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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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  • Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum

    Laurel Leader archives find a new home at Laurel Museum
    As the closing date of the current Laurel Library building approaches, library officials have been busy figuring out where all the building's resources will go. Some will make the move to the new library building. Others are being sold to raise money...
  • Laurel Police report robbery with firearm [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 Laurel Lakes Court, 7900 block,...
  • Council president running on ability to build consensus

    Council president running on ability to build consensus
    When you ask Fred Smalls how long he's served on the Laurel City Council, don't be surprised if it takes him a moment. "I work hard for the residents of this city," said Smalls, 63, the council president who was first elected in 2002. "I've committed...
  • Share your blessings with those in need

    Share your blessings with those in need
    Many people find the holiday season to be a time to share their blessings with the less fortunate. Local organizations and advocacy groups such as those below would put your gift to good use. • Oaklands Presbyterian Church has a food pantry on-site...
  • Laurel Police report three burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Woodland Court, 100 block, Nov. 15. Unforced-entry burglary. Player Drive, 9300 block, Nov. 14. Motor...
  • Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher

    Alcuin H. 'Al' Krebs, teacher
    Alcuin H. "Al" Krebs, a retired Baltimore public schools reading resource teacher and World War II combat Marine, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Brightwood assisted living in Catonsville. He was 86. The son of a lithographer and a homemaker,...
  • Pete Melbourne was former mayor, Main Street entrepreneur

    Former Laurel Mayor Percival Granville "Pete" Melbourne III could play all the angles. As a 15-year-old student at Laurel High School in the 1940s, Melbourne, who didn't have a driver's license, purchased a pickup truck. While others may have used it...
  • Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say

    Laurel Lakes dredging to begin next summer, officials say
    Plans are in motion to begin dredging the upper of the two Laurel Lakes by next summer, Prince George's County officials told community members at a meeting Thursday evening. According to the presentation, attended by about 10 community members and...
  • Visionaries broke new ground with Laurel Shopping Center

    Visionaries broke new ground with Laurel Shopping Center
    Laurel Shopping Center was a pioneer in local retail, and the men behind its development were visionaries who turned a then-radical idea into a successful enterprise that helped change the face of retail in the Baltimore/Washington area. Brothers Melvin...
  • Laurel Police report motorcycle stolen on Contee Road [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 Montrose Avenue, 300 block, Nov. 3....
  • Laurel Regional Hospital to expand focus on women's health

    Laurel Regional Hospital to expand focus on women's health
    Laurel Regional Hospital officials are in the development stage of a major project that focuses on tackling women's health issues in a big way. According to hospital officials, they hope to soon open a one-stop facility, separate from the main building,...
  • Chick-fil-A restaurants offer holiday cookie decorating

    Laurel Chick-fil-A restaurants are hosting a first annual gingerbread cookie decorating event. Time slots are 9-9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Corridor Marketplace Chick-fil-A, 3366 Corridor Market Place. Time slots are 2-2:45 p.m....