Laurel News Briefs
Thursday, August 26, 2004
 
Class of 1974 Reunion
Laurel High School Class of 1974 plans 30-year reunion for Friday, Nov. 26. Call Paul McGee at 302-841-9126 or Vonda Spearin Calhoun at 302-346-7665, ext. 22.

LHS Class of 1979
The Laurel High School Class of 1979 is planning its 25-year class-reunion. Packets have been mailed out containing details about the event. If you, or someone you know, has not yet received the information, contact Kim Glerum O’Neal at 875-2293, or Kim Blackmore Littleton at 875-5513.

Trap Pond has events scheduled for week
The following events are planned for the week Aug. 26 - Aug. 29 at Trap Pond State Park, located near Laurel. For more information call the Bald Cypress Nature Center 875-5163

Thursday, Aug. 26, Park helpers, 9-11 a.m.
In this program, adults and kids age 15 and older are encouraged to come and help the naturalist upkeep canoe and walking trails, assist with nature center animals and maintenance, and work around the park, while learning about the Trap Pond’s diverse habitats and wildlife (work is considered light).

Friday, Aug. 27,
Children’s story hour , 11-noon
Children 5 and older are encouraged to attend this hour of reading a nature-related book, and afterwards participating in a craft, game, or short walk. Books will include, “The Lorax,” “Are You a Ladybug?,” “The Giving Tree,” “Crickwing,” and “There’s a Hair in My Dirt!.” Meet at the campground amphitheater.
Pond passions: fresh water seining and dip-netting, 2-3 p.m.
Discover aquatic insects, beautiful fish, and colorful turtles. Wear old shoes and clothes that can get wet.
Sunset pontoon cruise, 8 p.m.
Pre-register by calling 875-5163; $3/person, $1.50 children. Limited to 15 people.
Evening Entertainment and concert series, 7 p.m
Dick Gilbert, otherwise known as Quiet Thunder, is a descendant from the Lenni Lanapi Native American Tribe. He will bring his special cultural history as well as artifacts, tools, and working traps and snares. Interactive for the whole family and a lot of fun.
Saturday. Aug. 28
Waters of the Chesapeake Bay kayak trip, 10 a.m.
Trap Pond is the only state park in Delaware that has direct connections to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. On this kayak trip into the swamp, learn about the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the unique resources of Trap Pond. This program is limited to 10 participants. The cost is $10 per person.
Early Native Americans of Trap Pond cruise at 1 and 2 p.m.
Trap Pond’s landscape was very different for the early native inhabitants than it is today. Travel the pond and discover the beauty of the area as it is now, and learn what it was like for early Native Americans. Pre-register by calling the nature center at 875-5163. Tours meet at the boathouse. $3 per adult and $1.50 per child age 12 and under. Limited to 12 passengers per trip.
Shelley Abbott, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
A local favorite performer, come listen to Shelly Abbot’s brand of folk and country music.
Evening Hayride, 5:30 p.m.
Limited to 20. Sign up at the campground store. $4 per person. No one under 16 allowed without a parent or guardian.
Bingo, 8 p.m.
Meet at the campground pavilion; 25 cents per card.

Sunday, Aug. 29
Early Native Americans of Trap Pond cruise at 1p.m.
Travel the pond and discover the beauty of the area as it is now, and learn what it was like for early Native Americans. Pre-register by calling the nature center at (302) 875-5163. Tours meet at the boathouse. $3 per adult and $1.50 per child age 12 and under. Limited to 12 passengers per trip.

Hundreds read thousands of books
The Laurel Public Library has completed its annual Children’s Summer Reading Program. More than 250 children, from preschool through sixth grade, completed the program by reading at least 10 books. A total of 7,893 books were read during the seven-week program. According to the library, a major ingredient in the success of the program is the support from the Friends of the Laurel Public Library. The friends provide gifts for the treasure box as well as special programs throughout the summer. Prize bags for all children who completed the program are available at the library. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 875-3184.