Southold-Peconic: World Polio Day

Starting with World Polio Day on Sunday, this is a week of international contributions to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio. Southold High School Interact students have placed orange collection boxes at area businesses. All donations will go to Rotary. If you’d like a box for your business, contact Ms. Gilmore at SHS, 765-5081.
The women of First Presbyterian Church will hold their last barn sale of the season this Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. The barn is on Wells Avenue behind the Bank of America. All proceeds benefit East End charities.
A fond farewell to Victor Westgate and his wife, Dr. Lisa Cowley, who are relocating to upstate New York. As many of you know, Victor was a history teacher for 30 years at SHS and Dr. Cowley ran a successful chiropractic practice here. We wish them all the best in this new chapter of their lives.
Southold physical therapist Sandy Perry spent seven days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching its peak on Sept. 10. Did you know you must go through five different climatic zones in order to reach the summit at 19,336 feet? She can now cross that accomplishment off her list!
U.S. Marine Sgt. Benjamin Lohn, son of Patrick Lohn of Southold, recently returned from a seven-month tour in southern Afghanistan. He will now be stationed at the Marine air base at Camp Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Thanks for your service and best of luck!
Anne Olsen won the goody-filled Avon spa basket in the library’s monthly raffle. Stop by for a chance to win a retired Longaberger cauldron donated by Melissa DeSimone to use as a centerpiece or fill with flowers or candy. The drawing will be held on Nov. 15.
Bill and I had the privilege of attending the Firefighter of the Year awards dinner at Calverton Links last Friday evening. Harold “Hoagie” Haupt received a plaque for his service with the Southold Fire Department and James Rich III was honored as SFD’s Outstanding EMS Provider. It was certainly humbling to be in a room filled with so many extraordinary men and women.
Happy birthday to Sharon Marschean on Oct. 30; Ginny Gilmore on the 31st; and Mike Carver and Russ Karsten on Nov. 1.
Christopher Botto, son of Roger and Jill (Berry) Botto, received his Eagle Scout badge at the Eagle Court of Honor in Smithtown last weekend. Christopher was responsible for constructing (and fundraising for) a pergola for the Cleary School of the Deaf in Nesconset. His family was on hand for the ceremony and reception. Christopher is the grandson of George and Sandy Berry of Southold and Mary Botto of East Marion.
The NJROTC cadets won the prestigious Commander’s Cup for the sixth consecutive year at the drill competition at SUNY/Maritime College last Saturday. They’ll compete again at William Floyd High School in a few weeks.
The PTA Halloween parade this Sunday at 1 p.m. will feature all the ghosts and goblins making their way from the firehouse to the elementary school. Please drive carefully that evening as trick-or–treaters often appear out of nowhere.