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GjtEEERELT ® COOPERATOR
VoLjiiK! 1 * I-lumber 45 Greenbelt,* j.• 'June 26, 1942 Five Cent* MUZ Cu Greenbelt To l-f|ye Mail Delivery FPHA Gives $36,000 Maintenance For Defense Homes; Will Enable Greenbelt To Pay Public Debt Provision was made last week for the maintenance of the Defense homes, in an agreement tendered by the legal division of the Federal Public Housing Authority and ap proved, signed and returned by the Greenbelt Town Council. Received Wednesday, June 17, by the Council,, the agreement offers a total of $36,204.63; S9OOO for the first six months of the current year, and $27,204.63 for the last six months, the latter to be paid in monthly install ments beginning July 1. Town Can Repay Debt Town Manager Roy S. Braden in making public the agreement, taid the forthcoming sums will enable the town to repay a deot incurred the first pail of the year and still continue its normal activities. It was presumed that the final signatures of the FPHA officials to the agreement wouid automatically cancel the injunc tion forbidding the occupancy of further defense homes. Services Specified Services to the new homes speci fied in the agreement include: hre and police protection and services, collection and disposal of gar bage, trash and ashes; mainte nance of streets, parking areas, parks and playgrounds; street and park lighting; sewer services and disposal; the services of the public health department; ceme tery facilities; educational fa cilities, limited to. a kindergarten —and a. public Jflkvy; rm-rttattg-i . facilities, all ages with complete adult rnreds, and facili ties of a swimming pool at sea sonal rates. Mayor Allen D. Morrison, when approached on the subject, ex pressed himself as being happy that the controversy had been brought to a successful conclusion. Beetles Get Attention Another item considered by the Town Council at its June 17 meeting was the invasion of Japanese beetles. This year the town’s government will back a two-fold program towards control of the insect pest. One ordinance was passed to encourage local residents (and especially the boys and girls) to catch tne beetles and turn them to the Administration Office at a price of 25 cents a quart. The second measure ap plies penalties for tampering with beetle traps. Minute Men Begin Study On Infiltration Tactics The Greenbelt Company of Minute Men of Maryland started a new phase in its training pro gram last Tuesday night at Braden Field when close order drill gave way to the extended order. Infil tration tactics were stressed, and the men expressed themselves as liking the training. Captain Harry Bates remarked that the Minute Men will he trained with more emphasis on this type of warfare in the future. After completing the session on the field the men marched back to the armory (Greenbelt Ele mentary School) for a review of the presenting of the colors which will be staged in the July 4th parade. Lieutenant F. L. Acker man instructed the color bearers as to the new method of present ing arms. A meeting of the temporary non-commissioned officers was held after dismissal of the company. Siren Tests Tomorrow morning between 10 and 11 a. m., new air-raid airen* will be tested. Residents are urged by Chief Air-raid Warden George Panagoulis to remain calm during the test. Rysticken Ms For Return of Petition On Transportation With the hearing before the Maryland Public Utilities Commis sion approaching, Arthur L. Ry sticken requests that the transpor tation questionnaires be turned 1:1 immediately and further signa tures be secured on the petition. “Although only 10 per cent of the questionnaires have been re ceived to date,” Mr. Rysticken an nounced, “those received are re vealing interesting facts and the Utilities Commission may De in fluenced by answers in this vein from 75 per cent of Greenbelt pop ulation.” Extra copies of the Ijues tionnnaire are available at the Administration Office. To date the petition requesting That 'the bus service between Mt. Rainier and Berwyn on the Green belt line not be withdrawn con tains 1,800 sigatures. Mr. Ry fticken estimates that 40 per cent of the Greenbelt residents of high school age and above who would be affected by the proposed change have not signed the petition. The library, administration office, food store and drug store contain copies of the petition which may De signed. The hearing before the Mary land Public Utilities Commission is scheduled for sometime in July, but no definite date has been an nounced. Stanley Ostler, president of the Greenbelt Citizen’s Association has announced that there will be no membership meetings in July or August. A MISTAKE IN LOCATION /ja'P I Eisner Appointed Medical Director By G.H.A. Board Dr. William Eisner has been ap pointed medical director for the Greenbelt Health Association, fol lowing the resignation of Dr. Jos eph Silagy from that position as of June 15. Sherrod East, acting chairman of the board of directors, said that Dr. Eisner was selected on the basis of a letter by himself and Dr. Silagy recommending the ap pointment. There was no record vote of the action taken during the meeting, June 18. Moore Elected To Board At the same meeting William Moore, Jr., was elected as a di rector to fill out the term of Stew art Dowrick who resigned last month. Mr. Moore will serve un til the next quarterly membership meeting of the association, July 22. “No additional doctor has been secured for our medical staff yet,” Chairman East told the Cooper ator. “but we have several appli cants under investigation and will make a selection soon. Dr. Eisner came to Greenbelt in January. His promotion carries an increase in salary to $3,600. Countering the demand of Dr. Silagy that all non-members ac counts be turned over to him, the board voted to give him S3OO in three monthly payments. An agreement to this effect is being completed by Treasurer Curtis F. Barker. G. C. A. Announces Plans To Award Prizes July 4 The Citizens Association an nounces that numerous prizes will be awarded to the young folks of Greenbelt at the close of the 4th of July parade. The awards will go to competitors in the races to be held in the afternoon and to participants in the parade itself (floats, costumes, etc.) All young people can start working on their bicycles, wagons, tricycles etc. in order to have them ready by next Saturday night. Full details concerning the amount of prizes, the route of the parade and order of the units participating will appear in next week’s Cooperator. Two Daily Deliveries Scheduled As Post Office Changes From 3rd To 2nd Class Station July 1 Greenbelters will finally receive home mail delivery July 1, Postmaster George W. Bryant announced Tuesday. The long-sought service was effected by a change in grade from third to second class, and will afford two deliveries a day. Mr. Bryant, who has been Greenbelt’s postmaster since a post office was established here in the town’s early days was active previously in the change of status from the original fourth-class as well as in the current change. Auxiliary Firemen Protest Treatment; Walker Dismissed Protesting that they were treat ed “like step-children”, several of Greenbelt’s 24 auxiliary firemen turned in their badges last week. The action was taken by eight or nine of the crew following an in formal session during the blackout of June 17. At this meeting, at tended by several town admin istration officials, the auxiliary firemen demanded adequate equip ment for their duties, and per mission to ride on the fire truck. As of yesterday George Pan agoulis, director of public safety, indicated that a settlement of the controversy was within reach. “Several of the boys who quit have already told me to consider them on call,” he said, “and action is being taken on the requests which have been made by the group the night of the blackout.” “Not Enough Fire*” It was the opinion of Assistant Community Manager Arthur Ry stieken that the disaffection was partly the result of so few fires in Greenbelt. “The auxiliary firemen have been well trained, and it is only natural that they should want to participate to the fullest extent on every fire call that comes in,” Mr. Rysticken told the Cooperator. Speaking of equipment he pointed out that while it was undoubtedly important to provide the firemen with their needs, it was also nec essary to remember that we have auxiliary police, wardens, plane spotters, a first aid corps, and other civilian defense workers to be taken care of out of the SIOOO fund raised earlier this spring. Although the demonstration among the auxiliaries seems to be the result of accumulated griev ances a principal complaint is lack of equipment. One of the men justified his action by stating that he could be of little use in case of an emergency when the town’s fire equipment was so poor ly maintained. A Cooperator re porter ascertained that several items of equipment are indeed in need of repair or replacement. Safety Director Panagoulis, when asked about this situation, pointed out that bids had been asked for some new equipment as long ago as December, but that town finances made purchases imposs ible until now. The $36,000 fund from the Federal Public Housing Agency is expected to allow fire fighting equipment to be put into good condition again. Firemen Want Coat* Running coats were requested by auxiliary firemen, and they pointed out that if enough money was not available in the Civilian Defense fund they could raise some money themselves as they had in the past. Mr. Panagoulis pointed out that total requests by the firemen amounted to $.345, and that he felt this was too large a proportion of the SIOOO for a single defense unit. Because insurance was not available the auxiilary firemen have not been allowed to attend fires on the fire truck. This has brought caustic remarks from sev eral of the auxiliaries. Mr. Rysticken indicated this week, (Continued on Page 3) Choice Offered Residents Cards will be delivered to each home on July 1 and picked up July 2, to be filled in by the head of the house informing the postal authorities as to preference for home and box delivery, said Mr. Bryant. He added that good rea sons must be offered for the main tenance of boxes, since the space now thus occupied will be needed by the postal deliverers for filing cases and work tables. The present staff, composed of Mr. Bryant, postmaster; Mrs. George W. Bryant, Mrs. Ella Davis and Mrs. Thomas Clark will be increased by the employ ment of another clerk and two or more route men. The latter will be increased as the town expands with the occupancy of the remain ing 704 defense homes. Office hours will remain the same, ri was announced, though the indi vidual clerks will not work as long as previously. A postal regula tion prohibits second-class posta’ employees from working longer than eight hours per day. Slots Present Problem Stating that there is a postal regulation requiring mail slots tc be at least 30 inches above the floor, Mr. Bryant said that many homes in “D” block have slots ap proximately 6 inches from thi floor. Two alternatives exist, he said. “Either individual residents will be required to put mail boxes in proper places, or the town will have to change the location of the slots.” The change in bookkeeping methods involved in the grade raise will necessitate the supervi sion of postal inspectors for a few' days, said Mr. Bryant. Details will be ironed out after inspection, he added. Council Appropriates SIOO For lap Beetle Extermination Plan One hundred dollars was ap propriated by the Town Council at its special meeting and set aside for Japanese beetle extermination program. For each quart of the pests turned over to Angus Mac- Gregor, Greenbelt’s chief gardener and originator of the program, 25 cents will be paid. A second ordinance passed in conjunction with the original ap propriation provides a fine of $lO for tampering with the beetle traps set up by the town, thu3 prohibiting the use of the traps as a source of saleable beetles. On the basis of 3,500 beetles per quart, a sum reached in a counting conducted by Mr. Mac- Gregory, over 210,000 had been turned in by Tuesday afternoon. T 0 be paid for, the beetles must be turned over to Mr. MacGregor at his office, which is behind the fire house. A receipt is then taken, to the Administration office for pay ment. In announced the beetle fund. Mr. MacGregor also added that a product is now on the market which, if used, will keep Japanese beetles away as well as kill the ones with which it comes in con tact. The product, under the trade name of “Japellent,” is eas ily obtainable, said Mr. Mac- Gregor.