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Vottfnf 6, Number 4 Greenbelt,September 12, 1941 . Five Cents Health Group Ousts Board; Dr. Silagy Stays Health Association membeis compromised their differences last week by electing an entirely new Board of Directors and by voting that the controversy between the old Board and Dr. Joseph Silagy be settled by arbitration. Em bodied in a motion propostu by Sherrod East, these actions were taken only after four hours of mo tions and counter motions, ques tions, charges, and heated Jebate, in the course of what was clearly the best attended meeting n the history of any Greenbelt organiza tion. The seven new directors elected by the membership at the c'ose of the meeting were in order of vote by the Hare system of proportional representation, Sherrod East, Ber nard Jones, Dr. Herman Dußuy, Gene Hesse, Curtis Barker, Sam Creggar, and C. Stewart Dowrick. These will serve the unexpired terms of the board members they replace. At a special board meeting Tues day night, Mr. Creggar was named chairman, Mr. Hess vice-chairman, Mr. Jones secretary and M ; . Barker treasurer. After lengthy argument ->vr, voting qualifications, changes in the agenda, and the required I.la ■ Jonty to recall board members, the membership welcomed the oppor tunity for conclusive action and compromise offered i n Mr. East’s motion, which was passed with a few changes by a voU. of about 2 to 1. The text of this motion was as follows: “In order to settle the oresent controversy facing the Greenbelt Health Association in a just and reasoned manner, with the least possible disaffection among the membership, be it moved that: “1. The present board of direct —os resign wufr that Uie manner ■hip proceed to elect a new LoarJ by established procedure. “2. That all questions at issue be submitted to an arbitration >*om (Continued on Page 2) New Principal Brings Changes Greenbelt High School’s new , principal, C. Paul Barnhart, is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland. He and his wife and two-year-old daughter, Barbara Alan, will live here in town. Although only 32 years of age, Mr. Barnhart has had 12 years’ teaching experience in Maryland high schools. For nine years he taught history at the Williamsport High School, besides coaching soccer and baseball. He spent two years at Hagerstown Senior High School where he coached football and baseball be sides conducting five classes in history and mathematics. At the Greenbelt High School he expects to devote most of his time to ad ministrative duties, teaching only a couple of courses in general mathematics. Changes Mr. Barnhart is intro ducing in the curriculum include special courses in health and physical education and one in music. Michael Cooper is the new physical education instructor for the boys. The position of girls’ physical director was to be filled this week. The other new teachers now on the iab are Violet Young er, who teaches English, Catharine Counsell, who teaches English and French, besides supervising the li brary, and G. A. Sieberts, who has the commercial subjects. Members of the former teaching staff who are back this year are Ellen Smith, Mrs. Milton Wiksell (for merly Miss Poffenburger), Sidney Fenes, Paul Brengle, ana Ear! Becker. Mr. Barnhart is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College at Ann ville, Pennsylvania, and is cur rently working toward the degree of Master of Education at the University of Maryland. He des cribes his teaching staff as “a young faculty”. For two of them, Miss Younger and Miss Counsell, teaching will be a new experience. Five of These Will Be Elected Tuesday ■ , ■ " Pictured above are the 14 candidates for Town Council election who will speak Monday night in a general public meeting under sponsorship of the Citizens Association. Left to right (rear): Curtiss F. Barker A. S™°P, Ed Walther, Frank J. Lastner, James L. Pinckney, Marjan P. Staniec, George F. Bauer! i “hub a ?l, Allen Morrison; (front): Sam J.Creggar, Anna Walsh M.Namara, Sherrod East, Lyd alu Palmer and Thomas B. Ricker. J August Casualties: 40 Arrests, 2 Fires Greenbelt arrests during the month of August totaled 40, it was reported at the council meeting Monday night, by Safety Directoi George Panagoulis. Of the 40 arrests, 38 were for traffic offenses including driving under the in fluence of alcohol, reckless driving, '..driving without permit, ignoring ! stop signs, speeding, improper parking, and driving with im proper tags. One arrest was made for violating the shorts ordinance and one for breaking and entering. There were 45 traffic warnings is sued. There was only one loss of prop erty reported, a purse containing $240 which was found by Officer Ernest Walker and returned to the owner. One accident, a minor one, in which no one was hurt, was reported, and 36 complaints received and investigated. The fire department reported two automobile fires, total damage of both approximating $615. . Elementary School Has Record Attendance Greenbelt Elementary School dpened September 8 with the rec ord enrollment of 387 pupils in the elementary grades and 84 in the kindergarten. There are 20 more children not yet in school because of extended vacation or illness. Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, the principal of the school, reports that there are three new teachers on the staff this year. Mrs. Anne Michaelis in group four, Mrs. Margaret Gwynn in group one, and Miss Ethel Hitchcock in the kindergarten group. Greenbelt F ree From Polio In view of the fact that there are cases of infantile paralysis in nearby towns and to reassure the people of Greenbelt by providing them with facts and information to use in preventing any cases i from appearing here, Dr. Josspi Silagy, town health officer, has is sued the following statement: 1 “Although infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) is increasing in i Prince Georges County, up to the present there has not been a 1 single case reported in Greenbelt If we maintain the proper vigil- 1 ance for the next few weeks, Greenbelt may have no serious i difficulty with the disease. i “No vaccine or serum has bean 1 discovered which is effective in (Continued on Page 3) Evening Classes To Be Arranged A meeting to organize the sched ule for adult education is to be held tonight in the home economics room of the Elementary School, it was announced by Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer. Registration may be made at this meeting, at Mrs. Kin zer’s office, or at the high school. A minimum of 15 students must apply before a course can be given. An initial fee of $1 is all that is required in order to take any course. All courses consist of 14 classes. Anyone over 16 years of age and not in attendance at any county school may register. Courses will include cooking, sewing, child care, child problems, Spanish, business English, typing, shorthand, bookkeeping, art, home economics, and shop work. Any other course suggested will be of fered, provided the required num ber of registrants apply. Classes are expected to start as soon as registration is copmlleted, which according to Mr. Kinzer should be immediately following September 16. Drug Fund Helps All of Us When We Need Help in a Hurry By R. S. Sowell A number of Greenbelters find the Citizens Association’s “drug fund" quite beneficial to them just before pay-day if they need medi cine and do not have the ready cash to pay for it. Others mijfnt take advantage of the fund if they were aware of its existence. The fund may be used for medi cinal purposes only. The only re quirement is that a payment pledge be signed by the purciiaser. No matter the amount, the charge for this service is 5 cents if pam within 15 days or 10 cents if paid within 30 days from the date of purchase. The G.C.A. drug fund was be gun in 1938 with a $5 contribu tion by Herbert E. Evans. At a later date Mr. Evans contributed an additional $5. During the in tervening period the fund has grown—from contributions and from the nickels and dimes paid by patrons for its about SSO, even after a few losses have been written off. It is a voluntary and independ ent fund, subscribed by Mr. Evans and the welfare committee of the Citizens Association, it was pointed out. Its existence grants &/ special privilege to the resi Patrick Resigns As Food Store Head Lionel C. Patrick has resigned his position as manager of the Food Store to go into business for himself and Thomas B. Jeffries has been appointed acting store manager, it was announced last Saturday by George E. Hodsdon, general manager of Greenbelt Consumer Services. Mr. Patrick, who came to the Food Store in May, 1940 and succeeded to its managership in October, 1940, is entering the pro duce buying and trucking business. He will purchase produce for the Food Store here and two of the Rochdale stores in Washington and will make the deliveries. Having been an employee of the store since November 1, 1938, Mr. Jeffries is one of the old employees of G.C.S. from the standpoint of service. He has been Mr. Patrick’s assistant in the management ol the store for some time. Mr. Jeffries and his wife, Lana, reside at 4-A Hillside Rd. They have three children. dents of this community who find themselves in immediate need of medicine but have to wait until pay-day to make the purchase if a cash payment is required. A cursory review of the rec ords reveals that during the fiist seven months of this year pay ments received by the fund amounted to approximately $375. This is an average of more than SSO a month. The average pay ment has exceeded $1 during this period. Losses have been relatively small, and most of these have re sulted from people moving out of town. Of the amounts owed by people still residing here, only two are considered complete losses. After a person owes a bill for a while and has made no effort to pay it, he is refused further credit until the bill has been paid. Purchases may be made through this fund at the drug store. At tendants there keep a record of the transactions. Someone ap pointed by the Citizens Association has charge of the fund* The credit that can be given for medicinal supplies is limited to the amount available in the fund. Once it has been used up, no further credit is granted until payments nave been received. Voting Procedure Is Announced For Tuesday The council room, polling place for the coming election, will be open to voters from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m. on Tuesday, September 16. Any eligible voter who plans to be out of town on that date may cast his vote by absentee ballot, provided his request for it is re ceived before ,the polls close Tuesday. Each ballot has a list of the 14 candidates, from which the voter may select five or less. If every eligible resident casts his votes, there will be a total of 900 ballots. If each ballot selects five candi dates, there will be a total of 4500 votes. In order to be elected, a candidate must obtain a vote from a majority of the ballots cast.lf, after the first balloting, there are less than five candidates receiving a majority, another election is run, in which twice as many candidates are run as are needed to fill the remaining vac ancies. There will be eight election offi cials counting the ballots, and three alternatives, appointed Mon day night by the present Council. Fred Wilde will act as director of count; John P. Murray and Leo Muller as judges; Mrs. S. Hart ford Downs, Mrs. Dorothj Hart ley, Mrs. Joseph Long, Mrs. Harry Merryman, and Fred De Jager as clerks: and Mrs. E. Ralph Coss, Mrs. Besie Featherby, and Fred erick Reed as alternates. On Monday evening, the candi dates will each be given a 5-min ute period to address the Citizens Association, at the first fall meet ing of the Association. After the 14 presentations, there will be a general question period. Town Council Votes Band Fund, New Tax Rates The Town Council has made it possible for the town band to finally obtain their long-desired uniforms. A resolution was passed Monday night granting the par ents’ board of the band $375 as a start towards furnishing the uni forms. An ordinance was passed against disorderly conduct and drunkenness and, at the same time, trespassing was outlawed. Violation of either ordinance will bring a fine ranging from $2 to $26. Two resolutions and as many ordinances were passed to obtain necessary funds from Farm Secur ity Administration for maintain ing the hospital. In order to ob tain this aid the tax rate on real and personal property was placed at 11 cents per SIOO. Mayor A. N. Gawthrop pointed out that the funds obtained from F. S. A. for definite projects like public works may be transferred to meet hos pital and other needs of the com munity. The bicycle ordinance whieh had been the subject of consider able discussion was tabled until a future meeting. String Orchestra Meeting Tonight Henri Sokolov, first violinist of the National String Quartet and Trio, will hold a meeting to ac cept registrations for a string or chestra in Greenbelt tonight at 8:00 p. m., in the social room. Everyone interested is urged to attend. There is no age limit. Mr. Sokolov is a first-prize graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Brussels, Belgium, and numbers among his students mem bers of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Navy and Marine Bands, and other outstanding local music organizations. According to Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer, Mr. Sokolov’s rates will be reasonable.