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Create a time capsule at Laurel Museum [Old Town Laurel]

Time capsules are not a new idea. They can be found any number of places, storing memories of the past. Given the opportunity, what would you like your future self to know about you?

Designed to enhance the current exhibit "Behind the Bricks: 20 years of the Laurel Museum," the Laurel Historical Society is offering youngsters ages 8 to 13 the opportunity to create their own memory vessel, filling it with pictures, newspapers, mementos, small toys and other artifacts, along with letters to their future selves.

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This one-time event is set for Sunday, March 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Refreshments provided.

Oliver's Old Town Tavern, 531 Main St., will be the site of the season's first major Relay for Life event on Friday, April 1, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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The theme for the evening is "Flashback Friday, A Night at the Roxbury." Hosted by the dynamic duo of "Kristi Leigh" and "Nikki B.", the event promises a rollicking good night, all in the effort to find a cure for, and defeat, cancer forever.

I dare to say that there is no one reading this column that hasn't had their lives touched or altered in some way by the dreaded disease. There will be all sorts of games, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sitting on the cusp of 60, I often find myself thinking of the men and women in the past that made a difference in my life, providing encouragement, guidance and a healthy dose of wisdom along the way. Counted among them are a few, almost storied former teachers.

Few have attained legendary status. John Kalie was one of those who left an impression on every young man who stepped into his classroom. The former shop teacher, still bearing his commanding voice and no nonsense demeanor, was part of a group of locals that found their way into a nearby eatery. It had been 40-plus years since high school for me, but those years melted away quickly.

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Whenever alumni of Laurel High School gather, and the talk turns to remember when, his name is one of the first mentioned. He left an indelible mark on the young men of my class, and those who came before and followed after.

A few weeks ago, a member of an Old Town group household got up in the night, discovering one of the 60-something roommates had died in his sleep.

Obviously shaken and upset at the friend's passing, the remaining members of the household were comforted by the professionalism of responding Laurel police personnel, including officer Joseph Kropff and Cpl. Imtiaz Alli, who stayed at the scene until early morning of the next day.

Protecting their anonymity for a variety of personal reasons, the housemates asked that I pass on their "heartfelt thanks to the responding officers for their caring and compassion during a difficult time."

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