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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ,'un. 21, TKt LETHIRiDOE HERALD Postie armed with milkbones By JUDE TUR1C Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge residents coulc meet a pretty, smiling postman the next time they visit their mailbox. for two weeks, Catherine Blezard has been delivering mall on her part-time route, which includes the north and south sides of town. The 22-year-old univers i ,t y student began her work with the post office last year as the first woman to be hired to work inside. "I began on the midnight shift, unloading the mail she said. "The job wasn't easy, but the fellas I worked with were really good to me and often asked if I could handle a big load offering to help if it was too much for me. "But I managed, and I en- joyed the work too." A girl who is neither ami nor pro women's lib, Catherine said she applied for the job because it paid well and there was little student competition for the po- sition. "They (the post office) give preference to senior students and I was in my last year at the time. Two other applicants didn't show up for the interview and I was next on the Catherine added. She returned for a second year of working midnights and was moved onto the routes to have a childhood dream come true. "I've always wanted to be a she smiled, "it seemed like the greatest thing in the world to me. "I really enjoy walking and being outside, and even as a teenager I would go for 12-mile hikes just to be on the move." Catherine starts her shift at 7 a.m., sorts mail until 9, then takes the bus to her destination. She works for seven hours and is usually done the routes by p.m. Being a letter carrier means taking the bad with the good, and last week Catherine dis- covered that stories about dogs biting postmen have a lot of truth behind them, when she was bitten by a bulldog. "I found that carrying some milkbones with me is handy when I pass yappy dogs it keeps them quiet and away from me she said. As might be expected, Cath- erine receives the odd stare and plenty of comments. "One woman said it wasn't ladylike to be a postman; kids tell me I'm not the postman and some people just think I'm not for real." she commented. Her pet peeve is mailboxes which are just too difficult to get at while carrying a hand- ful of magazines, letters and packages. But the city's first woman postie has so far man- aged to make all her deliver- ies and hasn't yet gotten lost on the beat. Catherine's accomplishments include graduating with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge as a psychology major, hitchhiking across Can- ada and throughout Alberta for a total of miles, and mak- ing plans to further her educa- tion. "I tjuit school in Burlington, Ontario when I was 16 and moved to Calgary; worked for five months and then went back to school she said. "Next I plan to go on to master's studies in criminolo- gy, then enter law school and eventually join a law reforma- tion institute or some type of civil rights committee." On the job, Catherine says she just likes to walk along and "think about philosophy." Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am new in your country and want to thank you for help- ing me learn the English language. When I first start- ed to read in America I could understand everything i n your column because you write for everybody, not just bank presidents and college professors. And now I apologize for bothering you when others need help with serious wor- ries, but if you could answer me I would be appreciative. Very often lately I am re- ceiving in the mail items I did not order, like keychains, DEAR ANN LANDERS: I'm only the father, so, of course. I don't have anything to say around here. I am per- mitted to pay the bills and drive everybody where they want to go. I just keep my mouth shut and do as I'm told. My demands are simple. All I want is a chance to look at the newspaper while it's still readable. Yes- terday where your column should have been was a big hole. Our daughter tore it out to take to her Family Living class. Yesterday the crossword puzzle was miss- ing. My mother in law wanted to do it "later." This morning my wife ripped out a recipe for peanut butter soup. Or. the other side were the stock market returns which I wanted to read. If I DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am finishing college, and plan to be married in June. My fiance is a wonderful person. We have great com- munication. The problem I am writing about has nothing to do with him. I want to have a thorough physicial examination before the wedding and I need some guidance in selecting the best BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 229 12th St. 'C N. FRIDAY, JUNE 29 at 8 p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW JACKPOT IN 56 NUMBERS 10th GAME WIN ON EMPTY CARD 4th 8th 12th GAME in 7 NUMBERS or IESS 5 CARDS FOR POT OF GOLD JACKPOT Single Winner First 12 Games Receive 50c COLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH 2 DOOR PRIZES 36 FREE CARDS 5 DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK Sorry No one under 16 years of age allowed. Did you receive your King Size photo Summer Savings Booklet in the mail? IF YOU DID We invite you to tBke I VM VI V of the mony oenuine saving coupons offered in to see the: IF YOU DIDN'T 'Carriage House 1224 3rd Ave. South (Opposite the Elki Club) ond pick up your copy with our compliments P-S-S-S-S-S-S-T! Watch for opening announcement coon of our third rtudio and camera store. H's going to be in the College Mall next to the College Mall Cinema. neckties, cosmetics and dec- orations for the house. These are not free samples. They expect money in return. I mostly send everything back and then sometimes I receive bills anyway. Please tell me what to do. I do not want to damage my credit or get into trouble with the law. Thank Reader DEAR S. R.: When un- ordered merchandise arrives in the mail, you may consid- er it a gift. You do not need to pay for it, nor do you have to go to the trouble and expense of mailing it back. It belongs to you. complain I'm "a sourpuss." What about DEAR M. C.: You need two papers in your house. One for the rippers and one to read. Too expensive? Not when you consider the bene- fits in terms of family unity. Be good to yourself, Dad. Order that second paper to- day. What's prudish? What's O.K.? If you aren't sure, you need some help. It's avail- able in the booklet: "Necking and Are the Mail your request to Ann Landers in care of Landers Reader Mail Chica- go Sun-Times 401 North Wa- bash Ave. Chicago, HI., en- closing 50 cents in coin and a long, stamped, self-ad- dressed evenlope. method of birth control. And this is what I am writing about. My father is a wonder- ful doctor. He has taken care of me all my life. I need to know if he could tell, from a pelvic examination, whether or not I have had sexual re- lations. I'm afraid my father would be very disappointed in me if he learned the truth. He probably wouldn't say anything, but I need to know whether or not he could tell. Please check with your medical consultants and give me the word. Thanks, Information Needed TT Birm- ingham DEAR I. N.: I consulted three physicians, all with teen age daughters. The im- mediate response in each in- stance was that a physician should not be treating his family, except in an emer- gency. All doctors have reciprocal arrangements and your fath- er could surely have you ex- amined by a colleague. You're a big girl now, and it's time you broke up that Wee-Tot-Papa thing. The answer to your ques- tion First woman postie Catherine Blezard, 22 year-old university student, checks the addresses on letters to be delivered on her afternoon route. Catherine, who says she doesn't get excited over women's lib, joined the staff of the city post office last yeor as a worker on the midnight shift. This year, she has been moved outside to do regular routes and is the first woman in Lethbridge to do so. Blood test detects disease WASHINGTGON Scientists iURO (uiroporphyrinogen in Dallas and San Francisco synthetase) in the blood have collaborated in develop- ing a blood test for the detec- tion of an often serious and sometimes fatal inherited reveals the presence of the di- sease. Since most people who inherit it develop no symptoms until puberty or later and at- disorder whose sympt o m s j tacks are often triggered by- range from stomach aches and i exposure to common drugs and convulsions to paralysis and in- sanity. The test for acute intermit- tent porphyria was discussed by the National Genetics Foun- dation in New York. It makes it possible to detect not only those who have the disease, which is easily misdiagnosed, but also those who risk trans- mitting it to their children al- though they themselves appear well. Acute intermittent porphyria is one of a family of all known as porphyries due to the body's apparent inability to make sufficient quantities of heme, the red blood cell pig- ment which carries oxygen. Many forms of porphyria are hereditary, but not all. The basis of the new test is the recent discovery that pa- tients with AIP are unable to make a crucial enzyme or che- mical catalyst normally. Detection of an abnormal form of the enzyme called chemicals, the diagnosis can be helpful to the doctors respon- sible for their care. Like many familial disorders. AIP is caused by inheriting a dominant abnormal gene from either parent. In theory there is a SO per cent chance with each pregnancy that a parent who carries the gene will transmit it to the baby. But in practice not everyone who inherits the faulty gene actually becomes ill. Although there is no known cure for AIP, its detection is important, since a high car- cate. local ka f oj ppen ingi The Minus One Club will hold a dance SaLurday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Polish Hall. Music by the Westerners Or- chestra. Members and guests welcome. There will be a regular meeting of the Women's Cen- tre, 542 7th St. S., tonight at 8. Everyone welcome. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to S p.m. Satur- day l to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: The centre will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Dancing 2 p.m. Noteworthy: Tickets are now available for the one-day trip to Chain Lake and Claresholm, which is to take place July 18, and members are asked to please pick up the tickets as soon as possible. Members are asked to keep in mind, that deposits for the trip to Yellowstone are to be made prior to July 18. Centre members recently en- tertained 50 senior citizens from Winnipeg to a potluck bohydrate diet and the avoid- ance of exposure to many drugs, insecticides and house- hold chemicals can often help to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks. luncheon. There was an enthu- siastic response from members as 75 were present to greet the guests. The centre is now accepting names of senior citizens who t would like to have minor re- pairs done to their homes. Also, lawns may be cut on a I regular basis and those wishing this service are asked to con- tact the centre. Socializing criticized at festival TORONTO fCP) Morton Victor wasn't saying, but from the pleased look on his face, he iust have met Miss Right at the Toronto Singles Festival he organized. Or he may simply have been happy that the festival attracted singles, about equally divided between the sexes. many of them quick to ans- wer they were only out for a wholesome social evening "Sure I've got a suite here." said 35-year-old Brian Grav- enor in the ballroom of the Four Season Sheraton Hotel. "But it's only because I want- ed a relaxing day'" But he is separated from his wife, and feels like a single. "I want to get about 200 phone numbers to do me two or three years." he said. Brian's brother Michael. 28, was more forthright. "It's mind-boggling to think that there are at least single girls in one he said. Not all the males were sin- gles. A friend of Brian's had to leave early because his wife found out where he was. and another admittedly a married man described himself neatly as a "browser." Gertrude Wolansky, 57, who spent most of the night just watching, thought the social activities weren't enough. "People should get together on some other level besides so- cial." "We should groups or she said, have discussion something. "I don't know. I've been lone- ly so long, it's second nature. These people are too smug to be lonely." 'When some men buy their wife a present, the sky's the limit. With Stanley, it's o low ceiling." JACKPOT BINGO THIS THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 28th Sponsored by ladiM' Aid St. and St. Paul's Church STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HAIL CORNER 12th STRUT B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at and it Won Every Thursday 2nd Jackpot in 56 Numbers 5th_7 No. Jackpot -Pot o' Gold 2SC PER CARD OR 5 FOR Sl.OO ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOCR PRIZE undw 14 yean not allowed Just Jude JUDE TURK CATTING around the after- dinner tea-cup can be a rather enlightening expe- rience for younger members of the family. Little tidbits of informa- tion, like how to ride a coal car out of the mines, how to stop a loaded car, and what rock dusting is, have all come up for discussion at our place. Having been brought up in the big bad city atmosphere, our group lost out on such intricate understandings, and the Question most frequently asked" of the storyteller is 'what's that'? Considering the number of times the tale has been de- layed in o r d e r to elaborate on such details, it's a wonder it ever reaches a conclusion. But we manage to assim- ilate quickly, and the story does get told. For those who have had little experience in the coal mines of Nova Scotia, let it be understood that rock dust- ing reduces the risk of gas explosions, hangs heavy in the underground air and gen- erally makes seeing things a chore. Being put on car-stopping duty right after dusting is twice as hazardous, as the person must gauge the speed and position of an on- coming car, calmly place a wood chunk under the wheels and hope his hand will still be in place a few sec- onds later. Last-shift miners figured in the car riding story, and to my mind lived more dan- gerously than was necessary. Usually in a hurry to get out into the daylight, these brave men would take the chance of hitching a ride out of the mine on a full car rather than wait for an em- pty to come along. That in itself was only half the battle. Mine shafts never been known to be par- ticularity high-ceilinged, and avoiding cross beams on tbt way out proved a challenge to the best of car-jumpers. In fact it's been said that a few men just never did make tfae end of the line. Not only were the mines nasty place to work, the old homes could scare up a few unfavorable chores as well. Once upon a time, the availability of shag car- pets and vacuum cleaners, spotless wooden floors were the in-thing. The key word being spot- less, it seems the girls in a family were relegatejd to scrubbing every floor in the house to a clean, white shine regardless of yhat else there was to do. Big braid rugs bad to be beaten and the grand coal stove made shiny black by the end of the day. Once the job was done on borne grounds, it was fair game for the chief cook and bottle-washer to lend her off- spring to any neighbor who was ill and unable to get the job done alone. Considering all these things were everyday chores, I sad- ly wondered what was meted out as punishment. Following a round of laugh- ter, I was solemnly told that the slop-pail constituted the ultimate penalty for all wrong-doers. A brief explanation on out- houses, cold weather and na- ture calling, made clearly un- derstood the wherefore and the why. WOULD YOU TAKE ON YOUR OLD VAC IN TRADE? Notice to all Preschool Parents: The LETHBRIDGE PRESCHOOL SERVICES PROJECT BOARD wishes to announce that they will be operating classes on the NORTH ond SOUTH side of the city beginning August 27, 1973. This preschool service is sponsored by the PREVENTATIVE SOCIAL SERVICES and has been in operation for five yeors. The aim of the pro- ject is to increase the opportunity for enriching family life. The project tries to do this by having o school readiness program which involves parents ond children- The NORTH side classes will be located in WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL 15 Avenue and 18 Street North. The SOUTH side classes will be located in FLEETWOOD. BAWDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 9 Avenue and 12 Street South. The children will be selected from the following criteria! 1. Mentally and Physically handicapped children. DEFINITION: Chidren who hove, because of environ- mental or hereditary factors, physical, sensory or emotional handicaps which limit their normal growth and develop- ment. (Quoted from: "Operational Plant for Early Childhood Services" THE GOV- ERNMENT OF ALBERTA March, 1973. AGE OF CHILDREN ACCEPTED: 3 to 5 years of age 2. language handicapped children. DEFINITION: Children who speok another language In the home other than English AGE OF CHILDREN ACCEPTED: 4 to 5 years of 3. Family Stress, a. Family sue b One Parent Famiiy c. Financial Need d. Other considerations AGE OF CHILDREN ACCEPTED: 5 years of age or beginning school in the fall of 1974. 4. Children within walking distance of Fleetwood Bowdin and Winston Churchill. AGE OF CHILDREN CCEPTED: 5 years of age or those children beginning school in the fall of 1974 5. Children from any area in the city. AGE OF CHILDREN ACCEPTED: 5 of ago or those children beginning school in the fall of 1974. TRANSPORTATION to the facilities will not be pro- vided by the project. FEE is per month for five half days o week, Ways PARENTS con become involved in the project include: o Refreshment Comittee b. Transportation Committee e. Material Making Committee d facilities Committee e. Social Activities Committee f Policy and Personnel Committee g. Babysitting Committee h. Other Neighborhood Needs Committee i. Finance Committee j. Family Life Education It. Program Assessment 1. Information Committee m. Visitation Committee To make application and for further Information tontach Miss Pati Wiglesworth 328-3204 ;