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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, August 28, 1971 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Family Edilor natural impulse of most people, busy or not, is to avoid what locks like trouble. The man fallen in the street may be drunk or he may be in a diabetic coma. Even though the latter is by tar more important at the moment, he still needs assis- tance. It wouir1 seem that kids are to be no exception to the They too are going to be ignored or avoided if the situation looks risky. Out of fear or a reluctance to become involved, it's a rare soul who offers a helping hand to another even in this good Christian country. She was in her late teens, long black hair brushed askew in liie fashion of fhe touring teen, shapeless clothes and carrying a small satchel. She paced ilowly and with precision on a narrow path of her own making in the centre of Ihe road in the down- town business section. She was a traffic haiard. Cars drove around her with their occupants gazing curiously at the small figure dedicated to her lask, one car conspicuously festooned v-ilh election posters. No one stopped. No one asked if she needed help until finally one man did and several police cars arrived. Funds were made available in Lhe 1971 city bud- get to the tune of for a drug crisis centre. It was one example of the city being on Us toes and making provision for a service which is going to be needed soon, if not already. Yet. although well-mean- ing, it was a shot in the dark since no one was ready and able to take on the lask of creating such a service. Just because the money is available isn't a firm commitment to the first person who asks for it. Such a project needs the same careful organization and support that any other service would require before implementation. Tony Tobin. preventive social service officer, is ready to listen. He wants to become knowledgeable about the city's programs and needs consultation with anyone involved in the area of services, especially drugs. If you're interested and have positive advice and experience to offer, he's there to listen. Accept- ing the necessity of a drug crisis centre may be difficult, because in order to accept a centre, you must accept the fact that there is a crisis. At present there are a number of individuals in the city who are deeply involved with the drug prob- lems of Lethbndge's youth. They are unfortunately known to few. The most important fact is that medi- cal help can be vital. What do you do for someone who's really ripped? You get them to a hospital. Preferably in your own car. It's a risk you take of further endangering an- other person and yourself, of leaving yourself open to suit, and expenses. Perhaps the police will be in- volved although no one can be charged for being stoned, just possession. What are the alternatives' You can take the person to the hospital if they will go with you. If you don't want to become in- volved yourself, call the city police, ask for narcotics officers who are more likely to recognize the symp- toms, or the youth squad who are familiar to young people and trained to work with them. An officer told me Friday that they rely on the assistance of the public, and that their job is to pro- tect the individual as well as the public. The police will take anyone to the hospital whom they deem to be in need of medical care. Stay and assist the officer when he arrives. If you can't or won't become involved in any way. at least place a phone call to the station. Get someone on the scene. Someone's life may be at stake. For the community at large, perhaps the lime has come for a drug crisis centre. There is mcscaline in the city. There is opium. There is heroin. They are in the school system. Those are the facts. Unbeatable. Indefensible. And here the emphasis has to be on kids. Adults may choose to opt themselves out of life, but not underage 12. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17-year-olds. It depends on how a scene like Thursday morn- ing in sunny downtown Lethbridge hits you. It depends upon how angry and frustrated you get over seeing a young person lost, helpless and not knowing where to turn for help. It depends upon whether you look to police for discipline or assistance or both, and not being sure which one will be given. It depends upon how much you care. Over groups around llic nwW Al-Anon helps families of problem drinkers Dy ALBI CALMAN SUII Writer ALCOHOLISM IS A DREADED DISEASE thai often totally destroys the drinker, Ws lamily and friends. It can never be cured but through constant efforts, can be arrested. two Tacts must be faced by Ihe family of a prob- lem drinker and Uie drinker himself. Al-Anon, a group of people bound by common drinking problems in their fam- ilies, offers no miracle cures or instant revelations but il is successful if, just as a person with a drinking problem can admit his alcoholism, the member of his family can accept his problem and want to help. Al-Anon was organized in Lclhbridgc 15 years ago. It is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or any oilier or- ganization, olten Uie wives of families who belong Ib Al-Anon have husbands in AA. There are over Al-Anon groups around Ihc world. Each cluh is autonomous although Iterc is a central clear- ing house in New York which distributes literature printed in various languages. The groups are supported entirely by voluntary contributions. There are no elected officers as the members lake turns sharing duties. In Lelhbridgc, meetings are held every Friday night in the board room at the Municipal Hospital. During the meet- ings, the members discuss problems and ideas. Jean, a member of Al-Anon, said often a young woman will come to one or two meetings looking for an instant melhod lo control her husband's drinking. "Not much can be accomplished in a few meetings. We suggest attending at least eight meetings. There are no rules or set ways one can follow but oflen you will hear of a situation similar to yours and can learn by other's experiences." Both Jean and Shirley, two women active in Al-Anon, agree that Al-Anon is a self-improvement plan. Through Uie Twelve Traditions and Ihe Twelve Steps adopted from Al- coholics Anonymous, tliu faiTuly members can learn to find an inner peace and use llie proper tools to repair one's own life in order lo help Ihe problem drinker. "We must' first help ourselves and then help each other and the al- said Jean. During Uie meetings, a group therapy is used. It is Uie purpose of the group to make sure each member remains anonymous outside the meetings and that, the mem- bers refrain from gossiping or discussing the problems of others. ''Whether or net you keep your problems nnonymous Ls your Shirley said. "But you are responsible to the others not to discuss their ancnymily." Contrary lo old opinion, alcoholism is not caused by lack of will power or a weak character, Ihey say. It is an illness "A wife is no more responsible for alcoholism than she would be for Ihe existence of diabetes or tuberculosis in her husband. No wife ever made her husband an al- says a booklet published by the Al-Anon family groups. However, through lack of knowledge, shame or unne- cessary guilt feelings, often a wife ignores or tries to cover up her husband's illness until it Incomes so unbear- able lhal iht: whale family can be destroyed. Al-Anon has recognized these difficulties, and although they realize there is nb dire for alcoholism or methods one can use to slop il, Ihey can help a family understand that alcoholism is a sickness and, through improving one's own nature and habits, the problem can be dealt wilh honestly and openly, even if the drinker never reaches sobriety. "It is important for wives lo realize that we can't ad- vise Jean said. "We are not marriage counsellors or psychiatrists. We can't tell someone what or how lo cope with her problem. But we can relate our own" experiences which a woman can acknowledge and perhaps use herself." The only requirement for belonging to Al-Anon is that you must be a relative or frieixl of a problem drinker. Any- one can call Jean at 328-IWG or Shirley at 327-6202. There are also numbers in the iwrsonal section of The Herald's classified ads if a person to contact a member of Al-Anon. The mailing address in Lelhbridge is P-ox I3GI. Leth- bridge. For those between the ages of 12-20 whose parents are alcoholics, theic is Ala-Teen. In Lethbridge, Ahi-Teen can be reached by phoning Jean at 327-8340, Carol at 328-7B71 or Jane at 327-7086. rr House., garden tour set for Wednesday Tickets are still available for the house and garden tour fo be presented Wednesday by the John Howard Society of Leth- bridge. The tour will be under way from 1-5 p.m. and tickets may be obtained from mem- bers of the society or from Leister's music. Included in the tour are Uie homes of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Woodbuiy, 711 Bth St. S., Dr. and Mrs. Job Kurjt, 1316 20th Ave. S.; Mr. and' Mrs. L. C. Halmrast, 1830 20 Ave. S.; and Mrs. and Mrs. C. W. Mowers. 2929 Parlrade Drive. A route for the tour has been arranged fo include Cumber- land House, east of the College Mali: Nikka Yuko Japanese garden, and the Lethbridge Correctional Institution where A Calendar Of Local happenings McKillop UCW Units will meet as follows: Dodds Unit with Mrs. W. Gurr. 525 2.1 St. S. Monday, at 8 p.m. Madill Unit with Mrs. B. V. Thorlacius, 514 27 St S., Tues- day, Sept. 7th at 2 p m. Unrau Unit with Mrs. A. Un- 1234 3 Ave. Bridge-Town N. Music by the j gustine's Anglican Church. Trio. For mem- rau, 1707 23 S. Tuesday, lea will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. Each home has a special point of interest in its garden view or interior feature. Mr. Woodbury has been a prize winner for many years in the Horticultural Garden Contest, and his paintings as well will be on display. Dr. Kuijt's rock garden af- fords a full view cf Ihe coulee area. Mr. Halmrasl, a former provincial cabinet minister has a collection of wood carvings. Resident architect Masami Su- gimoto lias designed the rrinia- Lurc N'ikka Yuko in the garden cf Cleo Mowers, publisher of The Herald. The public is invilcd to par- Sept 7Ui at p.m. Goodall Unit with Mrs. 13. Whitney, Wednesday, at 9.30 a.m. Thornton Unit with Mrs. R. A. Lyckman, 2514 14 Ave. S., Wednesday, 2 p.m. Quick Unit with Mrs L. Snunders. 2514 15 Ave. S.. Thursday, at 8 p.m. K ft f An open house 111 honor of Ihc nOth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Anton R. Kumz cf Medicine Hat, will he held in the Taber Moose Hall, Sun- day, Sepl. 12 from 2 lo (i p.m. Everyone is welcome to atlcnd die opon lioiisn which is being sponsored by Uie couple's chil- dren. It has been requesled by Uie couple that there be no gifts. bers and invited guesls. The Lelhbridge Social Credit Women's Auxiliary will meet in Room 1, Civic Sports Cen- tre on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Hostesses will be Mrs. Elena Kay, and Mrs. Fred Adams. I, FOE bingo tonight in the Ea- gles Hall at 8 p.m. Jackpot ol S145 in 54 numbers. Everyone welcome. A cordial invitation has been extended to attend the open bouse in honor of the 50th wed- ding anniversary of Fred and Laura Burton at their home, 1716 2 Ave. A N., Sunday, Sept. (Park Sunday at p.m. and are to wear their uniforms, The Hi Neighbor, Minus Ones program is from 2-4 p.m., and and Oldtimers as well as any other interested persons are in- vited to a lawn dance at Uie home of Alberta Wells, 1002 12 St. B S. tonight at Cof- fee, mmch and dot'ghniils. Please bring own chairs. The Anne Campbell Singers will meet nt Henderson Lake lav IS.. is to be followed by a pot-luck supper for all members and their families at p.m. A special imitation has been ex- tended lo all new members' families. The program is in conjunction with a free concert program sponsored by the City of Lelhbridge. SouUiminsler Junior Girls Choir will practise Monday in the church hall at 4 p.m. Fi- nal date of registration for girls 9-14 years interested in joining will be Monday. The choir is under Uie direclicn of Mrs. Anne Campbell. lake of lhe tour and assisl the Loyal Order of Moose social John Howard Society in its fund raising project. and dance at 9 Shesh-aht rites made for feminists By ROB TURNER Staff Writer FORT marriages were the rule until recently for Ihe Shesh-aht In- dians of Vancouver Island but the girl "still had a democratic way according to a prom- inent cultural historian of the tribe George Clulesi. an author, painter, and friend of the great Indian artist, the late Emily Carr. portrayed a method of courtship and marriage which would probably be repugnant lo the children of the "now" gen- eration. not be married and the young I man would have to wait a year, i according lo Mr. Clutesi. I "One year later, the boy j woulu go hack and tell the girl's family lie wanted his bride now. But. they would smash his ca- noe and not make him welcome, all lo prove how serious he was." "Ho would come back, some- times several times, and tlie girl's family would smash his canoe again until they were satisfied Ihe young man was completely serious, then a wed- dirg ceremony was planned." "At the celebration, the boy had to prove his manhood, and vince the girl, her mother and an aunt would fake her to a secluded place where nobody but the three knew of and they would prompt and prod her for four days more to marry the man." During all this time, the girl was never finally obligated to merry the man until she final- "In Ihe course of his day-to- brought along a number of day life, if a young man saw a young men with him who I girl he liked, he would tell his i father. The father then would go to Ihe girl and her mother CASH BINGO TONIGHT, SATURDAY 8 O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HAtt A 5100 Blackout Dingo played for till won every Saturday plus 1 7-Numbcr Jackpoi. JACKPOTS NOW AND 4120 5 Cards for 51.00 or 25c each (totaled Next 'o No. 1 Fireholl) and tell them of his son's in- i young girl." leresl." j "If the father's reception was i favorable, his son would then j have to go to the girl's house lo talk with her but when he arrived the girl's family would ignore him and not feed him for four days lo prove the earnestness of the proposal." "If. aflcr that much time, the girl was willing and lhe boy had stuck it out, a public declaration of an intended marriage would j be made to members of the tribe." Even afler a declaration was made, however, the two would would engage in games of skill and strength for another four days to prove his desire for the Learn Hairdressing MARVEL BEAUTY SCHOOL REDUCED RATES-TERMS! WRITE FOR FREE INFORMATION OVER METROPOLITAN STORE 326A Slh Ave. W., Calgary STR3THCON7! LODGE SCHOOL Residential School for Girls 1 .-met of Yanroiivcr IJan.l lism Lake. Jixt 40 rninuir; All new luiildingi i" 1570. It Senior Rradei lo 12 rm 7377 no'tr licmx received, in B cplour brochure apfa': ________ i, StrMlicana Lodge School, IE.IO Lake, B.C. Telephone (6IH) 5 from 2-5 p.m. II has requested by the couple that Iherc be no BINGO f Citizenship ceremonies be held Tuesday at HALl when 10 person.s Mill Ave. A and 131h St. N. citizenship papers from Judge V. A. Cooney of Calgary. Saturday Aid. Jim Anderson will be lhe featured speaker. m at 8 p.m. 10DE present Cards for J..QO cards and Dr. I1'. H. 25 1 Each OBE chapter in charge of trusting 7 Number Gomel reception to follow nL St. jaith in Comes and tret Cards PRIZE under 16 not ollow.d US TO HELP gave her consent. "How dem- ocraLic can you was Mr. Salvation Army Welfare Services Clufesi's comment on the Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household 328-2860 FOR PICKUP H look him four years lo LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. vince fits PUBLIC VERA ORGAN THEORY 16 LETHBRIDGE -DANCE, IODGE ROOM START SEPTEMBER EVERY THURS-8 YWCA AND PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT. FALL PROGRAMS COMMENCE SEPTEMBER 20th Registration at Civic Centre Fri. and Sat., September 13 and 14 to p.m. WATCH FOR FURTHER INFORMATION NOW YOU ARE FINISHED SCHOOL And Desire too learn a Profeslion WHY NOT BECOME A HAIRDRESSER We have 3 fully qualified full lime instruc- trcics and we leach all phases of beauty culture, hair tlyling and culling, bleaching, linting and pormanant waving. You'll enjoy our new remodelled and air-conditioned school. A provisional beautician pays high- or than lhe average income and opportu- nities are unlimited. Alberta Reauly School "105 5th St. S., lelhbridge NAME...............i UDDRESS iCITY................. Fill Out This Coupon For More Information Low Monthly Tuition Poyments Classes Starling Now Your happiest moments live forever in portraits LINDA-8 years KAREL LYN-10 months SUSAN-12 years Children of MR. and MRS. RON HEGGIE RAYMOND LOCATED JUST ACROSS FROM THE CPR DEPOT PHONE 327.2658 ;