Voices of Laurel is a new (and 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 The Laurel History Boys—it is an outlet for contributions from the 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 or leave a comment below!

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. Beginning with our Fall 2021 issue, Voices of Laurel will also be a vehicle for many of those talented writers to resume their local coverage.

Digital edition
Each issue will be available quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) as a free downloadable PDF file. Click the links below to download and view complete digital versions of each edition.

Print edition
To help support Laurel’s small businesses, we hand-deliver a limited number of printed newspapers to local merchants for free to make available to their customers. We hope you will give them some added business when you go to pick up your free copy of Voices of Laurel. The current list includes:

Bart’s Barbershop
Caribe Express
Dottie’s Trophies
El Buen Gusto Panadería
Fulton Art & Framing
Laurel Branch Library
Laurel Museum
Laurel Tavern Donuts
Main Street Pharmacy
More Than Java Café
Nutrición al Máximo Laurel
Oliver’s Old Towne Tavern
Ragamuffins Coffee House
Rainbow Florist
Rise Up Nutrition
Sip at C Street
Sports Card Heroes
Tastee Diner
Toucan Taco
White’s Barber Co.
Wings Things & Pizza

If you are a local small business owner (or know of a businesses) that might like to carry Voices of Laurel, please let us know!

Finally, a humble reminder that Voices of Laurel is coordinated, edited, designed, printed, and distributed free of charge through the efforts of Laurel History Boys co-founders Richard Friend and Kevin Leonard. There is no staff—it is literally a two-person job. You can help support us by making a tax deductible contribution to The Laurel History Boys, Inc., or by purchasing a tax deductible ad for your business or organization in the newspaper. For information on affordable ad rates and sizes, please contact us.

Downloadable issues

Contributors to the Summer 2021 issue include:
Ann Bennett, Laurel Historical Society
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
Faye Green, author
Angie Latham Kozlowski, Ellicott City resident
Ron Ladue, former Laurel High School teacher and head football coach, real estate professional
Cathy Passmore Lindberg, Laurel resident
Rick McGill, Laurel Police Department (ret.)
C. Philip Nichols, Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland (ret.)
Marian Quinn, local artist
Patti Restivo, Laurel Leader
Jim Smart, former Laurel resident
Stephen Taylor, RoofPRO


Contributors to the Spring 2021 issue include:
Ann Bennett, Laurel Historical Society
Jack Bowen, Laurel historian and collector
Ken Boyer, Laurel resident
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
Robert Giuliani, former Laurel High School teacher
Shawn Gladden, Howard County Historical Society
Joe Kundrat, Laurel resident and professional photographer
Rick McGill, Laurel Police Department (ret.)
Marian Quinn, local artist
Patti Restivo, Laurel Leader
Stacey Sauter, author
Monica Sturdivant, Laurel Historical Society
Greg Sweitzer, Laurel Wreath Lodge

Spring 2021 Crossword Puzzle answers: click image to view


Contributors to our inaugural issue include:
Ann Bennett, Laurel Historical Society
Jack Bowen, Laurel historian and collector
Ken Boyer, Laurel resident
Wayne Carr, Laurel resident
Jim Clash, Forbes magazine (Laurel High School Class of 1973)
Charles Clyburn, local storyteller
Melanie Dzwonchyk, former editor of the Laurel Leader
Jeff Krulik, documentary filmmaker
Jhanna Levin, Laurel Historical Society
Paulette Lutz, Howard County Historical Society
Rick McGill, Laurel Police Department (ret.)
Mike McLaughlin, Laurel for the Patuxent
C. Philip Nichols, Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland (ret.)
Marian Quinn, local artist
Patti Restivo, Laurel Leader
Chris Stanton, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
Monica Sturdivant, Laurel Historical Society

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