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GREENBELT COOPERATOR GREENBELT, MARYLAND Telephone: GREENBELT 3131 or 4346 * r *** , b*lt Cooperative Publishing Association, lac. ~ Editor Donald H. Cooper Assistant Editor Waldo Mott I Sports Editor William L. Moore, Jr. Business Manager William R. Stewart _ . STAFF , ~a*ss, Maiy Bonham, Ethel Canon, Abraham Chasnow, Shirley if’'*.*’ McNamara, Delbert Meaner, Mildred Meaner. Joaeph C. Moualey, Beniamin Rosenrweig, Eileen Sheriff, Morris Terkeltaub, Glen Wilbur, Phil Wexler, Howard Custer, Helen Chasanow, Anne Hull. Volume 7, Number 9 , October 16, 1942 Council Meetings Mayor Morrison recently talked with us with some concern about the small attendance at the meetings of our Town Council. The mayor agreed that this could reflect confidence and satisfaction by residents with the work of the Councilmen, or on the other hand complete disgust and hopeless resignation to the acts of that body. Other factors could be the longer hours which most residents are now working, lack of information or of interest by the large influx of new residents, or perhaps an indication that the Council has now taken action on most of the important municipal needs which faced the town in its first years. | Mayor Morrison does well, however, to worry about the apparent lack of interest in what the Council does. Indeed, we are worrying right along with him on this point. We are concerned to the point of doing something about it, with the cooperation of the Council. Better publicity for the Council prior to each meeting is, we believe, one step which can be taken to the mutual advantage of councilmen and citizens. Greenbelters are entitled to know that such important local legislation as the recent traffic ordinance is being considered before rather than after it is passed. Through the Town Council, the Citizens Association and the columns of the Cooperator, residents have full opportunity to make their wishes known, to express their ideas, and to maintain here at home the Democracy for which we are fighting abroad. If we ignore what our local legislators do for or against our welfare as individuals and as a community then we can blame only ourselves if the fruits of military victory prove to be filled with bitter pulp. Our Town Council, five citizens elected at two-year in tervals, meets the first and third Monday of each month in the Council room of the Administration offices, over the Variety Store. At the top of the stairs turn to the right. At each meeting a period is reserved for comments and petitions from citizens. The next meeting will be at 8 p. m., Monday, November 2. Unfortunately that is the same night the Citizens Association meets. If you want to badly enough you can probably bring enough pressure to change one or the other to avoid the monthly conflict. We shall have our Town Council reporter try to secure in advance hereafter information on the probable agenda for each Council meeting for publication in the Cooperator on the preceding Friday. Watch the results and give your suggestions for better liaison between the Council and the people to the mayor or the editor. The Press Tuesday’s controversy in the Washington newspapers as to whether or not Greenbelt houses were being occupied on schedule points a warning to the reading public. One of the dailies quoted Arthur Rysticken as saying the new houses were standing empty with no one to fill them; another quoted him as saying the new houses were being filled as fast as they were ready and that a consider able waiting list was on hand. Somebody was wrong somewhere. Newspapers are human institutions and are subject to carelessness, prejudice, and errors. Often the slips made by reporters or at the copy desk are not noticed because readers have no way of checking on the story. Greenbelt news carelessly presented is immediately spotted by resi dents of this community, and the CoOperator is particularly put on its guard because no misquote or wrong interpre tation ever gets by all of the readers. With all of our care we make mistakes. On occasions like Tuesday we see that the big professional papers have the same troubles. There is a moral for readers: The press is essential as a puryeyor of information, and control of the press should not be allowed to remain in the hands of a few individuals or to slip into the hands of government. But—newspaper stories should not be regarded as Gospel truth; and the press should not be regarded as the epitome of wisdom mounted on an untouchable pedestal. If we remember that newspapers are fallible then we can read and believe with discretion. GREENBELT COOPERATOR This Week We Suggest Smile Please Anyone even the least bit interested in photography will want to grab his camera (or her’s, women invited, too) and hurry over to the Camera Club meeting at 8 p. m., Wednesday, October 21 at 3-A Parkway. Known as “Picture Taking Night,” everyone present will have a chance totake odd shots, portraits, and even comedy shots for which some members will wear make-up. Plenty of lighting equipment is promised and a discussion of lighting equipment will be held. Here is a rare opportunity for in terested persons to get instruction and practical training. Wayne Roberts, club secretary and treasurer informs us that everyone is welcome—just bring your cameras. Athletic Club Athletic-minded men should look forward to the monthly meeting of the Greenbelt Athletic Club scheduled for Wednesday evening, too. President Les Sanders anticipates an interesting discussion of the new regulations concerning the use of the gym. All members are urged to be at the club house at 8 o’clock. Besides the gym discussion there will be an election of block representatives for B, C, D, and J blocks and appointment of committee chairman to fill existing vacancies. For Girl Scout Leaders The long awaited Girl Scout leaders’ training course will begin 7:45 p. m. October 19 at the Waldman Building in Hyattsville. The need for Girl Scout leaders in Greenbelt cannot be stressed too strongly. Mrs. Lillian Mitchell informs us that there are enough girls to start at least five more troops in Greenbelt but there are no leaders available at present. If you’re interested in girls and have any spare time— please contact Mrs. Mitchell at Greenbelt 5601 or be at the meeting Monday night. The course is very short but certainly worth while and I’m sure the girls anxious to join scouting will be everlastingly grateful. Greenbelt’s Brownie troop meets at 3:30 Monday in the social room —Troop No. 26 Monday at 7 in room 221 and Troop No. 18 Tuesday at 8 p. m. in room 121. Literature Wednesday The Ladies Relief society of the Latter Day Saints will have a night of literature Wednesday in the home economics room at 8:15. All members who have attended previous meetings of this sort can vouch for an interesting and entertaining meeting. Nature Trail Built By Pupils Is Novel Treat For Reporter By ANNE HULL There’s a long, long trail a winding in and out among the trees and bushes back of the tennis courts, a “nature trail” constructed by the sixth and sev enth grades of the Greenbelt Ele mentary School. Perhaps you’ve noticed the rustic bridge leading over the brook. A couple of trail makers named Renny and Joe took this Cooperator reporter over the route one sunny October afternoon last week, explaining that the trail is in its third year of existence as a school project and getting better and better all the time. It is now completely free of briars, dotted with bird houses and feeding stations, and replete with labels and signs. First indication that the boys had learned something in the the process of hacking through the Wilderness was their identifica tion for the reporter of several varieties of ferns along the trail. “I had to make a speech on mushrooms once”, said Joe. “All the kids had to make speeches about things they found on the trail. We took them back to school and looked them up in books. The teacher got a lot of spelling words out of the stuff we collected. We waxed ferns and moss and mush rooms, too, to make ’em keep. You know, we sprayed ’em with the stuff”. Renny told about the fern pro files the class had made by greas ing and covering with soot pieces of newspaper which were then placed “buttered” side down on mounted ferns and rubbed, re- Community Church Dr. Howard Stone Anderson of the First Congregational Church in Washington will speak Sunday evening at 8 o’clock for the Green belt Community Church. He will have “The Plum Tree” as his sub ject. Rev. Wilmer P. Johnston urges a large attendance for this serv ice, saying “Dr. Anderson is ex pressing a great confidence in Greenbelt as well as a very great interest in leaving his own congre gation to come and preach for us Sunday night.” “The Power of Jesus Over Men” will be Rev. Johnston’s sermon top ic for the Sunday morning serv ices at 11 o’clock in the audito rium. Sunday at 9:30 the regular Church School will be held, Elmer Reno, who has been out of the city for several weeks, will have charge of the worship service. At 7 p.ni. the young people will meet for their services. The Jun ior Church, which consists of those in the elementary school, will meet in the home economic room and the high school group will meet in the music room. Wednesday at 8 p.m. the regular midweek meeting will be held in the social room. Monday evening the finance com mittee will meet in the pastor’s study at 8-B Parkway at 8 o’clock. suiting in a white outline on a darkened background. The reporter exclaimed Over the large number of good-looking bird houses along the trail. “Oh, sure, we had a contest, and offer ed ribbons for the best houses turned in. That’s how we got so many”, grinned Joe. “We study about the birds, too, and keep track of the ones we see. One of the boys saw a pair of tan agers down here not so long ago”. The main trail branches and rebranches several times, necessi tating a number of picturesque names: Winding Trail, Briar Trail, Pineway (spot the Greenbelt in fluence?) Crow’s Foot Lane, and others. The reporter thought “Ivy Trail” an attractive name till Renny explained it was named after the poison ivy they found growing along its course. There is evidence of much hard work on the trail, especially in the case of the sturdy rustic bridges spanning various ravines. The material fro mwhich *hcy are built came from the small trees shopped down as the class cleared the trail. “We never have enough axes”, said Renny. “Everyone wants to chop”. During a scrap hunt the class located an aban doned keg of nails which was a bonanza to the bridge-building gang. On steeply sloping parts of the trail steps have been cut into the hard Maryland clay with pick and shovel. Some of the steps have been reinforced with rough pieces of wood, which gives a fine effect. The “outdoor classroom” is a small clearing across which a huge fallen tree trunk provides seating space for teacher and students. It is one of the high spots of the trail. “Come back again the middle of the year”, urged Joe. “Our trail will look even better then.” Rysticken Gets Diploma Arthur L. Rysticken, assistant community manager, received a di ploma at the last meeting of the Town Council for the successful completion of a course in Techni que of Municipal Administration. The course is given through the International City Managers’ As sociation along with other similar courses dealing with city govern ment. Chief of Police George Panagoulis earned a diploma from the association on the Technique of Municipal Fire and Police Ad ministration. Other former town employees, including Vincent Ho loquest, past director of the physi cal education department, have earned similar diplomas. Mr. Rysticken explained that the student uses a textbook from which he completes lessons and sends them to the managers’ association for corrections. After all the les sons have been done, a test of 3 to 8 questions is given. These questions are based on material in the text, but are not specifically answered in the book. The University of Chicago gives college credit for these courses. Friday, October 16, 1942 Hi, Neighbor! We are happy to welcome to our town the following newcomers who have moved in since September 30. Mary B. Engstrom, 11-E Park way. Howard H. Boomhower, 5-L Eastway. Max A. Haughee, 23-A Ridge. Ervin C. Dietzel, 2-B Plateau Place. Francis E. Rice, 57-F Ridge. Albert D. McClellan, 56-F Ridge. Morgan A. McDaniel, 63-N Ridge. Mrs. Beatrice B.* Gurney, 57-T Ridge. Richard A. White, 65-B Ridge. John J. Davison, 14-R Ridge. Morgan M. Johnson, 53 - E Ridge. Arnold G. Bricker, 49-A Ridge. George E. Ruddy, 2-D Plateau Place. Ray A. Longanecker, 4-B PIa- IAQII Plq/P Michael' T. Zonfrillo, 51-D Ridge. Edwin R. Link, 56- D Ridge. Alvin J. Wiegle, 4-E Plateau Place. John J. Dirschel, 51-H Ridge. Ann E. Poole, 36-N Ridge. Charles E. Thompson, 53-L Ridge. Isidore Wodinsky, 54-E Ridge. Daniel R. Kekie. 52-B Ridge. Harry V. Rehmann, 55-E Ridge. Charles G. Weller, 53-F Ridge. Ralph W. Hixson, 57-B Ridge. Harold F. MacMullan, 67-K Ridge. William F. Roeschel, 56 - A Ridge. William S. Isaacs, 4-M Plateau Place. Stephen Dulin, 2-T Plateau Place. Charles E. Farrell, 56-K Ridge. Walter D. Halloran, 53- B Ridge. James W. Main, 3-E Plateau Place. Anthony Ramos, 51-N Ridge. Robert S. Fleharty, 57-6 Ridge. David Grabow, 11-C Southway. Edwin G. Gimble, 52-D Ridge. Jesse L. Mulligan, 39-H Ridge. Omer C. Shipe, 16-F Parkway. John J. Noone, 16-C Crescent. Willis T. Tavenner, 60-C Cres cent. Kathryn N. Penderson, 53-C Ridge. John Machowsky, 6-B Plateau. John H. Peeler, 67-L Ridge. Jacob Rosenson, 51-F Ridge. Irvin W. Tarkenton, 1-H Pla tea'u. ~rm Charles C. Ciasca, 56-C Rid^H Benjamin L. Kaplan, 1-A PlB teau. V Mrs, May R. Hilar, 55-C RidgS John Riebe, 58-E Ridge. 1 William Herdlein, 57-E Ridge. George C. Hege, 54-F Ridge. Frank J. Rosner, 56-F Ridge. Allister K. Stewart, 56-E Ridge. Ralph E. Grosswiler, 58-H Ridge. Monis Kaufman, 53-Q Ridge. Israel Stalberg, 57-G Ridge. Fred E. Fulgenzi, 55-G Ridge. Donald M. Green, 58-G Ridge. George W. Boles, 2-N Plateau. Cedric B. Trice, 56-J Ridge. Carlton E. Windham, 4-L Pla teau. Grant Arnold, 58-C Ridge. Bloxham S. Brigman, 6-C Pla teau. Robert P. Mooney, 1-4 Plateau. Harry C. Blumkin, 54-K Ridge. Milton P. William, 57-P Ridge. Vincent Caruso, 2-J Plateau. Carl J. Dahl, 4-H Plateau. Philip J. La Macchia, 57-A Ridge. Warner E. Price, 58-F Ridge. Lois E. Grow, 51-J Ridge. Emanuel I. Mohl, 6-A Plateau. Albert A. Alsleban, 3-C Plateau. Albert P. Sutton, 1-E Plateau. Archie A. Foggatt, 2-G Plateau. John T. Behan, 6-E Plateau. Samuel R. Wallace, 52-C Ridge. Howard L. Lamborn, Jr., 49-F Ridge. Mrs. Audra Brainerd, 54-D Ridge. James O. Taylor, 57-J Ridge. Robert L. McCoy, 4-A Plateau. Clarence L. Goudy, 4-F Plateau. Those who have left Greenbelt recently are: Hugh A. Bone, No. 4 Woodland Way. Edward T. Chandler, 11-E Park way. James V. P. Conway, 4-A Cres cent. Morris Tepper, 44-E Crescent. William A. Selby, 1-E North way. George E. Hodson, No. 3 Wood land Way. Aldace C. Brent, 14-W Ridge. Margaret C. Poston, 1-C North way. Joseph J. Schleis, 10-G Parkway. D. F. Peeler, 31-A Ridge. Robert E. Cray, 2-J Northway. Jesse H. Monson, 16-C Crescent. Oscar R. Lopez, 5-D Ridge. Ernest A. Porter, 36-N Ridge. Goodbye, good luck, oldtimers!