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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 19, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - 19 Parents try to prevent isolation Need to channel aggressiveness in dwarfism PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) - Brian Dawson of Prince George is an active child who enjoys the boister-o u s rough-and-tumble fun loved by little boys everywhere. But at 4% he is already 1% inches shorter than his 2%-year-old sister Maria, and his fully-grown height will never be more than five feet. He is an achondroplastic dwarf, a type of dwarfism in which the arms and legs fail to grow normally, with the result that the person's body and head appear to be disproportionately large. When a dwarf such as Brian suddenly appears in a family of of normal-sized adults in which there is no traceable history of dwarfism, it is believed to be the result of a mutation in a germ cell from one parent. Should he ever marry it is predicted that half Brian's children would be dwarfs also. Achondroplastic dwarfs have a normal life span after the first year and are usually within the normal range of intelligence. They occur once in every 10,000 live births. WANT TO SHARE The Dawsons' biggest problem raising a child such as Brian is that there seems to be no way to communicate with other families with dwarfed children. "I have never met other children like Brian," says his mother Karen. "I nave seen them but I can't go up to someone and say 'You are a dwarf and I want to talk to you.' "We want to share our experiences raising Brian with others. We have been very fortunate in receiving a great deal of help with Brian and if we could locate other families with dwarfed children we could exchange ideas and perhaps save each other a lot of heartbreak. "At the time Brian was born nothing was done to prepare me for the fact that he would have a lot more fight than most children and I had to learn to channel this aggressiveness without destroying it, because he was going to need this drive to succeed in life." By the time Brian was two he had become so aggressive that Karen went to the public health nurse for help. It was through the nurse that Brian was placed in the Vancouver Neurological Centre and began receiving occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Because the condition results in a deformity of the large bones of the legs and arms, these children experi- ence difficulty learning to walk and the use of their arms is limited by their inability to extend their arms from the elbow and shoulder. Most achondroplastic dwarfs also develop a severe curvature of the lower back. Another characteristic of their condition is a depressed nasal passage which results in chronic/infection of the ears and throat. Severe falls resulting in con- CAMPAIGN KICKOFF - This year's Easter Seal campaign got under way in the traditional manner with the purchase of the first seals by A. W. Shackleford, who has made the initial contribution for the past 15 years. Mr. Shackleford is shown with this year's Easter Seal Tammy, four-yearold Ter esa Wipf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wipf of 624 7th Ave. S. The campaign, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Green Acres, is expected to raise $10,000 before it is wrapped up April 30. Some 31,000 Easter Seal envelopes have been mailed to lethbridge and district residents and everyone should have theirs this weekend. Native women meet March 22 OTTAWA - The Voice of Alberta Native Women's Society, a group of women of native Indian ancestry, has received a federal grant of $7,200 to host the First National Native Women's Conference. It will be heJit at the MacDonald Hotel in Edmonton on March 22 and 23. Representatives of Indian, Eskimo and Metis women's groups from all the provinces and territories have been invited to attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide Canada's native women with the opportunity to collectively express their opinions as to the future development and objectives of their organizations at the local, provincial and national levels. The grant, approved through the citizenship branch of the department of the secretary of state, was announced jointly by Robert Stanbury, minister responsible for citizenship, Jean Chretien, ministr of Indian affairs and northern development, and H. A. Olson, minister of agriculture. The suggestions of delegates and the reports of their eom-Foof" may be released as a agenda from which the delegates expect to draw up resolutions and recommendations. These will serve as guidelines for the development of organizations, procedures and programs to meet the needs expressed by the conference. A report will be pr& pared which will serve as a working paper for other organizations, supporting agencies and government. The conference, following the recently published report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women; is the result of a growing demand by Canada's native women for tb*� opportunity to voice their views on both the role of women in Canada and on how they can participate more effectively in Canadian society. BITING THREAT BRISTOL, England (CP- -Parents who neglect their youngsters' teeth may face prosecution under a 34-year-old child protection law. Following a report that 288 out of 294 children examined at a junior school needed dental treatment, civic authorities here are considering a lawyer's suggestion to invoke the law which normally covers physical ill-treatment. The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles in LETHBRIDGE love is... L- tO r\ #-� _ i U3r im tos juntas nan Wr.Q ... taping a "You're the Boss" card on the mirror. RUSSIA and UKRAINE FIRST TIME EVER! INCLUSIVE TOUR CHARTERS To The U.S.S.R. TOURS FROM CALGARY From Includes:  First class hotel # Dally sightseeing  All first class meals  All transportation *875M UKRAINIAN EASTER TOUR AND MAY DAY IN MOSCOW APRIL 13-MAY 13-$825.00 Available only on a first come basis! CALL or write NOW to: INTER-NATION TRAVEL 1605 Centre St. N.-Calgary 41 cussion were commonplace in the Dawson household when Brian was small, as he struggled to walk on his shortened legs. The awkward walking position necessitated by the deformities in his legs and back resulted in him constantly tripping over his feet. Because his short arms were unable to stop bis fall, his head would hit the floor with extra impact. LEARNED TO FALL At the Vancouver Neurological Centre the physiotherapist prescribed exercises to strengthen Brian's back and, because walking would always be more difficult for him, he began learning how to do shoulder rolls to break his inevitable tumbles. Brian has been enrolled in kindergarten this year and is coping well with the program. But as he approaches school age his parents are fearful of what lies ahead. Teasing is inevitable and they hope to overcome this in part by teaching him to take this teasing as a normal part of his life. Mrs. Dawson makes most of Brian's clothing including the mod flared pants, matching neck scarf and blue shirt he was wearing when I visited them. He is proud of his appearance. He likes bright colors and his mother dubbed him the Picasso of the playschool set after she made him a brilliantly colored painting smock and tarn to wear at kindergarten. The Dawsons are determined that life will hold more for their son than the wrestling ring or a circus side show, which is where achondroplastic dwarfs are most in evidence. THE REVEREND miss? - America's first woman Lutheran minister, the Rev. Elizabeth Platz, 29, is a chaplain at the University of Maryland. The only problem, says a male colleague, is that "there are no his-and-her sacristies. Nurse appointed to Council DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am a working girl who lives alone. Like many other such, girls I am deeply concerned about the increase in muggings, assaults, rapes, burglaries, and murders. A friend who lives in California sent me an informative mailing which was put out by Bruce Eastley, Deputy Marshall of Sacramento County. I have condensed the piece and hope you consider it worth printing. I know of no better way to get this information before the eyes of millions of women. "Criminal activity is based on two factors. First, the desire to commit a crime. Second, the opportunity. Most of us can do very little about a criminal's desire. Opportunity, however, can be eliminated or diminished if one is alert and cautious. People who are not alert and cautious set themselves up as victims. Here are some practical suggetions that will reduce the single woman's chances for being victimized: "When you leave your apartment or home and plan to return after dark, leave a light burning. Darkness is an advertisement that no one is at home. If you leave for dinner, turn on the TV or stereo. Electricity is cheap compared to a break-in. "Never leave a key under a doormat, over the doorway or in the mailbox. An astonishing number of homes have been burglarized by amateurs who didn't have to break in. They knew where to find the key. "If you are going on vacation, discontinue the milk and newspaper deliveries. Ask a friend to pick up your mail. Arrange to have the lawn kept up. "Unless you are proficient at using a gun it is best NOT to have on. Any weapon can be used against you by an assailant. Chances are good that he is far more experienced with guns than you are. Moreover, if he sees your gun he may use his. More victims are shot by intruders than the other way around." -Daily Reader DEAR DAILY: Thank you for sharing this information with my readers. You can be sure millions of women are smarter now than before they read it. * * � DEAR ANN LANDERS: I suspect you don't know the difference between a lesbian, a transsexual, a transvestite and a bisexual. As a lesbian who resents being lumped with others may I educate you? I am a homosexual woman. I do NOT want to be a man. I have the body of a female. Since no one has been able to prove that the rind has gender I will say I have the mind of a human. My emotions are those of a homosexual woman. This is my only deviation. I am not sick. In fact, I am healthier than most straight women who insist on hanging the "sick" label on me. I do not want a man or a straight woman or a bisexual woman. And most of all, I do not want to be bothered1 by curious straight people who view me as a freak or a conversation piece. I enjoy a pleasant life with a single lesbian like myself. We do not bother anyone and we would appreciate it if people wouldn't bother us. The grief-stricken mother whose daughter wanted a sex change operation called the girl a lesbian. She is NOT a lesbian, she is a transsexual. Please print this letter or at least remember it.-Sue of LA. DEAR SUE: I will do both. Thank you for writing. {JJuzkmxb Oiieli THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARTER FLIGHTS - Be sure you get there. Don't risk travelling by an illegal charter flight. The price may look right. But the ticket may get you no farther than the airport. Or leave you stranded in Europe without a way home. Governments and' airlines are cracking down on the unscrupulous operators who take advantage of overeager passengers. But you should know how to spot an illegal charter too. Find out in The Great Plane Robbery. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE OTTAWA - A Canadian nurse, Dr. Helen K. Mussallem of Ottawa and Vancouver, is the first member of the health professions to be appointed to the Economic Council of Canada. Dr. Mussallem is execu- Fur-trimmed hot pants for ivinter: Dior PARIS (AP) - Hot pants lavishly trimmed with fur under fabulously feminine fur coats are what the House of Dior decrees for next winter. Dior's fur designer Frederic Castex joined the hot pants trend by featuring them under all but two of the coats, shown Monday in his 1971-72 collection. Dior's January couture collection had contained nothing shorter than Bermudas. tive director of The Canadian Nurses' Association. The announcement of her appointment was made by the Prime Minister's office this week. Dr. Mussallem joins two other eminent women, economists Dr. Sylvia Ostry and Mrs. A. F. W. Plumptre on the Council, which consists of three full-time members and twenty-five other members from all sectors of the economy and the various regions of Canada. The Economic Council was formed in 1963 as an independent body to combine the expertise of professional economists with the talent and experience of a broad spectrum of citizens from agriculture, labor, business and the professions. Private members play an active role with full-time staff in preparing the council's annual TAPE SALE Regular |" qc $7 95 MUSICLAND Cor 13th St. and 3rd Ave. S. reviews, which are Intended to provide information and analysis to assist in decision making for both government and the private sector. Dr. Mussallem will attend the first Council meeting of her three - year appointment on April 19 and 20 in Vancouver. SILVER ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE FOR MR. and MRS. LESTER MARTIN Sunday, March 21 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. 2228 Mayor Magrath Drive South ALL FRIENDS CORDIALLY INVITEDI No Gifts Please! Drop in and Meet MYRON HIRSCHE Who has recently joined our staff. Myron has had 10 years experience in the jewellery business and is well qualified to assist you in any purchase. DONT MISS OUR BULOVA WATCH PROMOTION Trade in your old wotch during March and we'll give you a generous trade-in allowance on a new BULOVA - in men's or ladies' styles. ERICKSEN'S JEWELLERY FOR EXPERT SERVICE AND REPAIRS 519 4th AVENUE S. PHONE 327-3525 Safeway Super Savers GROUND COFFEE Safeway, All Purpose fij%^ Aromatic Flavour Mb. net wt. pkg. TEA BAGS Canterbury *J 9Q Orange Pekoe � �4fcl# 125 bag pkg........... JL PINEAPPLE Enchanted Isle m r 4 AA Australian Jl ' 1 iiU Sliced, Crushed 11 0 � "WW or Tidbits B � ...... 14-fl. oz. tin � K A RAISIN BREAD SKYLARK fresh white M F ^% ft or brown sliced. 16- #1 0 M " net wt. loaf ... � � FRUIT DRINKS Empress Apple, *% F aaa Grape or Orange fcK 0 ......48-fl. oz. mW ft ^M%M CHEESE SLICES Berkshire Process. *\ ' 1 DO 4 flavours. *X 0 1 .. 8-oz. net wt. pkg. f^J � _L APPLE SAUCE IT � 1 bOO ...... 14-fl. oz. tin jj � CATELLI DINNER Macaroni. a Meal In F M% � A minutes. 7Vi-oz. m 0 ^1 wt. pkg. ......... f H FLOUR five roses Oeft '1 all purpose.. �11 bag BANANAS Golden Yellow B ^ill^C B�* Quolitv...... I $ aIv SIRLOIN STEAK Safeway Superb Beef. Aged to Perfection. Canada Choice, Can- h � BEEF ROAST lean, Thick Rib. Easy to Carve. afMIMfi Canada Choice, Canada Good Beef .................... lb. %B %M PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge Stores March 19-20. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFEWAY 4 CANADA SAFEWAY LIMITED ;