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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Think spring! 

Our big weekend is almost upon us! Come out and celebrate our city’s 127th anniversary from April 11 to April 14.  There will be a carnival at Magruder Park beginning Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14.  The exciting parade will step off from the Hyattsville Middle School at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13. The fabulous Bel Airs will perform at Magruder Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks will follow at sunset. The festival in the park brings back so many memories of old Hyattsville, when everything was centered around Magruder Park.

The fun-filled yard sale weekend, will take place from April 5 through April 7. Please call our city offices at 301-985-5000 for a list of the homes participating in the citywide yard sale. I have found many excellent buys in past years. Hopefully, we will have good weather.

City cleaning

There will be a special citywide clean-up day on Saturday, April 20. This is one of our two Prangeley Clean Up Days. These clean-up days were started by our own Mary K. Prangeley, who was the councilperson for Ward 3 and later became the mayor.

These clean-up days were started to encourage residents to clean up their properties each fall and spring. I still have memories of the many Boy and Girl Scouts who were cleaning up the parks and assisting Mary.

You may include bulk items for this special trash pickup.

St. Patrick’s Day parades

I had the pleasure of a one-day bus trip to New York City on March 16 to see the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We had excellent seats at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street. The parade in New York City is a very large parade, lasting six hours. Even though the weather was cold with snow showers, but we still had a wonderful time.

The Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s Parade took place on March17 along downtown’s Constitution Avenue. As has been a tradition for several years, the McAuliffe’s brothers opened up the parade with their “Happy St. Patrick’s” banner. The four McAuliffe brothers have all lived in Hyattsville, at one time or another, and two of the brothers still reside here.

Remembering the Greyhound bus

Thanks so much for the many calls that I received regarding the old Greyhound bus line, which was a local service between Baltimore and downtown Washington, traveling along Route 1. I took this bus into town to work for several years. Many of you had the same experience that I did. This was before the Metro, and it was an economical way to commute to work. The old Greyhound bus station was located at 12th and New York Avenue, which was in walking distance to our places of employment. Most of the same people rode the bus each day, and we developed many friendships along the way.

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