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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, September 27, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Steelworkers oust offer; Cominco strike still on CRESTON, B.C. (CP) Members of the striking United Steelworkers of America have backed up their union negotiators by rejecting the latests offer from Cominco in a strike that began July 1. Union officials said 66.1 per cent of the workers who cast ballots in Trail, Kimberley and Salmo follow- ed the union recommendation to reject the offer. The balloting was conducted earlier and votes were counted here. Union leaders had predicted a 70-per-cent vote of con- fidence prior to the balloting and said such support would force the company to yield on several key issues in a new contract. Church land exempted from taxes BILL GROENEN photo Onion workers Workers pick onions on the Matt Sakon market garden at the top of the hill between Lethbridge and the university. Mr. Sakon describes the garden as a small operation, with plots of vegetables including cabbage, corn, carrots and onions. New program sparks tots RAYMOND (HNS) Jill Watson says there is "lots of noise and confusion" but anybody interested is welcome to visit the Raymond Early Childhood Learning Centre. Forty-five children aged 4Vz to 5% years are "eager beaver" learners in a new program here, she said. One pupil, Sharon Bennett, 5, of the Milk River ridge area, likes preschool so much she stays for the afternoon sessions too. Classes are held mornings and afternoons for two groups of children in the Raymond Elementary School. Mrs. Watson received her training in the field of special education at the Dorothy Gooder School at Lethbridge. She taught there for two years. Now she and her husband, also a teacher, live at Raymond. "The parents have really been good about building she says. "They provided a large playhouse that sits in the classroom. It can be converted into a store or a post office." Parents made painting easels, tables and book racks. "It's a very diversified says Mrs. Watson. Wendy Helgerson is the teacher aide. She will be using this experience as a testing ground for her own possible teaching future. Says Mrs. Watson: "They seem to really enjoy it. I thought they might be tired coming five days a week but they really enjoy being together. They like to get out of the home and associate with one another. Socializing is very important at their age. "These children have watched Sesame Street, a children's educational televi- sion program and are more able to do academic things than other children might have been a few years ago. Television in general has real- ly stepped up education and the need for preschool learn- ing centres for all children." The children study, play and socialize from 9 to a.m. and then their academic routine is over for another day. Others come to the centre at 1 and finish at p.m. Friday is an easy day classes are held from 9 to a.m. and from 1 to p.m. It began Sept. 16. The local advisory com- mittee, comprised of mothers, was the driving force behind getting the program establish- ed here. The provincial Early Childhood Services grants for TEMPORARY FACTORY PERSONNEL Required by Canadian Sugar Factories Factory Plaits at Tabar ail Pfctira Mta Work to start around Oct. 1, should last till mid December. Station Operators, Mechanics as well as Laborers required. Taber Factory Contact Mr. C. Woe! Plant Superintendent Picture Butte Factory Contact F. Karren Plant Superintendent 732-4821 SCHELLHORN MEATS PHONE 234-4064 FORT MACLEOD Freezer Beef Sale A1 AND A2 BEEF SIDES FRONTS HINDS SIDES szr 87 WEDNESDAY DEI SRY TO LETHBRIDOE preschool projects range from about to per child depending on who operates the program and whether the children are handicapped. There was considerable organizational work that had to be dene before the learning centre could be launched here. The first step was taken in April, 1973, when Coleen Low, wife of local physician John Low, circulated a petition for interested parents to sign. It urged the inclusion of a preschool program into the existing elementary school system. This petition was met with approval from about 200 local people. Mrs. Low then took the peti- tion to the Raymond school board. It was backed and sent on to Dr. Ervin Hastings of the department of education. In January, 1974, Mrs. Low and Raymond Elementary School principal Clark Hardy met with a small group of interested parents who then elected members to form the local advisory committee. Since then, the committee, directed by Mrs. Low, has been building the preschool program from an idea into a reality. Subdivision project progressing PINCHER CREEK (Special) Town superinten- dent Joe Malanchuk has assured Mayor Juan Teran and councillors that sewer and water pipes and valves have been ordered for the new south hill subdivision. The town project will put about 25 lots on sale next spring. Then the three-phase project will be expanded. At present, the town has no lots for sale. It sold about 15 lots this year. "We could have sold another 10 lots this year a town official said. The town superintendent was authorized to hire extra workmen to ensure that sewer and water services will be in- stalled before winter. The town is acting as its own contractor on a addition and renovation of the local arena and (be work be undertaken this week, council learned. A construc- tion supervisor is still being sought The addition will provide a bigger lobby area, larger washrooms, another dressing room, a bigger concession area and quarters for a senior citizens' drop-in centre. South In short Embryo transplant successful TABER (HNS) What is thought to be the world's first purebred Chianina embryo transplant proved successful with the birth recently of two calves at the Taber Animal Clinic. A heifer, one of two transplants from the donor cow, was from a Charolais Angus cross cow. The second embryo transplant into a Charolais cross cow gave rise to a bull calf an hour before the heifer. The owners, Purple Springs Cattle Company, had the transplants performed Dec. 14 by two Calgary doctors. The objective of the transplants was to increase the poten- tial number of calves the donor cow could produce in one year, says Don Hamilton of the local clinic. New Kiwanis president installed TABER (HNS) Lyle Keister has been installed as the 1974-75 president of the Taber Kiwanis Club. Mag Nelson of Lethbridge, Kiwanis lieutenant governor, was the installing officer. Wives and Kiwanians from neighboring clubs were guests for the special occasion. 'Pass gymnasium upgrading set BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The 1975 Canada Winter Games Committee has budgeted about to upgrade the Crowsnest Pass Consolidated High School auditorium for a five day volleyball tournament. Frank Capron, Blairmore representative on the committee, says the money will be used to upgrade the gym floor and im- prove the lighting. About has been spent on colored, plastic bleachers to accommodate 250 additional spectators. The total seating capacity is now about 650 people. A portable public address system has been ordered. This, and the bleachers, will remain here after the games are over. Mr. Capron is the regional co ordinator for the men's and women's volleyball tourney scheduled for Feb. 17 to 21. The finals will be held at Lethbridge. Participating athletes will attend a banquet here. Many French speaking athletes are expected to come. A committee will contact local French speaking citizens to act as a welcoming committee. Another committee will be organized to help with policing, traffic control, general security and protection of visitors. About people will take part in 16 events in the games. Local organizers expect a large influx of visitors to the 'Pass when the games are in progress. Volunteers join department CLARESHOLM (HNS) Terry Henker and Douglas Gaab, both of Claresholm, have been appointed to the Claresholm Volunteer Fire Department. They will fill vacancies caused by Don Bush leaving to take up duties in the fire commissioner's office at Lethbndge and by the resignation of Alan Johnson. Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. Zenith s new Direct'onai Hearing Aid M you find that much of the sound you hear is harsh, irritating noise, then our new Directional hearing aid, the "Royal D" could be just right for you. This comfortable aid brings you clear, rtch sound at a pleasant tevel as it softens and reduces harsh unwanted background noise from the side and rear. Gome in for a demonstration of the "Royal D" or any other aid from Zenith's line of more than 20 quality aids at no cost or obligation Batteries for all makes of hearing aids. The quality goes in before the name goes on LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Helping the tiard of hearing since 1943 Paramount Theatre BMg. Phone 328-4080 The union has based its posi- tion on improvements in pen- sion and other fringe benefits such as disability payments. In its last offer, Cominco had proposed salary scales that would have increased the basic rate to from an hour and the tradesman rate to from Cominco's Steelworkers have idled the smelter at Trail, the Sullivan Mine and concentrator at Kimberley and the HB Mine at Salmo. Meanwhile, the company has been stockpiling anti- freeze in the event the strike at their Kootenay operations continues into the winter. A spokesman said many pipes and vessels at the smelter cannot be drained of water and the anti-freeze has to be used to prevent them from bursting during the cold weather. I TABER (HNS) By a ma- jority "show of hands" Taber town council has agreed to ex- empt most church properties of up to a maximum of five acres from taxes, including taxes on areas used for parking. A covering bylaw is to be prepared on this basis for ten- tative approval of the depart- ment of municipal affairs. When passed by council, the new ruling would be effective for the 1975 taxation year In former years, council has exempted one-half acre of church properties. However, this year a court ruling was handed down that where such property exceeded the ex- empted half-acre, the entire property becomes taxable. The Assessment Act allows council to increase the ex- empted amount by bylaw Mayor Arthur H. Avery and Coun. Dennis M. Turin were opposed to the tax exemption of parking lots. Council also gave first reading to a bylaw providing for the borrowing by deben- ture of to cover the town's half of the estimated cost of the water supply ex- pansion project. The project, estimated at million, is being under- taken under agreement with the federal department of regional economic expansion and Alberta Environment, and will meet local water re- quirements for the next decade. I I Birds, history f lose as house is torn down I By NANCY MILES Special Correspondent CRANBROOK CP Rail is demolishing its 70 year old ice house across the tracks from the railway depot here. The action displaces about 200 pigeons and hundreds of sparrows. It was routine for refrigerator express cars and passenger trains to ice up from its vast storage space for some 50 years. Then the ice house became a bird house and the birds, not on the railway payroll, lived off sprinklings of feed from wheat laden freight cars. The good old days were cool. The tall, 120 by 60 foot structure was filled with ice from Calgary. The big blocks were packed in sawdust from floor to roof. Magrath council considers roads MAGRATH (Special) Town council has reviewed the gravel work done on nine blocks of Magrath streets and has discussed the preparation of the road running alongside the LDS Church. It extends past the school and to the front of the hospital, a distance of three blocks. Roads to be regravelled were placed on a priority basis. Some roads need to be repaired before winter and some can wait until next summer, council decided. Coun. David Lowery advis- ed that the road in front of his home can wait until next summer. Council also discussed the supervision of sewer tapping by the town foreman from the main sewer line to the houses. In some cases it has not been done properly and back ups occurred. The town is finding it necessary to increase utility service so that building can be continued on vacant proper- ties The next council meeting will be held at p.m. Oct. 15. Mayor re-elected PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) Alec Chronik has been re elected mayor of this town by acclamation. Mr Chronik filed his nomination papers Friday, two days after nominations opened. 1874 R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL -1974 COMMEMORATIVE BANQUET Organized by THE MAYOR md CITY COUNCIL of LETHBRIDGE and the LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 EL RANCHO CONVENTION CENTRE NO HOST RECEPTION P.M. DINNER P.M. Special Guest Speaker: DR. J. W. GRANT MacEWAN r Lieutenant G< r of Alberta All tickets at Available from the Office at City Hall The public unveiling of monument com- memorating the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Poltee will take place in front of City Han pm ;