In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451

Andy Mona Student Center dedicated at McNamara High School

The new Andy Mona ‘82 Student Center at Bishop McNamara High School was dedicated and blessed by Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Sept. 14.

The student center bears the name of a 1982 graduate who died at age 27 after a long struggle with melanoma. The electric work was done by the Mona family business, Mona Electric, and the superintendent was Andy Mona’s son, Andy Mona II. He was just two years old when his father died.

The center features a new cafeteria and space for students to work collaboratively. It also features large windows to let natural light in, designed to let students “look out on the goodness of God’s creation,” said Marco Clark, McNamara president and CEO. The windows are so designed because Andy Mona’s last words (now permanently displayed on a wall in the center) were “Open the windows and throw out the screens; let Jesus in.”


Just days before their regular season, the Washington Redskins held preseason practice at Joint Base Andrews, which brought military stationed across the metro area to the sidelines to cheer.

Austin Lee, of Clinton, was awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Washington Regional Transplant Community for his support and commitment in educating the public about the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors.

Two teachers at St. Columba School in Oxon Hill were among those honored by the Archdiocese of Washington, at the formal opening of the school year, for their many years of teaching. They are: Laura Galbreath, 35 years, and Cindy Flores, 30 years.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame University for 35 years, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1954, and my retreat master back in 1948 at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, is featured on a new postage stamp.

This is the third commemorative stamp featuring Notre Dame. The other two were of Knute Rockne (1938) and the Four Horsemen of N.D. football (1992). I’m buying lots of the Fr. Hesburgh stamps because two of the very special men in my life graduated from Notre Dame—my husband Jack and my son Brian.

Searching for Witch Moll Dyer at the Surratt House

Do you believe in legends, folktales or the supernatural? Come to the Surratt House Museum on Oct. 21 and hear the legend of Witch Moll Dyer of St. Mary’s County. Discover whether or not she actually existed, as presenter Lynn Buonviri goes in search of Moll and her descendants. A true genealogical witch hunt! The program is free and begins at 4 p.m. Arrive early, as seating is limited. The Surratt House is at 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton. Info: 301-868-1121.

Coming up

Children ages 5–12 can chat about radio and talk with Ms. Janis Mavis about what it’s like to interview music celebrities at the Back to School Program, Saturday, Oct. 21, 1–4 p.m., at Surratts Library in Clinton. The first 30 children will receive a gift bag of school supplies.

Morningside holds its monthly Town Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., in the Town Hall. I don’t always get to the meetings, but when I do, I learn a lot. I recommend Morningsiders should be there; they’ll learn a lot, too.

Baby things needed

October is Respect Life Month and the Forestville Pregnancy Center at Marlow Heights could use some help. Their greatest needs include: diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, baby oil, lotion, and shampoo. Also, nightgowns, receiving blankets, baby booties and baby caps. If you can donate some of these items, bring them to 3611 Branch Avenue in Marlow Heights.

David Sanford, longtime Morningsider, dies at 62

David Wayne Sanford, who lived most of his life in Morningside, died Aug. 11 at his home on Allies Road. I remember David when he was in Mrs. Smith’s Morningside Kindergarten with my son Mike back in the early ‘60s. He continued his education at Morningside Elementary.

He went on to work in the Commissary at Andrews AFB, enjoyed fishing and guitar music, plunking along on his own guitar.

David is survived by his mother, Ruth Sanford; daughters Jennifer, Lisa and Michelle; sisters Linda, Margie and Janet; a half-sister Judy and half-brother Roy. A memorial service was held for him at Suitland Road Baptist Church where he was baptized years ago when it was Morningside Baptist Church. He is at rest in Trinity Gardens in Waldorf.

May they rest in peace

Della Banks, 90, who retired in 2000 after 20 years as director of Happy Faces Day Care in Temple Hills, died Aug. 15.

Mandell Jack “Mandy” Ourisman, 90, died July 5 at his home in Palm Beach with his wife Mary by his side. He was born in Washington, son of Florence and Benjamin Ourisman. In 1921 his father started Ourisman Chevrolet and grew it into the largest Chevrolet dealership in the United States. Mandy went to work for his dad in 1947 and, with the help of his sons and grandsons, built Ourisman Motors into what is now a 4th generation family business with more than 36 franchises in Virginia and Maryland. The McHales bought several cars at Ourisman on Branch Avenue.


Happy birthday to Mildred Peaire and Carolyn Williams, Oct. 16; Frank McCrone, Oct. 17; Paul Long, Andrew Nicholas Smith, former Morningside Councilwoman Carol (Kline) DeGraba and VFW 9619’s Nola Cook, Oct. 18.

Happy 64th anniversary to Daisy and Ralph Young on Oct. 15; and happy 37th to Michael and Anita (Fulton) Freeman, Oct. 18.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Come join the fun. Baden Community Center offers basketball classes Saturdays October 21–November 25, 2017 (6 classes) $40 R ($52 NR). Ages 3–5 from 9:00 AM–10AM. Barcode: 1686095, ages 6–8 from 10:00 AM–11.00 AM. Barcode: 1686096, ages 9–12 from 11:00 AM–12 noon Barcode: 1686097. Classes will cover the fundamentals of basketball to include passing, dribbling and shooting with an emphasis on teamwork.

The address is 13601 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613. Telephone number is 301-888-1500 and TTY 301-699-2544.


Join Christ and Nottingham Myers UMC/New Hope Fellowship Rev. Constance C. Smith, Senior Pastor for their Pre-Men’s Day Concert Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM. The Concert will be held at Family Life Center Nottingham Myers UMC, 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

New Hope Fellowship Men’s Choirs and other local men’s choirs will appear on the program. Special guests Ventriloquist: Ken Huff w/ Mr. Wood the Devine Messengers. Rev. Charles Kelly is Master of Ceremony from St. John A.M.E. Church, Hughesville, Maryland. Freewill Offering.

MEN’S DAY 2017

Christ & Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church Men/New Hope Fellowship (Rev. Constance C. Smith, Senior Pastor) will celebrate Men’s Day October 22, 2017 10:00 AM at Christ United Methodist Church. The church is located at 22919 Christ Church Road, Aquasco, Maryland 20608.

Guest speaker will be Rev. William Banks, Sr. Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church Washington, D.C. Guest Worship Leader is Hampton Conway BWC UMM Vice President Washington East District Treasurer.


Join us Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM for the 9th Annual American Indian Festival at Patuxent River Park 16000 Croom Airport Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. (Group Camp and Picnic Area). There is free admission and parking.

Master of Ceremonies: Keith Colston: Arena Director: Michael Nephew: Host Drum: Medicine Horse Guest Drum: Yapatoko Singers, Head Dancers: Steve & Rie Miller, Color Guard: Vevita, Musical Guests: Dawn Avery, Ron Warren.

Free activities include finger weaving, Indian games, crafts, storytelling performances, drumming, singing, native horsemanship demonstrations, educational exhibits and more activities.

Nominal Fees: traditional foods and other favorites, horse and pony rides, basket craft, vendor sales, multiple raffles including a collectible “Pendleton” blanket. Phone 301-627-6074 for festival information.


Happy Birthday to John Tyree, Camden Knight, Madison Rae Stroman, Kaylee Davis, Reagan Elise Denbow, Dwayne Wood, Khia Knight, William Stammer, David Samuel, Leslie Slybaugh, Ulric Thomas, Erica Barron, Barbara Washington, Iheanyi Mbakwe (Junior), George Taylor who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating birthdays in October.


Happy wedding anniversary to Jeffrey & Mia Kerrick, Dwayne & Melva Wood, Lawrence & Roseline Omoregbe, Clarkie & Georgia Kinard who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating a Wedding Anniversary in October.



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