Maple Street playground off to biggest summer
The summer activities at the Maple Street Community Playground are off to their most successful start in history, with more than 500 children having been registered from Rome and other points in Floyd County since the opening June 1, the Rev. H.F. Joyner, director, reported Saturday.
A varied program for the summer includes baseball, softball, volleyball, for both boys and girls, a variety of active, quiet and singing games and craft work and instruction for both boys and girls.
A series of special programs is being planned for the summer, including a beauty contest, a hobo party, tacky party, pet show, stuffed animal contest, dog show, baby show and other special events. All winners in the various contests will receive prizes.
The Maple Street Center is one of the agencies supported in part by the United Givers of Rome and Floyd County, and its facilities are open to all children of the city and the county.
“We hope to make this one of the best summers in the history of the playground,” the Rev. Mr. Joyner said. He had directed the Maple Street program for many years.
Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Lindale Boy Scouts to go to Camp Sidney Dew
A number of the members of Lindale Boy Scout Troop 1 and Troop 37 left Lindale Sunday afternoon for a week of camping activities at Camp Sidney Dew. The boys were accompanied by Scoutmaster Gene Covington, of Troop 1.
Going from Troop 1 were Byron Green, Ross Crump, Sam Johnston, Nicky Powers, Sam Bruce, Edwin Sitten, Mike Callaway, Lamar Ashley, Larry White, Harold Hilliard, Sam Hilliard and Dale Frazier.
Members of Troop 37 who were scheduled to make the trip were Jimmy Brumbelow, Roger Treglown, Jimmy Treglown, Roger Mull, Anthony Lumpkin, Renee Fountain , Joel Howell and Russell Akins. They will stay in the same campsite with the members of Troop 1.
Thursday night has been designated as visitors’ night, and parents and others are urged to visit the camp any time after 5 p.m. A campfire program will be held and there will be the order of the Arrow Tap Out ceremony.
A picnic area with tables will be available for visitors desiring to carry picnic lunches.
Eight Explorer Scouts of Post One also made the trip to Sidney Dew. They were Bob Hilliard, Harry Foss, Ronny Hopkins, Ray Worthington, Travis Ashley, Greg Swindle, Robert West and Kenny Gossett.
This group was scheduled to leave the Sidney Dew campsite this morning on a hiking expedition to the top of Grassy Mountain to Lake Conesauga. They were to travel by bus from Sidney Dew to Eton, Ga., and begin the hike there. The expedition will have them encamped at Lake Conesauga until Friday, when they will return to Sidney Dew.
Ronnie Hopkins and Harry Foss were tapped for membership in the Order of the Arrow, an honorary scout service fraternity, in ceremonies last Thursday night at the lakeside at Sidney Dew. Membership in the order is based on cheerful service to others. In order to be eligible for membership, one must be at least a First Class Scout and must have had 15 nights of camping out. Selection is made by members of the troop by secret ballot.
Making up the third Lindale scout aggregation to depart Sunday afternoon for a week’s stay at Camp Sidney Dew were 13 members of Troop 6, along with their scoutmaster, Dan Stephens, and Lucky Stroupe, assistant.
These scouts were Jim Mathis, Gary Wingo, Charlie Gilbreath, Greg Brown, Bill Nixon, Harry Johnson, Tommy Stroupe, Mike Head, Melvin Holsomback, Greg Toole, David Jones, Bobby Garner and Kenneth Byrd.
All of the campers are to return to Lindale next Saturday afternoon.
Thursday, June 28, 1962
Schirra’s flight to ‘plug holes’ for record effect
LANGLEY AFG, Va. (UPI) – Astronaut Walter Schirra will set out on a possible six-orbit space flight in late summer “to plug some holes” before the United States tries to surpass the Russian feat of 17 orbits.
“I’m looking toward it very much. It’s what I’ve been working toward for three years,” Schirra told a news conference here following the announcement Wednesday by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) in Washington.
A six-orbit flight would be America’s longest space venture, doubling the flights of astronauts John H. Glenn Jr. and Scott Carpenter. Schirra said longer flights were necessary to “give us more time to study he systems” of existing spacecrafts.
Friday, June 29, 1962
Pepsi-Cola takes first place in Community League
Pepsi-Cola dealt Mathis Grocery their second defeat of the year to take over first place in the Community League of slow-pitch softball in Citywide play Thursday night at Briggs-Hamler field.
The new leaders defeated Mathis, 8-5, while Local 1103 turned back Champions, 8-7, in eight innings and Mutual Savings defeated Rome Paper, 17-6. Local 689 defeated Rome Kraft, 16-4, in the only slow-pitch game at Rotary Park.
In fast-pitch action, Roy’s dropped Rome Transit, 7-6, after the latter battled to a “no-game” due to the time limit with Second Avenue Esso.
Wayne Branton and Leonard Steed paced Pepsi with five hits between them. Branton collected three safeties but Steed grabbed the spotlight with a home run. Eddie Beach and Donald Traylor paced the losers.
Charles Hyde and D. McIntyre rapped three hits each in Local 1103’s victory over Champions. Charles Rainwater, Jimmy Holmes and Ken Horsley garnered two hits each for the losers.
Wayne Gorman blasted two home runs plus two other safe blows to lead Mutual Savings to their 17-6 romp over Rome Paper. Jarrard also collected four hits for the winners. Jimmy Fox and Alton Dudley were tops for the lowers with two hits apiece.