Colum­nist in­tro­duced to Poke­mon Go by un­ex­pected visit

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I an­swered a knock at my front door and opened it to two teenage boys. They greeted me and then one of them asked, “Do you have a statue of Mary in your back­yard?” I puz­zled over that, then real­ized this must have some­thing to do the new Poké­mon craze. And then I thought about the grotto of Our Lady of Lour­des be­hind the con­vent of the Daugh­ters of St. Anne, sort of be­hind my back­yard.

I walked them over to the con­vent. On the way I told them about Lour­des in France, and Ber­nadette to whom Our Lady ap­peared in 1858, and how thou­sands go on pil­grim­age there.

At the con­vent, I opened the gate, and di­rected them down the hill to the shrine. I told them to say a prayer when they got there. They headed down to the grotto, then sud­denly fell on their knees, bowed their heads and, I guess, said a prayer. I was so touched to see those young men kneel down like that.

I learned their names are Dar­ius and Will, one from Bal­ti­more and the other a se­nior at Wise High School in Up­per Marl­boro. They thanked me pro­fusely and then asked if I knew where they could find can­nons. At the VFW, of course.

Na­tional Night Out com­ing up

On Tues­day night, Aug. 2, dozens of com­mu­nity pic­nics will be held through­out the county for the an­nual Night Out Against Crime. In my neigh­bor­hood, both Morn­ing­side and Sky­line will host events that in­clude food, fun ac­tiv­i­ties and a chance to chat with po­lice of­fi­cers and those run­ning for of­fice this year. It’s also a chance to con­nect with neigh­bors. It’s al­ways a good time. Plan to at­tend.

Fam­ily & Friends Day 2016

County Coun­cil­man Mel Franklin (D), in part­ner­ship with Fame, in­vites you to the sixth an­nual Prince Ge­orge’s County Fam­ily & Friends Day on Sun­day, July 31, at Show Place Arena in Up­per Marl­boro, from 3 to 6 p.m. There’ll be food, en­ter­tain­ment, games, live mu­sic, DJ and clowns. As the poster says: “Good time for the whole fam­ily!”


Kyle Dameron, of Morn­ing­side, has grad­u­ated with a mas­ter’s in sports medicine and science from Frost­burg State Univer­sity. He is the son of Lenora and the late Steve Dameron.

Dr. Kelvin McCune, pas­tor of Suit­land Road Bap­tist Church, will be head­ing to San Lu­cia Is­land, in the Caribbean, for a pas­tors’ con­fer­ence.

Best­selling au­thor Del Quentin Wil­ber has a new book out, “A Good Month for Mur­der.” With un­par­al­leled ac­cess to the homi­cide unit in Prince Ge­orge’s County, he spent an es­pe­cially bru­tal month for the county back in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

MedS­tar South­ern Mary­land Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter wel­comes vol­un­teers. Call 301-877-4553 for in­for­ma­tion.

No ex­cuse free work­outs

Na­tional Har­bor is of­fer­ing free Zumba classes ev­ery Wed­nes­day night, 7 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 4. Also, a free kick­box­ing car­dio at 7 p.m. on Tues­day nights. Th­ese are of­fered by the There’s No Ex­cuse Work­out Fit­ness Club. Bring your own wa­ter bot­tle and towel to the wa­ter­front plaza. For in­for­ma­tion, call Her­rera, 301-203-4171.

Golf tour­ney com­ing up Aug. 9

The Forestville Preg­nancy Cen­ter in­vites you to bring a four­some for golf to their an­nual fundrais­ing tour­na­ment on Tues­day, Aug. 9, at Lake Pres­i­den­tial Golf Course. You can reg­is­ter through GiveDirect, by mail (3611 Branch Ave., Suite 102, Mar­low Heights) or by phone (301-423-0063). The fee is $125, which in­cludes break­fast, lunch, snacks and re­fresh­ments dur­ing the day, door prizes and more. There are four holein-one holes with a chance to win $10,000.

Chang­ing land­scape

No more great break­fasts at Steak in a Sack in Mar­low Heights. I went by, and peeked in the win­dow. The booths have been re­moved and ren­o­va­tion does not ap­pear to be hap­pen­ing. This was my fa­vorite break­fast place.

New York Sub has opened at 8900 Wood­yard Road, in the space that once was an­other of my fa­vorite restau­rants, Yung Chow.

May they rest in peace

Dr. Bob Faithy Emwanta, 61, of Dis­trict Heights, an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion spe­cial­ist with the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., De­part­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment from 1999 to 2013, died June 28. He was born in Benin City, Nige­ria, and im­mi­grated to the U.S. in 1974. He had a bach­e­lor’s from High Point Univer­sity, N.C., and a PhD from Howard Univer­sity. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, four chil­dren, a grand­daugh­ter and other rel­a­tives. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was at Mount Cal­vary Church in Forestville, with burial in Nige­ria on July 30.

Carla Com­mons, 61, of Sara­sota, Fla., a mem­ber of the first grad­u­at­ing class of Friendly High School in 1972, died July 10. She grew up in Fort Wash­ing­ton, at­tended the Univer­sity of Mary­land, and en­joyed a long ca­reer in mort­gage bank­ing. She re­tired to Florida in 2014. Her fa­ther, Ma­jor Basil L. “Buz” Com­mons, pre­ceded her in death. Sur­vivors in­clude her mother, Frances; sib­lings, Su­san Goble, Maj. Gen. David Com­mons USAF, John Com­mons and Norma Ram­sey.

Dr. Stephen E. “Chick” Lynn, 75, a den­tist in Fort Wash­ing­ton for 40 years, died July 14. He was born in Wash­ing­ton, ed­u­cated at St. Fran­cis Xavier School, St. John’s Col­lege High School, Mount St. Mary’s Col­lege and Ge­orge­town U. School of Den­tistry, class of 1967. He was a mem­ber of the Knights of Colum­bus and the Friendly Sons of St. Pa­trick. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of nearly 50 years, Lin­den McCarthy Lynn, three sons, a daugh­ter and six grand­chil­dren. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was at St. Columba Church, Oxon Hill, with burial later at Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery.


Happy birth­day to Gary Barnes, July 29; He­len Rawlett and He­len Cordero, July 30; John Short, Paula Box­ley and Howard C. Booth, July 31; Carolyn Dade, Aug. 1; Chris Webb and Sa­man­tha Wade, Aug. 3; Vic­to­ria Le­van­duski, Laura Cook and Sallee Bixler, Aug. 4.

Happy 69th an­niver­sary to Wil­liam and Orva Heis­senbut­tel on Aug 3.

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