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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE June Trustees consider middle school, want improved math teaching By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Improvements should be made in the mathematics being taught to students in Grade 1 to 9, Southern Alberta school trustees agreed Monday. When presenting the mathematics resolution to the resolutions meeting of the trustees, the Medicine Hat Separate School Board claimed parents are "becoming increasingly concerned over what appears to be a disappearance of computational skills" at the elementary and junior high levels. They also referred to modern mathematics as things thrown together into a batch and suggested parents are totally lost in the stew. As a result parents lose some respect in the eyes of their children because they can no longer help the youngsters with their homework. The Medicine Hat trustees suggested now is the time to "put some fun and accuracy back into these early programs for children." When speaking to the resolution, Lethbridge public school trustee Reg Turner claimed students don't need more mathematics than they have been able to obtain by the Grade 7 level, if the courses being taught are aimed at fulfilling their future daily needs rather than requirements for a professional career. Many students entering Grade 7 today do not have the mathematic skills to even complete the Grade 7 mathematics course, he maintained. The mathematics resolution passed Monday also calls for the Alberta School Trustees Association to approach the department of education and urge an "intensive analysis" of the mathematics now being taught in the lower grades. The resolution must be approved by trustees attending the Alberta school trustees convention in Edmonton next November before the ASTA can present it to the department. The Medicine Hat Separate School Board also received support at the meeting for a resolution calling on the ASTA to research the idea of transition in Alberta from the junior high school philosophy to a "middle school concept." Middle schools introduce team teaching, exploratory programs, non-graded and individualized programs flexible scheduling, innovative reading programs and open areas, the meeting was informed. The middle school, a spokesman for the Medicine Hat board suggested, breaks away from the rigid grade system where the text is more important than the student. The Medicine board claimed junior high schools no longer serve the needs of the students who attend them. New knowledge of the adolescent adjustment of junior-high school-aged students and the techniques of special education have made the junior high school obsolete, it said. If the resolution receives the approval of the provincial convention of the ASTA, a study of the middle school it was suggested could focus on the transition from junior high to middle school and its effect on the community, teaching staffs and students. While giving their approval to the resolution at Monday's meeting, Southern Alberta trustees did so with caution. They indicated their support for the undertaking of a study of the middle school but were not prepared to support a motion giving support to such a concept of education until they know more about it. The trustees also suggested, through resolution, that regulations limiting the percentage of increase school boards can levy on property owners through requisition should be lifted. They suggested such action should be taken because the rising cost of wages, materials anc services and education tax on residentia, properties is being refunded to the taxpayer. Fearing another government department may be formed at a considerable cost to the taxpayer, the trustees defeated a resolution that supported the formation of single information bank in the department of education to link school personnel with relevant ideas and resources. Staid dress required at LDS forum People planning to attend a political forum Wednesday night at the Latter-day Saints' Institute of Religion in Lethbridge have been asked to dress "conservatively." "We would ask people wear normal conservative dress, no cut-offs or abbreviated outfits as an says Gary Jubber. president of the church's Young Adults group. The youth group is sponsoring the all candidates' forum to be held in the institue at 2808 28 St. S. The public is invited to attend as long as it abides by the rules of the institute which include no smoking in the building and the preferred dress. The forum starts at 8 p.m. with opening statements from candidates in the July 8 federal election, or their representatives. An oral question period will follow. Another all candidates' forum will be held Thursday night with the focus on agricultural policies. It is being sponsored by Unifarm at the Civic Sports Centre in the city. Opening statements begin at 8 p.m. and a question period confined to written questions will follow. Coutts queen selected A 15-year-old Coutts girl was chosen queen Saturday during Coutts Day celebrations. Debbie Lodermeier was chosen from seven contestants and crowned by last year's queen, Nancy Evers. BROTHER ELECTRIC HAIRDRYER Complete personal care centre. Portable glamourous overnight case. Quiet unique whisper motor. Fast 40C Watt drying. Five position temperature control. Power manicure 5 piece set. Power nail dryer. One full year guarantee. Reg. 33.95 9ft" SPECIAL fcW Call HouMWires 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Great place to sit out a hot spell RICK ERVIN photo While the rest of the city sweats in offices and factories, Alzone Owen, left, 1827 1st Ave. N., and Brenda Gash, Coaldale, catch up on their tanning while counting traffic at 3rd Avenue and 5th Street South. Today and Wednesday will be excellent traffic-counting days, as temperatures fall slightly from Monday's high of 94 to a bearable 75 to 80 degrees under sunny skies. Insect stings sometimes fatal, specialist warns By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer More people who are allergic to insect stings should be getting "desensitized" against the stings than are currently doing so, a Lethbridge allergy specialist says. Many people who have insect allergies are not getting the treatments which would nullify the effects of a sting, and some don't realize a bee sting can be fatal, he adds. An article in the latest edition of the American Medical Association Journal says more deaths are caused by allergy to insect stings in CLIFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB MSNCM.KITtt.llM. PHONE Proud Service It is unfortunate that so many in our counUy have been erroneously laugh) to equate the shrase "all men are created equal" with the idea thai to serve 'S to be degraded To keep our society strong and healthy, we all have to serve each other m some caoacity or other, and a man who oerlorms his whatever it may be. s responsible and manner, should have the respect o< all. We are proud Jo can our profession "Funeral Service" and will continue to do our best to perform all erf its functions m a sympathetic manner, as out contribution Jo the common good Gordon Blair S A L M O 1927 FUNERAL HOME LTO. PHONE 327-2802 North America than by snake bites. The specialist, who asked that his name be withheld for ethical reasons, says about the only way to avoid a severe reaction from stings is to undergo desensitizing treatments. Coupled with this is the problem that a person can develop an allergy to stings after being stung only twice. The treatment consists of weekly injections of a vaccine made from the irritant in the sting. The vaccine would have the maximum amount of irritant the person could handle without showing any adverse reaction. The dosages are increased until the amount of the injection is more than the person would ever encounter naturally, he says. Without the treatments, an allergic person stung by a bee. wasp or hornet would have a severe reaction causing blood pressure to drop dramatically and causing fainting or death. The person allergic to mosquito bites would not have such a severe reaction but the bite could cause egg-sized welts to appear on the bitten area. "With mosquito bites, desensitizing is something to eliminate discomfort but with bee stings it is more important." he said. The severe reaction because of a sting will usually happen no matter where the sting occurs on the body. It is possible to slow down the rate at which the irritant flows into the rest of the body by applying a tourniquet if the bile is on the leg or arm, he says. The specialist agrees with the article that urges people to destroy insect nests around the house, wear shoes and socks outdoors and avoid floral prints, bright colors, perfumes and scented hair, he said. City water supply constant despite heat The city's water supply has remained generally constant during the current prolonged hot spell, according to Irv Fraser, the city water and sewer engineer. Mr. Fraser said today the silt in the river is at a level of about 200 parts per million, down considerably from the 500 parts per million level that was hampering the pumping efficiency of the water treatment plant last week. But, he said, residents should still water their lawns in moderation during the week. On weekends, lawn watering does not affect the load on the plant as greatly as industrial and commercial water demand is lower. Leslie Allen rites Wednesday Man in hospital following accident Funeral services will be held Wednesday for a man who practised dentistry for 54 years in Lethbridge. Leslie T. Allen died here Sunday at the age of 84. Dr. Allen was born in New York in 1889 and was educated at Kentville Academy. Acadia University and the University of Maryland. He came to Lethbridge after graduating in 1912. Dr. Allen's professional honors included being A 19-year-old Saskatchewan man is reported in satisfactory condition in St. Michael's Hospital today following a motor vehicle accident Monday at 3rd Avenue and Sth Street S. Ronald Wright of Humboldt. Sask.. was the driver of a vehicle which collided with a parked vehicle which in turn struck another parked vehicle. Graydon Tyskurud, 19 of Fernie, B.C.. Gregory Witting. 19. Humboldt. and Jack Punk. Sparwood. B.C.. all received minor injuries in the accident. Police said there was about damage. Jerry Linden of Lethbridge owned one of the parked vehicles. The name of the other owner was not available. The accident is still under investigation. LESLIE ALLEN president of the Lethbridge Dental Association, the Alberta Dental Association, the Western Canada Dental Association and the Dominion Dental Association. In 1951 he was named a fellow of the International College of Dentists and in 1965 was named to the American College of Dentists. "Things we never dreamed could exist are available to help the denUsts of he told The Herald on his retirement in 1966. He was 77. Well known for his rose gardens. Dr. Allen was a member of the Lethbridge Horticultural Society and the Canadian Rose Society. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. at Southminster United Church. Dr. Allen is survived by his wife. Freda; one son. William of Vancouver, B.C.: one daughter. Mrs. A.T. Cleland of Richmond. B.C.. one grandson, and two sisters, Mrs. C.J. Colasonti of Deer Lake, Wash., and Mrs. L. Shedd of Venice, Fla. He was predeceased by two brothers. Bakery pays fine After being hit with six charges under the Food and Drug Act, Lakeview Bakery Ltd., 2622 Parkside Dr. S., had its day in court Monday and it turned out to be an expensive appearance. Lees Lake claims A 17-year-old Drayton Valley man drowned Monday afternoon in Lees Lake, about 20 miles west of Pincher Creek. The body of Roger J. Martin was recovered at p.m., about an hour after drowning. Mr. Martin was swimming with six friends when he attempted to swim across the lake but couldn't make it. One friend attempted to save him by holding him and calling for help. The rescue attempt was thwarted when they both were pulled under water and the friend had to release his grip on Mr. Martin. RCMP report. No inquest will be held. The company was fined a total of on six charges that it sold buns with rodent hair in them, soid products manufactured under unsanitary conditions and similar charges, all laid March 22. Lethbridge Lawyer R. W. Williams pleaded guilty on behalf of the company. Two charges that the company sold butter buns, raisin and cinammon rolls containing rodent hair brought fines of each. The four other charges carried fines of each. A 23-year-old Fort Macleod man was sentenced to three months in jail Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of mail theft. The court was told Allan William Ensign was charged after he was seen going through the general delivery boxes at the Post Office about p.m. June 20. He was arrested a short time later with a letter to a local resident from the Bank of Nova Scotia. Trustees must be responsible: MLA Gruenwald Alberta school trustees must exert themselves as responsible people who don't need to be burdened with government restrictions, an opposition member of the Alberta legislature said Monday in Lethbridge. Speaking to the Southern Alberta School Trustees Association resolutions meeting. MLA Dick Gruenwald, (SC Lethbridge West) claimed the Progressive Conservative government looks upon trustees as being irresponsible. As a result, he said, school trustees have restrictions placed on them even though similar restrictions have been lifted from people in municipal government. He urged trustees to "press the minister" of education to lift many of the guidelines school boards are forced to follow in order to obtain financial support. "Don't be too quiet too timid and don't accept the word of the government as if it has come from above." Mr. Gruenwald. a former trustee, told trustees they have rights as elected officials and there is no reason for not doing the job for which they have been elected. When school trustees jointly oppose provincial government policies, as they did successfully in blocking proposed legislation to make it more difficult for trustees to increase their honorarium, the government will listen because it is vulnerable to political pressure, he said. A wards of merit going to officers Awards of Canada's Order of Military Merit have been announced for two Alberta men and 47 other men and two women of the regular and reserve components of the Canadian Forces. Capt. P.M. Cunningham. 46. of Lethbridge. serving with the 442 transport and rescue squadron at Comox. B.C.. and Capt- R.L. Parsons. 35. of Rocky Mountain House, stationed with forces mobile Canada. St. Hubert, Que., will receive the awards later this year in Ottawa. Capl. Parsons will receive the award for exceptional execution of duty at the scene of a helicopter crash, while under fire of Viet Cong forces in the Quan Tri Province of Viet Narn. April 7, 1973. Capt. Cunningham will receive the award for outstanding individual action during a hazardous situation in the rescue of an injured mountain climber on Mount Slesse. B.C. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E, S. P. FOX, C-O.W. FOX LFmBRIDCE DENTAL IAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL SLOG. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND WSTAIIAT10RS By DON BEKtiMAN Open Evening till 9 p.m. PHONE 2718 12Jh S. I Plus A M Recording Artist Thursday, June 27 Advance Leister's Musicians! If ;