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Oysterponds News: Register to have your car seat inspected

This Saturday, June 7, the East Marion Community Association will host “Gardening in a Changing Environment,” a slideshow and talk by Sherry Thomas, from 10 a.m. to noon (goodies at 9:30) at the East Marion Firehouse. For more details, call Robin at 903-7708. 

Next Friday, June 13, (Whoa! Cross yourself four times and hop on one foot while watching out for black cats) CAST will sponsor an important event. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and EAC’s certified technicians will be at St. Agnes in Greenport to inspect car seats and provide information on child safety. You MUST register in advance for this free event. Call CAST at 477-1717.

Sunday I caught Cathy Matthews in Denver while in transit from Gunnison, Colo., where she had attended the first birthday celebration for her granddaughter Mazzy Smith, daughter of Dr. Marie Matthews and husband, Thaddeus Smith. Marie, a rural family physician at Gunnison Family Health, and Thaddeus fostered this much-loved baby from a day after her birth on May 28, 2013, until her legal adoption March 13 this year. “Nana” Matthews is still in the afterglow of her huge milestone celebration April 15 at Soundview, where all her children, siblings and friends traveled to help her ring in a new decade. It sure has been a happy spring for this family. Congrats all around.

Orienteer Fred Sharman will once again offer Apple help from 4 to 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays at Floyd Memorial Library starting June 10. Fred, proficient on all Apple devices, will give one-on-one help to users at all skill levels.

Don’t forget Father Tom Murray’s community farewell this Sunday afternoon, June 8, at 4 p.m. at Brecknock Hall. All are invited.

Before that, you can take in the Harp Concert at Orient Methodist Church at 3 p.m., when Miriam Shilling will perform “The Harp of Brandiswhiere: A Suite for Celtic Harp.” A $10 donation is requested for this benefit. Call 298-9427 for details.

Had a small world Saturday. At a New Suffolk yard sale, I really wanted a table but was talked out of it. When I got back home, I couldn’t get a name or phone number for the table’s owners, so I commandeered a friend with a pickup and headed back to New Suffolk. I found the table unsold and asked the seller, Cali Schultheis, if I could write a check. She said she had summered in Cutchogue and had developed a special longtime friendship with Doris Bruder, now Hoffmann. Doris is Sarah’s second cousin, my mother’s goddaughter and my childhood friend. I calculated that I had also played with Cali in days past. When I said I was shipping my table to Jensen Beach, she said she had friends who wintered there, Southold’s Joan and Russ Mann. I said, “Of course they do — they rented my condo for a decade!”

I found it hard to digest that it took over three months for news that Village Lane neighbor, lifelong Orienteer and past Yacht Club commodore Ret Millis had been felled by a catastrophic health event and has been hospitalized all that time. So please join me in sending Ret our prayers, cards and whatever else you can think of to Walter Millis, c/o St. Charles Hospital Rehab East 423, 200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. We all wish him a speedy return to his new normal.

There are two save-the-dates from OHS: North Fork Fresh will be June 21, and the OHS Summer Benefit will be Aug. 2. Mark your calendar. My next column will be June 19.

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