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Oysterponds Column: Milestones, library and church news


Happy fall. Wow, did that summer go fast! It appears, however, that we will be experiencing summer weather all week, so enjoy. 

There are many milestones to report this week. Congratulations to Irene and Ted Webb, who partied last weekend with family and friends to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary, which was in August.

‘The Anniversary Waltz’ will also play for another great couple, Paddy and Joe Soito, who hit that same milestone tomorrow, Sept. 26. They will also be surrounded by family and friends to commemorate this special day. Congratulations to both of these special couples.

We also have a century marker to acknowledge. Happy birthday to longtime Orienteer Mary Tuthill (now living in Southold), who will turn the big 100 next Tuesday, Sept. 30. Her many children will gather to help her commemorate the big day. As all who know her are aware, Mary has been a blessing as a mom, grandma and friend and we wish her many more healthy years to come.

Also on Sept. 30, get yourself a bit west to cast your vote for the budget at Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful facility with multiple programs and great resources. You can vote between 2 and 8 p.m. at the library or pick up an absentee ballot from the district clerk at your local school — Oysterponds or Greenport.

Welcome to the Rev. Dr. Valerie Turnbull, who will fill the pulpit on an interim basis while the Rev. Ann VanCleef enjoys her sabbatical. From the look of Ann’s Facebook entries and all the recorded steps on her fitbit, she will need a new pair of sneakers before she returns to OCC three months from now! Meanwhile, although Val isn’t in Orient full-time she can be reached 24/7 on her cell at 631-495-1699.

You can greet the Rev. Turnbull personally at the monthly OCC supper Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. They are always seeking a guest chef to prepare the main course. So far, no one is committed for this month, so quickly call 323-2665 and volunteer.

It’s hard to imagine that more deer will be running willy-nilly in front of cars than there are right now but the mating season approaches so be on the lookout as they try to commit suicide on your bumper.

The next East Marion Community Association meeting, co-hosted by the Orient Association, will be Oct. 18. The program is all about the upcoming elections. Stay tuned for more info in my next column, which will appear Thursday, Oct. 9. (My deadline is the 5th.)

See you then.