Residents are encouraged to vote in the primary April 26
We’ll be voting for President, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, Judge of the Circuit Court, and Delegates to the National Convention in the primary election on Tuesday, April 26, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. I’ll cast my vote at Skyline School (maybe for the last time, since Skyline is closing).
I may vote early, since eight sites will be open for “convenient, accessible and on your schedule” voting before the primary. The dates are April 14 through April 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For us in the Morningside/ Skyline area, the closest place is the Suitland Community Park School Center at 5600 Regency Lane.
Other polling places are: Baden Community Center, Bowie Gymnasium, College Park Community Center, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, Upper Marlboro Community Center and Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center.
Kenny Clark, formerly of Woodland Road, has moved from Florida to Virginia to help his mom, Joanne (Clark) Bunch, who has suffered several strokes.
Two longtime Morningsiders have died recently, Lois McMickle and Patricia Speier. If you can give me some information about either of them I’d appreciate a call or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• The Surratt House, in Clinton, is offering three John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Bus Tours, on Saturdays, April 16, 23 and 30. Tours begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Call 301-868-1121 for availability and cost. I’ve made this outstanding all-day tour several times.
• Skyline will host a flea market at the Morningside Firehouse on May 21. Details to come later.
• The Morningside monthly town meeting will be at the Town Hall on Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m. Go, and learn more so you’re better prepared to vote in the Town election May 2. Three are running for mayor.
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) delivered remarks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s new police academy on April 7. The academy is located at 8905 Presidential Parkway in Upper Marlboro.
Suitland Road boasts new sidewalks and curbing from the apartments to Henson Creek and the 7-Eleven, which means you can now walk (or jog) sidewalks all the way from Morningside to Silver Hill Road in Suitland.
New once-a-week trash, recycling, and yard matter collection days begin in May. Trash and recycling will be picked up on the same day each week; yard matter will move to Mondays. Customers will be notified about their trash and recycling day, and will receive a free, new, wheeled trash-toter.
I had a recent call from Ramona Britt, who used to live in Suitland and is now in Laurel. She’s a regular reader of my column (thank you!) and wanted to report on two shows she highly recommends:
An outstanding “My Fair Lady” at the Riverside Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg, Va., through May 8. Tickets are $45-$60 (child and senior discounts available). For information, call 540-370-4300.
“Samson, “a Sight & Sound production in Lancaster, Pa., now through Dec. 31. Tickets for adults, $54 Tuesday thru Friday and $74 on Saturday; children, $21 and $25. Discounts available for 15+. For information, call 800377-1277.
Sight & Sound Theatres, the largest faith-based live theatres in the country, have been described as “Christian Broadway.” Last year, Sight & Sound productions in Lancaster and Branson, Mo., drew nearly a million people from around the world.
Morningside Memories: 1951 tragedy
Sixty-five years ago, on April 8, 1951, a pilotless World War II B-25 bomber passed low over the I.C.E. Club and crashed into a house at 302 Lombardy Road. The two young daughters of MSgt. Samuel and Dorothea Snyder, and Dorothea’s visiting brotherin-law, died in the explosion and the fire.
The pilots, who had bailed out, were tried for manslaughter. I don’t know what the verdict was. The Snyders’ house was rebuilt. But they moved away; they never had more children.
Crossland alumna, Dianne Overby Hakenson, dies
Dianne Gail Hakenson, 65, of Alexandria, a 1968 graduate of Crossland High School, died Dec. 14. She was the daughter of the late Richard O. and Betty Overby, and grew up in a home on Suitland Road before moving in 1964 to Skyline Terrace.
She started school at Morningside Elementary and went on to Crossland for grades 7 to 12. (Yes, back then Crossland started out as a junior high.) She worked for 30 years for a county school board in Virginia, retiring only months before she died.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Harry Hakenson; three children, Harry M. “Butch” Hakenson III, Pamela G. Goforth and Richard M. “Ricky” Hakenson and six grandchildren. She was the sister of Richard L. “Cook” Overby, Frank W. Overby and the late Donald “Donny” Overby.
Happy birthday to Bill Ward, Eva Hay and Les Bornman, April 15; Tara Destiny Bucker, Edna Ducote, April 16 and Wanda Brooke, April 16; Eloise Carnes, Ruby Cunningham and Veronica Frostbutter, April 17; Cameron Trexler, April 19; Mary Lou Wise and Devaughn Branham, April 20; Jill Gilmartin Booth and Tiffany Jackson, April 21.
Happy anniversary to John and Emily Tierney, their 66th on April 15; Edward and Jane (Martin) Talbert, their 67th on April 16; Larry and Jody (Bowman) Nyers, their 36th on April 18; and Jim and Pat Conlon, their 42nd on April 20.