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

Remember when the I-C-E became Post 9619?

It’s not a banner year—like the 50th or 60th—but VFW Post 9619 in Morningside should be remembered anyway, on its 67th anniversary.

It all started with a bunch of Anacostia High School grads who went off to fight during World War II. After the war they came home to Anacostia and used to hang out at a drugstore on Good Hope Road. It was there they began to talk about starting their own VFW post. Since there was already a post in Anacostia, they applied to the Maryland VFW.

On Nov. 4, 1947, Veterans of Foreign War Post 9619 was chartered. Meetings were held on Tuesdays at Strick’s Restaurant, corner of Branch Avenue and Naylor Road, and Robert Burns was the first commander. The Auxiliary was chartered a year later, on Nov. 13, 1948, and Burns’ wife Ethel was the first president. The Post was dedicated to three young men who died in action during WWII—James Vachel Scott and Alfred H. Johnson who graduated from Anacostia High School and Michael Francis Collins who graduated from Eastern.

For the next 18 years, they met at various locations until, with the help of Stanley Ridgeway, they purchased the I-C-E Club on Suitland Road. It became the Post home in April 1965. The Bolling AFB motor pool towed a 3,000-pound cannon from Silver Hill to its new location in front of the Post, and two years later a memorial wall was installed, along with another cannon and a flagpole.

Their golden anniversary in 1997 was celebrated with a dinner-dance at Andrews Officers’ Club with Roy and Patricia Loverin as chairmen. The 60th anniversary in 2007 was quieter, with all-day light refreshments and reduced-price drinks. On the 67th, well, we can at least thank those veterans with a prayer for their service to our country.

Take the bus to the slots at Harrington Casino

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9619 invites you to join them for a bus trip to Harrington Casino on Thursday, Nov. 6. You’ll receive $10 in Free Slot Play and enjoy a Free Buffet. The bus loads at the Post, 6527 Suitland Road, at 9 a.m. and leaves from Harrington, Del., at 6 p.m.

This event benefits Suicide Prevention, the President’s Special Project of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Department of Maryland. The fee is $30, advance-sales only. See the bartender at the Post or call Auxiliary President Phyllis Cooks for information at 301-736-5022.

Former resident dies in auto accident

Rita Virginia Gray, of Berkeley, W.V. a longtime Skyline resident, died Oct. 16 when the car she was driving collided with a truck. She was just out running errands, getting ready to travel to Georgia for a granddaughter’s wedding. She was 77.

She was born in Helen, Md., daughter of Benjamin Leroy and Margaret Fuller Abell. She married Harry John Gray who went on to be chief of data processing for the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

Rita and Harry lived for years on Ridgecrest Drive, and were much involved in the community, St. Philip’s Parish, and their six children. Rita was a home-and-hospital teacher for the Prince George’s Schools. At St. Philip’s she served on the Parish Council, chaired the Liturgy Committee, taught CCD and, along with Harry, advised couples on preparation for marriage.

After they both retired by the mid-‘90s, they moved to a hideaway home Harry built with the help of sons and sons-in-law, in the mountains of Grand Cacapon, West Virginia. Harry died Oct. 3, 2004, and Rita moved again, to Berkeley Springs, W.V. Once again she was heavily involved in her parish, St. Vincent de Paul. She was also a published author.

Rita is survived by her six children, Debbie, Terri, Jim, Ben, Chris and Kevin; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grands. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Vincent de Paul in Berkeley Springs. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton on Oct. 23. I was there, along with a lot of old-time Skyline and St. Philip’s people who love and miss Rita.


Trick-or-Treat hours in Morningside will be 6:30 to 8 on Halloween night, Oct. 31. I wish I could say that the Costume Judging Party at Foulois or at the Town Hall will follow, as it did for many decades. But, thanks to the cost of insurance, Morningside no longer hosts such activities. Pity.

A good crowd turned out Oct. 18 for the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Open House. Free food (wraps, chicken nuggets, cookies, and more) and free smoke detectors. Great fun for the kids. And they cut a van open with the Jaws of Life.

Jennifer Tilghman came to Skyline School Oct. 23 to present each 3rd grader with a dictionary. The books were supplied by Keller Williams Preferred Properties.

My daughter Elaine and her husband Luke Seidman celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with three days on the Eastern Shore where they stayed at a bed-and-breakfast in Cambridge. They were married Oct. 7, 1989, at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge. They now live in Crownsville.

Celebrate St. Margaret’s Feast Day with gospel

St. Margaret of Scotland Parish invites to you their Feast Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in St. Margaret’s Omega Room, 410 Addison Road in Seat Pleasant. The event is free (goodwill offerings welcome) and light refreshments will be served.

The evening features New Vision (St. Margaret’s Gospel Choir) and St. Margaret’s Youth Choir. And helping the Saint Margaret Community celebrate 106 years of worship, service and fellowship will be guests including: Rhoda Sutton, Patrick Parks, The Cash Family, St. Thomas More Praise Team and St. Martin’s Mass Choir,


Happy birthday to Carolyn Follin and Morningside Councilman Jim Ealey, Nov. 1; Carl McKlveen, Nov. 2: my son-in-law Luke Seidman and Flossie Keck, Nov. 3; Bella Cordero, Nov. 4; Brandon Wood and Bob Elborne, Nov. 5; Steve Call, Linda Beatty and Dennis Waby, Nov. 6.

Happy anniversary to Michael and Maria (Blankenship) Jinks, their 12th on Nov. 1; and to Al and Debbie Callison on Nov. 4.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  



Come and get your Chicken Box prior to having your Sunday Dinner and the Annual Church Parish Meeting, November 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  Chicken Box includes 2 Pieces of Fried Chicken (1-Drum & 1 Thigh) Tossed Salad, roll, desert and water. Cost is $5.00. Pre-orders and payments appreciated.  There is a limit of chicken boxes.  Please get your order in early.  Benefit St. Philip’s Annual Prayer Breakfast. Points of contacts are Phyllis Ann, Henrietta, Doretha Ann, and Shirley Ann.  Call with orders (301) 888-1536.


Clinton United Methodist Church will be recognizing all Veterans and Military Personnel on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at their 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Morning Worship Services.  Please come and invite your family members and friends to attend. You do not have to be a member of Clinton United Methodist Church to be recognized.  Light refreshments will be served. Call 301-868-1281.  Rev. Dorothea J. Belt Stroman is the Pastor.  The church is located at 10700 Brandywine Road Clinton, Maryland.


I took my niece Morgan Eugene to see President Barack Obama and Lt. Governor Brown at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro Maryland on Sunday, October 19, 2014. President Barack Obama came to Maryland to hold a Rally for the Brown-Ulman 2014.


Come to the 6th Annual “Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair” on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Go green with your holiday shopping this year

and explore local craters and artists who create treasures made from at least 50% organic, fair trade or sustainably harvested materials.

Items for sale include candles, knitwear bags, jewelry, recycled wood carvings, paintings and more. All ages are welcome and the cost is free.  Location is Watkins Nature Center 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro Maryland.  Contact is 301-218-6702: TTY 301-218-6712.


Come join us on our Pre-Veterans’ Day Casino Midway-Harrington Casino and Slots in Harrington Delaware with lots of fun, 50/50 and good old socializing on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Bus will leave Park-N-Ride, Clinton, Maryland at 10:30 AM and St. Philip’s Church at 11:00 AM and return at approximately 7:30 PM. Cars can remain parked at the church if parked at the lower parking level.

There is a $10.00 rebate plus the full Buffet Meal.  Donation is $40.00. There are absolutely no refunds. All tickets must be paid in full by November 2, 2014.  Sponsored by Shirley A. Cleaves. For tickets contact Shirley A. Cleaves (302) 690-4260 or Doretha A. Savoy (301) 233-3136.


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