Southold News: Reading contest at Southold Free Library

May?? Is it really May already? What the heck? I swear just yesterday some people were complaining about snow. Now we have to contend with pollen and lawn chores. Woohoo!

I’m short on content this week, so I hit up Google to see what May is known for. It is National Barbecue Month, Bike Month, Blood Pressure Month, Hamburger Month, Photograph Month, Salad Month and Older Americans Month. You could cover all that together on one day by having a barbecue with your parents; serving hamburgers and a heart-healthy salad for your blood pressure; taking a photo of the celebration; and going for a bike ride afterward to work off the meal!

One May celebration that’s dear to my heart is Foster Care Month. Every child deserves a safe home environment and, sometimes, that means not living with their parents for a time. We fostered for almost three years, taking in siblings and single children. It is not an easy endeavor by any means, but if you’ve ever thought about it, I encourage you to reach out to county and area agencies to see how you can help. It truly takes a village to raise a child.

Birthday wishes are first. Belated happy birthday to Patrick Allen, who turned 11 April 28. Happy birthday to Jewell Gonzalez from Southold Pharmacy and Ruth Poliwoda, both on May 2; Mike Mraz on May 3; Ruth’s son-in-law, Ed Baumann, on May 6; and Ed’s dad, Ed Baumann Sr., on May 12. Happy anniversary to Don and Rosalie Cavaluzzi on May 13.

There’s still space for the Southold-Peconic Seniors’ trip to Chicago May 18-24. It’s open to all ages and the $555 cost includes motor coach transportation, all breakfasts, four dinners, sightseeing (Lake Michigan cruise, Sears Tower, Navy pier, art and science museums and more), taxes and tips. Call Mary Pedersen at 765-9243 or 516-607-4504 for reservations and information.

A proud mom announcement: Sherry Pickerell, Kim Perry and Sue Connolly would like to congratulate Meg Pickerell, Sarah Perry and Kimmie Connolly for achieving first, second, and fifth place, respectively, with their solos at a dance competition the North Fork Academy of Dance attended this past weekend! Congrats to all the dancers on winning the Studio Sportsmanship award, too!

Frances Schaeffler won the Agway gift basket in the Friends of the Library’s most recent raffle. The current raffle prize is a “North Fork landmark” —  a photo of a barn shot, matted, framed and generously donated by Patrick Haggerty. Can you guess its location? Chances are $1 each; all proceeds directly benefit the library. The drawing is Thursday, May 15.

Southold Free Library is sponsoring a spring reading contest for grades K-6 through May 31. Earn points by stopping in each week, Monday-Friday between 4 and 6 p.m., to tell Miss Dana or Miss Penny about the book(s) you’ve read. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire!

The library is pleased to announce that patrons can now check out a two-day pass to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Inquire at the circulation desk for the pass, which can be reserved in advance.

My next deadline is Sunday, May 11 — also known as Mother’s Day this year. Please get your content to me as soon as possible, but no later than 8 p.m that night.

To all you mothers, have a wonderful day, however you choose to celebrate it. To those of you who, like me, will be missing their moms that day, have a group hug and remember the woman who helped make you who you are.

Keep smiling and I’ll see you in two weeks.

Contact Southold columnist Tina Koslosky at [email protected] or 631-765-2774.