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COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 TJl e Gwmhelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. Editor Donald H. Cooper Assistant Editor ; Sally Meredith Sports Editor William L. Moore, Jr. Business Manager William R. Stewart Volume 6, Number 46 July 3, 1942 Its Time To Get Started For the last three years Greenbelt has had a town fair in September as the outstanding annual event for this com munity. Wallace Mabee was chairman for the first two, and Ilarry Rhodes took charge of the 1941 fair. September 1942 is eight weeks off and no plans have been announced so far for this year’s fair. Our town fairs have been marked by a novel freedom from commercialism. Exhibits have been given over to town activities, the work of the many clubs and organiza tions here, garden and craft displays, and an elaborate program of entertainment. The three-day shows have brought great throngs of visitors from out of town as well as the attendance of all Greenbelters. Compliments have been profuse. Naturally the town fair requires a tremendous expen diture of time and effort by a few individuals, although the money cost is usually low. In past years the summer months have been pointed up towards the September display for Greenbelt’s gardeners, fruit and vegetable canners, and all interested in handicraft. Rather than discourage a town fair the war should stimulate our one big demonstration of home talent. This is the sort of local entertainment and morale builder we need. Our fair is a picture of a democratic community at work. W e are late starting this year. Usually our work on *he fair begins in May. There are still eight weeks left for preparations and we can do the job in that time if we want the fair badly enough. The Town Council is expected to meet July 13, and will consider fair plans at that time, we are informed. If you want the fair this year bring your ideas to this meeting. The town fair is a must on Greenbelt’s 1942 calendar. Victory for the Weeds Now our gardens have reached the dividend stage, and beets, carrots and beans are rewarding our sweat and toil of last month. A quick tour reveals that this year’s gardens are the best ever seen in Greenbelt. High prices and the war effort have been sufficient stimulus in most cases to keep the amateur gardeners at work against the weeds and the insects. By this time the newcomers to the toil of the soil know that the secret of the “green thumb” is hard work. A very few gardens have that deserted look that comes when the owners flee before the invaders. Perhaps the dis couragd ones could be induced to return to the scene of their labors and spend an evening or two reclaiming their victory gardens in time for some vegetables. Or is it to be a victory for the weeds? Craft Classes The handicraft classes which start Monday in room 120 of the Elementary School at 2 o’clock will round out com plete recreation program for Greenbelt’s younger people this summer. Games, basket-weaving, sewing, and a number of other activities will answer the occasional complaint that our children have no out-of-school program except sports. All of us hope to see the handicraft groups welcomed by both parents and children. Use the Parking Lot Cars crippled by failing tires, lack of gasoline or other war restrictions are beginning to accumulate in parking spaces along Greenbelt streets. At least one, unused since 1941, has been reported to the local police with a suggestion that it be moved to the general parking area. We endorse the suggestion. GREENBELT COOPERATOR Calendar of Events Friday, July 3 Band Practice 6:30 p.m. Auditorium Stringed Orchestra Practice 7:00 Room 123 Band Parents Board 8:00 Auditorium Hebrew Congregation 8:30 Music Room Police Auxiliary First Aid 7:30 Fire House Saturday, July 4 (•anus and Races 12:30 p.m. Braden r leid Parade 7:00 Shopping Center Confessions 7:30 11-E Ridge Road Band Concert 8:00 Handball Court Sunday, July 5 Catholic* Sunday School 8:30 a. m. Theater Catholic Mass 9:00 Theater Community Church Sunday _ , School 9:30 Elementary School Community Church Service 11:00 Auditorium L. D. S. Sunday School 11:00 Home Ec. Room L. D. S. Priesthood 6:30 p.m. Home Ec. Room L. D. S. Service 7:00 Home Ec. Room Monday, July 6 Craft Classes 2:00 p.m. Room 120 Girl Scout Troop 26 7 :00 Room 223 Tuesday, July 7 Advanced First Aid 10:00 a. m. Music Room Canteen 7:30 p.m. Room 220 Minute Men Drill 8:00 Auditorium Catholic Choir 8:15 Music Room L. D. S. Relief Society 8:30 Home Ec. Room Wednesday, July 8 Brownies 3:30 p. m. Music Room Girl Scout Troop 15 7:30 17-A Parkway Girl Scout Troop 18 7:30 Room 223 Midweek Meeting 8:00 Music Room Thursday, July 9 Gas Defense Unit 10:00 a.m. Music Room Boy Scout Troop 202 7:00 Hobby Room Girl Scout Troop 17 7:30 Room 123 Canteen 7:30 Room 220 American Legion 8:00 Legion Home Legion Auxiliary ( 8:00 Legion Home July 14 Meeting Compulsory For Civilian Defense Workers By PHIL WEXLER , ~ , , The Greenbolt Defense Corps , „ , . , has really begun to work in c earnest on proper organization of , , e the corps and settlement of pres- ' , ent and future grievances by any „ , , . , , unit of the corns, it is expected , , „ to be placed on a full war-time basis within a short time. Comdr. Arthur Rysticken re- ports that he is taking an intensive -10-day training course at the Urn- versity of Maryland given by the War Department Civilian Protec- tion School First Full Meeting The first full meeting of all de fense units and members will be held on Tuesday evening, July 14. in the auditorium of the Element- arv School. This meeting is com pulsory for all members of civilian defense units Town residents not connected with local defense activi- tus are urged by Comdr. Rystick- en to be present. Full details ol all phases of civilian defense work will be presented by Comdr. Rysticken and suggestions will be made concerning the possible re- organization of each unit m order to effect the highest efficiency in Defense Corps work. The meet- ,ng promises to be not only full of intei esting details as to tli-i function of each unit m defense work, but it is also expected that Comdr. Rysticken will offer some startling ‘information finally rc- leased by the War Department concerning future war activities by local groups and the extensive use of women in war work. ... ... n. x WWn A.d Defense Mrs. S. H. Downs announces that the nutrition course is in full swing and that a canteen service will soon be established in Green- belt. Members of the women’s organ,- zation will be asked to make pen- nants for defense motor vehicles to serve as identification in an emergency. Murdock was made Siren Mixup When we are told to disregard Greenbelt’s air raid sirens during regular tests Saturday morning and then when we have a practice air raid Saturday morning we can be forgiven for a certain amount of confusion. Our instructions have been clarified a little now. There will be a regular siren test at 11 a. m. each Saturday. We are to ignore it, unless we have been informed by news papers and radio that there will be an actual air raid test at that time. We are still uncertain what we are supposed to do if an actual raid should occur at this particular time, but we pre sume that is a remote possibility. Anyway, if you hear planes dropping bombs some Saturday morning at 11 o’clock you will know it is not a test but the real thing. Be sure to call in the children if that happens. —r U7 ar.tl presented the corps with a . * , , ~ civilian defense nag. .... Mrs. Virginia Harris reports r ... ~ , that all hopes of getting the Blood ,_ , , Bank Caravan to Greenbelt nave ~ . . been abandoned due to technical . , , TI difficulties involved. However, six women donated theil . b i„ od at the bank in Washington last Thurs day, June 25, and two women were j e f t out 0 f the trip because of in sufficicnt transportation. The H>- A K J attsviHe Motor Corps has been providing the women of Greenbelt with the opportunity to serve their country by contributing to the blood bank, For those who may be interested j n jroing to Washington to donate y le blood bank here is some m formation* A dono ' r must be between the of 21 and 60. Married worn- Juder o 1 may contribute; sin , women unde / 21 must have t ne wrlU( . n consent of lheir par ent or „ ual ,. lan; donors over 60 years of must presen t a medical officer * physk .j ! an ’s OK. Eight weeks elapse before a donor can , b ood again to the bank, Certificat€s or pins are usually iyen to (!onors . If avai i ah | e a £ roliZe in is ffiven for onc or donations and a silver pin for h mo re donations., _ tor six nours prior to donation - '|c.. 0 r may have for food omy fruits, irr.it or vegetable juices, dry toast or crackers, black coffee, black tea or clear soft drinks. Ims food regulation is necessary in order to give the recipient the de sired protect against possible reac tions from plasma prepared from f atty blood. For further informa tion" and for dates for future trips ca n Mrs. Virginia Harris, 18-P Ridge Road, or phone 5211. Mrs. S. H. Downs says that the Girl Scouts have volunteered to stay home with children of mothers who would care to contribute to the blood bank. Friday, July 3, 1942 Community Church “A Sign and a Symbol” will be the subject of the sermon to be preached by the Rev Gilmer Pierce Johnston at the Comrnunity Church next Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. At the close of the sermon the Sacrament of the Lord s Supper will be celebrated. This will also be the occasion for the reception of new membeis. The finance committee will meet Sunday evening at the church office, 8-B Parkway. The old-fashioned prayer meet ing, led by a layman, will be Wednesday evening at 8 0 clock in the music room. Last week’s founders day =>ei mon brought out an unusually large attendance. Special invita tions had been sent out to the .0 families who are charter members of the church. i Siren Test Saturday Causes Confusion In explaining the mix-up last Saturday about the blowing of the air-raid sirens, George Panagoulis, chief air-raid warden, said Mon day that an order had been issued asking that all Maryland sirens be tested each Saturday at 11 a. m. Last week, however, after the “Cooperator” went to press, the order was received that Green belt, along with the rest of the Washington area, would also ha £ e be Kulded by ..*£ papers and radio, participates in all Washingto area blackouts and air-raid tests. Racketers in High Gear The recreation tennis league has been thriving for nearly two weeks. Interest is high and the competition keen. Results shown below will have the winner named firS \Vrs, Sheretz-Mrs. Bowman Clark-Howey 8-6, 4-6, 6-0. Fogarty-Armstrong 6-0, 6-1. . Mrs. Moore-Mrs. Wurl 6-3, 7-b. Hennessey-Pierce 6-8, 6 * 4 - 6 ;°- Blanchard-Cummings 6-2, b-4. Plackett-Sheretz 7-5, 6-4. Moore-Wofsey 6-4 (default). Goldfaden, Moore-Shenff, Labo vitz 6-1, 7-5. Howey, Pierce-Hennessey, Clark G-3 7-5 Wurl-Neblett 6-4, 6-2. Mrs. Martone-Mrs. Wofsey 6-1, 6-1. Tomorrow’s Yesterday By D. W. Greenbelt This is tomorrow’s yesterday— ’Tis filled with vain regret For letting selfishness delay The duties to be met. This is tomorrow’s yesterday, The time we meant to do A helpful deed, a kind work say Before the day was through. This is tomorrow’s yesterday, Each precious fleeting minute; Let’s use it wisely while we may, For there is wisdom in it. New Babies Mr. and Mrs. Vernon T. Stout-- myer, 4 Forestway, are parents of son, David, born June 17 in Wash ington. , -T William Franklin Edwards il was born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley R Edwards, of 9-J Ridge Road. Joseph Carl Schaeffer, born June 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schaeffer, 19-M Ridge Road. One Year Ago (From the Cooperator of July 4, 1941.) Refugee children arrived July 1 —Celebrities attend 4th events— Town fair plans formulated — Mayor issues proclamation for the cause of democracy—l 9 groups participate in Indenendence Pa” festival —Parents board of band prepares menu for celebration at Lake —Picnic area at Lake gets drinking water —Two Hyattsville boys injured in local auto crash -92 prizes for novelty and athletic contests- —15 floats in J uly 4th pa rade—Fishing season opened July I —Feeder band to be organized-1 Mrs. Ella G. Roller, chairman of the education committee of Green belt Consumer Services, attends meeting of the American Associa tion of Scientific W’orkers and Consumers Union—Nursery school plans for fall term—New shelves improve food service—New Wash ington road under way—B B Gun Club selects range site—Greenbelt Hospital overcrowded.