Wynona L. Skinner's writings from Croom, a country crossroads in southern Prince George's County, have appeared weekly since 1961. The following passages are from some of her more recent columns:
I sat in my car one afternoon and quietly watched a covey of quail. They walked along in the tall grass, now brown and nearly the same color as the quail. Then they came to the driveway, which had no protective covering for them. After what seemed like a conference, one quail ventured out in the open a short distance and looked both ways and forward. Then it dashed across the driveway, and disappeared in the tall grass on that side. It was followed by seven others. Then the last quail emerged from the tall grass, looked carefully all around and ran across the driveway. So, all nine of them made a safe crossing, but they were in no danger, ever, from me.
Savers come in all sizes. Last Saturday, Michael Price, aged 9, accompanied by his father, Robert M. Price, took his collection of pennies and deposited them in his savings account at the bank of Brandywine. He had them in a knapsack and they appeared to be heavy. He could not get them to the teller, in the ordinary way, although he put them up on the shelf in front of the window.
A special place was opened up so he could transfer the money. When the teller opened the knapsack, she brought out tubes of pennies, each tube holding 50 pennies. Michael had not counted his money, so he did not know how much the deposit would be. It was found the total was $30.50, three thousand and fifty pennies. He had earned some of the money by mowing the lawn and other jobs, but some of it came from collecting from his father any pennies he had in his pocket change. I have heard there is a shortage of pennies in circulation. Returning over 3,000 pennies to circulation should be a help.
We have lost a good neighbor, Miss Susan Garner. A passer-by noticed late Monday that she was slumped over the wheel of her car while parked in her driveway. She had been practicing parallel parking, the only item she had failed to pass when recently she was required to take a driver's test to renew her license after 50 years of safe driving.
She was handicapped and used the parking spaces reserved for handicapped persons. She needed her driver's license so she could drive to church, the store and the bank. Parallel parking is not required at any of these places.
Miss Susan had lived at Croom Station all her life. She was the youngest child . . . and remained at home with her parents. She cared for her mother during a long illness. After her mother's death, she went to work at the Prince George's County Courthouse and worked there until she retired. She was a very pleasant person, a joy to be with. We will miss her very much.