Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to vote in the pri­mary April 26

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We’ll be vot­ing for Pres­i­dent, U.S. Senator, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Congress, Judge of the Cir­cuit Court, and Del­e­gates to the Na­tional Con­ven­tion in the pri­mary elec­tion on Tues­day, April 26, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. I’ll cast my vote at Sky­line School (maybe for the last time, since Sky­line is clos­ing).

I may vote early, since eight sites will be open for “con­ve­nient, ac­ces­si­ble and on your sched­ule” vot­ing be­fore the pri­mary. The dates are April 14 through April 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For us in the Morn­ing­side/ Sky­line area, the clos­est place is the Suit­land Com­mu­nity Park School Cen­ter at 5600 Re­gency Lane.

Other polling places are: Baden Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Bowie Gym­na­sium, Col­lege Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Lau­rel-Beltsville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter, South­ern Re­gional Tech­nol­ogy and Recre­ation Com­plex, Up­per Marl­boro Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learn­ing Cen­ter.


Kenny Clark, for­merly of Wood­land Road, has moved from Florida to Vir­ginia to help his mom, Joanne (Clark) Bunch, who has suf­fered sev­eral strokes.

Two long­time Morn­ingsiders have died re­cently, Lois McMickle and Pa­tri­cia Speier. If you can give me some in­for­ma­tion about ei­ther of them I’d ap­pre­ci­ate a call or an email (mud­[email protected]).

Com­ing up

• The Sur­ratt House, in Clin­ton, is of­fer­ing three John Wilkes Booth Es­cape Route Bus Tours, on Satur­days, April 16, 23 and 30. Tours be­gin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Call 301-868-1121 for avail­abil­ity and cost. I’ve made this out­stand­ing all-day tour sev­eral times.

• Sky­line will host a flea mar­ket at the Morn­ing­side Fire­house on May 21. De­tails to come later.

• The Morn­ing­side monthly town meet­ing will be at the Town Hall on Tues­day, April 19, 7 p.m. Go, and learn more so you’re bet­ter pre­pared to vote in the Town elec­tion May 2. Three are run­ning for mayor.

Chang­ing land­scape

County Ex­ec­u­tive Rush­ern L. Baker III (D) de­liv­ered re­marks at the grand open­ing and rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony of the Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice De­part­ment’s new po­lice academy on April 7. The academy is lo­cated at 8905 Pres­i­den­tial Park­way in Up­per Marl­boro.

Suit­land Road boasts new side­walks and curb­ing from the apart­ments to Hen­son Creek and the 7-Eleven, which means you can now walk (or jog) side­walks all the way from Morn­ing­side to Sil­ver Hill Road in Suit­land.

New once-a-week trash, re­cy­cling, and yard mat­ter col­lec­tion days be­gin in May. Trash and re­cy­cling will be picked up on the same day each week; yard mat­ter will move to Mon­days. Cus­tomers will be no­ti­fied about their trash and re­cy­cling day, and will re­ceive a free, new, wheeled trash-toter.

Ra­mona rec­om­mends...

I had a re­cent call from Ra­mona Britt, who used to live in Suit­land and is now in Lau­rel. She’s a reg­u­lar reader of my col­umn (thank you!) and wanted to re­port on two shows she highly rec­om­mends:

An out­stand­ing “My Fair Lady” at the River­side Din­ner The­ater in Fred­er­icks­burg, Va., through May 8. Tick­ets are $45-$60 (child and se­nior dis­counts avail­able). For in­for­ma­tion, call 540-370-4300.

“Samson, “a Sight & Sound pro­duc­tion in Lan­caster, Pa., now through Dec. 31. Tick­ets for adults, $54 Tues­day thru Fri­day and $74 on Satur­day; chil­dren, $21 and $25. Dis­counts avail­able for 15+. For in­for­ma­tion, call 800377-1277.

Sight & Sound The­atres, the largest faith-based live the­atres in the country, have been de­scribed as “Chris­tian Broad­way.” Last year, Sight & Sound pro­duc­tions in Lan­caster and Bran­son, Mo., drew nearly a mil­lion peo­ple from around the world.

Morn­ing­side Mem­o­ries: 1951 tragedy

Sixty-five years ago, on April 8, 1951, a pi­lot­less World War II B-25 bomber passed low over the I.C.E. Club and crashed into a house at 302 Lom­bardy Road. The two young daugh­ters of MSgt. Sa­muel and Dorothea Snyder, and Dorothea’s vis­it­ing broth­erin-law, died in the ex­plo­sion and the fire.

The pi­lots, who had bailed out, were tried for man­slaugh­ter. I don’t know what the ver­dict was. The Sny­ders’ house was re­built. But they moved away; they never had more chil­dren.

Cross­land alumna, Dianne Overby Hak­en­son, dies

Dianne Gail Hak­en­son, 65, of Alexan­dria, a 1968 grad­u­ate of Cross­land High School, died Dec. 14. She was the daugh­ter of the late Richard O. and Betty Overby, and grew up in a home on Suit­land Road be­fore mov­ing in 1964 to Sky­line Ter­race.

She started school at Morn­ing­side El­e­men­tary and went on to Cross­land for grades 7 to 12. (Yes, back then Cross­land started out as a ju­nior high.) She worked for 30 years for a county school board in Vir­ginia, re­tir­ing only months be­fore she died.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 45 years, Harry Hak­en­son; three chil­dren, Harry M. “Butch” Hak­en­son III, Pamela G. Go­forth and Richard M. “Ricky” Hak­en­son and six grand­chil­dren. She was the sis­ter of Richard L. “Cook” Overby, Frank W. Overby and the late Don­ald “Donny” Overby.


Happy birth­day to Bill Ward, Eva Hay and Les Born­man, April 15; Tara Des­tiny Bucker, Edna Du­cote, April 16 and Wanda Brooke, April 16; Eloise Carnes, Ruby Cun­ning­ham and Veron­ica Frost­but­ter, April 17; Cameron Trexler, April 19; Mary Lou Wise and Devaughn Bran­ham, April 20; Jill Gil­martin Booth and Tif­fany Jack­son, April 21.

Happy an­niver­sary to John and Emily Tier­ney, their 66th on April 15; Ed­ward and Jane (Martin) Tal­bert, their 67th on April 16; Larry and Jody (Bowman) Ny­ers, their 36th on April 18; and Jim and Pat Con­lon, their 42nd on April 20.

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