Southold-Peconic: Relax and remember the holiday’s meaning

At this point, there are those who are in a complete panic over the holiday rush and those who are all prepared to have a nice weekend with family and friends. Let’s all stop and remember the true meaning of the season and have a peaceful holiday.

A locally popular event is Southold Fire Department’s annual New Year’s Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. After a night of ringing in 2012, enjoy a hearty breakfast with your friends and neighbors. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. They can be purchased in advance at the main firehouse or at the door on the day of the breakfast.

It may be cold outside, but the Southold Settlers’ winter athletes are heating things up with exciting contests in volleyball, bowling, basketball and wrestling. Check for schedules.

A very happy birthday to Ashley Bishop, who turns 12 on the 23rd. Katelyn Dunne celebrates her 23rd, also on the 23rd, with warm wishes from her Mimi in Spring, Texas. Corlynn Rempe’s mom, dad and brothers Jon and Jeremy wish her a happy 6th birthday on Dec. 27; Barbara Berry celebrates on Christmas Day; Bill Salmon on the 26th; Kristen Helinski, who turns 21, on the 27th; Chris Kilfoil on the 30th; and Julie Elak on the 31st. Brittney Bellomo’s mom, dad, brother Nick and Pepperjack wish her a happy “sweet 16” on Jan. 1, 2012. Nadine Bazata also celebrates on the 1st; Cindy Bumble and Denise Thilberg Zuhoski on the 2nd; Pam DeFriest on the 3rd; and my son Jack Sinning turns 25 on the 10th.

Congratulations to Kaitie Mazzaferro of Peconic, who graduated magna cum laude from Farmingdale State University last weekend and is pursuing a career in international business.

Marie Helinski won the Rail Chief electric train set and Rachel Hornstein won the American Girl doll, Marie-Grace, in the holiday raffle at Southold Free Library. The Friends thank everyone who entered the raffles and especially those who donated prizes this year. A lovely afghan made by Carolyn Dewar will keep February’s winner toasty. Look for it in the middle of the month. If you wish to donate a prize, call 765-2077 and leave your name and phone number.

Watch for the library’s winter newsletter in the mail during the last week in December.

My next column will not be published until Jan. 12. I’d like to wish all my readers a very happy holiday season and a wonderful 2012. Thank you all for a great year of sharing your news.