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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 _ THE IETHBRIDI5E HERALD TJiurfday. AufuM For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor WITH HALF THE SUMMER OVER, and many holidayers still waiting for that magic moment when they can lock the door, pull out of the driveway and never look back, the subject of hitchhikers is still a live one. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but some give it as a firm course of action for the world in general to follow. The AMA and RCMP officials who .suggest not picking up hitchhikers can be forgiven on the grounds that they see the more unfortunate incidents that do occur, and they give these statements as guidelines. Like the old publishing maxirn: when in doubt, leave it out. Warnings have been issued about cigarette smoking, but people still buy cigarettes since they know that every one who smokes isn't going to get lung cancer. It suggests that people tend to do whatever they want to, and use such official statements to verify their own personal prejudices. "See I told you The perplexing ommission in all the arguments about hitchhikers is the lack of warning to hitch- hikers about drivers. For 10 or 15 years you caution a child not to accept rides with strangers, and then blithely step back while he not only accepts, but solicits them. Hitchhikers climb into cars trusting that the driver isn't bombed on alcohol, barbituates, or, heaven forbid, drugs. Maybe he's a lane jockey. How do you know? The kids are old enough to take care of themselves? If that's so, then why all the worry from drivers about kids? Parents who think that anyone who stops to pick up their child on the highway is going to be good and kind to that child, had better take another look at the real world. There's no guarantee on anybody. Clean-shaven respectability doesn't imply there's a character to back it up, whether it's behind the wheel or in the ditch. In past years I've had many occasions to visit the federal penitentiary at Prince Albert for sports events and Christmas concerts. I recall one Softball game where inmates and visitors alike sat together in the bleachers, until a sudden rain shower sent everyone running for cover under the eaves of nearby buildings. We talked with one inmate who was raising pheasants (now a full-scale operation) and I glanced at the circle of men who had gathered to listen. In sports shirts and slacks, it was difficult to distinguish insider from outsider. It was impossible to tell who was in for manslaughter, for rape or the more respectable crime of forgery. People aren't physically branded for their crimes. Maybe it would be easier if they were. Then we could dispense with our subtle branding through welfare chits, long-standing criminal records, and standards of dress. Hitchhiking is not the easiest occupation in the world. One almost has to be brave or stupid to even consider it. It's probably old age talking, but the sight of lads sitting in the pouring rain, sleeping in the ditches, and sweltering under baby blue 100- degree skies such as we saw this summer takes the joie de vivre out of a walking -holiday. It's not my bag, but it's theirs and they have fun doing it. Your car is your own. Do what you want with it. Just don't expect everyone to agree with you, nor to follow your lead. CASH BINGO This Thursday Evening, August 6th STARTS P.M. SHARP PARISH HALL CORNER 13th STREET B and 7th AVENUE NORTH 12 1st 7-NUMBER JACKPOT 18 6th 7-NUMBER JACKPOT j 10 7-NUMBER JACKPOT-LUCKY DRAW JACKPOT-52 Nos. or Blackout Jackpot ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND 2 DOOR PRIZES Persont under 16 years naV allowed Sponsored by Ladies' Aid of Si. Peter and Si. Poul's Church FINAL 3 DAYS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TERRIFIC SAVINGS ON FURNITURE BUYS Sale Ends MONDAY August 10th Open Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m. (INTERIORS LTD. Tafee Initiative' Urges Speaker Registrants to the Alberta Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization annual convention arrived In the city Wednesday for the day-long meet Eagles Hall. held at Less Fund-Raising, More Pressure Home-School Revamps Program By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor The Home and School isn't what it used to be. For one thing, in common with many old volunteer 'groups, it is having a mem- bership crisis. Membership in New Brunswick and British Columbia is half of what it was a few years ago. It has risen in Nova Scotia, gone down and up again in other areas. A lot of factors are in- volved: money, a tired image, new activities, changes in ed- ucation, school amalgamation, general social attitudes. Where groups are active and growing, credit is given by Home and School leaders to revamped programs. Some groups are talking now about new styles in education or about drugs. Some are prying open school doors for com- munity use in the evening. They are putting an increas- ing emphasis on acting as pressure groups. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press found the days of fund-raising, social Home and School groups are over in most areas. Where they existed, Home and School now is either moribund or busy rath a new kind of ac- tivity. The most marked change turned up in North York, a Toronto suburb with about people and 40-odd grade schools. Members there began by questioning whether they needed a Home and School at all, and decided they did not need an old-style group, but would like a new version. With approval from the On- tario federation, they began what Has become a two-year pilot project. Retiring president Mrs. Lou Waese explains' they did away with membership fees and the traditional pattern of struc- ture and meetings. They consider everyone in the community to be a Home and School they have children in school or not. Instead of setting a fee, they hope people will con- Fashion Staffs Get Midi Order TORONTO (CP) The all- male executives of Toronto's fashion houses are supporting the dropped hemline and sate clerks at two stores have been given directives to lengthen their skirts. The directive at Creeds does not apply to all staff though. One secretary said Tuesday: 'Thank goodness they didn't make the rest of us do it." Company president EoV mond Creed has made no secret that he goes for the longer lengths. At s recent fashfan show ail Creeds' sables and minks down a mid calf. R. L. Boyce, general mana- ger of Holt Renfrew and Co. Uri., said there is no direc- tive for the company's staff to wear the midis but "we are encouraging them to wear the longer fcogths." Ttere is a long look in Eaton's newly opened PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES JACKPOT IETHBRIDGE HKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVIRY THURS.- 8 p.m. Longuette shop where derks were told to drop their hems. However in other depart- ments the clerks have choice of lengths. Simpsons is relying On its display mawnikins to encour- age its staff to wear tiie longer lengths. Mary Watterworth, of pub- lic relations, said: "I expect by fall aiB Hie girls wS be wearing but I guess we're behind at the moment. A lot of girls in the room are wearing any- thing but." Shoppers are beginning to get the picture as the racks fill up with the elongated look. And here are some real bargains to clear out the mini. Name Change Applied For The July 15 edition of the Al- berta Gazette contains the ap- plication for change of name of a Lethbridge society. The Association of Adminis- trative, Professional, Supervi- sory and Technical Employees of the City of Lethbridge, in- corporated under The Societies Act, intends to apply to the Registrar of Companies for a change of its name to City of Lethbridge Civic Administra- tion Association. BEFORE YOU BUY CHECK OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF CARPETS FOR FREE ESTIMATES CALL Hamilton's Floor Coverings tribute money. They are working with ratepayers' and other community groups, such as library and park staffs. Mrs. W a e s e says most members still have their greatest interests in what is going on during the day in their child's school, but at the same time they are finding contact with other schools and groups useful. The North York Home and School Council' puts out a news letter, and is hoping to introduce volunteer workers into some schools. Its political activities include holding a school board candidates' night. It is also organizing adult education programs in school buildings, One of Edmonton's Home and School efforts' is also an attempt to get more commun- ity use of school buildings, says Edith Hnytka, city-area president. A recent successful cam- paign was to improve the in- ner-city school buildings. They pressed the provincial government to have the Al- berta Foundation provide funds. Mrs. Hnytka says member- ship is increasing slowly. Saint John, N.B., president Mrs. S. A. C. Olsson says po- litical pressure has become an important part of Home and School work in New Bruns- wick since the provincial gov- ernment took over much of the authority of local school boards. New Brunswick provincial membership has dropped about during the last two years to about Mrs. Ola- son attributes it to a rise in the federation fee to 75 cents from 50. There is no provincial Home and School organization in Newfoundland, but Roman Catholic high school groups in St. John's have direct political representation. Each associa- tion is entitled to elect a par- ent to the school board. In Quebec, the trend among Roman Catholic groups, both English- and French-speaking, has been to individual school consultative committees, says Luca VerrHcchio, president of the Montreal Council of Par- ent-Teacher Associations. The committees are small groups of parents, teachers and prin- cipals. Mr. VenHccMo says (hey have taken over many of the responsibilities of PTA groups, but the larger associa- tion becomes important when political issues are at stake. Doreen Richter, president of the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associa- tions, says its membership has risen in five years to from It has formed a committee to study ways to improve the teaching of French in schools: She says it did a survey of the use of drugs in high schools across the country, and is trying now to organize co-op- eration among groups con- cerned with the problem. Home and School is in a transition period in Nova Sco- tia, says executive secretary Elizabeth Campbell. Numbers have dropped, then risen again to 9.000, as programs have changed. It is one of several areas in which school board amalgam- ation has made a difference. Parents and school staff who knew one another in small, local school districts find the organization a useful link hi new large school districts. The provincial federation has sponsored drug panels and completed a study on un- graded schools. Mrs. Peter Gleeson, presi- dent of the Prince Edward Is- land federation, says Home and School is more active in rural than in urban areas. They have introduced volun- teers into the school in Tig- msh, P.E.I. Parents keep the school library open during noon hours so the children may work in it then. Both British Columbia and Saskatchewan report declin- ing memberships. Mrs'. Edwin Isaac of Regina says the dec- line there is partly due to school amalgamation. By CHRISTINE PUIIL Herald Stall Writer The only role government should have with senior citi- zens is support in activities and enabling them to take advan- tage of opportunities, said Hon. Bay Speaker, minister of social development of Edmonton dur- ing the Alberta Pensioners and Senior Citizens conference which was held in Lethbridge, Wednesday. He cautioned the 150 mem- bers present from various Al- berta associations, not to let outside organizations take away their own initiative. For example, "conditions in the 72 Alberta senior citizensr homes should be how the occu- pants want them. It's your he said. Mr. Speaker said concern often focuses on the facility itself rather than providing nior citizens with an opportun- ity to play an important part in the community. There are various ways In which senior citizens can be- come, involved in various ac- tivities. Many programs are al- ready set up which' include, drop-in centres, meals on wheels, homemaker service, telephone reassurance, travel tours, pre-retirement education, university extension and foster grandparents. Mr. Speaker is currently im- plementing a program of placing juvenile offenders in private homes. This is one area where senior citizens could actively participate, he said. The provincial government has already provided senior citizens with lodge ac- commodation, housekeeping for 848 and a high-rise complex will be completed in Edmonton this year and another tentatively in Calgary early in 1971. "The recent increase in lodge rates could not be Music Students At Workshop Five music students from Lethbridge and Warner are currently attending the provin- cial government's 9th annual summer Camrose. music workshop in Attending are Dean Taka- hashi, oboist, Donald Peard, on French horn, and Donna Peard, clarinetist, all from Lethbridge. Wamer representatives are trumpeters Jana Rains and Bonnie Jean Evans. The workshops run July 19 to Aug. 15. TOO NOISY LONDON (AP) Whatever the frumpy peahen may think of the flamboyant peacock's mat- ing cry, people who live nsar East London's Pkshet Park zoo say it keeps them awake. Mrs. Margaret Manning, who got up a petition asking that the zoo's peacocks be moved away, said the mating calls "are long loud shrieks and often last all night." THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "I got the raise... .A few more like this and I'll 'lave an income fhat would make an 18-year" old apprentice clumber iealous." -Jown, The reception honoring Mr. and Mrs. T. Earle Morris on their 50th wedding anniversary will be held Saturday from to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., not 6 to 9 p.m. as pre- viously announced. It will be held in the Pemmican Club Rooms, corner of 9th St. and 5th Ave, S. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Morris of Fort Hope, Ont., formerly of Lethbridge are visiting with the former's brother and sister-in- law, Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Morris. They are in the city to mark the golden .wedding of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Monns. (La-lenaar tsLocaf Jva Pensioners and Senior Citi- zens Ladies Auxiliary affiliated with the provincial and nation- al pensioners .and senior citi- zens organization will meet Friday at 2 p.m. in the YMCA 515- 9th St. S. Highlights from lie convention bingo and lunch will form the program. Tea hostesses Mrs. E. Birth and tfrs. J. Blinkhom. All mem- bers and friends welcome. Independent Order of Fores- :ers picnic will be held at Park Lake Sunday at 1 p.m. Lunch will be pot luck. said Mr. Speaker. "Eighty to ninety per cent of the lodges were operating at a deficit and in this manner, homes coulrl not possibly be provided for the eligible people." In the new accommodation program for senior citizens, rather than giving 100 per cent capital grant, will be capital grant and the rest loaned through the Alberta Housing and Urban Kenewal Corpora- tion. A guaranteed income Is ac- tually being provided for about to senior citizens right now in the social allow- ance program. He-finished his remarks by saying that He should always be full of activity and zest. A. A. Neddow, national treas- urer of pensioners association stressed to the members that the advantages through govern- ment and status of senior citi- zens is only where it is today because of their strength in numbers. "We must have co-operation and unity between organiza- he said. Resolutions 'to be discussed during the course of the con- vention included, (hanking the Alberta government for the homeowner school tax exemp- tion and a request that the Al- berta Pension cheques be de- livered before the first of each month. Provincial Officers Elected By Pensioners Mrs. Dora MacDonald of Fort Macleod was re-elected as president of the Alberta Pen- sioners and Senior Citizens In- corporated during the provin- cial convention held in Leth- bridge, Wednesday. Other officers are: Mrs. Nora Goulding of Coleman, first vice- president; Mr. E. J. Hemple of Taber, second vice-president; Mrs. R. J. Graham, Pincher Creek, third vice-president; Mr. F. G. Sandercock, fourth vice- president. Mrs. H. L. Cunningham of Lethbridge was electedas secretary-treasurer and Mrs. Betty Waldren of Lethbridge as assistant secretary. Delegates named to attend the national conference which will be held in Moncton, N.B. on Sept. 25 and 26 are Mrs. Cunningham of Lethbridge, Mr. Sandercock, Mrs. MacDonald, Mr. A. A. Neddow of Fort Macleod, national treasurer; Mrs. L. Goddard of Fort Mac- leod and Mr. F. J. Hemple of Taber. INTO ACTION TORONTO (CP) When the snack stand in Toronto's civic square, Nathan Phillips Square, is hit by inflation, city officials go into action. City council's ex- ecutive committee has ordered an official to find out, why UK snack bar boosted coffee prices a nickel to 20 cents a cup. BINGO Scandinavian Hall 229 12lh St. "C" N. Fri., Aug. 7th Starts at p.m. Doors Open p.m. 5 Cards for 1.00 4th, 8th and 15th Camel in 7 Numbers WORTH Jackpot in 59 Noe. Sorry No One Under 16 Years of Age Allowed Sponsored by the Vasa Lodge ;