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

Dedicated fireman, Louis Felton Sr., dies on 53rd wedding anniversary

Louis Edward Eddie or Lou Felton, Sr., named to the Maryland Volunteer Firemans Hall of Fame, died March 3. He was 75.

Eddie was born in Washington Nov. 6, 1939, and began volunteering at the Silver Hill Fire Department when he was only 16. From there, he went to the Capitol Heights VFD before serving with the Air Force for four years.

Beginning in 1965 he spent 23 years as a professional with the Prince Georges County Fire Department, finally retiring on disability. But nothing—not even 5-way heart bypass surgery—could keep him from volunteering. He served with the Ritchie VFD and finally at Morningside where he was President and Chairman of the Board of Directors and helped run bingo. In 2003 he was honored for Dedicated Service and last November Morningside firefighters surprised him with a 75th birthday party at the firehouse.

On March 3, 1962 he married Lena Smith. On their 53rd wedding anniversary, March 3, 2015, he died. For the past 45 years theyve lived at Fernwood Mobile Home Park, near Ritchie-Marlboro Road. Eddie enjoyed hunting and fishing and taking his Street Rod to car shows. His 1931 Model A is now in his sons garage in Prince Frederick.

He was a member of the Prince Georges County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association and the Prince Georges County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Eddie is survived by his wife Lena, daughter Tina Maske and son Louis Jr. who has followed in his fathers footsteps (he has 30 years as firefighter). Eddie also leaves four grandchildren and a great-grandson. He had a firemans funeral at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, with Tommy Grooms, Les Hedrick and Air Force buglers doing the honors.

Do you have an old photo of Upper Marlboro?
Darnalls Chance House Museum is sponsoring an Upper Marlboro Photo Contest.

If you have an old photograph taken in Upper Marlboro before 1945, theyd like to see it. It can be of anything or anyone from the towns past — building, special event, tobacco warehouse, fishing boat, farm, family picture. Enter the scanned photo in one of five categories: Agriculture, Art & Architecture, People, Special Event, or Transportation. Cant scan? Theyll do it for you.

Five winning photos will receive $75 each. All the entries will be on display at the museum on Fridays and Sundays in June. Submission deadline is May 15. Prizes will be awarded June 13 at Darnalls Chance Colonial Picnic. For information, call 301-952-8010.

Skyline Flea Market

Come to the Morningside Fire Department for Skylines annual Flea Market, on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For your browsing pleasure, therell be fish & chips, hotdogs, chips, and soda for sale.

Tables are $15. Call 301-568-4465, 301-967-1320, or 240-838-6412, or email Rain date is Saturday, May 2.

Coming up

South Bowie Library invites you to their Book Sale April 23-26. Good prices, starting at 50 cents (or less). The library is at 15301 Hall Road in Bowie. For information, call 301-850-0475.

Spring Clean-up is coming to Morningside May 16 and 17. Time to clean out the closet and basement and work on the garage and yard. Therell be roll-off containers for household and yard waste and free bags of mulch, while supplies last. The Shred Truck will be there on Saturday, May 16, 2 to 4 p.m. A charity drop-off will be available. And therell be refreshments.

Changing landscape

Royal Farms convenience store, 6210 Allentown Road in Camp Springs, opens soon. Landscaping has been installed, with trees and grass. Looks nice.

Legislation may authorize Sunday liquor sales in Prince Georges County, buoyed by support from elected officials who are frustrated at the loss of business and tax revenue to neighboring jurisdictions. The measure, though, is not without controversy.

William Cavitt, community activist, dies at 74

William H. Cavitt, a federal executive who in retirement became a Prince Georges activist, died Jan. 6 in Silver Spring. He actively opposed development that would dramatically alter the character of his neighborhood, including the widening of Oxon Hill Road, development of National Harbor and the casino. Once he lost those battles, however, he tried to influence the best possible development.

He lived in the Riverbend Estates neighborhood of Fort Washington, near the Potomac River, and was president of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council and the Riverbend Estates Neighborhood Association.

He was born in Wichita, Kans., on April 14, 1940. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from the University of Nebraska. An economist, he spent 34 years with the Commerce Department and retired in 1990 as director of the import policy division.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sarah Toelle Cavitt, two brothers and a sister. Well greatly miss his activism; we need more of them.

May they rest in peace

I am sad to announce the recent deaths of Steve Dameron, of Morningside, and Jim Holson Jr., of Camp Springs. I will pay tribute to them in future columns.


Happy birthday to Eloise Carnes, Ruby Cunningham and Veronica Frostbutter, April 17; Cameron Trexler, April 19; Mary Lou Wise and Devaughn Branham, April 20;

Jill (Gilmartin) Booth and Tiffany Jackson, April 21; Taylor Foster, April 22; and Jim Reilly, David Titus and Barbara Sparks, April 23.

Happy anniversary to Larry and Jody (Bowman) Nyers, their 35th on April 18;

Jim and Pat Conlon, their 41st on April 20; John and Ruth Anthony, Jr., their 37th on April 22; Lewis and Trisha (Pitts) Woods, their 26th on April 22; and Janet and Brian Spivey, April 23.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Happy Birthday to Kenya Joseph, Glenna Graves, Clifford Massey, Cosmus Samuel, Eric Knight, Barron Neal, Leon Gordon, Lindsey Joiner, Samuel Bell, Roy Sedgwick, Claudette Oghogho, Naida Long, Veronica Thomas, Charmaine Grant, Myles Panda- Massey, Sarita Georges, William Stroman, Gerald Brown, Alexander Stammer, Nathaniel Holmes, and Jameel Hinton who are Clinton United Methodist Church Members celebrating their birthdays in April.


Congratulations to Lloyd and Shirley Brown, Trevor and Denise Bourne, Norman and Jean Noel, Clarence and Dorothy Reid, Eddie and Ruth Wilson, Leon and Louise Gordon, George and Karen Taylor, Cosmus and Stephnie Samuel who are Clinton United Methodist Church Members celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries in April.


Read to Rover at Baden Memorial Library Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 4:00 and Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Each child will read for 15 minutes. Bring a book. Therapy dog will be glad to listen. Registration is required. Call Baden Library Branch Brandywine, Maryland 20613 at 301-888-1152 for details.


The Women at Westphalia United Methodist Church will be celebrating Women of God Sunday, May 31, 2015 at their 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Service. Rev. Dr. Timothy West, Senior Pastor. The church is at 9363 D'Arcy Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. Contact information is 703-735-9373 or visit


The center offers Zumba and Fitness for adults. Zumba is a fusion of Latin music dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting work out. Smartlink #1605724. Learn basic yoga to inprove health and flexibiliy and/or practice skills previously learned Monday April 20, 2015. The Center is located at 13601 Baden-Westwood Brandywine, Maryland. Call 888-1500:TTY: 301-203-6030 if additional information is needed.


Children's Global Readiness Academy is one Language Academy with two great programs and locations. Summer Camp will be offered in two sessions. Session I June 22-July 24 (Language & The City, Session) II, July 27-August 21 (Language & Stem). Call 301-842-4056 or visit for more information.


Register now for Bowie State University's 4th Annual Bulldog Golf Classic hosted by the Bowie State University Department of Athletics Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Woodmoore Club. The address is 12320 Pleasant Prospect Mitchellville, Maryland 20721.

Registration fees are Per Golfer: $150 and Per Foursome: $500. Shotgun start is at 10:AM. **Sponsorsahip opportunties are available. For more information:, 301-860-4300 or


Come travel with Fly Under My Wings to Niagara Falls, Canada August 7-August 11, 2015 includes: Harriet Tubman 2-Days Underground Railroad Tour and Maid of the Mist. You must have a Passport to travel. For more information contact Phyllis Slater at (301) 653-7345.


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