Prowler plant about to open
18 - THE MORNING HERALD, HAGERSTOWN, MDÂ« TuÂ«Â»tfy/ Over 300 Apply for Jobs New Hancock Plant h Gearing Up By EDWARD BRISTOL HANCOCK - Prowler Industries of Maryland, Inc. put its first men to work Monday preparing t h e t r a i l e r manufacUirinj: p l a n t for pro- duction about the end of August. E l d e n S m i t h , p l a n t manager, said about 20 men have been hired to ready t h e plant for production. They will probably be t r a i n e d as the first of the plant's assembly employes when i t b e g i n s operation in three to four weeks, Smith added. The plant, has t a k e n between 300 and 400 applications since last Monday when i n t e r v i e w - PROWLER PLAINT OCCUPIES SITE Of F O R M E I t LA.NDMl.L deil li IN* iiiiilenvay in iilioul a m o n t h operiihon Â«-\|iccli ing began, flventually. Smith said, the Company hopes to employ 150 unskilled men. the capacity of the b u i l d i n g off South Street near the Western 'Maryland Hallway Tracks. Smith said the t u r n out was considerably more t h a n peeled. The rale of h i r i n g will depend on how fast (he men can be trained and the market for the trailers. With a f u l l crew Prowler will m a n u f a c t u r e b e t w e e n eight and 15 trailers a day, depending o n the m o d e l . There will be five varieties produced f o r m a r k e t s throughout the east. Economic Development representatives of tile Potomac Kdison Co. and the Hancock 1) e v c 1 o p m c n t Corporation worked for location of the plant in Hancock. The town spent a b o u t $10.000 and the Company 534,00(1 on development of the site w h i c h used to be the t o w n l a n d f i l l . The town extended water and sewer lines along South Street and the C o u n t y improved the road. IGH60RHOOO ACTION x COMWT HI SWAP SHOP ROY S N Y D E R , executive director of the American Foundation Fund, appraises the sign about to be placed at Hancock's new swap shop for clothing. Left to right with him are Carol Powell, Mrs. Violet Golden, who are volunteering their help with the project, and Mrs. Anna Mae Hoffman, ths volunteer chairman. The shop is located just off Main St. Boonsboro Gets Tough With Grass Growers BOONSBORO -- The t o w n council here decider! Monday night to adopt a "get-tough" policy on local residents whose weeds grow too t a l l . Mayor John L. H e r r Instructed council members to check the weeds around town and report, violations i m m e - diately. "We'll give Mieni 10 il'i.vs to clear it up nnd Ihcn b r i n g them into court," Herr said. There is a $10 a day f i n e on weed violations. John Bast, a c o u n c i l m a n , told councilmcn to ignore excuses. "One lady told me she was afraid to tear I he weeds down because there may be snakes there," he recalled. Glenn M. Angle, a councilman, said t h e r e s e r v o i r overflowed last Sunday d u r i n g a t h u n d e r s t o r m . Debris blew in, he explained, and he \i w a t e r out. A county o f f i c i a l was called in. pulled 2,0(1(1 gallons of w a t e r , and p u m p e d new water in. But because of f a u l t y pumps, the new water 1 had a t h i n oil f i l m . "Officials wanted 3 5 , 0 0 0 gallons pulled out of the reservoir to get the oil out." Angle said. "f told t h e m no one's pulling in the pumps, and It'll be sol when we put new ones in." He could not say when t h a t would be. The health depart mcnt checked the Boonsboro facilities recently, Angle said, and found no f a u l t . In other business, the council: --announced that E d w a r d Hidciiour has resigned from the water board. The council w i l l appoint a replacement at the Town Wants Total Repair On Sidewalks HANCOCK -- The I o w n council will meet with a representative of the Columbia Gas Co. Wednesday to spell out an agreement r e q u i r i n g the Company to completely repair sidewalks it digs up w h i l e i n s t a l l i n g gas lines. Mayor Daniel I!. Fleming reported io the council M o n d a y that he was i n f o r m e d the Com- and not the Â·omplcte area of the sidewalk nvolved in excavations. Concerned that p a t c h i n g vould result in future cracking Â·'leming asked a company representative to meet w i t h him iVedncsday. Council m e m b e r s 'xpressed an interest in at- wanted In overflow the Sept. 2 meeting. Deputy In Court Hassle cnding and vould bring Fleming said be the representative o the town o f f i c e b u i l d i n g . The town has an ordinance e q u i r i n g contractors to repair isruptcd town property to its r i g i n a l condition, F l e m i n g aid, but he wanted a specific grecmcnt with the gas com- iany. Hancock To Air Low-Income Housing Plan By HARRY WARNER Hancock residents will l e a r n A u g . 14 w h a t the new A m e r i - c a n Heritage Homeowners F o u n d a t i o n . Inc., could m e a n to the area. Roy Snyder, the group's executive director, announced a public meeting for that evening at Hancock Senior High School, where authorities will outline its p o t e n t i a l i t i e s . The foundation is "dedicated to the development of low and moderate income housing and c o m m u n i t y betterment p r o - jects." It will use federal programs to give low-income f a m i l i e s a chance to buy homes at terms they can afford, and will strive to rent properties to older low-income persons at rates reduced through rental supplements. Hep. J. Glenn Beall Jr. will speak at the 7:30 p.m. meeting on Aug. 14. Also on hand w i l l be Woodward K i n g m a n , deputy assistant secretary for mortgage credit and federal housing, D e p a r t m e n t o f Housing and Urban Development, from Washington. Harry L. Powers Jr., president of the foundation, will outline its goals at the public meeting. Founded on June 11. after a year of p l a n n i n g and prep a r a t i o n , the A m e r i c a n Heritage Homeowners- Foundation will work with both He predicted that a low- income f a m i l y will be able to buy a home worth up to S15.000 for a S200 down payment, then monthly payments on the mortgage representing about 20 per cent of the family's monthly income after adjustments for the number o f c h i l d r e n . FHA-insured mortgages will be issued. For individuals who are not in a position to buy a home, the foundation hopes to make rental properties available to low-income people. S o m e elderly Hancock individuals now have less than S100 in monthly social security payments as their only source existing and new properties, iof income and must pay $50 Snyder said. or more for rent from that City, County,, Area Obituaries Mrs- Mary A. Harper Mrs. Mary A. Harper, 74, of IU. 3, Monday at the Washington County Hospital. She was born in Frederick County, the daughter of James and Vincy Davis Norwood. She rown Funeral Home, Mar- nsburg by the R e v . Allan oehl. Burial will be in Har- lony Cemetery, Marlowe. T h e family will r e c e i v e lends at the funeral home /ednesday evening from 7 to 9. 2200 Gay St., died Wednesday at Rosewood State Hospital in Owings Mill, Mel. She was born in Hagerstown and was a daughter of Mrs. Mary Ellen Dunahugh o f rlagerstown. total, Snyder pointed out. A 15-member b o a r d of governors has been chosen to direct the foundation. An office and secretary's services have been donated at Hancock's 21 W. Main St. Private individuals have contributed enough money for the first year's operating costs. Later, the group will raise "seed money" as the foundation's share of funds to guarantee its projects. A federal program makes $8 in no-interest, short-term loan money available for each $2 raised locally for this purpose. Even though the foundation has not yet been formally announced, area residents are already inquiring about its help. Snyder has interviewed several low-income p e o p l e who .are interested in bettering their housing environment in this way. A companion organization, called the American Heritage Foundation Fund, has already inaugurated a different kind of service to l o w - i n c o m e persons. Across the street at 40 W. Main St., a swap shop for clothing has been set up. Garments c a n b e t r a d e d there, or bought at low prices. Soon, Snyder hopes, sewing classes will be organized In connection with the swap shop, and sewing machines will be available to persons who want to mend their garments and lack this equipment at home. When opened on a regular schedule, the swap shop will be in operation Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are manning it. Snyder, chairman of Hancock's Neighborhood Action Committee, an affiliate of the Community Action Council, explained that the foundation has no connection with the CAC. But the foundation will use the CAC's facilities and knowhow in federal programs to the fullest extent, he said. He also pledged cooperation with county planning officials in the housing improvement projects. 12 LB. RED DOT POWDER $27.00 Maryland Gun Shop Open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adv.