Businesses in Quantico are realizing a 33 percent increase in revenue since Marines have been allowed to wear their camouflage uniforms into town, according to Marine information officer Rick Stepian. Maj. Gen. David Twomey issued the temporary order two months ago at the urging of Quantico Mayor Lively C. Abel and the Town Council, who told Twomey that the town is dependent on the patronage of the Marines. Often the men, who had to change into their class-A uniforms to run their errands in town, simply decided to do them on base.
The temporary order, good until March 31, will be made permanent if there are no violations of the 6:30 a.m.-to-6:30 p.m. weekday restriction, Stepian said. There have been no violations, because of "extremely good cooperation" between the Marines and the business proprietors, he said. "If a restaurant owner doesn't point to the clock and remind a Marine that it's time to go back to base, he's hurting himself," Stepian said. "Cooperation has been excellent."
The Toys for Tots campaign is under way in the Quantico-Dumfries-Triangle area, and Master Sgt. Ernie Wallace of the Marine Corps reserve unit asked that new toys or used toys in excellent condition be dropped off unwrapped at Building 3093 on the base. The toys will be given to needy families. For more information call Wallace at 640-2127.
The Quantico Lions Club will sell Christmas trees at the Triangle Shopping Center every night until Christmas Eve. All proceeds will be used to purchase eye glasses and hearing aids for needy persons. The club, which will charge $5 a foot for its trees, hopes to raise $10,000 this year, according to member Ed Fraley.