McCeney March will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.
McCeney March will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. (HANDOUT)

It’s time to lace up your walking shoes and prepare to pound the pavement to help the Laurel Historical Society raise money for college scholarships.

The society’s fourth McCeney March will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 28. It begins at the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. The walk around historic Laurel honors the late Jim McCeney, who served the society for many years as board chairman and president.

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McCeney, who died in 2016, for years walked daily around the neighborhood and the 3-mile march will hit some of his favorite spots. A shorter one-mile route will also be available. Families are encouraged to participate.

Funds raised will benefit both college scholarships for students interested in history and the society. Pre-registration is $10 for children, $25 for adults or $60 for families of four. Each participant will receive a T-shirt. Day-of registrations are $30 for individuals and $65 for families and a shirt is not guaranteed.

Packet pickup begins at 10:30 a.m. with the march to begin at 11 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Participants are invited to attend the society’s Friends and Family Picnic, which immediately follows the march. Registration is available online at laurelhistoricalsociety.org. Call the LHS with questions at 301-725-7975.

The society is also hosting a talk on Thursday, Sept. 12, that will be of special interest to all the green thumbs in the neighborhood.

The presentation “A History of Behnke’s,” about the beloved local nursery that closed this summer after 89 years, will be offered by Stephanie Fleming, the vice president of the business and granddaughter of the founders. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Laurel Pool Room at the corner of 9th and Main streets. It is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $2 for non-LHS members.

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