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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013

By Mary McHale

Rep. Edwards invites teens to the College and Career Fair

Rep. Donna Edwards, Md.-4, is hosting a College and Career Fair for high school and middle school students from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Drive.

Learn about 21st century top careers, free money for college, scholarships, on-the-spot admissions, résumés and cover letters with experts from the U.S. Department of Education and others. The fair is free to attend. For more information, go to or call 301-516-7601.

Women’s Conference coming up

Suitland Road Baptist Church, 6412 Suitland Road, is hosting its 15th annual Women’s Conference on Oct. 12. The theme is “Fulfilling God’s plan on the purpose of our lives.” Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the conference begins at 9 o’clock. The fee is $25 and includes materials and lunch. Call 301-735-4075 or email


Elisabeth and Robert Beatrez, of Temple Hills, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the home of their son Vincent and Diane Beatrez, attended by most of their seven children and 12 grandchildren. They were married Aug. 22, 1953, at St. Sebastian Church in Sebastopol, Calif.

Sylvia Green is president of the Interfaith Community Action Council, which runs the Oxon Hill Food Pantry. Other officers are Joe Vlcek, vice president; Betty Cottrell, secretary; Albert Herbst, treasurer; and Brenda Garland, assistant treasurer. The pantry is currently located at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Temple Hills.

Skip — you’ve probably seen him and now you know his name — can often be seen collecting trash at the I-95 exit to Allentown Road.

Contestants needed

Darnall’s Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro is seeking contestants for their 14th Annual Gingerbread House Contest. Any structure, real or imaginary, is eligible for entry (such as a house, train station, bridge, ship, lighthouse, spaceship) but it must be original — no gingerbread kits allowed. All components must be edible.

Adult prizes range from $50 to $100, and children’s (8-16) prizes from $25 to $75. The Viewer’s Choice award winner receives $350. For information, contact the Museum at 301-952-8010 or go to, click on Sites and Museums, then on Darnall’s Chance House Museum, then on Gingerbread Show. 


McNamara and La Reine classes of 1978 are hosting a 35th reunion on Oct. 12. For more information, email Cindy Morgan at or Jim Palmer at

La Reine and McNamara classes of 1983 are celebrating their 30th with a dinner and dance reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 12 at VFW Post 9619 in Morningside. For information, email

Libraries going cash free

As of Tuesday, some of our county libraries no longer accept cash for that overdue or missing book — they are going cashless. Payment can be made by credit or debit card or by setting up an account. Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Oxon Hill, South Bowie and Spauldings branch libraries will continue to handle cash.   

May they rest in peace

Arthur Lee Daniels Sr., one of the 12 killed in the Navy Yard shootings on Sept. 16, was buried Sept. 25 from Community of Hope AME Church in Hillcrest Heights. He was the only resident of the District to die in the attack. He was the husband of Pricilla Halmon-Daniels, father of Iadora, Arthur L jr., Arthur V., Arthur C. and the late Arthur A. Daniels. He also leaves five siblings and nine grandchildren.

Lois Sharon “Sherry” Edwards, 65, formerly of Morningside, died Sept. 10, at her home in Mechanicsville. She was born in Washington to Dr. Marvin Green and the late Geraldine Lois (Mulvey) Green. Sherry married Stanley Edwards, who lived on Woodyard Road in Morningside. She worked for Wentworth Nursery. She is survived by Stanley, her husband of 47 years; her father; son Stanley; four siblings; mother-in-law Charlotte Edwards; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Steven Edward, predeceased her.

The Rev. George P. Timberlake, 89, an Episcopal priest who was interim rector at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Temple Hills, died Aug. 27 in Gaithersburg. In his 60 years as priest, he served in ten churches and institutions in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington before retiring from St. Barnabas. He is survived by three children, two stepchildren, two brothers and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held in the Bethlehem Chapel at Washington National Cathedral.


Happy birthday to Marlene Titus, Oct. 4; Sue Gilmore and Muriel Ireson, Oct. 5; Carmen Buffington and George Nixon, Oct. 6; Dr. Alvin Thornton and Kam’Ron Blade, Oct. 7; Greta Chambers, Oct. 9; and Marvin Burkhart, who turns 95 on Oct. 10.

Happy 55th anniversary to Larry and Jean Beardmore on Oct 4; and happy anniversary to Bill and Terry Ratliff, their 27th on Oct. 4; and my daughter Elaine and Luke Seidman, their 24th on Oct. 7.

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