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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta IS THE lETHMIDGE HERALD Wednesday, January 76, 1972 Drop-ill centre ivater meters is busy place read from outside By MARLENE COOKSHAW Staff Writer The Central School drop-in centre has a subject of con- troversy since its opening. It was originally the idea of Scott McKinnon of the Alberta department of youth, and Vir- ginia Reid, program co-ordina- tor for the Lethbridge Family Y. Denny Garratt, a third-year physical education and psy chology student at the Univer eity of Lethbridge, is co- ordinator at the drop-in cen jecLs in the last two months brought in more than ?100. Businesses have donated raf- fle prizes, paint and cleaning materials. A fund-raising dance was held several weeks ago at the centre and drew a crowd of drop-in centre held a lit. The centre was set up to give local young people a place to socialize and expend their en- ergies they are periodically allowed the use of YMCA sports facilities. It is not organized in the pat- tern of most youth groups it is a chance lo relax from ths regimentality of suoh clubs and schools. The only regulations en- forced in the centre are no drinking, no drugs and no abusive language. "The said Mr. Garratt, "belongs to the kids and they recognize and appre- ciate this. The staff is only there for guidance." The centre receives about 60 young people, aged 13 to 10, on weeknights and about 200 on weekends. Most are 14 to 15 years old. Weeknights 2CD. The Beggar's Banquet in the YMCA building during the Christmas season. Most Af the 70 to 00 in attendance were Indians, eld- erly ger.tlemen and children from broken homes. Central School has vw rooms used for sports such a floor hackey and ping pong There is a large sitting room furnished with chairs, couche a television set and a sterei all dor.ated. A small office provides place to make coffee. The young people have dec orateti one downstairs roon used for dar.dng, with blaeik light rjid posters, and there i also a coffee house run by tw high school students which suf plies music S3 ivell as a va riety of teas and coffees. One room referred to as th Fishmarket is the meeting place for a group of Jesus Pec pie. The city is promoting a new instrument to eliminate the ne- cessity for meter readers to go inside homes. The device comes in two parts with one attached to the water meter inside the house and con- nected by electrical wires to a remote read-out box on an out- side wall. The unit costs and can be ordered from the city utility department. That price In- cludes installation of the. re- mote read out box and new me- ter head. The homeowner is re- sponsible for connecting toe two parts. The new device will also end consumption estimations based on the previous month's water bill, which now occurs when l resident is not home. An office under the Oppor unities for Youth program wil )e set up in the school in the near future: hvo Lethbridgf citizens received a gov t h e school is open from 7 to p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays hours are 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. The staff expects between 500 and 600 young people regularly during the summer months the increase caused by the fact that the three schools which held summer drop-in centres test year have not yet discuss- ed plans of opening again this year. The staff is currently plan- ning a weekend camping trip to Waterton for about 30 inter- ested young people. They are also arranging bus service to the Lethbridge Community College which has agreed to lend them facilities for craft projects including leatherwork, lathe work and candJemaking. Plans for the summer chide overnight hikes and bus trips to nearby historical sites. The centre's big project, is the organization of a partially government financed exchange trio to Newfoundland. The -25 to 30 young people would be those whose families' financial situation made it im- possible to travel. They would make a study of society and industry and representatives would speak at local clubs and organizations on returning. "We would like to see both hours and staff at the centre increased for said Mr. Garratt. "We'd like to re- main open 10 hours a day." There are at present nine volunteers on staff, each put- ting in a minimum of 29 hours supervision per month. The centre is currently oper- ating on allotted to it by city council, until a permanent budget could be agreed upon. A budget of annually approved by the YMCA board and the centre is "heav- ily dependent" on its passing by city council Jan. 31. The young people who fre- quent the centre also help in raising their three pro- ernment grant to local aid services. co-ordinal They mil also organize a cri sis centre in the building. The Opportunities for Youth office has several propose; projects it is organizing in co- operation with the drop-in cen- tre. The "young helping old" pro- ject has a staff of seven young people who will assist the old- er and retired in household maintenance, gardening, gro- cery shopping and other small chores. A project referred to as "life- time skills for leisure tune" is being set up under the direc- tion of John Demeri, Stan Skretting and Allan Walkey. It has interested about 20 young people to date and in- volves weekly sports tourna- ments and clinics on training "A transition has taken place in the kids since the opening of the said Mr. Garralt. "It was rather rowdy and chaatic there at first, bul all that has levelled off and they are comfortable now just to sit and talk. "The centre has given kids people to come to with their problems, too." Mr. Garratt said much great- er communication and co- operation among parents and young people possible. He quoted an elderly gentle- man who had referred to the generation gap as "the space between most people's ears." Mr. Garratt said more par- ents are visiting the centre, but there are still far fewer than be would like ta see. "If the centre closes now it will be a lie said. "It has proven bad in other cities. Kids are back on the streets involved in drugs, pros- titution and crime and most important, they lose any con- fidence they might have had in people. "The government is worried about he said. "They'll spend to fix roads and nobody's fixing kids." City science fair deadline nearing The Lethbridge Branch of thi Alberta Institute of Agrologists and the Agricultural Institute of Canada will jointly sponso their 10th annual Lethbridge Re- gional Science Fair March 18 and 19 in the Exhibition Pavilion The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, and -completed entry forms can be sent to Dr. L E. Lutwick at the Research Station. Exhibits are submitted in two divisions according to either ji ra'or or senior high grade level, 'rejects may be entered as ei- her individual or group. The exhibits are then further cparated according to the top- c covered. There are approxi- mately 20 sections and a win- ner is chosen from each. An over-all winner is s o hosen, and the top four stu- ents and their entries are ent to the Canada.Wide Science Fair in Sarnia, Ontario. Three Lethbridge entries won mjor prizes in the 1971 fair. Judging is done on the first ay of the local fair. A screening committee form' ed of qualified people from tha Research Station and the Uni- ersity of Letbbridge will clear all projects and discuss them vith students during the f i r s t three weeks of February. Dr. J. F. Donnaar, screening chairman for the fair, said stu- Watson., Wuhan to retire Two long-time teachers, now principals, in the Leth- widge public school system have submitted their retire- ment notices, effective at the end of the current school year. John P. Walsjn, principal of Allan Watson School, and James M. Wishart, principal of Westminster School, rep- resent a combined total of 77 rears of teaching service in jethbridge. Their resignations were accepted with regret during Tuesday night's regular school board meeting. AMA tenders out General tenders will close at 00 p.m. Feb. 9 for the new Iberta Motor Association ruilding at 5th Ave. and 6th St. Sub-tenders for the same con- act will close at 2 p.m. Feb. Architect for the office build- g is Robins Mitchell Watson. Fascination with drugs is upsetting for city magistrate Judge L. W. Hudson found it "very disturbing" today that a number of young people ques- tioned, following a November police raid in the city showed a "morbid fascination for drugs." Judge Hudson made the re- marks in passing sentence in magistrate's court on Richard Charles Skakum, 21, and Mi- chael Charles Larter, 19, charged jointly with possession of marijuana and possession of opium. Ekakkum was sentenced to one year and Larter was sen- tenced to five months in jail and one year probation. "This (illegal possession of drugs) is the law and continues to be the law." said the judge. "The most shocking thing is that nearly all the witnesses in the trial used narcotics of some sort and all of them were either on student loans or living on he said. "All of the persons involved seemed to express a morbid WEST COAST SEAFOODS TRUCKLOAD SALE FRESH FISH and SEAFOODS Will held at FORT WHOOP-UP SERVICE Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th From a.m. lo p.m. fascination for drags." Police raided a house rented by the accused at 925 7th St. S. in the city Nov. 19 and seized about two grams of opium and eight grams of marijuana court was told in the trial. The judge noted that both youths had had previous con- victions for drug use. He said the trial demon- strated an "obvious progression from soft to hard drugs." Radioman speaks Thursday The Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs will hold its next luncheon meeting at Thursday in Sven Erieksen's Family Restaurant. William Malcolm Mutton, Bu- reau Chief of the Ottawa Radio News Bureau will speak on the over-regulation of private radio. BUI Skclton will cMr the meeting. The public Is welcome to at- tend aad participate. dents planning to use animal' In then- experiments should fol- low the rules laid down by the Youth Science Foundation. He stated that biological ex- perimentation involving is essential for an understand- ing of all living things and that lower orders of life such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa and insects can be used. Dr. Donnaar cautioned that students should not undertake experiments with vertebrate an- imals which would Interfere with the normal health of tile animal or cause it pain. All experiments involving ani- mals must be carried out under ir supervision of a qualified biology teacher or scientist said. Qualified personnel can be contacted at the Research Station or the U of L. The pavilion is open for public viewing of the exhibits from 2 >.rc, to 9 p.m. Saturday tod rom l p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There Is -no charge, but a sil. ver collection will be taken which will be used to help fi- nance the winners' trip to Ontario. John Walker, senior meter reader, to new meter. Rehabilitation centre to be sought A rehabilitation centre is needed i) southern Alberta to treat alcoholics and drug ad- dicts. And the need for a centre is it was decided it an information workshop on alco- hol and oruf! abuse sponsored by the Lethbridge Friendship Centre Teen Group. While t rehabilitation centre n provide troubled people with die fluTTOUDdHigs to cope with their problems Is required, workshop committees recom- mended that more emphuto be given to public education to avoid the problems initially. "Teaching tie negative ef- fects of liquor and drug abuse at the school level may cut down on the current extent of the one recommenda- Uor suggests. At present, workshops are an ideal way to inform the public at large about the dangers of alcoholism and drug abuse, the more the 30 people attending the workshop decided: Workshop committees recom- mended that the courts should irate the number of times an individual appears on a spe- cific charge and recommend improved rehabilitation coun- selling when required. Centres such as the Leth- bridge Friendship Centre should be used more frequently by young people, because of the human interaction and counsel- ling available to quell a prob- lem before it reaches crisis proportions. Because one quarter of the excessive drinkers die prema- turely as a result .of their ad- diction, workshops should not be restricted to one area but spread to provide a maximum amount of information. Public education and rehabili- tation centres and groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are "betler than antibiotic for drink- Ing (and the work- shops said. 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