Oysterponds: Veterans Day celebrations planned

Jason Cockerill and Don Boerum will play the organ together at this Sunday’s 10 a.m. service at Orient United Methodist Church. The Southold/ Greenport ROTC will also attend in honor of Veterans Day.
Speaking of Veterans Day, Betty Rowe got in touch to ask Oysterponders to join her, other Southold DAR members and the Greenport Girl Scouts in Mitchell Park, Greenport, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. for a ceremony to honor all men and women who have served our country in the military.
The East Marion Community Association is sponsoring a great event but you must respond quickly. EMCA members are invited to take an all-day tour of Plum Island on Monday, Nov. 22, to learn about the operation there and the history of the island. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. You must register by Nov. 8 by calling 477-1619 or e-mailing [email protected]. EMCA membership is available to all residents of East Marion and friends of East Marion.
The Halloween party last Saturday at Poquatuck Hall was a huge success and a good example of the variety of events OCA hopes will continue to take place in our historic hall. Special thanks to the committee members, who did an amazing job planning and decorating.
Then there’s some not-so-good and disturbing news from Poquatuck. On the evening of Oct. 24, the hall was broken into and the back door was damaged, trash was littered about and the hot water was left running. So many people have spent so much time, effort and money to restore and beautify the hall the momentum of the goal can’t be broken now. If you know who the parties responsible for this are, please contact the police. And in the future, if you see suspicious activity around the hall or Village, please report that also.
Other good news is that two people have stepped forward to underwrite the new community announcement board at Poquatuck. I’ll share more details next week. But while I’m on a roll here, can anyone help subsidize the desperately needed new floor?
After writing about John Bendick last week, I received many calls and e-mails telling me of yet another kind deed he had done in his journey. So it wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that the homeless shelter at St. Agnes Church will hereafter be known as “John’s Place” — a fitting honor for a special man. The shelter, which is coordinated by Oysterponds’ own Noreen Bischoff, Jane Winsch, Kathy Smith and Barbara Cervone, is always in need of donations to help the less fortunate. Please consider helping out there if you can.
You get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.
Because Veterans Day is next Thursday, Nov. 11, there will be no mail delivery so the paper will be delivered the 10th. Therefore, the deadline for my next column is tomorrow. Hurry, hurry, and talk to me.