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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

By Mary McHale

Major roadwork due on Pennsylvania Avenue

Three miles of Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) will be under reconstruction starting soon. The work will include replacement of two old bridges over Woodyard Road near Joint Base Andrews, resulting in ramp-closings and detours.

You can expect single-lane closings between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Fridays, and between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

The project is due for completion in the fall of 2015.

Morningsiders elect mayor, Council members

Morningsiders went to the polls May 6 and elected a new mayor, Kenneth “Chrys” Wade, who ran unopposed. Former Mayor Karen Rooker who had served six years opted not to run again, due to family responsibilities.

Incumbents Jim Ealey and Todd Mullins won reelection for the two Council seats. Elizabeth Long was defeated.

There were also several write-ins.

Swearing-in ceremonies will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Morningside firehouse because the Town Meeting Room is undergoing renovation. The monthly Town Meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the firehouse.


Carl Burger, a longtime resident of Woodland Road in Morningside and a former officer with the legendary Morningside Sportsman’s Club, died May 4. I’ll pay tribute to him in a future column.

John B. Barbour Jr., of Morningside, and Nichole Banks, of Waldorf, are engaged to be married later this month.

Eighth-grader Bethany Cuyler will be May Queen for the annual May Crowning of Mary in the grotto at St. Philip’s Church on Sunday.

Stacie Branham-Smith, of Skyline, has taken on the organization founded by her late mother in 1997, The Women of Hope Support Group. It is for women faced with employment, family and spousal issues, but have no one to talk to about them. Among their planned activities is a Rest, Relax & Enjoy Retreat in June. For information, call Stacie at 240-838-2977.

Pocket Pooch Hotel, a kennel owned by Helen Cordero of Skyline, has lost its devoted manager, Marilyn Foreman, who died April 25. “Marilyn was a special person who enriched my life for being a part of it,” Helen wrote in the Memory Book. “Her love for all the little furbabies who became a part of her life was awesome to behold, but most importantly, her love for all our customers and their pets was a blessing that will be hard to duplicate.”

Morningside hosted a successful Clean-up Day on April 27. The town’s Beautification Committee arranged for a document-shredding truck, bulk trash pick-up, and a truck for collection of resale donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Association. Tonya Neal, Beautification Committee chairperson, hopes to make this an annual event.

Skyline Citizens start 44th year

In May 1970, about 100 residents of the young community of Skyline met at Skyline Elementary School to form a community organization, the Skyline Citizens Association. They elected our first president and appointed a committee to draft the bylaws.

Dolores Steinhilber was our first president, followed by Capt. Raymond Perkins, Jack Power, Richard Wright, Charles Henry, Grover Estep, Dwight “Snuffy” Snider, Jim McGrath, Jerome Jones, Charlie Tretler, Marvin Faulcon, Dwight Holloway, Dr. Alvin Thornton, Ted Bland, Jim Prince, J. Steward Smith, Yolanda Dooley, Stanley Holmes, Floyd Shields, and Stanley Holmes, our current president.

I thank them for keeping SCA a vibrant organization.

Flea market and plant sale

This Saturday, the Skyline Citizens Association is hosting a Flea Market and our first Annual Spring Plant Sale, both at the Morningside Fire Department. Drop by, and call 301-967-1320 or 240-838-6412 for more information.


Happy birthday to Florine Clark, May 8; Kaylin Barbour, Otis Jones, Jean Glaubitz and Ellen Ashby, May 19; Aidan Kilbride, May 20; Crystal Foster, David Sanford and Linda Holsonbake, May 22; Ricci Lee Jr., Betty Call, L. Dorothy Jones, Nancy Sawyer, Dory Babecki and Chester Lanehart IV, May 23; Edna Lucas and Harry Messer, May 24.

Happy Golden anniversary to Aidan and Mary Kilbride on May 18! And happy anniversary to Dennis and Leigh D’Avanzo, their 24th on May 20; Ronnie and Karen Ellis, their 47th on May 20; and to Chet and Winnie Lanehart, their 55th on May 23.

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