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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

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  • Stars fill the stage at N. Laurel family-run studio

    Stars fill the stage at N. Laurel family-run studio
    On June 6 and 7, tots in tiny tutus and pony tails will dance on the Laurel High School stage in concert with more than 200 other sublimely costumed "Pop Stars" from Stars Studio in North Laurel. The annual recital will culminate the past year's dance...
  • 2014 primary cheat sheet: all the Howard County candidates in one place

    2014 primary cheat sheet: all the Howard County candidates in one place
    The primary election for state and local candidates is fast approaching: the June 24 polling date is, as of today, less than a month away. This year, with eight wide-open state-level House and Senate seats and a vacancy on the County Council and for...
  • In Laurel, city's swimming pools open for season

    In Laurel, city's swimming pools open for season
    The city's two pools opened Memoridal Day weekend for the summer swim season, with weekday hours shortened until Prince George's County public schools are through for the year. The Laurel Municipal Pool is located at 901 Main St., and the Greenview...
  • Liker family picks a strawberry success at Gorman Farm

    Liker family picks a strawberry success at Gorman Farm
    On the first day of pick-your-own season at Gorman Farm, parking was at a premium. The lot quickly filled, forcing customers to park along the 1,000-foot gravel driveway and spill out onto the shoulders of Gorman Road, just a mile or so from...
  • Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [Crime Log]
    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Main Street, 600 block, April 27....
  • Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown

    Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown
    Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three...
  • Laurel Police report three stolen motorcycles [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of...
  • 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...
  • Laurel Leader stories, photos win in MDDC editorial contest

    The Laurel Leader brought home 13 awards at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2013 editorial contest. The Leader competes in Division D for non-daily newspapers with circulation above 20,000. Pete Pichaske won first place for education...
  • Laurel police report thefts from LA Fitness [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Bowie Road, 14900 block, May 17....
  • Laurel residents evacuated during dam release can return to their homes

    Laurel residents evacuated during dam release can return to their homes
    Laurel city spokeswoman Audrey Barnes said Thursday morning that residents who were evacuated because authorities opened the gates of Duckett Dam could return to their homes. They were encouraged to evacuate after authorities opened the gates of the...
  • Meet Walt Townshend, the man behind the Chamber [Column]

    Walt Townshend has never been a butcher, a baker or a bail bondsman. But if you know him, you know that he's aligned, almost intuitively, with people in virtually every profession. The president and CEO of the Laurel-based Baltimore Washington Corridor...