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Lewis Liberty “Lou” Bennett, Washington Star 1955 to 1971 Route Manger & Mechanic

Lewis Liberty “Lou” Bennett, 85, of Charlotte Hall, MD passed away on October 12, 2016 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

Lou was born on July 4, 1931 to the late Frank and Olive M. Earnhardt Bennett in Norfolk, VA.

Lou’s professional endeavors expanded across careers providing public service and a great spirit of entrepreneurship. He served as a Master Mechanic 2nd Class on the U.S.S. Great Sitkin from January 1952 to April 1955 where he was deployed to the Mediterranean supporting mobile ready reserve fleet ammunition, and later in fleet maneuvers in the Atlantic (New York) and the Caribbean. His career included working at the Washington Star from 1955 to 1971 as a route manger and mechanic in Southern Prince George’s County, MD. He also worked for Buck Distributing, Upper Marlboro, MD, and as an Engineer for The State Department, Washington, D.C. where he retired at almost 71 years of age. The Southern Maryland community knew him as owner/operator of Williams Package Goods, Hughesville, MD; and several other small businesses over the years. Lou loved spending time with his family and many friends, especially on his 4th of July birthday. He also loved camping, riding his Harley, and tinkering with mechanical things. He was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge.

Attribution: Southern Maryland News Net

Shirley Elder Lyons, 85, reporter and Tip O’Neill biographer

Shirley Elder Lyons, 85, of Portsmouth, N.H., a former Washington political reporter, died on Sunday, September 18, 2016, of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Born in California, she was raised in Seattle. She graduated from Stanford University in 1954 and went to Washington, D.C., as a reporter, first for The Washington Post, later for the Washington Daily News and the Washington Star. She was co-author of two books: Tip, a Biography of Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., Speaker of the House and Interest Groups, Lobbying and Policymaking.

She moved to Sandwich, New Hampshire, in 1981 with her husband, Richard L. Lyons, but continued working part time as a reporter for the Boston Globe's New Hampshire Weekly.

In Sandwich, Shirley was president of the Friends of the Samuel Wentworth Library, a member of the Bearcamp Valley Garden Club, the New Hampshire Music Festival, Sandwich Historical Society, the Society for the protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Over the Hill hikers. She worked as a writer and co-editor on the book of Sandwich history published in 1995 by the Sandwich Historical Society.

When Shirley Elder Lyons received the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Print Media Award in 1993 for the second consecutive year, she had already spent four decades in a career that took her from California to covering Congress to the Granite State.

As a correspondent for the Globe’s New Hampshire Weekly, she examined campaign funding, interviewed politicians, and profiled top judges and lawyers – only to subsequently report on ethics woes some of them faced.

She also reported on the achievements of women who pushed for gender parity in New Hampshire’s elected offices and legal community. Mrs. Lyons’s profile of the first woman to serve as president of the state bar association was among the pieces that led to the award.

“My philosophy is we have a responsibility to educate people and to tell people in simple terms about complex legal issues,” she told the Globe in a January 1993 interview.


Richard Stakes, Former President/CEO, 1923-2016

Richard Stewart "Dick" Stakes, age 93, of Hilton Head Island, passed away September 11, 2016 at home surrounded by his family and caregivers. Born June 27, 1923 at the family home in Luttrellville, Virginia to the late Nettie Lee Reynolds and the late Thomas Edward Stakes. Dick served in the U. S. Army during WWII winning the Bronze Star Medal as an artillery forward observer. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington DC with a BS degree in Financial Management. Dick was recalled during the Korean War and served in Germany as a lieutenant in the artillery. After returning to Washington, DC, he worked for WTTG(TV), in the accounting department subsequently becoming business manager. He left WTTG in 1956 to join Evening Star Broadcasting, ultimately becoming president and chief executive officer. In 1976 he moved from the broadcasting arm when he was elected president and chief executive officer of the Washington Star newspaper. In 1977, he left the Star to become executive vice-president of WSPA, Spartanburg, SC. Dick retired from Summit Communications, Winston-Salem, NC in 1988 when he and his wife, the late Christine Beuchert of Washington, DC, came to Hilton Head Plantation. Dick was a founder and board member of the Institute of Broadcast Financial Management (now MFMA), and belonged to numerous industry organizations. He was a founding member the South Carolina Yacht Club. Dick loved boating the waters around the Northern Neck of Virginia and Hilton Head, dining out with friends and rocking in his favorite chair on the back porch in his Hilton Head "paradise".


2016 Reunion

Photo by Bill Grigg
Joan Anderson - "Twenty four people showed up at the Hawk & Dove yesterday to commemorate the 35th anniversary of The Star's demise. They were Joan Anderson, Marjorie and Steve Aug, David Breasted, Diane Brockett, Berthene Bruce, Abby Chapple, Mike Coram, Pat Fanning, Nancy and Craig Ferris, Sara Fitzgerald, Ben Forgey, Bill Grigg, Roxanne Hughes, Orr Kelly, Annie L. Lee, Sandra McElwaine, Lew Sichelman, Ron Sarro, Don Smith, Arnold and Lillian Taylor, and Walt Wurfel."

New Reunion Spot - Hawk and Dove

New Reunion Spot. Star colleagues will gather this year at the Hawk and Dove on Capitol Hill on Sunday, August 7 at 2 pm to eat, drink, and carry on the tradition of recognizing that fateful day -- now 35 years ago. -- when we went our separate ways. Please come and email those you know who don't follow Facebook. Also reply here or email me to say you are coming, so we will have a rough headcount. System will be same as at Mr. Henry's. You order and pay for whatever you want. Hope to see many of you soon. Joan Anderson.

Lyle Denniston Moving From SCOTUSblog to National Constitution Center

“Lyle Denniston is the Dean of Supreme Court reporters and I’m thrilled and honored that he will be writing full time for the National Constitution Center,” said Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center. “Lyle has been a model of fair-minded, balanced writing about the justices for nearly six decades and it’s impossible to imagine a better Supreme Court correspondent for Constitution Daily.”
 Prior to his new role at the Center, which starts this summer, Denniston has been an independent reporter and contractor at the Supreme Court website for more than 12 years. During that time, SCOTUSblog earned numerous accolades, including the 2013 Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.


Full story: Lyle Denniston joins National Constitution Center as Supreme Court correspondent

Stephen Scott Hershey (1938 - 2016)

Stephen Scott Hershey, age 77, of Ormond Beach, passed away on Wednesday May 11, 2016. Steve was born on June 22, 1938 in New York city, and was a long time resident of Ormond Beach, Florida. Steve was a devout Catholic, a dedicated veteran of the Marine reserves, a lover of life, travel, and all things sports.
He was the life of every party, with a personality that was boisterous and was always ready with a story to tell about his unique and well traveled life. His career as a sports writer for USA Today took him to every corner of the globe, and his countless published articles, and book, "The Senior Tour," will be steadfast reminders of his true passion for and connection to the sporting world. Steve himself, was an avid golfer for many years, and was a past member of Ocean Side Country Club, where he served on many executive committees.