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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THI IITHMIDOI MWAID H7I Ann Landers Littfe time to agonize for thalidomide victim ANN LANDERS: I wonder how many people In are hiding the fact tarn, Jhemse.ves that they are alcoholics. My guess is a few Bullion. The "y Han across an investing list of might be helpful If a person answers "yes" to six of these be should face the fact that he has serious drinking problem. Here are the questions: Too you resent it when a person suggests that perhaps tried to get in extra drinks at a social affair moVe than the other guests are getting? S Have you taken a morning drink this past year- just picker-upper" because you felt the need for something to drinking created problems at home with areyou ever taken a drink just before you left the bouse to attend an affair where you knew cocktails would be MONTREAL (CP) For eight-year-old Mercedes Be- negbi, going to school has meant the end of a longing for a magician to give her arms and hands like her playmates. In the inquisitive but accept- ing friendship of her school chums she has found little time to agonize over the ravages of her limbs by the drug thalido- mide. At four, life was not so happy. Mercedes longed for the Wizard of Oz to make her normal. Once she was with other chil- dren at kindergarten, the dream and the magic were forgotten. Now in Grade 3 at Chenier school, Mercedes never men- tions her wizard. The children at school are cu- t Have you ever tried to stop drinking for a specified period of time and fallen short of your goal? 7 Do vou envy people who do not drink at all or those who seem' to be able to drink less than you and quit for the night? S Do you find yourself being reminded of things you said you cannot remember because you were drinking? 9 Despite existing evidence do you keep insisting that you can stop drinking any time you feel like it? -Richmond DEAR RICH: Thanks for the list. I'll bet millions of read- ers took the test. Those who flunked should consider what they are doing to She lives of the people around them if they are not sufficiently concerned about what they are doing to themselves. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am a widow 60 years of age. Three months ago I married a widower who thought I was "wonderful." Now he is comparing me with his late wife who had a Master's degree. (I didn't get to He won't attend church because "there's too much Ding- ing." He doesn't like movies because "they are dirty." He won't watch TV because "it makes his eyes My cook- ing gives him indigestion and my housekeeping isn't what he's used to. Our marriage has not yet been consummated (physically) because he has not received a signal from his deceased wife saying it's all right with her. Should I consider annulment? I await word from 0. City DEAR 0.: The word is yes. You've got yourself a nut. DEAR MISS VINEGAR VEINS: (I made up this name for you because it What do you think of a teacher who gives Hds so much homework that a 14-year-old has to stay up until three o'clock every single morning to finish? Should I let my son stay up this late or should t insist that he go to bed at a decent hour whether he has finished his homework or not? Do you think it would help if I went to school and had a talk with his teacher? Mrs. K. W. DEAK MRS. K. W.: Do NOT go to school. .From the way you started your letter to me I'm afraid of what you might call the teacher. A confrontation could create additional prob- lems for your son and I suspect he has enough problems now. Tell the boy he must go to bed at finished or not. And, if you will permit old Vinegar Veins to express an opinion, I have a hunch your son is keeping these crazy hours because he knows it bugs you. Is alcoholism a disease? How can the alcoholic be treated? Is there a cure? Read the booklet "Alcoholism Hope And by Ann Landers. Enclose 35 cents in com with your request and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope. Math expert OXFORD, England (CP) John Nunn, 15-year-old London boy who passed high schoo mathematics exams at the age of 12, has become the youngest- ever undergraduate at Oxforc University. John's father said: "He was working out quadratic equations when he was six an< he used to scare the hell out o me." rious about her tiny hands that have no arms, but they don't insist with their questions. "They are surprised at what they sayd Colette Benegbi, Mercedes's mother, "but then it's finished." When she was younger, Mercedes was fitted with two artificial arms. But today she prefers to do without them, de- pending on the hands and fin- gers growing from her shoul- ders. Using them she can write, draw and color, hold one end of a skipping rope and play well the electric organ her par- ents bought her last spring as a therapy device. "The organ was a good in- vestment because it's given Mercedes so much says Mrs. Benegbi. "That's what my husband and I have set out to make life as easy and as happy as possible for our daughter." For Mrs. Benegbi, now 43, and .er 46-year-old Moroccan- born husband, Marco, a Mont- real glass company shipper, i' wasn't easy at first. "The initial shock of having an abnormal child was si says Mrs. Benegbi. Bu never did she want to give up ler daughter for adoption. Persuading parents of thalido- victims to keep their ba- lies instead of hiding them away in institutions was the irst task facing those who would help. Thalidomide, the now-banned tranquillizer prescribed to child-bearing mothers in the early 1960s, left in its wake jabies bora with cruel deformi- ies, grotesque, some bearable and some remedied by artificial limbs. WIN ACCEPTANCE In Canada, 74 of the 115 thal- idomide babies survived and many were treated and fitted with artificial limbs at the Re- habilitation Institute of Mont- real, given a federal erant for that purpose. Except for a few who were mentally retarded, the 43 chil- dren treated at the institute now are attending regular public schools. Most are happily accepted by their classmates. Ahead of them are the problems of adoles- cence. Will they have other kinds of problems to surmount as well? Says Clare Janelle of the in- stitute's medical social service. "We'll have to wait and see." IM win v THE WIZARD K FORGOTTEN When Mercedes Benegbi was younger wish the wizard of Oz would give her normal arms. But now the treat girl, a victim of the drug, thalidomids, never mentions the wuard. grade 3 student, can write draw and color and play the electric organ gave her last year. she used to Mercedes her parent. Junior kindergartens are not glorified baby-sitting operations New indoor sport! Home and School meets with provincial committee Mrs. Derek L. Page, resolu- tions chairman and Mrs. J. A. Lore, president of the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations, recently led a group of parents into the Council Chambers of the Par- liament Buildings in Edmon- ton to meet and discuss their concerns with Committee No. 3 of the Executive Council. This year because of the number of organizations pre- senting briefs to the Govern- ment, the Provincial Cabinet is divided into three committee: in an effort to hear from al organizations. The committee which Home PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES JACKPOT LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS-B p.m. and School met with was un- der the Chairmanship of the Hon. Robert C. Clark, minister of education. Many immediate concerns of parents with the education and welfare of students in all parts of the province were covered in the discussion including: bus safety regulations, teacher education, educational re- search, school libraries, voca- tional education, guidance and counselling and semestering and modified school year, pre- school education and kinder- g a r t e n s, re-classification of; motion pictures, standards of education achieved by students in Hutterian schools, pollution, and what has been done with and for the Canadian Home! and School Parent Teachers! Federation. Some topics dealt with inso- far as the CHSPTF were: drug education, smoking and health, program of aid to children of developing countries, working j for a national office in educa-; lion, and the establishment of a world university in Canada. By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO (CP) Mar- garet Wettlauffer says a ju- nior kindergarten is no baby- sitting operation. "We're fighting the public on the idea that it is a baby- sitting thing. The downtown children need it desperately. The others need it too." Miss Wettlauffer is director of kindergartens for the To- ronto board of education. As such, she is in charge of the junior kindergartens attended by about four-year-olds. Most of them are in poor down- town neighborhoods. The Toronto program has been operating since 1942 iliss Wettlauffer says interest in such work has boomed in recent years as research has convinced experts the great est part of a child's menta development takes place in hi! jre-school and early schoo years. It is believed now a child does five per cent of his men tal growing before he is fou years old, about 30 per cen more from then until he eight and the rest after that. MAY SPEND MORE "I don't know that I will se it in my working lifetime, but my guess is they'll some day spend more money on early childhood training than on the teens." Her department now gets per half the amount budgeted for high school students. There has been talk of cutting Ontario's education spending, and ju- nior kindergartens have been among the items mentioned as dispensable. When Miss Wettlauffer talks about how her classrooms work, she begins with the de- partment's philosophy, a blend of theories based on research on the education of young chil- dren. Broadly, it is that all chil- dren go through similar devel- pment patterns, but not at the ame pace. There can be great inferences in develop- lent among four year olds. The classrooms are organized o provide a range of activities that allow a trained teacher to ncourage the children to make the most of their stages of development and move ahead when they are ready. "Children playing with blocks are not just children playing with blocks. Teachers should he aware cf where the children are going with the riocks. can use them to learn how to work with anoth- er child. "Then you put props in with the blocks. If you put in cars children will build a garage or begin to sort 'lie and pu all the green ones m this ga rage. They are relating to th is a new form c language for them but i won't happen without someon doing something about it. "You can add the abstrad element by adding signs. The see signs, they see writing ii relationship to what they'r doing, so it makes sense t them. "The downtown kids ar sometimes not at the pietorii stage. They don't relate a pi' ture of an orange to the re thing. They don't have tl concepts. When I see a pi ture of a cow. I draw up tremendous store of experi ence to interpret it." Through all the activities teachers ask children to e plain what they are doing, describe the things they ar playing with. NEED THE BASICS "Language is one of t chief things we're oral and listening skills pi reading and writing. "The program must provi for the range of kids, and t teacher must be aware of pa ing the child toward the bes "In some cases the childre Outstanding contributions for Canadian children e not physiologically ready take the next step. Their ervous systems are not up to "We have six-year-olds who eed the basics and we try to rce them at Grade 1 pace, o two kids are the same, but hat do we do? What have we one? We expect all the kids be the same." Miss Wettlauffer says par- ents sometimes compound the problems by insisting then- child do everything at the pace of the most advanced children. "It's one thing to be able to count to five, but you have to know what it means. That's what parents don't seem to un- derstand." Dr. Samuel R. Laycock has recently been awarded the Or- der of Canada, Medal of Ser- vice for his "outstanding con- tribution to Canadian life." Dr. Laycock is now Hon- HEIP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR IEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. JACKPOT BINGO This Tuesday Evening, February 9th Starts p.m. Sharp Parish Hall Corner 12th Street B. and 7th Avenue North Jarkpol ttartt at and it won every Tuesday Slh 7 No. Jatkpat Cards 25t or 5 (or Atto free cards, free garnet and a door prize. Persons under 16 years not allowed Sponsored by the Men's Club to St. Pelor and St. Paul's Church I love is.. letting him trim your bangs. I. orary President of the Cana- dian Home and School and P a r e n t-Teacher Federation. and has served home and] school in many ways over i many years as President of the i Saskatchewan branch of this organization. Dr. Laycock. now 80 year-of-1 ge, has worked all his life to j promote the welfare of chil- j dren. He firmly believes that i parents and teachers are part- j ners in child development and j that home and school associa-' t.ions have a vital role to play in that regard, and in promot- ing a well-informed public to speak out on educational mat- j ters. Dr. Laycock has lectured I and written extensively on ex- ceptional children, (those with, above or below normal abil- and has worked in the! correctional reform. For 18 years, he conducted "School for Parents" on the CBC ami served many years as Advi- sory Editor of "Parents Maga- Author of 11 books and over BOO articles, Dr. Laycock continues to write and is in de- mand as a lecturer. FOR WARM WEATHER ONLY Paris designer Martha reached back lo ancient Egypt for his 1971 spring-summer fashion. The outfit, which reveals quite a bit of skin, consists of a kirt, scarf and bodice-front in striped cotton and linnen weave. 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Al! this was accomplished by a healing substance (Bio- developed hy a world-renowned research in- stitution. This substance is now obtainable in ointment, or suppository form known as Preparation If. Ask for Preparation H Suppositories (convenient to carry if away from home) or Preparation H Ointment with special ap- plicator. Available at all drug counters. Satisfaction or your money refunded. Preparation Floor tile "racing" with Armstrong Place 'n Press Excelon tile. The "race" is on for beau- tiful floors. And Armstrong Place 'n Press is the easiest do-it-yourself floor tile ever. I. Peel off the paper. 2. Place tile in position. 3. Press down. flat. And because, there's no messy glue, you can leave your job partly done for days without worrying about the mess. Use leftover tiles to cover table tops. Line cupboards, The adhesive is already ofi. drawers or shelves. the baclc. It sticks by itself. No more p.utting off. Bright- en up those drab, dingy rooms in record time. A 9 x 12 foot room takes about I-J hours. And Place 'n Press goes over old tile or lino- leum. Or directly on most basement concrete. Any- where as long as the floor is Remember the name what you do! PRgSS The floor tils that's fun ti install. From (Armstrong I AVAIUUJU THE FOLLOWING DEALERS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING DEALERS United Farmers Alta. Co-op 3131 2nd Ave. N. Lelhbridge, Alta. 315 6th Street S., Uthbridge, Alberta Leolta Building Supplies 1256 13th St. N. Uthbridge, Alia. Revelstoke Building Materials Cor. 3rd Ave. 17th K. 5. Phone 327-5777 Advance Lumber Co. Ltd. 13th and 2nd Ave. i. Lethbridge, Alia. Beaver Lumber Co. Ltd. 1701 3rd Ave. S. lelhbridge, Alia. Bird Building Supplies 113 13th 51. N. Lelhbridge, Alia. (Armstrong St. Louis Furniture U8 5th Street S, Lethbridge, Alto. Capitol Furniture Store 326 5th St. S. Lethbridge, Aiia. Hamilton's Floor Coverings 909 3rd Avenue S., Lethbridgo, Alberta ;