Community invited to St. Mark's annual Emancipation Day Celebration

Old Town

August 25, 2011|By Jeff Dudley OldTownLaurelColumn@yahoo.com

Old Town Laurel's St. Mark's Methodist Church, along with members of the greater-Laurel black community, will hold its annual Emancipation Day Celebration Saturday, Sept. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. The celebration will be held at the aptly named Emancipation Park on Eighth Street.

The aforementioned land parcel was dedicated and officially named Emancipation Park by the city of Laurel, during a celebration there Sept. 7, 1991. According to Thomas Matthews, the church's event coordinator and chairperson, this gathering has been held annually since the 1900's.

The daylong festivities will begin with a ceremony in the park. Members and friends of St. Mark's, where the Rev. Robbie Morganfield is the pastor, will be joined by the New Life Church fellowship, led by the Rev. Devan Hebron. The two groups and a host of other individuals will join in coed softball games and other activities at the park and at McCullough Field.

A parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will begin in the vicinity of St. Mark's. Participating in the parade will be bands from Bowie State University, the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps, the Laurel High School Pom Pom Squad and others. There will be food vendors, music and other activities as well.

All are invited to attend.

The Presbyterian Church of Laurel honored Kristy Miller for 10 years of service as the administrative assistant at the house of worship.

"She is the glue that keeps our church running smoothly," said Dot Brownlie, a longtime member. "Kristy is the voice of our congregation when people call, and the face that welcomes them when they come through the door during the week."

Miller, who is from Laurel, currently lives in Scaggsville with her husband, Robert, and son, Christopher.

Local public schools were back in session Monday after an all-too-brief summer break.

Laurel Elementary School, led by Principal Melinda Lee, welcomes Andrew Katezel, formerly a part-time physical education instructor, as a full-time fifth-grade teacher. Another new member of the staff is Stacie Verner. Eileen Collins will again lead the school's PTA this year.

Scotchtown Hills Elementary School, guided by Principal Tracie Prevost, welcomes a new instrumental music teacher Julianna Sabatino. The school's PTO president is Susie Hurley.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School begins classes Aug. 29, with students reporting on a staggered schedule throughout the week. St. Mary of the Mills School will also begin classes that week.

Condolences to the family of Elizabeth Mott, a Laurel resident for more than 50 years, who died Aug. 13.

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