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Fundraiser helps defray medical expenses for Mark Slye [Old Town Laurel]

A fundraiser was held Nov. 8, benefiting lifelong Old Town resident Mark Slye who is battling multiple myeloma. Friends and family gathered in an effort to garner financial resources to help defray medical expenses and raise the spirits of the soft-spoken, affable, third-generation barber.

Mark is the son of Mary and Granville Slye Jr. No doubt a great number of you know, or are in some way familiar, with this family. Mary was a long-tenured employee at the former Woolworths in the Laurel Shopping Center.

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Slye's Barbershop has been doing business at 817 Montgomery St. for more than 75 years. The elder Slye, Granville Sr., was followed into the family business by his son, Granville Jr., known by numerous faithful customers simply as "Junior." His sons, Mark and Keith, joined their dad in the family profession.

If you were unable to attend the fundraiser and would like to help Mark's plight, donations can still be made by dropping them off at the shop.

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Keith's wife, Jeanette, asked me to pass along to the community at large the family's thanks and gratitude for the love and unwavering support shown not only to Mark, but the entire Slye family during this trying time.

Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, more than 800 runners and walkers will take to the streets in Laurel's Historic District for the 10th annual 5K Turkey Trot, supporting Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services and raising awareness of homelessness. The 5K run and one-mile historical walk offer participants a unique opportunity to explore the history of our fair city with family, friends and neighbors. Held rain or shine, the Turkey Trot has become a memorable Thanksgiving tradition. Call Laura Wellford, 301-776-0422, Ext. 27, for more information.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church, at Sixth and Main streets, will hold its 48th annual Holly Days Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the house of worship's parish center. A variety of goods will be available for purchase as well as handcrafted gifts, ornaments and toys. There will be baked goods and raffles. The jolly old fellow himself, St. Nick, will visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you find yourself in need of nourishment, continental breakfast and lunch will be available at the Holly Inn. Call 301-776-5151 for more information or go to stphilipslaurel.org.

The good folks at St. Philip's Episcopal Church will hold their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 27 from 12:30 till 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend this cost-free event. If you are new to the area, it's a great way to meet folks you might not otherwise encounter. Countless new friendships have taken hold in the church's Wyatt Hall, over plates of turkey and dressing.

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I dropped in on last year's Thanksgiving celebration and was impressed not only with the smoothness of the operation, but also with how beautifully decorated the welcoming space was. I was greeted by a number of familiar faces and caught up with a few old friends.

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