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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

By Mary McHale

The Battle of Gettysburg revisited

One hundred and fifty years later and the Battle of Gettysburg is still taught for its military tactics and still considered the turning point of the Civil War. Visit the Surratt House Museum at 4 p.m. Saturday to learn about the lasting impact of this single battle.

The guest speaker is Dr. Bradley Gottfried, president of the College of Southern Maryland and a well-known Civil War scholar and author.           

The program is free, but you need to arrive early as seating is limited. The Surratt House Museum is at 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton. For information, call 301-868-1121.

Morningside meeting

Morningside holds its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the newly-restored Town Hall.

Changing landscape

The Grahams have sold the Washington Post to Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos. I hope he doesn’t change all the things I love about the paper, which I’ve read faithfully since 1958.

The Baden Naylor Road Bridge was due to reopen to traffic on July 9. It had been closed due to storm damage caused by Hurricane Lee. To alleviate potential flooding in the future, the new bridge was raised from the previous bridge height.      

The Branch Avenue Metro Station is projected to have improved access thanks to Maryland’s additional tax revenue. Fifty million dollars will be used to improve access, including a pedestrian bridge. And $150 million will go toward a new interchange at Maryland Route 4 and Suitland Parkway.

Strayer University has submitted an application to build an $80 million classroom building on Auth Way, near the Branch Avenue Metro station.

Prince George’s and Charles counties launched a new public transit service on July 1, linking Charles County’s VanGO with Prince George’s TheBus. The extended service allows transit users to travel between Brandywine Crossing and Pinefield South shopping centers. For information on VanGO, call 301-934-9305 or visit www.GO-VANGO.com. For TheBus information, call 301-324-BUSS.

Ross Dress for Less, in Oxon Hill, is hosting its grand opening.

Coming up

Bells U.M. Church is hosting a Crab Feast at 3 p.m. Aug. 24, with  crabs, chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, hotdogs, and the fixings.  Grand Feast, $40; Crab Feast, $30; Family Feast, $20. No tickets will be sold at the door, so call one of these folks: Pat Jones, 240-472-4823; Claire Kennedy, 301-868-4154; Brittany Ford, 240-0640-2908 or Courtenaye Nelson, 202-582-7909. Bells is at 6016 Allentown Road.

Report from the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department

Looking for a fast-paced rural/urban department to sharpen your fire department training? Look no further. Join Morningside! Email Recruitment@morningsidevfd27.com for more information.

Here is an example directly from the department’s website: “Saturday, August 10, approximately 2130 hrs. Rescue Engine 27 was called in to assist units in Oxon Hill on a MVA (motor vehicle accident) with a subject trapped in the 700 block of Audrey Lane. The Rescue Engine arrived on the scene and found a vehicle that hit the side of a duplex and came to rest in between two houses with one trapped, and being tended to by ALS crews. The Rescue Engine crew first stabilized the vehicle, before beginning to remove the entire driver’s side of the vehicle, using the Hurst spreaders, cutters, and Combi-Tool. In under 10 minutes, the driver was successfully extricated and handed over to EMS crews for transport. Rescue Engine 27 cleared the scene 45 minutes later.”

May they rest in peace

Charles Daniel “Chuck” Yanchulis, 45, a 1986 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School, died May 30 after a long illness, at his home in St. Inigoes. He grew up in Clinton and earned a degree in computer science from the University of Scranton. He loved backpacking and sports — participating or watching.       He is survived by his wife Lisa Anne; children, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Peter; mother, Juanita Yanchulis; brothers, Phil, Mick and Jon.

Only last Jan. 6, Chuck’s father, Charles Phillip “Phil” Yanchulis, 72, of Fredericksburg, died. Phil was a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service and I remember when he was manager at the Suitland Post Office.       The Yanchulis family has had a very sad year.

Terrell Valante Edelen, 17, an honor student at Bishop McNamara High School, died suddenly on June 5.       He was the son of Mary Ratiff and Charlie Edelen, grandson of Joyce and James Ratiff and Charles and the late Hattie Edelen. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Philip’s with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

Donald Pray, 45, was struck and killed near Suitland Road and Suitland Parkway, about 1 a.m. Aug. 5. The Prince George’s Sentinel reported he had been drinking, had an argument with a passenger in his car, stopped the car, got out and had lain down in the road. The accident is under investigation.

Milestones

Happy birthday to Hildagard Koenig, Aug. 17; my granddaughter-in-law Heather McHale, Le August Brent and Mark Cummings, Jr., Aug. 19; Melody Barnes, Aug. 20; Austin Michael Fowler, Aug. 21; Wayne Anderson, Barbara Phipps and Gavin Michael Glaubitz, Aug. 22.

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