June 22, 2011
Laurel High School once again had a successful Grad Night thanks to the support of many. I can't possibly thank everyone in limited space, but I want to especially thank Mayor Craig Moe and the city of Laurel for continuing to support and sponsor our all-night, substance-free celebration; and Levet Brown, and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club for his support and use of their facilities. Thank you to all the businesses, individuals and groups that have continued to support this program through donations of money, food, door prizes or services — some for 23 years!
August 11, 2011
Army National Guard Pvt. Anthony Kucan graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Kucan is a 1999 graduate of Laurel High School. Air Force Airman Mario Jackson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Sheryl Jackson, of Laurel, and Marshall Jackson, of Capitol Heights.
September 13, 2011
Side by Side, a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen Laurel's public schools, will hold a fundraising kickball tournament on Sept. 24 at Laurel High School, located at 8000 Cherry Lane. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to enter a team in either the "competitive" or "fun" division. For more information and entry forms, go to http://www.sidebysidelaurel.org.
February 23, 2013
Occasionally this column takes a look at what happened to a person or thing that was a memorable part of Laurel's past. This month it looks at two Laurel icons from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Laurel High coach set the standard Laurel High School was never known for fielding excellent football teams. Ron Ladue changed that. Ladue inherited a football program that was not expected to win. But Ladue's teams did win and changed the expectations for Laurel High.
August 31, 2011
Join St. Mark's United Methodist Church in its annual Emancipation Day Celebration, Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 11 a.m. at Emancipation Park, on Eighth Street at Route 198. Emancipation Day is the oldest annual event in Laurel, going back more than 100 years, and celebrates the freeing of slaves in America. This year, coed softball games at McCullough Field on Eighth Street are part of the events, and food vendors and music will fill Emancipation Park. A parade kicks off at 3 p.m. near St. Mark's Church, 601 Eighth St. Parade participants include bands from Bowie State University, the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps and the Laurel High School poms squad.
February 12, 2013
Laurel native Mike Cardamone has been named regional director of FranNet of Maryland, which assists individuals interested in exploring self-employment as a career option through franchised business ownership. Cardamone will work with clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties; and the District of Columbia. Cardamone began as a FranNet client in 1999 and now owns two Huntington Learning Center sites. Although now a Port Tobacco resident, Cardamone remains active in the Laurel community.