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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Mark your calendar for National Night Out

I hope everyone plans to attend the 30th anniversary of Hyattsville’s annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening. The event will be held on Hamilton Street between Queens Chapel and Ager roads.

Jam with the Roustabouts

Our fourth Jam Session of the season will be held Friday, Aug. 9. The Roustabouts will be performing. There will be the usual scrumptious good eats cooked on the grill, too. I will look for you there. 

Get ready to go back to school

Come on out and enjoy the fun at the Mall at Prince Georges’s Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17. Face painting, magic and fashion shows are just a few of the events that are planned.  Children of all ages will enjoy this event.

Wedding bells ring

Congratulations to Eddie Beall and Hilary Theis who were married in Holy Redeemer Church in Berwyn on June 29. Eddie is a teacher at St. Jerome’s School and is the grandson of Ruth Ann and Sonny Frazier. Hilary graduated from the University of Maryland and will receive her master’s degree from Trinity College in May. They will make their home in Laurel.

More murals in arts district

Congratulations to the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation for wrapping up its Street Art Initiative, a project that added about 20 murals to businesses in the Gateway Art District. The arts district includes Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Brentwood and North Brentwood. I have always appreciated the murals and admired their originality.

Mount Rainier named a 'Banner City' 

Congratulations to the City of Mount Rainier for being recognized as a “Banner City” by the Maryland Municipal League. Mount Rainier has received the award all but one year since the Banner City program was introduced in 2007.

Multi-use Masonic Lodge once used by libraries

I had a very interesting telephone call from Sarah, who told me that she used to work in the basement of the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge at 43rd and Gallatin. She said that back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the basement of the building was used for administrative offices and storage by the Prince George’s County public library system. She and I laughed when she reiterated that there was no air conditioning in the summer in the Lodge in those days.   

A streetcar named 82

I saw a video of the old 82 Streetcar Line, which originated from downtown Washington, D.C., and came to Mount Rainier and Branchville. It brought back so many memories of when we were kids and rode this streetcar. If you have a memory or two of this streetcar, please give me a call. I would love to hear from you.

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