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Oysterponds News: Annual 5K Fun Run set for May 17

The Southold VOICE/Town of Southold shoreline cleanup will take place next weekend, May 17-18. In East Marion and Orient, you can deposit debris at Trumans Beach and Lands End. Check the town website for more details. Last year 21,000 pounds of refuse was collected from the shoreline. 

Final reminder: Oysterponds students will perform this Saturday, May 10, in “Robinson Crusoe,” directed by the Missoula Children’s Theatre and funded by the Oysterponds PTA. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. at Greenport High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. For more info, call Lynette Crowley at 323-8008

The East Marion Community Association’s annual meeting is Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a screening of “The Marion Lake Story” by Emmy Award-winning director and East Ender Greta Schiller. All are welcome.

The Oysterponds Association will host a meeting on Thursday, May 15, at which the Oysterponds school board and superintendent will present the new budget and field your questions. The time is 7 p.m. and the place is Poquatuck Hall. Contact Venetia Hands at [email protected] for more info.

The teen librarian at Floyd Memorial Library has been collecting dresses appropriate for teen spring events. Stop by the library on Fridays in May from 5 to 7 p.m. If there’s a dress that catches your eye, it’s yours for free.

The annual Anne MacKay song swap will take place Saturday, May 17, at Poquatuck Hall. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of Poquatuck Hall. Organizer and emcee Gideon D’Arcangelo has designed the event to evoke folks sitting around the living room swapping songs. A guitarist and singer, Gideon learned many of his songs by working with the great American folklorist Alan Lomax. Also featured are local musicians Emily Bredemeyer, Nancy Baxter, Baxter Townsend, Helen Hooke, Roma Baron, Ben Freed, Mimi Fahs, Grayson Murphy and Karen and Michael Haley plus next-generation performers including Anna Claude Manning and Gideon Burnes Heath. Tickets are $10. Baked goods will be available for sale.

Also on the 17th is the annual Oysterponds 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Charles Woznick Scholarship Fund. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; an Oysterponds alumni photo will be taken in front of the school at 9:30 a.m. Spread the word to all alumni. Cost to participate is $20; $10 for Oysterponds and Greenport students. Applications are available at the school, where you can contact Jennifer Wisseman for more details.

Just another reminder: Please refrain from posting signs on our monuments. These are war memorials and deserve the appropriate respect.

Oysterponds extends sympathy to the family of Elisa Leiblein Ruroede, who died way too young last Saturday. Whenever her name was mentioned folks would smile and remark just how special a person she was. May Andy, Erin, Lisl, Marta and Sandy be surrounded by the love of God, her extended family and our community and may they bring them comfort. May she rest in peace.

Small world struck again this week when Sue Utz was having her 30,000-mile check at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Sue was on a line and struck up a conversation with a gentleman nearby and the “where are you froms” came up. When she said Orient, he asked if she knew Stu Dorman. Sue replied of course and then she and “Mr.” Metz, who had worked with Stu, continued a trip down Memory Lane about the former owners of this newspaper.

Can’t believe that it’s 30 years ago but hugs and kisses to daughter Sarah, who hits that benchmark today. Love you to the moon and back, kiddo!

P.S. Stu Rachlin, May Watson and Doris Morgan also celebrate today. Happy day, friends.

Gillooly, CarolContact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at 323-3899 or [email protected].