When art director Antonio Alcalá was asked to create a design to replace the dwindling supplies of the 1990 Bobcat $2 stamp, "he carefully considered what sort of visual imagery would communicate value and set this new, high-denomination stamp apart," according to the website http://www.beyondtheperf.com.

To help develop this idea, he sought former student and colleague Michael Dyer, a Laurel native and 1995 Pallotti High graduate who earned a bachelor's in fine arts from Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington. Dyer's parents, Michael and Cheryl Dyer, live on Fourth Street, but Dyer now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Sadie.

Inspired by the detail and colorful designs of European monetary notes and using those as an inspiration, Dyer began drawing patterns. There were some 50 concepts in all, from which Alcalá chose three for what is called the Waves of Color stamps.

According to beyondtheperf.com, the response from the Postal Service design team was, to say the least, enthusiastic. In fact, the project was expanded to include four denominations of stamps: $1, $2, $5 and $10.


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Dyer distinguished each of the Waves of Color stamps by varying the dominant color and enlarging the sizes. Stamps of higher denominations are greater in size.

Dyer's stamps, used for packages, really stand out from the rest.

The Rev. Warren Litchfield was named Laurel's Citizen of the Month for January.

According to Mike Sellner, life member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, the good reverend's efforts include coordinating the annual Memorial Day service at historic Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Sellner said Litchfield "is everyone's chaplain. His service to the citizens of Laurel and the surrounding area is remarkable. He asks nothing, but gives much in return."

Laurel High senior Karen Olorunfemi was recently named a Scholar of the Week by Prince George's County Public Schools. She maintains a 3.5 grade point average and participates in World Vision's Youth Empowerment Program and the National Honor Society.

The Antonio Gatto Lodge will hold its annual Baked Ziti Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 24, noon to 6 p.m., in the Breen Room of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, St. Mary's Place, just off Main Street. Cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/antoniogattolodge. .