I % RECREATION TRAVEL NOTES Popside Sticks And Brush Strokes Thousands of sticks and dabs of paint are transform ed into things of beauty and usefulness when Wade Led- well goes to work in his basement “studio” at 249 Winget circle. The empl jyee in the Shop (electrical) took to building novelty lamps and painting pictures rvhen he had time on his hands during long evenings two winters ago. He has constructed more than a dozen of the unusual lamps— all of stacked popsicle sticks glued together and spray- decorated. His largest lamp contains 2500 sticks. Wade buys the sticks in lots of 1,- 000 at a local ice-cream plant. His lamp creations are built free-hand, without any plans or designs. Some of the lamps he has sold, and more are ready for the market. His paintings are of the kit type, with numbers to fol low. He has done around 50. of these on various subjects. Many of them he has framed to decorate the house. He has passed along several to rela tives and neighbors. Town & Country Will Wear Longer A new synthetic rubber in Firestone’s Town & Country winter tires promises an in crease of tread wear of at least 30 per cent. “Diene,” a synthetic which closely resembles natural rubber, actually is superior to natural in some respects. The company has been producing Diene in a new plant at Orange, Texas, since last spring. Diene is being used as half of the rubber in the Town & Coun try treads. Firestone has used Diene quite successfully in bodies of large truck tires, mostly to reduce heat buildup; and in treads of some smaller truck tires to improve wear. It also has been used as a sealant in premium-quality tires for several years. When blended with natural rubber, Diene contributes such qualities as resilience, abrasion resistance and low heat build up. Town & Country winter tires containing Diene outwore regular production-line winter tires in tests at the company’s Fort Stockton, Texas track; on commercial fleets, and on pas senger cars. Seventeen persons suggested their way to cash awards through ideas adopted here in July and early August. Sugges tions concerned methods of operation, and health-and-safety measures. Ihose receiving the awards, their department, and a descrip tion of each suggested change, addition, or improvement: Warren H. Chastain, Weaving (synthetics), compression-type spring hinges for smoker doors. Lucille M. Foy, Quality Con trol, relocating spliced yarn in loom creels. George Jackson, Warehouse, guard shields on interiors of el evators in warehouses. Maude J. Jenkins, Twisting (synthetics), improvement on running yarn on respooler in ply-twisting. Charles V. Cates, Weaving, (synthetics), covers for all trash receptacles in plant. Shirley P. Bolding, Industrial Relations, placing “No U-Turn” sign in shop yard area. Ethelene Nichols, Cloth Room, number identification for cloth-inspection tables. September: Goodby To Summer . . Prelude To Autumn Splendor From seacoast to highlands of the Carolinas and all up and down the Mid-South, the crisp ness and color of September means Autumn— and a choice time in which to delight in the lure of the open road. Take time to enjoy it, when off the job. Travel information service of plant recreation casts the September “Specials” in this catch-all reminder: Beaches continue warm for swimming and sun bathing, and the fishing is good. The first splashes of autumn come to the higher peaks of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Varied accommodations and a full roster of scenic attractions and recreational facilities will lend zest to the Firestone traveler’s experience this month. Time For Extra Fishing The Wildlife Resources Commission has an nounced that the trout season in North Carolina has been extended to Sept. 30 in certain desig nated waters. Complete lists of these fishing waters may be had from the Commission’s Raleigh office, and local protectors can supply information in their districts. There is no closed season on warm-water fishing in the state. The lowly mule—enjoying somewhat of a comeback even in this nuclear age—kicks up one of the state’s most colorful festivals this month at Benson. This will be the 12th annual Mule Day Celebration, replete with an agricultural festival and grand champion mule competition. There will be street dancing, a parade, queen contest, music, speech-making—and “no telling what all.” The dates: Sept. 22, 23. Let's Go To The Fair A lengthy schedule of county and regional fairs during the month affords a color preview of autumn in North Carolina. Listed here are dates and towns in which fairs will be held: Sept. 11-16: Reidsville, Pittsboro (Negro fair), Salisbury, Statesville, Concord, Hamlet, Ruther- fordton. Sept. 12-16: Burgaw; 13-16: Kings Moun tain. Sept. 18-26: Roanoke Rapids, Burlington, Gas tonia, High Point, Durham, Lexington, Yancey- ville, Zebulon, Madison, Hickory, Goldsboro. Sept. 25-30: Warrenton, Sanford, Enfield, Beaufort, Wilson, Mount Airy, Albemarle, Le noir, Rocky Mount, Murphy. Sept. 26-Oct. 1: Greensboro; Sept. 28-30: Columbus. A Day For Rockhounds Like to prospect for rubies and other semi precious stones? A good place to do it is around Franklin, N. C., in “the land of scenic grandeur.” You can join the fun at the fourth annual Ruby Fly-In there Sept. 13-16. Besides being well known for the stones of Co wee Valley, Franklin is the center of five mountain lakes and a host of other outdoor at tractions in and around Nantahala National Forest. A sampling of other events in September and early October: State Championship Horse Show, Raleigh, 27-30; 81st Division “Wildcat” Veterans Reunion, Waynesville, 29-Oct. 1; Fall Swap Shop, Fontana, 30-0ct. 8. THE MASTER WEAVER 100,000 Weeks Of Vacations Vacation time for most of us has come and gone this year. The vacations of two, three or four weeks slip by fast for most of us. But if company employ ees were able to take their vaca tions “strung out” one after the other and wanted to have all of this year’s vacation time over by the end of the year, they would have had to start in the year 61 A.D. That’s not possible, of course, but it is true that almost 40,000 company employees, represent ing all Firestone plants, offices and sales divisions in the United States, will have had vacations totaling more than 1,900 years, or more than 100,000 weeks, by October 31, the end of the fiscal year. These figures include vaca tion time for employees who qualify for varying numbers of weeks depending on their lengths of service with the com pany. What will all this cost Fire stone? The company will pay nearly $14,100,000 for employee vacations in 1961. Think of it this way: That’s enough money to buy 700 hous es valued at $20,000 or 5,600 automobiles. But for those per sons who like to take their fam ilies to some beach playground, this year’s vacation pay would purchase enough foot-long hot- dogs to reach from Gastonia to San Francisco and back. Hope you had a happy vaca tion. If you still have some time left—you have fun, too! Ideas Earned 17 Cash Awards James G. Saylor, Weaving, protection for stop-motion on looms. Lloyd Lewis, Industrial Re lations, covers for protection of yarn and twister frames against sprinkler-system letoff. John Morrow, Industrial Re lations, covers for twister frames and stocks, of yarn. Charles K. Cauthen, Ware house, repositioning of front- bumper guards on fork - lift trucks (for safety). Edward L. Tart Jr., Weaving (cotton), storage box for slasher splines. Payton R. Lewis, Carding, flat-iron “scotches” for parking boxes on floor in Carding. Thurman Clark, Quality Con trol, header rack for storing weights in Weaving (synthet ics). Frank L. Jolly, Nylon Treat ing, additional spotlights in this department. Larry W. Sanders, Cloth Room, additional yardage on rolls from Hermas Machine. J. A. Waldrep, Cloth Room, improvement on electric hoist in this department. CHEAT THE IRON LUNG AND THE WHEEL CHAIR IF YOU OR ANY KEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY are not protected by Salk polio vaccine, delay can.be tragic. This dread disease can strike a person of any age. Salk polio vaccine Is more than 92 per cent effective. SEE YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT ...WITHOUT DELAY! BRSC Members Heard Heaton, Emerson A mid-summer meeting of the Blue Ridge Safety Council at Brackett’s Cedar Park in Spin- dale featured a talk by Dr. George D. Heaton, human-rela- tions advisor to industry. Joe Emerson, America’s “dean of gospel singers”, presented a pro gram of best-loved hymns. The after-dinner meeting was followed by a tour of the Pitts burgh Plate Glass Company’s fiberglass division near Shelby. One of eight regional units sponsored by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the Blue Ridge Safety Council promotes safety education in industry, homes and public places. Em phasis is on injury control in industry. Quarterly meetings are held at places within the council’s seven-county area which in cludes Gaston, Cleveland, Ruth erford, Burke, Lincoln, Mc Dowell, and Polk. Alvin Riley of Firestone’s in dustrial relations department at Gastonia, is a past president of the council. He is now a mem ber of the board of directors. finston* M!1W§ September. 1961 Page 2 Volume X Number 10 ☆ ☆ ☆ Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division, Gastonia, North Carolina. Claude Callaway, Editor Charles A. Clark, Photographer PLANT REPORTERS Carding—Payton Lewis, Jessie Ammons Cloth Room—Margie Waldrep Industrial Relation s—Flora Pence Main Office—Bea McCarter Quality Control—Sallie Craw ford, Louella Queen, Leila Rape Spinning—L i 11 i e A. Brown, Maude Peeler, Mary Turner Spooling—Nell Bolick, Rosalie Burger, Ophelia Wallace Mechanical Department — Rosie Francum Twisting—Vera Carswell, Elease Cole, Annie Cosey, Katie El kins, Catherine Fletcher Twisting (Sales)—Elmina Brad shaw Warehouse—N a n c y Cloninger, George Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey Weaving (cotton)—Ruth Veitch Weaving (synthetics)^—Mary E. Johnson, Irene Odell Winding—Ruth Cloninger, May- zelle Lewis

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