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April 12, 2012
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May 22, 2014
The Laurel Leader brought home 13 awards at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2013 editorial contest. The Leader competes in Division D for non-daily newspapers with circulation above 20,000. Pete Pichaske won first place for education reporting on his story about the Safe Summer program at Deerfield Run Community Center. Phil Grout won first place for feature photos for his photo from Doggie Dip Day at the Laurel Municipal Pool, and Nate Pesce's photos of Montpelier Mansion's Blast in the Past playground won first place for photo series.
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May 8, 2013
My business is located at 309 Main St., in Laurel. Outback Leather is a one-stop leather shop. We do everything from custom fitting boots and saddles, to the horse and rider, to while-you-wait shoe repair. Outback Leather has been on Main St. for over 20 years, 15 years in the formally Gayer's Saddlery Building. I just wanted to thank the Laurel Leader for its article, "20th century marathons found a starting line in Laurel" (April 4). It was very generous of the Leader to put a big picture of my building that covers almost half the page, and then give credit to another business, instead of a business that has been running for 20 years, as the building in the background.
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March 5, 2014
As a Laurel resident, I read with great interest the Feb. 20 article in the Laurel Leader and the letter to the editor from Lindsey Baker Feb. 27, regarding the Laurel Library branch retaining the Charles Stanley name after a new building is completed. In addition to his public service, Mr. Stanley was an American Confederate Civil War veteran, having served as a private in Company B of the First Regiment, Maryland Cavalry from 1862 to 1865 (Archives of Maryland 2002). In their letter, the Laurel Historical Society references how important "it is to understand the history of our community, in order to create a better future.
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May 22, 2014
The Laurel Leader brought home 13 awards at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2013 editorial contest. The Leader competes in Division D for non-daily newspapers with circulation above 20,000. Pete Pichaske won first place for education reporting on his story about the Safe Summer program at Deerfield Run Community Center. Phil Grout won first place for feature photos for his photo from Doggie Dip Day at the Laurel Municipal Pool, and Nate Pesce's photos of Montpelier Mansion's Blast in the Past playground won first place for photo series.
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July 11, 1991
Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital will honor Gertrude L. Poe, former editor and publisher of the Laurel Leader, at a gala Oct. 19 in the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore.Poe is being honored for her involvement and commitment to the hospital and community. The Laurel Leader is a weekly newspaper.The hospital is to buy equipment with the proceeds from the event. Individual tickets and tables for 10 are available. For more information, call the hospital at 497-7914.
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November 30, 2011
Laurel Leader contributor and former columnist Mike McLaughlin caught this scene Wednesday as trucks from Laurel and Beltsville fire departments hoisted a flag over Van Dusen Road at Route 198, while the funeral procession for life-long Laurel resident Carl Owens, 85, passed below. Owens, who died Nov. 26, had been a member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16. For a full obituary, go to donaldsonfuneralhome.com .
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November 13, 2012
Many people find the holiday season a time to share their blessings with those less fortunate. To help that effort, beginning Nov. 22 the Laurel Leader will publish a list of local nonprofits and each group's "wish list" of items needed to serve our community throughout the holidays and beyond. Nonprofit or advocacy groups can be included in the listing by e-mailing the organization's name, address, web and/or e-mail address, telephone number and a brief list of needed items to Pat Farmer, paf1@patuxent.com ; or call 410-332-6653.
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October 8, 2012
Last month, the Laurel BNI Thursday Breakfast Chapter provided a $500 donation to Side by Side , a faith-based Laurel nonprofit that works to improve Prince George's County public schools in Laurel. The check was presented to Side by Side president Joe Murchison, a past editor of the Laurel Leader, Sept. 27 at the chapter's Visitor Day at Famous Dave's on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel. Side by Side holds monthly Family Academies, with parenting workshops and children's enrichment activities for families from Laurel's seven elementary schools.
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May 21, 2013
The Laurel Leader won six awards, including a first-place award for photography, in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2012 editorial contest. The awards were for newspapers in Division D, non-dailies with a circulation more than 20,000, and were announced at the annual MDDC luncheon Friday, May 17. The newspaper's 2012 awards include: • First place Feature Photo for Phil Grout's cover photo "Flip Dip," of Laurel Municipal Pool lifeguard Bubba Mullins and his dog, Rusty, playing at Doggy Dip Day at the pool.
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By Dan Singer | March 3, 2014
Community members and education advocates filled Bethany Community Church on Saturday morning for the Laurel-based nonprofit Side by Side's fifth annual fundraiser breakfast and silent auction. Side by Side, launched in 2009 by former Laurel Leader editor Joe Murchison, works to support families and educators in the Prince George's County School System. The nonprofit's flagship program, Great Start, is a series of teacher-led workshops that help preschool through second-grade parents engage their children academically.
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By Patti Restivo | February 10, 2014
Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants, particularly places lost over the past half-century. He said his "labor of love" grew from collecting memorabilia documenting life during the 1970s and '80s at the Steward Manor apartment complex. Friend attended Deerfield Run Elementary and Laurel High, then graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington in 1997.
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By Amy Armstrong | December 2, 2013
Furniture craftsman Jim McCullough has worked on very large and prestigious projects, such as several pieces in the White House, the desk of the founder of Bowie, Odgen Bowie; touched up and refinished furniture at the Taylor House in Washington; and refinished 200 chairs for Dempsey's Brew Pub at Camden Yards in Baltimore, creating connections with each project. Last year, Denman McCoy, from the Department of Justice, where McCullough had done work on and off for 10 years, called and asked him to repair and restore the desk of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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October 7, 2013
The Laurel Historical Society has elected four new members to its Board of Directors. The new members are Kevin Leonard, History Matters columnist for the Laurel Leader and president of the Leonard Group, a local historical research company; Laurel City Council president Fred Smalls; Mariam Thakker, owner of Main Street Pharmacy and MFT Events; and Kelly White, assistant vice president, cash management, at Revere National Bank. The new board members will serve two-year terms. In addition, the Laurel Historical Society named longtime board members Joseph Robison and Jean Wilson as directors emeritus, and James McCeney was re-elected chairman of the board.
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May 21, 2013
The Laurel Leader won six awards, including a first-place award for photography, in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2012 editorial contest. The awards were for newspapers in Division D, non-dailies with a circulation more than 20,000, and were announced at the annual MDDC luncheon Friday, May 17. The newspaper's 2012 awards include: • First place Feature Photo for Phil Grout's cover photo "Flip Dip," of Laurel Municipal Pool lifeguard Bubba Mullins and his dog, Rusty, playing at Doggy Dip Day at the pool.
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May 8, 2013
My business is located at 309 Main St., in Laurel. Outback Leather is a one-stop leather shop. We do everything from custom fitting boots and saddles, to the horse and rider, to while-you-wait shoe repair. Outback Leather has been on Main St. for over 20 years, 15 years in the formally Gayer's Saddlery Building. I just wanted to thank the Laurel Leader for its article, "20th century marathons found a starting line in Laurel" (April 4). It was very generous of the Leader to put a big picture of my building that covers almost half the page, and then give credit to another business, instead of a business that has been running for 20 years, as the building in the background.
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November 29, 2011
Regarding Kathy Smallwood's letter ("Howard residents, don't shop in Laurel unless you want a ticket," Laurel Leader, Nov. 24), Laurel's goal is public safety, not punishing Howard County drivers. You don't get a ticket unless you exceed the speed limit by at least 13 mph. That's 38 mph at that location. If you slow your vehicle even slightly in crossing this busy intersection, you won't get a ticket. I have lived at Seventh and Main streets for over 25 years. Speeding on Seventh Street has been a constant concern until the city installed a speed camera.
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December 22, 2012
Several of my letters characterizing speed cameras as "legalized robbery" have been published in the Laurel Leader. My contention is that if the city were truly and primarily concerned about the "safety of  the kids," then the city should put up blinking lights to alert motorists to slow down. For without the blinking lights, the net affect would be revenue for the city and a hidden tax on the citizens because the cameras alone do not adequately warn the driver of potential pedestrian danger.
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December 22, 2012
Several of my letters characterizing speed cameras as "legalized robbery" have been published in the Laurel Leader. My contention is that if the city were truly and primarily concerned about the "safety of  the kids," then the city should put up blinking lights to alert motorists to slow down. For without the blinking lights, the net affect would be revenue for the city and a hidden tax on the citizens because the cameras alone do not adequately warn the driver of potential pedestrian danger.
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December 22, 2012
The "Gift Cards For Guns" program is ridiculous as is the reported goal of this absurdly wrongheaded program, "to reduce gun violence by eliminating the number of firearms on the street" (Laurel Leader, Dec. 20). There is no such thing as "gun violence. " Guns are inanimate objects that in and of themselves do nothing until acted upon by an outside force - a person using one for a good purpose (self-defense) or a person using one for an evil purpose (mass murder). Those Mothers Against Drunk Driving moms got it right when they chose not to combat "car violence" but rather drunk drivers.
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