Columnist introduced to Pokemon Go by unexpected visit
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.
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.