Old Town Laurel: Be vigilant of suspicious as days shorten

The days are growing shorter, and sunset continues to arrive a little earlier each evening. While the change is minor for most of you, it gives would-be thieves more time to operate under the cover of darkness.

There have been numerous posts on the Old Town Laurel forum of unlocked cars being rifled through, with the malcontents taking whatever is available. The value of the item, or its usefulness, does not seem to matter.

Other than making sure your car is locked, your best defense is a mindful neighbor. On our corner of Talbott and Fairlawn avenues, we have a core group of folks who keep each other posted when things look awry. Recently a young man was found several mornings sleeping on a neighbor's porch. A quick phone call revealed that the home owner was out of town. The following morning the police were called, and the well-rested chap was sent on his way. He's not been seen again. If it doesn't look right, call the police. The direct number for the Laurel Police Department is 301-725-3000 (emergencies). If you have a non-emergency, call them at 301-498-0092.

Laurel Museum's new mini-exhibit, "Field of Carnage, Personal Sorrows," opened Sept. 9, at the museum, located at 817 Main St. The offering marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Antietam, which occurred on Sept. 17, 1862. Letters and panels with information on Civil War sites about town will be there through December. If you need more information, call the museum at 301-490-7434.

This year's Riverfest is set for Sun., Oct. 7, from noon to 5 p.m., at Riverfront Park, located on Avondale Street, just off Main Street. Laurel's Board of Trade is joined by the Arts District and Historical Society as we "draw on our past." Demonstrations, interactive displays, entertainment, food, as well as arts and crafts will be the mainstays of the day. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact Roxana at 301-483-0838. You may also email Michelle at micheleink@aol.com. Applications can be mailed out to you. Fees will vary.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60, at 2 Main St., is holding a community yard sale/flea market, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the sale will be moved to the post social hall. Spaces are available for $15 each, or $20 with a table and two chairs. You may also donate items for the Auxiliary to sell. Contact the post at 301-725-2302.

Old Town's annual Trick or Treat on Main Street is slated for Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. This popular event is loved by not only the businesses along Main Street, but also by the estimated 1,200 youngsters and their parents who participate. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Laurel Police Department and the Laurel Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will be out that evening to help keep everyone safe.

Welcome autumn!

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