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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Mobile unit a Ho, ho, By LEE MUELLEll NEW YORK Once upon a time (for that is when all such tilings happen) a small boy stood at the end of a row of small boys, thrusting forward his tinseled cardboard, an integral part of "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S." he recited, flawlessly, "is for Santa, so lively and quick. Without him, us kids would be pretty sick." There are no reference journals available to designate the origin of this verse, mostly because I wrote it. But the passing years have not dulled its poetic sentiment. Santa Claus is important to small kids. So important that a lawyer friend temporarily decided to become a Santa for one of New York's largest department stores. It was not that simple, of course. Charlie Rose is national sales manager for an organization called Western Girl, Inc. Among other things, Rose hires and assigns some 300 depart- ment store Santas throughout America. "We don't just tore said Rose, looking at my friend sternly. "We're very choosy about our Santas. You've got to have a twinkle in your eye. You have to like children and have a feel for the job." Hose paused and looked my friend over. he said. "Name all eight of Santa's reindeer." "You're my friend exclaimed. "Not at Rose said. "Kids always ask you to name your reindeer. That's a must. It's as important as a twinkle in your eye any day." As it happens, my friend knew "'Twas The Night Before by heart. He rattled off the reindeer and flippantly finished off with a jolly, "Ho, ho, "Don't do Rose cried. "Our Santas never say, 'Ho, ho, It scares the children. Just be nice and gentle and ask them if they've been good and what they want for Christmas Don't get fancy." Rose agreed to try my friend for a couple of hours. The organization runs a first-rate outfit, he found. No scraggy beards here. AH hair, including wig, beard and bushy eyebrows, is white and fluffy and flowing. The boots are leather and they use real feathers in the pillows. The finishing touch, though, is rouge, spread thickly across the nose and cheeks to provide a healthy, nose-like-a-cherry effect. My buddy looked in a mirror and loved himself. "Ho, ho, he said. "Don't do Hose cried. The first little kid, about 4, was black-haired and wore thick glasses. He tugged at Santa's beard. he said. Santa smiled. "Why do you come down chimneys, the kid asked. "Why don't you come in the door like everybody My friend's mind reeled. Never trust a kid with thick glasses. "You don't think I'm dumb enough to walk around tire streets in an outfit like this, do he asked, playing Freud. "I'd be arrested on the spot." Rose, standing nearby, shook his head sadly. Things went smoothly until the last kid, a blond little girl, got personal. It happens that my friend speaks with a distinct eastern Kentucky accent and the whiskers pasted around his mouth only made it worse. "You talk the little girl said. "Is there something wrong with your voice, He looked at Rose. He shrugged. "No, lie said, on his own now. "I have a Southern accent." She looked skeptical. "I didn't know Santa Claus was from the South." lo visit Centre Jan. 18-22 A mobile educational unit sponsored by the department of Indian affairs will be at the l.olhbridge Friendship Centre Jan. 18-22. Tire unit, winch can accom- modate a maximum of 30 In- dian women, focuses on the training of leadership courses, such as public speaking and how to conduct meetings. The unit will visit the Blood reserve, in St. Mary's Roman Catholic School, Jao. 25-29. Dales have not been set for the Peigan reserve. f I If fI '-lenclai" or local happens Christian Science testimony meeting Wednesday at p.m. in the church auditoriim, J2K) 4th Ave. S. Everyone is welcome. Native women to attend meet Rose Yellow Feet, director of i the Lethbridge Friendship Cen- tre, and Stella Lapatac, assis- tant director, will represent the centre Jan. 11-10 at the nation- wide Poor People's Conference in Toronto. Representatives from Indian, Eskimo, Metis and non-native groups are expected to attend. Nor-Alon Family Group will meet Wednesday at 8 (up- stairs) 418 13 St. N. S The regular meeting of the Faith Hebekah Lodge will be held Monday at I) p.m. in the Oddfellows Hall. Visiting He- bckahs welcome. DOUBLE HONOR SAUNA, Kan. (AP) Alice Stack of Salina became the grandmother of one infant and the great-grandmolher of an- other only 24 hours apart. Mrs. Stack's daughter, Mrs. Dean Pierce, gave birth one day after Mrs. Mike Fisher, wife of Mrs. Stack's grandson, gave birth to a son. December 11, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 23 ;u help at an ear liy ClllllSTlNK 1'UIIL Herald Staff Writer "Our family did not need to make any adjustments for our son. We just always accepted him and tried to said a Lethbridge mother of a child handicapped by a hearing de- fect. His handicap wasn't noticed at first because he had other ailments but she said, "I soon began to observe that he only noticed me when he could seo me." The only regret the mother has, is that her son's handicap wasn't detected at birth be- cause he could have started to wear a hearing aid as early as six months old. A hearing aid docs not make it possible for dsaf children to hear speech but gives them "valuable" aud itory clues to speech and en vironmental sounds. His hearing loss was detect- ed when he was three years ok during tests in the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital and he was fitted for a hearing aid imme- diately. But it wasn't until ho was five years old that the fam- ily had collected enough infor- mation to know what to do for him and how to begin his edu- cation. Both parents received t h c i first training on hearing handi capped children while attend ing a week long training course hi the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Mo. learned that they must The) talk talk, talk to him and never stop. Discipline also is v e r important. At tlu's time the son couk only babble and his mother de pended upon her motherly in- stincts to know what he want- ed. In November of 1903, she began to teach her son how to speak, and also to carefully dis- cipline him so he did not use .his handicap to expect special attention. She began training him with food. Every meal was a lesson and he would pick out pictures of what he wanted to eat each meal, then attempt to say the word, as well as taste and smell it. He had to get a complete picture of each word, one at a time. "Unlike hearing children, deaf children see things but don't know what they are until they are she said. "It's like learning a foreign language. For instance, it took him weeks to learn the word ball, because he had to know what it was, what it did, as well as pro- nounce the sound." There are no facilities for hearing handicapped children in Lethbridge and even for pre- I school education, the closest school being in Calgary. How- ever, the family eliminated any provincial schools because sign language is taught which is thought to isolate deaf children from the rest of society be- cause they do not learn how to speak. The family finally chose a private school for the ii-af in Oregon which he began attend- ing in 1964. He has never looked back either in speech or gener- al education, said his mother. The children attending this school are taught to speak and read lips. They live with nor- mal hearing families and par- ticipate in community activities such as Sunday school, boy scouts and physical sports. Sign language is completely forbidden in the school and in time, most of the children in- tegrate into normal school sys- tems. Many also advance to universities, depending upon in- dividual abilities the same as hearing children do. love fs. remembering all the happy times. AVOIDS HOLES When hemming skirts and dresses, slide paper clips on the folded hem to save time and avoid pin holes. A COMPtETE SEtECTION OF SHOES For After 5 p.m. SEE OUR WINDOWS BENEFIT SHOES LTD. 615 4th Ave.S. Phone 327-7300 OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TILL 9 P.M. "Please lei us go with you." Pleading eyes gaze sadly up at Animal Shelter keeper, Glenn Anderson. LADIES' AUXILIARY CANADIAN LEGION BINGO CANCELLED DECEMBER 23 AND 30ih Next January 6th, 1971 Little litter needs a home "Mrs. Claus and I live at the North my friend said, twinkling Us best twinkle, "but I grew up at the South Pole." We Carry The New CLAIROL WIGS Give Her a Gift Certificate and Let Her Choose Her Own Style! RUBY PIERSON J Phone 328-2566 Inf ICS Shoppers' World Thanks for your generous support and. consideration, Merry Christmas! From The MANAGEMENT and STAFF lorin Ericksen of Gay Ericksen ERICKSEN'S JEWELLERY (Formerly J. R. Pisko Jewellery) McFARLAND BLDG. LETHIRIDOE Most Lethbridge citizens will be home for Christmas, but these four lonesome pups will spend it in the dog-house un- less the public helps. These four adorable animal are part of a litter of 10 pup pies now residing at the Cit} Animal Shelter, along wit many others. Besides one Ger man shepherd pup, and eral chihuahua cross pups there are little mongrels, bi mongrels; black ones, brow ones, and spotted ones whid would be a joy to receiv Christmas morning. Glenn Anderson, keeper the shelter, states that all an: mals will be kept up to si weeks before being destroyed unless the shelter become over crowded, and the animal, cannot receive adequate care. He is confident, however that this will not be necessary as there are many people in Lelhbridge who would love puppy or dog, but who fee LADIES' Here's a happy homemaker showing how simply her "EASY DOES II" TURKEY LIFTER WORKS It's Canada's Best! Buy at "SAFEWAY" for only Buy for Christmas Buy for a Lifetime 100% Guaranteed! they can't pay for one. Don't leave these beautiful little animals out in the cold as it were, invite them into a warm home. They're guaran- teed to be the most welcome gift under the tree this year. The cost is a nominal ?5 for any of the pups, making this a WARTS AN HERBAL REMEDY Unsightly WARTS en hands, face, feel, permanently removed within 3 to 5 weeks with DEIGHTON'S WART REMOVER. Not an acid, harmless to healthy skin. BOYD'S PHARMACY LTD. AND WESTMINSTER DRUGS wonderful opportunity to lei your house go to the dogs this Christmas. THE CLEANEST WASH IN TOWN THE BIG Launderette 1263 3rd Avenue South BINGO RAINBOW HALL noi sih N TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22nd at 8 p.m. 1st Jackpot in 53 Nos., 2nd Jackpot in 55 Nos. 11 TURKEY BiNGOS CONSOLATION PRIZES CHICKENS AND CHOCOLATES Free Cords-Cards and Games, 25t per Card, 5 Cards SI.00 3 Free Games Door Priie Nc Children Under 16 Years Sponsored By A.U.U.C. Association LETHBRIDGE FISH BINGO GAME ASSN. WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. i IN THE NEW EAGLES HALL BLACKOUT CARDS 3 JACKPOTS (4th, 8th ond 12th) in 7 Numbers NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 JACKPOT BINGO This Tuesday Evening, December 22 Starts p.m. Sharp Parish Hall Corner 12th Street B. ond 7th Avenue North Jackpot ttarts at and is won every Tuesday 25c per card or 5 for Also free cards, free games and a door prize. Persons under 16 years not allowed Sponsored by the Men's Club TO Si. Peler and Sf. Paul's Church IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Ave. S ;