Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Area families see students complete basic training

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Navy Seaman Teresa A. Neely and Navy Seaman Recruit Anthony Barker recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Neely, a 2006 graduate of Suitland High School is the daughter of Kathleen A. Woods of Largo and Barker is the son of Lashana M. Barker of Clinton.

Ferguson Elementary schedules PTA meeting

Henry G. Ferguson Elementary School is holding its Parent Teacher Association general body meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The meeting will be highlighted by a performance from HGF Step Team. Those who are scheduled to speak are Renee Banks, president of Student Council; Grant Rice, a ‘‘Gold Student” selected by the principal to represent the school at a quarterly meeting county students; Pamela King-Williams, former PTA President of Henry G Ferguson Elementary School and present president of Gwynn Park High School PTSA, and Kelly Canavan, a former teacher and president of Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Council.

Pagan service scheduled at Davies Memorial

A pagan Lenten service is scheduled to be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road in Camp Springs.

Families are welcome to attend the service, which will highlight earth-based traditions of the lent⁄pre-spring season.

People of all religious backgrounds are encouraged to attend. There is no charge.

For more information, call 301-449-4308.

Flowers High alumreaches milestone

Ian McCollough, grandson of Toni and Frank McCollough and Helen Evans of Temple Hills, recently scored his 1,000th career point as a forward on the St. Vincent College basketball team in Latrobe, Pa. McCollough is scheduled to graduate in May.

McCollough received a full scholarship to St. Vincent after graduating from Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.

His parents are Andre and Angela McCollough, both of Springdale.

Berkshire Elementary administrator wins raffle

Satimia Johnson won a $500 prize and Berkshire Elementary in Forestville was given $1,000 in a raffle sponsored by the Pen Mar Shopping Center.

Principal Pearl Harmon said the money will be used to buy uniforms and small incentives for students based on their attendance and academic performance.

Johnson is the school’s bookkeeper.

Raffle tickets were filled out in October, winners were selected in December, and the announcements were made at a quarterly student award ceremony held at Berkshire Jan. 24.

Bowie State planshigher education reception

Alumni, faculty, staff and students of Bowie State University are invited to a reception in Annapolis being held to increase awareness about high education. University President Mickey L. Burnim is expected to attend the Feb. 20 event.

‘‘It’s really a gathering designed to put supporters of the university together with legislators” as a good faith measure, Burnim said.

Attendees may RVSP online at⁄annapolis2008 by Feb. 15. The reception will be held in the Miller Senate Office Building, Conference Center West located at 11 Bladen St.

Black History Month walk scheduled for Feb. 16

The Freestate Happy Wanderers will host 5-kilometer and 11-kilometer walks in honor of Black History Month.

The trail will go through the campus of Bowie State University.

Walkers can begin between 9 a.m. and noon and will finish by 3 p.m. on Feb. 16.

For more information, call 301-572-5574 or visit⁄clubs⁄freestate.

Travel agency winssafety award

Eidson’s Tours Inc. of Upper Marlboro won Lancer Insurance Company’s Gold Safety Award for safety excellence in the 2006 policy year.

Lancer has been giving out its Gold Safety Award for 15 years ‘‘to single out for recognition companies that clearly demonstrate the highest commitment of safety to their customers and employees,” according to a statement.

‘‘We’re extremely pleased to recognize these exemplary companies,” Lancer vice president Bob Crescenzo said.

Share the gift of song with a sweetheart in February

The Prince George’s County Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts invites the community to the ‘‘Songs America Loves” Valentine Concert performance of the Prince George’s Choral Society, 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly.

Ron Freeman will direct the Prince George’s Choral Society concert, which will feature Broadway show tunes and guest solos. Regular admission is $12 and $10 for seniors and students.

Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Citizen’s Police Academy students graduate

Michele Green and Marla Jefferson, both of Upper Marlboro, graduated on Monday from the Citizen’s Police Academy after completing a 12-week course.

Green and Jefferson both are members of the Community Service Area 23 Leadership Council, an organization of citizens who work with Prince George’s County police to reduce crime in their neighborhoods.

The graduation ceremony was held Monday evening at county police headquarters in Palmer Park.

New seminar focused on keeping seniors alert, safe

With a goal of preventing crime against the county’s senior population, the county police department’s Youth and Family Services, as well as county Police Chief Melvin C. High, held a day-long TRIAD senior citizens conference Jan. 23 at the Capital Sports Complex in District Heights.

In addition to High, other county officials such as Capt. Rex Barrett, commander of the Youth and Family Services Division, Sheriff Michael Jackson and county director of homeland security Vernon Herron attended the conference, which emphasized personal safety.