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17 Greenbelt,|Maiyland /" December 12, 1941 f Five Cent* BPense Conncifls On Wat Footing improved Bus System LFoIVws Three-Year Battle i , Better transportation for weary Greenbelt commuters ft has at last been provided after a three-year fight with the W Capital Transit Company. Following joins efforts of the Transportation Committee, Assistant Town Manager Arthur L. Rysticken, and the Cooperator, the Town Council Mon day night adopted a resolution effecting an improvement in the present bus service. Using full-sized, 27-seat buses, the improved service will connect < directly with the end of the Mount Rainier car line, running on an 18-hour schedule. During rush • hours, buses will run twenty min- t utes or less apart, with thirty minute schedules during “off” hours. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission of Maryland and the Interstate Commerce Rthe new service in operation shortly rst of the year, anager Roy Braden lis full approval of ying he hopes it will tion as soon as pos sent essiah" shington Latter-day — v ..w,mon) Choir will pre sent an hour’s condensation of the beautiful Christmas music from Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah,” in a community service at the Greenbelt Community Cen ter, Sunday, December 14, at 8 p.m. The Greenbelt branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is sponsoring the serv ice, for which no admission charges will be made. The Washington choir is com posed of 50 trained voices, di rected by D. Sterling Wheel wright, who before becoming or ganist and chapel director of the Washington Chapel, in Washing ton, D. C., was assistant director of the famed Tabemcale Choir in Salt Lake City. Though the choir presents the oratorio each year at the Christmas season, this is the first time Greenbelt has had the opportunity to have them come here. Variety Store Flays . lost To Santa Clans • Not to be outdone by the big department stores downtown, the local variety store has extended an invitation to Santa Claus to visit Greenbelt. Old Saint Nick has accepted and a hearty wel- come has been promised him. For the benefit of the young sters—and the grownups, too, if they like—Mr. Claus will makj three pre-Christmas appearances at the variety store. Xomorrow, December 13, he will be there from 2 to 4 and again from 7 to 6 p.m. The following Saturday, De cember 20, his one visit will oe from 7 to 9 p.m. Beginning tomorrow the variety store will remain open until 9 p.m. each evening until Christmas. Greenbelt Surveyed For Bomb Shelters According to A. R. P. Chief Panagoulis, a survey of all the available space such as basements of the apartments etc. has been made and discloses that sufficient protection is afforded for all residents. In the near future each family will be assigned one of these spaces for their use and full instructions aTlong that line , will be issued. 1 Ray King To Play At New Tears Dance Ray King and his 12-piece band will help usher in Greenbelt’s New Year. The Citizens’ Association, in announcing plans for the dance, which will be held in the school auditorium on December 31, has arranged to have a vocal ist entertain the revelers during the festivities. GCA Dance Committee Chair man Larry Pinckney urged that Greenbelters get their tickets early because an attendance maximum \yill be set to prevent overcrowd ing. The following citizens have manc/r -tickels foi sale: Lax'ry Pinckney, 1-B Crescent; A. Chas anow, 11-T Ridge Road; Bernie Jbnes, 1-D Westway; James C. fmith, 4-H Southway; Fred De ager, 58-L Crescent Road; Hai old Uhrig, 16-C Parkway; George Bauer, 1-J Gardenway; Charles Bradley, 19-H Ridge Road; and Dr. James McCarl, 7-D Crescent Road. New Home Applicants Exceed Available Units The first 152 of the new houses have been tentatively accepted by the Farm Security Administration, it was reported by Arthur S. Ry sticken Tuesday. Only 84 houses the balance requiring minor cor rections. Applicants, which now total well are actually ready for occupancy, over the number of available homes, will probably start moving in immediately. Bolling Field officials intimate that they expect to require at least 300 homes. - ————— l AI B RAID PRECAUTIOHS The following instructions for the guidance of civilians in areas subject to possible bombing from the air were issued Monday by Mayor F. H. LaGuardia, director of civil ian defense. Inasmuch as they apply directly to Greenbelt, it is advisable that these instructions which follow be clipped from the paper and kept in an available place for future reference. 1. Keep cool. Above all, keep cool. Don’t lose your head. Do not crowd the streets; avoid chaos, prevent disorder and havoc. You can fool the enemy. It is easy. If planes come over, stay where you are. Don’t phone unnecessarily. Do not run—do not scream. The chance that you will be hit is small. It is part of the risk we must take to win this war. Until an alarm, go about your usual business and recreation in the ordinary way. Think twice before you do anything. Don’t believe rumors —spreading false rumors is part of the enemy’s technique. Don’t let him take you in. Know yolir air raid warn ing. Greenbelt’s temporary air raid warning will be a continued blowing of the siren for a period of not less than 5 minutes. Await official information before taking any action. When the Air Raid Warden comes to your home, do as he says. 2. Stay Home. If away from home, get under cover in the nearest shelter. Avoid crowded places, and stay off the streets. \ splash of water will make an incendiary bomb explode, so spray it with a regular garden hose. This will put it out in about two minutes. 3. Put Out Lights. Whether or not blackout is ordered, don’t show more light than necesasry. 4. Lie Down. If bombs start to fall near you, lie down, preferably under a good stout table. If incendiary bombs are used, the first precaution to be taken is to deal with them as their greatest damage is in their being left alone. , 5. Stay Away From Windows. 6. Volunteer In Your Local Defense Unit Unity Is The Keynote At "Victory" Party Held only a few hours before Japanese warplanes attacked U. S. territory, the most interesting aspect of the “Victory” Party, sponsored by the Greenbelt Fight for Freedom Committee, proved to be its timeliness. Sponsors of the overflow turnout at the party, held at the Greenbelt Legion House on Saturday evening, De cember 6, felt that the affair was a success because of its spirit of unity towards our total defense effort. Chief speaker for the evening was M. Pierre Cot, former Avia tion Minister of France. M. Cot traced the decline of his country and emphasized that France fell, not because of military weakness, but because of disunity in the government. Representative Patrick of Ala bama, master of ceremonies, drew laughter of approval with his sa lient humor. His remark about “Japanese Aryans” was a typical example. A dramatic narrative tracing Hitler’s successive invasions of European countries was read by Mrs. Theodora Wilson, accompa nied by music and solo renditions of the national anthem of each fallen country. Maurice Blond, caricaturist, presented the lighter entertain ment fare, by giving a chalk talk which delighted the audience, and drawing caricatures of guests. Dancing, including a Dutch folk dance in costume by Dr. H. Du buys and Mrs. S. Henes rounded out the program. Hot dogs, sandwiches and beer rounded out the appetites. Civilian Defense To Wear Coveralls Khaki coveralls will be official garb for Greenbelt’s civilian dc fense workers until steps are taken by Congress to provide uni forms. The coveralls will be in dividually purchased. Arm bands for identification were ordered Wednesday, These, along with buttons, car flags, and other insignia, will be purchased from money advanced by the Citizens Association until other sources of revenue can be tapped. Emergency Measures Formulated; Panagoulis Named Air Raid Warden In a dramatic meeting Monday night, Grcfenbelt’s Defense Council cut through confusion and red tape, and acted to protect this community against any eventuality, by designating deifinite duties to committee heads, covering air-raid precautions, volunteer registration and first aid. Reporting on the activities of the fire, police and air auxiliary proceedings, George Panagoulis suggested a plan based on the national program, forming an Air Raid Pre cautions unit—or A. R. P.—this unit to be composed of a chief Warden and five assistants. This system was agreed upon, with Mr. Panagoulis named chief warden. Begin Counting Patronage Slips Co-op Advises Greenbelt Consumer Services has announced that it is not too early for those who intend to turn in their patronage slips to start getting them in order and adding up the total amount of purchases represented by the slips. Although the board of directors has not yet formally acted upon this matter, it appears likely that the deadline for submitting the slips will be around the middle of January. Last year it was Janu ary 18. Preliminary instructions are that the slips should be put in bundles of 25 and added. Com plete regulations regarding the procedure for identifying the bun dles and submitting them will be announced later. Non-members may also receive credits on shares for their slips. First they must apply for mem bership in the cooperative on or before the deadline date for sub mitting the patronage slips. They, too, must meet the deadline for the slips in order to participate in the distribution of any patron age refund. —1 - Motor Unit Organized Thomas Ricker announced that an emergency motor unit was in process of organization, and re quested that anyone having a four-door sedan which could be used in an emergency to trans port injured persons to hospitals, contact him. It was arranged for the Maty land State Guard to be contacted to get information for forming a local Home Guard. Mrs. S. H. Downs agreed to or ganize canteen work among the women. Harry Rhodes, town chemist, advised that the water supply sit uation was well in hand. Mr. Pan agoulis was asked to investigate the communication system in Greenbelt, and especially to de termine the possibilities of short wave as an alternative for tele phone, in case the latter is elimi nated. Conservation Stressed Arthur L. Rysticken advised that paper bags should be return ed to the stores; and that next summer may see extensive devel opment of the gardens to grow a large portion of the food to be consumed in Greenbelt. The necessity of immediate action was realized when during the meeting announcement was made of the unidentified planes sighted off San Francisco. Mr. Rysticken was appointed as vice-chairman, to act in hair man Ed Walther’s absence. 370 Have Volunteered Mrs. Joe Rogers, representing the Women’s Club, which is in charge of registration, reported that over 400 registration cards have been issued to volunteers, of which 370 have been returned, giving qualifications of regis trants. Mrs. Rogers further stated that the number of volunteers showed a sharp increase on Mon day, after the Japanese attack on Sunday. It was suggested by Mrs. Rogers that, since n large number of women have not volunteered because of their home duties, they be assigned to care for children of women who are in a position to give their services. It w?s de cided that the Women’s Club would transfer their registration activities to the fire house as head quarters to receive volunteers. It was reported by Mrs. Rogers that the first aid class was pro gressing satisfactorily, but that only fifteen women were attending the weekly classes. Chairman Walther, stating that everyone in Greenbelt should learn what to do in the event of casualties, asked Dr. Joseph Silagy for a report on his activities concerning first aid instruction. Dr. Silagy reported that there are five or six expert instructors, 1 who with the women now taking the course, should be capable of reaching every adult in Greenbelt, by holding nightly classes in the elementary school. Dr. Silagy was appointed to the Defense Council and agreed to take charge of the first aid com mittee. The Citizens Association In come Committee reauests that all ouestionaires not collected be re turned to Mr. Harry 15. Hyman. The G. C. S. Income Committee wants the reports from the various organizations as requested. Please return at once.