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Greenbelt, October 31, 1941 Five Cents Xmas Bonus and Laundry Share Co-op Quarterly Program, Nov. 5 On the agendum for the November 5 meeting of stock holders of Greenbelt Consumer Services is the question of returning G.C.S. laundry business to the Arcade-Sunshine plant. This and action by the membership on board recom mendations with regard to a Christmas bonus for employ ees are the two major items of business to be transacted at the meeting. The board does not intend to submit a recommendation concern ing the laundry situation. A re port stating the facts will be pre sented. It is the intention of the present board to let the members state their desire and then take whatever action is necesary in ac cordance with such a decision. Two other items on the agen dum concern board recommenda tions relative to amendments in the by-laws. No action can be taken at the meeting next Wednes day, however, because the required month’s notice has not been given the membership of these proposed changes. Consideration will be given the amendments at the an nual meeting in February. One amendment would reduce the quorum necessary to transact business from 25 percent of the membership to 100 members. The intention of the other proposed change is to increase the number of shares that a member may hold from 20 to 50 shares. Included on the agendum aie the usual items concerning con sideration of the agendum, con sideration of the minutes of the August 6 * meeting (copies of which were mailed to members last Friday along with notice of the forthcoming meeting), and nearing reports of officers and committee chairmen. It was stated that door prizes would also be —&wa-faedr Community Managers Feted in Visit Here Keys to the city this week were given to Walter Kroening, community manager, and George Hilgers, chief accountant of Greendale, Wis.; and Lawrence H. Tucker and Edward Donohoe, community manager and chief ac countant, respectively, of Green hills, Ohio. Attending a conference to de termine whether or not to estab lish certain procedures in the three communities, the visitors were given a royal welcome by local citizens, including the Green lielt Band, which held a special concert for them Tuesday evening. After spending two days in Greenbelt, the visitors held a con ference with Farm Security offi cials in Washington. Funds Are Needed In Boys Club Drive VINCENT H. HOLOCHWOST The drive for funds for the Prince Georges County Police Boys Club has started in Green belt. To date the response has been encouraging. However, for those of you who would still like to contribute, the town policemen are acting as collection agents along with the Greenbelt Consum ers Service, Mr. Arthur Rysticken of the Administrative Office, Mrs. Chasanow and Mr. Rebb of the J. and J. Construction Co. Pledge cards will be distributed through out the town, and if you feel like donating please fill out the card and drop it in a container for that purpose either at the food store or drug store. _ The proposed unit in Greenbm is scheduled to start functioning immediately after the drive ends on November 15. The club will be opened to boys between the ages of 10-21 years living in Greenbelt, Berwyn, Glenn Dale and Belts ville. .The- purpose of this club in Greenbelt is to provide activities pf a boys’ club nature to boys in the county along with our own hoys. Such a club will not effect the recreation program now in operation but will operate as a separate function. P.T.A. Survey Library Facilities The October meeting of Green belt Parent-Teachers Association in the auditorium was devoted to a survey of present library facili ties and services under the direc tion of Mrs. Reba Harris and Mrs. Miriam Worley. The skit dramatizing the 'situation was written by Mrs. Worley and di rected by John Murray, with Miss Betty Straining acting as the librarian. It portrayed the press ing need for extra copies of school reference books which because of the limited number, must be used in the library, but which would have a large home circulation if quantities would permit these be ing out. The skit was well re ceived by the audience. Mrs. Charlotte Wagner, nursery school leader, outlined additional books which would help with small children who are taken to the li brary by their mothers. Accord ing to Mrs. Wagner the qualifica tions a book must have if it is to be satisfactory for children are that it have a story which will interest the child, that the story be understandable for the age level intended, and that its effect on the child be carefully consid ered. Mrs. Wagner also added, ‘•The child under six needs first of all a good basis in fact of the world around him before he is ready for the fairy story type of book.” Mrs. Helen Trucksess illustrated the difference between the enter taining comic books and those having a bad effect on a child. Music was furnished by the Greenbelt Mothers’ Trio, and Mrs. Lydalu Palmer. The next meeting of the P-TA will be held November 24, having Miss Ellis Credle, author of chil dren’s books, as guest speaker. Parents are urged to bring any books which would otherwise be discarded. “Smear Politic*” Win* Hugh Bone Acclaim By D. W. HULL Another Greenbelt author comes to the fore in the person of Hugh Bone, well known in town as a former President of the Green belt Health Association and bet ter known elsewhere as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland. His 49 page brochure on “smear” pol itics is a study of the campaign “literature” isued during the 1940 presidential contest. Apparently, not an epithet in the English lan guage was left out. The volume and nature of the attack on both Willkie and Roose velt will be a surprise to many persons. Each candidate, as Dr. Bone amply shows, was the tar get of abusive criticism directed at his ideas, actions, family, re ligion and whatever else could be vilified. Norman Thomas called the campaign “disgraceful”; Dr Bone proves it by quoting from the leaflets and advertisements is sued by all sides. These make in teresting reading and lead one to wonder about the content of the oral propaganda which was prob ably far more vicious. A partial solution to the problem is the sug gestion that all campaign litera ture must clearly indicate its sponsors. This study was published by the American Council on Public- Affairs, the same organization which recently published Mr. Ful mer's recent commentary on Greenbelt, and was an outgrowth of Dr. Bone’s work with the Sen ate Committee on Campaign Ex penditures. Council Calls For Citizens' Opinions In Hospital Crisis The Town Council, being faced with the possibility of closing the hospital for the rest of this fiscal year, appointed a committee to determine to what extent the people of Geenbelt want a hos pital of their own. This committee is comprised of the following: Mr. Chrtis F. Barker, Mr. Sam J. Cregger, Mrs, Lyman Woodman, Mr. Frank Lastner, Mr. Allan D. Morrison, Mr. George F. Bauer, Mr. A. L. Rysticken, Mr. Marjan P. Stanicc and Mr. S. H. Downs. A questionnaire will be drawn up in the immediate future and distributed to all residents of Greenbelt, asking their opinions, criticisms or possible suggestions concerning the hospital and its operations. All residents will be urged to submit their replies so that a definite idea of the situa tion may be formulated by the town council for the continued operation of the hospital. Since the hospital opened in May. 1939, it has treated 645 patients. There were 160 cases during the first eight months, and 263 in 1940. So far this year there have been 222 patients. 161 babies have been born int he hospital since its in auguration. Town Manager Braden esti mates that this year’s deficit will amount to about SBSOO, explain ing in a special statement for the Cooperator that he believes the deficit is in part due to the small size of our community, which doesn’t provide a sufficiently steady flow of patients, and in part to the cramped conditions under which the present hospital has to operate. “With sufficient space you could take care of more people with about the same over head as now prevails”, he de clared. Mr. Braden believes the situation may be alleviated by the arrival of the new families in the defense housing units. The hos pital is also continually receiving more outside patronage. He adds that there have been very few complaints on any score concern ing the hospital, and that most people have praised its excellent services and facilities. The cost per day of keening a ' patient in the hospital has been $lO. The charge to the patient has been $4, with the town budget making up the deficit, which is the regular practice in regard to municipal hospitals. Private hos pitals depend on endowments to help make up deficits. Town Manager Roy S. Baden has been instructed to prepare and present to the next council meeting the budget for the com ing fiscal year of 1942. Mr. Braden felt certain that he would have the budget drawn up and ready for presentation and adop tion by the council by that time despite the existence of a labor shortage in his administrative force at the present time. Girl Scouts Visit Camp Conestoga An overnight trip to Camp Conestoga was takerf# by Girl Scouts of Troop 26 last week end. The girls were taken to the camp in transportation furnished by parents Saturday afternoon. Saturday night brought an in formal party with apples, donuts, cold drinks and peanuts. There was an outdoor church service Sunday morning and a discussion on “Our Part in National De fense.” Legion Armistice Dance Scheduled For Nov. 8 Tickets have now gone on sale for the annual Armistice Day dance given by the local Amen can Legion post. The affair is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, in the Auditorium. Max Calla way and his 10-piece orchestra will play. Members of nearby posts have been given special invitation and reports indicate that some mem bers will come in uniform. Rich ard F. Stewart is chairman of the dance, with Post Commander Jennings B. Craig, serving in charge of tickets. Theatened Closing of Hospital Main Topic At Next G.C.A. Meeting Whether the Greenbelt Hospital should continue oper ation or be allowed to close within the next few weeks, is one of the principal items on the agenda of the next monthly meeting of the Citizens’ Association in the auditor ium Monday, November 3. The open discussion to be con ducted on this subject is expected to result in a resolution to the Town Council stating the views and wishes of the citizens as to the continuation of local hospital facilities. Last month, two members of the Council attended the asso ciation meeting and expressed their personal hopes that the residents would indicate in some way their feelings with regard to this matter. Trash Collecting Is Not Much Fun By ANNE HULL Here’s voting orchids to Messrs. Lowe, Prekupas, Townsend, and Oldham, who cheerfully and effi ciently collect your trash twice a week. It’s not much fun to lug those heavy collecting baskets around or to run the risk of in juries from broken glass and tin. The atmospheric conditions are not always ideal. But have you ever heard a grumble? On our block, anyhow, these men are the most cheerful morning visitors who call. Especially that John Prekupas! His progress from door to door is accompanied by a running flow of wisecracks for the ladies and jollyings for the kids. His accent is Roumanian, but his sense of humor is universal. The four members of the collection crew range in age from thirty-ish upward: one is a World War vet eran; all live in Greenbelt. The weekly schedule of Our trash-gatherers is as follows: Monday and Thursday they col lect from Blocks A, B and C; Tuesday and Friday the operate in Blocks D, E, F, and Parkbelt. The Center, Hospital, and Elemen tary School are visited every day. On Wednesday it is the High School’s turn; for the rest of Wednesday and on their half Sat urday they help repair the streets and roads, and work on the main park areas. During the picnic sea son they visit the picnic areas daily. These chores take the men from six to seven hours a day. In addition they are subject to call 24 hours a day to serve with the fire department, and in the winter time they must be up in the wee small hours to help clear the roads and walks of snow and freezing rain. It’s no job for a sissy. But their hardest time of year is in what is known to the trade as “the melon season” during August and September, when the garbage is at its wettest and heaviest. The town of Greenbelt operates the latest type of “refuse getter” truck, totally enclosed, with a capacity of ten cubic yards. II collects from five to six loads daily, that weigh from six to sev en tons. Harry Rhodes, superin tendent of the Department of San itation, puts his annual trash col lection and disposal budget at SIO,OOO yearly, S6BOO of which goes for labor. The salaries of his crew are considerably above thc i.verage, which no doubt helps to explain the hieh type of personnel and service. The fifth member of the set-up is William Landon (not a Republican) who runs the incin erator at the disposal plant. Mr. Rhodes estimates that it will be neccsary to at least double the trash crew and to purchase more equipment to take care of the defense houses, in case it is decided that the town assume th's function in behalf of the new de velopment. The defense apart ments have no consolidated trash rooms, as in the Greenbelt apart ments, which would make the task of collecting more difficult in this section. If Mr. Rhodes’ department takes over the job, however, our new neighbors can be sure it will be well done. Buy Co-op—support your own stores. Also on the November 3 agenda is the hearing of citizens’ state ments with regard to investiga tions by the local police into al leged violations of the rules gov erning the use of clothes lines after certain hours. The association’s legislation committee will report to the meet ing on the results of its research into the matter of the Council members’ forthcoming raise in salary. The membership committee of the G. C. A. is circularizing the entire town on the proposition of requesting the Post Office De partment to arrange for house to-house delivery of mail in Greenbelt. The committee will make a brief report on this sub ject at the Monday meeting. Latest developments with re gard to the local defense houses and their future occupants will also be made public Monday. Special drawing card to this monthly meeting, over and above the unusually interesting items of the agenda listed above, will ba* an attractive door prize—two tickets to the coming Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers football game. The association meeting opens Monday at 8 p.m.; those citi zens who have apeared in the auditorium by 9 p.m. will be reg istered for a drawing to be held at the close of the meeting to determine the winner of the two tickets. “It’s Fun To Be Free” Presents SIOO,OOO Talent Threats to the American way of life will be dramatically and mus ically portrayed in the huge “It's Fun to be Free” revue to be staged in the Uline Arena, 3rd and M. St., N. E., in Washington, on November 4. Well-known talent worth ?100,- 000 will be on hand in the first of a series to be patterned on the hit which thrilled 23,000 New Yorkers at Madison Square Gar dCThe show, which will feature a galaxy of stars, in addition to a chorus of 50 voices and an orches tra will donate all proceeds to the United States Defense Council. The script is by the famous Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur com bination. Stars who will appear are Bur gess Meredith, Martha Scott, Gladys Swarthout, Ray Bolger, Kitty Carlisle, and many more. Tickets are on sale at popular prices from 25c to $5 at Jordan’s Music Store, 13th and G st., N.W., and Uline Arena. Variety Store Hours Increased on Pay Days On the four Government pay days each month the Variety Store wiil remain open until 7 p.m., it was announced Tuesday by Man ager Joseph Rogers. The regular closing hour for other days is b n.m. Federal employees receive their salary checks on the Bth and 23rd, or the 15th and last day of the month, depending upon the department or agency in which they are employed. Beginning early in December the Variety Store hours will be lengthened for the convenience of late shoppers selecting their Christmas supplies. It was an nounced as likely that for the two weeks immediately preceding Christmas the store will remain open until 9 o’clock.