Farmers Markets are blooming everywhere!


All over Prince George’s County farmers markets are opening for the season. Those closest to me are: Branch Avenue in Bloom Farmers Market at the Iverson Mall Parking Lot, 3737 Branch Avenue.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays until November 23.  For information, call Fleming Thomas, 301-702-2250.

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Farmers Market, 7503 Surratts Road in Clinton.  Hours are noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays until October 29.  For information, call Charmaine Smalley, 301-877-4399.

Suitland Farmers Market, Suitland Road & Shadyside Avenue. Hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays until November 4.  For information, call Sylvia Quinton, 301-669-0777.

Senior Prom at the Moose Lodge

Hand dance to the Oldies on Saturday, May 31, at the Marlboro Moose Lodge #1856, at 2 p.m. Jammin George Playfair Jr. will be your DJ.   Admission is $25 per person and $40 per couple and includes dinner at 6 p.m.  Bring hors d’oeuvres for your table.  Open to the public, but space is limited.  For tickets, call Shelley, 301-343-9688, or Roxanne,301-780-5359.


Monica Evans has been elected president of the Skyline Elementary School PTA for the year 2014-2015.  Other officers are Crystal Alston, vice-president; Terrance Gibson, treasurer; and Richelle Hawkins, secretary.

Theresa Toye has accepted the position of Nominating Chairman for the Skyline Citizens Association, taking over from the ailing Ruby Holloway who has faithfully handled that job (and many other jobs) for years.

Retired Bishop Raymond Boland died Feb. 27 in Cork, Ireland.  He had served the Archdiocese of Washington as chancellor and vicar general, but is remembered locally as former associate pastor at Mount Calvary Parish in Forestville.

Condolences to Yvonne Garvin on the death of her father, Robert Gerald, of Goldsboro, N.C.

Outdoor Mass on Memorial Day

Mass outdoors (under a tent) will be celebrated May 26 at all the cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington, including Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road in Clinton, beginning at 10 a.m.  All are invited.  For information call 301-868-5141.

I always attend, and then visit my husband Jack who has been at Resurrection for ten long years now.

Wrecked cars at the firehouse?

There were probably 15 wrecks lined up, behind yellow tape, at the Morningside firehouse last week, and I wondered what was going on.  I found out that they were classwork for the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department’s Tactical Extrication Class May 10/11.  Those who signed up paid $215 to learn how to saw open a car, remove a victim and maybe save a life.  Students were provided lodging and meals.

Coffee with Obie Patterson

Prince George’s Councilman Obie Patterson invites you to join him for a Community Coffee at the McDonald’s, corner of Allentown and Suitland Road, on Friday, June 6, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Skyline Yard Sale

The Skyline Citizens Association is hosting a Yard Sale at the Morningside Firehouse on Saturday, June 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Tables will be available for $15.  And fish & chips, hotdogs and sodas will be for sale. For more information or to reserve a table, call 240-838-6412 or 301-967-1320.   June 14 is the rain date.

Fun things to do

To celebrate Mothers Day, some of my family treated me to a good Thai dinner at the Bangkok Golden in Fort Washington, then to Fort Washington Park to wander the amazing fort, and a stopover at Hovermales for soft ice cream.  I recommend it all.  By the way, admission at the Park is $5—more than worth it!

However, for something simpler, take your preschool children or grandchildren to Clearwater Nature Center at Cosca Park in Clinton at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 26, to learn about tadpoles.  The fee is $2.

Changing Landscape

The ground was broken May 17 for the William Beanes Community Center next to William Beanes Elementary School on Diana Drive in Suitland.

Be aware that lane closures and reduced speed are still in effect on Suitland Parkway where Pepco continues to work on improving underground utilities.

Edwin Wells, St. Bernardine Parish Council president, dies

Edwin V. Wells, Jr., 90, a Marlboro High senior class president in the early ‘40s, died April 12.  He was born in Upper Marlboro, joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, served in the Pacific, and retired as 1st lieutenant.  In 1946 he began a 35-year career as a civilian with the Air Force and retired in 1981 as Chief of the Staffing  & Employment Development Division.

He had a degree from Strayer’s and, in retirement, worked for H&R Block and then had his own tax preparation business.  He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and had been a lector and Parish Council president at St. Bernardine’s in Suitland.  His wife Jane preceded him in death.  He’s survived by his children, Mary K. Vass (Sam), Ronald Wells (Kathryn), Patricia Barrett (Bill), seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Betty Call, L. Dorothy Jones, Nancy Sawyer, Dory Babecki and Chester Lanehart IV, May 23; Edna Lucas and Harry Messer, May 24; Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale, May 25; Christopher Nichols, May 26; Gary Lewis, Sr. and Steven Busky, May 27.


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