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2021 Laurel Leader Pictures of the Year | PHOTOS

A candlelight vigil in Laurel is held for the Lee family. May 16, 2021
(Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

2021 Laurel Leader Pictures of the Year | PHOTOS

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As the year comes to a close, we take a second look at 2021 with our annual Laurel Leader Pictures of the Year.
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
A candlelight vigil in Laurel is held for the Lee family. May 16, 2021
A candlelight vigil in Laurel is held for the Lee family. May 16, 2021 (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Prince George’s county executive Angela Alsobrooks gets her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
Prince George’s county executive Angela Alsobrooks gets her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. (Courtesy Photo/Handout)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Howard County law enforcement inside an apartment at 7352 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia as police continue to investigate a possible murder and suicide at the complex.
Howard County law enforcement inside an apartment at 7352 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia as police continue to investigate a possible murder and suicide at the complex. (Karl Merton Ferron)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
A pair of Surf Scoters are seen underwater in one of the sea bird colony's dive tanks at the Eastern Ecological Science Center on Friday, May 14, 2021.
A pair of Surf Scoters are seen underwater in one of the sea bird colony's dive tanks at the Eastern Ecological Science Center on Friday, May 14, 2021. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
The Kangaroo Kids, a youth jump rope team practice at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex in Ellicott City. Nine members, including Century High School student John Moses, (left) have been chosen to perform in the Macys' Thanksgiving Day Parade.(Left to Right) John Moses, Sykesville; Cassie Baldwin, Columbia; Foster Sariscak, Columbia; Emma Breznak, Catonsville; Mason Meek, UMD, Ellicott City; Jenna Meek, Elliott City; and Isla Gleeson, Ellicott City. (Not pictured: Evelyn Smallidge, Quinnipiac University; and Michael Laper, San Diego State.)
The Kangaroo Kids, a youth jump rope team practice at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex in Ellicott City. Nine members, including Century High School student John Moses, (left) have been chosen to perform in the Macys' Thanksgiving Day Parade.(Left to Right) John Moses, Sykesville; Cassie Baldwin, Columbia; Foster Sariscak, Columbia; Emma Breznak, Catonsville; Mason Meek, UMD, Ellicott City; Jenna Meek, Elliott City; and Isla Gleeson, Ellicott City. (Not pictured: Evelyn Smallidge, Quinnipiac University; and Michael Laper, San Diego State.) (Jeffrey F. Bill)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Local boxer Demond Nicholson trains at Laurel Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
Local boxer Demond Nicholson trains at Laurel Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
A carpenter bee hovers by flowering honeysuckle at the bee lab at the Eastern Ecological Science Center on Friday, May 14, 2021.
A carpenter bee hovers by flowering honeysuckle at the bee lab at the Eastern Ecological Science Center on Friday, May 14, 2021. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Bary (ck) Marte sprays down the seating area. Merriweather Post Pavilion which reopened for live events over July Fourth weekend after being closed all last year due to COVID.
Bary (ck) Marte sprays down the seating area. Merriweather Post Pavilion which reopened for live events over July Fourth weekend after being closed all last year due to COVID. (Jeffrey F. Bill)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Ellen Hall, from Brandywine, MD, reads about the re-enactment of the poet's first funeral. A re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe's "body" and casket are on display at the Laurel Historical Society Museum now through Nov. 28. The traveling exhibit was put together by the Edgar Allan House in Baltimore.
Ellen Hall, from Brandywine, MD, reads about the re-enactment of the poet's first funeral. A re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe's "body" and casket are on display at the Laurel Historical Society Museum now through Nov. 28. The traveling exhibit was put together by the Edgar Allan House in Baltimore. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Father Jim Casciotti, left, Pastor of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, sprinkles ashes on the head of 7 year old Christian Gavidia of Laurel, center, who attended Ash Wednesday Mass with his grandmother, Rosemary Muir, right, of Baltimore this afternoon. This year, because of the pandemic, ashes are being sprinkled on the heads of parishoners, instead of on their foreheads. February 17, 2021
Father Jim Casciotti, left, Pastor of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, sprinkles ashes on the head of 7 year old Christian Gavidia of Laurel, center, who attended Ash Wednesday Mass with his grandmother, Rosemary Muir, right, of Baltimore this afternoon. This year, because of the pandemic, ashes are being sprinkled on the heads of parishoners, instead of on their foreheads. February 17, 2021 (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Mithu Day, of Laurel, slides down a 120-foot tubing hill at Beau & Tinsel’s Winter Wonderland at Padonia Park Club. The attraction also has a 15-foot-tall gingerbread castle, animated reindeer Beau & Tinsel from the former Hutzler’s department store, Santa and thousands of lights. December 9, 2021.
Mithu Day, of Laurel, slides down a 120-foot tubing hill at Beau & Tinsel’s Winter Wonderland at Padonia Park Club. The attraction also has a 15-foot-tall gingerbread castle, animated reindeer Beau & Tinsel from the former Hutzler’s department store, Santa and thousands of lights. December 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Laurel for the Patuxent - Welcomes Brood X - Celevrate Nature
Laurel for the Patuxent - Welcomes Brood X - Celevrate Nature (Brian Coyle)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Horses walk to the paddock for the seventh race at Laurel Park Sat., Nov. 20, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff)
Horses walk to the paddock for the seventh race at Laurel Park Sat., Nov. 20, 2021. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Indian Creek Middie #13, Mehgan Bunker and Pallotti Middie #3, Amadi Higgins battle for possesion of the ball in the 1st half. Indian Creek School girls lacrosse hosted St. Vincent Pallotti High School Wednesday April 14, 2021 at Indian Creek School.
Indian Creek Middie #13, Mehgan Bunker and Pallotti Middie #3, Amadi Higgins battle for possesion of the ball in the 1st half. Indian Creek School girls lacrosse hosted St. Vincent Pallotti High School Wednesday April 14, 2021 at Indian Creek School. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Capital Gazette)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
St. Mary's Peyton Mason makes an acrobatic pass in the second quarter. The visiting St. Mary's Saints plays St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers in boys basketball, Thursday, March 18, 2021.
St. Mary's Peyton Mason makes an acrobatic pass in the second quarter. The visiting St. Mary's Saints plays St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers in boys basketball, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Chris Zak, (ILT) Instructional Lead Teacher, uses a couple yard sticks taped together as an easy tool to keep desks spaced 6 feet apart in the cafeteria. Bond Mill Elementary is preparing to welcome back students in April. Principal Ursula Golladay shows what has been done in the school to help keep the kids safe.
Chris Zak, (ILT) Instructional Lead Teacher, uses a couple yard sticks taped together as an easy tool to keep desks spaced 6 feet apart in the cafeteria. Bond Mill Elementary is preparing to welcome back students in April. Principal Ursula Golladay shows what has been done in the school to help keep the kids safe. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Brood X cicadas are seen among leaves after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021.
Brood X cicadas are seen among leaves after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Jessie Barnes, 75, of Laurel was one of many seniors that came out recently to Howard County Rec and Parks to learn how play bocce ball at Blandair Regional Park.
Jessie Barnes, 75, of Laurel was one of many seniors that came out recently to Howard County Rec and Parks to learn how play bocce ball at Blandair Regional Park. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Cars line up at Laurel Elementary School for a food distribution on Wednesday morning. Mayor Craig Moe, council man Carl DeWalt, school staff, Laurel Police and volunteers work to distribute 580 boxes of food. February 16, 2021
Cars line up at Laurel Elementary School for a food distribution on Wednesday morning. Mayor Craig Moe, council man Carl DeWalt, school staff, Laurel Police and volunteers work to distribute 580 boxes of food. February 16, 2021 (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Moje Adeniyi, 10 from Laurel (left) and Audrey Doscher, 11, Laurel (center) take a closer look at the artifact that Megan Castonguay, 12, Laurel (right) is washing at Archaeology Camp. Youth from Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties will be digging for artifacts at the site of two historic homes scheduled to be torn down in Laurel. First day of the camp, youth were mapping out the area where they will dig. The camp started at Laurel Historical Society and proceeded to the properties near Pallotti High School.
Moje Adeniyi, 10 from Laurel (left) and Audrey Doscher, 11, Laurel (center) take a closer look at the artifact that Megan Castonguay, 12, Laurel (right) is washing at Archaeology Camp. Youth from Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties will be digging for artifacts at the site of two historic homes scheduled to be torn down in Laurel. First day of the camp, youth were mapping out the area where they will dig. The camp started at Laurel Historical Society and proceeded to the properties near Pallotti High School. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Tour guide Karen Lubieniecki, right, teaches participants about the historic Laurel Meat Market building during Laurel Historical Society's walking tour on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
Tour guide Karen Lubieniecki, right, teaches participants about the historic Laurel Meat Market building during Laurel Historical Society's walking tour on Saturday, March 20, 2021. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Helen Sosa of Laurel, takes a picture of her children, Amy, 4, and Enrique, 1, in the pumpkin patch at pick your own pumpkin at Baugher's Orchard and Farms in Westminster, October 30, 2021.
Helen Sosa of Laurel, takes a picture of her children, Amy, 4, and Enrique, 1, in the pumpkin patch at pick your own pumpkin at Baugher's Orchard and Farms in Westminster, October 30, 2021. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Carroll County Times)
2021 Laurel Leader Times Pictures of the Year
Sook Chung, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (UMCES-IMET), uses plastic tongs to pull one of the blue crabs she is raising out of the water to examine for her research on the species. Scientists Sook Chung, Tsvetan Bachvaroff and their team at UMCES-IMET have sequenced the genome of a blue crab for the first time. Oct. 4, 2021 p1
Sook Chung, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (UMCES-IMET), uses plastic tongs to pull one of the blue crabs she is raising out of the water to examine for her research on the species. Scientists Sook Chung, Tsvetan Bachvaroff and their team at UMCES-IMET have sequenced the genome of a blue crab for the first time. Oct. 4, 2021 p1 (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
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