Title: Spillway
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098946/00019
 Material Information
Title: Spillway
Physical Description: 1 v. : ill. ; 28-43 cm.
Language: Spanish
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Balboa Heights C.Z
Publication Date: October 19, 1962
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Periodicals -- Canal Zone   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Language: Spanish and English.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Oct. 30, 1957 (experimental issue)-v.1 no.32 (Jan. 25, 1963).
General Note: Official publication of the Panama Canal Company.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00098946
Volume ID: VID00019
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 07258071
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Succeeded by: Panama Canal spillway

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Vol. 1, No. 18 Weekly Publication of the Panama Canal Friday, October 19, 1962

TWO MORNINGS A WEEK about 50 women from all Canal towns and several military
posts on the Pacific side gather at Balboa Pool for the beginning or advanced instruction
in swimming from Recreation Supervisors Alice Leftridge or Jean Wainio. At the start of
the school year none of the beginners pictured above could do more than a breathless
dog paddle. Now all can take to the water without support. Left to right are Katie Hall,
Mary Poletti, Florence Page, Mildred McPhee, Myrtle Heald, Betty Lockhart, and Jocelyn
Ayers. Gaining better circulation and muscular tone, they hope to move up into the
advanced class where other women are learning lifesaving, including resuscitation.

Safety Belt Holds

As Roof Crumbles
Because his supervisors saw to it that
Luis A Rios wore his safety belt while
painting and cleaning the overhang of the
frame Harbormaster's Building in Balboa,
he dangled from a scaffold instead of
falling when the roof gave way during
the work.
Mr. Rios, 33, a Panamanian handyman
who had been employed by the Canal only
a month ago and is now a heavy laborer
assigned to the utility force, said this of
his experience:
"On Friday I climbed on the roof
without my safety belt, but God was kind
to me and nothing happened. On Monday,
I did observe the safety regulations, secur-
ing my belt. Suddenly, I heard a cracking
noise. The roof slanted and the scaffolding
gave way. I found myself suspended in
the air by my safety belt and rope. I hung
on for dear life until my co-workers got a
ladder and helped me down, none the
Instead of the disabling injuries he
would probably have suffered had he
fallen to the concrete roadway below,
he walked calmly away and went home
that night to his family. The family lives at
26th Street West, Panama City.

More Money Coming
There'll be more of that welcome green
stuff in 4,347 paychecks to be issued by the
Canal organization to its employees the
week of November 5. With only a few
exceptions involving individuals at "frozen"
wage rates, employees in non-manual and
service categories will receive additional
pay, along with pilots, postal employees,
and a few others in certain staff and
executive positions.
Approximately half of those receiving
pay increases in their checks are paid under
the Canal Zone Wage Base, while the
other half are paid under the U.S. Wage
Base. The 2,186 affected under the Canal
Zone Wage Base will receive the increases
as a result of action by the Canal Zone
Civilian Personnel Policy Coordinating
Board, which acted to implement the new
policy announced early this year of in-
creasing Canal Zone Wage Base rates
whenever U.S. Wage Base rates arc in-
creased by legislation or regulation. The
increases range from 3 to 9 cents per hour.
This is the first time that an upward
revision of Canal Zone Wage Base rates

has been made as a result of the new policy.
Of the 4,347 employees to receive in-
creases, either as a result of the action by
the Civilian Personnel Policy Coordinating
Board or through direct application of the
recent pay bill passed by Congress, 2,434
are non-U.S. citizens and 1,913 are U.S.
As THE SPILLWAY prepared to go to
press no word had been received on the
Isthmus relative to possible increases in
the maximum stipends for hospital interns
and residents. Such increases normally are
granted Canal interns and residents follow-
ing action by the Civil Service Commis-
sion, after Classification Act increases are
authorized by Congress.
Personnel Bureau representatives said
the President expected to sign pay bills
which will result in increases for Canal
Zone police, firefighters, and school
teachers, to be effective January 1, 1963.
It also was pointed out that employees in
the manual categories and wage board
groups were not affected by the recent pay
legislation, their wages being tied to
annual reviews of rates for similar work in
Government agencies in the United States.

Along the Banks...
.** ELECTION TIME is just around the
comer in all Canal communities. Most
Civic Councils hold their balloting on the
same day as election day falls in the States,
the first Tuesday after the first Monday
in November. This year that's November 6.
.** HOLDING the last Latin American
community meeting of the year at Paraiso
on October 18, Governor Fleming rounded
out his earlier promise to hold a public
session in each Latin community.
*** THE OCTOBER meeting with U.S.
Council officers will be an executive session
on October 30.
***VISITORS welcomed last week by
Canal Guides totaled 3,047 of whom 1,188
called at Miraflores, 550 at Gatun, 712
came from 3 passenger ships, 557 voyaged
aboard Las Cruces on five trips and 40
sailed on the Reina Manuelita I.
*** THE SEPTEMBER issue of Con-
tractors & Engineers, a trade publication,
devotes more than 200 column inches to
pictures and technical description of steel
work for the Thatcher Ferry Bridge. Front-
ing the article is an 11 x 15-inch picture
showing bridge structure and one of the
floating cranes with boom and jib 400 feet
high. Ten other construction pictures and
two page-wide diagrams show construction

As an additional community service,
THE SPILLWAY borrowed space in the
Spanish section this week to list forth-
coming daily TV programs scheduled
on the Caribbean Forces Network over
Channels 8 and 10.

Checked and Verified
THAT Christmas packages moving
to points in the United States by surface
transport should be mailed at least
during the last 2 weeks in November
for confident expectation of arrival in
all areas before the last minute deluge
slows handling. A later announcement
will give data on December sailing from
Canal Zone ports for last-minute hope-
fuls. Earlier mailings are necessary for
delivery to countries other than the
United States.
THAT postal hours now in force at
Paraiso in response to community
demand are from 10 a.m. until noon
and from 2 until 5 p.m.

Canal Hospitals Can't

Babysit for Children
Hospitals are for healing sick children
and adults. But for youngsters who are not
ill, they are hazardous places.
That's why officials at Coco Solo and
Gorgas Hospitals have asked employees
and their families not to bring children
when visiting.
Children under 14 years of age are not
permitted in sickrooms or wards.
But visitors who bring children to hos-
pitals and leave them to run in the halls
or anterooms create a danger, too. Nurses
and aids have no time to babysit.
Adults may recoil at the idea of having
to use a wheelchair. Not so, the youngsters,
who will climb into an empty one for the
ride. Small fry stomp up and down the
passages,, disturbing patients. Others try
to use the elevators, where they drop litter

Open Spillways May

Endanger Fishermen,

Craft, on Chagres
With the rainy season becoming intensi-
fied during the next 3 months, boat owners,
fishermen, and others on the Chagres River
below Gatun Spillway are warned that
the spill-gates may be opened at any hour.
One to 14 gates may be opened.
Water levels caused in the Chagres will
vary considerably depending on location.
Water may rise 14 feet above normal in
the lagoon (Tarpon Club boat anchorage);
but only 3 feet at the river mouth near
San Lorenzo.
Currents will be strong and dangerous.
Hence all persons in this area are urged to
use extreme caution. For the protection of
fishermen and others who may be near
Gatun Hydro Station, a klaxon is sounded
15 minutes prior to opening the first gate.
At Madden Dam, also, a warning klaxon
is sounded. But in the part of Chagres
River below Madden water rises relatively
slowly, and the resulting currents are not

and sometimes commit nuisances.
And a child-visitor just coming down
with measles or flu can pass the infection
along to patients, or nurses.
Hospital patients can cooperate by not
encouraging visitors to bring children
along. Gravely ill persons are, of course,
permitted visits by their loved ones, regard-
less of the latter's age. The doctor in
charge can take care of these situations.
But unless the patient you visit is a
seriously ill member of your own family,
"Please don't bring the children!"

Employees loaned by many Canal shops
and offices teamed up with volunteers in
a special Mail Handling at Balboa Heights
to handle receipts from the United Fund
Drive (photo in Spanish section).
On October 20 at 8 p.m., High School
and Junior College students are putting
on a benefit ball at Tivoli Guest House
for UF. Tickets are $1. Mario FAbrega's
Orchestra will plan. Also on October 20,
the annual United Fund Trade Fair will
open at Building 520, Fort Clayton, to
run through October 28, and a Bowling
Tournament at Balboa Alleys will be held
on October 20 and 21.
An original play by Mrs. Myrtle Gittens,
"The Trial of the Faithful Wife," will be
given for the UF by Christ Church of
Rainbow City. It will play there on Octo-
ber 25, but open a day earlier, October 24,
at Santa Cruz.
The annual Telethon will be on Octo-
ber 26, and on Monday, November 12, the
first United Fund Ball will start at 8 p.m.
in Hangar 3, Albrook AFB, with Jerry
Ward's Orchestra making the music and
big-time States entertainer Paul Anka going
into his act for the benefit of the Canal
Zone campaign. Tickets $3 for men,
$2 for women.


0 20 40 60 80 100


Vol. 1, No. 18 Publicaci6n semanal del Canal de Panam6 Viernes 19 de octubre de 1962

El Gnturon

Lo Salv6

"S6bitamente escuch6 un chirrido y el
andamiaje cedia bajo mis pies; cuando
acord6 estaba suspendido en el aire por
mi cintur6n de seguridad," dice el obrero
Luis A. Rios a quien sus superintendents
en la estructura de madera del Jefe de la
Rada en Balboa le habian indicado que
usase siempre el cintur6n de seguridad
que le salv6 la vida.
Rios, de 33 afios, casado y padre de
2 nifios y 2 nifiitas, entr6 a trabajar hace
un mes con el Canal de Panama, y estaba
trabajando sobre el techo del edificio
cuando sobrevino el accident.
"Si pasa el viernes hubiera sido distinto,
pues no llevaba el cintur6n," explica Rios,
suspirando, "Dios vel6 por mi . ."
Gracias a que observ6 las medidas de
seguridad, puede hoy echar el cuento en
su hogar en Calle 26 Oeste, N9 81-53,
PanamA, donde reside con su mujer e hijos.

Varios Eventos

En Beneficio del

Fondo Unido

A todo vapor marchan las actividades
comunales a acopiar fondos para el Fondo
Unido. Mafiana sAbado los estudiantes del
Junior College y de la Escuela Superior
de Balboa ofreceran un baile en el Tivoli,
amenizado por la Orqucsta de Mario
FAbrega. Entrada: $1. La Fcria Comercial
quedar, abierta desde mafiana hasta el 28
en el Fuerte Clayton, edificio N9 520; y
se iniciara tambien el Torneo de Boliche
en Balboa.
La pieza teatral "Proceso de la Infiel,"
en ingl6s, obra de Myrtle Gittens, se estre-
nara el 24 en Santa Cruz y el 25 en Rain-
bow City. El Telethon se realizara el 26.
El lunes 12 de noviembre se verificara
cl gran bailey en el Hangar 3 del Aeropuerto
de Albrook con la Orquesta de Jerry Wald
y cl artist Paul Anka deleitando a la con-
currencia. Boletos: varones $3; damas $2.

Aumentan Salarios en

Algunas Categorias

Empezando con el pagamento que debe
hacerse el 5 de noviembre entrante, fun-
cionarios de determinadas categories empe-
zarin a gozar del aumento fijado por ley
aprobada por el Congreso de los Estados
Unidos y sancionada el 11 de los corrientes.
Los beneficiados con ese aumento de sala-
rio gozarAn del mismo desde el 14 de
octubre de 1962.
Los aumentos afectan bAsicamente a los
empleados no dedicados a trabajos manua-
les del Canal de PanamA, cuyos emolu-
mentos est6n fijados sobre la escala de
salaries norteamericana. Otros beneficiados
serian algunos a quienes se les aumentarA
el salario administrativamente y que in-
cluyen los pilots del Canal, ejecutivos y
grupos en los hospitals, asi como various

cargos miscelAneos y de ratas de pago libre.
El promedio general de aumento es de
6 por ciento, pero ese no es el porcentaje
de cada empleado ya que en algunos casos
excede del 6 por ciento. Los beneficiados
abarcan los grades de 4 al 15 y posiciones
de seguridad del 1 al 3, beneficiando a
2,160 empleados, de los cuales 1,779 son
norteamericanos y 381 no norteamericanos.
La ley tambi6n elimina las llamadas "x"
y "z" del escalaf6n de longevidad para
quienes presten servicios no manuales y las
categories llamadas de servicios, reempla-
zAndolas con el procedimiento normal.
El period de espera para todos los
escalafones ha sido cambiado asi:
Clasificaci6n: 1 al 3, 52 semanas cada
una; 4 al 6, 104; y 7 al 9, 156.


^, .-. ..

VOLUNTARIOS procedentes de varias dependencias y organizaciones del Canal de PanamA
ayudaron eficazmente en el manejo de la voluminosa correspondencia, notas y recibos
relacionados con la campaiia para acopiar fondos para el Fondo Unido en Balboa Heights.
"El cafecito a tiempo fue una ayuda," manifest un bromista, quien coincide con sus
compaiieros en que la labor result interesante. John D. Hollen, Presidente del Comith
de Contribuciones del Canal de Panama, aparece de pie, a la derecha, al lado de Standley
Hall. AdemAs de ellos, de izquierda a derecha, aparecen Nathan Gayle, de la Divisi6n de
Navegaci6n; Edgar Mewa, Terminales; Frank Thompson, Mantenimiento; Gerald S. Burke,
Esclusas; N. V. Stevenson, Salubridad; Bridget Hogan, Escuelas; H. C. McKesey, Trans-
portes; Manuel L. Chabolla, Comisariatos; Mrs. N. A. Clan Clief, voluntaria de la Cruz
Roja; Alfonso A. Oglivie, Abastos; y Albertha Worrell, Escuelas.

COnvIEnE SABER ... Advertencia
QUE el envio por correo ordinario de
encomiendas postales conteniendo regales 20 PIES PODRIA SUBIR EL C AGRES
de Navidad para los Estados Unidos, debe
realizarse a mis tardar, durante las 2 61ti- Con motive de la estaci6n lluviosa y la desembocadura del Rio Chagres, cerca del
mas semanas de noviembre para no expo- precipitaci6n de las aguas, las compuer- Fuerte San Lorenzo, Ilega a subir solo
nerse al riesgo de que leguen retrasadas. tas de la Represa de Gatin estin sujetas 3 pies.
Evitese el amontonamiento de 61timo a ser abiertas en cualquier moment dado Dependiendo de las circunstancias se
minute. durante los 3 pr6ximos meses. Con tal abrirAn entire 1 v 14 compuertas. Conviene

0* 0
QUE las encomiendas por correo maritime
a otros puntos distintos al indicado en el
pirrafo precedent es prudent despachar-
las a fines de octubre para asegurarse de
que lleguen a tiempo a su destine, si se
tratare de regalos de Navidad.
o a 0
QUE atendiendo petici6n pdblica el correo
de Paraiso funcionarA de 10 de la mariana
al mediodia y de 2 a 5 de la tarde,
diariamente, except sAbado y domingo.
o 0 0
QUE se viene efectuando una encuesta
para determinar los hAbitos de lectura y
distracci6n de la poblaci6n zoneita? Auspi-
ciada por una firma commercial panameiia
los investigadores norteamericanos y pana-
mefios van de casa en casa para ente-
rarse sobre el ndmero de televidentes,
radioescuchas, lectores de peri6dicos, etc.
SI SU CUMPLEAlNOS cae en este mes
no se olvide que le correspond reanudar
su licencia de manejo de carros.

Chapel of the Air
Pro Bowler Tourl
Science in Action
CFN News
Sacred Heart
Young Peoples Concert
Dannv Thomas
Ed Sullivan
Weekend News Review
So This Is Hiollywood
Show of tile Month
Final Edition
Encore: Sing Along Witll Mitch

First Edition
Kids Klub
It's a Wonderful World
4-Star Edition
Curt Massey
Zane Crev Theater
Price is Right
Music on Itce
CFN News
Movie Tine: House Across the Bay
Sports Time
Final Edition
EntCole: Ed Soilivan

-1:50 Billboard
5:00 First Edition
5:05 Kids Klub

raz6n se advierte a los boteros, pescadores
y otras personas cuyas ocupaciones los
even por el Area inferior del Rio Chagres
a fin de que puedan precaverse contra esas
El nivel de las aguas del Chagres varia
considerablemente de un sitio dado a otro;
por ejemplo: en la laguna donde queda
el anclaje del "Tarpon Club" sube a 14
pies sobre el nivel normal, en tanto que en
el desembarcadero de Houston Ilega a 20
pies mis que el nivel normal y en la

A la Orilla del Canal...

** Mrs. EULA J. EWING, quien estA
responsabilizada por los 27 interns del
Junior College, lleg6 al Istmo en 1907,
reci6n casada. En aquella 6poca agitada
de las excavaciones canaleras, ella dictaba
classes a los nifios en Las Cascadas y otras

4-Star Edition
FSU Forum
Wonderful World of Colf
Sing Along With Mitch
CFN News
U.S. Steel Ionur
What's Mv Line?
Who in the World?
Final Edition
Enlcore: Tonight
First Edition
Unite Fd Fund Telethon
Cartoon Carnival
Captain Kangaroo
Saturday Matinee: The House
Across the Bay
Salute to the States
CFN News
Big Picture
The Texan
Phil Silvers
Law rence \Welk
CFN News
No 'lace Like I lome
To Tell the Truth
The livel Onees
Final Edition
Satillda Night Theater: Philoi
\ance's Secret Mission

Robin Hood
4-Star Edition
Let's Speak Spanish
School of the Americas
Armed Forces News
Andv Griffith
Talent Scouts
CFN News
Candid Camera
Overseas Adventure
Final Edition
Encore: Show of the Month

First Edition
Kids Kluln
1--Star Edition
Around Iand \About
Death Valley Da ys
Heal McCo\'s
I've C(t a Sercl
CFN News
Dupont Cavalcade
Figllht of the Week
Final Edition
It.n.one. Talent Scouts

4:50 Billlboard
5:00 First Edition
5:05 Shari Lewis Show

precaverse contra las corrientes del rio
que son fuertes y peligrosas durante estos
3 meses. Para protecci6n de todos se dari
la alarma sonando una bocina 15 minutes
antes de abrirse la primera compuerta en
el Area vecina a la estaci6n hidrogrAfica
de Gat6n.
En cuanto a Madden el nivel del agua
sube relativamente despacio y la corriente
no es fuerte, pero en todo caso se dart
aviso sonando la bocina de alarma.



Los hospitals no son lugares de
recreo, naturalmente. Inclusive, para
quienes no fueren pacientes, ofrecen
obvias inconveniencias, mAxime para
los nifios que pueden quedar expuestos
de adquirir alguna enfermedad. De ahi
que las autoridades de los hospitals de
Coco Solo y'Gorgas hayan solicitado a
los empleados y parentela que no eleven
sus hijitos a esos centros cuando fueren
meramente como visitantes. En todo
caso los menores de 14 arios no son
permitidos en salas ni cuartos privados
de pacientes.
Los visitantes a un hospital deben
abstenerse de llevar consigo criaturas
que dejan correteando por los corre-
dores y salas de espera, exponi6ndose a
riesgos graves. Es insensato pensar que
las enfermeras puedan abandonar sus
responsabilidades para cuidar de los
chicos juguetones, para quienes una silla
de ruedas se presta a mil travesuras
infantiles que crean disturbios y pueden
causarle lesiones.
Los nilios, inclusive, podrian conta-
giar a los adults con enfermedades de
la nifiez, como papers o alfombrilla y
todo esto debe tenerse en mientes.
Solo en casos especialisimos puede
permitirse la visit a un enfermo de
gravedad, pero esas son salvedades que
cumple determinar al m6dico encargado
del caso.

Atendidos por el Servicio de Guias
Gran Total_ -- - -- 3,047
Esclusas de Miraflores- - 1,188
Esclusas de Cat6n _- -_ 550
Barcos de pasajeros (3)___ 712
Las Cruces (4 viajes) _-- 557
Reina Manuelita I (4 viajes) 40
Informaci6n suministrada por el
Servicio de Guias



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