Dandelions: Some see a weed and others see a wish. Either way, it’s important to recognize that dandelions provide food for bees, which pollinate the plants that produce more than one third of our food.
You may know that bees are in a “pickle” these days, so Girl Scout Emily Talbot of Cutchogue devised an award project to create bee and butterfly habitats near the Mattituck boat ramp, which she’ll complete May 18 with help from Chris Kelly and her scouting adviser. Emily will use wildflowers and plants to create a meadow that provides continuous blooms for the pollinators. She’s also asking that residents pledge to make changes at home by growing pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom through fall; protecting and providing bee hive sites and caterpillar host plants; avoiding insecticides; and talking to neighbors about the value of protecting pollinators’ habitats. You can help Emily’s cause and take the pledge at bringbackthepollinators.org.
Words cannot express the feeling of comfort a mother — in this case MaryGrace Finora — experiences knowing that her child is safely home after spending hours and hours underwater to obtain certification in scuba diving/engineering. Congratulations to Joe, an adventurous soul who — just for the fun of it — will sail his boat to Bermuda with his father, Joseph, and brother James. Smooth sailing!
A shoreline cleanup hosted by Southold Town and Southold VOICE will take place May 17-18. Residents can bring any shoreline debris to one of 15 drop spots around town, including the Cutchogue transfer station, New Suffolk Beach and Nassau Point Causeway Beach. For more information, visit SoutholdVOICE.com or Southoldtownny.gov.com
Registration for pre-K and kindergarten at New Suffolk Common School is underway until Friday, May 16. Your child must be 4 years old by Dec. 1 for pre-k and 5 years old by Dec. 1 for kindergarten. Call the school at 734-6940 for more information or an appointment.
Don’t miss the ‘make us an offer’ yard sale this Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4905 Pequash Ave. in Cutchogue. (Rain date is Sunday, May 18). All proceeds go to Southold Town Relay for Life. Stop by to check out their “fabulous stuff” and make your offer!
Our Lady of Mercy Regional School’s Performing Arts Club will present “Midsummer: A Dream Inside A Dream” Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Help them pack the house! For more information, call 734-5166.
Mark your calendar: Sunday, June 1, is the date for the annual Victoria-Glover Scholarship buffet breakfast, which takes place at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children.
Put on your dancing shoes and burn off some calories Sunday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. with Israeli Folk Dancing at Mattituck-Laurel Library. The program is sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue.
Here’s what you can do at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library: Terrific 2’s & 3’s, story time for 4- and 5-year-olds; an afternoon movie; a concert by pianist Alexander Wu; crafts and book discussion — to name just a few. Visit cutchoguelibrary.org or check out our calendar of events for the full range of opportunities and activities.
The upcoming holiday means an early deadline for the May 29 issue. News you’d like to see in that paper must reach me no later than Thursday evening, May 22.
Count your days and make them count. Enjoy!
Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242