Morn­ing­side res­i­dents elect new mayor, coun­cil

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Vice Mayor Ben­nard “Benn” Cann was elected Morn­ing­side’s new mayor in the May 2 elec­tions. Sheila Scott was run­ner-up and cur­rent mayor, Ken­neth Wade, fin­ished third.

In­cum­bent Sharon Fowler was re-elected to the town coun­cil. A write-in, Katie F. Blade, won the other coun­cil seat, edg­ing out Sta­cie Wade. There were four other write-ins: Karla Rus­sell, Dakota Tyree, El­iz­a­beth Long and Os­car the Big Guy.

Ron­ald “Dave” Cham­bers served as chief elec­tion judge. Other judges were Lori Wil­liams and newly-elected coun­cil mem­ber, Katie Blade.

A cir­cuit court of­fi­cial will swear in the new of­fi­cers on Mon­day, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The fol­low­ing day, Tues­day, May 17, Morn­ing­side holds its monthly meet­ing at 7 p.m. Should be in­ter­est­ing.

And who is this new Mayor?

Benn Cann moved to Morn­ing­side in 2007, elected in 2014 to the Morn­ing­side Town Coun­cil, and soon af­ter was ap­pointed vice mayor. He rep­re­sents Morn­ing­side with the State of Mary­land Mu­nic­i­pal League and is cur­rently vice chair on the plan­ning com­mit­tee for the an­nual sum­mer con­fer­ence of state elected mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials.

He’s cur­rently work­ing on a town web­site and has es­tab­lished Morn­ing­side’s first Se­niors Pro­gram.

Benn was born and grew up in Win­ston-Salem, N.C., and is a grad­u­ate of Fayet­teville State Univer­sity. He has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness and man­age­ment and for the past 11 years has been an ad­ver­tis­ing man­ager for Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity. He serves as board of di­rec­tors/trea­surer for a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, The Global Lan­guage Net­work.


Jan Stock­lin­ski, daugh­ter of Morn­ing­side’s first mayor back in the late 1940s, emailed thanks for my “beau­ti­ful trib­ute” to Pat Speier. Jan and Pat taught to­gether years ago at Suit­land Ju­nior High School. Some of them, from back then, still meet for small re­unions.

Lt. Col. Jun Oh is the new com­man­der of the men and women of the 1st He­li­copter Squadron, 811th Oper­a­tions Group, 11th Wing at Joint Base An­drews. He takes over from Lt. Col. Brian Roberts

Con­do­lences to Rita Beall of Morn­ing­side on the death of her brother-in-law, Paul Beall, who died at his home in Port Or­ange, Fla., on April 30. He died just two months af­ter his brother Mike, Rita’s hus­band.

New farmer’s mar­ket opens in Camp Springs

Wed­nes­day Farmer’s Mar­ket opened May 4 at the Mona Cen­ter, 5859 Al­len­town Way in Camp Springs, with easy ac­cess from Branch Av­enue or Al­len­town Road. The mar­ket of­fers lo­cal fruits and veg­eta­bles and is spon­sored by Miller Farms and Catholic Char­i­ties. They ac­cept SNAP/BT. Hours are Wed­nes­days from 2 to 7 p.m.

Last meet­ing at Sky­line School

The Sky­line Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion holds its quar­terly meet­ing Wed­nes­day, May 18, at Sky­line School. It will be the last time we meet at Sky­line — as a school. The school is def­i­nitely clos­ing for good in June. We don’t know if the build­ing will be avail­able for meet­ings in the fu­ture. Or if the build­ing will even still be there.

I wel­come those of you who at­tended (or whose kids at­tended) Sky­line School to send me your mem­o­ries of Sky­line School. Send to mud­ or mail to 4304 Sky­line Drive, Suit­land, MD 20746.

Yard sale com­ing up in Morn­ing­side

In con­junc­tion with Morn­ing­side’s an­nual cleanup, a com­mu­nity yard sale will be held Satur­day, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To rent a ta­ble or space, the charge is $5 for Morn­ingsiders, $10 for non-res­i­dents. Space is lim­ited. Call 301-736-7400 for more in­for­ma­tion.

As for spring clean-up 2016 on June 4 and 5, the Morn­ing­side Sun news­let­ter says, “Let’s get it done in­side and out; from that over­flow­ing closet and base­ment to the shed, garage and yard.” There’ll be roll-off Dump­sters, free bags of mulch (while sup­plies last), a char­ity drop-off and re­fresh­ments.

2016-2017 Se­na­to­rial Schol­ar­ships avail­able now

If you are plan­ning to at­tend a Mary­land col­lege or univer­sity, you are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a Se­na­to­rial Schol­ar­ship. Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted to the of­fice of Sen. Ulysses Cur­rie no later than May 31. Call the sen­a­tor’s of­fice, 301-8583127, for an ap­pli­ca­tion or send an email to ulysses. cur­rie@se­

Chivalry is alive and well

Re­cently I found my­self in the check­out at Safe­way in Clin­ton when, lo, I did not have my wal­let. No cash and no credit cards. This has never hap­pened to me be­fore and I was re­ally em­bar­rassed. I knew ex­actly where my wal­let was — at home, in an­other jacket. The clerk said there was no so­lu­tion but for me to drive home and get pay­ment. As I walked away, a young man among those wait­ing in line said, “Just a minute,” came for­ward and paid my bill with his credit card.

Amazed and de­lighted, I thanked him pro­fusely and got his name and ad­dress. Back home, I sent him a check and a note telling him, “This is one of the nicest things any­one has ever done for me.”


Happy birthday to Hen­ri­etta Bookhart, Ted Har­ris and Micheal White, May 13; John Smith, May 14; my grand­daugh­ter Naomi Al­baugh and Helen Fad­ness, May 15; Fr. Charles McCann, Ken­neth Darcey and Kitty Mar­shall, May 16; Patti Parco Grey, May 18; Kaylin Bar­bour, Otis Jones and Ellen Ashby, May 19.

Happy an­niver­sary to Donna and Wayne An­der­son, May 14; and to Ai­dan and Mary Kil­bride, on their 53rd, May 18.

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