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


Dept. of Parks & Recreation searching for Centenarians

Special recognition will be given to centenarians—residents who are 100 years and older—at a special Centenarian Celebration planned for May.

But all Prince Georgians 90 years and older (by Jan. 1, 2018) are also invited.

Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation is hoping you will help them find these 90+ residents.   Forward information to them no later than Feb. 16. Contact the Centenarian Coordinator at 301-206-3375 (TTY 301-699-2544).  Names of those provided will be mailed invitations. RSVP confirmations will be required.

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Dwight Floyd Holloway, Jr. and Michele Marie Gaudes were married Jan. 28 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Dwight is the son of the late Dwight Sr. and Ruby Holloway, of Skyline; Michele is the daughter of Jeanette Drolshagen of Fall River, WI, and the late Rueben Bork. Rev. George Madison was celebrant. Beautiful classical music was by Arvid and Ragnhild Pettersen of Porsgrunn, Norway. The newly-weds will make their home in Annapolis.

Jill (Flaherty) Kimmel, formerly of Skyline, emailed an update on her sons: Terry has three grown children and is in the lumber business. TJ has two boys and is a store manager with Martins/Giant. And, sad to report, Matthew has been very ill with dementia and is in assisted living. Years ago these guys used to mow my lawn.

Jeff Brunsdon emailed me about his days on Pine Grove Drive where he lived from 1947 to 1960 when his family moved to SE Washington, near the city limits. I’ll run some of his fun memories in next week’s column.

Highland Tea at Darnall’s Chance

Spend a cozy winter afternoon at Darnall’s Chance Museum and partake in a traditional Scottish tea on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. The museum overlooks School House Pond in Upper Marlboro, at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive.

Admission is $25 ($32 for non-County residents). Capacity is limited; reservation and payment is required in advance. For reservations or information, call 301-952-8010.

Wear plaid and be entered in a drawing for Scottish-themed door prizes.

Changing landscape

Are you old enough to remember when the Air and Space Museum opened on the Mall in 1976? It was thrilling! I think I saw its IMAX film To Fly at least a dozen times (admission was about 50¢). Well, now nine airlines are donating $28 million to Air and Space for a makeover. In a year or so, I’ll have to go again.

County Exec Baker has announced Giant Food will be moving its headquarters back to Landover from Pennsylvania. It moved there in 1998 following merger with a sister company.   This move will result in 220 jobs and 78 new hires returning to Prince George’s.

The Visitor Control Center, which controls entry to Andrews by checking IDs and background to see if you can enter the base, is no longer open on Saturdays.  The reason is: very few people wanted to enter on Saturday. Future hours will be Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with closures on weekends and federal holidays.

Forestville Pregnant Center

The Forestville Pregnancy Center was founded 34 years ago in Forestville. But a few years back there was an explosion in Penn Mar that destroyed or seriously damaged several shops and offices, including theirs. And so they moved to Marlow Heights where they’ve continue their mission of saving babies.

Their latest newsletter reports that over those 34 years they’ve worked with 24,041 clients.  They’ve had 420 volunteers (162,101 volunteer hours). And most amazing: there are 3,900 saved babies who’ve reached 18 years of age.

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Did you know …

… that Surrattsville High School has an outstanding Law Academy program involving local attorneys? Are you familiar with the P-TECH Academy program at Frederick Douglass HS where a student earns both college credit and a HS diploma in technology? How about Friendly HS’s Health and Sciences Academy for medical and science careers? Or Gwynn Park HS’s Fire Cadet or Environmental Studies Academies? Have you heard about Croom Vocational’s Electrical or Information Technology programs?

These are just some of the great career academy and specialty programs offered at south county Prince George’s high schools in Council and School District 9.

Morningside Memories

Forty years ago, February 1978, Silver Hill Florist opened its doors at 6101 Suitland Road, across the street from the Morningside Firehouse, at what had been a BP gas station. The owners, Nasser and Alice Sussan, moved the business from Suitland because of parking issues.    Nasser died some years ago and Alice eventually sold the shop.  Today it’s Suitland Beer & Wine.

May he rest in peace

Simon “Mack” Magruder Dent, 96, formerly of Accokeek, died Jan. 25 at his home in Vero Beach, FL He served in both Navy and Army in WWII and with the Dept. of the Navy. He was Past Commander of American Legion Post 39, Life Member of Accokeek VFD and Silver Hill VFD. Survivors include his wife of 75 years Virginia Dent, two daughters; eleven grandchildren; and many great-great-grands.


Happy birthday to Connie Waby and Mary (Stakem) Crane, Feb. 9; Alma Richardson, Feb. 10; Ginny Call, Dawn Witherow and David Chambers, Feb. 11; Angie Miller, Katelyn Dudding and Pat Miller, Feb. 13; Joan Rose, Scott Jenkins and Mary Reilly (her 93rd), Feb. 14; Father Ted Hegnauer, David Chambers and Mary Young, Feb. 15.

Happy anniversary to Frank and Soo Wilson on Feb. 15.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my Readers!

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Come and explore South Africa, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM and 12:00 Noon, Lesole’s Dance Project:  Dancing Through South Africa.  The performance is recommended for grades K–3. Curriculum Connections include Dance, Music, Social Studies, Language Arts and World Languages. Part of this fascinating program shows how dance encourages people in difficult times and promotes a deeper understanding among people of diverse backgrounds and traditions.

This performance is being presented at Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly Maryland 20784. Tickets cost $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more. Free to qualifying Title 1 Schools. Call 301-277-1710, TTY 301-699-2544. Ample bus parking.  For more information, visit the website at


Join the Opdea Soccer Club for the fun and games if your child is ready to learn and play soccer. Saturday Soccer Academy Teams are coed (boys and girls). Players will be able to learn the rules and skills of soccer (passing, dribbling, goalie, offense and defense positions, and teamwork). Academy graduates recruited for Opdea Eagles 2018 PG County recreation soccer teams. No residency requirements. Games are at Tanglewood Park, 8401 Woodyard Road, Clinton, Maryland. Register online:


Basket Weaving (Pine Needle Coil Basket) classes are being offered for ages 13 and up Saturday, February 24, 2018 (#15602-114C) from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM. Fee is $30 R ($39 NR). Classes are for students of all skill levels, beginner to advanced. Materials are supplied by instructor. Email class instructor, Pam King (, for additional information. Bring a bag lunch and a drink. Classes are held at Clear Nature Center, Costa Regional Park 11000 Thrift Road Clinton, Maryland 20735-9764.


Open your home, give hope and share your heart. Learn about foster parenting. Call today 301-429-2370 or visit Do you want to make a difference to children who need a foster parent? Make a different to these children, guiding them to a healthy, responsible adulthood.


The Student Shuttle is reliable and affordable Transportation Service for your kids. They offer after school drop off, before school home pick up, transportation to/from after school activities, transportation for school field trips and transportation to/from summer camps.

The vehicles are clean and reliable and fully insured. The drivers are experienced and licensed. Federal background checks on all drivers. Exceptional Parent references available. Excellent payment plans.  For more information or to schedule a pick up call/text 301-806-0188 or send an email toTHESTUDENTSHUTTLEDMV@GMAIL.COM.


Future Leaders Learning Center LLC (Early Learners and Future Leaders) is located at 9000 Cheltenham Drive, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.  Their staff is highly qualified and experienced. The center provides intensive curriculum for Pre School and Pre K, creative activities and educational games, summer enrichment program, homework assistance, before and after school, and many more learning activities. Evening and week-end tutorial services, one on one tutoring on all subject areas SAT/PARCC preparation are provided. Free breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack is provided.

The Center is open from Monday to Friday, 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Full time and Part time). For more information, call 240-823-7176 (office) or email them at the following email address:



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