Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
J4 WE IETHBRIDGE HERAtD Monday, November 23, 1971 m yx I Mi s Teachers' views 011 Sesame Street show wide range of reactions RECREATION CENTRE DISMANTLED The former RCAF recreation hall built about 1940 ot Kenyan Field for air force use has been sold by the federal govern- ment and is being dismantled. It was first purchased by National Salvage in Lethbridge, who resold it for to Robert Brandley, of Raymond, who is now wrecking it for use as material for several construction projects he is undertaking. It will likely have been completely torn down by the end of the year. Air cadets have used it in past years for their activities, but are now parading in the Kenyan Field Armories. The building was surplus and will not be replaced. Two new bishops chosen LDS church changes boundaries Changes In boundaries of the I bridge stake the church, will Lethbridge wards of the LDS To" 1ff7' Church, to adjust to c h u r c h growth and population shifts, were announced Sunday. The changes, made known at the morning session of the quar- terly conference of the Leth- take effect Jan. 1, 1971. Leadership changes in two of the seven Lethbridge wards were announced in conjunction with1 the boundary changes. These leadership changes are also effective Jan. 1. Bishop J. M. Kovac of the High council reorganized Seven of the 12 members the Lethbridge stake high coun- cil of the LDS Church were released from service Sunday, most with long terms of ser- vice on the council. The council serves under the stake president, Dr. Elmo E. Fletcher, directing church ac- tivity in the member stake. Keleased were Francis C, Russell, Asael E. Palmer George W. Whitehead, Hugh W. Laycock, J. Michael Cosgrove, Richard S. O'Brien, J. Gerald Snow. Sustained as new members of the council to bring it to full strength again were Thomas Green, Dr. Lament MffltMn, Leland Burr, James Ellis, John KOTOC, Woodrow String- am and Gordon Anderson. Serving members retained on the former council wore Del- bert Palmer, Boh Hamilton, Ivan Nelson, Briant Stringam and Reed Ellison. Two alternate members the council were sustained Sun- day Douglas Alston and Bruce Steed. In other leadership changes, Lawrence Turner acd Glen Jen- ten were released from the stake Sunday school board; Carl Young was sustained as a member of the Sunday school board and Mary Murray as stake program secretary. Those sustained to become elders in the church were Brent Derricott, John M. Schaalje and Douglas G. Mur- ray. Those sustained to become ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bidg. 328-4095 high priests were Bruce Steed and Gordon Bowden. The Lethbridge stake of the LDS Church will mark its 50th annversary next year. It in- cludes Lethbridge city and sev- eral surrounding towns. POPULATION SOARS The population of Indian peo- ple in Alberta has increased 89.9 per cent or people in the past 20 years. It is antici- pated the population could double again in another 15 Lethbridge second ward was was released, with his counsel- lors John Bach and Bryce Stringam. The new bishop sustained for the second ward Is Clifford Ju- nior Peterson, with counsellors Harold Tanner and Mark Chip- man. Bishop C. Ronald Wataough of the Lethbridge first ward was released, with his counsel- lors Dr. Ruedon Selk and Dean Burbaak. The new Bishop sustained far the first ward is Dr. Ruedon Selk. His two counsellors have yet to be appointed. The new ward boundaries Jan. 1, 1971, will bs as follows. Where streets or avenues are named, the dividing line is the centre of the street, or avenue. First ward bounded on the north by the CP Bail tracks, cast by Mayor Magrath Drive, south by 9th Ave. S and west by the city limits. Second ward bounded on the north by 9th Ave. S., east by Mayor Magrath1 Drive, south by 14th Ave, S. and west by the city limib. Third ward bounded on tiie north by 10th Ave, S., east by the city limits, south by tiie city limits, west by Mayor Magrath Drive, Fourth ward bounded on the north by 14th Ave. S., east by Mayor Magrath Drive, south by the city limits, west by trie city limits. Fifth ward bounded on the north by 7th Ave. N., east by the city limits, south by 10th Ave. S. (as far west as Mayor Magrath Drive, then jogging north to the CP Rail tracks then west to the city limits, west boundary is the city limits. Sixth ward no change all of the city north of 7th Ave. N. University ward no change ward members ax'e those at- tending college, university, nurses training or other edu- cational and vocational pursuits in ths city. By JOAN BOWMAN Entertainment Writer Reaction among Lethbridge teachers to the daily children's television show, Sesame Street, has ranged from "fantastic" to 'too American." The U.S. produced show, carried this year for the first time by the CBC-TV network, has won unprecedented praise from American and Canadian critics, educationists and chil- dren alike. Geared to three-to-five-year- old children in the underprivi- leged, disadvantaged class, the program began more than a year ago over the U.S. Nation- al Educational Television (NET) network. NET has continued on with a second year of Sesame Street. The series carried on CJLH-TV is actually one-year-old. The show combines many of the elements of commercial TV children's programs ani- mated cartoons, puppets, live- action film plus a basic set- ting on a big-city street. Using these implemerfs, Sesame street punches out, via rote methods, lessons on num- bers, letters, concepts such as "big, bigger and biggest" and items on the world in general. Backed by about million yearly from such sponsors at the U.S. Office of Education, Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the series has field tested its ideas on pre-schoolers in day care cen- tres and private homes. One survey showed 90 per cent of pre-schoolers in a large- ly black New York slum watch- ed it, and 30 per cent saw it more than once a day. However in Lethbridge not all the reaction is favorable. A Herald survey of 20 ele- mentary schools, nurseries, day care centres and a kinder- garten indicated about 500 chil- dren watch the show daily or frequently. This does not take into ac- count pre-schoolers m private homes, and their number is be- lieved to be high. One Lethbridge father saic when his two children watch Sesame Street, Hie atmosphere in the home is similar to that when he watches football: no excessive noise, no interfer- ence is allowed by the viewers. Most elementary schools, public and separate, have at least watch the show, Hitch-hiker rescued from cold, Not all of the problems as- sociated with the recent cold spell have been slippery roads and cars that won't start. A more serious matter was handled Saturday night by the local RCMP when they picked up an elderly gentleman from the store at Chin, He was hitch-Wong to To- ronto, in temperatures hover- ing around 20 below. The wind at the time was eight mph, pro- ducing a wind-chill effect of about 37 below. The man appeared to be destitute and did not have ade- quate clothing to withstand the cold. He was brought to the city, where he received assistance from the department of social development. Welding clinics scheduled Welding clinics designed to improve farmer repair skills will be held NOT. 27 at Bow Island, Dec. 7-11 at Picture Butte and Dec. 14-18 at Leth- bridge. Sponsored by the Alberta de- partment of agriculture, the clinics are being offered to farmers in the comities oi Forty Mile, Lethbridge and Wanier. Enrolment1 is limited to 24 persons per clinic. Reg- istration fee is All equipment except gloves and pliers are supplied for the course. and among many, daily view- ing continues for slow readers, "opportunity" classes and head-start students. The major reason for not using Sesame Street during its Monday through Friday run is that it is deemed "too begin- according to a school secretary. A few schools watch on and off, with teachers following up with traditional teaching based on the series subject matter. There are indications if the show were shorter, it might be used more, but "we haven't got time to take away one hour a day from the reading pro- said a teacher at Susie Bawden School. About 10 students at the Dorothy Gooder School watch Sesame Street, daily, although teacher Melba Bullock said it has a "nil advantage for re- tarded children." "It's too psychedelic and gives too many ideas without reinforcing them. There's too much for the children to grasp thoroughly." For slow readers however, teachers echoed the point that the show kept them spellbound and seemed to be aiding them hi numbers and the alphabet. Mrs, B e r n i c e Costanzo, owner director of Costanzo's Day Care Centre, said the 25 children in her charge, "don't let a peep out of them" when the show is on. She said she followed up the program by use of flash cards for both the numbers and let- ters. The most blistering criticism of the show came from Mrs. Dorothy Gentleman, director of Aunt Dorothy's Playhouse, an accredited kindergarten. Mrs. Gentleman, whose school has been in existence for 23 years, said the show's vo- cabulary was American rather than Canadian, and that the ac- cent on the black and white races accentuated the Ameri- can situation. "I have no criticism for use of the program in the U.S., but for Canada, I would like to see Indians or Japanese or Chi- nese." Sho said the urban setting was foreign to southern Al- berta children "and I can't tol- erate children being educated or entertained through trash cans." (One of the Sesame Street puppets lives in a gar- nge Mrs. Gentleman raised thorny point about the sories: "If parents think children are getting information from Ses- ame Street, can they think the children- get nothing from the rest of Larry Shorter, director of communications for the provin- cial department of education, said the series was purposely planned fur the ghetto-disad- vantaged and' was never de- signed for school-age children. "I would hope teachers would put it into perspective. Offhand 1 wouldn't like teach- ers to build an elementary cur- riculum around it." Mr. Shorter said the provin- cial department had been in- volved in the planning of Ses- ame Street more than two years ago, but because tiia show wasn't cleared for Cana- d i a n copyright, the depart- ment's involvement ceased. He said he advised the CBC it could pick up the show for nothing when it first came out. The CBC refused because of commitments for children's shows. Sesame Street now costs Ca- nadian taxpayers Walkers honor MacEwan Miles for Millions walkers from many points in Alberta gathered Sunday in Calgary's Co-operative Madeod Trail Au- ditorium to salute "a fine friend who wore away fine boots and socks, doiri' those mammoth walks." They saluted Lt.-Gov. Grant MacEwan. Mr. MacEwan was presented with a pair of golden boots (an old pair of his own which Mrs. MacEwan had secretly don- ated) and a new pair of "size twelve" walking boots. Ths Mammoth Walk, a hu- morous tribute to the prolific walker, was sung by its writer Anele Mumford. Mr. MaeEwan described his 600 miles worth of marathon walking as "just putting one foot ahead of the other." Walkers from every "walk" of life were represented at the salute. Judi Walker, Lethbridge Community College student, represented the college stu- dents of Alberta. Miss Walker was the publicity chairman of the Lethbridge Miles for Mil- lions and has walked 98 miles in marathon walks. Annual meeting The Lethbridge Historial So- ciety wlZ hold its annual meet- ing Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Sir Alexander Gait Museum. IOW-COST HOUSING semi-detached units cm among project approved last wwk for Holger Fwndsen will Include 14 units, the first to be builHn Lethbridge to provide housing for person, in the bringing the total for the city to 72. Alderman C. 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OF CANADA Loans up to Your loan can bo lite-insured 42 month contracts on loans over CORNER 4TH AVE. 6TH ST., LETHBRIDGE (Woolworth Bide.) 327-8565 OPEN Cvr.NfNGS BY APPOINTMENT PHONE FOR HOURS OPEN SATURDAY TO 12 NOON, NOVEMBER 28, DKEMBER 5, 12, 19 Scouters urged to build trust Southern Alberta Boy Scout leaders were told Saturday their programs must provide opportunities for Scouts to learn how to establish "trust relationships" with others. Charles B. Stafford, director of program services for Boy Scouts of Canada in Ottawa, told the wind-up banquet au- dience of about 70 Scouters at- tending the two-day Southern Alberta regional conference in Lethbridge people today tend to operate ift an atmosphere of mistrust and fear. "Man unique among crea- tures in that he strives for the unattainable; I hope we are all striving for that one ideal- he said. Only to this way, he said, can we avoid the loneliness that is a part of the lives of many individuals in today's so- ciety. Mr. Stafford told The Herald many people today are forced through the "meat-grinder" of the educational system and then get jobs in business or in- dustry with no opportunity along tiie way to exist in any- thing but a large, impersonal organization. This is a major reason, he said, for the emphasis put on Ismail groups by today's Scout- 1 ing programs. 1 In small groups the individ- Inal is not threatened by older I boys. He also has a sharing, r a t h e r than dominant-sub- servient relationship with the leader. This approach, which has come about in scouting in the past few years, provides an op- Soil tests Some preliminary work b be- ing done on a new industrial plant in Lethbridge. Law rence Gibson, president of Aqua Tech Ltd., says soil analysis at the site of the faro's proposed activated carbon plant at 3719 2nd Ave. N. has been done. The first phase of construc- tion will be the installation of equipment, to be done by Do- minion Bridge Co. Ltd. of Cal- gary. portunity for the boys to gain a sense of identity that cannot be achieved in larger groups, he said. It is here that a young person, can learn a feeling of his own worth and also that of others. Mr. Stafford said the basic programs in Scouting had not altered significantly since the new philosophy had been adopted, but the over-ail ap- proach had changed. The pro- grams were no longer consid- ered an end in themselves, he said, but rather a vehicle for achieving individual growth in the boys taking part. Bob Jenkins, executive Scout for the region, said that while attendance at the conference had been below expectations, he was more than satisfied with the level of enthusiasm at Hie two-day meet. The training sessions had i been very useful, he said, fori the leaders in examining their role in Scouting and how toj take advantage of the re- sources in the community in furthering the cause of the Scouting movement. 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