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Southold News: Don’t miss Saturday’s 5K and Fun Run

The air is crisp, the afternoons are darker and all the stores are decked out for Christmas. It must be mid-November — tongue in cheek! As we enter the holiday season, remember that not everyone is feeling festive. Remember those in our community who have suffered a loss. For me, I send warm thoughts to Ronan Guyer’s family on Nov. 14, the second anniversary of his passing.

Birthdays abound this column! Tony Tondo and Adrienne Lintault blow out candles Nov. 14. Joe Pontino, Charlotte Allen and Kai Obinata (turning 14) and Danielle Henry (turning 11) celebrate Nov. 16. On Nov. 17, Isabelle Dimaio will burn 11 candles on the 17th and Chris Conrardy’s day is the 18th. Matt Garms turns 11 Nov. 19 and Tyler Woodhull has his 13th birthday on the 20th. Sarina Kraehling has her second birthday on Nov. 23 and Paul Kraehling’s birthday is the 24th.

Best wishes to Bernie Kettenbeil, recovering at home from major ankle. Looking forward to seeing her soon at ping-pong! From her team.

Don’t forget there are two school fundraisers this Saturday, Nov. 15. The 5K and Fun Run starts promptly at 9 a.m.! Visit the school’s website,, for registration forms and times and further information. Stick around after the 5K for the PTA’s “Jump Start the Holidays Gift Fair” from noon to 5 p.m. in the Southold High School gymnasium.

Do you still have leftover Halloween candy that’s haunting you? Donate it to benefit our troops and local food pantries. You can drop it off at Kolb Mechanical in Mattituck or JABS in Cutchogue. If you need further assistance, contact [email protected]. The deadline is this Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Elementary Drama Club will be presenting its musical production of Disney’s “Aladdin Kids” on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the district auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. If you’d like to help support the club by placing an advertisement or booster in the program, see any cast member or contact Kelli Baumann at [email protected].

The Southold High School robotics team will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the 631 Diner on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or from a robotics team member. Come support this incredible team!

Each year, a young lady and a young man from each Suffolk County high school are chosen for the New York State Health, Physical Education, Recreation Zone Award, which is based on performance in physical education class, scholastic ability, leadership qualities and overall academic performance in all classes. The special students chosen this year by Southold’s school and physical education staff were Leah Baxendale and Tom Messana, who have exhibited excellence in every aspect of the school curriculum. Both will be honored with other recipients Dec. 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Congratulations also go to Leah for being voted captain of her Lady Islander hockey team.

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month. For the high school, they are Willow Wilcenski, social studies; Lucas Johnson, business education; Gage Bennett, chorus; Glenn Malo, psychology; Heather Koscinch, physical education; and Kyra Panetta, NJROTC. In the middle school, they are Rhian Tramontana, English; Kaitlin Tobin, physical education; and Sean McHugh, chorus.

The deadline changes for my next column due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Content is due to me no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. Have wonderful, memorable days.

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