Morningsiders turned out at the polls on May 6 and voted for the three incumbents on the ballot: Mayor Bennard J. Cann for a three-year term, council member and current Vice-Mayor Bradley Wade for a two-year term and council member Todd Mullins for a two-year term.

So, everyone won their respective seats. They will be sworn in at the town hall on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. And they take their seats for the next town meeting on May 21. They all have big plans to make Morningside even better.

There were also write-ins: Sheila Scott received two votes for mayor and two votes for council member. Other council write-ins were: Elizabeth Long, one vote; Lori Williams, one vote; and Someli Fuller, one vote.

The next major event for the town will be the annual Independence Day parade, followed by family fun time and those amazing fireworks.

By the way, if you’d like to sign up your antique car for the parade, or your marching band, your Scout troop, or your float, contact the town at 301-736-2300.

Neighbors and other good people

At Morningside’s delightful 70th anniversary celebration, I was pleased to chat with former Morningside vice mayor James Ealey. He had moved from Pine Grove Drive after his wife, Selaine, died in 2015. He told me he is married again and introduced me to the lucky woman, Yvonne Ealey. They wed Jan. 6, 2017, and live in Clinton.

Skyline’s Chaplain Apostle Deborah Dunham has suffered some health problems. Remember her in your prayers.

Suitland Road Baptist Church hosts Community Outreach every first Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, with free food, free clothing and more. Information: 301-219-2296.

Skyline has a website

Skyline’s website editor, Ana Gutierrez, has established a very handsome Skyline website, designed to keep the community informed on news, issues and announcements. Check it out at There are also photos. You might spot one of Jim Reilly and me watching the Morningside Independence Day Parade.

Changing landscape

The Surratts-Clinton Library is closing July 1.

The building will be completely gutted, renovated and enhanced and, and as one of the librarians assured me, will reopen “before too long.” I’m 90 — do you think I’ll get to visit it? The shelves are nearly empty and look very sad. Now I’ll have to start going to the Oxon Hill Branch — a fine library but three times further away.

This week I drove under half a bridge, which will probably be gone by the time you read this.

It’s the last of the original Beltway bridges over Suitland Road, and I’ve been driving under it for almost 60 years. The two new spans have been carrying the traffic for a year or two.

A DashIn gas station and SplashIn car wash are opening soon on Old Branch Avenue in Clinton. There may also be a convenience store.

There are nearly twice as many juvenile crabs in Chesapeake Bay waters as there were a year ago, according to an annual population survey. Scientists in Maryland and Virginia found that the bay’s crabs are at their most plentiful in seven years. Time for a crab feast!

Hell comes to Southern Maryland

Get a lesson on that hell as Civil War scholar and author, Brad Gottfried, speaks about the history of Point Lookout Prison Camp in St. Mary’s County. The presentation starts at 4 p.m. on June 8, at the Surratt House in Clinton. It’s free. For information, call 301-868-1121.

By the way, consider joining the Surratt House. It’s only $10 a year and comes with a monthly newsletter — The Surratt Courier — tours and more.

In case you didn’t know

May is Older Americans Month, recognizing the contributions of older adults across the nation. It’s a chance for everyone to be nicer to these old folks (like me).

Morningside Memories: 1957

Sixty years ago this May, by virtue of the fact that there was only one candidate for the office, William H. Stewart, became the mayor-elect. After being sworn in, he took over from former mayor Jay Lowery. Council members serving with the newly-elected mayor were Dallas Bragunier, William A. Schaub, Leonard F. Gardner and John David Smith.

Earl Swann, D.C. Transit retiree

W. Earl Swann, 100, of Oxon Hill died April 6. He served with the Air Force in WWII and then worked for D.C. Transit (which became Metro) as a mechanic, repairing and maintaining buses.

He was the husband of 74 years of Margaret McConkey Swann, father of John and Marlene. He’s also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grands, numerous nieces and nephews and dedicated caregivers.

Mass of Christian Burial and the burial itself were at historic St. Ignatius Church in Ft. Washington.

George Donald Cook, post office retiree

George Donald Cook, 99, formerly of District Heights and recently of Montgomery County, died April 17. He was born in Baltimore, served during WWII with the Army Air Corps and was a U.S. Postal Service retiree. He was a longtime volunteer of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter.

His wife Carolyn Janet predeceased him. Survivors include children, Sandra Garner and Brian K. Cook, grand- and great-grandchildren. Services and burial later at Arlington.


Happy birthday to Morningside Mayor Benn Cann and Patti (Parco) Grey, May 18; Kaylin Barbour, Otis Jones and Ellen Ashby, May 19; 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.

Happy anniversary to Dennis and Leigh D’Avanzo who’ll celebrate their 30th on May 20, and to Ronnie and Karen Ellis on their 53rd (!), also on May 20.