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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, October 09, 2013

By Mary McHale

VFW 9619 contests open to students in grades 6-12

For years the VFW and its Auxiliary have sponsored the Voice of Democracy and the Patriot’s Pen essay contests. Contestants can win prizes and scholarships.

The Patriot’s Pen Contest is open to sixth through eighth grades. Students must write a 300-400-word essay using the theme, “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay competition for high school students. Contestants write and record a 3-5 minute audio-essay on “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” They will be judged on originality, content and delivery of their speech and how well it relates to the theme.

Essays are due by Nov. 1. For more information, contact Phyllis Cooks, Ladies Auxiliary President to VFW Post 9619 in Morningside, at 301-736-5022.

Bareback riding, birds of prey, drumming? Head to the American Indian Festival

The fifth annual American Indian Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, rain or shine, at Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road.

Free activities include drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, beading, finger weaving, hand-made tools, artifacts, native horsemanship & bareback riding, Indian games, live birds of prey and more.

Nominal fees will be charged for horse and pony rides, traditional foods, basket craft, vendor sales and multiple raffles, including for a Pendleton blanket. For information, call 301-297-4575 or go to


Virginia Rosch told me that as of Oct. 15 she will have lived in her house on Pine Grove Drive for 67 years. She and Matthew were a young married couple when they moved there, and they raised their two children there. Matt went on to serve Morningside as councilman, mayor, and chief of police. He died in October 1976.

Matt would have been delighted, as was Virginia, when their grandson Matthew Musser married April Gorgin on Aug. 10 in the backyard of that house, on a beautiful day. The newlyweds are living in Owings. Matthew is the son of Carol Musser and the late Jim Musser.

Lyn J. Mundey, newly appointed to the Prince George’s County Board of Education, has a daughter Amani attending Benjamin D. Foulois Academy in Morningside.

The Skyline Citizens Association is hosting its Neighborhood Beautification Project on Saturday, Oct. 19. Participants are asked to meet at Skyline School at 8:30 a.m., wearing comfortable clothes and ready to help beautify. SCA will provide all the supplies (including gloves) — and refreshments. If you need volunteer hours, this is a good place to start! For information, call Jean Smith at 301-516-8688.

In going through some old papers, I found the names of several who wrote the Morningside column before I took it on in 1976. They include Mary Nash, Claire Richardson, Jeanne West and Art Zdobysz (who wrote under a pen name).

Changing landscape

MGM Resorts International has unveiled its design for a resort at National Harbor.

Hancock Fabrics is hosting an open house at The Shops at Waldorf Center.

Tucker Road Ice Rink’s public skating sessions are back! Enjoy ice-skating on Friday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. with family and friends. Don’t know how to ice skate? Beginning Nov. 6, Tucker Road is offering ice- and figure-skating lessons for all ages and levels.

May they rest in peace

Jacqueline Dolores Lukasewicz, 76, of Camp Springs, died Aug. 26 in Leonardtown. She was a Budget Analyst for 17 years with the Navy, and I recall she used to do hair in her home for her friends, many from St. Philip’s. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Edward Lukasewicz, four daughters and their families.

John Anthony “Uncle Pie” Walls, 69, Army veteran and graduate of Suitland High School where he wrestled and ran cross country, died May 15 in La Plata. He lived in Waldorf but grew up in Forestville, son of the late Louis J. and Rose Walker Wells. He was shop manager at Good Trash Removal in Temple Hills and was previous owner of J&K Trucking. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Robin Walls; two sons and four daughters; three sisters and 12 grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Mary Deans, Oct. 11; Tj Foster, Oct. 12; Chester Lanehart, Jr., Oct. 15; Mildred Peaire and Carolyn Williams, Oct. 16; Mary Louise Patterson and Frank McCrone, Oct. 17; Paul Long, Andrew Nicholas Smith and VFW’s Nola Cook, Oct. 18.

Happy 60th anniversary to Daisy and Ralph Young, Oct. 15; to Russ and Mary Mitchell, their 68th on Oct. 17; and to Michael and Anita (Fulton) Freeman, their 33rd on Oct. 18.

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