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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 THE LETHBRIDGF HERAID Wednesday, September 29, 1771- PONDEROUS PROCESSION Vancouver drivers face n traffic slowdown wilh a difference. A total of 22 ele- phonls and other animals belonging to the Ringland Brothers-Barnum Bailey circus used ihe roadway to walk four miles from the railway slation lo ihe Pacific National Exhibition Grounds where the circus was playing. Too many hitch-hikers on roads By SUSAN BECKER OTTAWA (CP) Young trav tilers are concerned Uiat there j better public image" and some are too many hitch-hikers on suggested that there should be Many of the young people ML J Savings was Ihe highest sole they should try "lo project a i means of support, accounting for 31 per-cent of those inter- viewed, v.ith work the second the roads for "all to get rides a more youth-run work projects highest at 12 pcr-cent and pan- of transient youth Canada this summer has found. The survey of 222 persons aged 14-25 years and represent- ing 20 cities was done for the, I two or and craft shops, Mrs. Unsn-orth said. The most frequently men- tioned means of subsistence of Ihe 222 young people inter velopment annual meeting here. The council is a national vol- untary organization which anal- yses tire causes of social break- down and need. Mrs. Charlotte Unsworth, the project assistant, told council members today that most of those surveyed felt that a bus service for transients would be the answer. "This service could be prov- ided at a cheaper rate to enable more youth to she said, j "A bus service should also be provided in larger cities to transport youlh from one end of the city to the other to enable: them to proceed with their travel." i WANTS LAWS RELAXED She said young people sur-i veyed also often said hitch-hik-: Ing laws should be relaxed. "Many felt lhat hostels should make youth feel at home, with indefinite staying periods and better organization. They should be open 24 hours a day and flliow children and groups to; stay together. I "It was suggested that a tel be set up in every city with' a population of more than citizens. Fewer local youth stay-. ing at hostels would also alle- viate the over-crowding prob- lem." Food should be available at the hostel and schools should provide students with a list of transient-youth facilities across. Canada, some young travellers suggested. The establishment of emer- gency relief centres would make it easier for young people to get I welfare "and police should rec-i ognizc youth as free agents with a rightful place in society.1' Some travellers said, how- ever, that transients using hos- tels should help maintain Iliem and others said transients should be entirely responsible for (heir own welfare, not de- pendent in anv way on govern- ments or others. handling a close third. "Pushing forms only nine- tenths of one pcr-cent of the total means of subsistence, but it should be noted lhat it ap- "a combination of j pcared quite frequently in the ;s, welfare, i pushing, panhandling or worli- Miss Unsworlh reported. j ing" for 39.1 pcr-cent of Ihem. About 88 per-cent of the young people Interviewed were 17 years old or more. Approximately 74 p e r -c e n t spoke English and 18 per-cent spoke French. Almost 150 per-cent said they would have chosen to brave' even if a summer job had been available. A total of 49 per-cent planned to return to school this fall as compared to about 17 per-cenf in a similar survey done in for the council. Young served the poor for free on holidays By .IURATE KAZICKAS NEW YORK (AP) In- stead of hitchhiking in Europe or doing odd jobs (o earn pocket money, many young Americans spent their sum- mer serving the poor and the communkv for no money at all. Thousands of high school and college students volun- teered their help for a variety of activities, everything from running day care centres lo encouraging Bible reading. They worked with drug ad- dicts anil the handicapped. They helped California, practised conservation in the national parks, taught chil- dren tiieir mountain history in Appalachia and promoted voter registration in Tennes- see one knows Ihe number of young summer vol- unteers, but every major cily in the United Slates had many youlh-aided projects. The Red Cross estimates (hey had any- where from to volunteers. Approximately students worked as classroom assistants for more than 700 Head Start projects, which provide pre-school in- slruclion for underprivileged I children And more I nan fiO.'WO young people I'ohm- I leered their services through Ili2 private and religious agen- cies. Sonie lurned lo volunteer work because they were un- able to find summer jobs. Some were taking advnnlage of extra college credits granted for voluntary service. But the great majority, pro- ject directors feel, were moti- vated by old fashioned ideal- ism. "I decided it was time now instead of always saying how sorry I feel for poor people to really do something for them said Sanford Rose, 10, from Worcester, Mass. "It was the best summer of my life." Sanford and about 15 other high-schoolers spent seven weeks in Abbeyville, La., ren- ovating and building houses for the black community, a project sponsored by the American Jewish Society for Service. Summer volunteers working through various agencies con- verted an old sardine factory inlo a school and built a poor people's meelin" cenlre in Maine. They rebuilt adobe homes in New Mexico and slarlcd a day care centre for Chicanes in Oregon. They built houses mentally-re- tarded children in Pennsyl- vania and took underprivi- leged children on camping trips in California, PAY OWN HAY The volunlecr.s were u.siKilH' provided ith room anil beard, in some cases nolhing more luxurious lljan sleeping hags or army cols in old school houses. But most vol- unteers had to pay their own way to the project site. One boy figured it cost his parents more than J700 to finance his trip to New Mexico where he worked with welfare families. Karen Barg, 20, from Utica, Mich., worked for two months as a cashier lo earn enough money to get her to Biloxi, Miss., where she taught swim- ming, arts and crafts, and cooking to 30 young black children. Project sponsors throughout Ihe country said they were de- lighted wilh this year's crop of volunteers. Rev. Edwf.rd Schlingman of the Unilcd Church of Christ in Potlstown, Pa., said: "We had a lot of long-haired guys and barefoot girls working for us. I j think they proved to people you I can't pul a stereotype on cxteri- ore." And recipients of the youth- ful aid were delighted too. Mrs. Amy Williams, a widow in Madisonville, Ky., had her kitchen ceiling and floors repaired and her house repainlcd by a group from the American Jewish Society for Service "You know, some young ones ju.sl don't have the time lo Id old people, but these people were so nice and friendly and did the most beautiful work on my said Mrs. Williams. "They were the most grandest young people 1 have ever seen." Youth program termed great idea OTTAWA The Oppor- tunities-far-VoulJi program may he summed up as "a'great idea in scnrch of definition." Hie Ca- nadian Council on Social Devel- opment was tolfl here, Lorna Rccs-Poller ol Ottawa, who involved in I ho coun- cil's 1071 review of transient youth services, said in n prelim- inary report lo Ihe ;wnuii] meet- ing thai persons interviewed felt (he program exciting and potentially beneficial but not clearly defined. i The council interviewed 111; persons and groups across ('an-: aria. Of lhe.se, were directly involved in project, 27 gave ad- i vice, and (ifi v ere nol involved in nny ,irojeets. Genoxia Arldy, project direc- tor, said the council, a national uilunlary imporlanl lo do an inde- pendent survey of the program. Under Ihe program, operated by (tic secretary of .strife's rlc- p.'irlmcnl, S2-1 million was allo- calcd for selected projects designed and run by high .school and university st'.idoiils I his .siunmer. FIND (UMPLAI.VrS Despite the general feeling in favor of Ihe program, Mrs. Jt e e s -p o t L e r said the study brought lo light some com- plaints. Many people wondered, for instance, what the selection criteria for the program were. "The feeling is that when the government was unexpectedly inundated wilh proposals more and more prerequisites were .she .said. Kstablished organizations had felt they were called on lo back up a government, program in wliidi they bad no voice. M.'my pfrsfMi.x ;ilsn fell project selec- lion should he done by someone h-ivinjr a local unrlrrsianrline prncr.-nn In krrp Ihr more needs and resources iiggiT.ssiu1 young (tropic out of Sonic said there was Ihe picket lines." slie sjiid. qualc communication among C.hri.s Rradshaw of Ottawa, government, organizations and als I persons with lenlalive proiccls. Students were gelling inlo exams by [he lime the program member of the project: licld Mnff, (ravelled to her of Canadian cilics looking at projects dealing with housing or was announced last March and I land-use. He said Hie students many organizations and govern-1 were generally successful in mertl.s aliradv developed j achieving Ilieir goals, conskter- plans for tlie summer. ing their rolalivc lack of ex-pen- any organizations and govern- 1 were generally succe enl.s Jiad developed achieving (heir tfoals, ns for the summer. ing t II is essential lhat Ihr pro- j ence. gram be announced earlier and] A common .suggestion was have a more orderly and dc ihal Ilir program In- expanded fined Mr.v Ifrrs-I'ul- include older people. Icr .losctlc l.afriimlioise, a pro- UTS ,1011 IIUMl.v: as.sistanl, said some boslcls As a student cmphnmenl pro- l alty fnlt it had lessened NIC ad lo face a new problem this wilh pcl.s. young people (ravelling usual impact of seekers on Ihe markel. "A lew younc people looked "f 'n Iosw-n' up-ill the pnijiram as an allcmpl mlt "i problems nmonfi lo bide Ihe real unemployment j youiitf tran.sienl.s, THURSDAY SEPT. Fresh Picnic Style Believe it or not price Ib. Frozen Whole Head Off Trimmed Believe it or not price Ib. Canada Domestic Gradft Approximately 17-lb. Hand! fak Box Believe it or not price PORK ROAST PINK SALMON B.C. PRUNE PLUMS CANNED TOMATOES Town House. Canada Choice, 19-fl. oz. tin. Believe it or not price DALEWOOD MARGARINE Parchment Wrapped 1-lb. Prints, Believe it or not price GREEN PEAS CLEANED SHRIMP for Town House Med. Small 14-fl. oz. tin Believe it or nol price Easl Point Tiny Cleaner) oz. drainod Believe it or nol price WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES. for SAFEWAY 1960. CANADA SAFEWAY LIMITED ;