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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOC HERALD Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Buying sports equipment Sports are big business these days and outfitting a child to participate can take a big bite out of your budget. No one wants to discourage children from playing sports. It can be great for their physical and mental health if played properly. But when you go to spend a large chunk of money, te sure your child is serious about the sport. Don't buy equipment because you are putting pressure on him to excel or want him to keep up with the kid next door. Certainly at Christmas, its a big temptation to buy sporting gear as a gift... either to start him off on a new game or to up- grade the equipment he has already. Before you make that decision, its important to know exactly what is necessary and how to buy it. There are a lot of confusing areas for parents when they shop for hockey equipment. Once your child gets into hockey, there is no doubt that you should be prepared to spend anywhere from and up, depending on the age of the child and how fast he grows. Inflation has boosted the price of hockey equipment about 40 per cent due to the high cost of materials such as steel, nylon, cotton and the high cost of labor. But no matter what you spend the most vital factor is FIT. I can't emphasize that enough. In fact, you can scrimp on quality if you have to and stay with lower priced merchandise, just as long as the equipment fits. And every piece is necessary for absolute safety. If you want more assurance that ALL the gear is important, take a look at the professionals. And let's face it, when two kids are i out on the ice and they collide, the impact is just as great for' them as it is for the men. The ice is just as hard, skates are just as sharp and its just as easy to get hit by a stick or a puck. Because fit is so important, resist the temptation to buy ahead of time. Why not gift wrap a hockey stick and a gift cer- tificate to go under the tree and promise to get the rest when you can go shopping together. Hockey helmets are mandatory in all hockey leagues af- filiated with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and they should be mandatory whenever your child is on ice play- ing anywhere. As of last year, every hockey helmet must meet CSA stan- dards for safety. No others should be on the market. So check .or the CSA seal. Here again, watch the fit. Don't try to buy it a couple of sizes larger. An improperly fitted helmet can be knocked off more easily. CCM has a fully adjustable two-piece helmet which gets the blessing of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. But 'recently, CCM has developed a new mouthguard explicitly designed to be fixed to the helmet. It comes down the side of the helmet and bends out and around the outside of the mouth in a rigid fixed position. This supplies maximum safety and com- fort. Every child, no matter what his age, should wear an outer mouthguard. In addition, the dentists would like to see an intra- oral mouthguard used at the same time. These must be fitted by the dentist, much as he would fit false teeth. Many of the older kids are still pretty resentful of the outer mouthguard, but they will agree to the intra-oral one so be sure to get it, although the outer mouthguard is ideal. The next hunk of money is for your skates. But here again.. it's FIT. Don't try to save money and buy them large enough for growing feet. It just doesn't work that way. Not only is the proper fit important for safety and pleasure, but it's economical as well. They wear longer, won't break down as easily. Skates that are too big, instead of comforming readily, will develop a kind of a crease across the Achillies Heel tendon area. Skates should fit extremely tight in this area. The toes should not touch the front of the boot. When trying them on, start lacing the boot, reasonably tight. Then lift the foot, tap the back of the skate on the floor until the heel is as far back as it can go. Then tighten the laces all the way. Test to make sure the foot doesn't slide out of the heel slot. It's absolutely necessary to lace the skates up full before buying. Top quality skates give a sharper, livelier edge and wear better. Now, just go down the line using the same advice. Fit is just as important for the shoulder pads, the shin pads, elbow pads and gloves. An athletic supporter and protective cup is necessary. Pants should have features that protect the kidney, spine and thighs. Remember chipped bones can mean the end of a playing career. And, now that you are aware of some of the questions to ask, throw them at the salesman and see how he responds. If he doesn't seem knowledgeable or take enough time walk out. The biggest rip-off in sporting equipment is not with the equip- ment its with having to deal with an untrained salesman. And that can mean not only money our of your pocket... it can mean the health of your child. So now that you are ARMED with the facts... DISARM the salesman. Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate Chris Stewart column on page 9 Make Camm's your Christmas Shoe Store For those Holiday dress-up oc- casions choose a pair of these dressy EMPRESS SLINGS In Gold and Silver combination. This style also available in other colors. by JOYCE Available in Navy and Brown glove, also black patent. AA and B fit- tings. Sizes 6 to 10. For that man on your list choose a pair of men's FOAMTRED SLIPPERS In Brown or Black Plush. Priced at 7.98 and 8.99. Open Thurs. and Frl. till 9 p.m. by JOYCE Available in Red or Navy Crinkle patent Wet look. MATCHING HANDBAGS are available at Camm's. CAMM'S SHOES 403-Sth, Streets. Ministers may sue school NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) Two Baptist ters threaten to sue school of- ficials over required Grade 6 home economics courses that they say encourage homosex- uality in boys. Rev. Lynn Mays, a minister at Faith Baptist Temple, says the courses "usurp the au- thority of the home" and force children "into a situation that is foreign to his or her traditional role." "By having a young boy cook or sew, wearing aprons, we're pushing a boy into homosexuality. It's contrary to what the home and the Bi- ble has stood for. When God set up the human race, there was a division of sexes. A woman's place is in the home. That's where God put them, barring unusual circum- stances." Says Rev. James Clem- mons: "We'll take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if we have to. My son doesn't want the course and I don't want him to be a sissy." Regulations proposed for stewardesses VANCOUVER (CP) Airline stewardesses more than three and a half months pregnant will not be allowed to fly under proposed regulations of the ministry of transport, a ministry spokesman said this week. Walter McLeish, director general of the civil aviation branch, said in a telephone interview from Ottawa that amendments to the aeronautics act will be introduced in February or March preventing stewardesses from working after three and a half months of pregnancy. "This action has been taken on the advice of our medical Mr. McLeish said. "But there will have to be some action in other govern- ment departments to ensure that compensation will be provided." The Canada Labor Code allows stewardesses to re- main on the job as long as they feel capable of working. Bruce Dodd, regional manager of the labor stan- dards branch here, said the ministry regulations would override the code in British Columbia. Socred women elect executive The Social Credit women's auxiliaries elected Mrs. S. Ruemper of Edmonton as their president at their 37th annual convention held recently in Edmonton. Mrs. Ruemper replaces past president Mrs. Golden Oliver of Lethbridge. Other officers elected at the convention were: Mrs. Allan Howard of Calgary, first vice president and Mrs. S. J. Andrews of Edmonton, second vice president. Directors for the auxiliary are Mrs. Eric Homberg of Barrhead, northwest rural; Mrs. Norman Jesperson of Stony Plain, northeast rural; Mrs. Earl Smith of Bow Island, south rural; Mrs. Ivan Stonehocker of Lacombe, central rural. 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Fancy Macs, 4 quart basket CAULIFLOWER ?s990 California Canada No. 1 Snow white heads...................... faftWW COOKING ONIONS 400 Local 3 Ib. mesh bag v ORANGE JUICE 500 Florida fresh, 32 oz. bottle W W Date Coffee Cakes Swiss Tarts Bran Muffins ;