Southold-Peconic: Support Relay for Life June 4

Summer may be a few weeks away, but judging from the size of the weekend crowds, we’re there. After the long winter, it’s nice to see our area come alive again.

Southold High School students Abigail Abrams and Anne Davey were chosen as finalists at the annual Mattituck Lions Club dinner to compete for this year’s Strawberry Queen title and scholarship. Unfortunately, a prior school commitment forced Abigail to withdraw from the competition. Good luck to Anne as she represents Southold.

Happy birthday to Abbigail Bednoski, who celebrated on June 1. Mackenzie Feeley and Jim Rich III share their special day on the 2nd; Sherry Albertson on the 6th; Andrew Mestler and June Schait on the 7th; and Bill Metz and Danielle Maisano on the 8th.

Happy anniversary to Rob and Jeanne Guarriello, who will toast 17 years of marriage on June 4.

In the Wally Berry Invitational Fishing Tournament last weekend, Michelle Kayel took first place, Walter Berry came in second and Ed Chilton was third. In the kids’ division, Steven Schill took both first and third places and Robert Guarriello III came in second.

Support the Relay for Life this weekend and get some of your favorite Pampered Chef items, too. Shop from the comfort of your home at Click “Find a consultant” and enter Kelly Hilary, Southold, N.Y., then click “Enter Website.” Click “Shop Online” and, at the prompt for the organization or host name, enter American Cancer Society or Eileen Jaklevic. The American Cancer Society will receive 25 percent of the sales totals. The order deadline is June 3.

All North Fork students are invited to attend review sessions for the Global History II Regents at Southold Free Library, taught by SHS history teacher Ivan Santiago. On June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a multiple choice and scaffolding workshop. Another session on June 14 will focus on thematic and document-based question essays. No registration is necessary.

Happy 50th anniversary wishes to Lynne and Walter Wenchell, who celebrated on May 28 with 50 family members and friends a couple of weeks ago at the Southold American Legion Hall. The Wenchells lived in Oakdale for 35 years — Walter worked at Newsday for 42 years, retiring as press operations manager in 1999, and Lynne was an executive secretary and stenographer, retiring from BOCES in 1999. Walter also volunteered for West Sayville’s volunteer ambulance corps and fire department. Now that they’ve settled on the North Fork (except for winters in Florida), they have time to enjoy their two children, Laurie and Gregory, and three grandchildren, and their hobbies: traveling and gardening for both, golf and woodworking for Walter and embroidery for Lynne.

My first column was published June 5, 2003. During the past eight years, I have had the privilege of meeting so many of you. If you haven’t ever contacted me, please don’t hesitate to do so!