Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
S THI UTH1MD6E HttAlO Thursday, Worth 4, 1971 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor no such thing as a green 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 He detector) and subjected the plants to various stimuli, such as a lit cigarette. He found that when the plant 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 out- side. I like flowers outside. I do not like plants in- doors, 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 experi- ment 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 io 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 chrysan- themums 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 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 W1LLIAVS Co-Owner LELZADA WYLIE Co-Owner Across the Street 320 5th St. S. New Tartan, Kilts Vests, and slims arriving for Spring. We specialize in all types of needlecroft, knitting yarns, needle point, petit point, croshet and embroid- ery cottons and accessories. Come in and Browse Wylie's Tartan Shop and Needlecrafl 320 5th St. S. Phone 327-50S4 CAC protects and utilizes rights of all consumers March 1-7 inclusive items to determine better dol- has officially been declared Consumer Week in Lethbridge. To commemorate this, the Lethbridge branch of the Con- sumer's Association of Canada will set up a booth tonight, Fri- day night, and Saturday in the College Shopping Mall. Consu- mer infer m a t i o n pamphlets, and ecDnometers will be avail- able at the booth. The econometer 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 with over one quar- ter of the members being men. The purpose of the Associa- tion 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 tonier, winner of the artistic in- terpretation open class and novice ladies singles in the South Aiberta 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 Dis- trict Figure Skating dub's annual ice carnival will get under way Friday at 8 p m. in the Lethbndge Arena. Tins year's carnival will feature The Nutcracker n ith over 100 Lethbridge f i g u r e skaters, and special guett Don Jack- son, 1970 World Figure Skat- ing Champion. The carnival will also be held at 2pm. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Club professional is Sonja a.vsibtcd by Deb- bie SUmson of Leading roles in the pro- duction will IK; taken by Don- na Rude, winner of the pro juvenile B ladies, as Clara and Mark Homimike, winner of the juvenile men's singles in the Southern Alberta championships as the Prince. The Nutcracker he portrayed by Bill Petrunik, of the pre juvenile A men's class. Janet Hommukf; and Maura winners of the ladies open pairs in the south Alberta championships will appear as the Candy Canes. Other roles are to be skat- ed by Holly McGuire King of Mico; Mickey Brown, Snow Queen, Anne Lanicr. Sugar- plum Fairy and Grant Sorcii- Mr. Drossclmej cr. Tickets are still available for all three performances. BEFORE YOU BUY CHECK. OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES FOR FREE ESTIMATES CAU Hamilton's Floor Coverings right to choose, and the right to be heard. The CAC works on local, pro- vincial, and national levels. Some things the CAC has work- ed for and accomplished are fabric content lables on fab- rics, handling consumer com- plaints, sanitary wadding in children's snowsuits, and bed- ding, 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, retail- er, or regarding unsatisfactory merchandise. It is the goal of the CAC to have the full force of 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. ECONO-METER IMPORTS LTD. O.S INSTRUCTIONS 1-Set QUANTITY (Black PRICE (Red figures) O bej 3. Repeat with other ixards or qoantitfes to compare SEE BACK FOR EXAMPLE Y right totett The Econometer, available through Consumers Association of Canada, designed to help shoppers determine the cost per unit. Status study on March 17 All interested persons in Al- berta have been invited to hear Mrs. Lola Lange, of Clares- holm discuss the recommenda- tions of the royal commission on the status of women March 17 in the nurses' residence au- ditorium of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The meet- ing 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 representa- tive. The meeting is being spon- sored by the South District Executive of the Alberta Asso- ciation of Registered Nurses. World Day of Prayer March 5 at Citadel Dr. Gerhard Driedger, a Lethbridge physician will ad- dress the World Day of prayer meeting to be held at the Sal- vation Army Citadel, Friday. Women of all faiths will be gathering together in 150 participating nations to hold prayer services, and make do- nations to "help their broth- calendar of local nappemnqi The regular meeting of Leth- bridge Lodge No. 2 IOOF will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in the Oddfellows building. The first degree will be conferred. Visit- ing members welcome. The theme of year's in- terdenominational meeting is to be A New People for a New Age. Donations will be received at this meeting. Last year, over was donated in Canada to be allocated to many insti- tutes, organizations, societies, and other worthy projects. The meeting, which is set to begin at 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 This Thursday Evening, March 4th STARTS 8.00 P.M. SHARP PARISH HAH CORNER 12lh STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at and is Won Every Thursday 5th-7 No. Jackpot Pot 0' Gold 256 PER CARD OR B FOR SI.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 MacKenzie's Annual WATCH LETHBRIDGE: 613 Ave. S.