Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on December 6, 1955 · Page 5
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 5

Cumberland, Maryland
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Tuesday, December 6, 1955
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Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND. MD., TUESDAY, DECEMBER C, 1955 PSC Inquiry Into Hagerstown Water Rates May Have Wide Repercussions BALTIMORE tfi — A case which may have wide repercussions in Maryland comes before the Public Service Commission tomorrow when it starts digging into the rates which Hagerslown's municipal water system charges customers outside the city limits. A commission functionary whose intimate knowledge of its procedures goes back a good many years says he can't remember another case exactly like it. The PSC has little authority over municipal utilities. For a long time. are about 2,000 suburban householders, plus residents of Williamsport, Smithsburg and Funkstown. The Hagerstown municipal system supplies water to these three nearby communities for redistribution to customers. touched off the controversy last Aug. 18 when they boosted the rate for out-of-town customers to 75 cents a thousand gallons. The old rate was 35 cents.-The rate for individual users inside the city con-j tinues at 30 cents. file a formal protest with the Pub lie Service Commission. A petitio by some affected political sub-d vision was necessary to bring th PSC in. While the county commissionei considered the idea, the payer an Hagerstown's mayor and council council cut the out-of-town rat back from 75 cents to 60 cents. The county commissioners file their petition with the PSC. The major factor the PSC alway takes into consideration in se ting utility rates is the fair valu of the physical facilities however, it has had power to takef'fhe" JeffersoiTHeights Civic Im-lland, bundngspumpgenerators a hand in rates charged customers'^ overrent Assn. spearheaded the switchboards and transmissio outside the city borders. •!immediate protests lodged with thejlines—which are necessary to pro Involved in the Hagerstown casejmayor and council. F'rancis H. Urner, attorney for the association, contended the rate increase was a money raising measure not based on conventional rate making procedures for utili- MRS. ELIZABETH GREEN, Seattle, says: "St. Joseph Aspirin For Children is so convenient. No need to break Ublets. My children like the orange flavor." ' ST. JOSEPH ASPIRIN FOR CHILDREN ties On Sept. 28, delegations of suburban residents asked, the Wash- FOOTER'S Super Special FOOTER CLEANERS DRESS SHIRTS LAUNDERED Hand Fimihid and Individually Ctlloph vide service. A commercial utilit is legally entitled to make a profit usually 4 to 6 per. cent of thi: evaluation or "rate base." The Hagerstown city governmen a week ago asked for a postpone ment of the hearing. Edward Oswald, city attorney said it would take an engineering firm a month or two to determim the fair value of the water system tern. He said the city has placed a "book value" on its facility, bu this reflects only purchase cost less depreciation. The system, Oswak contends, has a present value very much greater than shown on the books. This is the classic question that comes before the PSC in all its rate-making cases—book value versus what it would cost now to replace the facilities. The present :air value usually is fixed by the commission somewhere in between and becomes the "rate base." The commission turned down : Iagerstown's plea for a postponement. .It acknowledged time prob ably will be needed to do some inventory taking and calculating oh he rate base. But it indicated it still would like to gel a start on he case tomorrow, leaving the way ipen for further evidence, testimony and arguments later on. Hagerstown is expected to ask or -a continuance almost as 'soon as the case opens. • FIVE List Grows Longer: 'Outstanding 9 Video Shows Given Honor NEW YORK tf) - There are now, by incomplete count, at least 30 annual awards offered by a variety of organizations • for performances in television. Everybody is constantly saying there are too many and let's cut down or let's have only one that's as big as Hollywood's Oscar. But vhen the award dinner is scheduled and the invitations issued nearly everybody files in happily o consume a martini and roast beef. In fact, the list of awards is growing longer instead of shorter, h this year marking an all- ime high. The Thomas Alva Edison Foundation has just an- ounced, for example, that it will ssue its first annual awards next veek. One can't possibly cover all of lem, of course. But there's some- ling fascinating-about an award, 'hus it was interesting to drop round and chat with Deems Tayor, chairman of the board of udges for the first awards of this eason. A total of 28 were granted the annual Sylvania awards. "A word I do not like," said aylor, "is 'best.' Its invidious, fter all, it wasn't a dog show here one could say 'best of reed'. We found so many ex- ellent entries that one could rath- r settle for the word 'outstand- Jacvby On Hriilyv 'Honor' Question Costs This Hand By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NKA Service hand by covering with the queen, and it certainly could do no good to East's singleton spade to cover with the queen. Another possibility, not to be overlooked, is the chance that! South has all of the missing spades Sooner or later every bridge! a»d is merely trying to locate the player hears the time-honored ad-'queen. If West fidgets and fusses vice: "Cover an honor with an'when the jack of spades is led, honor." This maxim is not a re- it will be perfectly clear that he liable guid; to defensive play. The holds the queen whether or not he correct time to cover an honor is P'ays it. In that case, South will when this will promote a card:let the jock of spades ride for a in your own hand or in your part-'successful finesse, ner's hand. ' . NORTH (D) 6 * A432 VKQ * KQS3 + J185 WEST EAST AQ76 *K VJ1095 ¥87432 • 1062 •J984 + AQ6 #K83 SOUTH * J 10985 V A 6 » A 7 49742 Neither side vul. North East South West 1 • Pass 1 * Pass 2 A Pass 3 A Pass 4 6 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—V J Q—The bidding has been: South West North. East 1 Diamond Pass 1 Heart Pass ? You, South, hold: 4AJ73 VK.852 «KQ.106 *4 What do you do? A—Bid one spade.: you Intend to raise hearts later, thus showing your distribution as well as your strength. TODAY'S QUESTION The bidding is the same as in the question just answered. You, South,.hold: . *AJ73 VK85 4KQ106 4*2 What do you do? Answer Tomorrow The judges, in acting on. a wide ange of recommendations sub lifted to them, chose '.'The $64,000 uestion" CBS-TV as the out- anding new television series of e year. One woman judge had omehow managed never to see is program before. • "She was fascinated," Taylor aid.' "She agreed, with the rest •us, that the program is not a udy of human greed, as some itics have suggested, but is a udy of human nature. It has emendous human interest. Sen. Beall Presents Safety Certificates Safety certificates were presented to 102 employes of the State of Maryland today in Annapolis by U. S. Senator J. Glenn Beall. Tomorrow Sen. Beall will attend a dinner in Washington as a guest of the Maryland members of the National Vegetable Growers Association. SMMDNS 85™ BIRTHDAY MATTRESS BARGAIN \Iew Miracle Pasture Construction Jn today's hand the defenders came to grief because West was an inveterate honor coverer. This gave South his only chance to make the contract. West opened the jack of hearts, and dummy won the first trick with the queen. Declarer got to his hand with, the ace of diamonds to lead the jack of spades, hoping for some sort •• of minor miracle. West knew that the jack of spades was an honor, so he covered with his queen of spades. 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