Greenport: School vegetable plot thickens

The Peconic Landing Wii bowling team, 'Wii the People' (from left): Helen Limbach, Edwin Ruettiger, Joan Ruettiger, Eleanor Skwara, James Mark and Marjorie Day.
COURTESY PHOTO | The Peconic Landing Wii bowling team, 'Wii the People' (from left): Helen Limbach, Edwin Ruettiger, Joan Ruettiger, Eleanor Skwara, James Mark and Marjorie Day.

Well, it was finally warm enough (for me) to get outside and do some yard work this past weekend. Boy, did that feel good — and the yard is shaping up to boot! Bring on the sunshine!

Growing up, I was one of the fortunate ones whose dad had a vegetable garden in the back yard, so I’m thrilled that the kids at Greenport Elementary School will get a chance to see something grow from seed to seedling to fruit-bearing.  The school has received a $3,000 grant from Slow Food East End that will be used to start a vegetable garden there. The school has already set aside a large plot of land on the east side of the football field and posts for the deer fencing are already up. What a fantastic idea!

Since February, Peconic Landing residents have been part of the National Senior League Wii Bowling Competition. While they didn’t make the playoffs this year, team member Marjorie Day was voted Wii Bowler of the Week recently after bowling a 200 for the second week in a row. Other team members were Helen Limbach, Edwin Ruettiger, Joan Ruettiger, Eleanor Skwara and James Mark.

The National Senior League brings together senior communities from across the country. Competitions include three seasons of Wii Bowl and/or Wii Golf. Teams compete in conferences and score tabulations;  webcam viewing determines a national champion for each featured sport. Check it out at

While I’m pretty sure there’s no evidence of this in the Suffolk Times archives, I’m thinking that former Greenporter Nelson Wetmore set some kind of record this past weekend when he announced on Facebook that he finally finished reading three years of back issues of The Suffolk Times. I wonder how long it will take him to get to this issue to see that his name has made it into my column?

This next event is a way off,  but I want to give it some press now.  Greenport native and award-winning writer Diane Levin, Ph.D, a professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, will return to the North Fork on Sunday, May 22, to give a talk about children and their exposure to today’s sexual environment, The free program, based on her new book “So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids,” will be held in the community room of Congregation Tifereth Israel synagogue, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. More details as the time draws closer.

I’m wishing happy birthday today, April 14, to my cousin Theresa Bubb, as well as Babette Cornine; Carol Mills and Joe Leonard celebrate on the 15th; Tammi Volinski, Charlie Manwaring, Lisa Israel and Bill Bogardus on the 17th; my nieces Caitlyn Tooker and Justine Parker Lay on the 18th; Alyssa Andrews, Pat Barszczewski, Diondra Hooten Langhorne and Bill Rhinow on the 19th; and Mary Saetta on the 20th.

Celebrating another year together on April 19 are Anita and Chuck Czartosieski. Also on the 19th, Nancy and Jim McAllister toast 53 years of marriage. Erin and Chris Doucett celebrate nine years of wedded bliss on the 20th.