It was, from the beginning, all very mysterious. Robin Daugherty was the first to tell me that windows and doors at the Quick Stop Market, corner of Main and Fifth streets, were shrouded in a black material of sorts. After receiving several phone inquiries, I ventured over to see what all the fuss was about. A sign on the building only said that they were "closed for the day."

Information was tough to come by as folks working in and around the store remained tight-lipped. It was not until several emails were posted via the Old Town Laurel Group on Yahoo that an explanation emerged.

Gail Turney said that she'd stopped to take a look after noticing a flurry of activity in the store's parking lot. Cameras were rolling. When she asked about the activity, she learned that the Discovery Channel was filming a segment for a program simply titled, "Abducted." Turney said that the folks she talked to were unsure when the program would air.

Shortly after Gail's email, another was posted by Karen Lubieniecki. She stated that she had taken video of the filming later that same evening when the dark covering had been removed from the store's windows. It included "robbers and shotguns" used in a reenactment, as the actors re-staged a robbery that actually occurred at a Texas convenience store, where there had been a robbery and murder.

Karen went on to say that the Main Street location was chosen because the Quick Stop closely resembles the store where the actual crime occurred. The program is set to air "sometime in March."

Mystery solved.

Women thirteen years of age and older are invited to attend a self defense class, conducted over several weekends at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, 113 St. Mary's Place. Classes start on Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon. Fee is $30.

R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense program includes educational instruction in the form of lectures, discussion and physical resistive techniques. Each session builds upon previous lessons, and attendance at all classes is encouraged.

More information is available by calling Sherry at 240-988-2311 or Mary Ann at 301-910-0183. Email inquiries should be sent to sherrymary2011@gmail.com.

The Laurel Board of Trade will host its annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, Thursday, Oct, 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Traditionally more than a thousand costumed revelers participate. Alternate routes of travel are recommended that evening. It will save you time and help keep everyone safe.