Southold-Peconic: Community spirit alive and well

03/02/2011 7:00 AM |
Gail Horton, center, instructs Joe Wall of Southold and Ellen Barcel of South Setauket in the art of rug hooking at Southold Indian Museum Saturday. The museum has created a Center for Traditional Crafts and offers a year-round series of classes that aim to preserve many local craft traditions. Mr. Wall is the museum's treasurer and Ms. Barcel is president of the Long Island chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Gail Horton, center, instructs Joe Wall of Southold and Ellen Barcel of South Setauket in the art of rug hooking at Southold Indian Museum Saturday. The museum has created a Center for Traditional Crafts and offers a year-round series of classes that aim to preserve many local craft traditions. Mr. Wall is the museum's treasurer and Ms. Barcel is president of the Long Island chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.

Even in the depths of winter, community spirit is alive and well here. When the Bakanic family lost their North Bayview Road home in a fire last Friday (thankfully no one was hurt), neighbors rallied with offers of temporary housing, clothing and other necessities. Helping each other during difficult times is what we’re all about on the North Fork.

This weekend, March 5-6, the St. Patrick Church youth group will participate in “Box City Night.” Participants will set up shelters for the night on the church lawn to gain a better understanding of what the homeless endure. Each participant needs to raise $50 for “rent,” which will go directly to Maureen’s Haven. If you’d like to sponsor one of the members, please mail your donation to St. Patrick Parish Youth Group, P.O. Box 1117, Southold, NY 11971.

Southold High School will be proudly represented at the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) state competition in Rochester next week. Students Stephen Best, Frank Cone, Anne Davey, Mackenzie Feeley, Christian Fouchet, Preston Jolliver, Sam Kortchmar, Ernie Kozlowski, Megan Melly, Sean O’Donnell, David O’Day, Griffin Quist, Emma Richter, Melissa Rogers and Jenny Roslak will attend, accompanied by business teacher Kathy Williams.

A new trail-hiking program sponsored by Southold Town is sure to appeal to anyone looking to get out and explore after a long winter of hibernating. Join Barbara Terranova on Sunday, March 20, 9:30-1-:30 a.m., to explore the Arshamomaque Pond Preserve on Route 25 in Southold. The fee is $5 and it’s open to ages 9 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Shoes with traction are recommended since the terrain is muddy and leafy. Call the town recreation department at 765-5182 for more information.

Happy birthday to Rene Suprina today, March 3; Cole Hiney on the 5th; Shawn Byrnes and Keith Cummings on the 8th; and Pat Padworski on the 9th.

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 4, 4 to 6 p.m., at Springtsteel Gallery in Greenport for the student artists whose work is on display there. Abby Abrams, Pierce Baylis, Ivy Croteau, Romy Faucher-Mayhew, Anna Mahaffy, Aidan Mancini, Maria Purita, and Breton Worthington are all students of SHS art teacher Dan Gosnell.

I laughed when I saw this on the sign at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: “Whoever is praying for snow, please stop.”

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