Little League team advances to championship

Old Town

July 13, 2011|By Jeff Dudley, 301-725-0377,

Laurel's 9/10 All-Star Little League team advanced to the District Four championship, where they came in second place. Though they lost the game to the defending champs, the young athletes represented their hometown well. Old Town resident Caleb Collins and his teammates vow to return to the playoffs next year and will work in the off season to make themselves a better team. Team mom Eileen Collins said in an email that the success of the team is a testament to the dedication of the players, coaches and parents.

Angela Johnson celebrated her birthday June 29 at the Outer Banks, in North Carolina. The festivities were a family affair. She was accompanied by her mother, Donna Johnson Whitaker, and other family members. Reportedly, a great time was had by all.

Welcome home to Angie Burton, who arrived from Las Vegas for a visit with her mom, Laurie; stepdad, John Leizear; siblings, Jaime and Ryan; and other extended family members. Her sister, Karen, from Nevada, and her two sons are soon due to join the family in Maryland.

There aren't many businesses around Old Town that have transcended time and generations and remained in the sole ownership of the family who founded them. One of the few is Donaldson Funeral Home, on Talbott Avenue, which marked 80 years of service to the community in May.

Founded in 1931 by DeWitt Donaldson, the full-service mortuary has been owned and operated by an immediate member of the Donaldson family since its inception.

DeWitt Donaldson was educated in local schools, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. His first venture into the occupational arena was as an electrical contractor. In addition to his contracting duties, he also worked with local funeral director E.N. Fisher. In 1931, DeWitt passed the state exam to be a certified funeral director. DeWitt practiced his trade for more than 50 years. After continued failing health, his wife, Louise Donaldson, took the helm of the enterprise. Their son, Jay Donaldson, is the current owner and has been the guiding hand since his mother's retirement in 2008. Jay's sister, Diane, works in the family venture with her brother and is also a licensed funeral director.

A third generation of the Donaldson family has taken an interest in the family profession. Jay's son, Cullen, is currently studying to become a licensed funeral director.

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