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St. Bernard's Church celebrated its 50th anniversary on Easter Sunday with a mass of celebration. A number of original members of the parish were in attendance.

St. Bernard's Church and School have served many families in the town in the fifty years of their history. We extend sincere wishes that our families may continue to benefit from their good works.

Congratulations to . . .

Cleveland and Kitty Moffett of Nicholson Street who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 21.

Arnold and Lise Powell of Patterson Road who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in late May.

Family, friends and the Mayor and Council extend best wishes and compliments to both couples on achieving these significant milestones.

Congratulations to the Morales family of Spring Lane for a double-header in the field of academic accomplishments this spring. Son, Julio, received his law degree from Boston University and daughter, Melissa, was awarded a bachelor's degree from George Washington University. Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Morales and their family have resided on Spring Lane for more than 25 years.

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"The Banjo Man," Frank Cassell performs every Thursday at the Farmer's Market at Town Center between the hours of 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (The Farmer's Market is a "producer's only" market held every Thursday between the hours of 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the MARC station parking lot at Town Center.)

Riversdale is open for regular tours on Fridays and Sundays between noon and 4:00 p.m. Admission: Adults - $3, Seniors - $2, Students - $1. During regular tour hours, no admission is required to visit the Gift Shop, located in the basement. The shop offers a wide selection of items perfect for all-occasion gifts.

The annual Battle of Bladensburg encampment will be held on the grounds of the mansion on Saturday, August 19. War of 1812 reenactors will set up camp, perform drills and engage in skirmishes as they prepare to meet British troops at Bladensburg. Admission to the grounds is free.

Interesting volunteer opportunities are available with the Riversdale Historical Society. You may become a docent and guide visitors through the mansion or spend a Sunday afternoon at the gift shop. For information, call Ann Ferguson at 301/927-8230.

Ward Six Councilmember Elected

Lissa Scott, resident of Riverdale Road, was elected to fill the Ward Six council vacancy on May 21. Her candidacy was uncontested and it is a credit to Ward Six that two dozen residents came to the polls to show their support.

Councilmember-elect Scott will be sworn into office at the legislative session on Monday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Fire Department Elections

William Holzberger has been elected Chief of the Riverdale Fire Department and David Sutton was elected President of the corporation. This election followed the resignation of Chief Kurt Evers and President David R. Slye.

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