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

Morningside VFD has a new Captain, and a new Ford F450 ambulance

Seth Astwood has been promoted to Captain of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department and has been assigned to the Rescue Squad. Also three members of the department, Craig Olander, Daniel Demarcello and John Jeffers, have upgraded and obtained their Maryland Emergency Vehicle Operator Red Card.

Other good news includes their new 2017 Ford F450 ambulance, placed in service on Oct. 18 as Ambulance 827.   They also have newly-paved ramps on the parking lot.

The MVFD is staffed by 100% volunteer members who provide more than 40,000 man-hours (and women-hours) a year staffing the station for free, saving county residents more than $2.7 million in property taxes.

The department relies on good neighbors to help them with financial support so that they can continue to provide the highest level of emergency fire and EMS service. If you’d like to give them a hand, send a donation to the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, 6200 Suitland Road, Morningside, MD 20746.


Morningside Mayor Benn Cann is a busy man. He has been with the DMV since 1998 and serves politically as Treasurer for the Maryland Mayors’ Association and is Vice Chair for the Maryland Municipal League annual conference. He’s active with the Prince George’s County Municipality Association and Black Mayors Association. And he completed the Citizens’ Police Academy for Prince George’s County.

Ebony Bates, of Skyline, has moved her real estate office from Tysons, Va., to Capitol Hill.  She sells in Washington, Maryland and Virginia and will be glad to answer your real estate questions, or sell your house. You can call her at 724-255-9393 or 202-608-1880.

 Condolences to Yvonne Garvin, of Skyline, on the death of her mom, Virginia Gerald of Goldsborough, N.C., on Aug. 28 at the age of 100. She and her husband Robert were parents of 11 children.

Condolences to To Nora and John Jackson, of Skyline, on the death of their 7-month-old great-granddaughter Corraye Proctor.

Skyline School update

Our much-lamented Skyline School is now a fully functional Transportation & Security office for the Prince George’s Schools System. The Skyline Citizens Association is now working with County officials, asking that the six or so acres abutting the new facility (where the ball fields were) be turned over to Park & Planning as an extension of Michael Polley Park.

Now hiring

Aldi, the newly refurbished grocery at 6400 Allentown Road in Camp Springs, will host a Hiring Event on Nov. 29, 6 to 9 a.m.  Among the requirements for store associates: 18 years or older, able to lift up to 45 pounds, high school diploma or GED. Also, outstanding customer service, motivation, and a commitment to teamwork with a “Can Do” attitude. Salary starts at $13.25 an hour.

Aldi is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the United States. By the end of 2022, there will be nearly 2,500 Aldi stores from coast to coast.

Bells’ Bazaar

Come to Bells United Methodist Church for their annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Hand-made arts, crafts, baked goods, nuts, attic treasures, thrift store, silent auction, food for sale, and Santa! Bells Church is at 6016 Allentown Rd. in Camp Springs.

Nature Center invites you to a campfire

Bring the family to a Family Campfire at Clearwater Nature Center in Cosca Park in Clinton, Sat., Nov. 25, 1:00–2:30 p.m.   Enjoy an afternoon nature program while roasting marshmallows. Roasting sticks and marshmallows will be provided.  You may bring your own hotdogs and drinks if you like. For ages 2 and up. Fee $4.  Info: 301-297-4575.

Vote for the best Gingerbread Houses

The 18th Annual Gingerbread House Show begins Nov. 24-26 and continues weekends Dec.1–3 and Dec. 8–10, 12 noon to 5 p.m., at the historic Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro. You’ll have a chance to vote your favorite entries in several categories. Fee, $1. Info: 301-952-8010.

Transit Union seeks Metro solutions

Joe Farmer, of Skyline, spoke at a recent Citizens Association meeting about “Metro and Solutions to Save Our System,” a lobbying effort by The Amalgamated Transit Union. They seek such Metro changes as: $2 flat fare, free bus-to-rail transfers, expanded service hours, reduction of wait times, improved safety and reliability, and holding DC, MD & VA accountable for funding.

Changing landscape

The Town of Morningside has a new website:  Check it out.

The vacant building adjacent to the Surratt House Museum in Clinton has been donated to the Surratt Society, which is patiently awaiting demolition.   The building dates to the 1950s and must first be inspected for such environmental impacts as asbestos.

Morningside Memories: 1957

Sixty years ago, Oct. 4, 1957, the Morningside Volunteer Police Department was re-established. The following men were appointed and duly sworn in as Morningside Policemen:  Matthew P. Rosch, Charles Kiker, Albert Thornton, Leroy Wines and David Wills. Two more men had volunteered and “will probably be appointed in the near future.” There was also an effort to see if any Morningside women would like to be policewomen, “solely for the purpose of patrolling school crossings.”


Happy birthday to Kendra MacLean and Katie Frostbutter, Nov. 18; Herbert Hanson and Andrew Boone, Nov. 20; Linda Cullinan and Brea Sandy-Hanson, Nov. 21;

Dolores Steinhilber, Stephanie White, Sharon McKlveen and Jill Flaherty Kimmel, Nov. 22; Leslie Greene, Nov. 23; Ben Gryskewicz and Mike Waby, Nov. 24.

Happy anniversary to Paul and Sharon Locke on Nov. 22.


Happy Thanksgiving to my readers!

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Come and enjoy an afternoon nature program while roasting marshmallows Saturday November 25, 2017 from 1:00–2:30 PM. Roasting sticks and marshmallows will be provided. You may bring your own hot dogs and drinks if you like.   Ages 2 and up. Fee is $4 R ($6 NR) #1683785.

The address is Clearwater Nature Center Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Telephone number is 301-297-4575, TTY: 301-699-2544.


Union United Methodist Women will host their Advent Prayer Breakfast Sunday, December 3, 2017 8:00 AM at Union United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Please RSVP by November 19, 2017 to Marville Wilson, UMW President 301-627-7389.


It’s time to celebrate.  Everyone loves a parade. Nottingham Myers Anniversary celebrating 150 years of God’s Blessings Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Parade route will begin at Candy Hill Road and Croom Road. Proceed down Croom Road to Baden Naylor Road. Ending at Nottingham Myers Church 15601 Brooks Church Road. Light refreshments will be served.


Everyone is invited to attend an afternoon of Worship through Dance Saturday, November 18th at 3:00 PM in our Family Life Center.


Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young will be our Guest Speaker at our 11:00 AM Anniversary Service. Lunch following morning service in the Family Life Center 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.


An old fashioned holiday, bringing Christmas past to present November 29–December 10, Wednesdays–Fridays, 11:00 AM–9:00 PM, Saturdays–Sundays, 12:00 Noon–4:00 PM. Come celebrate Christmas amid period decorations, seasonal histories, special exhibits and more.  On the weekend of December 9 and 10, return to enjoy special activities for all ages, cookies and cider, and holiday discounts in the museum’s gift shop. Regular tour admission. Special activities on the week-end are free.  Information 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544. The address is 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735.


Age has its privileges. Join us for Senior Citizens’ Sunday if you are 60 or older Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Surratt House Museum. The address is 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Free tours from Noon-4 PM. Last tour begins at 3:30 PM. Please call 301-868-1121 for more information.


Ready for adventure? Join Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts teaches leadership and character development in some fun and amazing ways. Boy Scouts is a program for

young men in 6th grade through 12th. Meetings every Tuesday 7:00 PM at Scout Hut, 9051 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, Maryland.

For more information, please contact Committee Chair Deborah Parham at, Scoutmaster LeRoy Parham, Jr.  at, or Carlos Salazar at, 410-608-4360.



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