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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Physicians hope to promote birth control through schools By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON People should concern themselves with birth control instead of abor- tions, a Lethbridge physician told the annual meeting of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Wednesday. Dr. L. W. Johnston, chairman of the AMA committee on maternal welfare, said in his report to about 200 delegates that physicians must take an active role in providing informa- tion on family planning and contraception. Dr. Johnston's report drew considerable dis- cussion from attending physicians but recommendations he proposed passed with overwhelming approval. The delegates decided that the profession should work "with and through the schools and other community organizations in helping provide information, instruction and expertise in family life education." The recommendation is similar to one which has been rejected by school boards year after year. However, AMA president-elect, Dr. Bob Hat- field said if physicians expressed their concerns on the topic now it may have some effect on school groups. School trustees have gone on record as sup- porting family life education and the "climate is better now to express our concerns to various groups and change that paper policy into actual he said. Dr. L. A. Frostad, a Calgary physician, dis- agreed saying "it is extremely dangerous" for the profession to get into this topic again. "For us as a profession to work along with these people (teachers) is just lip he said. "The education will be out of our hands." "I think this education should be left with the family." Dr. Johnston said later in a Herald interview that it could be left with parents but asked "how many parents know how to teach it and how many He added the medical profession does not like doing abortions but if there are further restric- tions placed on the practice it would create a double standard. If abortions are restricted more the rich will go out of the country to have the operation and the poor will have the unwanted child or worse go to a "butcher abortionist." The easing of abortion laws has virtually eliminated the "backstreet he said. A member of Dr. Johnston's committee, Dr. H. E. Brody, added that the results of the study he conducted of women who have had ther- apeutic abortions show that few have long- term psychological effects as a result of having an abortion. He added that if society takes the approach that doing abortions is immoral than the same could apply to the use of birth control pills or other contraceptive measures Dr. Ray Kimberley of Lethbridge, speaking in support of the committee action, said if the profession follows the motion and works with school boards "there will be no problems." Dr. Johnston said in the interview that the mo- tion will give new hope to attempts to have fami- ly life education in Lethbridge schools. District The Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 26, 1974 "Pages 13-22 THE FLYING N Flying N proprietress tired, puts restaurant up for sale CLARESHOLM Jean Hoare is calling it quits after enjoying "having peo- ple to dinner" since 1956. It was 18 years ago Jean served the first of the hear- ty, but elegant dinners that have since won her thousands of friends, and the Flying N restaurant national acclaim. Jean will lock the doors of her Flying N Chuckwagon and Hitching Post Sunday and head south for a California food convention while her staff spruces up the former army supply depot for its new owner. The doors will be unlock- ed Oct. 13 for Thanksgiving dinner, and one of southern Alberta's favorite eating places will be up for sale. The price tag will be as substantial as the wholesome fare which is Flying N's trademark. Although she hasn't decided, Jean mentions a tentative price of The vivacious hostess for thousands of diners says the Flying N is just too successful: "It's a case of the tail wagging the dog." Jean plans to retire from the hectic pace and ringing telephones at the Flying N and spend some time en- joying life at the family ranch, Driftwillow. Flying N food is unique, but based on the Southern Alberta penchant for meat and potatoes. A sign over THE FAMOUS MEAL the Hitching Post greeting patrons reads: "I've tried the food from mountain top, and even sal- ty reef. But I'll do 'bout anything, to prove the best is beef." By Russel Oughtred Herald Staff Writer The food, Jean modestly says, is just good home cooking, spiced with the hospitality of a country inn. Originally from Ontario, she says the inspiration for her first dining room came from her travels through rural Ontario, where tourists could drop in on a farm family to share the bounty of their table. In 1956 she bought three round oak tables, hired a ranch cook and began serving home-cooked meals. But by 1965. her Driftwood Room at Driftwillow Ranch west of Highway 2 between Stavely and Pulteney couldn't satisfy public demand. The Driftwood moved to a Royal Canadian Army Supply Corps building at Claresholm Airport, without disturbing the in- formal atmosphere and slick-to-the-ribs food. Today a staff of 15 serve a meal a minute at the Fly- ing N, during two and one half busy dinner hours. Casually-attired staff serve course after course of appetizers, soups, desserts and salads un- assumingly and efficiently. Jean says she occasional- ly gets complaints from patrons disappointed they aren't greeted at the door by a maitre d" and whisked to their table. Some people, she adds, expect more pomp and ceremony. They're in the minority, though, judging by the success of the- Flying N since it opened 9 years ago.. How popular is the Fly- ing N? "I counted 800 people one weekend, and we let in one person out of seven." Jean admits the asking price for the Flying N is high in current times of tight credit. But if new owners stick to the now- famous menu and western hospitality, the Flying N will continue to draw its loyal patrons. And by ex- panding the restaurant's hours to serve people now turned away for lack of reservations, she adds, the Flying N should continue to pay its own way. JEAN HOARE She might be your dish Being a nationally- recognized restaurant has its drawbacks, says Jean Hoare. Shortly after a national tabloid-style new- smagazine rated the Flying N as one of Canada's top ten restaurants, the phone started ringing with calls from patrons seeking reservations and jour- nalists seeking interviews. One writer even called from Toronto for a two- hour telephone interview. Working from stories filed by Ken Liddell of the Calgary Herald, the Toronto journalist describ- ed the Claresholm restaurant owner as a "plump, blonde divorcee making thousands of dollars." Jean says this crude characterization prompted Jean's daughter to com- ment: "You better bar the door. Mum." You'll remember Canada's third-best Here's what Where to Eat in Canada has to say about the country's third-best restaurant: "You'll remember the Flying N when you've forgotten most other restaurants "The decor is somewhat scattery. very western and very unassuming, the main course con- sists of variations on steak and chicken, all worth trying. "Entrees include your choice from the cheddar-cheese buffet dips, appetizers, seafood or fruit cocktail, homemade soup or a delicious hot cider, hot braided pull-apart bread, relish tray, salad, potatoes