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Oysterponds News: Island’s End hosting ladies’ golf outing

The 16th hole at Island's End Golf Course in Greenport overlooks the Long Island Sound. (Credit: Steve Rossin)
The 16th hole at Island’s End Golf Course in Greenport overlooks the Long Island Sound. (Credit: Steve Rossin)

East Marioneer Barbara Koch is the mover and shaker behind the July 21 ladies’ golf outing at Island’s End, sponsored by the ELIH Southold West Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets are $125 and include golf, lunch, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. There’s also a special $15,000 hole-in-one prize offered by Robert’s Jewelers. Only 72 players can participate, so call Barbara at 477-0975 before July 15 to sign up. 

The Orient East Marion Park District launched its 2014 season last week at Trumans Beach. Stop by with resident ID to get your permit.

The board of Oysterponds Community Activities wants to borrow a Roomba for Poquatuck Hall. They’d like to try one out before making an investment. Seems to me that beautiful wooden floor would be perfect for such a device. If you have one to lend, let me know.

Oysterponds sends ‘shout outs’ to Walter Strohmeyer, for all the TLC he has given the area surrounding the Civil War Monument, and Joe Soito, for tending to the flowers he has planted and continues to care for around the buttonwood tree at Youngs Road. Way to go gentlemen and thank you!

Speaking of Joe Soito, he’ll be grand marshal for this year’s OHS Heritage Day, which kicks off Sunday, July 6, with a parade down Village Lane at noon, followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of Old Point Schoolhouse. After that there will be music, food and games in Poquatuck Park until 3 p.m., with prizes for the best-decorated bicycles. Admission is free for this always-memorable slice of Americana. Call 323-2480 for more details.

The East Marion Community Association will host its annual ice cream social this Saturday, July 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the firehouse. All members and their families and guests are welcome. Come renew your membership and enjoy time with your neighbors. Call Robin Imandt at 477-2819 for more info.

Orient Congregational Church switches to 9:30 a.m. services for the summer starting this Sunday. Items are still being collected for the church fair July 26. Call Joe Papa at 323-2537 for pickup of donations.

A new pastor will stand behind the Orient United Methodist Church pulpit this Sunday, when the Rev. Patricia Chuppe comes to us from East Quogue. Welcome to our very special village!

Speaking of welcomes, a very special one to Father Richard Hoerning, who arrived at St. Agnes in Greenport last Wednesday, bringing with him one of my favorite things: a small world. In my senior year of high school and for the next decade, I worked for Macy’s, starting in Bay Shore and eventually moving to 34th Street in NYC. During this time, I bonded with a very classy, sharp and special woman who truly became my mentor. Her name was Ginny Hoerning. We remained friends and I visited her in Connecticut and Florida. Of course, you know where this is going: Father Richard is her son. (BTW, he also worked at Macy’s Bay Shore, in the garden center, while I was in ladies hosiery.) We also have some fellow Seton Hall friends in common. And we knew none of this before last Friday. There’s that six degrees of separation again. We are all connected.

Ceil Sharman reported in about a program put on by Oysterponds Historical Society’s education committee for our kids. Students in different age groups explored the five exhibits at the renovated Village House. As a sample, the younger kids examined vintage toys and older kids learned about the exhibits on scrimshaw and hooked rugs, then acted as docents for their peers. And everyone learned something new about things that are old.

Jay McKasty reports that hummingbirds are back in the neighborhood. Birdwatchers, keep your eyes peeled and check in with any interesting sightings.

Priscilla Bull checked in from South Carolina, where she reports that gas is selling for $3.21 a gallon. Groan.

Larry Sutter is fascinated by the ever-changing speed limit signs on the causeway, which are different going east and west and sometimes there, sometimes not and sometimes are just a post with no sign. OK, I threw it out. I hope someone tosses the answer back.

This topic is a bit delicate, but will the person who’s leaving a bag of dog “poop” outside the Orient post office multiple times a week please stop and take your canine’s little gift home with you?

Oysterponds extends sympathy to the family of longtime East Marioneer Rosemary Luscher, who died June 20 in South Carolina. If you open that infamous dictionary of mine to kind, warm and gentle you would find her picture. May she rest in peace.

Remember to give thanks for our freedom tomorrow. Happy 4th of July! May God bless America always.

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