December 1971

C inc3oh.. l}illa e llezao.. Vol. ~ No. 4/ December 1971 DECEMBER CALENDAR Dec. 7 SQUARE DANCE r & OLD TIME GET-TOGETHER, Clara Barton PTA and Cabin John Citizens Asso. 7:30 pm Clara Barton School. Dec. Ii Story Hour alt Little Falls Library. 16:30 am Dec. 25 Christmas Day Dec. 29 Story Hour a~ Little Falls Library 10:30 am Jan. 12 Precinct Meeting, Democra= tic, 8pm 6611 ~Oth Place. ~qUAR ~ pANCE, PARTY ~ou~~ nv~ to Come to the Clare Barton School on Tuesday night, December ? at 7:30 for a equate dance. Thlm is e double double celebration; first, because it celebrmtes Christmas in Cabin John and Clare Barton’s blrthdey, and second, because it is a joint party of the Citizenm Anoc~etlon and the Clara Barton PTA. Square denclng mill be the focus of the evening with ell Cabin Johnera–young and old–invited. Even if you have never square dancing, you’ll be in the right Place. The caller will teach us some simple steps an~ guide us carefully through easy dances. Ite.e celled • First Nighter end that means’ no experience necessary, i Morris Fredin has planned an intermlaelonl special–Nail Potter and some other “old- timers” =ho wlll recall the.days of long ego in Cabin John. To pay the caller’s fee, there =111 be e charge of 50¢ for each adult, with their children admitted free. No children should be there mithout their parents. Home Study.will provide refreshments. Come and enjoy a Christmas pa~ty with your neighbors. ?:30p.m., Tuesday, December ?. WANTE O The Montgomery County Department of Community Development is looking for temporary office space in Cabin John to be used in conjunction with the pro- posed Cabin John Planning Project. The office would be used by one urban Planner and would be the site of small committee meetings in theevening s. Space should be available in• early January and use would be expected until June 1972. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL – Tom Brown 279-1582 • CO~,PIENT$ FRpM THE SURVEy One page of the Community Survey wee reserved for comments on any subject pertaining to Cabin John. These various expressions cannot be tabulated, of course, but they wilI be used as input for the various working Commltteaa (descrlbed elsewhere in thls issue). We mill publish ell of these Comments In this and future issues of the Village News, grouped by subject matter. Edltoriai llcense has been taken in condensing and combining the comments, but essentially they appear just as expressed by the various respondmnte. D@veiooment and Land Use Let’s not have any more pretty eubdlvielone. Won’t more development (houses, apartments) just mean more pollution? Lend can be planned for multiple usage, end more then one dmelling type end price range in a gl~en area. property so planned gives the community a batter mix, end the developer/landowner benefits from a higher return. E.g., Burgess tract: tomnhouses in $25,000 rangeand detached homes in $35,000 range, and’smell playground. If Shapiro tract is built as zoned, how many more raaident8 will be edded? There eh~id be~en access/to th@i~cana!throug the Polllngar tract, regardless of°hdw It is ~ developed. If the present Cabin John Gardens ware torn Oown, that e~ee end the Pollinger tract could be combined to build a mix of single family homes and community fecilitlea. r At thls point, is there any way to keep the Shapiro tract in woodland? Wooded eras should be kept between Cabin John end the Bmltwmy to Imsaen noime. Not enough low-cost housing around for a family of 4-6. Many apartment familime would llke to live here but can’t flnd available, affordmble houses tobuy or rent. ~ould llke to see $20,000 homes bull t instead of $40,000 homes, maybe qur real estate texas would level off then, instead of climbing each year. .~ We have lived hare since lg4? end =etched all other areas eurroundlng DC develop to • point of madness, except Cabin John. Can’t eXPeCt landowner to leave hlm property undeveloped for benefit of those of us who like It rural, but hope cltlzens mill coneide more than dollar mlgne when making plane. Meklng property values go up by intensive development would not be an improvement. Let’s gets landscape architect-community planner to drew up a physical plan for 1980. Could me uam some of the money alloted to Cabin John by the county to buy undeveloped lend end keep it woods? &~ICA HAD BETTER GO MODERN C~r .ngtlon’~ n~-ed for Japanese yen, French francs, South African rands, Ger- man mark~, and Canadian dol!ars has become acuta. ~,% need foreign exchange to purchase bauxite for alumin,~, iron ~re, nickel chromium, manganese, columbium, natural gas, m~neral oil and a host of other sub- stances. All we have in reasonable quan- titles outside of farm products, is molybdenum and coal. Basically the United States ~s a poor country. And worse, we are losing our former superiority in man- agement and metal working. ~ Again, due to our antiquated syste~u of measurements and our fantastic system of spelling, our educational system takes the student about three years too long| at a great cost to the state and to the individual. The adoption by America of the world- ,.dde S.I. type of metric system would open l~any possibilities for the sale of our machinery abroad. “~at foreigner would want our American Jib borer or lathe grad- uated in inches? There is much talk about the great cost of converting to metric measurements. Such wild stories are poor exaggerations. Just make the new machine models “metric” and in about five or ten years everything would be metric. Foreigners have a grevious time in learning to deal with our type of ortho- graphy. Our system of spelling varies from pedantry to gross stupidity. “Ache” needs to be spelled A~E. The great Dr. Johnson mistakenly believed the word to be derived from Greek and introduced the present idiotic spelling. There are num- erous similar examples. A good workable simplified spelling of the American language would help sell our goods abroad (trade fol~ows language) and would reduce school costs. Geoffrey Chaucer as early as the 14th century was troubled by the various English Spellings of words of his time. States- men, linguists, playwrights, librarians, and a great number of other interested and competent men have, over a period of a hundred and fifty years, been demanding a system of simplified spelling! men like Isaac Pitman, Alexander Ellis, Melvil Dewey, Theodore Roosevelt, Bernard Shaw, and a host of others. The real trouble is that it has been only lately recognized that the strict ~ Latin alphabet does neither suit nor fit the American language. We use many more sounds than did the ancient Romans, about thirty-eight in all. Bernard Shaw found need to write, using an alphabet of his own. And no one has surpassed him as a strict literary workman. There is, of course the standard International Phonetic Alphabet used by scientific linguists, b’e could easily apply~ the I.P.A. alphabet to “Standard English,” and have our problem solved out of hand. In Leipsic in early ’45 1 picked up an~ English copy of “Treasure Island” printed using the I.P.A. characters. With about two hours study I was able to read it. So it is workable but there are possibly alphabets more useful for the purposes of simplified spelling ~ It is suggested here that if the I.P.A, were used the number of se~aratg vowel cl~racters be reduced in number, otherwise Harvard and Michigan Universi- ties spelling would vary. Also that any type of capital letter usage be abandoned and double letters be eliminated. This leaves the problem of a suitable script to be taken care of. It is suggested that the oasy, somewhat slow but very legible Melvil Dewey shorthand would fill the bill. Let’s get on with the job — Alan Osbourne 6512 75th Place ….. 229-4376 .VAlla eNew ri ncial Statement The rill.age News runs on a June I to June 1 basis financially. That puts us exactlyhalf way through this year, and at a good point to take stock money-wise. First of all– the costs. Each 3-page issue costs almost $50. That includes $41.03 for printing, $5 for delivery and $4 for mailing costs and miscellaneous. A four- page issue like the June and November ones costs $54.71 for printing alone. Now — the contributions. Our subscription drive last May brought in $80, and we hope to do even better next ?~y. The county has paid $75 since Nmy for news in three issues directly related to the Community Development Office and its work on the Cabin John Plan. Commercial adver- tising has paid in $176 since June I, and want ads plus other contributions make up the difference of $165.40. The outlook for the next six months is a little different. Our costs will remain the same, and we should have $400 to last until June. ~e alread~ have nearly $200. But our commercial adv~rti~:b,g is going down, and no volunteers have come forward to get new ads. Most people have paid their subscriptions and contributions. County money should be $75 again and commer- cial ads perhaps $50. That leaves about a $75 deficit. Orgainzations like the Fire Department might donate money out of their treasuries — especially groups whose news is reported reg- ularly in the Village News. People who have been meaning to donate $I might do so for this year, while understanding that %hey’l! be asked to give again in May. In sum, our thanks to the people who have already given (more than $200) and to those who will be giving soon. So far we’re running in the black — let’s keep it that way. Finances since ~y ’71 Contributions Balance Subscription Drive County Money Advertising Contributions & Want Ads Total $ 61.35 $ 80.00 $ 75.00 $176.00″ ! z6#.40 557.75 Costs Printing, etc. $329.44 Delivery ~ 70.00 Total  359.44 Balance toward next six months = $198.34 PROPO~p PLANNING PROGRAm IN CABIN JOHN It is proposed that a possible organlza- tional structure designed to produce a plan In Cabin John by the remldents and the Depart- ment of Community Development:would b# am follows. The Cabin John Cltr~Aeaooletion shall be the parent organization to this effort resulting From its continued Interest mnd demonstrated ability to do the required work. Other community-wlde organizations and institutions shall be given sccen to the planning process and declslon making end the Cabin John Cttrh~Assoclstton shall have no special powers regarding the outcome. It is proposed that e village-wide “Citizens Planning Committee” should be established. This committee would be comprlsedof the chairmen and one member of various “issue” subcommittees and the officers of the Csbln John CttZ~.Association. After revlew of expressed community interest, the Cabin John Community Survey, end a felt need for further information on certain subjects, several issues stand out as natural fact for s community plan. Proposed committees 8rel 1. Houslno Committee The responsibility of this committee would be to formulate a complete inventory of housing conditions and deficiencies in Cabin John in conjunc- tion with the Department of Community bevalopmant. This survey would point the way to e comprehensive program for improved housing in Cabin John. 2. 5~hoola and Public Services The respon- sibility of this committee would be to review the future of schools serving Cabin John with special attention to enrollment levels and prospects for main- taining s community school. Other public services would also include health care, welfare end any other county service of interest to the community. 3. Public Imorovement The responsibility of this committee would be to review and suggest whet capital improvements are needed end desired, to clearly specify whet streets need to bs improved If any, end whet the character of the improvements shell be. This committee shell ascertain who wants what in the way of curbing, storm sewers and stde~lk~ and then propose a unified, well-reasoned set of rscommsndatlons for improvements. 4. Natural Resources The responsibility of this group shall be to develop a compre- hensive plan for the preservation of natural environment in Csbln John. The recommends- ttons shall be integrated into the final plan. 5. LQnd Use The responsibility of this group would bs to review the Bethesds-Chevy Chess Master Plan’s land use recommendations, end to clearly define community desires for future development in terms of total community needs. This committee wlll refine the Cabin John Survey In this regard. 6. Action Committee – Cabin John Dev~looment Co~poretlon This group, which la existing, shall bs provided with inputs from the county in hopes of acttvtatlng the group as s non- profit sponsor of improved housing or other possible programs for Cabin John. This group should be provided access to the planning process so that feedback of community opinion can be incorporated into its actions. Each of the six committees shell provide two membersto the villaga-wlde Planning Committee lh addition to the officers of ~he Cable John CitiZens Association. The “Citizens Planning Committee” shall act ss a clearing house for ideas for the plan and s mteerlng committee for planning activity. Each element of the plan shell be approved by this committee to make certain conflicts between subcommittees ere solved. The membership of each committee shall have only one requirement, the parson shall llvs or own lend In Cabin John. Any citizen may be on as many or raw committees as desired. There shell be no limit to size or any subcommlttea. As many or as Few members of the community shell be given an opportunity to be in the planning process as the commun- ity shall provide. During the planning period, It is envt-i stoned that a Department or Community Development planner shall spend time in the Cabin John community at a site office. Such an office would provide an ongoing contact point in the community end improve citizen access to the planning process. HOMIMAKERS CHRISTMAS ~£.ETING cabin John Homemakers Club is a group of women who enjoy cooking, handcrafts, and the skills and arts of creating agd maintaining a home. They meet once a month for lunch and a program focused on one of their~ many concerns. Any interested women are invited to call JoAnn Whittaker at 22°-8809 DECEMBER HIGHLIGHT~ AT ~ IBRARY mhe Little Falls Library on Massa- chusetts Avenue will feature this month two events of special 4elight for children. On Saturday, Dec. I~ from 0:30 ll:O0, “Voyage of the Wee Re4 Cap!’ wi be -resented at ~tory Hour. This is espec~nlly suited to ages 5-9. Then on Wednesday, Dec 29, at 10:30 ~ there will be a Beatrix Potter Hour with a special story teller, gThe Tailor of Glouster” will be featured. DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT M~ETING The upcoming primary wi be reviewed at Judy Toth’s home on the evening of Wednes4ay, J~nuary 12. A voters are ~elcome to atten4. 8 p.m. is the time~ a4dress is 661 80th Place. ************************************ N~ w Neighbors Leonard and Irene Redlcke have moved to the upper part of Tomlinson Ave. with their children David, Leslie, and Chris. Walter Snowden has ~ecently Joined his wife and two daughters after completing his State Department tour in Thailand. WELCOME TO:BOTH SETS OF NEW NEIGHBORS Every month some people report not hav- ing receive~ the Village News. At times teen-agers have been seen removing papers from the mailboxes. There are always a stack of extra papers left at the Quick Food Shop and at the Post Office so get an extra copy there, if you need one. CJPCA H~AR~ CANAL SUPT At the November 23 meeting of the Cabin John Citizens Aesocletlon, the mean speaker wee David Richle, superintendent of the GW ~em~rial Parkway and the C&O Canal. ~r. Richte spoke of plane for the development of Glen Echo as a cultural center. Adventure Theatre has signed a contract to be resident dramatic group at Glen Echo, end negotiations- ere now being made wlth • ballet group to be resident dance company. An architect is making plane to renovate existing buildings end to convert one building into en artists’ center whereileeeons could be given end exhibitions staged. The future of the swimming pool is not certain, but there is very little chance that it will be open next summer. Mr. Richie took suggestions and comments regarding the canal and the parkway, mentioning that the National Perk system is actively courting public use and enjoyment of the perks end is sponsoring planned programs to enhance the attractiveness of Washington ares parks. “Summer in the Parks” is one example. The Cenalleuthorttiee welcome on-site education for c~ildren and would be gladi~to cooperate with the school or any community organizations in planning such activities. In answer to a question about the Pollinger tract, Mr. Rlchie said that the Federal government can condemn an easement to prevent high-rise construction, but did not give =n opinion es to whether this would be possible in the PoZlinger situation. Charles Csrothere, who has recently moved to the rammed-earth house on?5th Street, DECEMBER GARDENS By Theresa P. Jessup There are no blooms outdoors typical of this month of December but indoors we have poinsettias, cyclamens, kalanchoes, Christmas cactus, and some bulbs. In this month of holiday festivities and gift giving you will want to consider the plants you are giving and the care to take of those you receive. Nest house plants require humidity. This can be provided for poinsettias, cy- clamens and gar- ~~ ~-/~.~~ denias by placing the pot inside a (~ ~ jardiniere that has 3 or 4 inches . of pebbles in the bottom. The pot should sit on pebbles with wa- ter kept in the bottom of the ~, ~ Jardiniere almost at the top of the pebbles. As this water slowly eva- : porates it main- ~ains a humid, healthy atmosphere around the plant. Americanholly, Ilex opaca, and Eng- end who is Asst. Secretary for Fish and Wildllfe, llsh holly, Ilex aquifolium, are popular Parks end ~rine Resources with Oept of the Christmas gifts – with their bright red Interior, talked to us about the Federal government’s programs of conservatlon end responsible development of natural resources. He said the era of the envlronmentallet8 18 here and that citizens’ groups are influencing gg~ernment action. ~ha ~ business of the meeting included a report from the preeldent, James Cralg, that the Executive Committee had accepted the proposal drawn up by ~r. Thomas Brown of the county:Office of Community Development, as • working plan subject to modification by the community. (This plan 18 reproduced elsewhere in this paper under the heading PROPOSED PLANNING PROGRAm IN. CABIN JOHN.) A series o£ local ares meetings will be held to give In- depth results of the survey and to encourage active participation in the committee oroceee for formulatlng our Cabin John plan. mr. Craig further reported that the Executive Committee had written to the County Council opposing that ~oup=e proposed low/moderate income housing legislation ee written, while endor- sing the concept of more lee/moderate income housing in the county in principle. berries- and can be kept thoughout the winter if not overwatered and are given only two or three hours of sunlight a day. IChoose a spot in the house where the at- mosphere is humid and ~he temperature doesn’t go above 68-70 ~. When danger of frost is over plant them outside as a pernament part of the landscape. If you receive a live Christmas tree — a spruce or balsam i carefully dug with a tight ball of soil firmly wrapped in burlap, it need not be abandoned when the !holidays are over. Prepare a hole in ad- vance~ working in humus and covering it • ith 8 or I0 inches of leaves held in place by boards or chicken wire to protect the soil from freezing. After the tree has served its purpose indoors remove the leaves, dig out the soil and plant the tre( at the same depth it stood before. Back fill it carefully being sure there are no air pockets. To ensure that the tree grows straight it should be guyed and it might be wise to erect a bl~rlap protection on the windward side. Suggestions — The membership committee, under the dlrectlonl. With lawns dormant you should keep off of Diane Heflln, is working on the selection of one grass as much as possible. Above all, block chairmen to cover the total community, avoid walking over the same part continu- to stimulate attendance at meatlnge and to ously and wearing a path across it. If keep cltlzene informed about community concerne.heavy traffic is necessary, walk on a bridge of boards. Be sure to bring in some potting soil A Thank-You t9 the Citizens Associati0r~ before it freezes hard. Oom’t be satisfied I woul~ llke to thank the me~ibers of with ordinary potting soil. Mix good loss the Cabi, John Citi~,ens Assoc~atlon, who with leaf mold end sand. Add l~me, ~f at their October meeting, passed the hat necessary, .~nd a good slow-acting ~erti~z an~1 collected $21.00 for our community lizer. school program. The money will be used to help pay our teacher whose salary must Our Cabin John Zip Code is 20731. Since be paid by the parents, so you can see our mall is delivered by the West Beth- every penny helps. Ella Fisher esda carriers, we all got a post card Chairman listing their zip code as ours. However the real Cabin J~hn Zip Code is 20731, Recipe Corner This is a good cake to make at Christmas or any holiday. Mrs. Alfred W~ittaker Black Walnut Cake 3/~ lb. butter I lb. Con. Sugar xxxx Cream until light 6 eggs – beat 2 eggs at a time for minutes I lb. flour 1 pt. black walnuts (choppe&) T brandy (Peach) I T vanilla 3/~ lb. raisins Bake for 30 minute~ at 250 °, then bake for ~ hours at 275 ~. \ Illlllll/l~yIIIIIIIIl~/llllliillllill WANTED: WANTADS Good used playpen or port- acrib Call 229-6305 FOR SALE: Puppies, mixed breed. 3 males I female, I0 weeks old, shots and wormed. Puppies will weigh about ~0 ibs when adult, Will be happy to hold until Christmas. $5.00 Call 229- 6312 evenings and weekends. ltttlllttll!tlt!tllttfllttlltlltilltflt!11f!”Ittltltlt!tltlltt!llltlflllltl . ii ~. CORN FRITTERS !; Ella Fisher I cup sifted ~ flour . teaspoon ba~ king powder 3/~ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 egg, separated I/~ cup m~Ik I cup cream style canned corn fa~ for deep frying Heat the fat to 365 or 370. Babysitting I Mrs. Hufnagel, licensed, 80# per hour day and night. 3 Vassar Circle Glen Echo. ~ A~Ter$i|!~ rates  i-auzc  33 pgr ‘ , month or$8 for mos. slloP I .o., • * Babysitting and House for ~@~~ ~’~ ~. ~ ~.  Sale or Bent: FREE ” .~,,,.-k~,,~. ~ ~,~ L.~s~k, ~,~,. C~ -o~ Dorothy .J4/v. ‘ I …… . ……….. i HOH ~ATIN& OIL,| – – (resident agen~ ) I .~o.,.- ~ s’~o-,-z.| i , …… I …………………………………. ~29 – 0 too . ,-, ,~ ~,~~ ~ ~~,=.~ ~ ~3″.’.~.l’~ ~-~*~ L~ I~ ~I r=’=~ Sift flour, measure and sift again ~ith the baking powder, salt and pepper. Bea~t the egg yolk with milk, mix with corn and turn into dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Beat the egg white stiff and fold in. Dip a tablespoon into fat to grease it, then carefully lower 1 teaspoon of batter at a time into the hot fat. Cook the fritters until brown, Fry several at a time*, so long as they don’t touch each other. Drain on thick paper towels. Coat wlth 10x sugar. Serve hot. 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