With the last week of August upon us, everyone is preparing for the new school year. The many volunteers of the PTSA never seem to take a break when it comes time to help make our students’ lives better. This year at the start of school the PTSA will sponsor a Yankee Candle sale. Order forms and catalogs will be available at all open school nights so watch for your chance to help our students earn funds to support upcoming events. Open school nights are also a time when you can join the PTSA. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, the PTSA will find a way for you to help.

Congratulations to Steven Jacobs, Mattituck High School Class of 2009, who has graduated from WyoTech in Blairsville, Pa., with a diploma in automotive and upholstery technology. He works full time at Willow Hill Automotive in Southold.

Happy retirement wishes to Rose Skuro, who recently retired from the Suffolk County Treasurer’s office. Rose was honored by friends and co-workers, including good friends Edna Schaedel and her daughter Joann, at a dinner at East Wind. Rose dedicated many years to her job and looks forward to spending her time volunteering for local causes and organizations. Congratulations!

Looking for a new hobby? The Peconic Bay Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America welcomes new members. Call Doris Bayles at 765-8071. The guild’s first meeting of the 2010-11 season will be Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church of Southold.

Paintings by Carol Gold of Mattituck will be on display during September at Southampton Town Hall. An artist’s reception will take place there on Friday, Sept. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend. One of Carol’s paintings usually hangs above the main desk at Mattituck-Laurel Library. For information call 298-1096.

‘The Anniversary Waltz’ will be playing for Gail and Eric Bressler, who celebrate today, Aug. 26; Pat and Don Feiler on the 27th; and Dan and Karen Letteriello on Sept. 1.

Happy birthday greetings to Jason Zaweski, who cuts his cake today; Clay Austin on the 27th; Barbara Smith on the 28th; William Green on the 30th; and Mary Berdinka on Sept. 1.

Dot Strong is always proud of her family, but when she called this week to tell me about her grandson Ryan’s wedding, you could hear the joy through the phone lines. Best wishes to Ryan Strong on his marriage to Tiffany Quinn. The couple exchanged vows at Flowerfield in St. James on Aug. 22. Ryan’s parents are Re and Jeffery Strong; Tiffany is the daughter of Bernard and Eileen Quinn. Ryan’s best man was lifelong friend Matthew Wilsberg. Katie Thomas was maid of honor. The couple will honeymoon in Tahiti. May your life together be full of love and laughter.

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