Is your school planning a reunion? Call me.
Andrews’ concerts, open to the public
Joint Base Andrews has something special coming up for the local community—Heritage Park. Construction began June 2 and the park will be ready for free military concerts, open to the public, on July 12 and Sept. 6.
Heritage Park, located near the Allentown Road gate, is being built in two phases. The first features drainage and concrete surrounding a grass field. (I think that’s what I’ve been seeing, in progress, as I drive Allentown Road.) Phase two, slated to begin next year, will include a brick wall marking the site and three displays of military aircraft.
Strayer University’s new campus on Auth Way in Camp Springs looks like it’ll be ready for the fall term, maybe sooner.
Thomas Clagett Elementary School in District Heights may close next year due to low enrollment and poor test scores.
A happy 4th of July to all of you, and—if you read this in time—don’t forget to show up for the Morningside Parade which will march Suitland Road beginning at 11:30. Then come back for some fantastic fireworks at dusk.
There was a good turnout for Councilman Obie Patterson’s Community Coffee at our local McDonald’s. Not only did we get free coffee, but we had Mr. Patterson, several of his staff and County Police officers to chat with. Worthwhile gathering.
Happy 60th anniversary to David and Joan Poland who were wed June 11, 1954 at Bells U.M. Church in Camp Springs. Dave is retired from the D.C. Government and Joan from the Federal Government. Their daughters Susan and Debbie, and their grandchildren, hosted a party in their honor.
Father Kevin J. Regan has been appointed pastor at Holy Family Parish in Hillcrest Heights. He previously served as administrator there. Father Thomas LaHood was installed as the new pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Upper Marlboro. He previously served as pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg.
I voted early, on the Wednesday before Primary Day, at the Suitland Community Center on Regency Lane. I was the only voter at the time. I asked one of the judges how busy they’d been and she said early voting was going pretty well (though not while I was there), but Sunday was very slow.
And speaking of the election: I got about 30 automated calls from candidates and their family members and friends. I never listened. Hung up immediately. It’s a rotten idea.
Former resident Sue Mason emailed that she enjoyed my recap of how things were when the McHales moved here in June 1958. She added. “I loved those old days and remember all those places you named. When I would visit my sister in growing up there, we would attend the Morningside Baptist Sunday School even though we were very Methodist.”
I also had memories from former Morningsider Jody Nyers and will run them in next week’s column.
My daughter Therese reminded me that we didn’t move to 4304 Skyline Drive in 1958, we moved to 5904. It’s interesting that she recalled our address change; I’d forgotten.
May they rest in peace
Mary Louise Cady Peacock, 87, formerly of Fort Washington, died June 19. She was the wife of the late Dr. Bernard F. Peacock who used to have medical offices in Marlow Heights. She is survived by six children, Maureen Brazier, Timothy, Joani, Bernard, Clare and Joseph Peacock, and seven grandchildren.
Herbert Hoover Miller, 85, of Riva, a 1946 graduate of the old Maryland Park High School, died June 8. He served with the Army in Germany and then began a long career with Bell Atlantic. He had been Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2528 in Deale, a member of American Legion Post 226 in Mayo, Grace Brethren Church in Owings and a lifetime member of the Capitol Heights Fire Department. Survivors include four daughters, two stepdaughters, five siblings and numerous grandchildren.
Happy birthday to Grace Carruth, Matthew Ryan White and Nya Nichols, July 4; Jean Ihrig and Timothy Hollowsky, July 5; Chrissy Bennett and Marie Golihew, July 6; Father Kevin Cusick, Charles "Tony" Haley, Sue Richards and Rev. Dr. Kelvin McCune, July 7; Jimmy Gromen and Anthony Curcio Bobbitt, July 8; Steve Dameron, Karlyn Davis, John Anthony III and my grandson Zachary Seidman, July 9; and my daughter Elaine Seidman, July 10.