DuPont spinning machine operator Glenn Thomas checks the threadline with a flashlight.

Paula Chaffinch, center, shows off her award as firefighter of the year for the Blades Volunteer Fire Department. The department passed out its awards at the annual dinner.

Photo by Michael Sullivan.

Gold Star Restaurants - Pages 28,29

Laurel Lioness Dessert Theater - The Laurel Lioness will be presenting their Dessert Theater on Saturday, April 7, at the Laurel High School Gym. Dessert will be served at 7:30; show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The show will feature Christina Harrison, Celtic singer and songwriter, with Bill Belcher on guitar. Harrison tours Europe and the US extensively and last summer while in Scotland recorded a new CD. Call Ruth Feeney at 875-5354 or tickets can be purchased from any member of the Lioness Club.

Mike Barton - The Laurel Star this week welcomes Laurel columnist Mike Barton to its lineup of writers. Page 31

Septic solution - A Laurel couple appeared satisfied after appearing before town mayor and council Monday night seeking relief from a failing septic system. Page 3