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By Mary McHale 301-735-3451

A slice of history at Darnall’s Chance: The Story of Pie

Did you know that pies were first invented thousands of years ago and their history is rich in flavor?

Well, celebrate National Pie Day at Darnall’s Chance on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.   Join Debbie Waugh of Green Springs Garden to learn the history of pie from its medieval origins to today.  Pie and coffee reception will follow.

Reservation and payment ($15) are required in advance.  For information, call 301-952-8010.   Historic Darnall’s Chance Museum is on a hill overlooking School House Pond in Upper Marlboro.

By the way, I looked up National Pie Day.  There really is such a Day; it’s celebrated annually on Jan. 23.  But at Darnall’s Chance, a Saturday date allows more pie-lovers to participate.


MVFD 2019 Live-in Recruitment Weekend

The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department is excited to announce their 2019 Live-in Recruitment Weekend, Feb. 7–10.  If you’re interested or would like to sign up, visit   Fill out an inquiry form and let them know you plan to attend!   A recruiter will be in contact with you for further details.


Neighbors & Other People

Ange and Marlyn Meoli, formerly of Auth Village, are the proud grandparents of their 11th grandchild (9th boy), born Dec. 18.   Luca Angelo Meoli is the son of Libby and Andy Meoli, of Willow Grove, Pa.   Baby Luca, who checked in at 7 lbs., 15 oz., joins big brothers, Matteo, 8, and Gabe, 20. 

Andy Meoli, who grew up in Auth Village, is a stained-glass artist with his own studio.  You can see samples of his work at:   By all means, pull up this website—Andy’s work is awesome.

Keona Amper, 6th-grader at St. Mary’s School of Piscataway in Clinton, was 1st place winner in the Catholic Standard newspaper’s Christmas Card Contest for grades 4–6.   She drew (or painted) a beautiful and unusual Nativity scene.

My daughter Elaine and I saw New Years in with a retreat at Loyola on the Potomac in Faulkner.   I recommend it to everyone.

Correction:  In a recent obit for Markwin Gangestad, I had him graduating from Crossland in 1971 and retiring in 1962.  Actually, he retired from the National Institute of Health in 2016 after 32 years of service. 


Changing landscape

H&R Block has moved from Andrews Manor to the Penn Mar Shopping Center in Forestville.  For information, call 301-735-6615.

“Super Thrifty Store coming soon” according to the banner posted on the front of a closed thrift store in Andrews Manor Shopping Center.

“Opens Very Soon” is the banner on what was Café Allentown.  It will become Kachis Chicken, “The best Peruvian chicken just got a little better.” 

The District plans to end right turns on red at about 100 Washington intersections this year.   The closest intersections to us are at Pennsylvania Avenue SE/Minnesota Avenue SE and Alabama Avenue SE/ Naylor Road SE.  The reason?  Lots of pedestrian and biking accidents, often fatal.


Coming up

The Baltimore Boat Show will be Jan. 24–27 for those who are seeking just the right dreamboat.  More than 300 boats of all shapes and sizes will be displayed.  

It’s the Year of the Pig: 4717.  And the folks in Washington’s Chinatown are promising the biggest DC Chinese New Year’s Parade yet.  It’ll march on Feb. 10, down 6th St. NW, beginning at 2 p.m., with lions and dragons, Chinese dancers, marching bands, Kung Fu, the Washington Nationals’ Natmobile and more.


Morningside Memories: 30 years ago

Jean Davis was elected President of the Morningside Senior Citizens.  Other officers were Audrey Cook, vice president; Grace Carruth, secretary; and June Nicholson, treasurer.

Morningside Mayor Jerry Glaubitz had become president of the Bethany Lutheran Church Council.  Other officers were: Debbie Carr, Gloria Garner, Jack Huttel and Harry Renninger.


Mary Alfieri, floral designer

Mary Josephine Alfieri, 87, who for years traveled back to her hometown of Lawrence, Mass., in May to attend The Feast of the Three Saints to keep the Sicilian tradition alive in her family, died Dec. 15.

She graduated from Lawrence High School and married John Alfieri on June 11, 1950.  Eventually they came to Washington, settled in Hillcrest Heights, and sent their children to Holy Family Elementary, La Reine and McNamara high schools.  

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, her husband John became a barber and eventually had his own shop in Marlow Heights.   Mary was happy being creative and turned her love for floral design into a career.

She was preceded in death by her husband John only last February.  Survivors include three children, Michael, Eileen and John.  She is now buried with her husband at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.



Happy birthday to Patty Gallatin, Jan. 11; Martin Miller, Frank Binsted and Roc Wheeler, Jan. 13; Curtis DeMarco Knowles, my son Mike McHale, Kathleen Giroux and Joanie Mangum, Jan. 14; Robert Koch, Jan. 15; Dolly Wood, Jan. 16; and Nikial M. Boston, Jan. 17.

Happy anniversary to Gary and Melody Barnes on Jan. 14; and to Frank and Sharleen Kelly Cappella, their 64th (!) on Jan. 15.

Remembering Kenny Hedrick, volunteer firefighter with the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, who died in the Line of Duty on Jan. 12, 1992, fighting a housefire on nearby Walls Lane.


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By Audrey Johnson 301-922-5384


Congratulations to BSU President Breaux for inclusion in the 10 most dominant HBCU leaders in 2019 #BSUPride.  Visit for more information.



Inside PGCPS Gwynn Park High School Students Top Congressional App Challenge.  “The Congressional App Challenge (https://www. was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 as a nationwide event which invites middle and high school students from all participating Congressional districts to compete as individuals or groups up to four”.

“Students create and present an original software application, or “app” for a mobile, tablet, or computer platform of their choosing.  The contest is modeled after the long-successful Congressional Art Competition and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields.  The winning app will be placed on display in the U.S Capitol alongside other winners from the nation.”

Destini Brown of Gwynn Park High School won first place in the Fifth Annual Congressional App Challenge ( fifth-district-congressional-app-challenge) hosted by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer..  Her mobile app, “How Are You Feeling?” is designed to help autistic children communicate their emotions.  Gwynn Park student Austin Wilson won third-place with his app “Slithery Learning,” designed to help students’ study and learn.  Congratulations to Destini and Austin for your accomplishments.



“Aquasco is named for a nearby tract surveyed and patented in 1650.  The name is derived from the Native American name Aquascake.  Aquasco is located between Swanson’s Creek and the Patuxent River, the community developed as an agricultural center to produce tobacco.  Aquasco occupies the southern corner of Prince George’s County and is centered on the intersection of Maryland Route 381, Aquasco Road and Maryland Route 233, Dr. Bowen Road.”

“Plantations in the American South were established in the 18th century and, in the early 19th century, the village of Woodville began to form.  It was named after the Wood family, early settlers of Aquasco.  By mid-century, the village had a grist mill, several small stores, a tavern, blacksmith, school, post office, Methodist and Episcopal churches.”



Make a difference in a young person’s life and become a Foster Parent.  WIN Family Services, a faith-based foster care agency, is always looking for individuals wanting to make a difference.  They need parents with a big heart to provide homes for youth who have big needs.  It takes a village to raise a child and there are thousands of youth in Maryland that need a loving home.  They need compassionate adults like you to nurture and love our young people.

If you feel like this is your calling and have extra love to give to a child, please contact us today.  Call 410-578-8004 or



Learn basic safety and sanitation in all areas of cosmetology.  Hair Care Course includes hair styling, braiding, and cutting services.  You will also learn nail and skin care, and salon management essentials at Baden Community Center.  The address is 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.  Telephone number is 301-888-1500; TTY 301-699-2544.  Dates are January 14–February 10, 2019 Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.  Activity #:  20612-104A.  Fee is $68 for residents and $98 for non-resident. 



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