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Oysterponds News: Car wash scheduled at school

Early last week I was behind a ginormous truck that was scoring the middle of the newly laid blacktop on the North Road. It didn’t occur to me what that was all about until late last night when I was headed west after the last ferry from Connecticut. At some point I migrated onto the painted yellow line in the middle of the road and my tires shrieked out an unpleasant chant that returned my attention to the road. Hopefully that will keep others less familiar than I in their lane as they make their way “up island” from the Point. 

Last week, Jay McKasty reported a group of turkey vultures hanging out on Main Road and pacing in front of Town Beach. They were in full mating regalia so probably not paying attention to passing cars that they might decide to jump out in front of. Please be attentive.

My next ‘public service announcement’ comes with the help of Jane Winsch and Noreen Bischoff, who shared that even the shortest walk down the street with their beloved Maggie Mae produces a dog covered with ticks — despite vigilant tick treatments. Please check your pets often.

My next request comes from many Village folks. As the new “season” is launched there is much concern about drivers racing around town. Please watch your speed.

Last but not least, please, please, please pick up after your dogs.

Orient Country Store proprietors Miriam Foster and Grayson Murphy became aunt and uncle again May 5 with the arrival of Mary Hazard Eaves, daughter of Hannah Foster Eaves (Miriam’s sister) and her husband, Jack Eaves. The proud parents are naval officers stationed at the Pentagon. Mary was born at the Old Bethesda Naval Hospital, which is now Walter Reed. Congratulations all around. (Grandparents Tom and Dinah, also!)

Another set of very proud grandparents is Ann and Bob Hulsmann, whose son James and his bride, Renee, welcomed their first child in Tokyo, Japan. Liam Christian arrived May 9, weighing in at 7 pounds. The maternal grandparents are Tom and Amy Chan of Vancouver, Canada. Hearty congratulations to you all.

Volunteers are needed to help with planting an organic community garden on the grounds of Orient Congregational Church. For more info or to sign on please email Cheryl at [email protected].

The East Marion Community Association’s annual meeting is this Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. (9:30 for goodies). There will be updates on the issues, an election of the Board of Directors and a lecture by John Holzapfel about the history of menhaden (bunker fish), the East Coast’s most abundant catch, and its effect on the North Fork area.

After that, head on over to the Oysterponds School, where there will be a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to benefit the 6th-grade trip to Washington, D.C. They’re asking for a $10 donation.

Orient Linen Company, Janet Markarian’s shop on Village Lane, opened this past weekend. Janet has joined forces with East Marioneer Jackie McKee and they will stock items from Local Lure, which is Jackie’s brand, as well as a rotating selection of other interesting locally produced items. Good luck, neighbors.

Put on your dancing shoes next Sunday, June 7, and get yourself to St. Agnes Hall in Greenport, where the music of Sahara will entertain you from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family. There will also be games and prizes. Please bring your own appetizers and drinks. Tickets are available at the church rectory, Call 477-0048 for more info.

See you back here June 11. This is the best time of year on the North Fork. Enjoy every minute.

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