Sky­line School shut­ters doors af­ter 50 years

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - Mary McHale 301-735-3451

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

I wel­come those of you who at­tended — or whose kids at­tended — Sky­line School to send your spe­cial mem­o­ries of the school. Send to mud­dmm@aol.com or mail to 4304 Sky­line Drive, Suit­land, MD 20746. I’ll run your mem­o­ries in my col­umn.

To get you start­ing to think about Sky­line rem­i­nis­cences, here’s my first one:

Forty years ago, in 1976, Mo­hammed Ali, heavy­weight cham­pion of the world, dropped by Sky­line School to talk to the chil­dren, and plenty of adults who just hap­pened to be around.

Fish and chips at Sky­line Flea Mar­ket

A flea mar­ket, fish and chips, ham­burg­ers, hot­dogs, snacks and re­fresh­ments — just some of what’s hap­pen­ing at the Sky­line Flea Mar­ket on May 21, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Morn­ing­side Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment park­ing lot. Ta­bles are $15, and the rain date is May 29. For in­for­ma­tion, call Ke­nia, 301-335-2896, or Suzanne, 301-568-4465.

Peo­ple

I have been us­ing the head­ing “Neigh­bors” on this item. But it doesn’t al­ways work, since many are re­ally not my neigh­bors. So, “Peo­ple” cov­ers ev­ery­one.

Morn­ing­side vol­un­teer fire­fighter Kevin Swain is home and re­cov­er­ing. He was one of three shot while at­tempt­ing to en­ter a Tem­ple Hills home where they be­lieved a man was non­re­spon­sive and needed emer­gency treat­ment. John Ulm­schnei­der, a 13-year vet­eran of the county fire depart­ment died; the third man, brother of the shooter, was wounded. This hap­pened in mid-April and a week or two later, a big gath­er­ing was held at the Morn­ing­side Fire Depart­ment, in Kevin’s honor.

Yvonne Garvin, of Sky­line, is proud of her mom, Vir­ginia Ger­ald, who’ll turn 99 on July 25. Among her other ac­tiv­i­ties, she still goes to church every Sun­day at Guid­ing Star Pen­te­costal Church.

Ap­plause

Amanda Espina, a teacher at Ben­jamin D. Foulois Cre­ative and Per­form­ing Arts Academy in Morn­ing­side, has been named the 2016 Prince Ge­orge’s Coun- ty Teacher of the Year. She has taught in the county for 10 years and has been at Foulois since 2009.

The Mount Cal­vary Var­sity (14 years old and un­der) boys’ bas­ket­ball team won the CYO Mid-At­lantic Di­vi­sion 2 Cham­pi­onship. The team moved on to the City­wide Cham­pi­onship beat­ing St. Am­brose in the first round but lost in the sec­ond round.

Among South County win­ners in Com­cast’s an­nual Lead­ers and Achiev­ers Scholarship Pro­gram are: Jo­han­nah Azuri, Oxon Hill High; David Cole, Cross­land; An­dre Cook, From the Heart Chris­tian; Terik El­lis, Friendly; Frank God­frey, Bishop McNa­mara; and An­thony Thorn­ton, Suit­land High School. Each was awarded $1,000.

The an­nual St. Philip’s Par­ish Pas­toral Coun­cil elec­tion was held and they have two win­ners: El­iz­a­beth “Beth” Phillips and in­cum­bent Suzy Giroux (Suzy grew up in Morn­ing­side, the daugh­ter of Kathleen and the late Dave Giroux).

Shred days

An­drews Fed­eral Credit Union Com­mu­nity Shred Day, 5711 Al­len­town Rd. on May 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 301-702-5500.

Camp Springs Civic As­so­ci­a­tion/Cen­tral Bap­tist Church Com­mu­nity Shred Day, May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cen­tral Bap­tist Church, 5600 Old Branch Av­enue. Call 240-427-5414.

Look­ing for a job?

Check out the Na­tional Har­bor Job Fair, May 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on na­tion­al­har­bor.com/jobs or mgm­na­tion­al­har­bor.com.

It’s hard to imag­ine that just 10 years ago, as the Washington Post says, “what is now Na­tional Har­bor was 350 acres of un­de­vel­oped wa­ter­front land. To­day, it’s a mini-city with nearly 2,000 res­i­dents, and 7,000 work­ers at 30 restau­rants, six ho­tels and 150 re­tail stores.”

Now comes MGM Na­tional Har­bor Casino and a lot of new jobs.

Chang­ing land­scape

The build­ing that started out years ago as a Wool­worth’s in An­drew’s Manor Shop­ping Cen­ter, and which has changed busi­nesses sev­eral times, has just be­come La Colo­nial In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket. It will open soon.

Sub­way and the Morn­ing­side Bar­ber Shop, next to GI Liquors in Morn­ing­side, are open again. They have been closed and yel­low-taped since a car plowed into their front win­dows sev­eral weeks ago.

As promised, first class postage the for­ever stamp is now 47¢, down 2 cents.

Next month, as the soil warms to 64 de­grees, bil­lions of ci­cadas are ex­pected to rise from the ground to mate. For­tu­nately they can’t chew so they don’t dam­age our plants and trees (maybe a lit­tle prun­ing). This par­tic­u­lar group has as 17-year-life cy­cle, which be­gan in 1999. As I re­call, they are noisy.

Memo­rial Day Mass

The an­nual Memo­rial Day Mass at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery in Clin­ton will be cel­e­brated Mon­day, May 30, at 10 a.m., to honor loved ones buried there. Teh Rev. Barry Knestout will be the cel­e­brant. The mass is usu­ally cel­e­brated un­der a large tent, so rain will not can­cel the event.

Mile­stones

Happy birth­day to Ai­dan Kil­bride, May 20; Crystal Fos­ter, Juanita Hood, 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; Den­nis Cook, Norma Ed­wards and my son John McHale, May 25; and Christopher Ni­chols, May 26.

Happy an­niver­sary to Den­nis and Leigh D’Avanzo, their 27th on May 20; Ronnie and Karen El­lis, their Golden An­niver­sary, May 20; and John and Ni­c­hole Bar­bour. May 25.

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