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. We hope that Voices of Laurel will become a vehicle for many of those talented writers to resume their local coverage, as well as an opportunity for new writers to contribute.

Pick Up a Free Copy—and Support Small Businesses!

The Laurel History Boys personally deliver quantities of the printed newspapers to locally owned small businesses, allowing them to make Voices of Laurel available to their customers, in hopes of increasing foot traffic—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to add your small business to the list, please contact us. We will add your name to the list below, and give you a window/door sticker to let your customers know that you carry Voices of Laurel.

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Help Us Cover Printing Costs

You can help support Voices of Laurel by purchasing a tax deductible ad for your business or organization in the newspaper. Affordable ad rates start at just $150.
Contact us to discuss using an existing ad or having us produce one for you.



Want to do something to extra special to help? 

For a one-time $1,500 tax deductible contribution, you can become a sponsor
and have your organization's logo appear permanently on the Voices of Laurel webpage.

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Download Digital Issues

All issues of Voices of Laurel are available here to download as a free PDF.





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


Brenda Zeigler-Riley

Russett/Maryland City




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

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

Lenda Dincer, Laurel resident and licensed clinical social worker

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

Virginia Mae Geis, Laurel resident

Robert Giuliani, former Laurel High School teacher

Shawn Gladden, Howard County Historical Society

Faye Green, author

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

​Jhanna Levin, Laurel Historical Society

Scott Lilienthal, Laurel 4 the Patuxent

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

Max Mason, Howard County Historical Society
Rick McGill, Laurel Police Department (ret.)
Mike McLaughlin, Laurel 4 the Patuxent
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

Marian Quinn, local artist
Patti Restivo, former writer, Laurel Leader

Stacey Sauter, author

Jim Smart, former Laurel resident

Barbara Sollner-Webb, President, West Laurel Civic Association
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.

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