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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta the ;rab bag MAUREEN J-AMIESON JTOOD COSTS are spiralling out of sight and our high standard of living is trembling on the brink of disaster. ' And with a touch of evil genius, along comes Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan to give it a friendly little shove over the cliff. According to dear Mr. Whelan, "a family's food bill can be cut in half it it contents itself with such things as meatballs and gravy instead of prime rib of beef for Sunday dinner." The minister's brilliant solution to the cost of living problem comes in a statement announcing an Ottawa test showing "grocery bills to feed a family of four can vary from $28.70 (moderate) to $69.90 (generous)" weekly. His idea of a 'moderate' menu calls for stewed chicken, sausages, fish sticks, meat loaf, macaroni and cheese, and baked beans. Sunday, the family on his 'moderate' budget really gets to live it up. For dinner, there are meatballs and gravy with potato, turnip and gelatin. Lunch is soup, peanut butter sandwich and baked apple. "There may be very valid reasons for a housewife to buy convenience foods, partially processed items and the more expensive forms of food," pontificates, our good minister. Well thank you, Mr. Whelan! While those on the 'moderate' budget (wanna bet our Mr. W. is not on the list?) munch meatballs, macaroni or baked beans, the rich folk with the 'generous' menu can enjoy take-out fried chicken,' roast loin of pork, salmon steaks, veal1 cutlets, takeout pizza, club steak and prime ribs. While the 'moderate' housewife is busy serving her family soup and peanut butter sandwiches, the 'generous' big spenders may enjoy vichyssoise, cream chicken and mushrooms and dutch apple pie. Our magnanimous minister goes on to inform us that savings can be made "by cutting out expensive forms of meat, frozen prepared foods, out-of-season fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods and by substituting items such as skim milk powder for fresh whole milk." Another couple of years of escalating food prices, plus a little more help from Mr. Whelan, and soon even the genuine imitation soybean meal meatball with real artificial beef flavoring will disappear from our gravy. Soon underprivileged countries in Africa and Asia will be sending us food parcels and survival rations. Marie Antionette quite literally lost her head because she didn't comprehend the average bod's addiction to eating. On being told her people had no bread she advised them to eat cake. Mr. Whelan, on the other hand, when told his country is having trouble getting the Sunday roast on the table, says simply, let 'em eat meatballs. The end result is the same in both instances - I'm alright, Jack - too bad about you! Prescription Eyeglasses] Sunglasses * Repairs All the Latest Styles From the Leaders Lin Eyewear Fashion and oat St. Basil's Home and School Association recently held an election of officers with Mr. R. Kolesar named president for the term. Mr. M. Kormos was elected first vice president; Mr. T. Wauters, second vice president; Mrs. C. Lynn, secretary and Mrs. A. Makarenko, treasurer. SEE THE AMAZING 4-WAY VORWERK The cleaner that will revolutionize house cleaning.  Upright Cleaner  Electro-Sweeper  Cleanerette  Portable Cleaner ALL IN ONE FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICE LTD. 1244 - 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-6070 ililjiiaillllllllS Learning can be fun Providing the parents of handicapped children with a day off and time to themselves is the purpose behind the Take a Break project. The free day care centre run by three team members, operates Monday, Thursday and Friday; as well as offering a home care program at all times. Shown, is TAB member John> Russell with two children whose parents have taken advantage of the service. pensive pin lever watch 11 tops best seller lists By DAVID BURKE NEW YORK ,(AP) - Despite the glamor of time-telling wrist computers and the super-accuracy of electronic watches, the inexpensive pin-lever wrist watch still is North America's best seller. Between 50 and 70 per cent of the approximately 46 million watches sold each year on this continent are pin-lever types retailing for less than $25, industry spokesmen say. Unlike more expensive watches with jewelled components, pin-levers have metal bearings and contacts at critical wear points. They're less accurate and wear out faster, but have kept their share of the market by taking on a new fashion note. "For many women, amd for some men as well, watches are a fashion accessory rather than DURING ROAST OUR SALE PRIME RIB ROASTS I i lb BONELESS POT lb. BLADE ROASTS BLADE BONE IN ____ lb. ROASTS GROUND .29 SIDES OF BEEF CANADA 'A' GRADE 235-275 lb. average 10c IB. CUT and WRAPPED TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS Beat the price Increase, order now - Prices effective Feb. 22, 23, 24. RANCHLAND MEATS Westminster Plaza, 13th St. and 5th Ave. N. Phone 328-0637 just a straight timepiece," said Paul Taylor, vice-president of sales for Royal Dynasty watches, which retail from $15 to $50. Over the last few years, he said the fashion for women's w a t c h e s has changed from necklace-like pendants to oversized go-go watches to plastic bangle type watches. "The day when a company could do business with a plain round or square watch is long past," said a spokesman for Hamilton Watch Co., whose watches range from- the $12 Vantage brand to the more than $2,000 Hamilton. "These novelty watches, made with relatively inexpensive materials, are styled and bought primarily for look rather than function," he said. A number of small companies have sprung up in recent years to capitalize on this swiftly-changing market, and some have gone out of business, sources said. "It's a difficult market to keep pace with," said Robert Mohr, president of the consumer international division of Timex. Timex, which describes itself as the world's largest watchmaker, tends to shy away from the extreme fashion swings, Mohr notes. Meals on Wheels elects president Mrs. E. J. Hawn was recently elected president of the Meals on Wheals organization, with Mrs. P. H. Walker serving as past president. Jack Duncan was named first vice-president with Mrs. J. E. Morgan as second vice-president. Other officers include Mrs. D. Gaoler, treasurer and Mrs. A. V. Walker as secretary. Directors are Sister M. Clarissa; Mr. R. M. Frame, Mr. F. G. Sandercock, Mrs. R. D Gruenwald; Mrs. C. S. Malmberg, Mrs. K. V. Robin, and Mrs. B. G. Barrow. Mrs. E. C. Reid will continue her post as co-ordinator. The society provides 25 Leth-bridge citizens with a hot meal five days per week, with the assistance of volunteer drivers and couriers. During the past year, over 3000 such meals were delivered throughout the community. MRS. E. J. HAWN . . . president For the Visiting Teachers RICH DELDI SUEDE FASHION BOOTS Rich 15" to-the-knee boots in colors of tan>, mauve, blue, and dark brown, Unlined. Reg. $33. WEEKEND SPECIAL 20 CAMM'S SHOES 403 5th St. S. Phone 327-3050 Open Thurs. and Fri. until 9 p.m. Take a Break team steps in to help handicapped children By JUDE TURIC Herald Staff Writer Every parent needs time out -time to relax and get away from the pressures and responsibilities of caring for the children. For the parent of the handicapped child, this time to themselves becomes even more important. The Take a Break team is there to help - to step in and provide as much love, concern and attention for the handicapped child as mom and dad would if they were home. "We're geared toward the pre-schooler," explained John Russell, a TAB member, "those who more than likely don't fit into any other organized activity group because of their age. "Or for the older handicapped person who is in the same situation. Presently, the day care centre in St. Andrew's parish hall is open Monday, Thursday and Friday on a nine to five basis; but we also have a home care service." The TAB program is completely free of charge, and provides the children who attend a learning experience. "We will do anything that the child likes, or needs practice in doing," explained Rainie Dahl. "Some need help with motor co-ordination, or learning the meaning of money, or perhaps help in correcting improper eating habits." The team, all of whom have had a university education and have been exposed to the world of the retarded and handicapped, are willing to come into the home if the arrangement suits the parent better. "Our home service is meant to be very flexible," said John, "and we will stay and babysit if the parents would like to go out for the evening, or for a day of shopping, or just to spend time around the house knowing someone is there to be with the child." TAB is a Priority Employment Program under the direction of the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded. It has three members on the team and will run till the end of April. "After that," said Brenda Sopow, "we hope the program will be continued on a perman ent basis, if the families of the handicapped have shown a need and an interest. "We have contacted about eight families, and we're sure there are more in the city and surrounding area who could put us to good use," she said. The team added that the overall reception to the program has been good although some families have been slightly apprehensive. "Once they see us work they gain confidence in us and are pleased," said Brenda. Admittedly, the TAB group has encountered problems with parents "who have worked something out, used it for years and just don't want to break the routine." "But parents who have a child who is homebound and doesn't fit into another existing program should make use of this opportunity for the child and for themselves," added John. "It just opens a whole new world." The project has the services Campbell singers9 schedule Arrangements have now been completed for the taping of musical selections by the Anne Campbell Singers to be used on CBC radio stations across Canada. Taping will take place in Calgary on March 2 at Christ Church in Elbow Park, and feature sacred, secular, folk sougs and songs from previous shows. The girls will also sing April 19 in the new Mount Royal College; and on April 21 with the Brighton Youth Orchestra from England in the Eric Har-vie Theatre at the Banff Centre. A new recording, Little Chinook, is to be released soon, with title and title song composed by Bob McMullan of CBC in Winnipeg, formerly of Raymond and Fred Diehl of CBC, Calgary. One side features songs from last year's European tour, while the Webber and Rice Pop Ortorio, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, is recorded on the other side. The next local appearance of the singers will be the annual Spring Sing to be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Yates Memorial Centre. of the pre-school program at their disposal, and also receives advice from teachers at the Dorothy Gooder school. "We often go to the school and learn how to teach and work with the children, as well as going to Sunrise Ranch to see how they operate there," said John. Rainie added that the services of the community service worker for the handicapped are also available to the TAB team at any time. At the present time, the day care program does not follow a routine, but if undertaken on a permanent basis, would work into a structured program with educational toys and specific areas of attention set aside. "We're here to be of help to any parent of any handicapped person, from the one-, or two-year-old to 19 to 25-year-old," said Brenda. The TAB team may be contacted at the day care centre by phoning 327-2911. ~