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Friday, May 22, 1942
OUR NEIGHBORS Hello, Greenbelt: The subject of bowling appear ed in the news last week when the “BDLs”, Greenbelt Women’s bowling team, received a trophy from Charlie Gentiel of the Col lege Park Bowling Alleys, a s first place team of Greenbelt. Mrs. Frank Lastner, who accepted the trophy for her team, also received one as the outstanding Greenbelt bowler of the year. Election of new officers for the league were held, the official score-keeper being Mrs. Bowman; Ronnie Wright, Treasurer; Myrtle Brit tingham, President. Captains of the individual teams will be elect ed at the beginning of the season next fall. Captain James Flood, of Phila delphia, and Mrs. Flood were here this week visiting his sister, Mrs. Hugh Hawkins at 43-D Ridge Road. Captain Flood, formerly asociated with the famous Dr. Stokes of Philadelphia, enlisted in the Army last month, and received a doctor’s commission. He left Wednesday for Fort Bragg, S. C., and will go on from there to a camp at Jacksonville, Florida. Mrs. Flood returned to Philadel phia. Also visiting the Hawkins’ was Mrs. Hawkins’ sister, Miss Blanche Flood, defense director of Nassau Hospital at Mineola, New York. Miss Flood arrived Sat urday and returned Monday morn ing. Mr. Hawkins’ is our Drug Store’s fountain manager, and ex plained the Coca Cola situation in such a maner that it is at last un derstandable. Each retail drug store receives 80 per cent of the amount of coke syrup they used a year ago. Greenbelt’s doubling population explains why this amount is much less than 80 per cent of the amount that would be necessary in order to meet de mands. Greenbelt gets its quota from the Washington Tobacco Company, the only coke distribu tor in this vicinity. They, in turn, receive only 80 per cent of last year s sales, and the Washington Population hasn’t exactly stood . Little Anthony Schaeffer, who is not quite three years old, has a very advanced understanding of rand annrmnMi t i good music. Recently some friends were at his mother's house, and a neighbor who knew Anthony’s musical prowess, was telling the others about it. “Anthony,” his mother said What would you like Mama to play on the records for you? ’ Anthony stared for a moment, his face lit up, and he said, “I wanta hear Dumbo.” After ex petcing to hear “Mozart,” Beeth oven, or “Schubert,” it was amusing—and I think a good thing—-to find that he is normal as well as gifted. I imagine there are a lot of women in town who don’t know ttat there s a day-time first-aid class at 10 a. m. on Tuesday in the music room of the Elemen j The clas has already started, but next Tuesday won’t he too late to catch up if you apply yourself to it. I haven’t been a victim yet—but my time come, I’m afraid. Thought for the week—The pool opens a week from tomorrow! • Hooray! Let me mend those moth holes in my bathing-suit, and I’ll IMo, h K fi T " t T off the high board! (Maybe. If I can get my courage up.) That’s all until next week. P-TA Will Elect Officers May 25 Monday, May 25, will be the last meeting of the school year tor the Greenbelt Parent-Teacher Association. Election and installa tion of new officers for the coming year will take place at this meet ing. The nominating committee in cludes Dwight H. Truckness, Mrs. Donald F. Herwick, and Mrs. El mer Nagle. There will be nomina tions from the floor in addition to those reported by the commit tee. Music is planned for the pro gram. A summary 0 f the work ac complished during the current year will be given by chairmen of stand ing committees, and a preview of the summer recreational plans will be outlined. The seventh grade group which will graduate June 9, has been attending classes at the High School in small units, each spend ing a day in observation. Bonds or bondage? Buy U. S. Savings Bonds. ["Timely Facts for Consumers | Intelligent Consumption Makes for Better, Happier Living. No more radio sets are be ing made for home use, because the radio industry is going all-out for war production. So consumers are advised to take good care of their present sets, which may have to last for the duration. No one but a trained radio mechanic should poke into the radio’s insides, but there are some simple external adjustments that can be made in the home to im prove reception and to help make the radio last longer. First, make sure that the radio is not placed with its back flat against the wall. Tubes, trans formers, and registers heat up, and free circulation of air is re quired to prevent overheating. Leave an inch or so between the cabinet and wall. If your radio is raucous, crackles, or produces static or a humming noise, try the following: Check the set’s electric cord and plug. The plug should fit firm ly into the wall socket, and the wires leading to it should be intact. Check connections also on near by electrical appliances and lamps. Loose connections on near by gadgets cause static. Some times moving a nearby appliance or lamp farther away will help re ception. If the radio crackles, check the aerial and ground wires to deter mine whether they are broken in any place or are rubbing against other wires or trees or metals. If you have not set up a ground connection and your radio is rau cous, fix one up by connecting a wire from your radio ground post to a water or steam pipe. If you have an outside aerial, make sure that it is equipped with a lightning arrester. Even small “static discharges” not light ning—may ruin a set unless they are by-passed by the arrester. Check the set’s tubes to see that they fit firmly in their sockets. Clean the dust out of your set occasionally. A hand vacuum cleaner will help. If after this home treatment, the performance of your radio is still poor, it’s time to call in the repairman. When you do so, observe these points: Call a repairman from a repu table firm—one with which you are acquainted, if possible. Insist that he fix the set at your home. Most service firms have portable testing and repair equipment for home calls. If he insists on taking the 3et to his shop, make him give you an in ventory of the adjustments he thinks will be necessary, and re quest the return of old parts he finds necessary to replace. It’s the job of housewives to save everything now, including time. To save time with your ironing, keep like pieces together when you hang them on the line and when you dampen them before ironing. Then arrange the clothes so that you first iron all rayon and silk fabrics that need only a warm iron, then the cottons that take a fairly hot iron, and last the linens. That way all fabrics re quiring the same amount of heat are ironed together. And did you know that to dampen clothes for ironing, it is quicker to use warm water than cold, because it spreads through the fabric faster. Don’t iron things that can go without ironing, like bath towels, dish cloths, even sheets and pillowcases. You can clean faster, too, by following a systematic, routine with your vacuum cleaner. Fre quent cleaning saves time and New Babies A son, Gerald Matthew, was bom on March 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elmer Anderson, at their home, 8-A Southway. Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jesse Sen er, Jr., 14-N Ridge Road are the proud parents of a baby girl, Lyn da Ann, who was born on Apiil 6, at Providence Hospital, Wash ington, D. C. On May 1, a son, John Charles, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Charles Manning, Sr., 4-A Park way, at George Washngton Hos pital, Washington. A daughter, Mary Joan, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leo Fitzmaurice, 8-D Hillside Road on May 4, at Washington Sanitorium, Takoma Park. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fruchtman announce the birth of a daughter on May 10 in Sibley Hospital. Miss Kay Ellen Fruchtman weighed 6 lbs. at birth and is doing fine. GREENBELT COOPERATOR saves your floors, rugs and furn iture, too. Your refrigerator can save your time if you use it right. When you mix dough for cookies, rolls, pie, even some kinds of cake, make two or three times your recipe. Keep the rest in your refrigerator to use as you need it. Be sure to wrap it in wax paper or cover it tightly to keep it from drying out. Wash and prepare fresh vege tables for cooking before you put them away in the refrigerator. Fixed ready for cooking, they will keep crisp and fresh in a jar with a tight lid or in wax paper. ZIPPERS Save your old zippers to use warns the Consumer Di vision of OPA. To conserve cop per, steel, and zinc, a recent WPB order reduced the amounts of metal zipper makers could use, banished neck-to-hem zippers, zippers on footwear, pocketbooks, corsets, furniture covers, gloves, and a long list of other products. There will be enough slide fasten ers for the really useful garments like work jackets, skirts and trousers, though. It’s a good idea to save hooks and eyes and snappers, too, be cause steel and zinc used in mak ing them will be cut in half this year. GIRDLES WITH LESS STRETCH To stretch the limited amount of elastic thread we have on hand, corsets, girdles, and brassieres will have about half as much rub ber yarn in them as formerly, ac cording to a WPB order. Cutting down the stretch will double the number of garments that can be made from present yarn supplies, put off for many months the day when you have to do without them, officials estimate. PHONOGRAPH RECORDS Begin to plan on sharing your phonograph records with your neighbors, or forming record clubs and libraries, because from now on manufactureres are goine to make only 30 per cent as many new ones as formerly. That’s to save our shellac, that used to come almost entirely from India, for munitions, signal flares and other vital military uses. STORING YOUR CAR? Here’s advice given by the Bur eau of Standards about putting cars in dead storage for the dur ation : Wash, wax and thoroughly lu bricate. Remove all gasoline; it may form deposits and interfere with the fuel pump and carburetor when the car is put back in serv ice. Remove oil if in engine over 200 miles. Drain the cooling system and remove hose connections. Block up car and deflate tires or store them in cool dark loca tion. Soapstone powder dusted on tires and tubes wil give added protection. Don’t count on saving the bat tery for more than a year; sell it instead. Sprinkle two or three pounds or paradichlorobenzene crystals or flake napthalene over cushions and upholstery cracks to protect against moths. USE GOVERNMENT HELPS Make use of free government publications. Here is a timely one: ‘Gardening and Food Preserva tion,’ WPA Technical series cir cular No. 2, 60 pages. Address: Federal Works Agency, WPA Div. of Community Service Programs, Washington, D. C. It covers com munity gardening, as well as can ning, quick freezing, storing, dry ing, and brining. For help in the problems of wartime living, listen to ‘Consu mer Time,” every Saturday at 11:15 a. m. on NBC. Army Navy Relief Funds The Greenbelt Theatre, in co operation with 15,000 other theatres throughout the United States, is collecting funds for the Army and Navy Relief Fund. Misses Betty Andrus, Jerry And rus, June and Ora Donoghue and Louise Ritter are the attractive collectors and they report a very satisfactory sum collected to date. It seems strange that the Amer ican aborigines, who cultivated and developed a very large num ber of food plants, were so com pletely lacking in domesticated animals. But the Indians were primarily agriculturalists. The abundant game, fish, and other wild food waiting for the taking made it unnecessary for them to tame and confine animals and birds. Preparedness Day Exhibition To Show ARP Corps in Action By PHIL WEXLER The Defense Council announces a Preparedness Day exhibition of defense activities to be held in the very near future. The Emer gency Medical Service will esta blish a temporary casualty station and first-aid post, the firemen will exhibit their technique in exting uishing incendiary bombs, “cas ualties” will be treated on the spot, air-raid wardens wil dem onstrate the efficiency of their organization, the police will take care of the crowd and traffic, the Motor Corps will exhibit their means of transporting the injured, and a public address system will be set up advising the audience as to each unit’s functions. Fur ther details will be published in the next issue of the Cooperator. Report All members of the Emergency Medical Service attended to their duties during the last two black out periods. The Service is, how ever, still incomplete. A meeting will be held sometime next week to enlist and enroll members offi cially into the organization. Members will be given identifica tion armbands, wil be fingerprint ed and will be given necessary in structions as to duties. A gas-de fense training course may be initiated in the near future. A good supply of blankets, heat ing pads, and other medical essen tials have been received from the County Civilian Defense Corps. Cots are needed for the casualty station and plans are afoot to blackout the Auditorium (casualty station) in times of emergency. Closer cooperation with the am bulance units is needed and Dr. Joseph Silagy requested that the Motor Corps have at least one unit stationed at the casualty hospital during blackouts and air raids. Motor Corps County officials have notified Thomas Ricker that equipment for the Corps (headlight covers, windshield stickers, stretchers, etc.) will soon be sent to Green belt. Blood Bank Mrs. Margaret Miller reports that her unit has been functioning efficiently and that the cooper ation of residents has been splendid. Eighteen donors have contributed thus far to the War Emergency Blood Bank. The Hy attsville Motor Corps gets our weekly bouquet for being so help ful in providing transportation to Washington for blood donors. Our regrets are extended to Mrs. Miller who, due to doctor’s orders, has been forced to resign from active duty with the Defense Corps. Problem Dept. It appeara that due to some Federal regulation no one without a Federal permit may drive a Federal vehicle and no monies can be expended by citizens for the protection of Federal proper ty. This means that the volunteer firemen can’t drive our fire truck, very few are permitted to drive the station wagon and some town trucks owned by the government. Sandbags can’t be purchased to 111 YOUH TELEPHONE DIRECTOHT Qo&i to pfieAA, MAY 27 To order a change of address, or an extra listing, just ca 11... BERWYN 9900 Tlm Owfwlw tk Potomac Tolophoao Cimpaoj of Baltimore City i PAGE THREE protect our buildings because of this regulation. However, the De fense Corps answers this writer that some means will be found to eliminate this problem in the im mediate future. Complaint Dept. Some criticism has been spread ing around town that the Defense Corps is not obtaining the mater ials needed by some defense units. The Cooperator is interested in facts and wants its readers to know them. Recently some mem bers of the Auxiliary Firemen have been selling tickets to clam bakes, raffles, punch board chances, etc. informing the public that these means were necessary to raise necessary funds for ma terials as the Defense Corps has refused to donate funds for these purposes. George Panagoulis has no record of any request for funds for the Auxiliary Firemen except one for coveralls and the Corps has granted that. All requests for funds have to be presented to the Corps—if granted, another hitch may occur in obtaining the equip ment without delay. This may seem difficult to understand but when we consider the rubber shortage it seems plausible that rubber articles may not be easy to procure. The Corps, at no time, has received any request for funds from the Auxiliary Firemen and it is certain that any request from this or any other unit will be given prompt consid eration and action. News A drive will be initiated soon to fingerprint all residents of Greenbelt to serve as identifica tion in case of air raids, etc., whereby a person may be so badly injured as to appear physically unidentifiable. The Salvage Pro gram has been discontinued tem porarily because of (1) lack of sufficient personnel on the Salvage Committee, and (2) lack of co operation on the part of Greenbelt residents. Scrap metal is prac tically non-existent in Greenbelt and the cost of picking up the few bundles of paper is prohibi tive. Paper sells for 25 cents per 100 pounds and the Committee has colected about $lO worth since the drive started. Coupling this fact with tht fact that people have been giving them to private dealers makes it understandable why the Salvage Committee h#s discontinued its functions. Defense Bond* and Stamps A house-to-house canvass has begun to determine approximately the amount of bonds and stamps being purchased by Greenbelt res idents irregardless as to where these are being bought. Elephant Throws Eagle When a golden eagle escaped from the zoo in Leningrad, Russia, recently, the noise of street cars and automobile horns so frighten ed it that it speeded back home and landed on the back of an ele phant, but the beast, with a whisk of its trunk, shot the prodigal into a corner.