Join your community for the fall West Laurel Civic Association general meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m at the West Laurel Community Building. The highlight of this meeting will be a community discussion with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III and Prince George's County Council member, and West Laurel resident, Mary Lehman. This is a wonderful opportunity for our neighbors to ask questions and let their voices be heard.

At the September Neighborhood Watch meeting, it was noted that crime is relatively low in West Laurel. This is in part thanks to the West Laurel Civic Association, which is vigilantly keeping an eye on what is happening around us. This group of volunteers works diligently all year long in concert with Cpl. James Beasock, our community officer. If you would like to arrange a home security inspection, you can call him at 301-937-0910 or e-mail jwbeasock@co.pg.md.us.

Remember that preventing crime is a partnership between police and citizens. Our West Laurel Civic Association represents our citizens and has for the history of West Laurel. They need our support. One way you can support the civic association is to go to the general meetings held three times a year. The second way you can provide support is to join. Dues are only $15 a year per household. Your dues and support are critical for the association to be effective. Come to the meeting on Oct. 27 and pay your dues or send a check to the West Laurel Civic Association, Attn: Susan Railey, Treasurer, 16922 Melbourne Drive, Laurel, MD 20707.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission on behalf of Patuxent Reservoirs Watershed Protection Group will host Family Campfire and Watershed Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Howard Duckett Dam at 7400 Brooklyn Bridge Road. Bring your own chairs, flashlights, unbreakable cups and long sticks to roast marshmallows by a campfire. Enjoy the environmental games, crafts, prizes and s'mores. For information, call 301-206-8240 or register at http://www.wsscwater.com.


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Bond Mill Elementary will hold its 29th annual craft show on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters and vendors who are interested in renting a table for $25 and $35 should call the school between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 301-497-3600. The proceeds support the fifth grade's end-of-year activities.

After more than 20 years as the fearless leader of the West Laurel Recreation Council, Kim Passmore has stepped down and handed over the reins. Kim has worked tirelessly over the years enriching our lives with classes and activities that have brought our community together. For two decades Kim has worked with her team to bring us wonderful family memories of the annual Easter egg hunt, bicycle parade and holiday party, just to name a few. Thank you, Kim, for your years of dedication and commitment to the West Laurel Recreation Council and our community.