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Joey Worysz, 12, of Southold paddles up a creek behind the Cornell Marine Program’s Cedar Beach center in Southold Friday. He was there for a kayaking program led by Kim Tetrault and hosted by Southold Free Library.

What a summer it’s been for the North Fork Ospreys! They won the Hampton Division championship against the Riverhead Tomcats last Thursday and then the Atlantic Collegiate championship on Sunday. Thanks to all who supported them and thanks to the team for providing many enjoyable evenings of baseball. See you next summer!

I’d like to wish a fond farewell to Southold High School athletic director Rich Triandafils as he leaves the district after 10 years. All the best to him as he pursues another chapter in his administrative career.

Welcome home to Southold residents Christina George, Henry Rich, Christopher Scott and David Witzke, who returned last Saturday after 90 days aboard SUNY/Maritime’s training ship. Ports of call included France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Spain.

Incoming Southold kindergartners and their families are invited to a welcome picnic sponsored by the PTA at Founders Landing on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs. The rain date will be Aug. 19. Contact Susan Russell at [email protected] with any questions.

Local basketball players of all ages will be happy to know that construction of the new court in Cochran Park will begin soon. The court will be located between the hockey rink and the tennis courts.

The religious education program at St. Patrick Church will be registering new students in grades 1 through 9 at Osborne Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your child’s baptismal certificate. Late registration will be Sunday, Aug. 29, after Masses. Call 765-2338 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

All are invited to a presentation about the Southold Free Library expansion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, in the library’s community room.

The library’s board of trustees invites you to a barbecue at Founders Landing on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. There will be games, food, music and hula hoops! To RSVP, call 765-2077 or e-mail [email protected].

Happy 16th birthday to Nicholas Baldwin, who celebrates today, Aug. 12. John Palmieri also celebrates on the 12th, Linda Rinaudo on the 16th, Craig Goldsmith on the 17th and Jen Ackroyd on the 18th.

A very happy anniversary to Harry and Cheryl Fishman on the 17th.

When Nancy Smith bought her husband, Joe, tickets to a New York Yankees game for his birthday, she didn’t know that Alex Rodriguez would make baseball history that day. A-Rod’s 600th home run was a bonus birthday gift for Joe!

Nancy and Joe’s son Tommy is recuperating well after undergoing knee surgery last week.

A blissful summer day quickly took a turn for the worse upon hearing the news of SHS Class of 2003 alumnus Austin Comando’s untimely death in an auto accident last Saturday. If you met Austin only once, you were his friend. That’s the kind of guy he was. He will be missed by so many. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Rising SHS senior Abigail Heins also needs a lot of prayers after being involved in an auto accident last weekend. Abby is one of the toughest, most resilient young women I know. Stay strong, Abby!