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Volume GreertWTtT ]j^Jc ygmd May 15, 1942 Five Cent* GCS Certificates To Be Distributed To Stockholders By R. S. SOWELL All persons having a share certificate, representing- stock holdings in Greenbelt Consumer Services coming to them, may ob tain their certificate by calling at the cooperative’s office, located over the drug store, at any time during business hours, 9 A. M. to 5 P. M., it was announced Monday. A share certificate cannot be mailed to its owner because of the necessity of obtaining the sig nature of the person receiving it. Either party of a joint account may sign for and receive their share certificate, it was stated. The management of G. C. S. urges all members who have com pleted payments for full shares to obtain their certificates as early as is convenient for them to do so. A share in G. C. S. costs $lO. The first share entitles the holder to a vote at membership meet ings, which are held every three months. Regardles of the number of shares held by a person, he is entitled to but one vote. This is an established cooperative prin ciple. Joint Account* Available However, a man and his wife may have a joint account and, by the purchase of two shares, have two votes, the same number they would have if the shares are held in seperate accounts. The main advantage of having a joint ac count is legal, it was pointed out. Either person of the joint ac count ca nreceive payment or take other action in respect to that account should the other party be absent,. either through death or otherwise, without delav and ■ offort caused try leggr'l-yd tape.” Voting shares are called Series A stock. Non-voting shares, or Series B stock, are issued to those who already have Series A shares, or to minors. A share is not issued and a certificate is not prepared until a person has com pleted payment on such share. The 5-per cent stock dividend is not paid except on fully-paid shares, including both Series A A and Series B stock. Member! Aiked to Pay Up Share! At the last membershiD meet ing, held May fi, it was reported that partiallv-paid subscriptions represented quite a number of accounts. The membership com mittee is preparing a list of per sons who have made these partial payments on shares. It will then endeavor to encourage them to complete payments on these par tially-paid subscriptions so that they may receive the 5-per cent stock dividend. G. C. S. is in dire need of ad ditional share capital. It needs more cash on hand with which to conduct day-to-day business oper ations and to cash the large num ber of salarv and personal checks for its members and patrons. It needs additional capital for the purpose of purchasing much needed equipment, such as another press in the valet shop where the present press is now overworked. The drug store has a need for additional kitchen equipment because the expanded business of that store overtaxes the nresent equipment. Additional Store! Mav Be Needed Also, officials of G. C. S. are eveing the future. They can foresee the probabilities of pro viding additional store and service facilities because of an enlarged Greenbelt. Some of the enter prises are now being severely tax ed because of needed expansion of facilities. For these reasons, it was stated, G. C. S. cannot relax its efforts to raise additional capital. The cooperative has the responsibility of providing all the store facilities in Greenbelt, in addition to com pleting payments on the loan made by Consumer Distribution Corporation when the organiza tion was established, and the board of directors and the man agement are very conscious of this responsibility. Business at present is brisk due mainly to the increased number of patrons, and when the enlarged (Continued on Page 4) New GCA Heads Meet To Map Future Plans Groundwork for a Fourth of July celebration was laid by the Executive Committee of the Green belt Citizens’ Association at a meeting last Tuesday. Funds for GCA’s participation will be raised by a dance to be held June 20, with an amateur show of local talent as part of the evening’s program. It was agieed that other organizations would be contacted and invited to a meeting to dis cuss their contribution to the cel ebration. Since the Fourth will not be a holiday to government workers, since it falls on a Saturday, it was decided to start proceedings in the early afternoon, by which time most workers are expected War activities crowded the ref to be home. ugee program out of GCA’s sum mer agenda. In previous years, refugee children have been 'taken in by several interested Greenbelt residents, sponsored by GCA. How ever it was suggested by Mrs. Abraham Chasanow, former chair man of the Refugee Committee, that few people would be ablt to devote the ncessary amount of time and care to make a success of the venture. The Executive Com mittee voted to suspend activities along that line this year. Newly-elected President Stanley Ostler introduced the idea of de voting a large portion of a future GCA meeting to explain how Greenbelt administration func tions, with someone with authori tative knowledge present to an swer any questions that might arise. Tuesday’s meeting, held at the home of past-president Abraham Chasanow was attended by Abra ham Chasanow, past-president; Stanley Ostler, president; Joe Comproni, vice-president; John Marshall, treasurer; Delbert Mcs ner. corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Sally Meredith, recording sec retary. Greenbelter Injured In Plane Crash Arthur H. Curtis, of College Heights, Maryland, and Miss Ber tha Fischer of Greenbelt, suffered cuts and bruises Sunday, May 17, when the plane in which they were flying crashed on a road neai Beltsvllle. Mr. Curtis who is studying for a commercial pilot’s license, was simulating a forced landing when the Alaskan Coupe Trainier he was flying lost flying speed. He was forced to pull up sharp to avoid trees in his path. The plane stalled, slipped on one wing, and then nose-dived to the ground. Mr. Curtis and Miss Fischer were taken to the Casualty Hospi tal by the Branchville Rescue Squad. The Sports Parade Next week the Sports Parade and the Cooperator will join forces. Hereafter there will be no separate Sports Parade delivered to your door Thursday nights. But on Friday you will have the same news printed in the Co operator in place of some of the filler items, less important news stories, and editorials which you probably disliked anyway. Early in 1941 sports news which had filled 20 per cent of the Cooperator’s space began to dwindle. The one-man sports staff simply wore out. We appealed for help and re ceived none. Sooo—there were no more sports stories in the paper. This situation was remedied by the Town Recreation Department. With the help of several residents prominent in local athletics Vincent Holochwost was able to have the Sports Parade started. This mimeographed sports paper has been issued regularly to every household for two years and its staff deserves gratitude and admir ation for their patient task. Persuaded that less work could produce better results by publication of sports coverage in the Cooperator back ers of the Sports Parade put out their last issue of their publication this week. The Cooperator staff is glad to welcome William L. Moore Jr. to its ranks to handle sports. We feel that the residents of Greenbelt are benefitting from the combined efforts. The Cooperator will be a better paper. FHA Again Holds Up Home Owners Co-op Elated by a high priority lat 'ngearlier this month the Green belt Homeowners were plunged in to gloom this week when Federal Housing Administration turned down their application for loans. The group of 22 prospective build ers had been led to believe that only formalities and red tape still checked their efforts. Two years of planning and of fighting obstacle after obstacle ap peared this week to have ended in failure, although Earnest Wolfe, vice president of the organization, was still negotiating for a recon sideration by F. H. A. The F. H. A. refused to loan the group more than $4300 per house, far- less than the SSOOO epecter. Plans long ago submitted for criticism were returned with the comment that the houses showed too much Frank Lloyd Wright influence, and that F. H. A. preferred square houses which set parallel to the street instead of at angles. In view of increasing shortages and the new freezing of wholesale lumber stocks officers of the home owners expressed some pessimism as to building possibilities prior to the war’s end. Nat'l Housing Officials Praise Greenbelt Members of the National As sociation of Housing Officials praised Town Manager Roy S. Braden last week for the general appearance of Greenbelt as com pared to similar projects at a con ference of the Association held in Baltimore. Mr. Braden, accompanied by Assistant Town Manager Arthur L. Rysticken, Leonard Sussholz, and Joseph Rabbitt, Town Treas urer, attended the conference, which was held in Baltimore, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Mr. Biaden spoke at round-table discussion Tuesday night on “Tenant Maintenance,” stating his belief that “Housing projects can be successfully opera ted if the tenants do their share of maintenance of the lawns and hedges.” Administrator Blandford 'of the National Housing Agency, said that permanent type construction of building will be suspended for the duration of the existing emer gency with temporary and prefab ricated types of homes taking their place, except where they will be needed after the emergency. A hamburger for a piece of aluminum was the patriotic gesture of an Athens, Tennessee, restau rant keeper. He offered to whip up a hamburger for anyone con tributing a scrap of aluminum for national defense. Greenbelt Wins Tentative Victory Over Capital Transit on Bus Service; 60-Day Adjournment Granted By SALLY MEREDITH A tentative victory was won by Greenbelt Wednesday at a Public Utilities Commission hearing held in Baltimore when a 60-dav adjournment was granted, and Capital Transit Company instructed to make extensive studies of the traffic problem, with particular reference to the effect of gas rationing on public transportation. It was asked that future hearings consider only changes in the method of transportation, not in the schedule as proposed by Capital Transit. Dean Locke, traffic engineer for Capital Transit, under cross-examination by Greenbelt’s counsel Arthur L. Rysticken, was forced to admit that the Branchville street car already transports 3000 passengers per day in 102 round trips. No estimate was made of the number that gas rationing will force to that line. It was also brought out in cross-examination that in a two-day check made by Capital Transit it was discovered that between 7 a. m. and 7:15 a. m. 148 passengers one day and 174 the other rode the Branchville car to Mt. Rainier; and that between the hours of 6 a. m. and 9:30 a. m., 768 rode it one day and 806 the other. These figures were all taken prior to gas rationing. Capital Transit was instructed to bring their survey up to date by determining the increase caused by both rationing and the doubling population of Greenbelt. GCS 'Howdy' Party Welcomes Newcomers The feeling that old-time Green belters are “snobbish” in their at titude toward the residents of the so-called “defense homes” has been eliminated, at least as far as those who attended last week’s party foi' newcomers are concerned. In response to the announcement that Creenbelt Consumer Services was “throwing” a party for the purpose of introducing the new comers and the old-timers, to create a spirit of friendship and a feeling of neighborliness, 90 per sons attended the social. It was held in the auditorium of the Ele mentary School building on Thurs day, May 14. Termed the “howdy” party, the affair was well attended by new residents. It was in contrast to previous socials of this nature where the older residents were predominantly in the majority. Clifford A. Moyer, chairman of the G. C. S. membership commit tee, was master of ceremonies. The guests were entertained by novelty acts, quizzes for which there were numerous prizes, com munity singing and both social and square dancing. Allen S. Morrison, Greenbtlt’s mayor, and Frank J. Lastner, president of G. C. S., addressed the group. The gist of their talks was that the community welcomes and embraces the newcomers and that they are just as much a part of it as anyone else. Several new residents were heard to say that they were glad that the old-timers did not really feel as had been rumored; that any discrimination shown toward the new people was unintentional and was not the general feeling. The nursery provided for the children was under the supervision of Mrs. Mary M. Dodson, chairman of the G. C. S. education commit tee, who had three high school gills as her assistants. There were 15 children cared for, including several infants. Refreshments were also served under the direction of Mrs. Dodson. Officials of G. C. S. were elated over the feeling of friendship created at the party, it was stated. In addition to providing enter tainment, they had hoped to stir up a feeling of comradeship which up to now apparently has been nonexistent. Roses Is red; Violets is blue; Grass would be green, If it weren’t for you. Get it? Rysticken Represents Greenbelt Mr. Rysticken, who was ap pointed by Council on May 24 to represent Greenbelt at the hear ing, led discussion of the public transportation problem at a Cit izens’ Association meeting on May 4, distributing petitions to volunteers who agreed to canvass the town by districts. Wednesday evening, it was announced that aproximately 1400 signatures had been taken. However, according to Mr. Rysticken, more volunteers are needed in order to secure another thousand signatures, which will be necessary to make the petitions effective. Picture* Show Traffic Problem Pictures secured by Mr. Ry sticken were presented, showing the Berwyn crossing and the Mt. Rainier terminal. Questioned by Mr. Rysticken, Mr. Locke stated that the Mt. Rainier terminal handled 2K69 passengers and 340 buses and street cars daily prior to April 24, and that it was esti mated that at present 6369 pass engers—more than double the former figure—and 763 buses and street cars pass through the ter minal. Capital Transit Lose* Appeal The original appeal made by Capital Transit was for a rever sion to the old schedule of buses once an hour as a base, with half hourly buses during peak hours. However, on the basis of testi mony given at the hearing, that part of the appeal was imme diately disallowed, and tentatively changed to a half-hour base with 20-minute buses during the peak. Greenbelter’s Mainly Defense Worker* The transit company’s appeal was based on the policy set forth by Joseph B. astman, Director of the Office of Defense Transpor tation, particularly the part ad vising the diversion of bus lines to street railway lines and the use of shuttle buses “where prac ticable.” It was Mr. Rysticken’s contention that in this case it is practicable. It was also pointed out that extension of bus lines was not to be discontinued when servicing defense workers, naval and military establishments, and any other location “where failure to provide such additional service will have a definitely unfavorable effect on the war effort.” Inas much as Greenbelt is composed mainly of defense workers, and inasmuch as curtailing Greenbelt’s present transit system would “have a definitely unfavorable effect on the war effort”, it was felt in some quarters that Capital Transit was not living up to the policy in attempting to revert to the old shuttle bus system.