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Southold News: Animal shelter needs cat food — and peanut butter

Sniffle, sniffle … wipe tears away; we have said good-bye to summer vacation.

For some of you, those tears will be tears of joy for school starting. For me, I am sad. I love the ease of summer with the kids. All the wonderful activities. Welcome back to school, everyone! To those parents just settling into a routine without their college students, especially the freshmen, I send you hugs. To one special freshman, Megan Van Bourgondien, I say, “GO GET ’EM!” Megan was the winner of our Jimmy Koslosky Memorial Scholarship.

Let’s have some cheer for birthdays and anniversaries. Birthdays first: Mei Mei Reilly on Sept. 10; Eileen Jaklevic on Sept. 16; and Jeanne Guarriello on Sept. 20. Happy birthday one and all!

There are a lot of anniversaries: Doug and Caroline MacArthur on Sept. 14, along with Doug and Deb Bellomo; Scott and Mary Hughes, celebrating 20 years together on Sept. 17; and Mike and Rose Anasagasti on Sept. 19. Congratulations to the happy couples.

CAST celebrates 50 years! There are very few tickets remaining for the dinner at the Soundview next Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. They cost $45, including food, beverage, raffles and fun! Call 477-1717 for further information.

St. Patrick’s Faith Formation classes will resume the week of Sept. 28. Children must be pre-registered before that date. Registration forms are available on the parish website, via the Faith Formation link, and in the front foyer of the church. Levels 3 and 6 meet Mondays, 3-4:15 p.m.; Level 2 meets Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Levels 4 and 5 meet Thursdays, 3-4:15 p.m.; Levels 7 and 8 meet Thursday evenings, 7-8 p.m. Confirmation study resumes in January. Keep an eye on the bulletin for information on the next confirmation meeting .

Southold Historical Society presents “Barns of the North Fork,” an exhibition of original paintings by members of the North Fork artists group, who studied with Diane Alec-Smith. Their work will be on display Sept. 19 through Oct. 3 at the Reichert Family Center’s Cosden-Price Gallery on Main Road, where an opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 765-5500.

Roberta and Bob Cavagna called with a “little bit” of grandparent bragging. Their 7 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Gemma Essex, competed in the Hampton Classic recently. Gemma and her pony earned a first-prize ribbon in leadline on Aug. 16. Well done, Gemma!

The town animal shelter is in need of canned and dry cat food and peanut butter. Here’s an idea: drop off your donations on Sept. 16 in honor of kennel manager Gabby Stroup’s birthday! Show Gabby how much you appreciate all she does for the animals.

I want to take a moment to remember Sept. 11. It truly was a day that changed how I saw the world and life as an American. I pray for the families who lost loved ones in the towers, on the planes and on the ground. I thank all those who aided and worked during such a devastating time in our history. Our lives are forever changed. God bless America and its strength and fortitude!

My next column is due Sept. 20. Call or email me with your details so we may share. Please take a moment to be in the moment and appreciate your life, however it is. Find the positive. You’ll be surprised how this can be uplifting.

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