This is it, folks! It’s my last column for 2011. You won’t read about any happenings in Greenport again until the Jan. 12, 2012, issue. I’d like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to this column over the past year. The information you provide is much appreciated and makes this columnist’s job that much easier to do.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport is proud to partner with the Greenport School District and CAST to support three local families during Christmas and into the winter. They supported Jillian Ruroede’s Angel Tree, CAST’s annual holiday drive and adopted a Holy Trinity family, providing apparel to keep them warm and gift cards and toys for six children and their parents.
I want to remind you all to attend the New Year’s Day breakfast buffet Jake Thorp is hosting to help defray the cost of his Eagle Scout project to replace the handicapped ramp and deck at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Children under 4 eat for free. Get tickets at the door or in advance by calling 477-6382.
In case you missed it, I want to let all Greenport High School graduates know about a big, big event we’re trying to get off the ground: an all-class GHS reunion. If you’d even contemplate attending, please list your contact info at ghsclassreunion.com. If this flies, it’s going to be the biggest event of the century in Greenport!
A great big welcome home to Chris Fisher, who will spend the holidays at the home of his grandparents, Eileen and Joe Verity. It’s good to have you back again, Chris!
There are several weeks of birthdays to acknowledge this week. I’ll start with Mike Mazzaferro and Bryan Weingart on Dec. 22; Jeannie Jimenez, Claudia Berry and Della Watson on the 23rd; Maureen Gonzalez and Bruce Urban on the 24th; Carol Schott, Holly Weingart, Jason Doucett and Alex Georgoulakos on Christmas Day; Holly Sponza and Becky Lillis Cartselos on the 26th; Scott Klipp, Ashley Gagen and Terri Verity on the 27th; Wayde Manwaring Sr. and Janis Moore on the 29th; Christine Dickson, Ray Van Etten, Judy Kozora, Carolee “Deets” Doucett, Christian Angelson and Courtney Kart on the 30th; my dear friend Barbara Damiani, Aaron Pacholk, Joe Verity and Caryl Hallock Jarres on the 31st; Joan Mazzaferro Brown, Toyin Gaates and Jon Alaia on Jan. 1, 2012; Kyle Charters, my cousin Corry Heaney and Joseph Sieverman on the 2nd; Thalia Dinizio and Ryan Creighton on the 3rd; another cousin, Kristen Chouinard, Seth Thomas Tramontana and Leah Keenan Markham on the 4th; yet another cousin, Rose Heaney, Mary Olszewski Mantilla and Tai McKenzie on the 5th; Ricky Fiedler, Fred Schoenstein and Jamie Richter on the 7th; Lynn Webster, Randi Parker and Brendan Purcell on the 8th; Carmen Mason, Dian Eissler and Dale Hughes on the 9th; Rich Fiedler on the 10th; and Cedric Davis on the 11th.
I hope Santa brings each and every one of you everything you’re hoping for — from your smallest wish to your grandest. May the best day of this past year be the worst day of the year ahead.
Merry Christmas, everyone!