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Voices of Laurel

A New Kind of Newspaper

Voices of Laurel is a free quarterly newspaper produced by The Laurel History Boys.

What makes this a new kind of newspaper is that—in addition to new content from us—it is an outlet for contributions from the diverse Laurel community. People with stories, photos, and artifacts enhance our mission of bringing local history to you.

If you have an idea for a future article, or if you just want to let us know how we’re doing, please contact us.

Now more than ever, Laurel needs independent journalism.
In July 2021, the Laurel Leader ceased local coverage after 124 years, opting instead to simply pull content from the Baltimore Sun and The Capital. Local contributors, including many who had written for the Leader for years, were summarily released. Voices of Laurel is filling that void by focusing exclusively on news and stories that directly relate to Laurel, albeit on a quarterly basis.

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Pick Up a Free Copy!

Voices of Laurel is now available in newspaper boxes in front of the Post Office on Main Street, the B&O Railroad Station commuter parking lot, and in Food Lion on Sandy Spring Rd. 

In addition, you can pick up a free copy at the Laurel Branch Library, Maryland City at Russett Library, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, and at locally-owned small businesses that display our sticker.

Advertise With Us

You can help support the all-volunteer Voices of Laurel by purchasing a tax deductible ad for your business or organization in the newspaper. Affordable ad rates start at just $150, and each issue remains on newsstands for three full months.
Contact us to discuss using an existing ad or having us produce one for you.



Help Us With a 100% Tax Deductible Contribution

Your donations help us cover printing expenses and allow Voices of Laurel to grow.

We take pride in producing a substantive publication that puts local content first, and you can help us add pages and expand our circulation. All donations are 100% tax deductible. You can donate through the secure PayPal link below, by Venmo (@laurelhistoryboys), or by mailing a check (payable to The Laurel History Boys, Inc.) to

P.O. Box 759, Laurel, MD 20725-0759.

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Voices of Laurel is an all-volunteer effort. In addition to content, editing, and design contributed by Kevin Leonard and Richard Friend, we have assembled a team of staff writers—including those who will regularly contribute columns focusing on specific neighborhoods. Please contact them with any news and community information for upcoming issues.

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Charles Clyburn

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Angie Latham Kozlowski


Diane Mezzanotte


Diane Mezzanotte

South Laurel/Montpelier


Virginia May Geis

West Laurel/Burtonsville


Brenda Zeigler-Riley

Russett/Maryland City




Ann Bennett, Laurel Historical Society
Jack Bowen, Laurel historian and collector
Ken Boyer, Laurel resident

Jack Carr, author

Judy Carr, author
Wayne Carr, Laurel resident
Jim Clash, Forbes magazine (Laurel High School Class of 1973)
Charles Clyburn, local storyteller

Brian Coyle, Laurel for the Patuxent

Tom Dernoga, Prince George's County Council Member
Wayne Davis, Friends of the Guilford Industrial Historic District

Nathan Dennies

Lenda Dincer, Laurel resident and licensed clinical social worker

Amy Dunham, Laurel resident

Teddy Durgin, author
Melanie Dzwonchyk, former editor of the Laurel Leader

Madison Feser, Project Manager,

Virginia Mae Geis, Laurel resident

Robert Giuliani, former Laurel High School teacher

Shawn Gladden, Howard County Historical Society

Faye Green, author

Amy Knox, Laurel resident

Perry Koons, author and illustrator

Angie Latham Kozlowski, Ellicott City resident
Jeff Krulik, documentary filmmaker

Joe Kundrat, Laurel resident and professional photographer

Ron Ladue, former Laurel High School teacher and head football coach, real estate professional

Mary Lehman, District 21 Delegate, Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties

Elizabeth Ysla Leight, Laurel resident

Angelo Jo Petrucci Leonard, Former resident & business owner

Jhanna Levin, Laurel Historical Society

Scott Lilienthal, Laurel 4 the Patuxent

Cathy Passmore Lindberg, Laurel resident
Paulette Lutz, Howard County Historical Society

Maryland Department of Disabilities

Maryland Matters

Max Mason, Howard County Historical Society
Helen McClung
, The Woman's Club of Laurel

Rick McGill, Laurel Police Department (ret.)
Mike McLaughlin, Laurel 4 the Patuxent

John Mewshaw, Laurel resident
Diane Mezzanotte, Laurel resident

C. Philip Nichols, Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland (ret.)
Rachel Podorski Orozco, St. Vincent Pallotti Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Olen J. Prince, business owner

Marian Quinn, local artist

Frank Ragone, Laurel resident

Patti Restivo, former writer, Laurel Leader

DW Rowlands, human geographer

Stacey Sauter, author

Jim Smart, former Laurel resident

Barbara Sollner-Webb, President, West Laurel Civic Association

Mark J. Stout, Howard County Historical Society
St. Vincent Pallotti High School Staff

Chris Stanton, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
Monica Sturdivant, Laurel Historical Society

Greg Sweitzer, Laurel Wreath Lodge

Stephen Taylor, RoofPRO

Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

Laura Wellford, Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc.

Jimmy Williams, Knights of Columbus

Katherine Wright, Laurel resident

Got a tip or an idea for a story? Let us know!

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