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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October 4. 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 31 Getting old is hell Annie Lewis, left and Elizabeth Bisson celebrate their 100th birthday together in a Seattle retirement home. Said Annie of Penobsquis, N.B., "getting old is hell." "It sure agreed Elizabeth of Arlington, Minn. Actors 'quiet revolutionaries' Theatre troupe explores woman's role By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO (CP> You might call the troupe quiet revolutionaries. joint statement from them says "We are an eight woman theatre troupe doing plavs about women. We will plav lor anyone who will listen, but one of our goals is to stimulate women to think about themselves and the role societv has imposed on them Beyond that, they decline politely but firmly to have a common image imposed on them Pat Leggo of Hull. Que says "We like people to un- derstand that each one ol us has different opinions on women's lib and on what we're doing. We're by no means all the same, or all the same degree ol feminists." Christine Willcs ol Ottawa says- "We agree with the basic issues of women's lib. filings like equal pay and abor- lion. but when you get into emotional issues such as sex- ism, il gets very com- plicated Chris was one of the lour founders of the troupe. She Hie idea had several roots Men get better parts because plays are written lor men "This was something to do Ilia! we wanted to do. to p a se rvice tor women SEEK STAGE CAREERS All of the women want careers in the theatre. S e v e n o f the m c a m e together through a chain ol mutual acquaintance. Canada Manpower found Suzanne Charbonneau of Point Cat mean. Que. Suzanne is actress, stage manager and coach lor the French- language version ol their revue As much ol the material as possible is Canadain. and Nat- suko Ohama ot Ranier. Alta.. savs the French revue has a greater Canadian content. "The French are more con- cerned with experiences of women rather than women's lib Linda Crilfiths of Montreal says "We're trying to get at the feelings of a woman. We haven't done it through the standard issues ol women's lib Michele Pinet of Ottawa says "We offer something other than radical speeches that just turn people off." They have been especially pleased with two results of their work They played at the women's prison in Kingston, and say there is interest among the women there in do- ing something similar. In Hamilton the National Council of Jewish Women showed in- leresl in the possibilities tor work among mentally disturb- ed women SHUN PROPS Connie Kaldor of Hegina savs "We hoped women might fake the idea and do something else Nalsuko adds: "We have lew props, just ourselves, to show women that as long as they've go! themselves, they don't need anything else. They don't need props." In the middle of their lour thcv had only been heckled once, an experience they acknowledged bothered them in various ways. Chris says the hecklers weren't "attacking the feminist content" of the revue, but were just insulting a group ol women. The troupe is on an Oppor- tunities lor Yough grant, and plans to write a report based on a questionnaire they hand out at performances. In mid-tour they had had what Michele Pinet of Ottawa describes as "good, clean negative and positive response." WANT MEN INCLUDED They said it was too soon for anv statistical analysis, but I hey thought that radical feminists tended to describe the revue as too kindlv toward men Middle-aged men seem- ed to find it bitter. But Pat says: "I don't think one person has said they haven't enjoyed the show They will have appeared in 17 communities in Eastern Canada by the time they linish the tour Then they'll write their report and disband They wrote to universities and to women's centres for bookings, and sav few ol the universities replied. Their joint statement says. 'We are doing a revue in English and a different revue in French, as well as an English drama, a puppet show, workshops and a street show They've played in parks, in Y's. in auditoriums. They say thev won't play where men are kept out. even though thev are sympathetic to the reasoning Linda savs "That's the point ol the thing, to speak to men. to get to people who aren't already indoctrinated." Oldsters not helpless SE VITI.E. Wash i.-XPi There were so many candles on their birthday cakes it took a propane torch to light them .ill at once Elizabeth Bisson and Cana- dian born Annie Lewis celebrated their 100th birthdays Wednesday at a rest home. posing for photographers in front ol two cakes Kach cake was adorned with 100 candles "II only we looked as good as we led." said Elizabeth old is hell." Annie chimed in 'II sure is. I'm readv to go right now.'' h responded But both are quick to spurn unneeded help. "A voting mind in an old I can do most anything said Elizabeth I'm no I'm determined and I'm stubborn WANTED A WIG Straightening up in her chair she said "You know that I'm the oldest woman in the world ever to model in a style show. That's something to be proud ol. My son thought it was av.'lul silly, wanting a uiK But I'm getting bald and mv hail is (ailing out a native ol New Brunswick, said her son came tu visit her and "thought he was going to help mo get mv dress on. but I went ahead and did it "I'm nol helpless 'I don't gel bored but I do cet tired ol hearing about oilier people's aches and pains." added Elizabeth They bent the rules a bit to celebrate their birthdays together Annie doesn't turn 100 until Get 29. while Elizabeth crossed the century mark Sept 8 Herald- Family Golden Mile Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Monday: Open 1 to 5 p m No keep lit class today Tuesday: Singing. 10 a m Dancing 2 p m Friday: Kesmcralt 9 30 a.m. and 2 p.m with Mrs C Heidebrecht instructing Noteworthy: There will be a bake sale onh at the centre at 2 p m Oct 24 Tea and collee will be available Donations for the bake sale will be greatly appreciated The centre will hold a dance from 8 30 p m to midnight Tuesdav Oct 30. in Soulhminster hall for members and invited guests Music will be provided by the Bridge Town Trio and lunch will be served There will be a charge lor tickets THE BETTER HALF fourth birthday celebra- tion will be held at the centre Saturday. 3 Further details later Women vets reunion TORONTO iCPi More than 200 women veterans of the Second World War. from as far aw.iy as Scotland and British Columbia gatbeied night at the annual reunion of (he Canadian Women's Armv Corps iCWAC.. There were more than 20 000 women serving with the CWAC during the war as clerks, telephone operators, cook-s and entertainers in Holland England France and (ierm.mv By Barnes "You have a choice; dinner at the York Restaurant, or the pot roast I burnt." British accused of filthy habits By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) Beware when vou buy lood at British shops That's the message from Brilian's public health inspec- tors who have a horrifying tale to tell in their annual report ol foreign bodies rang- ing from mice to artilical fingernails found in store- bought food. At the same time. Derby s medical officer ot health has lashed out at the "filthy habits" ol Fir i tons themselves, and how these have led in his own town to persistant lood poisoning "British people talk about Intensive care units aid infants EDMONTON iCPi Kegional intensive-care units should be established in the province to deal with high-risk pregnancies. Dr. James Coodwin of Toronto said here Dr Cioodwin told an obstetrics refersher course for local physicians that the units could prevent brain damage in the child by detecting such things as high blood pressure, diabetes and kidnev disease in the mother. He said Ihe units could also help lower Ihe mortality rate of infants between the 20th vveek of pregnancy and the seventh day alter birth the perinatal period Canada's perinatal mortali- ty rate is deaths in every 1.- 000 births, well above the Scandinavian rate ol 10 The cost ol establishing an intensive-care unit at an Alberta hospital would be .ibout compared lo Ihe million it costs to main- tain a seriously mentally- retarded person lor lite, he said Then1 are eight such units ,ici-uss Canada the dirty habits ol people liv- ing east ol said Der- by's Vmer Levshon "But their own habits ,irc equally lillhv "We have a persistent pool ol infection in Derby. I he same as in ,im other town in England The main problem is lood poisoning, which is main- ly due to people not washing their hands alter going to the toilet British emplmers are mean with towels, Dr Leyshon said, and British housewives often turn a blind eye to such things as a butcher cutting meat with a bandage on his linger This might be covering a boil which would contaminate the meat "We should tell him off and walk out." Derby's medical officer suggested HYGIENE POOR In Britain, one s.iw shop assistants in food stores work- ing with cigarettes dangling out ol their mouths dogs and cats wandering about and cooked meat placed on counters open to germs. Dr I.evshon s.'iid Dr Leyshon suggested part ol the trouble might be that a free health service has made Britons careless Food poison- ing in North meant high medical bills. report by the Association ol Public Health Inspectors meanwhile discloses that 13.- foreign bodies were lound in lood last year Each ol the lasi three vears has shown a successive increase of about 2.000 cases, the report says. spokesman lot the association savs "There now is more to go wrong with modern equipment and many Mime nil's and bolls to tail I The rl Ho.irs Opi't; i) til. from 9 30 a rn lo 30 p m TiiiiiMl ty ind Fndav 30 a m to 9 00 p m Crmtie Vill.Kio Wall Telephone 32b 9231 ;