Morn­ing­side VFD gives Thanks­giv­ing thank you for com­mu­nity sup­port

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This mes­sage is from the Morn­ing­side Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment web­site:

“To­day, our com­mu­nity came to­gether at our fire sta­tion to show their thanks for us. They didn’t just drop off food and wish us well, they brought their fam­i­lies and shared a meal with us.

“At their re­quest, we set a ta­ble for our fallen broth­ers who could not be with us, taken in the line of duty years ago. We will al­ways re­mem­ber the ul­ti­mate price that Kenny and Michael paid to serve. We are thank­ful that our com­mu­nity val­ues that sac­ri­fice and our con­tin­u­ance of ser­vice. We are the hub of this com­mu­nity, and they sup­port us at ev­ery turn.”

Those fallen broth­ers are Michael McCarthy, who died Sept. 12, 1983, and Ken­neth Hedrick, who died Jan. 12, 1992. Both in the line of duty.

Neigh­bors and other peo­ple

Judy Waby Hansel, formerly of Sky­line, is now liv­ing in Belling­ham, Wash. How­ever, she never stays long; she writes, “Don’t know how long I’ll be here.” She’s liv­ing 15 miles from the bor­der so she can get Cana­dian TV. Judy sends “greet­ings to any­one still alive from the old days.” In the old days, Judy was our lead­ing ag­i­ta­tor. We miss her.

J’TA Free­man, a se­nior at Bishop McNa­mara High School, has been elected one of the D.C. Youth May­ors af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mar­ion Berry Youth Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute and get­ting 75 sig­na­tures. One of the most im­por­tant is­sues for her is gun vi­o­lence.

There must be some hun­ters out there. You might be in­ter­ested to know that the Win­ter 2018 is­sue of Mary­land Hunt­ing Quar­terly fea­tures a friend of mine on the cover. He is Charles Rod­ney — also known as The Rab­bit Hunter. He lives in Camp Springs and is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to this, and other, hunt­ing mag­a­zines.

Com­ing up: Morn­ing­side’s monthly Town Meet­ing will be Tues­day, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Chang­ing land­scape

Five stat­ues, rep­re­sent­ing the five branches of mil­i­tary, were in­stalled at Na­tional Har­bor on Vet­er­ans Day, Nov. 11. Each statue was un­veiled by a vet­eran of that par­tic­u­lar branch of the ser­vice.

Leo Bruso emailed me about the Shop Smart Out­let that closed in An­drews Manor. He re­ports it has re­lo­cated to 6331 Old Branch Ave. in Camp Springs.

Santa’s com­ing to the fire­house

Morn­ing­side is host­ing its an­nual Break­fast with Santa at the Morn­ing­side fire­house on Satur­day, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 but it must be paid in ad­vance. You can go to the Town Hall (6961 Ames St.) or call 301-7362301 for in­for­ma­tion.

An old-fash­ioned Christ­mas

En­joy sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tions, an­tique cards and or­na­ments, and more, as guides in pe­riod at­tire talk about cus­toms of the Civil War era. Take ad­van­tage of hol­i­day dis­counts in the mu­seum’s ex­cel­lent gift shop. Reg­u­lar tour ad­mis­sion fees ap­ply.

The house is open Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Satur­days and Sun­days, noon to 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion: $5, adults; $4, se­niors; $2, chil­dren (un­der 5, free). The Sur­ratt House Mu­seum is at 9811 Brandy­wine Road in Clin­ton. In­for­ma­tion: 301-868-1121 or sur­rattmu­

This event con­tin­ues through Dec. 9. The Sur­ratt House will be closed Dec. 10 to Jan. 15. How­ever, the of­fice will be open Mon.-Fri., 9-5.

Morn­ing­side Mem­o­ries: 18 years ago

On Oct. 7, 2000, the Morn­ing­side Sub-teen Club held Re­union 2000. There were 120 in at­ten­dance. Ver­sie Car­son, the orig­i­nal di­rec­tor, and Til­lie Sea­man, the third and fi­nal di­rec­tor, were there, as well as Mrs. Dick­ens, sixth grade teacher and sub-teen ad­vo­cate. Old pho­tos were passed around. One was of an ear­lier Re­union Com­mit­tee: Den­nis Sea­man, Jan­ice Peters, Wayne Neale and Donna Bookhultz.

Eu­gene Ripka, Al­co­holics Anony­mous ad­vo­cate

Eu­gene E. “Gene” Ripka III, 62, of Fort Wash­ing­ton, a Ver­i­zon Com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­tiree, died Oct. 1. He was a na­tive of Lewis­town, Pa. He at­tended Bar­ring­ton Col­lege in Rhode Is­land and Clar­ion Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia.

This spring he cel­e­brated 11 years of so­bri­ety. As an ac­tive mem­ber of Al­co­holics Anony­mous, he en­cour­aged those who were strug­gling and as­sumed the re­spon­si­bil­ity of trea­surer and set up the weekly AA meet­ings.

Gene is sur­vived by his wife of 25 years, Anna Louise Stephens; his mother, Betty Ripka; sib­lings, Valarie DeVec­chis and Jef­frey Ripka; and Oxon Hill United Methodist Church where he has been a mem­ber for 25 years. His sin­cer­ity, quick wit, sense of hu­mor and knowl­edge will be missed.

Lil­lian Proc­tor, cus­to­dial su­per­vi­sor

Lil­lian Beach “Aunt Lill” Proc­tor, 87, died Nov. 18 at the Fort Wash­ing­ton Health Cen­ter. She grew up in Oxon Hill, the daugh­ter of Moses and Essie Lu­cas Beach, at­tended county schools and met and mar­ried John Whit­ting­ton with whom she had four sons.

She was bap­tized at St. Paul United Methodist Church and in 1951 be­came an usher there, serv­ing un­til she was no longer able. In the 1950s she went to work for the Prince Ge­orge’s County School Board as cus­to­dian, rose through the ranks and ended her 40year ca­reer in May 1994 as cus­to­dial su­per­vi­sor.

Lil­lian was pre­ceded in death by seven sib­lings and sons Don and An­thony “Bo-Bo” Beach. Sur­vivors in­clude sons Elvis and Marvin Beach, grand- and great-grand­chil­dren and many nieces and neph­ews. Cel­e­bra­tion of Life was at St. Paul’s with burial at Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.


Happy birth­day to Crys­tal Pruitt and Charles Box­ley, Dec. 8; Beth Ship­man, Dec. 9; Sharon Fowler and Diane Zirkle, Dec. 10; Michelle An­der­son, Dec. 11; Bernie (Bar­bour) Pace, Thomas Ship­man Jr. and Jim Trexler, Dec. 13.

Happy 16th an­niver­sary to Johnny and He­len Richard­son on Dec. 14.

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