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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, February 15, 1973 Cough syrup started habit for former heroin addict NEW YORK (AP) - A former heroin addict who supported her habit as a prostitute advises parents to react immediately to a child's drug problem. "At the very first sign that something's wrong, parents should seek professional help for their children; there's no time to feel guilty or worry what the neighbors will think," says Barbara Quinn, who grew from teen-age gang leader to community affairs worker in New York. Mrs. Quinn works with the Addiction Services Agency of New York City, recruiting addicts off the streets, making speeches and developing programs to fight the drag problem. She recently won an Emmy from the New York Television Academy for a cable television series she moderated called Drug Line. The program, aimed at parents as well as the young, used junkies, pimps and prostitutes to talk about the drug scene in New York. Said Mrs. Quinn: "You have to nip the problem Fore fashion that's eye OK MEMBER in the bud. I don't think kids are even ready to smoke marijuana. The young can't handle it, and if that's not available they'll soon be trying something else." DESCRIBES SYMPTOMS .. She noted several physical symptoms that should make parents suspicious that their children might be taking drugs. "A very withdrawn child who suddenly becomes talkative, starts offering to help clean the house when he's never lifted a finger before, might be taking pills they call 'uppers.' If he seems sleepy and irritable most of the itme, starts letting himself go physically, 'downers' might be the cause." Parents should try to talk to their children about drugs, "but if there's never been any real communication between them, no kid is going to admit he's on drugs. And that's why professional help is the only answer." As for her own experiences: "I just didn't wake up one morning and become a dope fiend," said Mrs. Quinn, now 51, and married to her second husband, a jazz musician. She has a 14-year-old son. "My insanity started when I was seven with the lying and the stealing and snowballed until it was out of conorol." She talks easily now about a past that included several arrests, lesbian affairs, a hapless teen-age marriage, arnd years of prostitution. As a teen gang leader called Cookie in the suburbs of New York City, her first arrest came at 14 for a sexual attack on another girl. Her drug habit started with cough syrup. "I was drinking five and six bottles a day. And then I tried heroin and I was hooked." There wasn't enough money In purse-snatching and shoplifting to support her habit, so at 19 she moved in with a junkie in Harlem and turned to prostitution, She spent 90 days in the Women's House of Detention - what she calls the most degrading experience of her life - but was back on the streets again. "By now I weighed only 100 pounds. I'd lost most of my teeth, and was sick with a kidney infection. ... I knew I couldn't turn one more trick." Throughout the years when she was broke and desperate, she would return home, but always managed to conceal her life style from her parents. "I don't think they ever knew how sick I was, and if they did, they never wanted to admit to themselves that something was wrong." She finally admitted all and begged them for help. Soon she was in a program of drug rehabilitation run by Synanon, a self-help organization, and began a 2ya-year climb back to sanity. "I don't regret my past. But I'd only do it over again if I knew I could end up the way I am now," says Mrs. Quinn. Executive elected hy church women The Women's Federation of St. Andrew's P r e s b y terian Church recently elected Marie Wylie to serve as president for tho coming term. Honorary president is Frances Hankinson, with Isabel Cor-bett as past president. Other officers include Ruby Johnstone, first vice president; Marie Toeters and Ada Van Egmond, second vice presidents; Millie Coupland, secretary and Harriette Lindsay, treasurer. Group presidents are Mary Kirkham, Mavis Cornock, Sharon Voort, Marie Toeters, Mary jackpot bingo This Thursday Evening, February 15th Sponsored by Ladies' Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church STARTS 8:00 P.M. SHARP-PARISH HALL CORNER 12th STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at $125 and it Won Every Thursday 2nd Jackpot $130 in 56 Numbers 5th-7 No. Jackpot $24-Pot o' Gold $40 256 PER CARD OR 5 FOR SI.OO ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Persons under 16 years not allowed MARIE WYLIE .. . president Webster and Bessie Stead. Standing committee members are Margaret Grant with Myril Brown and Mary Webster. The installation of officers was conducted by Rev. L. D. Hankinson. N A110 N AL HOMES LI M IT E D 8HHB sea i Building a better home means adding more than just what the standards require! That's why National builds into home components the extras that mean a lot when it becomes your home. Full half-inch plywood roof sheathinq over engineered roof trusses . . . most manufacturers use ?i ply. 1%-inch kiln-dried sealed cedar fascia , . . compare this with the 1x6 material used by others. National's % , ply wall sheathing is heavier than many competitors' . . . the differences go on and on . . . over, fifty points and features that National homes offer. Ask the National men to spell them - out to you before you make the all-important decision on your future home. MORTGAGE FUNDS AVAILABLE INCLUDING ACREAGE AND RURAL AREAS. j National's catalogues  list .1 home designs for choice over 60 . . two, three and more bedroom models to '.! suit most any building site and family  budget. Investigate now ... be readv ,[ to build in the spring. �! ALBERTA SALES DIVISION: NATIONAL ENGINEERED STRUCTURES CO. LTD. MAIL THIS COUPON NATIONAL HOMES LIMITED Box 245, ABBOTSFORD, B.C. Plea?c send me more information and details of National manufactured component homes. NAME................................. ADDRESS Gift of money Kinettes president Cathy Johnson, seated, signs over a big $500 cheque to the Lethbridge branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, as Islay Arnold, VON president, looks on. The money was raised through Kingo Bingo, a Kinettes project, and will be put to use in the general and continued operation of the VON services. The Kinettes also donate to the mental health organization and to the senior citizens' centre. PoWs face painful surprise NEW YORK (AP) - A few of the returning United States prisoners of war will find that freedom has a bittersweet taste. The wives of at least two of the men released Monday from North Vietnamese and Viet Cong prison camps have'gotten divorces; a third started separation proceedings but decided to hang on a while longer. Mrs. Garland Kramer of Tulsa, Okla., disclosed hfeire that she had obtained a divorce last June from her husband, an air force captain shot down in January, 1967. The divorce was granted in Tulsa on the grounds of incompatibility. "I knew I couldn't go back," she said. 'We've grown apart." She explained the divorce in a special letter she sent to the air force for delievry to Kramer after his release. She said that, when he left for Vietnam, she had been "neat and docile" but, since then, has studied politics, religion and been active in school and with their two children, Todd 9, and Cynthia, 8. "I felt it would be difficult for us to be together," she said. Also facing a divorce is Cmdr. Everett Alvarez of Santa Clara, Calif., shot down Aug. 5, 1964, the first U.S. pilot captured in the Vietnam war. Two years ago, Alvarez's wife, Tangee, obtained a divorce and remarried. "I just fell out of love with Everett," she said last October when the divorce was revealed. She identified her husband only as "Andy" and refused to disclose where she, her new spouse and their daughter were living. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes ''You'd better decide soon ... I have two customers dieting down to it." PHONE [""baker's fabric centre I"A MEASURE FOR QUALITY BY THE YARD" I Specializing in Fabrics, I Drapery, and Sewing Needs . Centre Village Mall Phone 328-4536 I The wife of navy Cmdr. Raymond Vohden started divorce proceedings last year. She halted the proceedings when the peace talks resumed and said she'll try to resume the marriage. Bonmey Vohden said that, when her husband called their Memphis, Tenn., home after their release, she told him of her separation move and about abuse from cranks after it became public. Her husband was shot down April 3, 1965. The Vohdens have two children, Raymond Jr., 11, and Conney, 10. "I don't know what things will be like two months from now," Mrs. Vohden said. "We'll work it out day by day. He's so excited and happy that I'm feeling the way I do." Mrs. Sargent to leave Indonesia JAKARTA (Reuter) -The Indonesian government has ordered Wyn Sargent, a California author who married a primitive tribal chief, to leave the country in three days. An immigration department spokesman said Mrs. Sargent wept when she was told to leave after an hour-long argument with immigration officials today. The tall red-headed woman told reporters outside the immigration building that she will fly to California Saturday. She said she does not understand why she was ordered to leave but has no choice but to go- Mrs. Sargent won fame when news of her marriage last month to an already-much-wed tribal chief in the mountainous interior of West Iran reached Jakarta. NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS Hair - flair BEAUTY SALON 503 7th St. S. (Located in the Hunt Building - Upstaire) Phone 328-0197 MARY KORSA Owner and Operator SHI/UEY MITTCO Nee Shirley Sahatoo Operator Just Jude By JUDE TURIC �IIIIIIilllllilllH .....tl�!!!!�llillllill!l�lli:!!l JN MY school days there was no such thing as stretch-and-sew. But the girls seemed to manage quite well and worked their way through irregular, pinwheel design potholders to big-time nighties. At the first mention of the magic word nighties, our eyes lit up and little smirks crossed our lips. We all envisioned something soft, sexy, filmy; gently floating at mid-thigh and clinging to all the right places. Little did we realize what sewing class regulations had in mind as proper attire for the average fourteen-year-old, did not match our expectations. We waited the week through anxiously, knowing at the next sewing class we would get to ogle patterns and fabrics, and plan how to make our gown better than any other. That day, we were all seated at our desks before the period bell had a chance to sound; peering around as teach breezed in loaded down with the goodies. She plopped bolts of material and a box of patterns in front of the group and watched our starry eyes dim at the sight. The saddest display of lime green flannels, dull red cottons and identical patterns greeted us. There was to be no choice - everything had high neckline, long fitted sleeves and sack - like bodies. The most provocative feature was a scalloped bodice, and that because both sexy and scalloped started with the same letter. With our feet firmly back on the ground and all thoughts of glamor out of our heads, we set to snipping, folding, measuring, pinning and basting our - yeech - flannels. The intricacies of sewing evaded most, with darts being ripped out time and again; set-in sleeves puckering all wrong; and blind-stitch hemming gushing our. blood to boiling point. In the end, the finished product had to be modelled for the teach, who marked us on workmanship and style. (I cashed in with an E for effort.) Before anyone was allowed to leave the room and wear her nightie in the big bad world, hemlines were measured and double-checked ensuring they just brushed the middle of our knees. Sleeves had to be full-length and snug; the body had to be loose-fitting and the neckline just resting on the collar bone. Making a prudish garment was bad enough and we all swore we'd never expose ourselves to the shame of actually wearing the thing; even at night. But in the past nine years, a quick check of the whereabouts of the group's sexless nighties, has turned up an interesting fact. Like, those flannels destined for the bottom drawer have been resurrected and are now being worn, shame or no shame. The only conclusion to be drawn is that we're becoming sedate and dignified. And very, very old. (^.alendar Of^ oCocai\JJappenin#s The regular meeting of the Lethbridge Lodge No. 2100 IOFF will be held in the Oddfellows Hall Friday at 8 p.m. Visiting members wecome. * * * The Midnight Squares will hold a regular dance Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the G. R. Davis school in Fort Macleod. The change of place is for this week only. Round dance practice at 8 p.m. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch and cups. Everyone welcome. * *  Parents Without Partners will meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church corner of 6th Ave. and 18th St. South. Feature speaker will be Howie Puckett, child psychologist. * * * The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club will hold a regular dance Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Assumption School, 14th Ave. and 24th St. S., with the Country Couples Orchestra. Everyone welcome to attend. BINGO Scandinavian Hall 229 12th St. "C" N. Fri., Feb. 16th Starts at 8:00 p.m. Doers Open at 7:00 p.m. 5 Cards for $1.00 GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH $1.00 4th, 8th and 12th Garnet in 7 Numbers or test WORTH $16 $125 in 52 Numbert Sorry No One Under 16 Yean of Age Allowed ATTENTION PARENTS We know you like to have your children develop a fine tharacrer. Therefore, to any boy or girl age 4 to 10, a hearty welcome to our STORY and CRAFT HOUR. Sundays 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED For Further Information Phone 327-5828 Daytime or 328-8756 after 6 4 tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiii ?9999999999? ;