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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013

By Mary McHale

Are you a caregiver? Upcoming conference may help

The 21st annual Southern Maryland Caregivers Conference is coming up Friday, April 26, at the Richard Clark Senior Center in La Plata.

“Let’s talk about loosening the grip of caregiver guilt, letting go of the feelings of frustration and anger and moving toward living a better balanced life,” it says in the intro to the schedule. “It may help to know that these are feelings shared by many caregivers … you are not alone in this.”

The sessions deal with activities for individuals with dementia, palliative care, caring for loved ones in the home, managing chronic diseases at home, fitness therapy, managing challenging behaviors, skin care for incontinence and pressure ulcer prevention, and much more.

The registration fee is $22 and covers conference material, continental breakfast and a boxed lunch. Email for information and registration, or call 301-934-0128.

Morningside memories, 60 years ago

Morningside old-timers will remember — not fondly — the problems their young town had back in 1953: overcrowding at country schools, resulting in a need to hurry the building of a school in Morningside; deplorable state of the town’s septic system, which resulted in the passage, a year later, of an emergency bill enabling WSSC to proceed with construction of a sewerage system for the town; inadequacy of the town’s water supply and the miserable condition of Suitland Road. 

Mayor Harold Shugarts and Councilmen Leonard Gardner, Donald Holmes, Jay Lowery and Matt Rosch, had their hands full!

Coming up

The monthly Morningside Town Meeting will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

On May 6, Morningsiders will go to the polls to elect a mayor and two council members. I’ll write more about this in a future column.

Mount Calvary Catholic School, in Forestville, has been invited to compete in the Robotics Competition at the College of Southern Maryland at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. They’d love for you to come and cheer them on to victory.

Mount Calvary School is hosting a fashion show from 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 in the Blue Room, 6704 Marlboro Pike. Also, vendors will be selling ceramics, candles, jewelry, baby dolls and more. Admission costs $15 ages 12 and up and $10 for ages 3-11.

Loyola on the Potomac invites you to A Loyola Saintly Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Email for information, or call 301-392-0819. 

The 18th annual Oxon Hill Food Pantry Walk-a-thon will be Saturday, May 11. To register for the walk or to make a donation, call 301-899-8358.

St. Philip’s teens re-enact poignant Stations

Teens in His Image presented The Living Stations of the Cross in St. Philip’s Church on Good Friday. Hodari Robinson portrayed Jesus and Angela Hay was Mary. Others in the cast were: Lindsey Green, Zachary Fitzpatrick, Bethany Cuyler, Kaila Etienne-Best, John Smith, Fidel Melgar-Castillo, Cameron Blanc, Celina Houston, Samantha Bowie, Jada Peaks and Ana Walton.

Emily Rose directed the performance. Jasmine Adgerson and Sydney Bowie were narrators, and Matthew Rose provided the beautiful music.

May they rest in peace

John Robert Howie, 68, of Bryantown and a 1963 graduate of Suitland High, died March 29. He was born in Washington, son of Thomas and Martha Howie. At Suitland, he was captain of the football and lacrosse teams and senior class president. He played baseball for the Arundel Legion League, intramurals at Frostburg State and in later years he coached lots of kids. He was former chairman of the Board of Parks and Recreation for Charles County and earned many awards during the 22 years he worked for the Washington Post. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nancy Jeanne Howie; son Brian and daughters Traci Denhardt and Tami Howie; nine grandchildren; and brothers Tom and Jerry Howie. John will be remembered so much for his distinctive red hair and infectious laugh.

Myra Jeanette Lagana, 70, of Charlotte Hall and a 1960 graduate of Suitland High School, died Feb. 23. She was secretary for the Labor Relations Board before managing a retail department store for 18 years.  Survivors include her husband Robert, two daughters, a son, four siblings and four grandchildren.

My son-in-law Jim Shearer, 65, died March 30 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was the husband of my daughter Kathleen. I’ll be traveling to Ohio for the funeral.

Milestones

Happy birthday to Jonathan Charters, April 6; Debbie Callison, April 8; and Donna Wood, April 11.

Happy anniversary to Chuck and Laura Smith Jenkins, their 37th on April 10, and to Tex and Rickie Beardmore, their 49th on April 11.

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