Mayor Craig Moe will be honored at the Laurel Historical Society’s gala, which returns June 4th after a three-year hiatus. Moe announced in April that he would not seek reelection after serving as Laurel’s mayor for 21 years. 

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Mayor Craig Moe to be honored at gala
Courtesy of Laurel Historical Society

“This evening is a fitting opportunity to honor someone who has had such an important impact on the city and on the LHS. In his 21 years as Mayor Craig Moe has been a steadfast supporter and we are grateful,” Karen Lubieniecki, LHS board chair, wrote in a press release.

With the theme All Together Again, the gala will be held at Historic Savage Mill and will feature performances and an auction, along with fine dining and drinks. Proceeds will support the society’s programs, exhibits, collections and overall operations of both the society and the Laurel Museum. 

“An annual Gala is an LHS tradition we had to cancel for three years because of the Pandemic and its aftermath. We had to miss both Laurel’s 150th Anniversary and the Laurel Museum’s 25th. This year we plan to make up for lost time with a fun, joyous event that celebrates all parts of our community, its history, resilience and future,” LHS President Denise Redmond wrote in a press release.

The gala will take place June 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage. Tickets are $100 for members and $110 for non-members. For more information, go to

Volunteer firefighter honored for work as career firefighter in Howard

Laurel Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) President Vic Whipple, Chief Jim Codespote and members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department congratulate volunteer firefighter Andrew Stanton for receiving the Firefighter of the Year Award during the Howard County and Fire Rescue awards ceremony April 13. Stanton is  a career firefighter with Howard County Fire and Rescue Services, where he serves in Station 8/Bethany in Ellicott City.   

When he joined the department in 2019, Stanton became the fourth generation Stanton to be part of the LVFD. The first member of his family joined the department in 1920. 

In a press release, LVFD wrote “This is a big job the volunteers do for our community, and we couldn’t be prouder when they make the choice to make it a career. Congratulations F/F Stanton on your well-deserved award.”