GASTONIA • NORTH CAROLINA VOLUME X-NUMBER 6 MAY, 1961 Tir«$ton« HIGH ROAD TO ADVENTURE — Scenes like this one on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville and Linville and near Lake James beckon you to sightseeing adventure in "The Land of the Sky. Photo; NC News Bureau CAMP FIRESTONE’S 26TH SEASON Mountain Lakeside Retreat Has Relaxation Variety The delightful charm of the storied Blue Ridge and neighboring mountain ranges along the “rooftop of Eastern America” once more holds out a special bonus in travel- recreation for Firestone employees and members of their families. At Camp Firestone alongside G.500-acre Lake James at Bridge water, you can keep company with Nature from May into Oc tober, when the hillcountry land scape is transformed into its autumn splendor. This is the 26th summer sea son of the camp, located in a cove bordering Lake James which spreads over portions of both McDowell and Burke coun ties. The lake’s 154-mile shore line makes it one of the South’s largest man - made bodies of water. The famed fishing waters of Lake James are also growing in popularity as a center for aqua tic sports. Since 1935, when Firestone opened the camp for employee recreation, property maintenance and development have been un der direction of plant engineer W. G. Henson and the Mechani cal department at Gastonia. INCLUDED in facilities this year are six cottages with sleep ing quarters — complete with electric cooking stoves and re frigerators; two other cottages with sleeping facilities; and the main kitchen-dining hall. Around 80 persons can be ac commodated at one time, with several acres of woodland avail able for camping. During the off-seasons and as spring arrives each year, the Mechanical department prepares the camp for use, by making —See Camp, page 2 Recreation Program Adds Features The more than a dozen activi ties in the spring-to-autumn sports and recreation season here include two new features, plus plans for organizing at least four hobby clubs. New activities underway are ceramics instruction with work shop, and classes in making arti ficial flowers and art-flower ar rangements. Plans at the end of April call ed for the forming of hobby clubs in photography, boating and water sports, rifle and gun marksmanship, and coin collect ing. Also on schedule for the near future were intradepart- mental league play in bocci, put ter golf and horseshoes — “old standbys'’ in the summer pro gram. Among regular activities now in progress in the plant sports- recreation schedule are partners golf, with 11 twosomes partici pating; two fishing clubs for all three shifts, bowling for men and women (ten pins and duck pins), and softball for men and women. In inter-industry play there is one team of youngsters from Firestone families in Little Tar Heel Baseball. Also from em ployee families there are five teams in the Biddy Baseball league. INCLUDES FREE VEHICLE INSPECTION Off-Job Safety In May The outdoor season is no time for getting injured at your recreation or on vaca tion. And for that matter— no time is injury time. To impress this truth and to put it into practice. Firestone plants in the United States and Canada are observing May as Off-the-Job Safety Month. Two concentrated efforts for safety away from the job are scheduled each year — in May and in December. Highlighting the May program each year is the motor vehicle safety check operated at Fire stone plants across the country. Dates for operation of safety- check lanes at the Gastonia plant parking area off Firestone street are May 22-26. This sched ule is especially timed in view of the long Memorial Day week end following the inspection. Daily hours; 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-5 p.m. The safety check is sponsored by Firestone at its plants, in co operation with the Auto Indus tries Highway Safety Committee and the Association of State and Provincial Safety Coordinators. More Injuries Off-Job The two 1960 off-job safety months showed some significant figures on off-and-on-job in juries at Firestone. In Decem ber, 87 off job injuries resulting in lost time from work were re ported, compai'ed with 10 on- the-job the same month in 18 of the company’s plants of the United States and Canada. Last May, 3 on-job injuries were recorded, with 89 reported as occurring off-the-job. These figures reflect the fact that a shadow of injury and death hangs over the outdoor season— when more people—away from the job—spend more time at home activities and in travel. The injury-and-death poten tial is even greater with the re turn of warm-weather hazards associated with swimming and water sports; home-care activi ties sucih as operating power mowers and repairing buildings; and increased travel because of vacations and week-end trips. Vacation Count-Down Items Since vacations are of special concern to all employees and members of their families, safe ty officials have prepared a list of “count-down” items to check before leaving on an extended automobile trip: 10. Make a list of vacation —More on page 3 Chester Neal Tate: To Study Political Science AREA STUDENTS Scholarship And Eight Citations Chester Neal Tate, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester M. Tate of 840 East Sixth ave nue, in late April became the eighth Gastonia - area high school senior to win a full college scholarship from Firestone since the com pany’s educational aid pro gram began eight years ago. Along with the 1961 scholar ship to the student here, eight other area seniors each received a Certificate of Merit and a U. S. Savings Bond. These win ners are included in photographs with this article. They were among a total of 163 across the country receiving this recogni tion for outstanding liign school achievement. THE MOTHER of this year's —More on page 2 THREE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR I960 Plant Winner In Nationwide Safety Contest Firestone Textiles (Gastonia) is the winner in the Na tional Safety Council’s (textile section) nationwide safety competition for 1960. The award plaque recognizes a full calendar year of production here without a lost-time injury. Firestone was at the top of a list of 14 textile plants in the category of the greatest num ber of manhours worked during the year. It completed the con test along with 62 other textile factories in Group 3 — that is, operating 1,500,000 to 5,000,000 manhours annually. THERE WERE three other groups in which plants partici pating in the contest were classi fied according to the number of manhours operation. A total of 214 textile plants finished the competition in all four groups. The National Safety Council operates the contest to encour age and recognize safety achievement for individual mills, plants, and self-contained units of companies engaged in textile manufacturing and proc essing. Besides the award plaque for group winners, the NSC pre sents certificates to units rank ing second and third in the com petition, and certificates of achievement to plants making the greatest improvement in safety performance over their records of the previous contest year. Firestone Textiles at Bennetts- ville, S. C. received a certificate of achievement for having had no lost-time injuries during the 1960 contest year. ☆ ☆ ☆ Add another engraved bar to Firestone Textiles’ safety- achievement plaque from the North Carolina and Unit ed States Departments of Labor. The award recogniz ing another milestone in safe —More on page 4 r SAFETY MILESTONES—Production manager F. B. Galligan shows the National Safety Council Award of Honor, while Mrs. Otha Chambers exhibits the plaque for the plant's first-place in the NSC nationwide contest, textile section. Others (from left): Luell Thomas of Carding; James Reel, Weaving. The third safety mile stone reached in 1960 was the 14th-year citation from the NC and US Departments of Labor.

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