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Ornithologist Chandler Robbins has lifelong passion for things with wings

Although his 98th birthday looms in July, Chandler Robbins is still showing up at the office. The longtime Brooklyn Bridge Road resident, who officially retired in 2005 after a 60-year career, puts in three half-days a week at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in South Laurel. This comes as...

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Gunfire erupts on Newtowne Drive after drug-related dispute

Gunfire erupted on Newtowne Drive Wednesday night after a drug-related dispute in the area, city police said. Police responded at 8:45 p.m. to the 700 block of Newtowne Drive for reports of shots fired and an armed person. Officers found a man, identified as Richard Vermillion, 28, of Laurel, who...

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  • Bits and pieces of Laurel's history [History Matters]

    Bits and pieces of Laurel's history [History Matters]

    While researching stories from Laurel's past, I accumulate lots of brief, and sometimes odd, items that don't lend themselves to the usual long form. This gives me a chance to clean out that file. 1816: There were four competing stagecoach lines running from Washington to Baltimore and through...

  • A child grows up and becomes teacher, nurturing new dreams [Commentary]

    A child grows up and becomes teacher, nurturing new dreams [Commentary]

    On the first day of school in 1998, when Bill Clinton was president, my editor asked me to high-tail it to a bus stop off Whiskey Bottom Road and interview a kindergartner on their first day of school. I found one: little Lauren Speiser, who glistened in the late-summer sun, ready to face the world...

  • Laurel Boy Scout's butterfly garden blossoms at Larry T. Smith Memorial Park

    Laurel Boy Scout's butterfly garden blossoms at Larry T. Smith Memorial Park

    As a Boy Scout, 15-year-old Laurel resident Jack Hummer said he does not take community service lightly. Helping his hometown was a top priority when choosing a service project to bring himself one step closer to Eagle Scout rank. More than 120 community service hours later, Hummer's ideas were...

  • Leader wins 10 awards in Md.-Del.-D.C. press group editorial contest

    Leader wins 10 awards in Md.-Del.-D.C. press group editorial contest

    The Laurel Leader, a community newspaper of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, won 10 awards Friday, including two first-place awards, in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards contest. Among non-daily papers with a circulation greater than 20,000, Allison Eatough won first place for environmental...

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