Monday, December 09, 2013 3:31 AM
Published on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
By Mary McHale
Stephanie Roper Highway honors crime victims’ advocates
Stephanie, a Frostburg State University art student and La Reine High School graduate, was abducted after her car broke down on a dark road 30 years ago on April 3, 1982. She was raped, tortured and murdered. April 3 has been named Crime Victims’ Advocates Day.
After the Ropers were not permitted to attend the trial of the two men accused of this terrible crime, they put crime victims’ rights on the Maryland and national map by helping organize The Stephanie Roper Committee, now the Crime Victims’ Resource Center, headquartered in Upper Marlboro.
Russell P. Butler, director of the CVRC, announced, “The state of Maryland has appropriately recognized the efforts of the Ropers by renaming part of Route 4 and placing Stephanie Roper’s name on the Maryland State Highway Map.”
Condolences to Mary Leonard, of Skyline, on the death of her “last brother,” Frank Lester Evans, on Sept. 9. He lived in Upper Marlboro and was 98 years old.
Jean Glaubitz, former first lady of Morningside, is proud of her great-grandson Dillon Lee, on his scholarship to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
I have been invited to judge the gingerbread houses now on display at Darnall’s Chance House in Upper Marlboro. You can view the edible gingerbread houses Nov. 23-25, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, and Dec. 6-9, and see if I judged well. Hours each day are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $1. For information, call 301-952-8010.
Colonial Handbell Ringers in concert
From the Oxon Hill Pantry
The pantry has moved several times but now is housed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, located at 4915 St. Barnabas Road. It has provided food for several thousand hungry children and adults. Local churches, schools, civic associations and individuals help support it, including the Skyline Citizens Association.
ICAC, Inc. officers for 2012-2013 are: Sylvia Green, president; Joe Vlcek, vice president; Betty Cottrell, secretary; Albert Herbst, treasurer; and Brenda Garland, assistant treasurer.
Mary Davis handles volunteer scheduling, so call her at 301-292-9210 to get involved. And, indeed, the pantry urgently needs volunteers! Call, if you can help.
The Board is sad to announce the death of Tom Alexander, founder and first treasurer of the Oxon Hill Food Pantry. He was an active member also of Oxon Hill Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, Oxon Hill Lions Club, County Schools, Meals-on-Wheels, and professional chemist organizations. He died Oct. 28. It’s hard to lose someone so dedicated.
One Maryland One Book
Happy anniversary to Gary and Ivy Kline on Nov. 28.