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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHBRICOE HERALD Ttiundoy, July 12, 1971 Photo by Ed Findlay Desmond de Belle slips another fleece at fair demonstration One a minute at top speed Sheep shearing is special talent By RIC SVVIHART Staff Writer When a person travels throughout the world for 19 years, leaves his native Aus- tralia and settles in Canada, all to follow the traditional Aussie vocation of sheep shear- ing, it has to be with a pas- sion for the trade. Desmond de Belle and his wife Thelma, now of Oardston, are putting on a sheep shear- ing display in the Exhibition Pavilion as part of the new concept in agricultural shows initiated by the Lethbridge ex- hibition board which replaced the traditional livestock show. The new concept involves producer promotion of products with a strong slant to the edu- cation of the public toward the beef, hog and sheep industries. Mr. de Belle, 42, considers SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS IINED WATER HEATERS S120 AND UP Phono 328-2176 Canadian sheep as hard to shear as Australian sheep be- cause of their size, shape and density of wool. Using the Australian style with an electric clipper, he takes 3% minutes for a demon- stration but has worked as fast as one minute per sheep when on the job. The belly wool is the first to be clipped. When this stage is complete, he cleans between the hind legs, finishing with the left hind leg. From the rear portion, he shears straight up the belly to the neck and then proceeds to the left front shoulder. The left side of the animal is next, done while the sheep is laying down. The long blow, from the tail to the back of the head, is next with the right shoulder and head cleaned. The right side and the right hind leg completes the job and after the sheep has been shooed away, the complete fleece, all in one piece, is tied into a bundle. "The fleece is easier to grade when in one piece and this is important because the wool processors can easily take the best part of the wool for manu- factLTing he said. He said machines have been used for 75 years but the hand clippers have been used for years. "A good man with hand clip- pers can do the job just as fast and as good as a man with electric clippers. It is a real he said. "There are shearing schools in Australia with some of the best shearers in the world acting as teachers. "In Australia, a person is a learner until he has shorn sheep." After shearing sheep in Aus- tralia, New Zealand, France, Britain, the United States and Canada, he says the best shearers in the world can still be found in Australia during the Golden Shearers Champion- ship. Concern for safety By LARRY BENNETT Staff Writer The Lethbridge fire depart- ment reports co-operation in meeting city fire bylaw stan- dards at Wlioop-Up Days may have been better if more time had been available. City Fire Inspector Doug Kometz said some of the prob- lems encountered at the fair were: trucks and trailers blocking fire lanes; inflam- mable paper used for decora- tion ir many areas; facilities without fire extinguishers; exits in some buildings were blocked and some improper fire hose connections were dis- covered. In addition to carrying out fire safety inspections of the fair grounds the firefighters an- nually install a four-box alarm system. Three of the alarms are lo- cated in the animal barn area and one is in the exhibition arena. One pumper truck and two firefighters are continually on duty in the fair grounds. They work a 10 hour shift during the day and a 14 hour shift at night. The fair-duty firefighters are stationed behind the grand- stand in a small fire station and remain in constant con- tact with the main fire hall by phone and a two-way radio in the truck. The firefighters report the overall fire-fighting facilities at the exhibition grounds are good and foresee no major fire prob- lems. donation COALDALE (HNS) The Coaldale and District Sportsplex Fund recently swelled by received from the John David- son School. The money was raised by the teachers and students from the concession booth on the school's Tabloid Sports Day. Mrs. Dorothy Pickering, a teacher at the school, made the presentation to Deputy Mayor Ben Reimer. BUCKINGHAM PALACE Princess Anne has asked me to write and thank you for your message t of good wishes for a speedy recovery. The Princess was most touched, by your kind thought for her and I am to thank you most sincerely. Lady in Waiting Mrs. A'nnie Allen ROYAL REPLY Some people collect stamps as a hobby; Mrs. Annie Allen cf 1217A 7th Ave. 5., collects royal families. Since 1933 she has kept files on the lives of members of royalty and other famous persons. It has become quite a collection over the total of 145 scrapbooks so far. The latest addition is this reply to a get-well message sent to Princess Anne following hsr recent operation. It was the first time Mrs. Allen had written to any of the people whose lives she has been following. She never seen any members of the British royal family, who comprise the bulk of her col- lection, although she has photographs of many of them taken by friends. Her files, which go back to Edward VII and include the Kennedys, will never have any press clippings on Prime Minister Trudeau. Mrs. Allen says she has no interest in him at all. Begin with child's family history Old culture Vrong' in social studies By JIM WILSON Staff Writer A child's family history where his history and soda] studies education should begin, instead of the current concen- tration on primitive cultures. From this point, says Dr. Jo- seph Boudreau, a specialist in Western Canada history at San SUMMER'S HERE! COOL IT AT HOYT'S NORTH LETHBRIDGE 324 13th St. N. Phone 328-4441 TRAVEL AIRE COOLERS TRAVEL-AIRE SINGLE SPEED TABLE MODEL COOLER Humidifies as it cools. Ideal for living room or bedroom. ONLY Travel Aire TWO SPED MODEL COOLER Humidifies as it cools or straight air flow. ONLY 59 each Jose, California State College, the child will move ably into community history, provinc i a 1 history, Canadian and world his- tory. Addressing about 50 persons in the second of six University of Lethbridge summer lecture series addresses, Dr. Boudreau was highly critical of the lack of relevance of most history pro- grams. He termed most history books [including those in use in Al- >erta) as "insipid, out of date and generally poor history texts to read from." He said the "boring books" are written with everything re- motely controversial left out of them, avoiding asking almost any realistic questions concern' ins "why" something happened. Looking at the Alberta social studies curriculum guide, he said elementary school students study "primitive cultures" first, so that "the child's first experi- ence with history is with DCO- ile whom he has had no per- sonal contact." In Alberta, he said, this even includes Indians as primitive leople, and suggests Indians are teople with whorrr the children lave had little or no contact. "Yet they're only a few miles town the road from the chil- dren, and they come into town every day what a confused ivay to teach history." Indians should not be treated as "exotic as t h e y are, but instead as living hu- man beings with an entirely dif- erent set of attitudes and cul- Whoop-Up Entertainment FOR MEMBERS AND INVITED GUESTS TONIGHT 9 P.M. TO 1 A.M. DANCING IN THE LOUNGE The Travellers' Courtesy of B and E Hardware and Tray Pak Meats tural habits. The children should be study- ing how the Indians' cultural and historical attitudes have in- fluenced their development up to the present, Dr. Boudreau suggested. He said he was concerned about social studies programs such as the Alberta curriculum guide, which offer "a certain mindless conformity, with many unquestioned presumptions." Many, many values and hab- its are presented to the chil- dren as "the only" way to live, and numerous other cultures are presented as comparisons to further convince the children that the modern Canadian way is best. Such a "defined values" ap- proach to education has become common in California, Dr. Bou- dreau said, and this appears to be where Alberta may be mov- ing. "In California I have seen the Fair grounds patrolled It takes horses, motorcycles, 14 men, assorted radios, a dog, a lot of drinking water and even more shoe leather than is customary, but it gets the job done. "The job" is Lethbridge city police security patrols at the Whoop-Up Days activities on the exhibition grounds. Police Inspector Bill West commands tie patrol, which in- volves regular checks through- out the area, and special atten- tion in both the casino and the beer garden. There's a police sub-station at the grounds, on the west side of the Pavilion and tM station is in constant radio communi- cation with the officers on duty and the downtown police head- quarters. The horseback patrols are as- signed to constables Robert fVier, Larry Van Home and Marve Imeson, and the motor- cycle patrols are made by Con- stable Donald Hunt. Constable Joe Schenk walks he grounds with n trained po- lice dog, and there are officers stationed in the casino and beer gardens on a rotational basis rom p.m. onward. (Alberta) future, and it doesn't seem to he said. The people who first settled southern Alberta came with a specific way of life which they thought best, he said, and those coming after them were forced to conform or to leave. This cultural, intellectual and social background forms the "intellectual baggage" of south- ern Alberta, thus continuing all the ideals, all the prejudices and all of the customs formed many years ago. History courses should enable students to understand the His- toric "baggage" and its effects on today's ways of life. History cannot formulate rules of beha- vior yet, but it can provide some answers to the "why" of things. Most school history classes re- flect a "cultural arrogance" which presumes to assess the validity of other ways of life, Dr. Eoudreau said, instead of trying to understand other ways of life as they are. He said in an area as rich in variety of ethnic origins southern Alberta it was waste- ful to study other peoples' his- tory from history books at least at first. Japanese, Ukrainian, Ind i a n British, Mormon, Hutterite and many other various cultures could be studied first hand by students after they became familiar with the personal ef- fects of history "by studying their own families and commu- nities, with which they are most familiar." ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 WANTED-TOP MECHANIC Salary to for right man. Mainly tuneup and wheel alignment. All inquiries strictly confidential. APPLY BRIAN ROELOFS NORTH LETHBRIDGE MO-TIRES EVENINGS 328-4869 LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUMMER TOUR Sunday, July 25th THE PUBLIC IS INVITED Bus leaves Civic Centre 11 a.m., return 4 p.m. Visit: Fort Macleod Museum, N.W.M.P. Cemetery, Buffalo miles w, of Porcupine Hills. ALEX JOHNSON Commentator BRING YOUR LUNCH AND CAMERA Phone 328-6455 10 a.m. to p.m. for particulars Bus Cott 2.00 U there tomething en thil list you're lacking for? 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