GREENBELT – When Amethyst Dwyer first moved to Greenbelt 19 years ago, she was just looking for a house with a yard in order to get a dog. She was just looking to rent at first, but instead fell in love with the town and decided to buy a townhouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I never met Loretta Hooe. But I often received emails from Loretta Hooe, of District Heights. She sent announcements of Suitland’s Class of 1952 reunions, family deaths and other news. But on July 7 she died, at the age of 79. I’ll miss those emails.