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Greenport Column: Blessing of the Animals

Gail Horton and her dog Sparky wait their turn for a blessing in 2012. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
Gail Horton and her dog Sparky wait their turn for a blessing in 2012. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Congratulations are definitely in order for Jamie and Walter Sledge, who got a surprise when their twin sons were born two months early on Sept. 22. The boys, named Lucas John and Levi Paul, each weighed in at 2 pounds, 9 ounces. The Greenport contingent oh-so-pleased with their arrival includes maternal grandparents Chris and Paul Dinizio and maternal great-grandparents Maren Erickson and Mary Jane and Tony Dinizio.

The CAST supermarket food drive is set for this Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Greenport IGA from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CAST’s food pantry is a valuable resource that helps struggling families stretch their monthly food budget. If you want to help but can’t do so Saturday, look for CAST collection bins at local grocery stores, where non-perishable food items can be dropped.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold a special Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. All are invited to gather with their pets on the front porch of the church. After a short liturgy, including hymns and scripture readings, all animals present will receive individual blessings.

The following Saturday, Oct. 11, St. Peter’s will host its annual Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, homemade foods including clam chowder, wurst, hot dogs, chili, potato pancakes and more; a huge yard sale; a book and plant sale; beautiful, handmade crafts; homemade baked goods; and basket auctions. Children’s activities will also be available. The rain date is Monday, Oct. 13. For more information, call 477-0662.

Don’t forget the Greenport PTA’s clothing drive, in progress through Oct. 18. Items may be dropped off in the main lobby of the school during school hours.

Every parent’s dream is to see their child happy. Both Jim and I had our dream realized this past Saturday, Sept. 27, when our son, Jeff, married Lori Petroski, daughter of Kathy and Jude Petroski of Riverhead. It was a beautiful day for two beautiful people.

Belated birthday wishes to Guy Tudor, who celebrated his 80th on Sept. 28.

Birthdays are coming up for Madison Harrison and Joe Miller Oct. 2; Charlie Mosher, Kristy Hansen, Bumpy Grilli, Sue Rogers, Mike Goldsmith, Joanie Kart, Kathy Hubbard, Jade Creighton and Denise Tjornhom on the 3rd; Elizabeth Montgomery, Paul Blados Reeve and Julie Terry Cartner on the 4th; Cassady Heaney, Ryan Rempe, Chrissy McElroy and Jessica Henderson on the 5th; my absolutely wonderful and dear friend, June Harris, as well as Angelo Jacobi, Mike Connolly and Dawn Angevine on the 6th; Mary Thornhill and Meghan Caffery Philipps on the 7th; Ashley Andrews, Samantha Riemer, Michael Daly, Shawn Volinski, Anthony Nichols and Lucille Naar-Saladino on the 8th; Colin Ratsey and Arnold Golz on the 9th; Leah Walker, Brian Dinizio, John Schott, Paul Dinizio, Don Bondarchuk,  and Lori Corazzini Peck on the 10th; Diana Moore and Sarah McNamara on the 11th; our new daughter-in-law, Lori Dinizio, as well as Rich Loeb and Kim Moore on the 12th; Brittany Charters and Stephanie Clark on the 13th; Jim’s uncle Tony Dinizio on the 14th; and MaryAnn Jaeger on the 15th.

Anniversaries abound! We have Kathy and Bob Wallace, 40 years on Oct. 4; Cherie and Dick Hulse, 52 years on the 6th; Kathy and George Hubbard, 21 years on the 9th; Mary Jane and Tony Dinizio, 66 years on the 10th; Jeanette and Tony Volinski, 56 years, and Kelly and Cliff Harris, six years, both on the 11th;  “Pudge” and “Sooty” Jimenez, 32 years, and Carla and Gary Blasko, 23 years, both on the 12th; our wonderful and dear friends Barbara and Steve Damiani, 37 years on the 15th; and Betty and Carl Blasko, 65 years, also on the 15th. Congratulations, all!

R031209_Dinizio_R.jpgContact Greenport columnist Joan Dinizio at [email protected] or 477-9411.