OR Volume 58, Number 8 P. P. & L. Rates To Be Cut As Much As 30 Pet., May 22 Minimum Residen tial Rate to be 95c; Schedules Given The $410,000 rate reduction an nounced Monday by Pacific Power & light company will put rates for residential electric service in Hepp ner as much as 43 per cent below the rates in effect in 1936 and as much as 30 per cent below present rates, according to Kenneth House, local agent for the company. The new rate cut is the third made in Heppner since 1938 and brings total rate savings to residen tial, commercial, industrial and farm customers of the Pacific company to well over a million dollars a year since that date. The new schedules are system wide, affecting all of the more than 130 communities served by the Pa cific system, and will go into ef fect May 22. Rural, commercial, commercial light and power, and in dustrial services also are affected by the reduction. "The new rate reduction is an other step in the company's long established policy of bringing rates for electric service down just as rapidly as increased use of electri city and economies of operation make it possible," House declared. The reductions under the new set up start right at the very bottom. House reported, by cutting the min imum charge for residential service from $1 to 95 cents and adding ex tra kilowatt-hours of service. The minimum charge for rural service is chopped even more sharply, from $1.50 to 95 cents. Another feature of the new sched ule is their streamlined standardiza tion. Under the new rates, the cost for rural service will be the same as for city service after the first 60 kilowatt-hours per month. Commercial rates under the new schedule will range as much as 29 per cent below present rates and from 20 to 47 per cent below the levels of only five years ago. Heppner's new residential rates will be: First 12 kilowatt-hours or less per month, 95 cents; next 48 kwh at 4.3c; next 140 kwh at 2.5c; excess at 1.5c per kwh. In addtion, an optional block of 500 kwh at only 7 mills per kwh is available for automatic water heating under single-meter service. The present 8-mill rate for separately-metered water heaters also will continue to be available. The present residential schedule is $1 for the first 10 kwh or less per month; next 25 kwh at 7c; next 115 kwh at 2.75c; excess at 2c per kwh. Typical bills for residential service at rates effective in 1936, at present rates and at the new rates compare like this: 1936 Present New 25 kwh $2.50 $2.05 $1.51 50 kwh ........ 3.60 3.16 2.53 100 kwh 5.10 4.54 4.01 150 kwh 6.60 5.91 5.26 The new commercial schedule is $1 for the first 12 kwh or less per month; next 388 kwh at 4.9c; next 600 kwh at 3.5c; next 1000 kwh at 2.5c; all excess at 2c per kwh. At present these are the commer cial rates: $1 for the first 10 kwh or less per month; next 190 kwh at 7c; next 600 kwh at 4.5c; next 700 kwh at 3c; all excess at 2c per kwh. A comparison of typical commer cial service bills under 1936 rate levels, under present rates and un der the new schedule follows: 1936 Present New 50 kwh $ 5.00 $ 3.80 $ 2.86 75 kwh 7.50 5.55 4.09 100 kwh ........ 10.00 7.30 5.31 200 kwh 17.50 14.30 10.21 In addition, changes have been made in the schedule to benefit power users, including combination commercial light and power service. Heppner, CHRISTCHURCHES SET MEET HERE Heppner Plays Host to Eastern Oregon Churches April 30-May 1; Banquets to be Feature The Church of Christ of Heppner will be host to eighteen sister chur ches of northeastern Oregon in an nual convention on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30-May 1. At least one hundred delegates from out of town are expected to come for this two-day fellowship, announces Mar tin Clark, local minister. A challenging and instructive pro gram has been arranged in which Howard Cole, pastor of the Oregon City church, will bring three mes sages upon the theme of the con vention, "Christ the Answer." The convention opens Wednesday morn ing at 11 o'clock with a women's con ference and pot luck dinner at noon. Two main attractions of the con vention will be the men's banquet Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock and the youths' banquet on Thursday night at the same time. Everyone is invited, but the emphasis will be for each particular group named. The ladies of the church are serving the banquets and proceeds will go toward paying the church debt. The most entertaining feature of the convention will be the male quartet from Northwest Christian college who will be featured in spe cial numbers and a special program sometime during the program. The messages of the convention speakers will be to the point and for the purpose of giving some an swers to the perplexing problems that face us today. The purpose of the convention is mainly to gather Christians together for a time of common fellowship when they can SCO that other people have problems, too, and perhaps to find an answer to some of them. - In a day when our democratic form of living is being shaken to the very roots, this group of people whose very basis for existence is a democratic form of church govern ment, challenge to greater effort in uniting our forces to combat a com mon foe, said Mr. Clark. We speak of uniting labor this convention comes with the plea to unite all forces of the church. Services will be held all Wednes day afternoon and all day Thursday beginning at 9:30 with simultaneous conferences for men and women. Everyone is welcome and urged to attend any and all services. Wool Sales Active, With Top of 3434C With shearing getting into full swing in Morrow county, activity has been lively in the wool and lamb market, with lambs moving from 8 to 9 cents and wool from 30 to 34 3-4c. Top price reported this week was claimed by Harlan McCurdy whose clip was clean and shrinkage low, at the 34 3-4c mrk. Estimates place the local clip at about 30 percent taken. Among sales for the week were Bill Kilkenny at 34c, Emil Gro shens and Joe Hayes at 33c. The sea son has been ideal for both lambs and wool, growers report. Band to La Grande Tomorrow for Contest Heppner's school band will go to LaGrar.de tomorrow to participate in the district band festival to be held at Eastern Oregon College of Education. Forty bandsters and their leader, Harold Buhman, will make the trip in cars furnished by parents and friends. Public ovation was given presenta tion of the numbers to be played in the contest when the band ap peared at the dance given to benefit the trip, at the Elks hall Saturday evening, and a substantial sum was raised. WIN TENNIS MATCHES Heppner won all six matches in a tennis meet at Hermiston yester day, between high schools of the two cities. Oregon, Thursday, April County Schools' May Fete To Draw Many People Here Grade Track Events In Morning, Music In Afternoon, May 2 Heppner will again be the center of interest for schools of the county J on Friday next week, May 2, when pupils and teachers from all schools of the county assemble here for the annual May fete. Plans this year have deviated from former years to bring the grade school track meet in the morning and the music festival in the after noon, instead of afternoon and eve ning performances, to give all vis itors opportunity to return home at an earlier hour in the evening. The grade school track meet in charge of Kenneth McKenzie of Heppner and' Lyle Eddy of Irrigon, will begin at 9:30 in the morning at the Rodeo grounds. All participants are expected to be on hand promptly at the hour named. Noon plans call for a community get-together at lunch and the Hepp ner chamber of commerce and Lions club will help extend the city's hos pitality by serving green spot and coffee free. Winding of the Maypole on the school lawn will feature the be gining of the afternoon exercises at 1:30 o'clock. Music for this feature will be played by the Heppner school band. At 2 o'clock the annual music fes tival will begin in the gym-auditor-: ium, including group singing by different group divisions, both boys and girls, and mixed groups, from different grade and high school div isions. Presentation of track awards will also be made at this time. Bands from Heppner and lone, the latter to make its first appearance at the county festival, will add to enjoy ment of this occasion. A ten-cent admission charge will be made for the track meet to de fray cost of awards, but admission to the music festival will be free. Peterson, Turner Firms in New Homes Formal opening of the new Peter son Jewelry store next to the post office was accorded warm reception by the public last Saturday, and F. W. Turner & Co., insurance, likewise found business lively in their new office next to Peterson's when they started business there Tuesday. Third of the new quarters to occupy the space between the Masonic building and postoffice will be Myr tle's Beauty Salon, to move as soon as finishing of the building is com pleted. Coxen's barber shop will remain in present quarters in the Heppner hotel building, and will not move into the new structure, as previous ly reported. Peterson's store front is finished in the latest fashion with glass of black paneled with lighter hues. Interior furnishings are done in light oak against a light green and cream of walls and ceiling, and fluorescent lighting makes the modernistic touch complete. Interior of the Turner office is fin ished in cream with black trimmings, and fluorescent lighting is also in use. LIBRARY CLOSED Due to plans for redecorating, the Heppner public library will be clos ed for one week beginning next Monday, April 28. Mrs. Isom, librar ian, announces that anyone having books due during the next week may bring them to her residence if they wish, but there will be no overdue charge if books are not re turned. Vacant corner lot on Main street, 50 x 132 feet, for sale. Inquire this office. 24, 1941 CATHOLIC MEET DRAWS 350 GUESTS Confraternity Aims Stressed With Bishop McGrath, Other Leaders, Bringing Important Messages The fifth annual conference of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine held at the Elks hall in Heppner on Tuesday goes on record as being the most successful held this far, re ports Father Francis McCormick of the local parish. Expectations of at tendance were far surpassed by a grand total of 350 delegates from! the various local units. Last minute arrangements had to be made to provide seating accommodation for the crowd. Object of the convention was to secure solidarity of purpose and un ity of action for the C. C. D.; to diffuse a greater knowledge of the organization and teaching methods among the laity and to stimulate in them greater zeal and enthusiasm for the cause of the confraternity. These three ends were realized fully thru the convention, Father McCormick said. Delegates listened attentively while they heard other delegates tell how they made the confraternity practical and operative. Teachers told how they worked and conducted their own classes. Reports of pro gress in the enlisting of parents, teachers and helpers in the cause of the confraternity. Greater know ledge of the working of the confra ternity was otained by the delegates through the "ask and earn" quiz program and also through the var ious talks given by several dele gates. Bishop McGrath gave a very en tertaining talk on the work and qualifications of "Fishes" and Fath er Thomas McTeigue very ably ex plained the theme of the conven tion, "Mobilization for the Cause of Christ." The spirit and tenor of the whole convention was such as to arouse renewed energy and activity and to animate the zeal of the laity in the work of the confraternity. The first part of the convention was characterized by eloquent and inspiring talks. Mayor J. O. Turner gaye an appropriate and warm ad dress of welcome to the visiting del egates. Not less noteworthy was the capable way in which the local pres ident, Eddie Kenny, handled the chairmanship of the sessions. In ad dition there were interesting talks and discussions by the laity. Keen interest and lively discussion Continued on Page Four . Hunters-Anglers Club Dines, Elects Officers Morrow County Hunters and Ang lers club got off to a flying start for another year last Sunday evening when a hundred persons, men and women, assembled at Camp Hepp ner, ate chicken dinner, listened to speeches and elected officers. J. Lo gie Richardson was retained as pres ident, and Ralph Beamer was elect ed secretary-treasurer to succeed George Howard who declined furth er service. Representative E. Harvey Miller made the principal address, telling of game commission work as seen from his position as vice chairman of the house game committee. Dr. L. D. Tibbies, local representative, told of the Oregon Wildlife federa tion set-up. Men About Town and Walter Skuzeski entertained with music, and two reels of wild life motion pictures were shown. Adding to pleasure of the occasion was pre sentation of prizes, in lighter vein, by President Richardson to Frank Roberts as oldest active sportsman in Morrow county; H. A. Duncan as oldest inactive sportsman; P. W. Ma honey, as best bird shot; Ed Bennett, as best fisherman, and Bill Greener as best elk shot. O. E. S. TO MEET A regular meeting of Ruth chap ter 32, O. E. S., is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) evening at Ma sonic hall, announces Mrs. Etta Dev in, worthy matron. Subscription $2.00 a Year Band Uniform Benefit Auction Slated For May 24 Districting Made For Solicitation of Articles to be Sold Saturday, May 24, was named as the day for staging the big com munity auction to provide funds for purchasing new uniforms for Hepp ner's school band, by representatives of organizations and districts who met at Lucas Place for a dinner meeting Tuesday evening. Fourteen persons were in attendance, repre senting most of the districts covered by the territory from which the local band draws its members. While the sale will be known as a "white elephant" auction, giving a medium for the disposal of articles of value for which present owners have no use, those in charge do not wish a deluge of "rotten eggs and overripe tomatoes" which would only add to the size of the city's garbage pile. It was suggested that a mini mum value of $1 be placed on arti cles given, and this was even raised to $2.50 in the opinion of some mem bers of the committee. Anyway, ar ticles of produce such as chickens, eggs, butter, cream, etc., as well as pies, cakes, cookies, jellies and jams will not only be acceptable but may find a better market than worn out bonnets and nick-knacks, it was believed. Facilities will be provided for handling perishable commodities and livestock should community interest in the band project provide such, and everything will go on the block be ginning at 10 o'clock in the morning. Within the next three weeks ev eryone in the district will be con tacted, according to the plans made Tuesday evening, and should anyone be contacted more than once he need not feel offended, but merely make known the fact that his contribution has already been made. The whole idea of the auction will be for everyone to' have a lot of fun and not give till it hurts, with the object of making possible the new uniforms. V. R. (Bob) Runnion, whose local fame as an auctioneer is known to all will be master of ceremonies when the auction starts. Cliff Con rad, county agent, is heading the committee of workers until that time and those in charge of the various districts have been announced aa follows: City, Miss Harriet Pointer and Al bert Schunk (to name workers); Rhea creek-Eight Mile, Ed Rugg; upper Rhea creek, Stephen Thomp son; Hardman, Neal Knighten; lower Willow creek, J. J. Wightman; up per Willow creek, Ralph I. Thomp son; Butter creek, W. H. Instone, John Healy. Rodeo Meeting Set Next Wednesday It's high time to get this year's Rodeo plans under way. That was the opinion of association directors who met at the Elks club last eve ning and set next Wednesday eve ning, 8 o'clock, at the same spot as the time and place for everyone in terested in seeing the show go to get together. It is important to get the date set, workers named and other plans set tled, said the directors present: Hen ry Aiken, president; Len L. Gilliam, secretary; L. E. Bisbee, Lee Beckner and Jim Kistner. Plans for grounds improvement, prepared by himself, were presented to the directors at last evening's meeting by Jim Kist ner. LAMB SALE SLATED Morrow County Woolgrowers aux iliary announces a sale of choice cuts of Morrow county lambs to be held at Central market all day, Sat urday, May 3.