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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

Top Laurel Articles

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  • Thunderstorms rip through Harford Tuesday, Wednesday

    Thunderstorms rip through Harford Tuesday, Wednesday
    Darlington resident Jackie Curry estimates she was "about four seconds from death" Tuesday evening when a tree fell on her property and nearly crushed her while she was on her riding mower. Bands of fast moving thunderstorms accompanied by high winds...
  • Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club

    Laurel City Council seeks answers from Boys and Girls Club
    Laurel officials remain concerned about the state of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club following an intensive special work session Thursday with the club’s current president. The meeting, held at the Laurel Municipal Center, was called by the...
  • Laurel Police report armed robbery [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Vista Drive, 14000 block, July 5....
  • Datebook

    Sunday, July 20 River run Kayak the Patuxent at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, 11 a.m. Meet at Patuxent Wetland Park and paddle to Chris Swarth Boardwalk at Glendening Preserve. After lunch, there's an optional hike before...
  • Barbecues and bonfires help Laurel churches attract young adults

    Barbecues and bonfires help Laurel churches attract young adults
    New opportunities for young adults to hang out and have fun in good company are appearing in Laurel along with the fireflies and balmy nights of summer. Two faith-based groups are reaching out to 18- to 35-year-olds who may eventually find their way...
  • Laurel A. Oleynick, veteran and volunteer

    Laurel A. Oleynick, veteran and volunteer
    Laurel A. Oleynick, a former X-ray technician and longtime volunteer, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center in Northeast Baltimore. She was 82. The daughter of Byron Coggins, a postal...
  • Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction

    Prince George's County casino gets the go-ahead to start construction
    The Prince George's County Council approved construction Monday of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1 vote, the council cleared MGM to apply for construction permits for the 23-acre site overlooking the Potomac...
  • Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 198 West

    Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 198 West
    All westbound traffic is shut down on MD 198 in Laurel on Wednesday due to emergency roadwork at Old Portland Road at 8:40 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. The eastbound traffic lane is bi-directional, DOT said. DOT added...
  • Another busy pool season starts this weekend [Maryland City]

    Memorial Day quickly appears this weekend. All of the snow and ice of the winter has now become a distant memory and "fun in the sun" soon empties the cold and dreary memories.  Congratulations to all of this year's graduates. Two hold a special place...
  • Mizeur a breath of fresh air [Letter]

    Mizeur a breath of fresh air [Letter]
    I am sure I speak for most Marylanders when I say that Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown have let us down with their bickering and mudslinging and dirty political tactics throughout this gubernatorial campaign. I can't go a day...
  • Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes

    Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes
    The Anne Arundel County school board adopted a $1.02 billion operating budget last week for the next fiscal year that includes funding for employee pay increases and the money to open a new contract school. But the panel criticized county government...
  • At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view

    At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view
    After graduating from the University of Delaware, Michael Kammarman and his twin brother, David, spent part of the next two years backpacking around the world. The brothers, who played soccer at Laurel High and graduated in the Class of 1989, spent...