The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 1987 · 3
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Monday, November 30, 1987
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fRTcopy NEWS The Vancouver Sun, Monday, Nov. 30, 1987 A3 Mary Beth Whitehead weds, two weeks after her divorce MARY BETH WHITEHEAD, the surrogate mother who lost a court battle for custody of Baby M earlier this year, married a New York accountant Saturday in Rahway, N.J., one of her lawyers said. Whitehead, 30, who bore a baby girl through artificial insemination for William and Elizabeth Stern of Tenafly, N.J., made headlines when she attempted to keep the baby. Whitehead divorced her husband Richard two weeks ago after announcing she was pregnant and planned to wed her lover, Dean Gould. FRED MacMURRAY is on the mend. After a week's stay in a Santa Monica hospital for an unspecified throat ailment, the 79-year-old actor went home at the weekend. t RACQUEL WELCH'S advice to dieters who sometimes give in: Do it without guilt. The actress and fitness author admits in People magazine: ' "Sometimes I get bored with the whole picture-perfect aspect and just want to pig out The point is to do it without guilt." t TAMMY FAYE BARKER'S fota GARTH HARRIS: "I don't like 1 t i - r r3ft ?;. I is : m3i 1 k ' 1 ' ';' - jr &h ' ' ' 1 I fir Yv i i m Wz4MimZi ' i -V If I s' . iV;,af 111 twfev4 .'i - . : )tV- '.'' r LuBauiMuau inmM.....ji, L.m.-v, .,-. ., - AiJ- ..v, Mi,mm m n.mltM nTI liAnnniiiiiiMnnni illMti M J Camping gives Garth a zest for the normal By ALICIA PRIEST Twelve-year-old Garth Harris rests hi$ crutches against the side of his chair, leans forward and says: "I don't like hanging around just handicapped people. I like to hang around normal people . . . because I am normal." Born with cerebral palsy, Garth is accustomed to using a walker and forearm crutches. He attends regular school, hopes to be a lawyer and likes making things with his hands. He also goes camping. With help from The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund, Garth enjoyed a two-week day camp at Camp Sasamat last summer an integrated camping program located in Belcarra Regional Park and run by the Association of Neighborhood Houses. A $5,000 grant from the Children's Fund this spring went toward construction of new facilities and buildings designed to accommodate the disabled. Camping director Dave Stevens said the new site on Sasamat Lake allows more children from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to enjoy camping. ( amp Sasamat is not specifically NAMES IN THE NEWS 1984 Mercedes-Benz convertible sold at an auction at the weekend for $43,000. The new owner's wife immediately hung rosary beads from the rear-view mirror "to give it a fresh blessing." BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Margaret Thatcher has turned to alternative medicine to cope with an attack of neuralgia and is being massaged with herbal oils, the London Sunday Telegraph reported. The paper, which supports the prime minister, ran the story across the top of its front page under the headline: Rosemary and Thyme for Thatcher's Pain in the Neck. CHARLES SCIIULZ'S earnings aren'.t peanuts. Schulz, says Forbes magazine, earned an estimated $30 million last year, putting him among the ranks of such multimillionaire entertainers as Bruce Spring cied hanging around just handicapped people." for the disabled, but one of its aims is to integrate a variety of children. "It's a more healthy and normal experience for handicapped kids to be part of a regular camp and to be around a range of kids. After all, that way they can take on a more meaningful role in society," Stevens said. Garth said the new facilities are far superior to the association's former site Camp Wallace which he attended two years ago. "I hardly ever fell at Camp Sasamat, and usually I fall a lot. There I felt that I could do things myself." Donna Harris is equally enthusiastic abmit her son's summer. "It gave him a chance to go somewhere where he wasn't only with handicapped kids, where he could be in a normal environment and interact with normal kids," she said. nra steen, Bill Cosby and Sylvester Stallone. A constant source of income has been the Peanuts comic strip, which first appeared in seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950. But Schulz's biggest breadwinners are the licensing and merchandising fees from Snoopy and other Peanuts characters, which appeared on almost $1 billion worth of merchandise last year. e HE WASN'T NEARLY AS RICH as his television namesake, but there was a real J.R. Ewing. And now, seven years after the real J.R. Ewing died in a squalid rooming house in Houston, Tex., his son has discovered that he is heir to his father's $150,000 estate. Although a lawyer was appointed to search for Ewing's heirs, it was not until Saturday that a friend of Charles Ewing told him about an article in the Boston Globe describing the search for a Charles Ewing who had lived in East Boston. The real J.R. Ewing was a merchant marine sailor who liked to dress well, drink and play the saxophone, the younger Ewing said. MARK VAN MANEN Children's Fund Sun readers wishing to help the children ol B.C. are urged to contribute to the Children's Fund. All donations are tax-deductible. All donors' names will appear in The Sun unless otherwise specified. Please mail your contribution to Box 2700, Vancouver, V6B 4C8, or bring it in person to the Edith Adam's Cottage, Pacific Press, 2250 Granville Street. NAME. ADDRESS CITY POSTAL CODE. DEDICATION Every donated penny goes straight to an endowment fund, with the interest generated from the fund disbursed through grants to organizations working to Improve the health and welfare of B.C.'s children. SAILOR Kay Cottee works a winch Sunday as she sails out of Sydney, Australia. She's trying to be the first woman to sail around the world solo and to raise $1 million Aus. for a drug-education program. m skyiinigs By SARAH COX A $570 robbery was probably the motive behind the Washington State slayings of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook, a U.S. sheriff said today. Skagit County Sheriff Gary Fra-zier said the B.C. couple had $570 in cash and traveller's cheques when they left Victoria Nov. 18 to buy furnace parts in Seattle. That money was missing when their bodies were found last week. "We believe robbery was the primary motive," said Frazier. "We believed that as soon as we found the bodies and, as the investigation developed, we believed it was the likely motive." . . , ' " . 1 Meanwhile, the mother of Cook, who was found strangled to death last week near Monroe,r Wash., is hoping public attention will remain focused on the case until his killer is found. , Cook, 20, of Oak Bay, disappeared almost two weeks ago along with Van Cuylenborg, his 18-year-old girlfriend, of Saanich, after the pair left Victoria for Seattle. Van Cuylenborg was found shot to death Nov; 25 in a ditch near the small town of Alger, 20 kilometres north of Mount Vernon, Wash., and about 80 kilometres north of Cook's body. Cook's mother, Leona, said Sunday she wants to thank the media for helping to maintain public interest in the case. "I would like to keep people's interest up until we find the person or persons who are guilty," Cook said. She said her family was visited about 11 p.m. Saturday by Saanich police, who informed them the body found near Monroe had been identified as her son's. Snohomish County police had presumed the other body was Cook's, but could not confirm it until the weekend. Saanich police Sgt. Chris Bowles said Sunday the body was $12 million for injury offers victim new future Special to The Sun KELOWNA - The father of a teenager seriously disabled in a traffic accident says a $12.5-million insurance settlement means the family can now begin planning the boy's future. . John Baergen stressed that that amount does not go immediately to his 16-year-old son, Byron. The settlement will only be paid in full if the boy lives to the age of 81. ,"When we left Edmonton last night we didn't take one cent with us," Baergen said Friday. . He said the money, being handled by a public trustee, will be paid at a rate of about $3,700 a month plus lump sum payments every five years. These lump sums will start at $25,000 in 1992 and increase every five years. There was an initial payment to compensate the family for financial losses during the last six years, but Baergen declined to release the amount. He said his son, formerly an athletic honors student, suffered severe brain damage when the family car was hit by a truck on an icy road near Whitecourt, 140 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, on New Year's Day of 1981. Byron spent three weeks in a coma and after reviving, was paralysed and unable to speak. But he has made enormous strides: he can now - --7 REUTER VAN CUYLENBORG COOK identified from dental charts sent to Washington state by his department because there was no identification on Cook's body when it was found. "He's been found and she's been found," Bowles said. "Now we'd like to find the murderer or murderers as quickly as possible whoever they are," Cook said the family has made arrangements with a funeral company to bring her son's body back to Canada, where it will be cremated. She said a memorial service will be held Saturday at the University of Victoria chapel, where a service for Van Cuylenborg was held this past weekend. Sgt. Sam Goss, of the country sheriffs office in Snohomish, said Sunday police would not comment on f We're very relieved we now have a settlement. It's been a long grind. 5 John Baergen walk with difficulty, has some ability to read and is trying to talk although only family members can understand him so far. "We've been recommended to a renowned medical centre in Pennsylvania which works with brain-injured people and that's the sort of place we can take advantage of now," Baergen said. Baergen had to dispose of a grain farm and other businesses in Grande Prairie, Alta., and move the family to B.C. because Byron's impaired circulatory system could not cope with Alberta winters. "We're very relieved we now have a settlement. It's been a long grind," he said. "Now we can get full-time care for Byron. He is aware of the settlement but sometimes his responses are not appropriate " Baergen and his wife, who also have a 13-year-old son, have started a career consulting business in Kelowna. Nova Scotia opposes games choice: Canadian Press HALIFAX Sport Nova Scotia, the body that governs amateur athletics in the province, has asked Ottawa to overturn Victoria's selection as Canada's choice to host the 1994 Commonwealth Games. The appeal was made to Sport Minister Otto Jelinek, who has asked for a full report on why Victoria was picked over eight other Canadian applicants. The report could be completed this week. "The athletes of Atlantic Canada and the Canadian democratic system are the real losers caused by the unjust ruling of the Commonwealth Games executive," the letter states. The selection of Victoria on Nov. 10 set off a storm of controversy in Halifax, considered one of the favorites to win the bid. Marion McCain, a member of the games selection committee, fanned the dispute a few days later when she revealed Halifax was the selectors' choice to bid for the games. However, she said a personality conflict between the chairman of the Halifax committee and Ivor Dent, president of the Commonwealth Games Association, cost the Nova Scotia capital its chance. Victoria will receive $50 million from Ottawa if it beats out Cardiff, Wales the only other declared candidate for the Games. Premier backs Victoria, B4 ffcoeple? Family, friends recall spirited 18-year-old Special to The Sun VICTORIA More than 200 grieving friends, relatives and teachers crammed the University of Victoria chapel Saturday to say goodbye to slain Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and offer support to her distraught parents and brother. Young people, some weeping in each others' arms, were in the majority at the emotion-filled service also attended by Attorney General Brian Smith, a family friend. Snohomish county police in Washington . State, meanwhile, identified her boyfriend Jay Cook, 20, as the young man found strangled Thursday. Tanya's ability to make others laugh, her love of poetry, sports and the outdoors was affirmed by the dozen mourners who rose to remember her. Eight of her closest friends supported each other at the front of the chapel as they shared personal feelings and memories, and read aloud pieces of Tanya's poetry. "We'll keep her alive in our hearts," a sobbing young woman said looking to Tanya's parents Jean and Bill Van Cuylenborg and brother John. whether they have any new leads in the investigation. "Our detectives don't like to release much information about the case at this time because it could go against them later on," he said. Meanwhile, Cook's h'?band and his co-workers at Imperial Oil Ltd. are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the killings. An additional $5,000 is being offered by Victoria-area businesses. The dead man's father is a furnace repair contractor. Skagit County police are asking anyone who may have seen Cook's 1977 bronze-colored Ford van before it was abandoned in Bel-lingham to contact them in Mount Vernon. Tighten up economic plan, GVRD urges Boundaries for the economic region that includes the Lower Mainland must be shrunk if the concept is to work at all, the president of the Greater Vancouver Regional District says. Don Ross, who is also mayor of Surrey for one more week, said Sunday he doubts whether the concept of economic regions announced this fall by Premier Bill Vander Zalm will work. "I don't see the merit in the idea ... but if the premier has decided this is the route he wants to go, well, I think we have to ask ourselves how we can give it a chance of working," he said. And that means shrinking the boundaries which now stretch from Vancouver to Hope and almost ZIZ kilometres north of the U.S. -Canada border to include only communities in the GVRD and neighboring communities in the Frascr Valley. Ross has written Vander Zalm, saying there are "simply too many communities and too large an infrastructure to service, and . . . too little similarity in interests among the metropolitan, agricultural, resource and resort areas to permit effective work." . 1 I f&sr copy AVAIUBtf

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