Thursday, May 16, 2013
Before the Wildcats or Stags, Hyattsville high school athletes were represented by a live opossum mascot. In 1929 they lost it. Luckily, President Hoover had an extra one.
84 years ago, sometime in May 1929, the old Hyattsville High School baseball team lost their beloved opossum mascot. This was not good news for the squad, which was hoping to rely on their mascot for good luck as they headed into the county championships. They had a right to be nervous too. All year long their original possum mascot had, according to contemporary press reports, brought the Hyattsville High School athletic association an apparent bounty of victories. The 1928-1929 school year saw Hyattsville High School athletes claim repeat victories in county soccer, basketball and track and field championships by the time prep-baseball post-season arrived. But luckily, President Herbert Hoover, known as one of the more prolific pet-…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Email lists in Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and Brentwood lit up to help decode some degraded text on a historic image.
Subscribers from a number of area neighborhood email lists helped a local business restore a historic photograph earlier this week. It all began when Upper Marlboro resident Cheryl Fountain sent a message to email lists in Hyattsville, Brentwood and Mount Rainier asking for help deciphering some text on a badly decomposed photograph from World War I. In her message, Fountain included a striking sample of the image highlighting the degraded text which she needed help reconstructing. The image itself was a panoramic group shot of a so-far-unknown American artillery unit taken in 1917. The image provided by Fountain showed steel eyed soldiers wearing ranger caps, kneeling, standing and sitting cross legged while staring intently into the …
Friday, January 6, 2012
About the telegraph, the weather and dumping your old Christmas trees.
Morning, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know today: 1. Word is we’re supposed to reach a high of 55 degrees today and only dip down to about 36 degrees tonight. Spring is in the air! (Ha! Wishful thinking). 2. Need to dump that Christmas tree? Residents can set their used trees out for collection during regular yard waste pickup. See the dates on the city website. 3. On Jan. 17 the city’s spring break camp registration opens up. Camp will run from April 2 through April 6 this year. 4. On Jan. 10 the spring semester of Hyattsville’s parent/child program begins. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Magruder Park’s recreation building. 5. On this date in 1838 Samuel Morse demonstrated his telegraph system at the Speedwell …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
About yoga, a Filipino Gospel singer and Sonny Bono.
Happy Thursday, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know today: 1. Heat wave! NOAA says we’ll probably have a high of 43 degrees today and a low near 31 degrees. 2. Yoga Space has openings in its Sunday 2-3:30 p.m. prenatal yoga class. 3. Tonight’s Busboys and Poets open mic poetry will feature Regie Cabico, a Filipino who sings Gospel songs. Check it out from 9-11 p.m. 4. Five ways to prevent diabetes. 5. On this date in 1998 singer Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
About posters, DVDs and Humiliation Day.
Morning, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know today: 1. It’s going to be a little sunny and a little cloudy today with a high of 34 degrees and a low of 27 degrees. 2. Do you ever wonder what goes on at city council meetings? It’s OK if you can’t attend them. You can order a DVD of the meeting by calling city hall at 301-985-5000. 3. Today is Humiliation Day. Nope, that doesn’t mean you can knock someone down a peg. Rather, it’s a time to remember why we don’t want to humiliate or embarrass others. 4. Find out more about this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day poster contest. 5. On this date in 1974 then President Richard M. Nixon refused to hand over tapes and documents required by the Senate Watergate Committee.
Friday, December 16, 2011
The skies looked pretty gray Thursday. Looks like we're in for another overcast day today.
Thank God it’s Friday, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know today: 1. Should have a relatively mild day today, with a high of 52 degrees, though the National Weather Service is expecting clouds to roll in. One never knows what those clouds are full of this time of year. 2. There’s a Christmas blessings party from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Kids are invited! 3. Have you seen the Watkins Park festival of lights yet this year? It’s their 25th anniversary and the show’s on from 5 to 9:30 tonight. There’s a small cost, and organizers are asking attendees to bring a canned good to donate to a local food bank. 4. Only two more weeks of city leaf collection remain this season! Make sure you get the fallen …
Friday, September 23, 2011
The new Hyattsville restaurant gave a nod to the written word.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Here's a photo slideshow from with pictures from Hyattsville and other parts of Prince George's County.
Check out more of Venicebill's YouTube fodder. This one's set to Paul Anka's "Times of Your Life."