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

Colonial Tavern Dinner served in Upper Marlborough

Darnall’s Chance House Museum invites you to be their guest as they re-create the atmosphere of a mid-18th century tavern dinner in Upper Marlborough on Saturday, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy colonial food and spirits. Following dinner, listen to Ship’s Company sing sea chanties and tavern songs of the period.

Capacity is limited, so reservations and payment ($40) are require in advance. Call 301-952-8010, or mail to Darnall’s Chance, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

McNamara begins celebration of their 50th

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the celebrant for a Mass on Sept. 15, marking the start of a year celebrating the 50 anniversary of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville. Mass will begin at 8 a.m. in the main gym and will be followed by a reception in St. Joseph's Library. The Brothers of Holy Cross, past school principals, Presidents, and additional dignitaries will be in attendance.

La Reine alumnae invited to Queen of Hearts Reunion

La Reine High School alumnae, of all years, are invited to a very special Queen of Hearts Reunion on March 1. (You do know, I assume, that La Reine means The Queen.) It’ll include a tour of the original La Reine High School in Suitland, Mass and a reception at McNamara. Some of their teachers, including Bernardine Sisters, will be there.

The Bernardine Sisters of St. Francis founded the school in about 1960. Sad to say, it closed in the mid-‘90s. The building was eventually purchased by the County Schools and is now Drew-Freeman Middle School.


There’s a placard on the wall of Jiffy Sub, on Allentown Road, honoring Steve Kanios who died Nov. 14, 2013. For 40-plus years he was half-owner of the restaurant.

Mary Mitchell, longtime resident of Auth Village, was guest of honor at her 91st birthday party on Sept. 4. I was happy to be there to celebrate with my dear friend of so many years.

Morningsiders are urged to attend their monthly Town Meeting Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Skyline Citizens Association holds its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at Skyline School.

Community Yard Sale & Back-to-School Giveaway in Suitland

The Suitland Civic Association invites you to their Really Big Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the soccer field at Drew-Freeman Middle School, 2600 Brooks Drive. They’ll be selling, furniture, clothing, tools, household items, jewelry, collectibles, baby items, electronics, toys, etc! And there will be music and food for sale.

It is probably too late to reserve a table but you could call 301-485-9766 or email

Students under the age of 18, who live in Prince George’s (particularly Suitland) will receive free backpacks & school supplies with proof of residence, as long as supplies last.

Changing landscape

The intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. (MD 4) and Suitland Parkway has been funded for design, construction and right-of-way. Work begins in the fall of 2015.

May they rest in peace

Eleanor Elizabeth “Sissy” Mangum, 89, of Suitland, one of the former owners of Cedar Hill Inn Restaurant, died Aug. 22. She grew up in

Washington, daughter of Heiskell and Cathleen Gray, and graduated from Anacostia High School. Survivors include her children, Gregory Mangum, Terrie Wilcoxen, Cathleen Nelson, John Mangum and Ernest “Butch” Mangum; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was at Mount Calvary Church with burial at Cedar Hill.

Helen Krahling, 84, member of the VFW 9619 Ladies Auxiliary in Morningside, longtime resident of Camp Springs, recently of Chesapeake Beach, died at home on Aug. 29. She enjoyed bowling, cruises and, especially, visiting her family in Greece. She was the wife for 59 years of Edwin Krahling; mother of Jeffrey and Wayne; grandmother of four; great-grandmother of three; and sister of Constance Beale.

Robert Russell “Bob” Ripple, 91, of Upper Marlboro, Clinton and Cheltenham, died Aug. 10. He was born in Cheltenham, the youngest of the eight children of Mary Catherine and Ammon Cyril Ripple. He graduated from Surrattsville High in 1940, married Betty Selby and joined the Air Force. After the war, he worked for the Architect of the Capitol, was a Justice of the Peace, obtained a real estate license and started his own construction company, Triple-R-Construction. He was a Charter Member of the Lions Club of Clinton and a Past Commander of American Legion Clinton Post 259. His wife Mary Catherine, son Lawrence and a granddaughter predeceased him. Survivors include four children, Karen, Robert, Betty Ann and William; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Hank Busky and Anthony Thomas, Sept. 12; Patricia Epperly, Sept. 13; Kenny Clark, Sept. 14; Elnora McCall, Sept. 15; Dolores McDonald, Steven Warren and Yolanda Dooley, Sept. 16; Agnes Barber, Kimberly Brewer, Everett Mason, Jr. and Joan Stakem, Sept. 17.

Happy anniversary to former Morningside VFD Chief Les and Kathy Hedrick, their 45th on Sept. 13; to Sal and Kathy (Blankenship) Biberaj, their 11th on Sept. 14; and to Lavine and Bill Callicott, their 54th on Sept. 15.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  



Prince George’s County Board of Education and Prince George’s County Public Schools will host their 2ND Annual College & Career Readiness Summit on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9.00 AM- 12:30 PM at Charles H. Flowers HS. The address is 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Springdale, Maryland 20774. This event is free. Register at Transportation is available. Students in need of bus transportation have to be accompanied by parent/guardian. For information, call 301-952-6115.


The Washington East District United Methodist men will be having their annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, September 20 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Brandywine Maryland. The breakfast will begin at 9:00 AM. Donations are $10.00. The theme for the breakfast is “Pressing towards the Mark”. If you need additional information please contact Cary Montgomery at


A free strong Support Group is offered fourth Thursday of every month, 5:00 PM to -6:30 PM in the Hospital Library. Registration is required. Call 301-877-5858 for more information.

Blood Pressure screenings are given on Thursday from noon to 4:00 PM in the Hospital Solarium. For location, time and topics please call 301-877-5700 or visit website:


Jeremy Mitchell, the grandson of Ruth Turner and the son of Larry and Patricia Turner Mitchell graduated from Advanced Training School, Tuesday, August 19 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.


The Mental Health Committee, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, will be holding a blood drive on Saturday, September 20, at CUMC. The church address is 10700 Brandywine Road Clinton, Maryland 20735. Office telephone number is 301-868-1281.


Attractions at Clearwater nature Center include the Natural Treasures exhibit hall. You will be able to watch fish and turtles swim in the large indoor pool. Natural hiking trails allow visitors to explore the fauna and flora of Prince George’s County. Call for more information 301-689-2544.


Play, learn and grow together. Little Treasures Day Care provides Parent Night Out, Full Time, Part-Time, Drop-In’s, Summer Programs, Before & Aftercare Programs. For additional information contact the office at 240-244-5607 or


Did you know that you can bow hunt at Aquasco Farm? The Aquasco Farm is agricultural property with managed bow hunting area in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The farm is located at 16665 Aquasco Farm Road in Aquasco, Maryland 20608.

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