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Morningside-Skyline column for Sept. 19

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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

VFW Post 9619 invites you for spaghetti and a casino trip

Two upcoming fundraisers will benefit the Ladies Auxiliary’s special project, Fresh Air Benches for Veterans Administration Hospitals in the State of Maryland.

The VFW Post is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Admission of $8 entitles you to all the delicious spaghetti you can eat, tossed salad and a roll.     

Then, four days later, they are offering a bus trip to Harrington Casino (formerly, Midway), in Delaware. The $25 fee includes $10 in slot play and a buffet. The bus leaves from VFW Post 9619, 6527 Suitland Road, at 10 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Advance-ticket sales only! You can see the bartender for tickets. For information, call 301-735-5290.


Thirty years ago, on Sept. 12, 1983, the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department lost one of its own — Michael P. McCarthy, a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force, serving as a security officer at Andrews Air Force Base and volunteering at Morningside VFD. The engine responded to a house fire in Berkshire. Mike died when he stepped down off the rear step of the engine. The driver, having difficulty negotiating the turn, stopped, and began to back up, striking Mike. It was a tragic event for the department.

Flowers on the altar at St. Philip’s Church last week were a gift from Nolton Davis, of Camp Springs, in memory of his wife Ada who died when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Also remembered was when Engine 271 was sent from Morningside to the Pentagon on 9/11. They drove 271 through the tunnel into the inner courtyard where the men and hoses were deployed, and they remained on the scene for about eight hours until relieved by other departments.


Suitland Road Baptist Church 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 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes materials and lunch. Call 301-735-4075 or email

Officers for the 2013-2014 Parish Pastoral Council at St. Philip’s Parish are Rutherford “Rit” Taylor, chairman; Dave Desmarais, vice-chairman; and Anne Harrell, secretary.

The Skyline Citizens Association had its first Skyline Curb Appeal Recognition this summer and the awards went to Barbara Bullox and Junior Campbell, of Lucente Avenue, and Barbara Bailey and Kevin Holley, of Suitland Road. They received handsome Certificates of Appreciation and Lowe’s Home Improvement gift certificates. Beautification Chairwoman Jean Smith and her committee did the judging.

Active Aging Week coming up Sept. 23-27

More than 25 free activities are available for the week of Sept. 23-27, for ages 60 and better. Take the Active Aging Week Challenge, join others and take a walk over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, give kayaking a try on Lake Artemesia or at Patuxent River Park, participate in a mosaic art project or drumming class, or relax and enjoy a concert at Oxon Hill Manor! On Friday, Sept. 27, there will be a grand finale at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts from 10:30 a.m. to noon featuring “Too Smooth Dudes” and special performances by the Senior Shining Stars. For information, email or call 301-699-2255.

May they rest in peace

Olive “Marie” Beall Suit, 91, of Waldorf and formerly of Bradbury Heights and Suitland, died July 22. She worked as bookkeeper, was a current member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and a member of Bradbury Heights UMC for 73 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and life member and past president of the United Methodist Women. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Clearance Marvin Suit, and sisters Anna Fichera and Dorothy Bennett. Burial was at Cedar Hill.

Raymond Frederick James, 91, of Oxon Hill, retired Air Force Master Sergeant and Pearl Harbor survivor, died Jan. 27. After Pearl Harbor, he trained on the B-26 and flew 60 missions in Europe. He was the husband of Shirley A. James and father of Dennis R. and Karen P. James. A Life Celebration will be held at Kalas Funeral Home, Oxon Hill, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. until the Memorial Service at 11:30 and burial with military honors at 2 p.m. at Arlington Cemetery.

Kenneth Lloyd Carlson, Jr., 88, of Clinton, retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer, died Sept. 10 in Prince Frederick. After leaving the Navy he worked as contractor for General Electric, designing spacecrafts. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Pearl V. (Wedding) Carlson; four children, Deborah Kerzic, Sheila, Ken III and Alyn Carlson; and four grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Lee Burkhart who turns 88 on Sept. 20, and to 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.

Happy anniversary to my son Brian and Carol McHale, their 23rd on Sept. 22; and to Ken and Janet Kaye, their 59th on Sept. 25.

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