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Bright and Brief

December 1, 1986

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) _ This western state has a popular new export - the nanny. East Coast parents want Montana women to take care of their children, according to two would-be nanny trainers.

″Montanans are hot items right now,″ said Pat Kercher, a counselor at the Great Falls Vocational-Technical Center. ″Easterners look upon us as wholesome, unaffected ... not as street-wise.″

Ms. Kercher and Betty Neff, a nursing instructor at the center, want to start a course to train nannies.

If the state Office of Public Instruction approves the course, those enrolling will learn about nutrition, child development, care and management of the home and the importance of nurturing. They also would learn child safety, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and ″childhood ills and injuries,″ Ms. Kercher said.

Margy Brown, a local representative for a Vancouver, British Columbia-based nanny placement agency, says she would have no problem finding jobs for graduates of such a program.

She says she has about 200 nanny positions open in the East and about 50 positions open in West Coast states.

A similar nanny-education course was started last April at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. Bernie Knapp, coordinator of adult education there, said everyone he has trained has gotten a job.


ST. CATHARINES, Ontario (AP) - When Lois Gillard told her father she was going to be married, he decided it would be all right because ″she seemed quite pleased about it.

″I felt she could use her own judgment,″ Wallace Blakely, 106, said of his 78-year-old daughter. ″I didn’t want to interfere in any way.″

With some help from the nurses at Linhaven Home for the Aged in this Niagara region city, Blakely put on his good suit and tie, stuffed a carnation into his lapel and went to the home’s chapel to give his daughter away.

The last time he gave her away was in 1929.

The groom, 82-year-old Robert New, met his bride eight years ago soon after both their spouses had died.


SALLEY, S.C. (AP) - After two days of roast turkey and the usual fixings, 45,000 to 60,000 people came to this tiny town for something different - chitterlings.

″Can’t talk now; I got a mouthful of guts,″ said Jeff Hall as he looked up from his Styrofoam plate while eating lunch at the Chitlin Strut.

″They smell awful, but they taste good,″ he said.

A good many people at the 21st annual Chitlin Strut in Aiken County this weekend agreed.

Sen. Strom Thurmond tried some and pronounced them ″nice, tender and crisp.″

Others didn’t share their tastes for the hog intestines.

″We got chicken stew for me to eat,″ Mary Frances Arender of Graniteville said Saturday.

Ernest Salley, one of the friers, passed a sample to first-time festival- goer Jerry Crisp of York.

Crisp tentatively took a bite off one edge and spit it out. ″It tastes like a hog farm smells. It’s gonna take a six-pack of beer to wash this taste out of my mouth,″ he said.

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