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Laurel Historical Society
817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707 - Tel: 301-725-7975
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Laurel Historical Society

Cold Case Solved: Richard Friend Discusses the Stefanie Watson Murder

Cold Case Solved: Richard Friend Discusses the Stefanie Watson Murder
Laurel, MD…Richard Friend, creator of “Lost Laurel,” gives a special presentation Thursday, July 9 on the 1982 brutal murder of Stefanie Watson that shocked Laurel. The murder remained unsolved for 30 years until he helped break it open. Sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society, the program is free and will be held at the Laurel Police Department Partnership Activity Center, 811 Fifth Street, Laurel, MD beginning at 7:00pm.

Twenty-seven year old Stefanie Watson disappeared July 22, 1982. Her blood-stained car was found on July 26 not far from her apartment. Her partial remains were found six weeks later. The murderer was never caught. Intrigued by the story, which he remembered from his childhood, Richard Friend found the Laurel Leader to be a wealth of detailed information on the events of 1982. His 2012 blog post prompted cold case detectives to take a fresh look at the case. On Friday, June 21, 2014 Prince George's County police charged John Ernest Walsh, 68, with first degree murder in connection with Watson's death after his DNA was matched with DNA taken from Watson's car. He awaits trial.  

Cold Case Solved: Richard Friend Discusses the Stefanie Watson Murder

The program is part of a “The Rest of the Story: a series based on “Ripped from the Headlines, Laurel in the News,” the current exhibit at the Laurel Historical Society, which focuses on local and national stories and how they were covered locally.  The Stefanie Watson case is one of the featured stories. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2015, and visitors to the exhibit can browse the Laurel Leader from 1897-2008. .

The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Group tours by appointment. Admission is free. The John Calder Brennan research library, which also includes digitized copies of The Laurel Leader, is open by appointment Monday-Friday. The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Md.   Contact or visit
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Ripped from the Headlines:  Laurel in the News
Ripped from the Headlines runs through December 20, 2015 at the Laurel Museum

Laurel, Maryland…What makes news? In Laurel, Hurricane Agnes, Spanish Flu, George Wallace, 9/11, fires, robberies, murders and integration battles made (or didn’t make) headlines. All are part of Laurel’s history. How the local media covered these and other events is the focus of the Laurel Museum’s newest exhibit:  Ripped from the Headlines:  Laurel in the News which opens February 8, 2015. 
A piece from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, a Life Magazine on the Wallace shooting signed by George Wallace, fire and police equipment, and materials salvaged from Hurricane Agnes’ flood destruction are among the objects on view that will accompany the news stories.  Visitors will also encounter long-forgotten names like John Sedlick, Mrs. Burroughs, John Morgan and Carol Replane, in sometimes tragic, and occasionally funny stories that gripped local attention over the past 118 years.  Interspersed throughout the exhibit:  advertisements for long-forgotten products and businesses that provide their own humorous look at life in Laurel since 1897.
Ripped from the Headlines is designed to be both a journey into the past, and a thought-provoking exploration of “news.”  Visitors are encouraged not just to read the stories, but to ask questions such as what gets covered and why, what happens if stories aren’t reported, and how coverage today is different from the past. The exhibit centers on stories as they were covered in the home-town paper, and commemorates the LHS’ acquisition and digitization of The Laurel Leader
“Our recent acquisition and digitization of the Laurel Leader opens up resources beyond what we could have imagined years ago.  ‘Ripped from the Headlines: Laurel in the News’ highlights these new windows into the past while also asking our community to think analytically about news coverage over the years, “ stated Laurel Historical Society Executive Director Lindsey Baker.
The exhibit is divided into seven sections. Bad Luck Beat uncovers tragedies of many forms, ranging from train wrecks, to the devastating 1918 Spanish Influenza, and fatal buggy accidents. OffBeat, explores topics ranging from The Woman’s Club of Laurel to Prohibition.  Firehouse Beat looks at some of the fires over the years that shaped the community – and led to creation of the fire department. The Disaster Beat focuses on Mother Nature and the floods, tornados and earthquakes that damaged property but not town spirit.
Laurel has been the focus of stories that made national news, and the National News Desk explores how 9/11 and the Wallace Shooting were covered locally.  Law and Order reminds us of some of the crimes that shook the community when they happened, but which today are largely forgotten, including the Basu carjacking, a Citizen’s National Bank Robbery, and The Hargis and Replane Murders.
Editorial: Integration provides an in depth overview of the coverage that accompanied one of the most difficult and divisive eras in Laurel history – school integration, particularly from 1954 to 1985. It explores whether the coverage reflected the reality of the integration process, community values, or wistful thinking, controversies that arose, and raises the question of whether or not the schools are in fact integrated.
.  The Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Group tours by appointment.  Admission is free. The digitized Laurel Leaders and other items from the LHS collection are open to researchers by appointment Monday-Friday. The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Md.  For appointments or for additional visitor information contact or visit  #

Contact: Lindsey Baker 301-725-7975

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BNI Makes a Difference for Kids with Cancer  

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, a group of seven members of the BNI Alliance, a Business Networking International (BNI) Laurel group met at Brian Boru Irish Restaurant and Pub, 489 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, Maryland for the annual Head-Shaving event, St. Baldrick’s, that helps raise money for childhood cancer research. Our team of seven members called “The Networkers” stood proudly bald beside those kids with cancer that often lose their hair during treatment. Our “shavees” individually collected money from friends and family and the overall the BNI group raised over $9500 to date this year to help raise money for childhood cancer research.

The seven brave members who took their turn in the barber’s chair were: Brian Madden,
Brandon Voss, Rick Pasatiempo, Don Thomas, Pete Davis, John Riley and Marco Rodriguez.

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 1999 to over 1,400 events in 2014, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, health lives.

For additional information about St. Baldrick’s Foundation and how you can help, please contact 888-899-2253.

The BNI Alliance, the Laurel Thursday Breakfast Chapter meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at The Old Country Buffet located at 9608 Fort Meade Road, (198) Laurel, MD 20707. Please contact Pete Davis, President, at 301-526-1734, or for more information regarding this growing networking group. Come out and visit us anytime.

PRESHAVE: From left to right, Brandon Voss, Brian Madden, Pete Davis (president), John Riley, Rick Pasatiempo, Marco Rodriguez and Don Thomas.

POSTSHAVE: From left to right, Brandon Voss, Brian Madden, Pete Davis (president), John Riley, Rick Pasatiempo, Marco Rodriguez and Don Thomas.

Laurel Park

PO Box 130
Laurel, MD 20725
Tel: 301.725.0400 / 410.792.7775
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Laurel Park

Experience the thrill of live Thoroughbred racing while enjoying quality dining. With a race named in the group's honor, ten of your guests watch the race from the Winner's Circle and have a commemorative photo taken with the winning jockey by the track photographer. Comprising 360 acres, Midway between Baltimore and Washington D.C. Catering by Maryland Turf Caterers, Inc. Available for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, Wedding Receptions, Charity Events and more!

Lee Andersen Art Clothing Factory Store Opening
August 1 - 2, 2015 @ 10am-5pm

Lee Andersen Factory 9010 Maier Road Laurel, MD 20723 / 800-765-5648

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Lee Andersen art clothing is wearable, complex, textured clothing designed for the sensuous, tactile woman. To wear LEE ANDERSEN clothing is to put the mind in an art gallery. It allows the wearer to be subtle ‘Body as Art’ without the limits of permanence, or the financial requirements of Couture. Attend a factory store opening for the chance to purchase a Lee Andersen design at a discounted price.

Cash, Credit Cards, and Checks accepted. All Sales Final.



WISE is a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization serving all school aged athletes

The Sassy Sipper
Laurel, Maryland 20723
Tel: 302.593.7226
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The Sassy Sipper

WineShop At Home is a whole new way to learn about, experience and shop for great wines. The company is a bonded California winery headquartered in the famed Napa Valley and is the only direct seller to offer its own exclusive, artisan wine brands available nowhere else on earth. Our Independent Wine Consultants throughout the country present in-home Wine Tastings, where guests can taste our wines and learn about, experience and buy wines directly from the Winery. WineShop At Home epitomizes a whole new generation of direct selling – offering an exceptional consumer experience, as well as an unparalleled and exciting business opportunity.

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Patrick Rand

14504 Greenview Drive, Suite 201 Laurel, Maryland 20708 / 240.583.1877

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