Morningside to host forums to discuss community needs
Morningside Mayor Benn Cann will be holding a series of town forums to air the various needs of the community. On Aug. 4, all citizens can come and express their issues. Youth activities and concerns will be the topic on Aug. 5. Local businesses will be the focus on Aug. 11. Light refreshments will be served. Each meeting will be held at the Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.
As he says in the Morningside Sun newsletter, “As I settle into the role as Mayor, I would like to get your feedback on what you would like to see in our town.”
Then, on Aug. 13, there’ll be an Outdoor Family Movie Night at the Town Hall. Admission is free. Disney’s “Zootopia” is the film; popcorn and sno kones will be sold. For information, call 301-736-2300.
Many of you will remember the large Nichols family of Morningside. The late Mary and Lawrence Nichols raised 14 children in that little Allies Road home. And now they have a new great-grandson, Jim Brandon Nichols, born to Joe and Keisha Nichols of Laurel. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
Baby Jim is the 41st great-grandchild for Mary and Lawrence, and the 11th grandchild of Jean and Jimmy Nichols. He is the little brother of Kyra, 14; Nya, 11, and Jayden, 6. He’s named for his uncle, Jim Brown Nichols, who died suddenly last Jan. 10.
By the way, almost all the Nichols’ sons, grandsons and great-grandson have the initials JBN.
Lorraine Wright of Camp Springs was guest of honor at a surprise party celebrating her 70th birthday on July 23 at Galazio Restaurant in La Plata.
Family members of Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews traveled from New York to Joint Base Andrews on the 75th anniversary of the day Camp Springs Air Field was renamed Andrews Air Field in his honor, shortly after he died in a plane crash in Iceland during World War II.
It all began at Suitland High
Robert Frances Dorr, 76, an author and former Foreign Service officer died June 12 at a hospital in Falls Church. He was born in Washington, grew up near Bolling AFB and developed a lifelong interest in airplanes. With money earned from a paper route, he bought an Underwood typewriter.
When he was a student at Suitland High School, he wrote an article published in Air Force Magazine. From that time he went on to write hundreds of books and newspaper and magazine articles on military aircraft, battles and history. His 1991 book, “Desert Shield: The Build-up: The Complete Story,” sold more than 100,000 copies. He also wrote for pulp fiction magazines.
He served with the Air Force four years, mostly in Korea where he mastered the language. From 1964 to 1989 he was with the Foreign Service in South Korea, Madagascar, Japan, Sweden, London and Liberia.
His wife, Young Soon Cho, sons Robert and Lawrence, a brother and three grandchildren survive him.
Belles of Civil War Richmond at the Surratt House
The Surratt Society is presenting “From Belles to Battleaxes: Women of Civil War Richmond” on Aug. 13, 4 p.m. in their research center. Kelly Hancock, Education Program Coordinator at the Museum of the Confederacy, will share stories of the daring spies, devoted nurses, star-crossed lovers and captivating socialites of the Civil War in Richmond. The Surratt House Museum is at 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton. Attendance is free. For more information, call 301-868-1121.
Family and Friends Day at Clinton U.M. Church
Clinton United Methodist Church and Pastor Dorothea Belt Stroman are hosting a Family and Friends Day on Sunday, Aug. 21. Services will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Elliece Smith Bryant, Assistant. St. Paul Baptist Church, of Capitol Heights, will feature its Men’s Choir at 8 a.m. and the Gospel Choir at 10:30.
Refreshments and fellowship follow the 10:30 service in the Multipurpose Room. The church is at 10700 Brandywine Road in Clinton. All are welcome.
Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet is hosting its grand opening at 5700 Silver Hill Road in District Heights: “The largest and most elegant Chinese, Japanese & American cuisine restaurant.” Let me know if you try it.
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is now open at 140-B American Way at National Harbor. I notice they have pralines, one of my favorite candies. I’ll have to check it out.
Handwriting is back: Cursive was supposed to be dead, and in recent years has not been taught in many (maybe, most) of our schools. Common Core standards didn’t even require it. Our youth are growing up printing — can’t read the cursive of their grandparents, and maybe even of their parents. Now, there’s a movement to teach it again. About time.
May they rest in peace
Diane Ruby, longtime secretary at St. Philip’s Church and my good friend, died July 26. I’ll pay tribute to her in next week’s column.
Bertha Mae Thacker, 93, a former customer service representative at Sears on Alabama Avenue, died June 21 at her home in Capitol Heights. She was born in Rocky Mount, Va., and settled in the metro area in 1954.
Happy birthday to Miss Bailey Sparks, GeGe Feeney and my granddaughter Rose Seidman, Aug. 5; Markeyce Herring and Connie Kimbles, Aug. 6; Mary Dean, Aug. 7; Maxmilian “Max” Howard, Ruth Sanford and William Billy Stewart, Aug. 8; and Savannah Foster, Aug. 11.
Happy anniversary to Denis and Donna Wood, Aug. 7; and Morningside Councilwoman Sharon and Mike Fowler, their 37th on Aug. 11.