lor pounds ol candy between now and the end ot the vear." said the president He said the tirm has 12 salesmen and also handles Sunrise Biscuit products, an Edmonlon company A Euro- pean line ot chocolates has been dropped to make way tor the new producer We decided last winter to expand our facilities said Mrs Smith "We are using machines to save labor and we needed a building to house the machines so we built this one was borrowed Irom the Koyai Bank and the In- dustrial Development Bank at nine per cent interesl The IDB loan is over 10 The tirm received a lederal incentives grant ol The grant, said Mr Smith. Is the best loan we have He was joking It's an outright grant About 50 peopl'5 attended the dliicial opening and sampled a chocolate or two at the entrance They watched girls till box- es with Clinch. the boxes mov- ed along a conveyor belt. CARDSTON (HNS i Representatives of the 10 Huttente colonies within the Cardston school division met recently with the board to dis- cuss various aspects ot opera- tion of schools. One major item of concern was the extra levy that has been assessed against colonv schools Provincial education grants are calculated on a per pupil basis, a one-room school with fewer than 25 pupils cannot operate economically. By approval Irom the minister ol education, the board has authority to make an extra lew on schools with low enrolment Maintenance costs were also discussed (eight colony schools are housed in the cohnn church) The board Kootenay builders are busy (HNS) The building ol houses is taking over as the leading business in the East Kootenay construc- tion scene There were 44 building per- mits issued in August. authonxing construction ol 55 dwelling units Ol the 40 building permits issued in JuK. 28 were lor dwelling units permits construction valued at 500 and permits gave in construction the go- ahead Last ear's figures were. Juh. (boosted by a s5 million development at Kaiser Resources and August Uigust, 1973. figures include a 10-unit motel development at Wmdermere Oliver. RDEK building inspector, said the growth in housing has centred in two mam areas. Cranbrook i u i a i district and the Winder mere Invermere area RCMP eyes cattle loss IMNCHER CREEK i S p e c i a i i A f u r t h e r concentration of regular patiols the Pmcher Creek RCMP municipal detachment will run in cnjunction with the opening ot the big game hunting season in this area Sgt Dennis Minion says members will be alert to any wildlife