Southold-Peconic: SHS band to perform holiday music Thursday

In a few days, winter will officially be here. For some, that means packing up and heading south for the coldest months. The rest of us will enjoy what will hopefully be a mild North Fork winter.

Leah Bufkins’ proud family would like to congratulate her on being inducted into Assumption College’s Honor Society for her academic achievements in foreign language. In addition, the dean of students presented Leah with an outstanding college committee member scholarship award. Leah will spend next semester studying in Granada, Spain.

Southold High School students of the month for November are Jose Boc, physical education; Iris Garrido, math; Shannon Guyer, technology; Brooke Malo, science; Cadet Seaman Kesley Mehrman, NJROTC; Sean O’Donnell, business; Courtney O’Sullivan, family and consumer science; Jennifer Roslak, foreign language; Jasmine Sostre, ESL; Mark Smith, English; and Actavia Weekes, art.

Junior high students of the month are Rachel Burns, science; Peter Fouchet, physical education; Natalie Hocker, math; Monique Smith, family and consumer science; and Molly Zimmerman, art.

SHS varsity soccer players Jacob Ellis, Alex Conway, Ernest Kozlowska, Evan Miller and Christopher Suskevich received All-County honors at a recent awards dinner. Congratulations to these outstanding athletes.

The East End Book Buddies book club’s 19-plus members collected Toys for Tots for Christmas at their last meeting and dropped them off at the Southold post office. They encourage everyone to help those less fortunate, especially during this holiday season.

Belated happy birthday to Dick Winters, who celebrated Dec. 14, and Nathan Andruski on the 15th. Those with birthdays in the upcoming week are Bev Sage on the 17th; Gary Haupt on the 18th; my niece Miranda Elak, who blows out seven candles on the 19th; and my dad, Alec Elak, my uncle Joe Barszczewski and Kathy Filippides on the 20th.

Enjoy an evening of holiday music performed by the SHS band, chorus and orchestra Thursday at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium.

As ‘cyber-employees’ of this newspaper, we columnists don’t have the opportunity to interact much with each other. In fact, I just met Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly for the first time this past week. I was dropping off some blankets at the Southold Town Animal Shelter and she was there checking out the kittens. After chatting, I had to make a quick dash since I am unfortunately allergic to those cute kittens. It was a fun meeting place, nevertheless.

Next week’s issue (Dec. 23) will be my last column until Jan. 13, so get in touch ASAP if there’s something that can’t wait.