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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, 29, 1974 6 You need good feet. and a strong back9 Lethbridge post office hires first full-time "lady mailman' Herald Family By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Lethbridge's first full time female letter carrier makes no bones about what attracted her to Canada's postal service. Wrong, it wasn't the uniform, the oppor- tunities for advance- ment or all the fresh air and exercise. It wasn't even the chance to work in a predominantly male setting. "It was the 18 year old Kathy McGee frankly admits. "The pay is about the best a girl like me can get in Lethbridge." Ms. McGee's starting salary is an hour; she began working with the post office Nov. 20. But don't get the wrong idea: Kathy's not a hard hearted mercenary. She simply needs the money she is working to put her husband through univer- sity. "It's a lot better than working in an said the aubum haired Ms. McGee in an inter- view. After a five day training period she was on her own, delivering mail in north Lethbridge, in the area around the television station. Her working day begins at 7 a.m. with mail sorting; she delivers mail mornings and afternoons. The rest of her day, until about 4 p.m., is taken up with office work. Ms. McGee applied for part time work at the post office last Christmas and, when there were no vacancies in that position, submitted her application for a full- time job. Ms. McGee has lived in Lethbridge all her life, but says she hasn't received as much reac- tion to her new job as expected. "Everyone just thinks it's different. My family thinks it's okay actually, my mother was quite thrill- ed about she says. "My husband was hap- py it meant he could go to school." "A lady is what most of the residents on her postal route asked when they first saw the long- haired letter carrier striding up their walk. Ms. McGee will receive a regulation uniform within a week or so. The clothing will be iden- tical in style to that of male letter carriers, including the heavy navy parka with "Poste Canada Post" in yellow lettering on the shoulder. Women carriers may wear skirts but Ms. McGee says she probably won't bother pants are more practical. "They say it takes a little longer for a woman's uniform to be sent from Eastern adds Ms. McGee, "because they don't have as many women's sizes in How have the men at the post office reacted to a female carrier? Ms. McGee chuckles, "I don't think they swear as much. Most of the men are older, so they sort of treat me as their daughter, asking if there's anything I need and if I'm getting along alright." So far she adds, no one has rushed to help her when she's lifting heavy mail sacks. "I'm glad they let me do it says Ms. McGee. "That's what I was hired for." Kathy McGee says her decision to work for the post office was a "purely personal "I'm not out to prove anything. I intend to work at this job for at least five years and will do it the best I can." That's all no cam- paign to bring women's awareness to the postal branch of the federal civil service. "Of she adds, "I believe in equal pay for equal work." Ms. McGee has few words of advice for women considering following her foot- steps: "You have to be healthy, you can't be really weak and skinny. You have to be able to take the What about dogs, the four legged bane of a letter carrier's life? "I like says Ms. McGee. "I guess it helps if you're not scared of them. But we don't have to deliver mail to a house where there's an especially ferocious dog. We need our legs." Female letter carriers 'not Lethbridge Postmaster A. D. Lewis sees nothing un- usual in 'lady postmen'. "There are female letter carriers being hired all across the he says. "Calgary and Edmonton have quite a few and they've worked out very well. We've hired part-time female carriers before. No reason why we shouldn't have them full-time." There are no separate height or weight qualifications for female carriers, he says. "All you need is good feet and a strong back. And you have to be over 16." According to official description, carriers walk up to 10 miles a day and carry up to 35 pounds of mail. Mr. Lewis said to date the Lethbridge post office has not received many applications from women seeking out- side carrier's jobs, although women do apply for indoors office work. KATHY McGEE DELIVERING THE MAII___ AND GETTING THINGS SORTED OUT Community calendar THE BETTER HALF The Oldman River Potters Guild will hold a Christmas Show and sale from Dec. 1 through 8 in the gallery at the Bowman Arts Centre. Southminster Circle Square Dance Club will hold their regular dance Saturday at p.m. in Southminster Hall. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 7, Wilf Wihlidal of Calgary will be guest caller. Navy League Cadet Corps Lethbridge will hold their sports parade Saturday at the ship on 10th Ave. and 17th St. S.. minus uniforms for both of- ficers and cadets. Bring swimming trunks: parade time is to 12 noon. The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club is holding a dance Saturday at Assumption School (24th St. and 14th Ave. S.i at p.m. Everyone welcome: music by Country Couples Orchestra. Lethbridge Women's Progressive Conservative PUBLIC BINGO _ 16 GAMES BLACKOUT ntil Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY THURS.-8pm Association's final business meeting of the year will be held Mondy at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. J. S. Stewart, 631 8th St. S. Lethbridge East and West candidates will be present after the business meeting. The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion is holding an old-fashioned tea on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. A show- ing of antiques and a bake table will be featured. The Whirl-A-Ways will hold their annual Christmas party in the Moose Hall, 1234 3rd Ave. N.. Saturday at 8 p.m. Beta Sigma Phi city council will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the home of Jean Poile, 1705- Ashgrove Road. SUGAR SURGE LONDON (CP) Sign of the times in sugar-short Britain: Mr. and Mrs. Mick Wigley have a sugar-supply contact shipping them 40-ton loads. Wigley. who runs a removal company, has been steadily selling the sugar. Once a double-decker bus drew up at his house and dis- gorged a group of customers. A hearse driver stacked his purchase in the space usually reserved for coffins. By Barnes about breast cancer in disguise' for women "I suppose you would be happy if all you worry about were split ends." had to Vancouver mom seeking return of infant9 LADIES1 AUXILIARY TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION OLD-FASHIONED TEA LEGION MEMORIAL HALL SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 30th There will be a showing o1 Antiques, also sale of Baking and Sewing Articles. Everyone Welcome. Price SOU. Door Prize Raffle. VANCOUVER (CP) A woman who sold her baby boy for on Vancouver's skid Road last month wants the baby back. Officials refused to identify the woman who appeared in family court this week to for- mally identify the infant. The couple who paid the for the child on Oct. 22 say they will continue efforts to adopt him. Charles Pelletier. 50. and his wife. Katherine. stopped to admire the eight month old baby and jokingly asked the mother how much she would take for him. Mr. Pelletier. assuming she was joking, paid the she re- quested for her son. As the woman left she told the Pelletiers the baby was nam- ed Samuel. The couple took the infant to police. He was placed in the care of the provincial human resources department and has since been transferred to a foster home. Vic Belknop, superintendent of child welfare, said the mother came forward and identified herself about a week after the incident. "The mother is very anx- ious IN; ii to her, but that's for the courts to Mr. Belknop said. VANCOUVER (CP) The surgical breast removals of Happy Rockefeller and Betty Ford are "blessing in disguise for a west coast radiologist says. Publicity surrounding their mastectomies has brought breast cancer into sharp public focus, and prompted an unprecedented demand for breast x-rays, Dr. Linda Warren, a private radiologist said. Mrs. Rockefeller had her left breast removed in early October, a few weeks after the wife of U.S. President Gerald Ford had a similar operation. Monday, her right breast was removed. Dr. Warren said there has been a sharp increase in the number of x-rays performed by her office. There were 44 performed in September, 78 in October, and should be about 100 by the end of this month, she said. Cancer patients suffer bigoted hiring practices NEW YORK (AP) For Joyce Arkhurst of New York, the news after her breast can- cer surgery last April lesion was extreme- ly small and her doctor con- sidered her cured. But earlier this month, Mrs. Arkhurst was informed she could not be considered eligi- ble for a job at the United Nations "according to our present medical standards." Mrs. Arkhurst's case was cited by the American Cancer Society in material provided for release today as an exam- ple of discrimination by employers against former cancer patients. "The likelihood of being turned down for a new job be- cause of a past history of can- cer is very, very said Dr. Robert McKenna. sur eon at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. "There is still a stigma at- tached to said McKenna, who has been nam- ed by the cancer society to head a new study group investigating such reported discrimination in general. The waiting list extends well into December, she added. "I see all the patients, and the majority say they have been prompted to seek x-rays by the publicity surrounding these two said Dr. Warren. An official at the British Columbia Cancer Institute reported a similar increase in breast x-rays: 44 in September, 66 in October, and a projected 80 by the end of this month. This represents about a 50 per cent increase over last year, the official said. St. Paul's Hospital reports a steady year long increase, with a significant jump since the Rockefeller Ford mastectomies. Dr. R. G. Pitman, head of the hospital's radiology department, said the hospital now performs three or four x- rays a day, about double the number performed six months ago. Dr. Pittman said the hospital, which also has a waiting list extending into the DOG DASH HIGH WYCOMBE. England