Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:46 AM
Published on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By Mary McHale
Celebrate National Tartan Day at Darnall’s Chance Museum
National Tartan Day celebrates Americans of Scottish descent who have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of the United States. Today, more than 11 million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States.
Reservation and payment are required in advance — residents, $20, and non-residents, $24. Call 301-952-8010 to make reservations. Darnall’s Chance is at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro.
Morningside: 60 years ago
Classes were held at what was then the Morningside Town Hall, corner of Woodland Road and Forest Drive. At that time, the county schools did not have kindergartens, and many local 4- and 5-year-olds were enrolled with Mrs. Smith.
Of my children, Mike, Therese, John, Brian and Elaine attended Morningside Co-op Kindergarten.
Irene Smith died on August 30, 1996; Roscoe passed away July 7, 1992.
AARP tax help
New Carrollton Branch Library provides this service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3 and April 10. Call Doug Newell at 301-422-6180 to schedule an appointment.
Surratts-Clinton Branch Library will provide this tax help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 2 and April 9. Contact Peggy Moton at 301-292-2188, to make an appointment. Appointments are made on Friday for the following Tuesday.
May they rest in peace
Francis Charles Belcher, 90, of Hillcrest Heights, a retired Air Force major who went on to spend 20 years as a special agent with what is now the Defense Department’s Defense Security Service, died Feb. 3 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was a 1951 graduate of the University of Maryland and a member of Holy Family Church. He enjoyed golfing at Andrews. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gladys Vantaman Belcher, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Happy anniversary to Antoinette and Charles Mattison on March 29 and to Walter and Fannie Dimes, their 24th on April 1.
And I have a correction: My daughter Kathleen Shearer and her husband Jim celebrated their 27th (not their 23rd) anniversary on March 22.