Fall is a great time to volunteer your talents and time for a local organization. Volunteering is the backbone of our community so whether it’s becoming a member of the East End Lions, joining the PTSA, helping out at CAST or meeting new people as a Friend of the Library, I guarantee the rewards you reap from helping our community are well worth the effort.

Mattituck High School will have its Open School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Representatives of the PTSA, Athletic Booster Club and Friends of Music will be on hand for you to sign up and become a member. Whether you have an hour to spare or a little more time, our students benefit from your help.

Reminder: Homecoming is Sept. 24. Come out and catch up with some old friends, make some new ones and root for the home team. And while you’re at it, test drive a Ford! Lucas Ford will donate $20 for every test drive, up to $6,000, to the Athletic Booster Club.

There are times when volunteering means more than words can express. Last weekend in New York, friends and family took turns honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 by reading their names aloud. Erica Guja was there, and read 15 names beginning with the letter K. At the end of the list, she added the name of her uncle, Geoffrey Guja, a lieutenant in the FDNY.

Andreas Warkentien reminded me that his wife, Dorian Harkoff, will celebrate her birthday on Sept. 17. The happy couple will also celebrate their third anniversary on the 22nd. Happy anniversary!

Also celebrating an anniversary this week are Dot and Steve Brannon, who toast their years together on the 23rd.

First birthdays are very special. Belated first-birthday wishes go to Rose Theresa Ruland, who had help from mom and dad, Peter and Janine, blowing out her candle. I hope it was a Kodak moment!

Other September babies cutting their cakes this week are Travis Keller today, the 16th; Teagan Nine, Jake Sisson and Mally Fogarty on the 17th; and Cara Slotkin on the 21st.

Listening to local authors discuss local history is always an interesting way to spend an evening. Mattituck-Laurel Library has just that slated for Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., when author Terry Wallace will talk about his new book, “Helen Kroeger and Otto J. Kurth: The Anchorage Studio and Peconic Bay Impressionism.” The presentation is free and no registration is necessary.

The next book discussion at the library, led by Bev Wowak, is Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. The book is “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett.

Seventh- and eighth-graders are participating in a Pampered Chef fundraiser to offset the cost of the annual spring trip to Washington, D.C. If you’d like to help out by making a purchase, you may contact me at [email protected]

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