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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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  • Counterfeit $20 bills reported at Wegmans Blvd. store [Harford police blotter]

    Maryland State Police and Harford County Sheriff's Office report:
  • Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]

    Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]
    After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid...

    Harford County Best of Dining 2013

    Harford County Best of Dining 2013
    Alfresco Tidewater Grille 300 Franklin St., Havre de Grace 410-939-3313, thetidewatergrille.com Honorable mention MacGregor’s Restaurant The Lodge Ambiance The Vineyard Wine Bar 142 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace 443-502-2551, vineyardwinebar....

    In Laurel, 'intense' but promising shift to Common Core

    In Laurel, 'intense' but promising shift to Common Core
    At first glance, the bulletin boards lining the hallways of Oaklands Elementary School in South Laurel look like any typical display of students' work — drawings, short essays, a display of some dioramas. A closer look reveals something else,...

    Laurel's Catala wins silver and bronze at wheelchair games

    Laurel's Catala wins silver and bronze at wheelchair games
    Ventura Catala, 53, began competing in archery as a 12-year-old growing up in New York, and he later threw the javelin and shot at high school in Queens. In 1984, Catala suffered a spinal cord injury on a training jump with the 82nd Airborne in the...