Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, January 14, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD MAXINEPORTEOUS MAKES FINAL ADJUSTMENT TO AUTOMOBILE MOTOR Grandma Porteous learns what goes on under the hood By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK Grandma's final touch often makes the difference. In the case of Grandma Maxine Porteous, the magic touch may not make her grandchildren drool' with anticipation of a gas- tronomical treat, but it may get them to school on time. During the .past few months, she has been one of the full time automotive mechanics students at the Pincher Creek Mathew Halton High School. While cleaning the grease from her hands and arms after tinkering with a carburator, Mrs. Porteous told The Herald she has long been curious about "what goes on under a hood" and is now in the process of satisfying the curiousity. She intends to enroll in a more advanced automotive course at the school in 1975. Living on a farm about 17 miles west of Pincher Creek has forced her to "learn how to do lots of things" women don't usual- ly do. "I didn't know anything about she says while recalling some of the problems she faced when one of the family vehicles broke down. "I always had to call my son or husband to fix it and I didn't have a clue what had to be done to it when I took it to a garage." Now when she takes a car to a garage, Mrs. Porteous feels she can "talk with a degree of intelligence" about what repairs must be per- formed. If she has to take it to a garage anymore, that is. The mother of six children and grandmother of three proudly relates her successful repair job on her husband's chain saw. She says three commer- cial outlets in Southern Alberta failed to "fix it." After grandmother gave it her touch of expertise, the saw has performed like new. While she admits to not "knowing anything about mechanics" before enter- ing the course, her instruc- tors will vouch for "her ability and willingness to tackle any mechanical task in the shop today. "I find the whole thing very she says. The only problem she faced last semester was with her sixteen year old daughter who attends the- same high school and ex- pressed embarrassment about referring to her as "mom" when everyone else was on a first name basis. From now on "you can just call me Maxine in she offered as a solution. Maxine solved the problem.