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Oysterponds News: Junior sailing classes open to non-members

Raise your hand if you know Stanley Rubin. Of course you do. Everybody knows Stanley Rubin. He is a legend here. So when you see him next Friday, the 27th, make sure you wish him well as he turns 90. Congrats, friend, and wishes for many more. 

Friday, Feb. 13, was a very lucky day for Bobby Haase and his bride, Rachel, since they welcomed their firstborn, Robert James Haase III, at Southampton Hospital that day. The little blessing weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents, Mattituck’s Kim and Steven Sweeney, are tickled as are paternal grandparents, Nicola Hanrahan of Southold and Orienteer Robert Haase Sr. Congratulations all around.

OHS knitting classes have been rescheduled due to the horrific weather. Jean Walters will teach beginning knitting March 3, 9, 23 and 30. The materials fee is $12, including needles and one skein of yarn. Intermediate classes are set for April 13, 20 and 27 and May 4. The course fee is $135 for OHS members and $150 for others. The $12 materials fee includes needles and one skein of yarn. Call 323-2480 to register.

OYC junior sailing classes are now open to non-members. Go to [email protected] for help.

There was lots of discussion about Taylor Ham. Greenport’s Lynn Decker reminisced about her Taylor Ham memories. None, however, was connected to New Jersey. Lynn grew up in Northport, where she ate it on rye with mayo (that would be a first for me). East Marioneer Ron Ribaudo splits his time between here and Short Hills, N.J., and wasn’t intimate with Taylor Ham. He grew up on Coney Island, however, so his expertise would be hot dogs! Ron said he soooo loves East Marion, where he built his Pebble Beach Farms house in 2001 (after purchasing the land long before then) and hopes he will someday be able to share his favorite spot with future great-grandchildren.

Many Jersey folks chimed in and it appears that southern Jersey folks called it “pork roll.” It has been interesting.

Hopefully the roads will be open by the time this column hits newsstands so you will be able to get out and buy your tickets for the Orient Fire Department’s Steak night on Feb. 28. None will be sold at the door. Get yours at the Country Store, the Candyman or ask a member.

The upcoming Lenten Bible Study at Orient United Methodist Church begins Friday, March 6, at noon and runs for four weeks, until March 27. It’s part of a 12-lecture series on “Grounding in Our Faith” by church historian Jesuit John O’Malley, a professor of theology at Georgetown University. Adjunct minister Geoff Proud will moderate and guide the lectures. A light soup lunch will be served. Admission is free, but if you can, please sign up at 323-3523.

This Sunday, Feb. 22, at OUMC, Geoff Proud’s sermon, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” will launch the first Sunday of Lent with scripture from Mark 1, Jesus is tempted. The service is at 10 a.m.

It was fun to meet Orient native Tom Wysocki, baby brother of Orchard Street’s Bill Wysocki, when he popped into our North Fork south gathering last Thursday. Tom, Greenport High School Class of 1958, came with his lovely bride, Mary Lou, and wasn’t at a loss for commonality with North Fork stories. He pops in and out of Port St. Lucie and, like all of us, was glad that we are tucked in with the warm weather.

Nearly-nonagenarian Jessie Pemberton is very saddened that this snow is keeping her from tending/feeding the many birds in her yard that give her so much pleasure. This week she heard a thud on her kitchen window and saw that a bird had crashed into it and was lying in the snow. She managed to get out and scoop it up and put it in her laundry room, thinking it was dead. A little later she heard a commotion and discovered the bird had thawed out and was jumping around, anxious to be released. Here’s hoping the grateful bird will visit her in the spring and delight her with a greeting.

OK, Mother Nature, enough already. See you back here March 5. Keep warm.

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