Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 60
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 60

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
Page 60
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A-24 GRKELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Man., AprU II, 1*73 $20 million facility sparks Mountain Bell growth Mountain Bell Telephone Fitzpatrick points to the officials -- with a $20 million boom in the area over the past computerized switching facility, decade. "With the growth going up southwest of Greeley character here 10 years ago, it they are betting the -- say Greeley-Loveland-Fort Collins triangle will be a major growth area for years lo come. In fact, they admit, if area growth projections hold up they will begin the first of seven annual expansions at the facility before it opens in March 1975. And at the end of those seven years --1982--something more will be needed. Mountain Bell's Greeley District Manager George Ruff and Frank Fitzpatrick, district plant manager, say the new facility -- known technically as the "4A Building" -- will be the largest direct-dial long- distance switching operation in Mountain Bell's region, taking in seven states and El Paso, Tex. It will bring direct-dial to the Sterling, Fort Morgan, Wray and Yuma areas, they say, and generally enlarge the district's long-distance capacity by about 15 per cent. This also will eliminate the need to route calls through a Denver facility. would have been 30 or 40 years before 4A would have been considered." Serving nearly 90,000 customers -- some 77,000 of them residential service -Mountain Bell's Greeley District is bounded by Estes Park-Fort Collins-Red Feather Lakes, Fort Lupton, Julesburg and the Wyoming border. The district employs 930. Telephone subscriptions in the district last year grew by-10 per cent, second only to the Colorado Springs area for districts outside Metro Denver, Ruff says. High growth areas in the district included the Greeley-Loveland-Fort Collins triangle and the Fort Lupton- Dacono area. Other than the 4A facility, 1972 construction in the district totaled $4.6 million. Some $4.9 million is budgeted for this year, with major cable- replacement projects: $245,000, between Greeley and Loveland; $257,000, Sterling-Holyoke; $221,000, service expansion south from 10th and 35th Ave.; Medicare aid rule explained By FRANK CORRICK Copley News Service Q. This time next year I will be 63 and one-half and I plan to file for my Social Security. Will my wife, who will be 52 and one-half, be eligible for Medicare? -- Mr. G.B. A. Neither of you will be eligible for Medicare until you are 65. In July of this year, people who have been receiving disability benefits for two years and those with chronic kidney disease will be eligible for Medicare. Those are the only two exceptions for people under age 65 to be covered by Medicare. Q. My brother is receiving Social Security disability benefits. In the event of his death, will our 84-year-old mother be entitled to any benefits from him? -Mrs. D.E. A. A parent must have been receiving at least one-half support from a deceased wage earner in order to qualify for monthly benefits. The support requirements may be met at r the time the wage earner becomes disabled or dies. Proof of support must be filed within two years from: (1) the date disability claim is filed or (2) date of death. I would suggest contacting your nearest Social Security office right away. Q. How may we estimate the efficiency of older workers? -- F.Y. A. A recent Institute of Life Insurance survey concluded that workers over 65 perform their jobs "about equal to, and sometimes better than, younger workers." The survey also found that older workers are: --At least as punctual when reporting to work as younger employes. -- Have fewer on-the-job accidents. -- Are less often absent from work because of illness. Because projections estimate a labor force of nearly 3,037,000 over-66 workers by 1980, the survey offers some proof that this large body of older workers can be utilized effectively in an expanded economy. DeBrown Chrysler sets $200,000 expansion Work was slated to start this month on a $200,000 structure that will house DeBrown Chrysler-Plymouth. The new facility will he on the U.S. 34- Bypass just west of the Cooper Theater. Steve DeBrown, owner of the dealership currently at 817 7th, says the new facility -- at 17,000 square feet -- will be double the firm's current space. The move to the facility is scheduled for September, DeBrown says, and will allow the firm to begin the new model year in new surroundings. DeBrown expects to expand his 20-person staff in the new facility, with expanded space available in service, sales and body shop operations. With 1972 auto sales of $2 million, DeBrown believes the new dealership location could boost his new-car sales by as much as 50 per cent. The firm sold 225 new and 550 used cars last year, and DeBrown says sales levels -- assisted by the new location -- could reach 350 new and 700 used. DeBrown, from Lincoln, Neb., established his firm in 19G9, buying the former Wickland Motors. DKBROWN TO MOVE -- Steve DeBrown of DeBrown Chrysler-Plymouth shows a '73 model at the firm's current location, 8177th. The Greeley dealership will move this fall Into a new, expanded facility along the U.S. 34 by-pass just west of Ihe Cooper Theater. (Tribune Photo) $205,000, Loveland-, $200,000, Cache la Poudre Canyon and Red Feather Lakes areas; and complete recabling of Severance and Timnath areas for urban-level service. But the other end of the ex- panding-service picture is the telephone rate-increase picture. And Mountain Bell again is before the 'Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking a 4.5 per cent crease on certain business services and new-phone service, to cover part of last year's future-service costs. The effective date of the hike would be April 16. The company also is seeking a second-phase rate hike of 11 MR. MT. BELL -- Heading the Greeley District of Mountain Bell Telephone is District Manager George Ruff. He and other officials of the utility are betting on continued local and state growth to support expanding telephone facilities. (Tribune photo) Whether it's for a pretty Easter Dress, a business suit, school clothes, or a prom formal... Remember! QUALITY Greeley Sewing Center is the ONLY fabric store in Greeley to specialize in only Fine Quality Double Knits! For the best in fabric, sewing machines, accessories and instruction Greeley's home owned and operated fabric store. SEWING MACHINES . Pfaff · Elna · Viking FABRICS · Pendleton · Leslie Fay · Men's Wear INSTRUCTION · by Greeley's foremost sewing expert! JEWING Ci REELEY JEWING VENTER The Specialty Store 353-3473 8 14 8th Ave. Another problem, Ruff says, is lack of advance notice from developers and industries building in the district. "We're essentially having to re-wire some areas, redesign them -and we often can't react that fast." . Ruff and Fitzpatrick, from All decorating needs filled by new store per cent, to cover 1973 and improved service than for coming years' future-service fighting rate increases, costs. This hike would bring in $26.9 million; the first-phase increase would bring $9.8 million. Ruff says Mountain Bell is slated-to spend $189 million on Colorado construction this year. But Mountain Bell has faced opposition with its rate- increase efforts -- and service complaints are a continuing fact of life. In January 1972, petitions carrying 1,300 signatures were presented to the PUC protecting service in Greeley, Weld County and Northern Colorado. Eleven months later, Mountain Bell announced a $13 million expansion program for Northern Colorado. Ruff explains the situation from Mountain Bell's view. Since the mid-1960s, he says, Colorado and the Front Range have undergone booming growth. At the same time, h o w e v e r , c o s t - s a v i n g technological advances have slowed. Thus, Ruff says, the need for rate hikes has increased. In the Greeley area, however, he says, public pressure appears clustered more around their corporate viewpoint, say Colorado currently is not earning the company enough to w a r r a n t f u | U r e - s e r v i c e amounts being; Spent in the state, even though it is the fastest growing'"'state in the Mountain Bell system. But they add -- as with the 4A Building -- .Mountain Bell is betting on continued strong growth. Interiors by Betty, 1533 2nd Ave., opened its doors last October, dealing in all aspects of interior decorating -- carpeting, wall covering, drapery, shades and other facets. Owner Betty Reichert, who was associated with a Greeley paint firm for 25 years, heads a staff of three interior decoration specialists. Besides its home-owner trade, the firm has done consultant work on dormitory and office interiors for the University of Northern Colorado and has consulted for residential development firms in the area. Betty Reichert NOW we are 5! ...we have recently opened a new SEERY'S SERVICE STATION 1100 28th AVE. Complete mechanical department, fine Mobil products, Miller tires, and fast, efficient service...these are the qualities you'll find at a Seery station. Come in and give us a try! YOUR MOBIL STATIONS . . SEERY SERVICE 1300 - 8 Ave. SEERY SERVICE NO. 2 1100-28th Ave. HILLSIDE MOBIL Service 2501-11 Ave. COLLEGE MOBIL 1645 - 8th Ave. SEERY-STEINBECKER TRUCK STOP Lucerne, Colorado

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