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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ��������� For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor '^HERE'S no such thing as a green thumb-unless you've been sitting on the back porch shelling green peas. People who are told they have green thumbs know they don't have green thumbs, they just smile and keep their secret to themselves. But now I know what their secret is. They like plants, they not only like them, they care about each little shoot, and shrub, and the plants know it. No, I'm not lightheaded from overdieting. There's even some scientific testing to back up the claim that plants do show emotional reactions. Cleve Backster was one man who decided to make a scientific experiment with his plants and wired them to a polygraph (a lie detector) and subjected the plants to various stimuli, such as a lit cigarette. He found that when the plant was in danger, it showed a reaction on the lie detector. He put two plants in a room, and had another man come in the room and "murder" one of the plants by chopping it up. The man left, and five or six men came into the room later, one at a time. The only time the plant reacted was when the man who had murdered the plant re-entered the room. ? ? ? My thumbs are not green. I can grow flowers outside. I like flowers outside. I do not like plants indoors, and although I have tried with water and light and all good things, my plants have died. After reading about plants and their need for love all winter, I decided I would try a little experiment of my own with an amaryllis. I purchased a bulb, potted it and followed all the instructions. Then I began to talk to it, encourage it and admire it - only when no one else was around, you understand. My plant grew, beautifully. The entire family was amazed at its rapid rise into the world. A call to the florist assured me that this particular plant does grow quickly, and it seemed nothing out of the ordinary was happening. The plant had acquired a bud by Valentine's Day, although it was still tightly closed. On Feb. 13 a beautiful bouquet of white chrysanthemums and red carnations was delivered and placed in the same room as the amaryllis. Entirely in jest, I turned to the amaryllis and said, "see how beautiful they are, you'd better get going and bloom. That's what you'll be like." With no little astonishment, the next morning it could be seen that the plant had not grown its usual % of an inch (the growth was clearly marked on the stem each day) but the bud had opened to such an extent that the red blossom was peeking out. In no time at all, four blood-red blossoms adorned the not fully-grown plant. It does sound wacky, and of course the talk and friendly loving care had nothing to do with the plant- I wonder. On the other hand, Norman Goble, president of the Canadian Teachers Federation, told me recently that he has a particular plot of plants which he had worked with in his home in Ottawa. They were favorites of his, and while he and his wife were on a two-month vacation, the plants pined and nearly died. They were being cared for in his absence but not with his presence apparently, because when he came back he was able to save them. They had just withered away. According to those who have investigated plants' emotions, they like music, but not rock and roll, and if it helps milk production in the barn, why not stimulate other types of production. If those farm loudspeakers can be turned up maybe we will have "corn as high as an elephant's eye." WE'VE MOVED JESSIE WILLIAMS Co-Owner LELZADA WYUE Co-Ownar Across the Street 320 5th St. S. New Tartan, Kilts Vests, and slims arriving for Spring. Wo specialize in all types of needleeraft, knitting yarns, needle point, petit point, croshet and embroidery cottons and accessories. Come in and Browse at Wylie's Tartan Shop and Needleeraft 320 5th St. S. Phone 327-5054 ivincf CAC protects and utilizes rights of all consumers ECO NO-METER Marcn 1-7 incluslveitems to determine better dol- officially been declared Consumer Week in Lethbridge. To commemorate tbis, the Lethbridge branch of the Consumer's Association of Canada will set up a booth tonight, Friday night and Saturday in the College Shopping Mall. Consumer information pamphlets, and econometers will be available at the boom. The eoonometer is a purse-size device which compares price - per - pound, or ounce lar value. Consumer's Association of Canada was originally started after the second World War, by a number of volunteers. After 24 years the membership across Canada now reaches over 65,000 with over one quarter of the members being men. The purpose of the Association is to protect and utilize the rights of the consumer, these being, the right to safety, the right to be informed, the IN FINE FORM - Anne Lanier, winner of the artistic interpretation open class and novice ladies singles in the South Alberta Figure Skating Championship will take to the ice Friday as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annual production Nutcracker. -- Photo by Bryan Wilson Ice carnival starts Friday The Lethbridge and District Figure Skating club's annual ice carnival will get under way Friday at 8 p.m. in the Lethbridge Arena. This year's carnival will feature The Nutcracker with over 100 Lethbridge figure skaters, and special guest Don Jackson, 1970. World Figure Skating Champion. The carnival will also be held at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Club professional is Sonja Davis, assisted by Debbie Stimson of Taber. Leading roles in the production will be taken by Donna Rude, winner of the pre juvenile B ladies, as Clara and Mark Hominuke, winner of the juvenile men's singles in the Southern Alberta championships as the Prince. The Nutcracker will be portrayed by Bill Petrunik, winner of the pre juvenile A men's class. Janet Hominuke and Maura Knowles, winners of the ladies open pairs in the south Alberta championships will appear as the Candy Canes. Other roles are to be skated by Holly McGuire King of Mice; Mickey Brown, Snow Queen, Anne Lanier, Sugarplum Fairy and Grant Soren-son, Mr. Drosselmeyer. Tickets are still available for all three performances. right to choose, and the right to be heard. The CAC works on local, provincial, and n a t i o n a 1 levels. Some things' the CAC has worked for and accomplished are fabric content lables on fabrics, handling consumer complaints, sanitary wadding in children's snowsults, and bedding, etc., urging more safety measures for snowmobiles, clothing care labelling, and many other areas of endeavor. One service provided locally by the CAC is informing the public the proper channels to go through when wishing to make a complaint regarding a particular manufacturer, retailer, or regarding unsatisfactory merchandise. It is the goal of the CAC to have the full force of detailed*-^ knowledge of the needs and wishes of the consumer within the grasp of the provincial and national executives to make them a most effective working force in Canada. COX IMPORT* LTD. 3>26Codbora tot W, Vitiono. S C INSTRUCTIONS O 1< Set QUANTITY (Black figures) opposite PRICE (Red figures) \ 2. Read cost of ONE oz. ,Lb or item in window bebw A 3fc SEE BACK FOR EXAMPLE , bright totf* /7/////y////ii 1111 ii\i\v\\v The Econbmeter, available through Consumers Association to help shoppers determine the cost per unit. Canada, designed Status study on March 17 AH interested persons in Alberta have been invited to hear Mrs. Lola Lange, of Clares-holm discuss the recommendations of the royal commission on the status of women March 17 in the nurses' residence auditorium of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The meeting is to begin at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Lange was one of the six - member commission to study women's status in Canada and Alberta's only representative. The meeting is being sponsored by the South District Executive of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses. World Day of Prayer March 5 at Citadel Dr. Gerhard Driedger, a Lethbridge physician will address the World Day of prayer meeting to be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, Friday. Women of all faiths will be gathering together in 150 participating nations to hold prayer services, and make donations to "help their brothers". calendar of ocai happenings The regular meeting of Lethbridge Lodge No. 2 IOOF will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in the Oddfellows building. The first degree will be conferred. Visiting members welcome. The theme of this year's interdenominational meeting is to be A New People for a New Age. Donations will be received at this meeting. Last year, over $69,000 was donated in Canada to be allocated to many institutes, organizations, societies, and other worthy projects. The meeting, which is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., is open to the general public. WATCH FLUID If you wash leather gloves after they have been dry cleaned, the cleaning fluid will dissolve the washable finish. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, March 4th STARTS 8:00 P.M. SHARP - PARISH HALL CORNER 12th STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH , Jackpot Starts at $125 and is Won Every Thursday 5th-7 No. Jackpot $28 Pot O' Gold $55 25* PER CARD OR 5 FOR S1.00 ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Person's under 16 years not allowed Sponsored by Ladies' Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church es WATCH TRADE-Ih SALE save 20% to 50% TRADE-INS ACCEPTED ON EVERY WATCH AT MACKENZIE'S. Just bring in any watch and... regardless of its condition, we will allow you 20% to 50% off any watch in our fine collection. IT'S TO YOUR CREDIT-A MACKENZIE'S CHARGE ACCOUNT! AFFILIATED WITH MAPPIN'S LIMITED MACKENZIE'S DIAMOND MERCHANTS & JEWELLERS REGINA  MOOSE JAW . CALGARY . LETHBRIDGE ; IN LETHBRIDGE; 613 4th Ave. S. - Telephone 328-4214 ;