Laurel Leader

Former Steward Manor resident travels 3,000 miles for reunion [Old Town Laurel]

It's rare these days for anyone to stay in the same place very long. Folks move to and from the area, sometimes without being noticed. Neighbors rarely learn each other's names, and on the best of days exchange little more than a wave of the hand or a nod of their head.

Before I-95 was built, Route 1carried the bulk of traffic through what was then best described as a tight-knit, sleepy hamlet. It was nearly impossible to traverse Main Street without stopping to talk to a neighborhood friend. It seemed that everyone knew your name. For a kid, that could be a double-edged sword.


If you were a mischief-maker, it was likely that your parents knew what you were up to long before you returned home. The flip side of that story is, if you were in need of assistance, you could knock on anyone's door and get help.

The Steward Manor Apartments community was such a place. According to former resident Richard Friend, the complex opened in 1960. It had a quiet, welcoming atmosphere that families settled in to, some for the long haul.


Lucy Leizer has been a lease-holder there for 43 years. Her daughter Cheryl Leizer Sappington and other family members including her brother, Joseph Leizer, and his son, Joe, joined a group of mostly former residents, who gather now each summer for a reunion of sorts on the picnic grounds. James Smart who remembers his young life there with great fondness, flew some 3,000 miles from Los Angeles to attend. Sharon Powell, Beth Powell-Allen, Mark Nelson and numerous others gathered to reminisce, each promising to do their best to attend the ever-growing gathering next summer.

After making the early morning rounds delivering scores of publications including the The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Times, paper carrier Gail Turney called it quits. In a note included with what was to be her next-to-last, predawn paper drop off, she said, "After 14 years of making deliveries, we are finally retiring and looking forward to pursuing other interests and perhaps doing some traveling." The "we" she was referring to is her husband of 45 years, Earl. I'm sure that you all join me in wishing this dedicated duo a happy second retirement. The long-wedded couple first worked at and retired from the District of Columbia's Children's Center.

American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., will host a Coach/Michael Kors Purse Bingo, Sunday, Oct. 12. Doors open at noon, with games beginning at 2 p.m. Cost is $25. For tickets, call Josie Lohman, 301-633-6524. Food and libations will be available; attendees must be age 21 or older.

Post 60 will hold a Crab Feast Saturday, Oct. 18, 6 till 11 p.m. Cost is $45 per person, advanced sales only. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. Other menu items included in the price of admission are fried chicken, beef and a number of side dishes. DJ Miles will provide entertainment.