Church to host discussion on human trafficking
Karen Rooker of Morningside became senior vice president for the Department of Maryland Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in June at the convention in Ocean City.
She has a long history with VFW Post 9619 in Morningside. Her dad, Frank McCrone, was post commander some years ago, and had been an Air Force master sergeant who served in Vietnam. Her mom worked bingo and was secretary and later president of the auxiliary. Karen herself became a member in 1979 and now her daughter, Ellen Ashby, is a member as well.
Karen worked for National Geographic for 35 years, but found time to serve off and on as Morningside town council member and six years as mayor of Morningside. As of July 11, she is clerk-treasurer for the town.
And next June she’ll take over as president of the Department of Maryland VFW Auxiliary.
Skyline citizens host annual flea market
The Skyline Citizens Association’s Annual Flea Market will be held in the parking lot of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’ll be fish and chips, hot dogs, beverages and dessert for sale. Tables are $15. Contact Suzanne at 240-838-6412, or Spivey at 301-967-1320.
Barry Wade is the new part-time Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Morningside.
Winnie Lanehart of Skyline attended her 60th class reunion of La Plata High School at the Port Tobacco Marina on June 5. Her daughter Tinya and granddaughter Tiffany were visiting and went along to meet some of her classmates. There were 28 present, of the original 98. All had a great time.
Winnie’s granddaughter Krista celebrated with a birthday dinner at Red Robin in Lexington Park on July 15th. She invited 20 guests — 28 showed up.
Paul Sinclair did a great job at Skyline’s National Night Out, flipping burgers and toasting hot dogs in his amazing traveling grill.
A Goodwill Retail Donation Center opened in Clinton on Woodyard Road.
Andrews Manor Shopping Center has been spruced up with a newly-resurfaced and re-lined parking lot.
My favorite eateries keep closing. Another is The Royal Tea Room on Charles Street in La Plata. Does anyone know if it will reopen?
Speaking of reopening, I had a call mentioning that that the Steak in a Sack will not reopen in Marlow Heights, but somewhere else, further south. Anyway, that doesn’t do me any good.
Aug. 13: Outdoor Family Movie Night at the Morningside Town Hall., 8 p.m. Admission is free. Disney’s Zootopia is the film; popcorn and Sno Kones will be sold. For information, call 301-736-2300.
Aug. 13: St. Philip’s Annual Crab Feast, 1 to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall. Tickets, $40; kids 8 to 124, $20; family of four, $100. Information: email@example.com.
Sept. 24: Community Health Fair hosted by Councilman Obie Patterson, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. Free flu shots; medical, HIV/ STD, dental & vision screening; children’s health expo; hospital reps & vendors. Free.
Wednesdays: Farmer’s Market at the Mona Center, 5859 Allentown Way, Temple Hills, 2 to 7 p.m.
She rode with Henry in a 1953 Eldorado
Diane Ruby of Temple Hills, secretary at St. Philip the Apostle Church for more than 30 years, died July 26 at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Norma Harvey, in Tacoma Park. She would have turned 71 on Aug. 5.
Mary Diane Harvey was born in Buffalo, the oldest of the nine children of Elizabeth “Betty” and Edward Harvey. The family later moved to Southeast Washington. Diane attended St. Teresa’s School, graduated from St. Patrick’s Academy, and worked for the State Department.
In 1979 the Rev. Oliver Mahedy, pastor of St. Philip’s, hired Diane as secretary. Over the next 30-plus years she served four more pastors: the Revs. Bernard Ihrie, Charles McCann, Arnold De Porter and Scott Hahn. She was a great secretary, and an invaluable resource — she knew everyone, and everything that was going on.
Diane was married twice, to Harry “Butch” Gaines and to Henry Ruby. For several years she and Butch lived on Woodland Road in Morningside. She was active with the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department and VFW Post 9619.
Along with her husband Henry, she enjoyed participating in the Cadillac & La- Salle Club, Potomac Region. The club’s 2013 Colossal Convertibles show honored Henry, longtime Car Show Coordinator. As a tribute, his 1958 Eldorado Biarrita and 1953 Eldorado were displayed.
Diane’s father, brother Dennis and husband Henry preceded her in death. Survivors include her mother, Betty Harvey, daughters Marianne and Cathy, four step- children, three grandchildren, and siblings Mary Ellen, Budge, Mike, Bill, Patrick, Donna and Beth. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Philip’s, concelebrated by the Revs. Edward Hegnauer, Bernard Ihrie, Scott Hahn and Jeffrey Samaha. Repast was at St. Philip’s following burial at Resurrection Cemetery.
Happy birthday to Mary Berkley and Brittany Short, Aug. 13; Margaret Hunt, Nancy Stacey and Gracie Mothershead, Aug. 16; Hildagard Koenig, Aug. 17; my granddaughter-in-law Heather McHale, Le August Brent and Mark Cummings, Jr., Aug. 19; and Melody Barnes, Aug. 20. Austin Michael Fowler, Aug. 21; Wayne Anderson, Barbara Phipps and Gavin Michael Glaubitz, Aug. 22; and Joseph R. Maiden Jr., Aug. 23.
Happy 13th anniversary to John and Stacie Smith on Aug. 23.