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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • Solar storm smacks Earth; aurora possible

     
    The biggest solar eruptions to date of the current solar cycle have crossed the solar system and smacked into the Earth's magnetic field on Friday afternoon. The collision of solar particles with the Earth's atmosphere could trigger the aurora borealis, or...
  • Where are the positive stories about Obamacare?

    If there were fairness in this world, Rita Rizzo would be a media star. Rizzo, 60, owns a management consulting firm for nonprofit groups and government offices in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Lou Vincent, 64. Vincent, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes...

    Most high school boys basketball tournaments begin tonight

     
    The Pius X tournament, set to begin Wednesday, was postponed a night because of the inclement weather. The tourney will go tonight with Pen Argyl meeting Delaware Valley of New Jersey at 5 and Pius X playing Pocono Charter at 7. Here's the complete...

    Federal and junior duck stamps available beginning Friday

     
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a First Day of Sale ceremony for the 2010-11 Federal Duck stamp and Junior Duck stamp this Friday at Bass Pro Shops retail store in Hanover, Md. In conjunction, the Bass Pro...

    10th group of whooping cranes glide into Florida

     
    From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Ten young whooping cranes have completed more than three-quarters of their migration from Wisconsin to Florida. They flew into Florida from Georgia on Friday, Dec. 10, and landed in Jefferson County.   Only