Capital Wheel opens, features one VIP glass-bottom gondola

During our brutal winter—despite parts of the Chesapeake Bay being frozen—the steel framework for the new Ferris wheel traveled the bay from Baltimore. On May 23 the Capital Wheel opened, standing proudly 180 feet above the Potomac shore, lit by 1.6 million LED lights.

It boasts 42 gondolas, 41 of which hold eight people. The air-conditioned gondolas have glass exteriors so riders can enjoy views of the National Mall, the White House and Capitol, and beyond.
In addition, it has one VIP gondola, named National Harbor One. It has a glass floor, wine chillers, a retraction monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. You can luxuriate in it for $50.
Otherwise, rides are $15 for adults, $11.25 for children ages three to 11, free for two and younger. Military with IDs and seniors pay $13.50. (I have to admit this senior will not be riding it, discount or no discount.)
The rides last 15 to 20 minutes. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. It is expected to operate year-long, weather permitting.

Congratulations to Laura Shelton, a science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, who has been named Teacher of the Year for Prince George’s County.
Jackson Everett Lucht, grandson of Sarah Yates, of Auth Village, was baptized May 3 in Fort Myers, Fla. He is the son of Danielle and Graham Lucht.
Oxon Hill High Class of 1959 has a reunion coming up July 18/19. Call Sandy Fletcher-Hanbury, 202-741-1691
As I wrote this column, I had a phone call with the sad news that Deacon Dwight Holloway died at home, at age 94. He has been the heart of our Skyline community and of Emmanuel Baptist Church in S.E. Washington. I’ll pay tribute to him in a future column.

1 LYFE Memorial Basketball Tournament
The 7th Annual Skyline Day will be held at Patterson Park in Morningside, on Aug. 9, noon to 8 p.m., and will include a basketball tournament. Ed Kittrell founded this community outreach event in memory of a Skyline friend who took his own life. He wants to call attention to the tragedy of depression and suicide, particularly among young adults.
Basketball teams, performers, speakers, vendors, sponsors and volunteers are needed. Call Ed at 240-640-3387.

Shop for bargains at two yard sales
The United Methodist Women of Clinton UMC, 10700 Brandywine Road, are hosting a yard sale Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables, or space for your own table, are $15.00. Sandwiches, cold drinks and desserts will be available for purchase (no outside food vendors permitted). To reserve or for info, call Carol Hughes, 301-780-3633; Barbara Marsh, 301-782-7228; Mia Kerrick, 240-681-6834; or the Church Office, 301-868-1281, 9 a. m to 1 p.m. weekdays.
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. Fish & chips, hotdogs and sodas will be for sale. For information or reservations, call 240-838-6412 or301-967-1320. June 14 is the rain date.

Low-cost rabies shots
The County Health Department will hold low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for your pets on June 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Animal Services Facility, 3720 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro. There is a $10 charge per vaccination.
Rabies is a fatal disease. Maryland State law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age, and at certain intervals throughout their lives. They encourage all residents to review their pet vaccination records to be sure rabies immunizations are up-to-date.

Changing landscape
The bank where my children had their first accounts has been demolished. I don’t recall the name of the bank, but it was on Suitland Road near Silver Hill Road. I remember when it was built, back in the mid-1960s.
Royal Farms is starting construction on a gas and grocery facility on the Pyles Lumber site.
A new auditorium is opening at Crossland High School.

May they rest in peace
Kathleen Frances “Kay” Smith, 92, formerly of Ft. Washington and a 30-year member of Clinton American Legion Post #259, died May 16 in Leonardtown. She was the wife of the late Jack Smith; mother of Michael Smith, Maureen Horne, Kathy Matsunami and Karen Lowe; and grandmother of two.
Adele Marie Dallacqua, 96, formerly of Auth Village, died April 28 in Bethlehem, Pa. Her husband Oscar passed away in 1999. They had been longtime members of St. Philip’s Parish.

Happy birthday to Teddy Burke and Kevin Nichols, May 30; Ruth Garner, Aiyana Poe, my granddaughter Sarah McHale and John Tierney, May 31; Benny Nagro and Kathleen Stahl, June 1; Paul Elborne and Jacob Cook, June 2.
Happy anniversary to Tyonda Simms-Taylor and Michael Taylor, their 19th on June 1; former Morningside Councilwoman Carol (Kline) and Dr. Tom DeGraba, their 20th anniversary on June 4; and Bucky and Debbie Tretler, their 38th on June 5.

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