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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 19, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor E'RR right in the middle of it the Christ- mas concert. Church, school, and child- ren's clubs, they roll around as quickly as you can say God Bless you Merry Eacli one has a special appeal for those attending it. One or more of their children are in it. And judging by the reception which the annual concerts receive, parents are still willing to see Johnny recite and hear Johnny sing. But judging also by the numbers of parents and younger brothers and sisters who turn out for the "big and bounded by the four walls of the rather permanent school auditorium, the format of the Christmas concert has to undergo a change. The concerts are generally pretty good with much time and effort expended by staff and stu- dents. Special lighting, backdrops, and props should not go to waste on half of the audience who can- not see. Heavy coats, boots, scarves and mittens only add to the already full hands of mothers and fathers of tiny tots who become easily impatient and want to see big sister or brother. What could be considered instead of the present concert then? First, take the whole tiling off of the stage. Put the scenes, displays, nativities, Christmas stockings et al around the edge of the auditorium. The children will then be "on stage" for a longer period of time, but their efforts can be admired for the duration of the evening, and parents can get a good look at Johnny and Jane. A very special play can be run at 20-minute intervals in another part of the school or in a corner of. the auditorium. There would be no worry that little voices would not be heard. Another room or open area can be set aside for community singing with someone at the piano, where parents and children could drop in and join in the singsong for a while and then leave. Songsheets would be available. By this method parents could remove their coats, and carry them or leave them in a classroom which would be supervised by a few responsible stu- dents. Another room could be utilized as a babysit- ting area although it's recognized that this is not always a suitable arrangement and would certainly not suit a lower elementary school. Parents would be free to examine and enjoy the school in a leisurely manner. Administrators will be quick to point out two drawbacks to this scheme. One is the janitorial demands, and the other Is that not every child in the school would be able to take part in the Christmas concert. The first would, in one opinion anyway, be worth the extra recompense to the janitors to have the parents inside the school, using the school and en- joying what goes on in the building where their children spend a good part of their days. The school is not a private edifice, and there is nothing secret behind all the doors so carefully lock- ed when parents visit. The second would not be such a problem as it seems. There are children who know they are not musical and lack acting ability. If they have not assisted with props, painting scenes, building back- drops, they can act as guides, babysitters, or even handing out songsheets. That is, if every child in the schools feels he wants to or needs to, be included in the actual activ- ities of the night. I would guarantee that there are those who would only wish to escort their own par- ents around the building. One young man when urged to attend his school concert since it was his last year (Grade 6) said he'd like to look upon the last year (Grade 5) as his last year. It's a thought anyway for another year. The sight of all those bundled up parents with bundled- up children, leaving as soon as their own children's part in the concert had finished to make room for those parents who were left standing prompted the suggestion. If Christmas concerts are, indeed, necessary, and have so much effort put into them, let's be really different and let the parents enjoy them. F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th St. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. Cards for or 250 Such Twelve 7 Number Gomes JACKPOT Free Garnss and Tree CaruS POOR PRIZE Children under 16 not allowed Drop-in Centre needs help on Christmas Day The Golden Mile Drop In Centre is appealing for help for short or long periods of time on Christmas Day to carve turkeys, serve dinner or help in other ways. Anyone able to assist the Centre is asked to call 327-5330. TURKEY BINGO St. Patrick's Church Parish Hall MONDAY, DEC. 21 8 p.m. 12 Games Cards 25c SPONSORED BY ST. PAT'S MEN'S CLUB EVERYBODY WELCOME Security in local stores planned to stop shoplifting By CHRISTINE PUHL ilcrald Staff Wrilrr T least one psr cent, of all dollars spent in Lethbridge, is stol c n from stores, said a lo- cal department store manager. That means if 50 million dollars is spent, of the total would be stolen. SiioplUliiig in the city has in- creased at least 100 per cent, said another local department head. Officials, from local de- partment, stores, who were ques- tioned unanimously agreed that prevention was the desired goal but something has to be done about the present situa- tion. All consumers are paying the price of shoplifting because Forthcoming marriage Mr. and Mrs. Jack Landon of Black Diamond are pleased to announce the forthcoming mar- riage of their only daughter, Margaret Alice to Mr. Gary Dewar, only son of Mrs. D. Hif- enberick, of Lewiston, Idaho. The wedding will take place on December 30 at 3 p.m. at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Nordquist of Taber wish to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ma- rie Louise to Mr. James Myron Raymer, Jr., of Kansas City, Missouri. The couple will be married in the Salt Lake Temple January 28. calenaar of local nappenincji The Golden Mile Drop In Centre will be open on Boxing Day and on Christmas Day. Southminster square dance learners group will dance Mon- day at 8 p.m. in Soutnminster Hall. Women are pjease asked to bring a box lunch. The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club is holding a dance and Christmas parry on Satur- day at the Assumption School 24th Street and 14th Aye.. South at p.m. Everyone welcome. Music by the Westerners. The regular monthly meeting the Ladies Auxiliary ANAF No. 58 will be held Monday at 8 p.m. in the club rooms. The regular meeting of the Lethbridge Toast Master Club will be held Monday evening at the Park Plaza Motor Hotel, at 6 p.m. Featured speakers will be: Bill Brown, city parks and recreation; Alan Herbig, water resources; Dean Stnible, dept. of agriculture (Research Sta- tion) and Gerry Wright, AMA. Persons interested in public speaking should contact the club executive at the meeting or write Lethbridge Toast Master Club, 2909 15th Ave. South, Loth- bridge. stores generally budget prices two per cent higher to compen- sate for merchandise loss. A local manager said if a five dollar roast is taken from a gro- cery store, a lot of food has to be sold to make up the differ- ence. "It doesn't take much loss for a store to be operating on a non-profit basis." Most of those questioned agreed the real problem is that shoplifting is not considered such a serious offence by the public. A person convicted of steab'ng a 10 cent article is photographed and fingerprinted as a criminal. Another store department head said, "The laws on shop- lifting are not enforced with any bite or strength." Although of- fences carry jail terms of up to 10 years in prison for theft over usually only fines are hand- ed out. "From laborers to cloaked re- ligious men, it is the everyday person who said an- other official. A mother stuff- ing merchandise in a baby bug- gy can as easily collect S100 value as a professional thief walking out with a television set. Most of the large department stores in Lethbridge hire extra security personnel during peak periods. They range from stu- denis, to trained detectives, to police, to commissionaires. Their job is to mingle with the customers and keep tliose un- der suspicion in complete sur- veillance. An alert staff is the real key to cutting down the level o: shoplifting, according to many store officials. Employees are briefed on the problems and shown films on shoplifting tech niques as well as being shown what to watch for. Stores in the city exchange in formation between themselves on suspects, professional group: travelling through a city and any new methods by thieves Some local stores also work will security companies, as well as keeping in contact with other cities and store branches. "We press charges in every was a statement made by officials in most local stores questioned. It was encouraging to one store official that in nine cases out of 10, an offen d e r caught did not repeat. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "When I feel myself faltering, I am heartened 1 by Harriet's inspiring words, 'Keep shoveling or I'll smash your golf clubs CASH BINGO HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HAU TONIGHT, SATURDAY 8 O'CLOCK A Blackout Bingo played for till vion Saturday plut 2 7-Number JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Card] for or 25c each (totaled Next