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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIPOt HfcHALD Mircn U Reform school staff claims 'horror stories' of discipline untrue BRANNAN LAKE, B C (CP) Brutal guards, beat- ings, overcrowding and vio- lent were the tales that made Brannan Lake School for Boys the bo- geyman to threaten juvenile offenders But although the horror sto- nes still are around, the staff say they never were true The Island Youth Centre (IYC) formerly Brannan Lake, is a place where skilled professionals attempt to help youths 13 to 16 years old, a place where doors are locked from the outside to keep them out of various areas, not in A lot of judges, parents and teachers used to believe the way to make a kid behave was to threaten says acting director Bob Cronin 'Like, 'you'll get sent to the lake, or the bogeyman will get you, or something like that This sort of thing has never worked and never will work." the soft-spoken social worker said in an interview FEW COME BACK Mr Cronin said things have changed so much at the IYC that the rate of recidivism is only 15 per cent He said that when the school was a training school under the Federal Schools Act, there were 65 staff members to look after 220 youths All you could do then was just keep track of he said Now there are 82 staff members and nine teachers to take care of 64 youths Its physically easy to run away from The Lake these days There's no place where a youth can be locked in, no fence, no guards and it's only a few miles from Nanaimo The deterrent is a system of 'grounding, and the possi- bility of being raised to adult court if another offence is Embarrassing moment This was how it looked this week when the wrong Adnanna Baus received the crown The judges real- girl was crowned during the annual Miss Croatia ized they had selected the wrong woman because there Hamilton beauty contest Zlatica Gojesic was first was a mistake in vote counting. Presenting the crown is crowned queen, left, then the mistake was realized and last year's queen Marcia Sulug_____________ SPRING THINGS OUR SPRING THINGS INCLUDE CRISP LOOK CASUALS FROM PARIS STAR FRESH NEW SHADES OF ORANGE ICE, SOFT BEIGE, AND POPULAR NAVY, IN PLAIN AND CHECKS. SUPER COMPATIBLES GO CHECK TO CHECK, CHECK TO PLAIN, PLAIN TO PLAIN. BLAZERS as os JAC-SHIRTS VESTS osio-os PANTS With or without cuff SI 6.98 SKIRTS Popular Pleats SWEATERS, BLOUSES. SHELLS ORTREL Coals Dresses Stiffs Sportswear USE YOUR BETTY SHOP FASHION ACCOUNT CHAKGfX Spring Things for your Easter Fashion Fling betty shop CENTO VILLAGE MAlL-PHtM 328-5025 COUffit HALL PteM 329-2809 712 4ft Ato. S. (Hvntowt) PH. 3284111 Cancer patient recovers Saved by the grace of God By JOE BARKOVICH Welland Tribune PELHAM, Ont (CP) Val Silkiewycz is, by the grace of God, alive today, she says A year ago the 35-year-old mother of three was admitted to hospital in nearby Welland with a cancer the size of a football inside her After five cobalt treatments and in- vestigative surgery, she was sent home, her condition de- teriorating Doctors said she had not long to live Two weeks later, she was readmitted after the pain in her stomach became unbea- rable As she lay in bed, hav- ing made her will and funeral arrangements, she heard about Kathryn Kuhlman, a faith healer in Pittsburgh After her release, she at- tended one of her services 'I started to shake from my toes to the top of my head and Mrs Kuhlman said "There is a person here who went to the hospital with a tumor Will you please stand up7 You are healed in the name of God So I stood up and went to the front The doctor who was there examined me and couldn t feel any tumor I simply believed God would heal me Her condition did not im- THE BETTER HALF prove immediately, however She was admitted again to hospital because of reactions to the cobalt treatments Her fever stood at 106 6 and doc- tors told her she would sur- vive a few hours She needed blood and be- cause of a rare blood type, none was available I Val said "I kept telling the doctors not to worry that it was coming I held on and two days later the blood came from Hamilton She pulled through and later underwent tests which, as she recalled, indicated there was no trace of the tumor Although prior to her cure she had never believed in miracles, Val said "When I needed a miracle in my life I asked God to perform it and He did This is the only ex- planation I can offer If I sit down and try to analyse everything that hap- pened, I can't Doctors and God work together I believe in miracles now As she lit a cigarette, a habit she has not been able to kick despite her illness, she said the only cost involved was a voluntary contribution as in regular Sunday services Since November, she has gained 25 pounds Not long before, she was down to "a skin-and-bones 110 she said "Do people with cancer gain weight9" Now her home alive has come I was lying on the chesterfield one day and I saw the beauty of fall I had heard birds sing before, but I guess I never really listened I was seeing and listening to things I had always taken for granted committed while the youth is at large said Mr Cro- nin, "means that for four to six weeks, you stand still in your program 'It just takes that much longer to get out Kids don't like it here Incentives include privi- leges and an amount of spending money for times in which youths are allowed to return to their home commu- nities for visits A term in the IYC means five to 10 months Courts have no power to sentence a juvenile to the IYC A youth arrives on the recommendations of commu- nity agencies He is preceded by a dossier outlining his record and his problems Several weeks before admit- tance, the youth and his fam- ily tour the facility Questions are answered and the stories about Brannan Lake are laid to rest 'Most of our kids were poor just bombed out of the regular school sys- tem, said Mr Cronin "An- other common behavior pat- tern is running They tend to try to escape their emotional pain and hassle by running away There's no place here where a kid can be locked up If we suspect he's going to run away we try to help him 'There s no treatment in locking a kid up because if you lock him up you take the responsibility to change away from him Frank Murphy, principal of Brannan Lake secondary school said the student- teacher ratio is one teacher to nine students By Barnes I HOMES! 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