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Old Town Laurel: Alert neighbors call police about gas thieves

Some alert neighbors saved the day this past Sunday when they noticed two men walking about with gas cans in hand. Turns out they had been stolen from the truck of a local landscaper who was busy doing his job at a nearby business.

Laurel Police received several calls from Old Town residents. Evidently, the would-be thieves feared they had been spotted, abandoned their ill-gained bounty and left the area. The gas cans were returned to their rightful and grateful owner.

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Lesson learned? If it doesn't look right, call the police and let them decide. It wasn't too many weeks ago that another suspicious homeowner saw two men carrying copper pipes in our neighborhood and informed local police. Turns out they had been stealing the hardware to sell for scrap.

Talbott Avenue resident Maisie Lynch is in the process of organizing a new Old Town Daisy Troop. Daisies are the youngest members of the Girl Scouts organization and includes young ladies in kindergarten and first grade. The first meeting will be held on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church at Sixth and Main streets.

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Maisie, a former Brownie and Camp Fire girl, is searching for someone to serve as co-leader of the new troop. Her plans are to carry on with the group, and get things going on her own until a candidate can be found to help. Her eldest daughter, Evie, is joining the troop and plans are in the works for the group's first camping trip.

If you would like more information, contact Maisie at lynch.maisie@gmail.com.

St. Mary of the Mills Church, 114 St. Mary's Place, is holding a Coach handbag bingo on Saturday, March 24. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will start at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is $15, walk-ins pay $18. The building is handicap accessible on the lower level. To get more information or make a reservation, contact Val Makarsky at 301-498-1433, ext. 557.

With the advent of warmer weather, many of you have started your annual yard clean up and what will soon become weekly chores on and about your property. The Department of Public Works will pick up lawn and leaf bags each Monday and Wednesday during the month of April. You must call the city to schedule pick ups at 301-725-0088. DPW will also hold an electronics recycling and paper shredding event April 24 from 8 a.m. until noon at the facility at 305-307 First St.

Laurel High Class of '75 grad Sharon Sweet has been staying with her sister Bonnie Oskvarek on Fourth Street as she finalized the sale of her home. Sharon is making the big leap over the pond to Scotland. Best wishes on this exciting new adventure.

Happy birthday to Lynn Andrew, March 17; Judy Madison, March 18; Ryan Burton, March 24; and Lisa Coleman, March 28.

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