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Woodberry Garden Club disbands after 45 remarkable years

Woodberry Garden Club disbands after 45 remarkable years
Back in 1969, one of the first projects of the newly-formed Walter Heights Garden Club was planting 56 street trees in Walter Heights, a neighborhood in Temple Hills. And that was just the beginning.
Thanks to a variety of fund-raisers, they were to plant an ivy-covered bank at Middleton Valley School, provide gardening and ecology books for six area schools, and take on a major landscaping project for nearby Taney Junior High,
In 1974, when Cornelia Snidero was president, the Club was renamed the Woodberry Garden Club and became a member of the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs.
During the 1980s the Club made seven dried-flower arrangements for the Surratt House, according to the style of the 1860s; provided arrangements for Crossland High’s Homecoming; planted a Star Magnolia at Taney; and supported Crossland’s Horticultural Department by planting bulbs, shrubs and perennials.
Over the years club members have been hostesses at the Botanical Gardens Christmas Green Show, participated in judging flower shows, decorated the Fischer House at Joint Base Andrews, and supported such civic projects as Care World Gardening, Chesapeake Bay Clean-up and Cancer Research.
After 45 years of beautifying our schools, roadways and other places, Woodberry Garden Club has had to shut down, for lack of members. At their peak there were about 30, all from the neighborhood. Some were military wives and moved when their husbands were transferred. Others had ill health, or other problems. We thank them for those 45 so-productive years. We’ll miss them.

Redskins salute Joint Base Andrews
The Washington Redskins practiced and signed autographs Aug. 22 at Andrews. The event was part of a military appreciation initiative, Redskins Salute.
The team ran a 45-minute practice at the turf field. The audience was service members, their families and the 11th Force Support Squadron Summer Day Camp. Then the team signed autographs and handed out banners and posters.

Neighbors
The Morningside Police Department conducted a modified checkpoint detail at Suitland and Beauford Road on July 25. It yielded 51 State Traffic Citations, two arrests (one, drug related, and one, Warrant hit), and they impounded two vehicles.
Jennifer Parker, formerly of Skyline and now of San Francisco, received her master’s degree, as a reading specialist, in January. She is the daughter of Corben and Bobbie Thompson who were my neighbors for many years.
Mary (Mudd) Robey, formerly of Oxon Hill, and her husband Charles have a new grandson, George Xavier, son of Christian and Amanda Robey of Fairfax, born Aug. 21.
Cindi Wallace is prefect of St. Philip’s Sodality for 2014-2015. Other officers are Ligia Rojas, vice prefect; Anne Harrell, secretary; Theresa Roberson, treasurer; and Father Edward Hegnauer, moderator.
My son Brian McHale had surgery at Johns Hopkins on Sept. 10 for a brain tumor. I had hundreds of people praying for him, and those prayers surely worked, as surgery went very well. Brian recovered quickly and feels “great” and is back playing the guitar. After the staples (from his right ear to above his left eye) are removed next week, he and his wife Carol will return to their home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he is an engineer with Boeing. He asked me to thank all of the many I had praying for him.

Coming up
The Surratt House Museum in Clinton presents “On the Home Front: A Personal Expression” on Sunday, Oct. 5. While the men were off fighting the Civil War, what was happening back home? Through personal letters, historic images and poignant music, Judy Cook, international folksinger, recounts the experiences of the families left behind. The program is free but seated is limited. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more information, call 301-868-1121.
Darnall’s Chance House Museum invites you to The War of 1812—the British Invasion of Prince George’s County Bus & Boat Tour on Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. War of 1812 scholar Dr. Ralph Eshelman will be the ride-along guide as they travel via bus and boat (weather permitting) along the routes and waterways the British traveled through the County in August of 1814. Bus departs from and returns to Darnall’s Chance, in Upper Marlboro. The fee is $75 per person. Reservations and payment required in advance. Call 301-952-8010.

Dot Burgess, longtime Skyline resident, dies
Audrey Louise “Dot” Burgess, 77, died August 24 at her home in Ocean Pines. She was a native of West Virginia, the daughter of Ruth and Clovis Crabtree.
The Burgess family were longtime residents of Lucente Avenue in Skyline. Dot worked at the Census Bureau and later as a substitute teacher at Skyline School. She was a member of the Morningside Homemakers where she met her dear friend, my neighbor Bobbie Thompson. Dot’s survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert; children, Blair, Brian, Brent and Melissa; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her brother, Tracey Crabtree.

Milestones
Happy birthday to Lee Burkhart, Sept. 20; Betty Nagro, Sept. 21; Karen Rooker and Teresa Kessler, Sept. 22; Elizabeth Long, Mary Kilbride and Raymond Short, Sept. 23; Dottie Arehringer, Amy Schlor and Peg Richardson, Sept. 24; Alice Lucke and Judy Hansel Waby,Sept. 27; Tim Ward, Sept. 28; my brother Tom Mudd and Janice Diggs, Morningside Town clerk, Sept. 29; Peggy Nanney and Jessica (Williams) Proctor, Sept. 30.
Happy anniversary to Bruno and Nena Parco, their 61st on Sept. 19; my son Brian and Carol McHale, their 24th on Sept. 22; Ken and Janet Kaye, their 60th on Sept. 25; André and Cynthia Jordan, their 51st on Sept. 28; and Marvin and Lee Burkhart, their 69th (!!) onSept. 29.

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Hurry to the polls

Hurry to the polls, early voting ends at 8 p.m. tonight!
Early voting began on June 12, the 2nd Thursday before the election, and continues through June 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.each day. If you’re reading this on or before June 19, hurry to the polls. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
You can cast your early vote at any of the following in South County: Suitland Community Park School, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville; Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Racetrack Road; Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road; Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover; Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington.
If you don’t vote early or absentee, you can still do so on Primary Day, June 24, at your local polls, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The candidates who win in the Primary will be running in the General Election, November 4. An American magazine editor once said, “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.”

Neighbors
Morningside’s annual 4th of July Parade is coming up. If you know someone who’d like to be in the parade, have them contact Mrs. Mullins at 301-412-0135 for a registration form or more information. By the way, I’ll be there watching and cheering, under the big tree at Suitland Road Baptist Church.
Tamya Matthews, Mount Calvary School 7th grader, was among 11 spellers from Maryland in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held at National Harbor. In fact, she was the Prince George’s County winner. At the Bee, she correctly spelled “shrieval” and “osteopath” in rounds two and three but didn’t make the semi-finals.
Clotilda Crawley, longtime Suitland resident, is planning to move back to her native Sri Lanka. So, on June 8, her dear friend Marilyn Thorne hosted a Friends of Clotilda party at the Thorne home in Auth Village. About 40 showed up to enjoy delicious international food and a visit with Clotilda. Among the attendees were many from St. Philip’s Sodality, of which she was a member. It was a delightful gathering.
Images of Marlyn Meoli, formerly of Auth Village, her daughter and granddaughter can be seen floating in flowers and paintings in a recent Animoto video.
Former Morningsider Rose Hoffman enjoyed the 15th annual Special World of Dance presented by Louise Pyles Dance Studio at the Camp Springs Elks Lodge. Featured were The DC Hand Dance Club, Tom Koerner & Debra Sternberg & Dance Team. This year’s theme was “Putting on the Ritz.”
Eight-year-old Käal Mocanu was presented a Hero Award on April 24 at Joint Base Andrews’ Military & Family Support Center for his swift actions when his father, retired Master Sgt. Brandon Mocanu, collapsed in their home and called Käal to run for help. The boy grabbed his brother and a friend and hurried with them to a neighbor’s house. The neighbors responded, found the father lying on the floor and called 911. All turned out well.

Movies and more on the Potomac
Throughout the summer there will be free fitness, concerts and movies for the whole family at National Harbor. The schedule is at:www.nationalharbor.com/calendar. Movies are shown Sundays at 6 p.m., and include The Parent Trap on June 22, and The Princess Diaries on June 29. Military concerts are Saturdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and include the U.S. Navy Band “Commodores” on June 21, and U.S. Army Band “Downrange” on June 28. And there’s lots more.

Open House for veterans
The Veterans and Veteran Service Organizations will host an Open House on Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Department of Family Services, 6420 Allentown Road in Camp Springs. This will be an opportunity for veterans and their families to gather federal, state and local resources for veterans. The event is free, however registration is required. Call Carol-Lynn Snowden at 301-265-8401 to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.
Prince George’s County is home to more than 62,000 veterans and their families, the largest concentration of veterans in the State of Maryland.

Bells UMC invites you for “A Wonderful Weekend”
The theme is “Go…Go…Going Radical for Christ” on June 28 and 29 at Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs. Saturdayevents include the Moonbounce, flea market, healthy living resources, barbeque and more. Sunday features worship services at Bells and at Mt. Zion in Washington, gospel go-go, local choirs and fish-fry. For information, call Bells at 301-899-7521.

May they rest in peace
Condolences to Yvonne Garvin, of Skyline, on the death of her amazing father, Robert Gerald, at the age of 98. He and his wife Virginia were married April 12, 1933, and last year they were honored for having the longest marriage in North Carolina, second longest in the U.S. During those 81 years, they had 11 children, 40 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 47 great-great-grandchildren,
Eleanor Creveling, 91, formerly of Oxon Hill, principal of Harmony Hall Elementary in Oxon Hill and Heather Hills Elementary in Bowie before retiring in the 1981, died May 9 in Annapolis. A native of West Virginia, she was an officer in the Navy Waves during World War II. Her husband of 59 years, Cyrus Jay Creveling, Sr., died in 2003. Survivors include four sons and eight grandchildren.

Milestones
Happy birthday to Gwynn Mudd, Christian Nichols and Michael Taylor, June 20; my grandson Conor McHale, Aletheia Fadness, Mark Witherow Sr. and Antonio Jackson, June 21; Gary Fadness, June 22; Edson Cook, June 23; Gloria R. Johnson, June 24; Michael Taylor and Larry Frostbutter, June 25; Angela Booth and Mable Hemmes, June 26.
Happy anniversary to Calvin and Debbie Brown, their 21st on June 20; Ben and Betty Nagro, their 57th on June 22; Tim and Becki Cordero, their 13th on June 23; Mary and Mike Dawes, their 41st on June 23.

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