The Summer 2021 issue of Voices of Laurel is here, and it includes a Laurel Chronicles story by Kevin Leonard that we believe will finally close the nearly 60-year-old cold case murder of Carol Replane.
You can download and read the PDF for free, as well as previous issues here. Printed copies of the newspaper will be distributed around town in the coming days.
With the recent news that the Laurel Leader has ceased local coverage, (opting instead to simply pull content from the Baltimore Sun and The Capital in lieu of Laurel-based contributors) local independent journalism is more important than ever. If you like what we do and want to help support our efforts with important projects like this, please consider making a tax deductible gift to The Laurel History Boys, Inc. It will help cover the cost of printing, and allow us to expand content and circulation. Starting with our Fall issue, we plan to include many of the former Leader writers, providing them an outlet to once again share their voices as well.
We are thrilled with the reaction to our newspaper, Voices of Laurel. We’re already at work on the Spring issue! Our intention has always been to produce a free digital newspaper to reach as many people as possible. Frankly, we didn’t expect that printing would even be an option, (at least not anytime soon) so you can imagine how excited we are to have partnered with Laurel-based newspaper printer, Comprint—a terrific organization that has also printed Laurel High School’s student newspaper. They enthusiastically agree with our philosophy of promoting local businesses, and as we are a nonprofit organization, they graciously agreed to print a limited number of copies at a reduced cost. At this early stage, we haven’t received any grants or advertising money, so this printing cost was paid out of our own pockets.
This weekend, we will begin distributing quantities of this inaugural issue to small, locally-owned businesses—and we’ll let you know where you can pick up a free copy. It’s our hope that this will help to further drive customers to support Laurel’s merchants during this tough time.
For those who are new to our work, we are literally a three-man shop: Richard Friend, Kevin Leonard, and Pete Lewnes do everything—there’s no staff or anyone else. Please also note that we do this in addition to our day jobs, so we greatly appreciate your patience and support. The Laurel History Boys don’t charge for anything, except the books that we produce (such as last year’s Laurel at 150.) We rely on crowdfunding and sponsorship ads to cover printing expenses, and we’re actively seeking any businesses or organizations that would be interested in sponsoring tax-deductible ads or grants to help fund the printing of future issues of Voices of Laurel. If you have any connections or ideas, please contact us at email@example.com.
On a related note, those businesses and organizations that kindly supported our Laurel at 150 book will each be receiving free ad space throughout this year’s quarterly issues of Voices of Laurel as an added thank you.
A special note to the small business owners of Laurel: people have already started asking for Voices of Laurel, and we’re looking forward to telling them to visit YOUR restaurant, bakery, barber shop, etc. to pick up their free copy while supporting local small businesses! We’ve got a limited quantity, so please contact us soon if you’d like a few copies to make available for free to your customers.
Many thanks again for your kind words about our work. It’s very gratifying to know that so many in the community support what we do!