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The Mid-island mail. (Medford, N.Y.) 1935-1941, June 18, 1941, Image 2

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Pays $2.25 to $2 J5 Miior Waste Material Worth Only 40 £enis and Cartmg-^$55 iox fl8.88 Wtetk ^ Town Highway superiirt ' en- dent Harold F. . Davis * has h ought th ousands of c uib i c yards of grits from Carleton Edwards of M iddle Island and other -employees : of :th e Brook- haven Town highway dep art- ment at • • ¦an .excessive . price of §2.50 a. yard when he eou 'ld have purchased' the same mate- rials for 40 cents a yard and delivered them to stock , piles with town trucks at a big sav- ing in total cost . One contractor who has been fav- ored with fat profits on the sale of grits is Champ Belmont , a Republi- can County committeeman of Pat- chogue. • Proof of this excessive spending is found in bills at the Town- hall , ap- proved by the -highway- superinten- dent. In ' some instances 'Mr. 'Davis -has paid as high as §2.7 5 a : yard- for grits (stony waste- - . ' particles used in resurfacing roads) delivered by the - .William Winters company of Setauket to town stock piles on .the North shore. - This is the same material which Adam • Schwab , a Northport gravel dealer , testified was considered - \ waste \ and which was thrown away by dredging companies until recent years. - Mr. Schwab- made this state- ment when Mr. Edwards afterward -discharged by the court , was on trial charged with grand larceny in con - nection with selling grits to the town. Mr. Schwab also testified that he purchased grits for 20 cents a yard from the Steers Sand and Gravel com- pany of Northport , the company he represents as a selling agent. County Judge L. Barron Hill , in dismissing the charge against Ed- wards , told the juror s the bookkeep - ing involved in the case, was \ a very strange and weird transaction. \ . _ The usual market price for grits delivered in such quantities as the Town buys is $1.50 a yard anywhere in the -town. Harold Price , Southold town highway superintendent , buys the same materials at $1,80 a yard delivered to Greenport by the Colon- ial Sand and Gravel company. Super- intendent Davis pays $2.25 for sim- ilar material delivered to Ronkon- koma and Stony Brook. The Smithtown T own highway de- partment pays 40 cents a yard for grits bought from Mr. Schwab and uses town trucks to haul the mate- -rial. Superintendent Davis prefers to purchase grits , - delivered at an ex- cessive- . ' price while the town trucks remain idle in tli e shed at Coram for at least 50 per cent of the time. It is conservatively figured that grits could be delivered in town tru ck s at less than $1 a yard. A truck can make - four round trip.. : carrying five yards of purchased grits each time , plus one-half a yard which is thrown ' on the trucks with - out extra charge. Thus one truck • could haul 22: yards of material a day, costing $8.80 at the point of purchase, The driver ' s time would cost about $6 a day plus $4, for gasoline , making! a total of $18.80* for 22.yards. Fig- ured on the $2.50 rate Superintendent •Davis pays for grits delivered .th e cost to tlie town is $55 for 22 yards. One of the more 'interesting i \bills •for grits uncovered at the Town hall reveals tliat from February 7 .to Feb - ruary 24 , Superintendent Davis i pur- chased 1 , 017 ,_ ¦ yards ef grits delivered .to . Holtsville at $2,25 a yar d from Champ Belmont , at a ,total cost of $2 , 289.38. There are other in- stances of enrolled Kepublicans ,who» receive favors from the Democratic highway chief, The highest price for. grits , $2.75 a yard delivered , has been paid to Wil- liam Winters and company. The \rec- ords show that from October 13 , 1939 , to February 26 , 1940 , this company delivered 4 , 708 ¥2 yard s of grits to town stock piles at $2,75 a cubic yard for a total cost of $13 , 113.38. . . The town still owes approximatel y .$3, 600 on this account as evidenced by a bill submitted by Winter s on ..Jan- uary 29 , 1941. \ This- ; latter amount is included in the ¦ 86&.OO . 1939' budget deficit which ' Sup erint endent . Davds was unsuccessfu l fn forcing the town to pay throu gh a court order. . ' . . ' _ John-Payne , a- partner in the 'Win- ters firm , ' testified- at the Edwards trial ' that his company had a claim against the town for delivery of grits ' made in - .1939 , and that ; one of . ' \ 'these claims for $1 , 125 covered the delivery of 450' yards of- grits -credited Lf or the account; of Edwards. - • ¦ - A : statem ent which ¦ -Edwards- made to Distri ct - ., Attorney; ;*Mundei* before he was indicted , which ' , was ^ 'admitted as evidence , at -the trial , revealed ( . that Edwards has said: .his . . bill-was. *50 0 . yards- excessive and';that-.healiad. of- fered to; make restitution. . Edwards . ' said h e and. Judson . Dayis >. . - son ; of -tli e highway .superintendent , split * the'pro- , fit from - the -sale. of. 1 . 4O0 -yard s of grits at .$2.50 *a yard- . to^tne'towii^eacli receiving _ Sj> i- , 600 'after -the . costs .w ei*e paid. * ¦ • - ¦• . - ' ¦ _ , • During the . trial - Siiperin-teiideirt Davis testified that , no- checkup -was ever ' made.. on these deliveries, and that he took ;the. drivers ' word - . thai; the materials had been delivered.. Civil Service Extens ion ' Talks. Timber Pt. Friday Auspices of Wonien Voters The Suffolk County League of Wo- men Voters invites the public to a meeting: at Timber Point club , Groat River 'this Friday at 2 pVm,, at which the .application ' extending Civil Ser- vice rating to thousands of appoint- ee ' s \will bo discussed , as related to Suffolk county. Speakers . 'Will- be Miss Catharine Shanahan of the State Civil Service commission;' William Folger of the County. Pei'soniiel sys- tem.™ Westchester county ; and Wil- liam O. Froch , of the County commis- sion in Nassau , county, , Mi% Ernest L. ' Lahry county chairman of Civil Service , L. \W. V,,: Mil . be the pre- siding chairman , vAvra 'hgjoitfohts'for the meeting have b een „mde under direction of Mrs, * Robert T , Oliver. -if .Babylon* ., president' of, -th . league - . . in, . Suffolk . county, * ' Mt . annual; meeting of the, ' association will be hold a * . 10:30 a, m, Frictay; Amityville Girl Is Best County ^Speller Phyllis-tBinkky to* lleptesent . ' , Suffolk in State Event Though Even She Got Balked 1 by-Puzzlers • •Phyllis Binkley, an eighth-grade pupil ih-tlie .Amityville:public -schools , who won the Suffolk county spelling crown ' at 'J.i. erhead'ten days a ago ,, will represent , this county ' in the state comp etition to-be held as part of the State :fair in Syracuse- late iri- Aug.- st. ' ' -Tria ' the -field-of- 25 contenders for -.th e county crown , Barbara Bank , - , a pupil , in. - Huntihgto 'h' s ' \ Robert - IC. - . -TOaz Junior 'Hi gh school , Won¦ the - . secon 'd- plaee: position. :.Tlie'Bank'giri-becornes . the ¦ alternate. ' ;.titl6holder , M *1 I . Q - -nvill compete at Syracuse 'should . the Sink- ley 1 girl be -unable-'to itake. part. . ¦- • At -Riverhead;:! 1 of\the- '25 contest - ants , all of ' whom had-been . , seleete 'd as* the • 'result ¦ of prel iminary school and -township. /eliminations ,- survi-yed •the first- list of- 50 words , . *pronoun<ied by- Dr. Lyle C Morris ,., Northport school . superintendent. The ., second list eliminated one . of .the li , and . only four successfully went - through the third list. The fourth list decided*the contest 'in . lie Amityville - pup il' s favor , although even- she . missed one or ttvo words. \ ¦ \Words on the • final ' list were: Mis- spell , necessary, nickel, ninety, res- taurant; seize , . separate , siege , - : s<rph- ompre , speech , February, fiery, finally, forty, fourth ' ,, ninth- ioccasioii ,. -occur , omission , optimistic , develop, diction- ary, disappear , embarass and. irresis- tible. ' ;; Among the. other contestants were Jane . . \¥oi?thington , -Laurel ; . \ . Rbbert Woodward , Mattituck;. , 'EIs.r 'Mpberg, and Dori s O'Brieri , ' East Hampton ;' Lloyd . Baker - aiid Mary Ada n _S ,; ' <Bay Shore; ' Winifred Evers and:'Elizabeth MaeJCeshnie , Northport; Louise ' Mi- nardi , Bellport; Eileen Lang, Lake Ronkonkoma; Richard Rhodes : and Lois-Smith , Riverhead; Robert Crump, Huntington ; Isobel Varney and^ Eliza- beth Gordy, Patchogue; Florence Moore and Mary O'D onn ell , I slip, and Editli Bishop and Dorothy McAvoy, Soutlianipton; Control of Bund Carap Ske Sou^it Sn Court Action Control of the 60-acre tract, for- merly known as >Camp -Siegfried , , in Yap hank , is sought in an 'action start- ed at Riverhead Mon d ay, without; jury, befor e Suprem e Court Justice 'Henry G. -Wenzel , Jr., to be continued , June. 24. The property, has had little use since the factional dispute whieli . split , the German-American fcund two years ago. Amerikadeutscher Volke-s - - Develop- ment company, an incorporated affil- iate ; . of . -the - German-American* bund , is 'seeking to 'foreclose two .mortgages on the site , -owned .. by the ' Germian- American Settlement League , Ihe. ; \ Leagueofficials include H eiiry. Wag- ner , of Glendale , president , . and Ernst- Mueller -of Maspeth , former president , both of whom \ split with the- _ Fritz E-uhni ' ; f action in ' the bund dn*-193S. • ! /Daniel J. Byrne , attorney ' for . the leaguei , told the court Mon d ay that members' of the league bad-Contrib- uted $9 >20O to- the development cor- poration in the past two years , with the - understanding ^ tliat $7 , 800 would be: used fo pay ' off a mortgage and other ' indebtedness. : The Long Island association has sent to the -Rivers - and ' Harbors ' 'com- mittee of the House ' of Representatives a hiehiorandum ' ¦ ' affirming \ its \ oppo- sition to the St. Lawrence Waterway proposal and the efforts to put it over under guise of defense, emergency . The reasons stated are : This project cannot be of the slight- est use to Canada or the United States ih any war crisis during the next five years. Its* ultimate cost will he two to three times greater than- the esti- mated cost. (\Witness exeess costs , of Panama , Welland and Chicago Drain- age canals.) It will require hundreds of millions of dollars additional\ expenditures for both military and naval defense. Additional power facilities , if need- ed in the St. - Lawrence valley can be supplied more quickly and cheaply by s team-electric plants and from Niaga- ra 'Falls. . It will critically injure the ports of Buffalo , Albany .and New York city- the State Barge canal and. the. rail- roads operating in* New York state. Construction of - this- ; project will hamper- and delay > the\inain: national defense program • by diversion of labor , material and transportation fa- cilities. \ 1 The agreement between , ; Canada and the 1 United States ' , ' ti' .in..mittecrto Congress by President Roosevelt, provides for the approval of Canada by Tegular procedure u sual \ iii the ratification * of- treaties ,. bt.i t in respect to the United States , - Section 2' of Article :IL of the , U; S. '•Constitution , is suspended. - The entire project is a glaring' ex- ample of diversion and' evasion. L Ic ;i Asso.J ; Si^. e&list ¦¦ •¦ . . : ;llea^oi _s. . \C|pp®siti-o _i Q_ -I' *a _A7.t. ___6' _ » _a ^ -f^'W-- *Mffl_ '»§- Limits: ?f or Insurance -: :. •On Fireworks Shows . . Kxecl by TowriBdard .. .. Applications - for supervised -fire- -worlcs disivlay s ' in the unincorporated, limits . of Brookhaven ; town will have .b r 'b_ -accomplished by ' an \insurance -policy •: ; piovidiiig- ¦ >$50|000/100 , 000 -limita--for- . • public liability and $10 , 000, property damage: cOveragd\ . ' ¦ So it was-; -i \ ul(3d . last ' \yednqsday -by the' Town ; •bbai'd. ' ' ; - : * : • • ' * . . . . : . ' .. > ¦ ' ¦ .;. . ' ' : . .; ' . ¦ . .;. ._ ' \ ;. - . > ' Thc . aotion was taken \ iiv\connfi. ction ; with the n ew* law that prohibits tliei indiscriminsite.: use ^ of fireworks, Tlie; policy required by the Town board will carry an estimated premium of $55.!' It was- explained; that while .tlie! .,$55 premium . • *will» app ly, . - , basicall y. ' to! each individual di Splay, it might pos- sibly, beiavranged to hav e . - su ch- p. policy coyoT a tserios of-displays .put . on, over \ 'several consecutive nights ,: dependingr-oiiathe size of the prbgrarn,; DRAFT • -GRIEVANCE ' DA-- TS Last wcelc in 1 The Mid-Island Ma il, it was reported : that 'Local Drafti Board 702 , which eovers all of Brool . -- haven town , excepting the southeast section frorir Masti c Beach ' to East-: port , issued -a reminder tjiat tho-boartl : members . are available; to hear gricv- -faces / relative . ' to ¦ quo ' stionnaires oii i Tuosdnys:ahd Thursdays of eaclrweelc between ' the hoiira of j2 ' p, ni. anil %i p, m. This should'have read that the grievainco 1 ' days , arc Mondays and Thursdays. - The board lias- its^head. : quarters' nfc. 25- , Lako street , . Patch-i ogue. ' ' ;• . , - • \ • ' '; Two New Red Cross Courses of Traiwing; EoKimed^iake R_nk . . \ > - A , comprehensive; outlipe of varnons - 'Red , Cross- activities \vvas given by. •Misfe ' - 'Dorothea . Paul , field • secretary, at- &- • ' . meeting of . Red Cross w orkers Monday • afternoon ' at , ' the Ameri can . •Legion - clubhou se , La ' Ke 'Ronkonkonna. Miss . Paul was accompanied by Mrs. ¦Post ¦ and Mrs . Pete . 's. of Eayport, members \ of the South Suffoll. chap-ter , American lied Cross, Miss Paul' out- lined nine'different courses for which groups may- tv^iin. - . • \ ¦ ' , ., : At the close ; of tho meeting groiups lor Tiome- ' nursing and motor corps work - were formed. ' . ' . . Twenty- of th ose present-j oined the . honio liursjug group and six ;, ithe j motor • - eorps. Sunber Newton lias offered his services in instructing , tho . motor, corps -the ' cs- sentials ^ of •l-cpairing- motors arid'otUier parts of disabled vehicles. The home nursing course will bo given at \th e •Wp ort- Chapter hous c by Prudonftial and lMotr.opolita. i Insurance conmain v • .nurses.;; : dlolp* is -also needed in : , *th ' o (sowing -of hospital gowns by tho wo- i . nion , it. was oii n ounced. FARMINGVILLE-A 100 por c«nt 14-H club project are the 12 Moscoyio P S \ h ^ H W^od' by a Rhode Island i-Rcd '. hoii ,. l ,whic1i . wero hntehod last •Er.clny froin.tho original I2,dnek oS J « S * ' 8' «j a irooo rdiw ;Do, .ald . nien , son of Mr, and ' Mr _ r* r iThroii ' of' Horn B ocl? &(Who is a ,jembcr-of \tho - HolfcMllb \^^ H . Agricultural <si»b. ¦ ' . ¦ ' ¦ . _ Rev . William Davis KiBegaii Mk ;Miiiistry ^lE ' - l^is 'fiart-e . fL^ L The Rev. William F. Davis , Jr., new minister at-th e Lake;.. Ronkonlcoina Methodist chxa'ch , who was . appoi nted at the recen t New York East-confer- ence to siicceed the Rev. .Charles S. Gray , is not a nevycomer to this sec- tion of Long Island j- as the first four years of his ministry were -se_ ved at Bayport . and Center ' ; Mori ches ehnrches. • y : ' • . - , - - - ' He \ya . s transferred froni . ..the . -latter church to. . . the- Ferest*villq j,.Cpnri, r par- ish , where he -spent five . '' years , ' . - fol- lowed by .nine . years at Watertown , Conn., and the.past-year at the N-orth Methodist clnu-eh in Hartford . The Rev. Mr. 'Davis , who lias spent a total of 18 years in his current profession , is treasurer of the New York East conference, Before entering the ministry - he taught higher mathematics ; at'Adelphi acadeiny in Brooklyn -for two years and Peekskill Militaiy academy Tor two years . He was- graduated f:roni W e s 1 e y ii n university ' , Middl ' etown , Conn., in 191,. . His -family consists of Mrs. Davis and their daughter , Mary. Gillette Davis , -who is a ; stuckmt at Wheaton eollege , Norten , Mass.

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