Memorial Day is viewed by many as the start of summer and if you’re reading this, you survived the arrival of what I hope were many visitors to our North Fork. But Memorial Day isn’t all about summer or celebrations. It’s for remembering the soldiers who gave their lives.
I want to take a moment to bow our heads and thank whomever you believe in for the service of the fallen. Without their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families, America would not be what it is. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Belated birthday wishes to Matt DeSimone, who turned 15 on May 21. Patricia Galati Oakley blows out candles May 31. Happy birthday to Christine Galati, wife of Southold High School principal Bill Galati, on June 4. Kerry Conrardy celebrates June 11.
April Students of the Month at SHS are Theresa Connolly, art; Jamie O’Sullivan, business; Owen Klipstein, NJROTC; Leah Baxendale, Spanish; Karen Campos, ESL; Mario Menjivar-Leon, native language arts; Kelsea Cassone, culinary arts; Patryk Mejsak, physical education; Gus Klavas and Amy Kandora, English; and Nicole Christman, orchestra. In the middle school we have Kathryn Jernick, art; Shane Kollen, English; Franchesca Rodriguez, French; Charles Campbell, home and careers; Krissy Worysz, physical education; and Olivia Saccamano, orchestra. Dylan Clausen won the Random Act of Kindness award.
Many people in Southold rely on the CAST food pantry food assistance. To help keep shelves stocked, CAST will hold a food drive Saturday, June 7, at all four local supermarkets. Hours at the Southold IGA will be 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. If you can’t get there, you can drop off nonperishable food donations or gift cards at the CAST offi ce in Greenport. CAST is also looking for volunteers to help with the drive. Call 477-1717 for details.
In library news, artwork by David Markel — paintings, oversized drawings, an assemblage and painted objects — will be on display through June.
Gail Chellel won the matted and framed North Fork Landmark Barn photograph by Patrick Haggerty in the library raffle. The next prize, courtesy of Sang Lee Farms, is a four-week membership in their CSA program. Chances are $1 each. The drawing is Monday, June 16.
Daughters of the American Revolution’s Southold chapter met recently at Peconic Landing for an installation luncheon organized by Jackie Kopas and hosted by Elizabeth Schoss. District director Sallan Boggan installed new chapter offi cer Ruthann Corazzini as Regent. Isabel Smith, flag chair for districts 10 and 11, presented a program on “Old Glory: The U. S. Flag,” which was enjoyed by all.
After sharing in my last column that the library lends out fishing poles, I had an email from Dan Manfredi reminding everyone that residents who fish in the N.Y. State Coastal Marine District must have fishing permits. This applies to anyone over the age of 16. He also says that Town Hall is a simple place to apply. Thanks for catching that, Dan!
As I close, I want to leave you with a song to listen to that’s quite apropos for this past weekend. It is “Some Gave All” by Billy Ray Cyrus. If you wonder why I included two paragraphs about a holiday that’s already passed, I recently met the mother of a local fallen soldier. I want her and others like her to know I heard her and honor her son and those other fallen soldiers. They are not forgotten.
My next deadline is June 8 at 8 p.m. Email is the easiest way to get information to me, but calls will be returned to assure you I received your message. I hope you enjoy your day!
Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.