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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ,s project to aid pensioners Just Jude By JUOt TURIC Herald Staff Writer May happens lo be graduation month, and although the old group passed through those hallowed halls many moons ago, we still get a kick oul of reliving pre-grad days. The more I think about high school, the better, more mellow and amusing the memories become, and teachers who were once on the black side of the ledger, begin to fade into a pale grey rating. Above all else, preparing for centennial year grad was best, even with a few feet of snow. Like all Grade 12s, the girls of '67 were out to find just (he right dress, and just the right hair style and just Hie right parly (house or to go to afterwards. The plans made by our group were hashed once, twice and a hundred times before that day came. Everything from new clothes for graduation mass, lo which pair of faded jeans and sloppy sweatshirt tfl wear lo ttw hairdressers, and how often we'd cruise town and the school street flaunting our freedom and superiority over the Grade 11s. With watches synchronized, we separated and planned lo meet at the appointed time for an hors d'ocuvres and pink champagne parly. Part of the planning included s plot to buy fancy leg garters, all white with dainty bows, of course, which we wore about knee high, and showed off at every opportune moment. (Years later, conferring on whether or not we'd kept those garters, we all admitted that we had them stuffed away in our dressers, being saved for an unknown reason.) Some plans for the evening didn't turn out as well as they might have, or were intended. Most of 'the girls received rings as grad presents, while one was disappointed to discover an electric razor, which could hardly he sported on the outside of her long white gloves at the dance. Another, who had decided not to show up un tanned, used a quick tanning product the night before. Unfortunately, reading label instructions was not one of her attributes, and she failed to wash the brown stuff off her hands. During the dance, a set of very tanned palms, half-tanned fingers, and equally tanned gloves provided laughs for every- one. Naturally, after-the-dance parties were in store for anyone willing to venture out, and everybody was more than willing. Pizzas, booze and thoroughly inebriated graduates became par for the night. Morning after blues hit the guys more than (he girls, and tales recounted Utroughout the school were to the tunes of "they picked dandelions on the highway for the and "he fell asleep on ifie sidewalk during phys. ed." Highlights of the afternoon included chocolate milk (used Indian women must make their voices heard in the affairs of the com- munity, Irene Tootoosis, presi- dent of (lie Saskatchewan In- dian Women's Association, said hero, "And we have a lot lo Mre. Tooloosis tolrt delegates at the opening of tho second an- nual native women's confer- ence. "Our tradition has been to stay home and lake care of our chiidren.11 Part of the objective of the Saskatchewan association is to provide means by which Indian women can become involved. "And it helps Indian women to develop skills to help their men to gain Iheir rightful placo in shn said, The conference, which ends tomorrow, will include discus- sions on health, welfare, edu- cation, culture and organization of local groups. Special empha- sis will be given fo the situa- tion of non status women women who married white men and left the reserve. We are pleased to announce thai JOSEPHINE EBNER hai refoined our staff and will be available on Fri. and Sal. only for appointments She will be very pfcased to iGrva her many new and Former palroni. LAKEVIEW BEAUTY SALON 2638 Parkside Drive Phone 327-4843 CHICAGO (AP) The plight of the American widow has tunied into a grandmothers' re- bellion. "Grandma isn't going io live with her son anymore and baby sit and keep her mouth says Dr. Helen Z. Lopata, head of the sociology department at 1 Loyola University and author of a study on widowhood. j "For the first lime ever, the i American widow can be inde- I pendent. She can be financially independent and she can remain in her own house, She will be lonely, but she doesn't have to move and become a peripheral member of her children's fam- ily. 'She probably even cook her meals because cooking is something you do for some- one else. Bui she nt least has broken the traditional chain of a woman living first with her father, then with her husband, and finally with her son." KEVERSE TRADITION Dr. Lopata s aid she Inter- viewed 300 widows during a four-year study and found that only 20 of them were living with their children or had done so. She said she felt this was a re- versal of traditional family tionslups involving widows, but add ed t hat n o earl ier studies had been made and therefore no comparable statistics were available for earlier decades. Half of the widows inter- viewed for Dr. Lopata's study, I "Widowhood in the American j were between 50 and years old, and the rest were 6ii or older. 'Hie study is to be pub- Jished in April. "One woman told me she was invited to live with lier son but the daughter-in-law imposed n Dr. Lopata related. Dr. Lopata said, "This espe- cially is true in the area of grandchildren. Widows resent being used as babysitters." De cade a a go, widows were not faced with the problems of recent years, Dr. Lopata said. When entire families remained compact and rooted in a single location, the death of a husband merely meant that a widow be- came the matnarch of the fam- ily, supreme ruler over her sons and daughters. "The women loved the ma- j Inarch role, particularly the! uneducated c'Jmics. Today, we i no longer have the ancestral I she said. Widows are more independent j today, Dr. Lopata said, becausn of greater confidence aod greater economic benefits and it now is acceptable to society for a woman to live alone. TORONTO (CP) At 56, a widow with nothing much to j ticrlha Inkpin would like to do what no other woman hss done: .sail around Ihe world by her- self. She lias her eye on a rigged sloop in Hong Kong which she can get for about She bas the S2.500 but figures sho'll need about ,000 more for supplies and special equip- m ent. She's wri ti ng letters to Toronto financiers asking fur sponsorship. If and when obtains addi- tional funds, she'll set off for Hong Kong, she says, and Kail around the world via South Africa, London. Panama. Honolulu and to Hnnp Kong. The trip would take licr from one (o two years to com- plete. Mrs. Inkpin describes hercuK as a "grandmother with roman- tic ambitions.'1 JACKPOT BfMGO This Thursday Evening, March 23rd Sponsored by ladles' of St. Pclet evwl St. Paul'i Cliurth STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HALL CORNER 12lh STREE1 B AMD ?ll. AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at and Is Won Every Thursday 5fh--7 No. Jackpot Pof o' Gold 25e PER CARD OR 5 fOR SI.00 ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Persons under 16 years not otlowcd in the EASTER PARADE with SHOE FASHIONS from Women's Dress Shoos Sondals to size 12 GREiii' SHOES ON SIXTH STREET Buy a Polaroid Focused Flash 400 Land camera before Easter, and you'll get 2 packs of ColorpackFilm (16 instant pictures) as a present. Tf you've been Ihinkinp about buying a Polaroid Focused