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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September Boosting drinking age meets cold shoulder Rolling back the minimum legal age for off-premise drinking won't remedy teen- age drinking problems, Coun- ty of Lethbridge school com- mittee members agreed Tuesday. The committee gave a cool reception to a request issued by Vulcan County School Com- Teams get funds despite comment Imitation buffalo chips Trying to collect rrloney for a school project, Richard Morgan, 14, stands front of Hamilton school selling imitation buffalo chips (in hand) and RCMP ek buttons. The money from the sale of the buttons will go to finance a retracing jnd filming of two historic RCMP treks in Alberta and Saskatchewan by a group of A County of Lethbridge councillor says the county shouldn't subsidize high school "sports when students Televisions recovered after theft Two Lethbridge men were scheduled to appear in provin- cial court today on charges connected with a break-in at Acme TV, 13th St. N., during the weekend. Felluccis Potocnjak, 28, 1311 1st Ave. N., appeared in court Monday on a charge of possession of stolen property and was remanded in custody without plea until today. City police said Mr. Potocn- jak was stopped in his car on a routine check and a television set was found in his truck. Michael Duane Emard, 23, 59 Bridge Villa Estates, was in court Tuesday on a charge of break enter and theft and was also remanded in custody and without plea until today. A third suspect is expected to appear in provincial court today on similar charges. City police said other charges are pending against other persons. To date, 16 television sets have been recovered from break-ins over the weekend at Baker Appliance, Acme TV and Coaldale Co-Op. "have no problem finding to go to a rock concert." Coun. John Murray Tuesday told the county school com- mittee that giving high school teams requested by county principals will "sub- sidize a very small part" of the school population. Council didn't agree with Coun. Murray, as it approved the request from principals for for two senior high football teams, for 10 junior and senior basketball teams and for junior high teams Coun. Murray suggested fund shortages for high school sports could be relieved by schools" increasing admission charges. "Young people seem to have a lot of money these he said Coun. Miro Tomasta argued that boosting gates fees would discourage student involve- ment in extra-curricular sports: "We're trying to get the whole school involved not trying to discourage them The county also approved a money request from Frank Featherstone. vice-principal of Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale, so the school's drama troupe could perform at a provincial drama festival in Banff later this year. The county also awarded the Owen Williams memorial scholarship to Karen Chiste of Diamond City. One of three county students applying for the scholarship, Miss Chiste will receive each of the four years she attends an Alberta university in an education program. Candidates made few promises at Forum It was and it wasn't a night or promises at the first of the civic election Campaign Tuesday. Several of the 13 aldermanic "Bunny Kins" Royal Doulton 3 piece set Cereal bowl Mug Plate 8 J9S SET Call China 327-5767 candidates who spoke to the gathering of more than 100 people at the Polish Hall said it was unrealistic to make promises they couldn't keep and therefore they wouldn't be promising the electorate any goodies. Nevertheless, it was a case for the most part of the in- cumbents promising to con- tinue to do a good job for the city, and the newcomers after the eight council seats promis- ing to do better at it than the present crew. Two candidates who have announced that they will seek ice. incumbent Ed Bastedo and Stan Klassen. missed the meeting but 13 others spoke in approximate alphabetical order. Here is a summary of what they had to say. Cam Baltics: Mr. Barnes. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phoiw 328-4095 SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At tfct Avenut South THURSDAY, SEPT. 19th Tarm starts ftestrvs Dumont portable color TV; 2 lab counters. RCA Whirlpool 2 door Jndge. ArmJess lounge: Small desk. 3 criests ol drawers. Silver! one portable TV. 2 single beds: Aluminum door and inside door witri 1rame. Philco fndge. 12x16" yellow rug. Bathtub. 30n TO" plastic pipe. 100' roll plaslic pipe. Large folding door. Set swinging doors. mattress. Cup- board: Good selection ol wasners and dryers. Com- pressor wilh 1 H P motor Doors and windows Iron boards. Selection o1 bicycles. 2 commercial HOOT polishers: Large plant 303 rifle. Furnace gas gun Utility table. Humicifier. Sump pump. Small electric chord organ. Cartop earner Wood vise. Gladiron mangle. Barb wire. 50 000 B T U gas neater Large card index file. Wood crib 9x9 garage door and hardware: AstraMndge School desk Tires and wheels 2-WHEEL UTILITY TRAILER SALECONDUCTED 6V HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 S LETHBRIDGE TED NEWBY KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 010283-41 Lie. 012116-458 on council for six years, said he's concerned that in the pre- sent inflationary period the tax dollar must be watched carefully. But he added council will have many things to complete in the next two years, including removal of the CPR tracks separating North and South Lethbridge and the 1st Avenue expressway. The west side will also take con- siderable council time, he said. Vera Ferguson: Mrs. Ferguson, on council since 1969. said her campaign slogan will be "Progress through priorities and policies." She said it's becoming more imperative that council stick to policy-making decisions only, turning problems over to the administration to present council with alternatives. Standing committees of aldermen should be appointed to each citv department, she said, so that the alternatives presented will reflect both political and administrative thinking. Ferenz: Mr Ferenz. a school teacher and first-time rounnl candidate said many things have happened in the nt> m the past few years he hasn't liked and the reason he is running for alderman is to see this trend altered, and to give the nty back to the people He said he would attempt, if eleried. to brsng greater participation in ihe ol city council "The Lethbridgc should be made aware of what's go- jng on." he said He to investigate ihe leasihilitv ol a at 51 h Avenue S and Magralh Drive Don I.rBaron- Mr Lc CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOG Lower PHONE 327-Z82Z PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd S Baron, a nursing homes ad- ministrator, repeated concerns he expressed at the CGA nomination meeting that local autonomy is being erod- ed away as the province takes over more areas of former civic responsibility including -health, welfare and education. Too many decisions on the local scene are being made by people in distant capitals, he said. Another concern, he said, is that the city must continue to place emphasis on meeting the needs of senior citizens and the handicapped. He called the condition of some living quarters rented by senior citizens in Lethbndge and the rents they pay appalling. John Gogo: Mr. Gogo. divi- sion manager of an invest- ment firm, said he was worried that when his eight- year-old son is 21. he'll have to pay for a lot in Lethbridge. Given the trend of the last three years, that's not an un- realistic expectation, unless something is done, he said. Mr Gogo said he is concern- ed about the power plant deci- sion and the reliability of Calgary Power service. He said he was told the research station, served by Calgary Power, was without power three times for more than 40 consecutive hours last year. He said it is possibly time that Lethbndge thought about the ward system so that the city docs not end up with all its aidcrmen irom one area. Yaughan Hrmbroff: Mr HembroU. a six-year council vcJcrjn, sasd council has done food job of shepherding the dollar, but it is lirnr 10 exorcise restraint. Mirh as not building a city hall that's not needed Mr Hcmbroff said he would fhaMcngc amone 1o say 1hc n1y should not grow 'It's not possible, he said, unless >ou wanl to pav more taxes, have iewer services and a 3ess lablo community He said he is nol advocating growth for growth's sake, but controlled growth Ha) HoHman: Mr Hoffman, an automotive instructor at IXT. ihe incumbent coun- cil members make much of their experience on council but it is experience the city do without The Sportsplex cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than expected because it was done on cost- plus rather than a tender basis, he said. The sale of the power plant was based on the idea that Calgary Power would increase its rate five per cent annually, but now it has already increased its rates 20 per-cent and is new going to ask for another increase, he said. Joe Hanrahan: Mr. Hanrahan. an employee with the department of highways for 41 years and due to retire this year, called for fiscal responsibility and said he was glad to hear Mr, Hembroff say it was time to put the brakes on. "But have we borrowed ourselves to the point of no he asked. Mr. Hanrahan said it's time to lake a good hard look at how the city is spending its money. Bill Kergan: Mr. Kergan. who's spent one term on coun- cil, repeated his call made Monday at the CGA meeting for planned growth. He also said it's necessary to ensure that the "unemployed father of children" can also enjoy what's called "the quality of life." He said he disagrees with Mr Hembroff about city hall expansion, believing city employees should have good quarters to do their jobs ef- ficiently "I m not for spending million now. but we should look at it at budget lime." he slid Slcxt Kotch: Mr Kotch. who served on council since 1969. said he was proud of his ,irrornp1ishments as a businessman and as an alder- man 11 s easy, he said, lor people In stand up and make irrational statements abouJ what they're going to do and condemn people they c3jim have made mistakes Hut it's harder to be really senousJy doing your job. and I've not known anyone on cmancil that's not been dead serious about the job they he said I'm running." Mr Kotch added, because I want 'o be as successful a political loader as 1 have been in business mittee to all Alberta school boards urging the off- premises drinking age be rais- ed trom 18 to 20 years of age. The Vulcan request failed to receive the spirited discussion and official support it gained last week from the Lethbndge Separate School Board. The County of' Lethbridge committee agreed with its Vulcan counterpart that "drinking and drunkenness among the 15- to 17-year age group" is a serious problem, but failed to agree that raising the legal age for off-premises drinking is an effective cure- all. County School Superinten- dent Chick Burge told coun- cillors that county school prin- cipals have expressed concern over the availability and use of liquor by under age students. Coun. John Murray claimed raising the age for off- premises drinking is "passing the buck." By Changing the age to 20, he said, Vulcan councillors are hoping to take the problem of student drink- ing "out of the jurisdiction of the schools." Coun. Miro Tomasta pointed out the inconsistency of the Vulcan move, which would allow under-20 drinking in licensed premises but prohibit off-premises liquor sales. Agreed Reeve Dick Papworth: "If they're going to do it. they should go whole hog" and prohibit all drinking for anyone under the age of 20. Committee member Eileen Urvold of Nobleford said the question of drinking should re- main the choice of the in- dividual. Coun. Otto Wobick said the only comprehensive solution to teen-age drinking problems is for "all the parents to quit drinking." The county received for in- formation the letter from Vulcan which read: "We have a very real and moral responsibility to attempt, in some direct way. to stem the increasing flow of alcohol that is reaching the 15- to-17 year age group and leading them on to eventual disaster." Frank Merkl: Mr. MerkI, a leader in handicapped groups in the city, said city councils in the past have forgotten the human being, the individual citizens of Lethbridge. He said he is concerned mostly with the handicapped and the elderly and said although such things as bus passes and for the land for the new rehabilitation society workshop nave been provided, it's not enough if the handicapped can't use city facilities. Mr. Merkl said all city coun- cil meetings including budget meetings should be open and people should have access to the aldermen and mayor any time of the day or night. Bob Tarleck: Mr. Tarleck. a city school teacher, said despite some drawbacks it presents, he is committed to the ward system, because at present one-third of the city has no representation on coun- cil- Mr. Tarleck. a north-side resident, said he is not accus- ing any aldermen of willful neglect of North Lethbridge. but the situation creates an unhealthy imbalance. North-side residents, he said, feel left out of the deci- sion making process. Mr. Tarleck said he favors development of a realistic policy towards controlled growth of the city, and development of strict budget priorities. Tony Tobin: Mr. Tobin. Jormcr director of city preventive social services and now with a private community development agency, again at- lacked council's lack of action in social areas "Last year social programs in the city were slashed by in order to save out of the city budget, yet within two weeks was allocated to a local business group to promote tourism." he said Cities one-quarter the size oi Lethbridge have more public housing and more sub- day care facilities, he said "Some -500 to 600 people need housing assistance, yet we have built only 20 public housing units, and although there are single parents jn the city, we have subsidized