Laurel Leader

Super heroes lead the parade at Bond Mill [West Laurel]

Bond Mill Elementary student Grace Murray dressed as Dorothy for the school's Oct. 28 Halloween parade.

Bond Mill Elementary has an old tradition of celebrating autumn with a grand parade of costumed children and thoroughly entertained parents, grandparents and teachers. The annual festivities were wild with out-of-the-box costumes, old favorite costumes, treats, DJ spooky music ("Adams Family" theme song was my personal favorite) by parent Rocco Belamonte and laughter on top of laughter.

The most popular themes this year were Ghostbusters and super heroes of all kinds. There were a number of Dorothys from the Wizard of Oz, Little Red Riding Hoods, soccer players and Redskin players.


Soleya Taylor was a Redskin junior cheerleader in her maroon and gold. Principal Justin FitzGerald went over the top dressed up with a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume, while teachers Chris Zak, Mandy Stepp and Devon Lesniak joined him as Ghostbusters.

Of course, there were lots of princesses, monsters, pirates and witches. Spiderman and Batman costumes were fantastic and plentiful. Who could tell which one was the real deal?


Third-grade teachers Stacie Vernor and Donna Albrecht were Wonder Woman. That about says it since teachers really are the real-life super heroes.

Bond Mill Elementary teacher Stacie Vernor dressed as Wonder Woman for the school's Halloween parade Oct. 28.

Autumn has been lovely thus far and we are heading for the holidays full speed ahead now. Want something fun to do this weekend? Stop by St. Mary of the Mills Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., across the street from the church at the Keesler Parish Center. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Check out the homemade baked goods table; the auctions and raffles; homemade ornaments, scarves and blankets and so much more. There are lots of activities for the little ones, too, including pictures with Santa, children's games and crafts. There is something fun for everybody. Walk on over to the church basement for the biggest yard sale around. Affectionately known as Granny's Attic in the church's Breen Room, the make-shift yard sale opens at 8 a.m. and extends to 1 p.m. So many of your neighborhood friends will be there working, enjoying or both.

Bond Mill physical education teacher  Devon Lesniak, Principal Justin FitzGerald and student Tyler Cruz dressed as characters from Ghost Busters for the school's costume parade.

The West Laurel Dumpster and Secure Document Shredding Day for West Laurel residents is this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or until Dumpsters are full, at the West Laurel Community Building on Brooklyn Bridge Road.

The Bond Mill Elementary 34th annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are a few tables/spaces left to rent for $25 each. Call the Bond Mill office at 301-497-3600 to reserve a table now.

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