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The Windsor Star Windsor Thursday, October 13, 1977 Pago 3 ed Private trade school urs 0 ft for Kent County students byDONKOLFAGE CHATHAM The establishment of a private trade school in Kent County to train skilled workers for local industry was recommended Wednesday In a report that is critical of Canada Manpower and local vocational training. The report charged that Canada Manpower, the Kent County Board of Education and St. Clair College aren't recognizing the need and importance of skilled trades to industry. Called the Status of Skilled Trades in Kent County, the report was prepared by unemployed people under a $16,000 Canada Worksgrant for Local 127, UAW. Report references to Canada Manpower will be passed on to the federal government by Dr; Robert Holmes, Conserva-.

tiveMPforLambton-Kent. "I am suprised at the role of Manpower," he said, "It obviously is not attuned to local problems and needs," Holmes was commenting on report findings that a vast majority of county industries voiced "a notable dissatisfaction" with Canada Manpower. Forty per cent of county industry used Manpower facilities "only as a last resort," the report said. "A common complaint is the failure of the federal agency to CONTINUED on page 4 yi i i 1 mLJ femrtL Jv t- Pn for $99,750 received for creek 2 liliilil. Npilif A 4 a MIL -lf 'I l.

j' I Photo by MICHELLE RAMSAY RAINY DAY FUN -Children taking part in the Chatham having a good time inside. Amy Toll, 3, and Philip Chapleau, Memorial Community Centre's 'Fun with Friends' preschool 3, don't seem to believe in the traditional rools of boys and program don't mind the recent cold, wet weather-they're girlsthey're both having fun bathing Murder trial hears accused CHATHAM The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) Wednesday received $99,750 from the provincial ministry of natural resources toward the phase-one cost of work on McGregor's Creek. The balance of the project will be paid for by eight local municipalities, including the townships of Harwich, Orford, Raleigh and Howard, the towns of Ridgetown, Blenheim and Highgate and the City of Chatham. The creek has been prone fo flooding as a result of backwater from the Thames River and the level of runoff in the creek itself. To reduce flooding on property in the watershed, the authority will increase the capacity of seven bridges on McGregor's Creek and make minor channel enlargements.

Roger Lewington, director of operations for the LTVCA, said tenders for phase one will close in about two weeks. The project is expected to get under way within a month. The first part of phase one involves work on the Tecum-seh Park footbridge and the Adelaide and William streets vehicular bridges. Concrete and silt beneath the bridges has to be removed. Tenders for the remainder of the first phase, including cleaning four bridges from the Thames River to Indian Creek Road East, will be called next week, Lewington said.

A study prepared for the authority by the firm of Todgham and Case outlines a program of improvements to McGregor and Indian creeks. It calls for enlargement of bridges downstream from CN to their maximum capacity, enlargement of the channel downstream from CN to match the bridge capacity, improved alignment of the creek and construction of a diversion channel from the CN bridge northwest. No cost-sharing formula for this work has been established. "Before any plans can be made, discussions involving all participating municipalities and the ministry must be held," Lewington said. These are expected sometime next year.

Photo by STAR STAFF McDONALD'S FOR ROTARY-McDo- sold duuring the day went toward the cause, nald's Restaurant and the Chatham Rotary Above, Clayton Leach, foreground, and Mike Club raised about 1 ,500 for crippled children Campbell of the Rotary Club help make 'Big Wednesday. Proceeds from every 'Big Mac' Fund-raiser for children 'Big Mac A ttack' strikes CHATHAM -A 22-year-old Wallaceburg woman, charged with second degree murder following the July 7 death of her husband, testified before an Ontario Supreme Court jury Wednesday that she didn't stab her husband, but he walked into a knife she was holding. Jennifer Benoit, testifying during the second day of her trial, told the jury she took a nine-inch knife from the kitchen in an attempt to take her two-year-old son away from her husband, Gary, 28, and out of the house. a couple days until I cool down." According to Mrs. Be-noit's testimony, her husband begun slapping her face and she retired to the master bedroom.

She said an acquaintance of her husband, Peter O'F-lynn, came to the house just after she went into the bedroom. She said her husband was selling a boat motor to O'F-lynn and asked her to get the sales receipts for the motor. "I brought him the receipts and put them on the sofa and She testified that she called her son to come to her, but Mr. Benoit slapped the child each time he attempted to cross the room. "I never intended to use the knife.

I just wanted to get the baby out of the house," she said. Mrs. Benoit said on the day of his death, her husband came home from work in an "aggressive mood." She said she asked him if he wanted to talk about it and he advised her to "get out of the my sight for a couple hours or great success. Many people switched from their usual favorites for the cause." Throughout the day members of the Rotary Club, civic politicians and others took turns serving customers, blowing up balloons and even preparing hamburgers. "They really enjoyed themselves," Mrs.

Glassford said. The company projects that Canada-wide about $250,000 wild be raised to aid crippled children. McDonald's hopes to make its "McHappy Day" an annual event. CHATHAM The "Big Mac Attack" hit Chatham with a vengeance Wednesday. The occasion was the donation to the Chatham Rotary Club of all proceeds from Big Mac sales at the city's McDonald's Restaurant.

The money, totalling about $1,500, will go to help crippled children, part of a nationwide McDonald's program. More than 1,600 Big Macs were sold during the day, far more than usual, said store activities representative Jean Glassford. "It was a Witness saw girl take ride went back into the bedroom. He asked me for the receipts again so I went into the kitchen to tell him where they were," she said. "At this time, he gave me a bottle of beer and told me to drink it and act normal." Mrs.

Benoit said she returned to the living room with her husband and sat next to him. She told the jury she didn't want the beer, so her husband stuck his elbow into her ribs. She said she then threw the bottle of beer across the room and went back to her bedroom. "He followed me into the bedroom and slammed meon the bed and tried to strangle me," she testified. Mrs.

Benoit said she attempted to telephone her mother, but her husband pulled the phone out of the wall. After reaching her mother on a second telephone in the house, Mrs. Benoit said she begged her to come over and take the baby and herself away. She testified that she brought the baby into the bathroom to bathe him and then began packing both the child's and her own clothes in a suitcase. "Finally, Mr.

O'Flynn left and my husband came into the bedroom, grabbed me by the hair and lifted me from the ground. The baby was screaming hysterically and my husband kept slapping him and punching me, she testified. She said her husband CONTINUED on page 4 1 00,000 not all that exciting to 72-year-old Lotto winner submitted as evidence in the trial. MacFarlane was testifying during the second day of the trial at the afternoon session. During the morning, Richard Bray, the owner of a Forest variety store told the jury he had sold a girl wearing a faded T-shirt with the word Hilsboro on it, some batteries June IS last year.

The girl's mother, Ida Scholes, testified Tuesday that she last saw her daughter alive on the morning of June I when she left the family's Hillsboro Beach summer home with her brother Jeffrey, to buy batteries for a radio. Farmer James Fraync told the court Wednesday that he found Miss Scholes' body partially concealed in long grass in a lane near. Forest. "My legs were shaking and I just couldn't pick up enough nerve to touch her," he testified, Several other witnesses testified Wednesday that they saw the girl in Forrest during the early afternoon hours of the day she was killed. The trial continues today.

Crown, Attorney Andrew Lang said he expects the trial to last at least another four days. SARNIA A witness who said he had known Susan Lynn Scholes, I for about two years, testified Wednesday that he saw her take a ride in a truck owned by a dead animal removal service June 1 5, 1 976, the day she was murdered near Forest in Bosanquet Township. The girl was found by a young farmer and his uncle in a field near the 1 7th Concession of Bosanquet Township. Charged with the girl's murder is Christian Herbert Magee, 29, of the Strathroy area. He has pleaded not guilty.

Robert MacFarlane, 20, of Forest, told the six men and six women on the jury that he had first noticed the girl near his father's clay tile plant, where he was working. "She was going west on a private lane and was hitch- hiking. She got a ride at the end of the lane in a Ford one- ton," he said. MacFarlane said he was acquainted with the truck because he had seen it two or three times in Forest. He had also seen the truck parked at a farm at the Strathroy turn- off near Highway 7, he testified.

He told the court that the truck, also heading west, "stopped right beside her." MacFarlane identified the truck from a color photo District Theatres officials in Ottawa had been in touch with him by telephone, and would be forwarding the money soon. Mr. McPherson, who said he retired from his job as an oil and gas driller in 1965, said he doesn't know what he and his wife will do with the money. "That's the $64 question," he said. "We won't be living any differently.

The McPherson's, who have lived in the Windsor area all their lives, said they won't be leaving the east-end house they've occupied for the last 26 years. "I can't get excited about the money. "My hair's white now from all the worrying I've done in the past. I'm not going to worry about this," he said. Mr.

McPherson said he and his wife, married 37 years, will probably invest the better part of their winnings. They have no children. Ross McPherson is a man who doesn't get too excited about life's little things. The big ones don't get him worked up uch either. The 72-year-old Windsor retiree and his wife Jean went to bed Tuesday night knowing they were $100,000 richer, thanks to the winning ticket they held on the fourth Loto Canada draw Sunday in Sherbrooke, Que.

But when the couple awoke Wednesday, it was as if nothing had changed. When The Star telephoned Wednesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. McPherson were "on the way out the door to visit some sick friends." The news of their windfall reached the McPhersons when they saw Tuesday's Star, which contained the winning numbers. "I didn't know about it until I read the paper," Mr.

McPherson said. "Naturally, I was surprised, but 1 don't get excited about much." He said Loto Canada CHATHAM CAPITOL 1 Thundar and Lightning CAPITOL I A Plcct Tlx Action. CENTRE Rolling Thundtf. CHATHAM DRIVE-IN Tlx Sting; SmoMy and Tha Bandit. tARNIA OOEON I Bobtov DM'tltld OOEON 1 Pinal Chtptcr, Walking Tall CAPITOL I Ntvtf Promliad Vou A Rom Garden LAMB TON CINEMA A Pitt of Tht Action.

Taskforce finds gaps in Kent's mental health services The report also said there is a need for greater coordination among agencies and institutions providing children's services. Besides advising more services for children, the report recommended: Expansion of the Mental Care Clinic at Public General Hospital. Co-ordination of group homes, half-way houses and shelters. development of occupational diagnostic and assessment services for adults of normal intelligence. Establishment of a 24-hour crisis intervention service with professional backup and access to a Catherine Christmas, taskforce vice-chairman, a member of the district health council and past president of the Children's Aid Society.

Kenric G. Charlton, manager of employee benefits for Union Gas and a volunteer in the Mental Health Kent Rehabilitation Action program. Dr. John Higgenbottom, assistant psychology professor at the Univeriity of Windsor and chief psychologist at South west Regional Centre. Janet S.

Kelly, member of the board of directors of the Lester B. Pearson Centre and the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Marilyn Livermore, of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.

i. Establishment of a two- or three-bed unit in the community for emergency situations. Development of adult workshops. Development of day-care activity programs in the area of mental health. Improvement of the geographical distribution and out-reach of mental health services in the county.

Establishment of a mechanism to provide for the ongoing evaluation of all mental health services. The six-person taskforce, established in January, is headed by Father J. P. Finn, president of Mental Health Kent and the Kent County District Health Council. Other memben are: CHATHAM Kent County's mental health service network has a few gaps, according to a report compiled by the Kent County District Health Council.

The report, prepared in eight months of study by a mental health taskforce, examines and assesses the health service network, determines the mental health needs of local residents and suggests additional services. One of the major gaps found in the network, the report says, is in the area of children's health services. The report was particularly concerned about programs in speech pathology, learning disabilities, in-home behavior modification and in-home academic programming..

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