Bishop McNamara High School inducts 2016 Hall of Famers
Since 1997 Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville has formally recognized alumni scholar-athletes, of both McNamara and La Reine High School, who excelled both in the classroom and on the field of athletic competition.
At the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Dr. Marco J. Clark, President/CEO, and Dr. Robert Van der Wagg, Principal, presented plaques to the following: Stephen Smith, ‘72; Michael Casey, ‘76; Lynda Hewins Wyatt, La Reine High School ‘84; Waine Bacon, ‘98; the 1984 Wrestling WMAC Metro Conference, and the 1995 Women’s Softball Division II.
July 31: County Councilman Mel Franklin (D), in partnership with Fame, invites you to the sixth annual Prince George’s County Family & Friends Day at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, 3-6 p.m. There’ll be food, entertainment, games, live music, DJ, and clowns. “Good time for the whole family!”
Aug. 2: Both Morningside and Skyline hold annual Night Out Against Crime picnics and more. It’s always a good time. Mark your calendar.
Aug. 4: Dr. Amjad Anaizi will present “Getting Your Back on Track” as part of the Ask-the-Doctor Seminar Series at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free but you must register by phone, 855-546-1788, or online at MedStarSouthernMaryland.org/ calendar.
Justin Coffren graduated from North Point High School in Waldorf and will be attending Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. He is the grandson of Mary Dean, of Morningside, and the son of Crystal and Craig Coffren.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III retired after more than 40 years of distinguished service during ceremonies in his honor at Joint Base Andrews on June 24. He was retired by his son, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Welsh.
Ebony Bates made the rounds in Skyline on July 4, handing out American flags (thanks, Ebony!) and her business card. She is a licensed realtor in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
My daughter Sheila Mudd, her daughters Leah and Claire, and several friends headed for New York City last week, hoping to catch a glimpse of Lin-Manuel Miranda and maybe win in the drawing for $10 (because Hamilton is on the $10 bill) tickets to the hit show “Hamilton.” The crowd was huge! They did see Lin-Manuel; they did not win tickets. They finally attended “Les Miserables” at the theater next door.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced on June 15 plans for the construction of a new interchange at Route 210, Kerby Hill and Livingston roads. It is figured to relieve bottlenecks near National Harbor and MGM.
McNamara High School has two new facilities planned: The Andy Mona ‘82 Student Center is due for completion in August 2017. The La Reine Science Center is anticipated by 2020.
Picnic, jousting and the Pope’s Fiat
St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville invites you to their 141st Annual Picnic on Saturday July 30, noon to 7 p.m. Enjoy their delicious BBQ chicken while watching the jousting tournament (1-4 p.m.). Also featured will be a candy stand, famous baked goods snack bar, cake wheel, crafts, white elephant, country store, children’s games and live entertainment. And they are hosting the Pope’s Fiat. Come and see it. Meal dine-in is $18; 12 and younger eat for free. Carryout is $18. St. Mary’s is at 18230 Barnesville Road in Barnesville. For information, call 301-972-8660 or go to stmaryonline.com.
Chivalry really isn’t dead
Several weeks ago I reported that a Good Samaritan named David stepped out of the checkout line at Safeway in Clinton, and without saying a thing, paid my bill when I — very embarrassed — found I’d left my billfold at home. I sent him a check and a big thankyou.
Recently, while waiting to pay at Panda Express in Clinton, the man ahead of me in line simply told the clerk, “I’m also paying hers,” and nodded at me. I was astonished and asked “Why?” He said something like wanting to do good for others. I told him I’d light a candle for him and I did, at church, for “John from Landover.”
May they rest in peace
Marjorie Read “Margie” Hay, with ties to Morningside, died May 1. Her nephew, Pastor Richard Horner of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, came from Kennebunk, Maine, to conduct Aunt Margie’s service at Kalas Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill “Gene” Hay; sons, Bill (Holly) and Bob (Suzanne) Hay; daughter, Carol (Donnie) Mitchell; sister, Sandi Chohany; grandchildren, Bobby, Mary, Kristin, Billy, Melanie, Brett and Angela; and great-grandchildren, Anabella, James and Rory (born June 9). And how was she related to Morningside? Her brotherin-law, Jack Hay, is the father of Ruth Anthony, longtime Morningsider.
Condolences to the Rev. Lawrence Young on the death of his mother, Julia Claire Young, in Ellicott City on July 4, just a few days shy of her 86th birthday.
Happy birthday Ryan Simms and David Cook, July 22; Virginia Price, July 23; Angela Surratt, July 24; Bill Curcio and Thomas DeGraba, July 25; Florence Cray and Jennifer Booth, July 26; Floyd Shields and Connie Robbins, July 27; Matthew Gryskewicz, Kenny Hunt and Jason Nichols, July 28.
Happy anniversary to Percy and Barbara Crawford on their 44th, July 22; and Steve and Tessie Johnson, their 16th on July 22.