Suitland school kids receive gifts from county executive
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (D) came to Suitland Elementary School on back-to-school day to welcome the students and present them with book bags filled with school supplies.
This Pencil Box Project has been conducted by the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. This year the Suitland Civic Association joined in the giving.
Orva Heissenbuttel, authority on antiques and former Enquirer-Gazette columnist, was honored September 2015 at the annual fall banquet of the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. Back in 1975 she was instrumental in helping to found the Surratt Society. Others honored at that 40th anniversary celebration were Peggy Clifton, Mary Jo Shaver, Joan Chaconas and Laurie Verge.
Jose Montano Jr., who was born at Andrews Air Force Base on Aug. 24, 1968, has been working as a close aide to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), now Democratic candidate for vice president. Jose had been an activist in the Washington, D.C., area’s Filipino American community. Sad to say, he died of an apparent heart attack on July 25.
What I did on my vacation
I took a Greyhound to Cincinnati, stayed a few days with daughter Kathleen Shearer in West Chester. Then, Kathleen drove me to my hometown, Saginaw, Mich., where I enjoyed a week with my three surviving siblings, Rosie, Stella and Tom. One sad note — Kathleen had to hurriedly return to Ohio because her 14-year-old dog Maxie died; the dog-sitter was frantic.
Anyway, I bussed home in time for BrianFest, a celebration of my son Brian who died last April 11. Brian loved a good beer. So my son-in-law, Luke Seidman of Crownsville, brewed about 10 different beers, each bearing a different Brian memory. It was a poignant, but fun, time for us all. Brian would have turned 59 on Aug. 25.
And now I’m home, waiting for you to email news.
• Loyola on the Potomac in Faulkner has a weekend retreat coming up Sept. 9-11. This is a silent retreat, open to men and women, with time for prayer, personal reflection and cultivation of a deep relationship with God. For ticket information, contact Bill Malkowski at 301-4230584. By the way, I plan to be there for the retreat.
• The Skyline Citizens Association’s Annual Flea Market will be held in the parking lot of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’ll be fish and chips, hotdogs, beverages and dessert for sale. Tables are $15. Contact Suzanne, 240-838-6412, or Spivey, 301-967-1320.
• Councilman Obie Patterson (D) is hosting a Community Health Fair on Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road in Fort Washington. Free flu shots; medical, HIV/STD, dental and vision screening; physical fitness activities for seniors, families and children; hospital reps, vendors and more. Free.
• The Air Force’s salute to military retirees and their families is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Joint Base Andrews Club. The parent 11th Wing hosts the annual event.
Favorite restaurants mourned
Pearl McNamara emailed: “In response to the ‘Steak in a Sack,’ they are now open in Charlotte Hall. I haven’t been there, but my niece has. She said you need to stop in to see them.”
Jean Ferrante writes: “Steak in a Sack has reopened at the end of Golden Beach Road in [Charlotte Hall] right near me and my granddaughter has a job there. Brings back memories of when Joe and I were dating, it was a favorite of his.”
Jean also writes that the Royal Tea Room in La Plata will not be reopening. It has been sold to the church next door.
From the September 1960 Morning-Side-Lines newsletter: John “Mac” McAllister was elected president of the Morningside School PTA. Other officers: Jack Schoen, vice-resident; Rebecca Howard, treasurer; Ruth Sapp, secretary; Patricia Leary, corresponding secretary.
Committee chairmen were: Rose Bookhultz, Mrs. Larsen, Anna Patterson, Shirley Salisbury, Dot Curcio, Florence Jones and Ruth Spaid.
She enjoyed gardening
Berta Robinson, 93, of Ashburn, Va., and formerly of Temple Hills, died Aug. 1. She was born in Roth, Germany, where she worked as a bookkeeper in post-World War II and where she met Robert Robinson. They were married in 1951. They were longtime members of St. Philip’s Parish in Camp Springs, and Berta was active with the Woodberry Garden Club of Maryland. She’s survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert, her grandchildren and a sister, Lidi Renner. Her funeral Mass was at St. Theresa’s in Ashburn, with a graveside service at Arlington Cemetery conducted by her nephew, the Rev. John Richard Robinson.
Belated greetings to Edith Hull, Aug. 26; Shirley Holmes, Chris Busky, William Fowler and twins Anthony and Avery Simmons, Aug. 27; Lavine Callicott and her husband Bill, both on Aug. 29; and my daughterin-law Michelle McHale, Aug. 29; Wanda Payne Simms, Bria Barbour-Ray, Denis Wood, Jai McCune, Caitlin Rose Woods and Tom Anderson, Aug. 30; Mary Berkley and Travis Mullins, Aug. 31.
Happy birthday to Christine Hoehl, Judy Busky, Earl Simms, Rebecca Capps and my great-granddaughter Mary Adela McHale, Sept. 1; Suzanne Kenney, Sept. 2; Andrelic Howard and Fr. Arnold DePorter, Sept. 3; Mary Mitchell and Loretta Carter, Sept. 4; Frank Howard, Justine Poe, Paul M. Locke, my granddaughter-in-law Nina McHale and Dan Needham, Sept. 6; and Melissa Howell, Sept. 7.