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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Day Often Begins At 3 a.m tt WACs Spend Long Days In Training And Love It i ___ LI._ tiKtn. Tvininmi) nnA ciinnc at. poiiilijif on t.hcir 1 By JUKATE FORT McCLELLAN, Ala. (APj The glassy shine on the black pumps reflects the hem of the pale blue skirt, starched as stiff as an open umbrella. The little cap is angled jauntily on hair teased into puffy wings. The blue eye- shadow and pink lipstick are on just so. It is a.m. army time. Twenty-four pairs of shiny shoes clatter for a fraction of a second and are still. Three straight lines, eight girls in a row. So begins another day of basic training for the Women s Army Corp battalion at Fort McClellan. It is a.m., and the girls love it. "Atten HOOT! Forward MARCH Left Left and then the train- ees begin to sing: "I don't know, but I've been told, "The U.S. Army is as good ss gold Sound off WACs sing. They sing on their way to class, they sing in their barracks, they sing on the vay to the mess hall, they sing in the drill field. "We sing so we won't says one WAC, jokingly. "We sing so we won't fall says another. LONG, LONG DAY For many of the 650 WACs in .raining here, the daily routine which ended at 9 one recent night started at 3 a.m.. That's hours before the official wake-up. They have been iron ing uniforms that may have wilted in the damp night air, spit-polishing their shoes and checking on the bathrooms once again to sec if dust set- tled on the tiles during the night. Girls have different expecta- tions from the army. Mary Fernandez, with blonde streaks down the centre of her brown hair, says: "My father served and so did my four cou sins. I've always wanted to be in the army." Wanda Harper, 19, voices an oft-heard patriotic sentiment: "If a guy can give his life for his country, then we should be able to give three years to help." Petite Diane Kirby says she joined the army to learn a skill. "My boyfriend wasn't too happy about it, but then he said he'll go wherever the army sends me." 4nd for some, there was really nothing better to do. "The army is keeping me out of admitted Olivia Blanchard. The eight-week training course includes 350 hours of classes designed to transform the most awkward civilian into the army's version of a lady who says, "Yes, ma'am" and, "No, ma'am" and snaps to at tention at the sight of bars or stripes. SOME WOULD FIGHT Although WACs arc trained essentially for clerical, medical or administrative positions, some WACs think women should fight. "If they need us to fight for our country, I'd go, I really says Mary Pelkey, 23. And the girls get a taste of combat on their field trip, which comes at the fifth week. They have to run through a gas chamber, take off their masks in an atmosphere of non-lethal gas, blurt out name, rank and serial numbers, re- place the mask and run out. "I thought my hair would turn said one bleached blonde. But most love it As the girls manoeuvre around holes in the parade field, one girl is distracted by a jeepload of soldiers passing by. the ser- geant shouts. "Never seen a man Men are called "trees" around here. Where the men are is tree territory. "But gee, I haven't seen too I many of sighed one I trainee. BARELY a few years ago, designers shook the fashion with the mini wedding dress. Now from France comes this revealing-but-ele- gant creation in the Moly- neux collection. A FORUM ABOUT MATURE WOMEI DEAR MISS BROOKFIELD: I am 49 and have read a lo about "growing old gracefully.' But how can one be gracefu with fat accumulating around the waistline and hips? I have tried dieting without success Is this hopeless "middle-age M. G., Tacoma, Wash DEAR M. .G: A visit to your doctor wil answer part of your question He can recommend a sensible and helpful diet. Stick to it Nothing is that hopeless. Your weight problem ma; also be menopausal. Whili about 15 to 20 per cent of al women go through menopaus" with virtually no symptoms and a small number expe- rience severe ones, the major ity of women may be trouble intermittently by one symptom or another, according to Dr Elizabeth Connell, associat professor of 0 b s t et r i c s and Gynecology at Columbia-Pres byterian Medical Centre. These include weight gain and weigh redistribution, along with ho flushes, abnormally profuse o irregular menstruation, head aches, crying spells and palpi .tations. Not all women, of course, suffer all these prob lems. Dr. Connell defines the meno pause as a biological change that requires social and psy chological adaptability. Anc according to another medica authority: "It couldn't happen at a worse time in a woman' life. She is often raising teen agers; her. husband is too bus) to give her emotional support she is just beginning to hav hcaiih problems." Both point out that estrogei replacement therapy (to re- store hormonal balance) a well as other palliative therap may be helpful to some worn en for some of their problems Your doctor is the best one t advise you about tlu's. Once yo feel better, you may even fee like looking better and star dieting in earnest. Have you a problem as a mature woman, or with one? For advice and help, write to Margaret Brookfield, Infor- mation Centre on the Mature Woman, 3 West 5th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. The Tape Totals Are Always tower at Check your tape at the checkout counter you'll iinilel Our everyday low prices add up to a lower total food bill, with consistent savings for you Wide'selection, top quality, too. Come see for yourself. CANADA UTILITY GRADE FRYING CHICKEN WHOLE, FRESH FROZEN YORK Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce 14-oz. tint 2... WESTERN WHITE Vinegar 128-oz. jug Prices effective until closing Saturday, August 22nd We reserve the right to limit auantitiei NABOB REGULAR COFFEE l-lb. bag TABLE RITE RED BRAND ROUND STEAK FULL SLICE 95' Rump Roast 79' 49 GOODNESS ME FCY. Peas 14-oz. tint 2 Ground Chuck Shoulder Chops Table Rite, extra leon Ib. Imported. lamb, meaty and lean Ib. LIBBY Fruit Cocktail 14-oz. tins SIDE BACON Capital, by the piece Ib. PORK SAUSAGE Gainer's Royal Breakfast, small linkl Ib. JUMBO BOLOGNA Gainer's All Beef, by tho piece Ib WIENERS Gainer's Superior, Mb. pkg.....Ib YORK RECONSTITUTED ALBERTA APPLE JUICE Yellow Sugar 46-oi. TINS Top Vain 11-oz. bottle 45c Fmit Cake Sultana each f Wheat Puffs .re'. Family siie tube 1 7ee Deluxe White or Colored Tissue IGA FROZEN FOODS Raspberries 2f.r88c Fish and ChipsRupert.CocU. 55c French Fries 9 100 McCains Julienne.......Mb. pkg. for I n Sara Lee Choc. Brownies............13-01 Pk8 TOP VALU ORANGE Tomatoes 3 2 O-oz. pkg. BiW 590 Top Valu Ketchup Betty Crocker BICKS Polish Dills CQ0 32-01. jar..... V v n Green Label, Tea Bags scoff...........w. ox tt> Christie's Peanut Crunch' Biscuits IGA DAIRY SPECIALS SSA HAVEN TINY Shrimp tins------ Blue Bonnet Col. 1.19 Margarine wb. Pk8. I Cottage Cheese Punty Block CheeseKroft Cr o, KRAFT ORANGE Tang pkgl. 4 COLD SEAL PINK Salmon 16-Qi. tins VELVEETAllhpk885' KING SIZE TIDE 25c OFF 4 roll pack GOOD MORNING Marmalade J4-OI. tin 55C FLUFFO SHORTENING 3c OFF l-lb. pkg...... l'6A< TABLE FRESH PRODUCE FOR BETTER MEALS SQUIRREL PEANUT BUTTER MISS MEW CAT FOOD 3 varieties, 6-oz. tins 4.. 69" SALMON DERBY WINNERS: MRS. M. BAYNTON P.O. Box 465 Redcliff, Alberta MRS. E. ERICKSON 9735 160 St. Edmonton, Alberta MRS. RUSSELL BUGERA 17J3 70 N.W. Calgary, Alberta 32-01. JAR LIQUID IVORY DETERGENT, 12c off .King Siie Cantaloupe 3, CH01CE 000 California, and juicy 7-lb. bag WV B.C. FANCY SOUTHERN ALBERTA ,29s CORN ON COB FIRM FRESH Celery Stalks Canada N., lb 160 SOUTHERN ALBERTA FIRM SWEET EARS DOZ. WHITE, YELLOW OR PINK KLEENEX 400's 3 95" LOCAL NEW POTATOES ;