Morningsiders elect Cann, Fowler to Town Council

Only 73 Morningsiders turned out for Morningside’s annual election on May 5, down from more than 100 who voted last year.  Benn Cann, a newcomer to the Council, and Sharon Fowler, a former Council member, were winners, unseating Council Member Sheila Scott.  There were three write-ins.

The tally was: Bernard “Benn” Cann, 52 votes; Sharon Fowler, 48; Sheila Scott, 25; and three write-ins: one each for Susan Frostbutter, Stacey Wade and Harrison Ford (!).  Election judges were Chief Judge David Chambers, Susan Frostbutter and Louise Sears.

The newly-elected will be sworn in Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. They join Mayor Kenneth Wade, Vice Mayor James Ealey and Council Member Todd Mullins in the Town government.

It remains to be seen if Harrison Ford will drop by and extend thanks for that write-in.

Karen Cottrell, Central High ’78, dies at 53

Karen Jane Cottrell, a paralegal with Steptoe & Johnson LLC in Washington, died suddenly March 26.  She was  only 53 and had just returned from a delightful National Geographic tour of Guatemala.

Karen grew up in a house on Karen Street in Skyline.  She attended Skyline and Foulois, and graduated in 1978 from Central where she was a member of the National Honor Society, school band, French Club and the volleyball team.

She went on to George Washington University where her father was a professor, and got a degree in sociology and psychology.  In addition to Steptoe & Johnson, she had been a paralegal with Constellation Energy and Washington Gas.

Since the age of 11, she was active with the Lutheran League at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Temple Hills where, as one eulogist remembered, “K brought us joy and laughter.”

Her father Raymond Cottrell died in 2002.  She was the daughter of Elizabeth “Betty” Cottrell; sister of Keith Cottrell (Kristine), Kathryn Dangin (Andreas) and Kristin Haynes (Richard); and seven beloved nieces and nephews.  A memorial service was held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran and she will be at rest in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Albany, N.Y.

Morningside VFD responds to escalator injury

This report is from the Morningside VFD website:

“Shortly before 2100 hours Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to the Iverson Mall area of Company 29s area for a child with his hand stuck in an escalator.  Upon the crew’s arrival they confirmed that the child's hand was stuck in the return side of the escalator and a massive rescue effort was launched.  After over two hours of work to disassemble the escalator, the child was freed and turned over to awaiting EMS crews. ??We are happy to report that the victim was released from the hospital the following day. Job well done by all personnel on scene.”

This occurred on April 17 at the Burlington Coat Factory.  The child was a 6-year-old boy whose hand was entangled under the handrail at the bottom of a down escalator.


Members of the Camp Springs Citizens Association turned out April 26 to clean areas of Old Branch Avenue, Allentown, Henderson and Brinkley roads, and the underpass.  Among the workers were Camp Springs’ president Arlene Wilson, vice-president John E. Bailey IV, and former president Leon Turner.   The event was sponsored by the Department of Public Works  & Transportation.

Stacie Branham-Smith, of Skyline, is president of The Women of Hope Support Group, which welcomes all women, ages 30 to 60.  Last week they sponsored a very successful Women’s Prayer Breakfast.  For information, call her at 240-838-9977.

Betty Cottrell, of Skyline and an officer with the Oxon Hill Pantry, reports their annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser netted $7,000, with more money still coming.  About 50 walkers turned out for the Henson Creek walk.

Changing landscape

Nuclear-energy giant Exelon has bought Pepco for $6.8 billion.  More than a century old, Pepco has suffered problems in recent years.  Will Exelon be better?  Cheaper? We’ll see.

May they rest in peace 

Mary E. Cornu, 97, a resident of Newman Road in Temple Hills since 1947, died May 3.  A native of Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington for nurses’ training at Providence Hospital.  She nursed there until her marriage to Louis Edward Cornu Sr.  He died in 1999.  She was the mother of Barbara Jenkins, Jacqueline Ruth, Donna Burke, Charlene Shaw, Michele Hyson and the late Louis Jr. and Paul Cornu; sister of Jackie Holtz.  Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Philip’s with burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Michael G. Ponton, 60, of Brandywine and Clinton, life member of Clinton Volunteer Fire Dept., who retired from Fort Belvoir Fire Dept. in 2003 as Fire Marshall, died April 3.  He was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital to Ivan and Ellen Ponton and graduated from Surrattsville High School.  He was a member of the Waldorf Moose Lodge.  Survivors include his sister Sue Pavelka, son Christopher, daughter Ashley and two granddaughters.


Happy birthday to Fr. Charles McCann, Kenneth Darcey, Tim Cordero and Kitty Marshall, May 16; Patti Parco Grey, May 18; Otis Jones and Ellen Ashby, May 19; Aidan Kilbride, May 20; Crystal Foster, Juanita Hood, David Sanford and Linda Holsonbake, May 22.

Happy anniversary to Aidan and Mary Kilbride, their 51st on May 18; Dennis and  Leigh D'Avanzo, their 15th on May 20; and Ronnie and Karen Ellis, their 48th on May 20.

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