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

Skyline Citizens Association is 45—still going strong

The Skyline Citizens Association (SCA) was born Feb. 27, 1970 when about 100 residents of the Skyline Subdivision, Andrews Estates and Robin Hood Homes met in the multi-purpose room at Skyline School and selected Dolores Steinhilber to be acting chairman of the Steering Committee.

Charlie Tretler was named Bylaws Chairman and, along with Gene Dunlap, Cecil Matthews and Frank Robbins, tapped Arthur Zdobysz to draw up the bylaws. They were ratified on May 1, 1970. The first SCA meeting was held later in May at Skyline School.

Dolores Steinhilber was elected our first president, one of only two women to hold that position. A complete list of those early officers is unavailable, but some of them were: Navy Capt. Raymond Perkins, Larry Reilly, Sandra Pouncy, Maj. Patrick Hayes, Jack Power and Jill Power. I served for a year as corresponding secretary.

Mary McGrath was the editor of the Skyline Newsletter, but she soon moved away and I became editor, and still am—for almost 45 years now.

The association was first named the Parkway Citizens Association, but in February 1971 we voted to change it to Skyline Citizens Association. SCA is still going strong, with Stanley Holmes as a terrific president. We have 45. Will we make it to 50?

4th of July Parade needs marchers

I remember the glorious days of the VFW Parade down Suitland Road—the drum & bugle corps, the Morningside Sportsmans float, the school bands, the little cars, the Ladies Auxiliary marchers, the bandstand.

Now, the Morningside Recreation Council is carrying on the tradition. They do a good job, but there are simply not the marchers there used to be. Can you think of a group—or an individual—that would like to be in a parade? A vintage car or motorcycle? A clown? Someone running for office or someone who already holds one?

I love the parade, and Ill be there, under the Baptist tree, waving my flag.. But I wish the parade were longer and had more music. If you know anyone who might be interested, call Susan at 301-412-0135.

Pre-K slots and greenhouses

Skyline Elementary has full-day Pre-K slots open due to county funding, starting with the upcoming school year. For information contact Mrs. Magness in the Skyline office, 301-817-0535.

Also, the school has two unique courtyards. One courtyard has a greenhouse in need of repair. It will be repaired and in use for the next school session and beyond. If you would like to contribute plants or seeds, or purchase a $10.00 bag of rubber mulch for the beautification, contact Mrs. Magness at the Skyline office, 301-817-0535.

Yard Sale coming up June 6

Clinton United Methodist Womens Yard Sale will be held Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (set-up time, 6 to 8 a.m.). To reserve a table ($15), call 301-868-1288. Clinton U.M. Church is located at 10700 Brandywine Road, in Clinton. All proceeds will go towards helping women and children in their community. By the way, rain date is June 27.


Happy 40th anniversary to Allentown Press, which has printed all sorts of things—and done a good job of it—since 1975. To get your printing and copying done, go by 6318 Old Branch Avenue or call 301-449-7660.

Despite nippy weather, the Skyline Citizens Associations Flea Market on April 26 on the Morningside VFD parking lot went very well. Two highlights—Mickey Ds music and Ashby Harmons fried fish (which sold out). Therere plans to do it again in September.

Amber Stokes was chosen May Queen for the annual Crowning of the Blessed Mother at St. Philips Church on Mothers Day.

Prayers and get-well-soon wishes to Charles E. Moore and to Phil Eppard.

Condolences to Alice Ward, of Skyline, on the death of her brother Gustarivus Whitaker, Greensboro, N.C., on April 13.

Condolences to Lina Maralit, of Camp Springs, on the death of her brother Monsignor Jose Antonio Jojo Galvez, of the Philippines, on March 13.


Kelvin Bennett, of Skyline, is a junior at Montgomery College, majoring in special ed.

 Sam Mudd is graduating from St. Vincent Pallotti High School, in Laurel, and will attend Salisbury University. He is the son of my daughter Sheila and John Mudd of West Laurel.

Call me (301-735-3451) or email ( with news of the graduate in your family.

Longtime Skyline resident, John Doss, dies

John Robert Doss, 72, who retired after 38 years with the U.S. Postal Service, died April 20. He was a longtime resident of Lucente Avenue and a member of the Skyline Citizens Association. He was born in Kentucky and grew up in Cross Plains, Tenn.; graduated from Bransford H.S. and West Kentucky Junior College. He served with the U.S. Army. John was a member of Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro. Survivors include his wife Ann; daughter LeaTrice Doss, and grandchildren Josiah Amir and Malachi Robert.


Happy birthday to Crystal Foster, Juanita Hood, David Sanford and Linda Holsonbake, May 22; Ricci Lee Jr., Betty Call, L. Dorothy Jones, Nancy Sawyer, Dory Babecki and Chester Lanehart IV, May 23; Edna Lucas and Harry Messer, May 24; Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale who turns 60 on May 25; Christopher Nichols, May 26; Gary Lewis, Sr. and Steven Busky, May 27.

Happy anniversary to John and Nichole Barbour on May 25.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Come and join us again for Casino Time with St. Philips Church to Harrington Raceway and Midway Casino Harrington, Delaware on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Fun package includes a $10.00 rebate plus a full Buffet Meal, 50/50, and Ole School Music. Donation is $40/00. There will be absolutely no refunds. You are welcome to bring your own spirits. Benefit: St. Philips Church Bull Roast.

Bus will leave Park-N-Ride, Clinton, Maryland at 10:30 AM and St. Philips Church at 11:00 AM. Bus returns at approximately 7:00 PM. For tickets contact Doretha Savoy (301) 233-3136, Ernest Douglas (301) 888-1937 or Shirley Cleaves (302) 690-4260.


Clinton United Methodist Womens will have a Yard Sale on June 6, 2015 (Rain Date is June 27, 2015) from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (Set up time is 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM) at 10700 Brandywine Road Clinton, Maryland.

Come and enjoy a community event, by either shopping or selling your product. All tables are $15.00. You must have a table, no spaces will be allowed without one. So come and enjoy food, folks and fun. All proceeds go towards helping women and children in the community. To reserve a table please call (301) 868-1288 Clinton United Methodist Church, Pastor Dorothea Belt Stroman.


Dr. Patricia Turner Mitchell the daughter of Ruth Turner received the University of San Francisco Ignatian Service Award Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the 39th Annual USF Service and Merit Awards ceremony. This award honors a faculty member whose service to students, the University and the community at large constitutes an exceptional contribution. This award is in recognition of creativity and commitment to the realization of the religious and moral legacy of St. Iganatius.


New Hope Fellowship U. M. Parish, Rev. Constance Smith, Pastor presents The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan. The movie teaches us many life applications. The most important apparent application is to understand who we are.

Join family and friends for a night of wonderful fellowship. Lets Talk: 5:00 PM, Show Time: 6:00 PM on May 23, 2015 at The Family Life Center 15601 Brooks Church Road , Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Hot dog, popcorn and drink with each donation of only $8.00. Five years and under FREE. Contact Wanda Contee 301-404-6513, Valerie Pinkney 240-350-5105, Jina Jackson 301-787-4422 or Deborah Proctor 301-275-2544 to purchase tickets.


Arithmetickles is a Math Game Show moving Math off the page and onto the stage. The game show provides Interactive Skits, Comedy and 100% audience participation. Visit or call 410-252-8717 for more information.


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