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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thunclay, DecrmbiM 23, 1971 THE ttTHORIDCE HERALD 13 Handcrafting wood creche Get early treatment ISUIILI.WTON. Onl (CP) "Do not delay in having the hearing of a child advises Lydia Brp- demeiei a teacher of handi- capped c h i Id re n. She says: "ftarly diagnosi.1; and therapy for such children, hopefully be- fore they are two years old, n crucial- Time lost may never he regained enjoyed skill of city man PERFECTION AND BEAUTY Completely handmade tree bark and straw, Ibis nativity receives the final touch from its creator, Louie Devcic of 1601 Scenic Drive. The stable itself took three days to make, and is finished off by the addition of landscape which includes palm trees made of pine cones and evergreen twigs. By .IliDE TURIC Staff Writer Ten years ago, Louie (Lukal Devcic was spending an idle winter season at home with lit- tle to do but look at Christmas cards. Those same cards gave hrni an idea which was to last through the years and bring happiness to many of his j friends. j H was In Picture Butfe that Louie made the first replica of the stable in which the Christ- Child was bcrn. Constructed entirely of wood, it was given away to a friend, and since that time, he has made between or 40 of the Christmas scenes. "One stable takes about First White Christmas for girl from Hong Kong Although she has never seen White Christmas, Roselina Chiu, a Lethbridge Community College student from Hong Kong, says she docs not ex- pect Christmas will be cel- ebrated in Canada much dif- ferently than in her home city. Since Hong Kong is a Brit- ish colony, its Christmas cel- ebrations and customs have come mainly from tire English, Roselina said. But it is the Chinese young people who celebrate Christ- mas. There was no Christmas tradition in China prior to the arrival of the British, and the o'dcr people still don't cel- ebrate it. Roselina said she and her brother and sisters have known an annual Christmas celebra- Lion since she was five years i it's traditionally a Shanghai old. i dish." As in Canada, people in Hong Roselina said the Hong Kong Kong celebrate Christmas in a I New Year's celebrations are variety of ways. dull for the young people, and "Some go to church to eel- j she prefers Christmas, ebrate Christmas, and olh- j "At New Year's the Chinese ers go to night clubs or families go to relatives' and parties." Roselina said. friends' homes to say good luck- "On Christmas Eve. it is very exciting because the street are full of people and (lie clubs stay open and parties last all night." Decorations for the festive Hong Kong season are similar too. Evergreen trees are dec- to each other." One feature of the Chinese New Year which is especially pleasing to the children, how- ever, is the custom of "lucky7 money." "People who have been mar- ried during the past year give SEALSKIN BOOTS Lined throughoui wilh real sheepskin SEE OUR WINDOWS BENEFIT SHOES LTD. 615 4th Ave. S, Phone 327-7300 OPEN TONIGHT UNTIL 9 P.M. orated with electric lights and j lucky money to the children, other ornaments. j All the children like the Chi- nese New Year because Santa Clans, of course, makes his annual visit to Hong Kong just as he does to Leth- bridge. But instead of making Ms way down the chimneys, he confines his gift delivery to the main streets. Rosalina said that generally people do not hang up stock- ings or expect to have their shoes filled with goodies cus- toms popular in other coun- tries. Gifts are wrapped and put under the tree, but they do not play the main Christmas role as gift-giving does here. The traditional Christmas get the Roselina said. Although Christmas celebra- tions were not new to Rflselina, the sight of falling, fluffy snov. was unique. "I never saw the snow before love it, it's just she said. "In Hong Kong it only rains, and the coldest day compares with about 39 degrees here." Roselina will be spending Christmas with friends in Van- dinnei- is not part of the Chi- Centre IjlflllS nese Christmas celebrations.! either. In reverse order to Canadian festive celebrations where Christmas marks the family get-together and New Year's Eve is toe all-night party, for the Chinese the New Year is the family celebration and Christmas Eve is the all-night party. "The families get together on the last day of the year to have their celebration dinner." Roselina said. "In my family fft -Hark the hirold ongtlt slug. Hay to the 8om King." Hoy Hie wonder of Christmas be shared by all. Phone 327-3764 306 5th St. S. lethbridge, AlbBrta food and, fun for Christmas Good cheer and fellowship will prevail at the Friendship Centre of Southern Alberta on Christmas Day. To celebrate the occassion, a dinner, complete with all the trimmings will be served to anyone and everyone who comes to the gathering. Staff members and volunteer workers are p r e p a ring i Christmas feast. second an- I naul, which will be served at j 1 p.m. The Centre will be open I from noon until 5 p.nr. on that 1 day. Donations have been receiv- ed for the purchase of turkeys, and the volunteers ere bring- ing homemade supplements for the meal. Any contributions of hot cas- seroles or Christmas desserts would be as would volunteer help. The children will be given i presents after dinner, and any toy donations would also be of help. Tliose wishing to assist in any way may contact tile Friendship Centre at 328-7361. Female Robinson Crusoe HOBAB.T, Tasmania (Reuter) female Robinson Crusoe, 18-y e a r -o 1 d Jane Cooper, is Jiriving and in good health de- spite living a spartan existence public outcry. Miss Cooper now has a neig only as is building a shack on UK island at Miss Cooper's invitation. a remote rat-infested island Jim, also from Melbourne, went off the Tasmanian coast since to the island Nov. 11 and plans August. to stay there until his project is Miss Cooper, who was born in Melbourne, went to De Witt Is- land four miles south of here "to get away from it all and find myself." She has been pending her time writing po- etry and composing music. She became the centre of con- troversy in the Tasmanian par- liament Et one point when the lands minister, Wilfred Barker, said she was illegally occupying the island. But plans to have her re- completed. Miss Cooper is fie special friend of local fishermen, who have brought her supplies and kept an eye out for her since she began her isolated life on the acres of rock and im- penetrable scrub. Apart from the fishermen's supplies, seafood is Miss Coop- er's staple diet, and she is growing her own vegetables, spite consUmt trouble with rats. She hopes to stay on her "uto moved were dropped following a I pia" for a year. In fill! It has been a pleasure serving you during this past year! The JEWELLERY lory COLLEGE MALL PHONE 328-9736 THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Children In the Grade 2 class at George McKillop School decided last week they would ralher donate the small change they would ordinarily save for a Christmas tree to the Cup of Milk Fund. The youngsters raised and got a tree anyway. Trimmina. the tree are, left, Darren Jnnkowiak, D'Arcy Fiexliaug., Dale Gier and standing on ladder, Alcn Bosscling. Only Have 1 Day Left To Buy Toys At OFF REG. PRICES OUR TOY FAIR CLOSES ON CHRISTMAS EVE SO WE ARE SELLING ALL OUR STOCK AT 25% OFF REG. PRICES Hurry to get real bargains! Gait Educational Toy Fair (Next to Royal Bank, near Zollors) three days to finish.'1 said j Louie. "But that's working on it steadily for one or two hours every night. I get the wood from the bark of trees at the brewery, and straw from the coulees." he said. The most difficult and te- dious part in tin? making is the j roof, v.hich "takes a long time because 1 glue each piece of straw en separately and tbore arc ever 1.009 pieces." he said. The base, walls and inside of the stable are made from bark that is cut into various sizes, and is glued or nailer1 invisibly into place. Louie explained. "The inside of the stable has straw chaff on the walls, a feeding stall with straw stalks in it for the ani- mals, and chaff on the floor to make it look real. When every-. Ihing is finished. I varnish the outside to give it a nice shine, and it's ready.'1 Of the many that Ire has made, the largest one was a gift given to Si. Catherines Parish Church in Picture Buttc. "That one is about three and a half feet by two feet and three feet he said. Louie added that the next biggest is on display at the S'cks Lelhbridge Brewery, and has an e x t e n s i v e landscape w h i c h includes two lakes, bridges, palm trees and gvt'Mi turf. The other stables have Golden Mile Senior Citizens Centre i The Golden Mile Senior Citi-1 zens Centre schedule for activi- ties is as follows: Next week: Monday, Dec. 27, open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Dec. 28, singing practice at a.m., cribbage tournament at p.m. with prizes. I New Years' Day, open from 1-5 p.m. Membersliip cards for folks 60 and over are now avail- able. been made for friends, and as he takes pleasure in thiir ma! ing. he refuses to iake any mcnt. "I make them because I lilu to, not for money." he said. Louie's creative talents don stop at making nativity sceno His hobbies include making at tractive natural ccntu pieces, frorieri wilh snow, a-d decorated v.ilh seasons greet- ings. "1 make the centrepieces for friends too. and finish them by writing Merry and Happy New Year on the wovd in their language." he said. Beautifully made birdhouscs are anather cf his pastimes, and are given to those who have shown an admiration for them. The latest one made is in- tended as a gift for the daugh- ter of a doctor who once made a late evening house call to Louie's home. Besides working with wood. Louie, who is on the gardening staff of the Brewery, has a keen interest in rock gardens and his boasts rocks that have come from two continents ar.d three countries. A resident of Lethhridge for the past nine years. Louie has been in Canada for twelve since his escape from liis na- tive country of Yugoslavia. "The Store Where Indies Shop for Men Jim Suggests For that Shopper JUST ARRIVEDl SHORT SLEEVED ENGLISH FORTREt KNIT SHIRTS by 8YFORD a! for llie golfer i crimewearl fl MEN'S WEAR LTD. 314 7th St. S. Phone 327-2232 Open Tr.urs. ond Fri. Until p.m. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, December 23rd Sponsored by ladies' Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HAIL CORNER 12th STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at and is Won Every Thursday 5th-7 No. Jackpot Pot o' Gold S80 2St PER CARD OR 5 FOR SI.00 ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Persons under 16 years not allowed VASA LODGE SCANDINAVIAN HALL BINGO CANCELLED Fri., Dec. 24th and Fri.f Dec. 31st Next Bingo Friday, Jan. 7th, 1972 Jolly spirits, happy limc< ond the best of ilio season cri- whnl we're wishing you, with our appreciation for your kind pnlronnge. GREEN'S SHOES ON SIXTH STREET SOUTH I WORLD OF SHOES 3I7A 6th ST. S. ;