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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tliursdny, Mciy 18, 197J Chinook pensioners a. hold annual meet The annual banquet of lire I Mr. Drp.nnr Gnndlock said, Chinook Pensioners and Senior "'I'vcrylhing loclay, is Citizens Organization was held due in yniii- and that last evening, and was adeiulfd "you could do a great deal Jiy many senior citizens of Hio Ihrou.di Hiving a! advice city. and experiences." Chairman for the c v e n i n j; Oilier greetings were brought Mr. John Landervon. MLA, a of the who holds a life membership Senior Mr. Hig- bi the organization. nell, who is making a senior He commented on ''the splun- citizen newspaper available to did gathering and the friendly those in the province. It is in group" of people who were ils second edition, ami free of present at Hie celebration. Mayor Andy A n d e r s o n brought greetings from the city of Lethbridge. Concluding the banquet were J remarks the former nation- treasurer, Mr. A. A. Nedow, He expressed his desire as who suninied op uilh, "you are an official of the city to be able the pioneers, Ihe people who to "communicate with you (the. have made this country what if senior citizens) because of Hie is loiLiv." expertise you people have, and During the evening, awards hope the present generation will i v. ere given lo Ihe oldest man leave as much of a heritage as and present, Mrs. Msr- you have left us." lha livens. 85 years old. and Mayor Anderson closed by wishing "success to all." Mr. George Loxlcn, 87 years old. CHINOOK PENSIONERS PRESENTATIONS Honored at last nights annual banquet for the Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens, were, left, Mrs. C. Angeli, Mr. George Lcxten, oldest man. and Mrs. Martha Ovens oldest They received the book Something lo think aboul, by L. Brian Jones. SIMPSONS-SEARS cotton. The rop feels fi back slit op atop solid c comfy elast 'Mum's' the Word Bui here's the latest news in cool, casual malernity wearl Crisp flower-doited top and shorts set of easy-care polyestcr- eeveless dress-look e 'n easy with its rung pertly sils or shorts that have waistband. Hand washable. White-Navy, While- Red, While-Green or While- Orange. Size 8-16. 17 Ladies' Drots Dept. Qualify Costs No More At Simpsons-Sears STORK HOURS: Dorly 9 a.m. to 530 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 n.m. lo 9 p.m. Cpntrr- Tnlrphonn 328-9231 senior citizens image By ANTHONY COLLINGS LONDON (AP) "A per- son next door put some bread on Ihe wall for the birds." said an old man in London's East End slums. "I was hungry. I ate it my- self." A 92-year-old, partly-blind woman living in a third-floor walkup says: "1 just sit and cry. You don't what it is I to be alone. No one ever comes up my stairs." Tales of despair like these fly in the face of Britain's image as a welfare state. De- spite benefits including basi- cally free health care, many of Britain's 8.3 million pen- sioners live their final years in poverty, cold and hunger. Winter is the worst season. Two days before Christmas the heat and light at the home I of Albert Clews, 65, were cut i off because he liadn'l paid the i electric bill. Two weeks laicr he was dead. More recently, during the coal miners' strike, seven old persons died because they couldn't get fuel. 'These deaths could have been says ARC Con- cern, a private charity. "Old people die all the Lime be- cause (hey do not have enough money lo pay for their fuel needs." Recently, Britain's elderly have started to exert political pressure to their lot. They've won support from the Labor party, and in March the ruling Conservatives promised a in- crease in pensions. The state and private chari- ties have done much to help- But social workers, concerned politicians and church leaders .say ii still isn't enough. Some 1' 2 million old per- i sons live totally alone and have no contact relatives or friends, social workers re- i port. j About 70 per cent of those I over 75 are women, and "man; are spinsters who lost i their s back in the 1 First World says Age Concern. Two million elderly have no indoor toilets, and one million lack hot water in their homes, says Help the Aged, another charity. "Poverty, ill health, loneli- ness and bad housing are in- it says. "Bad housing puts old people at risk lo all these problems. "Too many live in isolated old bouses and flats, away from companionship, unable Jo afford enough fuel and food. If ihey can be rehoused in special centres design- ed for many of these problems can he solved." Help the Aged is opening 15G new low-rent apartments in four regions. The flats in- clude elevators, low baths that are easier for old persons Lo use, low shelves, furniture with no sharp corners, doers and hallways wide enough for wheelchairs, fireproof materi- als, community rooms where the elderly can socialize and get hot meals, and a resident warden who can summon medical help U needed. Over the years local gov- ernments, aided by national government grants, have built homes to house old persons about two jier cent of the Britons over 65. Others live in publicly financed boarding houses for Hie aged. Under the British welf are system, a retired person now gets a week in pension. ff he or she lives alone and has no other income or sav- ings, the state pays cents more in supplementary ben- efits. The state also m a k e s enough other payments lo cover weekly rent averaging Sfl.OG plus property taxes, if any. and other special expen- ses such as clothing. In a typical case, an im- poverished widow receives a total of S24.40 a week in pen- sion, supplementary benefits ;md rent payments. The budget message March 21 said the allotments will rise 121-! per cent next autumn. Critics say this isn't good enough. Robert Edwards, 65-year- old Labor member of Parlia- ment, comments: "Other countries in Europe guarantee pensions averaging 40 to GO per cent of the week- ly income a person cams in his last 10 years before re- tirement. Our pension is be- tween 25 and 30 per cent. KSo when people retire in Britain Ihey go right into poverty." to wheat board I..EROY, Sask. (CP) The i don't know everything I need to first woman appointed lo Ihe j know." Canadian V.'heat Board's Advi- Mrs. Ilarllr, one ol five sory Committee plans to do people mimed week lo the some studying for her new po-1 commillce by the federal gov- sition. ernment, said she needed a day Mrs. Ernest Ilarllo nf Lcroy iln tllink ovcr h" acceptance, feels (hat as a farmer's wife, [Iler encouraged Ihe she can make a special contri-' decision. billion. But, she said, ''I just' Snc I'cen involved for j BINGO Scandinavian Hall 229 I2lh St. "C" N. Starts ul p.m. Doors Open of p.m. 5 Cards far GOtD CARDi PAY DOUBIF EACH Dili and I2lh Gamci in 7 Numbers WORTH 5150 h 57 Donation lo Meals on Wheoli Sorry No One Under 16 Ycon of Ago Allowed many years with Ihe -l-H Club in Lcroy, 75 miles east of Saska- toon. (iI-71'8 ,IOH Ore. Ml') The city lias found a job for Rose wlm cnirl she lo Rnl. jobs on three occa- j ?ioii5 nf rliscriminn- Unn Shr Ilinl. Mirer timr1; .1 man was hin'il inslciul of her although slip, had rprcivcrl the1 j highest score on I lie cii'il serv i ice cxaminalion. The cily's per- I sonncl officer .snitl Mrs. Swan- i son would be given a joh in the i business licence bureau and will i receive hack pay from the time I she took a lessor job. 35... learning more about subjects that interest him. By JUDE TURIC Montreal was never quite ready for us. And we, just as equally were never quite ready {in1 what could happen on the way there and brick. As it was, centennial year arrived, complete with Ihe urge lo Iravcl being thoroughly instilled into the minds of all Ihe happy high school students across the land. Our school was no exception, and many of Ihe kids had al. ready managed lo cajole par- ents intn handing oiii a few hundred dollars for a once-in- a-lifetimc [rip to Expo. Finally, we were about to board tile bus and be whisked away lo Edmonton and Ihen chug off into the eastern skies by train. Bus rides, not being parti- cularly oilcn r-i'i '.n have life put into dwindling parties, and the girls managed to persuade one of the guys lo have Ms face made up. Unfortunately, we had n't thought to time our scheme with our arrival at the train terminal, and water was an in- accessible commodity on the bus. Our model found himself wandering around for an hour or so, bedecked in sweatshirt, ragged cut offs. hairy legs and full stage make-up, much lo Ihe horror of our chaperoues and the stares of other people. Train rides can also bccomo dull alter the first 1100 miles, hul li a v i n g a slimy lurlle scratch your bare leg adds some unexpected, scurrying ex- citement Arriving in Montreal, v.e discovered lliat home for the next two weeks consisted of several long, barren, barrack, type sliuctures which serv- ed lo keep us dry, but nol free of allacking bugs. Expo lurncd out to be more fun when we could sneak away on the Metro, hil downtown, and wander aboul deciphering French language signs, and ig- noring the stares brought un by our shaggy appearance. Before striking out for home, we had been involved with Montreal police were thrown out of a dance, and caught pneumonia as a i group, by standing in the mid- nighl rail! waiting for a bus. Topping off the events, was an attempt by the train engi- eer to leave three of Ihe girls behind al an isolated slalion slop. His plan was foiled when Ihe Lhrce gave chase, climbed aboard wilh the help of a friendly fellow, and were shocked to find their combined finances wouldn't have even been enough lor an emergency phone call home. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "Put a side of beef in the oven. comes your brother." of- local fiapp The Pensioners and Senior Cilizens Ladies' Auxiliary, af- filialed with Ihe Provincial and National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization, will meet on Friday at 2 p.m. in Gym 2 of Ihe civic centre Activities for Senior Week as well as planned trips will be discuss- ed and finalized. All members are asked to altend. Tickets for Ihe Irip lo Tabcr will be avail- able at this meeting Bingo will follow and lunch will he served. Hostesses are Mrs. May Buick and Mrs. Helen Grieve. All members and friends welcome. The regular old lime dance will be held in Fort Macleod in Ihe elementary school on Satur- day. Beginners lessons, p.m. Dancing p.m. Lunch will he served. Children I under 13 admitted free if ac- d sponsor a bake sale on Friday from 5 p.m. in the Col- lege Mall. Besides the usual baked goods, there will be Jap- anese foods for sale. Senior citizens wishing (o go to Kinbrook and Dinosaur parks on Monday arc asked to be at the civic centre before 9 a.m. in order lo be ready to leave promptly at 9 a.m. Membership cards must be available for prc- sentalion. Polluck dinner will be at Kinbrook Park. Members are asked lo bring sandwiches, sal- ads and other suitable picnic foods and a cup and cutlery. Coffee, cream and sugar will be supplied. City buses will not bo running in the morning, there- fore members must arrange own transportation. Charge per member is and for reser- vations please call 327-6994. companied by parents. A rummage sale will be held i; on Saturday from 0 a.m. to noon at Ihe Lelhbridge Friend- ship Centre. 102 5lh St. S. There j will be clothes, household goods, odds and ends at reason- able prices. Proceeds will go into funds for the establishment of Rosalia House, a rehabilita- tion home for women. Mrs. Miclieuer receives hoiior Golden Mile Senior Citizens' The Souib Alberta Japanese United Church Women will i HALIFAX (CD Mrs. Ho- and Michener, wife of the Gov- received an hon- orary doctorate of humane Id- lers Tuesday at the spring con- of Mount Saint Vincent University. (iov.-dcn. Michener attended Ihe convocolion. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, May 18th Spomorcd by ladies' Aid of Si. Peter and St. Paul's Church STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HALL CORNER 12lli STREET B AND 7lh AVENUE NORTH Juckpot Starts al and is Won Every Thursday 5lh 7 No. Jnckpol Pol o' Gold 2SC PER CARD OR 5 FOR SI.00 AtSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZE Pmonl unclor 16 years nol allowed Centre Monday: Open as usual. Tnrsday: Singing a.m., cribhagc lonrnament p.m. Thursday: Singing a.m., general mccling '1 p.m. Mem- bers only. Saturday: Open 1 5 p.m. C'onring Kvcnls: i Maintenance repair on homes for senior citizens through Op- portunltics for Yoiilh project. If you have any work lo he done in or nround your house, ron- lacl Ihe centre at Fur- pose of this projrcl is to provide minor repair to homes nf senior citizens who could not otherwise afford it. btinq to 1609 9lh Av..s. o, 635 Sih Av.. lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ;