Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
S-THE UETHBRIDQE HERALD-Tueiday, February 11, 1975 Policeman's humor helps education DELTA, B.C. (CP) though he wears his un- iform and gun, the daily challenges faced by Con- stable Ken Ball are posed by students in a classroom. For more than a year, Constable Ball has been assigned to conducting public '_; delations classes at 40 elementary and secondary schools in this Vancouver area com- munity. He visits each school for an average period of one week, trying to see each class twice a year. "Kids today are looking for someone to lean he said. "Police always seem to be mobile. The only time a kid saw an officer was when he was in trouble, never getting to know what you're like, how yqu feel. "With something -like this, it's just possible that you can prevent trouble now rather than being confronted with it later." No bomb scares The 36-year-old father of four adapts his material to his audience. 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The picture of a 16-year-old girl found murdered and molested after being picked up by a driver in northern British Columbia was circulated in' the classroom. It carried more weight than any stern lecture. "Run and are two of the best defences you have against an said Con- stable Ball. The British-born officer, who began his career as a foot patrolman in London, said students often approach him privately to seek answers to personal problems. "Some girls ask when they can legally run away from home. Some guys want to know how much they can get away with." Many of his answers are spiced with humor. "You have to be at least he told a student ask- ing when it would be legal to leave home. "And you have to be self-supporting. You can't just walk out on your 17th birthday saying, 'It's been nice, mom. See you.' So I want all of you to go home tonight and un- pack your suitcases." School principal John Husdon credits the. program with giving students a clearer under- standing of the police and the law. "The kids'attitudes have improved here, no question at he said. Questions flood farm info office OTTAWA (QP) "Can rabbits "Where can I get live flies and worms to feed my new "It's cold outside. My flowers are cold. What should I Not a random sampling of quiz-show puzzlers, these are some of the 467 questions answered in a normal year by Agriculture Canada. "We seldom get less than 500 letters a day and we've had up to said Ludger Bellefleur, chief of the public services section of the federal agriculture department. "And we've had letters with 26 separate questions in them." Mr. Bellefleur and his staff of 12 are kept busy with the constant flow of letters and telephone calls and acting as guides to 000 visitors to the Central Experimental Farm op- erated here by the department. "We get questions about everything he said. "We haven't all the answers and often we get requests for things that don't fall under the depart- ment of peo- ple asking for birth certifi- cates, hunting licences, that sort of thing. However, we try to answer all the agriculture The questions vary from the routine, which usually can be resolved by mailing out departmental pamphlets, to the un- common, such as "which is the wannest time of the day because I want to take my baby out for a walk? Two thousand such questions last year re- quired individual research and response. "Some days you don't know what to he said, offering a few more samples. "I must know if maple trees were still in full leaf on Oct 23, "I heard on the Merv Griffin show that pecan leaves can be used to dye hair from grey to brown. Where can I get pecan leaves in "I found a four-leaf clover and a six-leaf clover. I am going to a bingo with a friend. Which one should I keep and which one should I give Many questions require a great deal of research. 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