Prince George’s Animal Services now hosting Adopt a Dog Month
Is it time to bring home a dog for your family? Or for yourself? If you adopt from the Prince George’s Animal Services Facility during the month of October, you won’t be charged for adoption, microchip or vaccination fees.
The shelter is open Mondays and Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays, Thursdays and holidays. It’s located at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro. For more information, call 301-780-7200. I checked the website and found that the Animal Services Facility in Prince George’s has a slew of five-star reviews.
To see what dogs are available, go to www.princegeorgespets4us.com. Each dog has a photo and such information as its name, age and breed.
Women’s Conference at Suitland Road Baptist
Suitland Road Baptist Church and its pastor, the Rev. Kelvin McCune, invite all women to participate in its 18th Annual Women’s Conference on Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference theme is “Walking in Newness of Life.” Speakers are Minister Beatrice Y. Smith, Sister Deloris McKinney and Sister Shelia Hayes.
The fee is $30, which includes lunch. Suitland Road Baptist is at 6412 Suitland Road. For information, call 301-291-2296.
Finally, a standing-room-only crowd at a Skyline Citizens meeting
And why was it a standing-room-only? Because most of the chairs were gone. As was almost everything that ever made Skyline School a school. We met in what used to be the multi-purpose/gym, and used what chairs President Stan Holmes could dig out of the supply closet.
But the meager seating, the standees and the depressing surroundings didn’t keep our meeting from being lively.
Our guest speaker was Dana Tutt, principal of William Beanes Elementary, the school our children now attend. She told us about herself: she grew up in Suitland, attended the local public schools and graduated from Suitland High. She loves her community. She talked about her concern in more than doubling the student body. She also talked about the new community center due to open soon, adjacent to the school.
Special guests included Morningside Mayor Benn Cann and Vice-Mayor Bradley Wade who filled us in on what’s coming up in Morningside. Paul Sinclair, president of Skyline Hills Homeowners, invited us to attend their four-times-a-year meetings, which now will be held at the Morningside Town Hall.
Our COPS Officer Gonzalez mentioned a robbery at the Suitland Beer & Wine (across from the Morningside VFD) and gave us crime prevention tips. He particularly cautioned us to lock the car door and never leave a purse or other valuables in plain view when gassing your car.
Our next Skyline meeting will be in November at the Morningside Fire House.
Speaking of the Morningside VFD, a house on Donna Street in Skyline was gutted by fire the night of Sept. 25/26. Apparently no one was living there at the time, and there have been no report of injuries or the cause of the fire.
The Rev. Everett Pearson, pastor of Mount Calvary Church in Forestville, will be honored Nov. 19 with a Mass of Thanksgiving and a banquet, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Mass will be at Mount Calvary, celebrated by Bishop Martin Holley, followed by a gala dinner and music at Pius X Knights of Columbus Hall.
Parkdale High School is mourning the death of their beloved Principal Tanya Washington. She was with the county schools for 19 years, starting in 1997 as a teacher at William Wirt Middle School. Later she taught science at Charles H. Flowers High, served as assistant principal at Oxon Hill Middle and Largo High before moving to Parkdale as principal in 2013.
Saturday, Oct 29: Morningside is hosting its first Trunk or Treat. On that night they’ll hold a costume contest, bake sale and Trunk or Treat from cars. Cars will also be judged for best (spookiest?). This event is meant to provide a safer Halloween experience for children. For information, contact Councilmember Blade, 240-464-4272, or Councilmember Fowler, 240-354-5953.
Saturday, Dec. 3: The Surratt Society has a special tour, Showman and his Magic Lantern Christmas Show, an authentic 1890s visual extravaganza, and a family-style meal at the Plain & Fancy Theatre in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. The bus leaves from the Surratt House at 9 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. The cost is $100. Send reservation and payment to Joan Chaconas, Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton, MD 20735. Include contact information and number attending.
The Washington Monument has closed indefinitely for an elevator fix. The announcement was made Sept. 26 after the elevator had caused repeated monument closures over the past months. The 555-foot-tall monument was damaged in the 2011 earthquake, which may be part of the problem.
The Air National Guard dedicated a display of a Vietnam-era F-100 Super Sabre aircraft at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Sept. 13 at Joint Base Andrews. Retired Maj. Gen Donald Shepperd, former ANC director, spoke at the ceremony; the aircraft bears his name.
Happy birthday to Dr. Alvin Thornton and Kam’Ron Blade, Oct. 7; Greta Chambers, Oct. 9; Marvin Burkhart, Oct. 10; Mary Deans, Oct. 11; and Tj Foster, Oct. 12.
Happy 27th anniversary to my daughter Elaine and Luke Seidman, on Oct. 7. Elaine wore the wedding dress and veil my mother Rose wore back in 1928, and rode to St. Augustine Church in Elkridge in a chauffeur-driven 1928 Ford.