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Oysterponds News: Annual Community Sing at Poquatuck Hall

Heather Cherepowich Walker is at it again — good things, that is.

She’s launched the sixth annual Warm Hands, Warm Hearts hat and glove drive to collect “oodles” of these accessories in both adult and children’s sizes for donation to Place Homeless Shelter and local youngsters. Donating will create one more warm place — your heart, that is — for your generosity. Dropoff points are McMann Price and the Hampton Jitney office (opposite the IGA) in Greenport, the Walker home at 2530 Gillette Drive in East Marion or Oysterponds Elementary School. God bless you in advance.

Heather and Gene Walker also shared some happy news this week. Son Brendan received the Suffolk Zone NYS Association’s health, physical education and dance award, which goes to one male and one female student from each school. The requirements are quite impressive and would make any parent proud. Greenport High School’s female winner was Rosemary Volinski. Congratulations to students and parents alike.

Kudos to Greenport Boy Scout Troop 5! Under the leadership of Robbie Walden and Ed Whittle, they did yeoman’s work last week when, armed with bags, they combed the Orient/East Marion causeway and collected all the trash in sight. WTG, boys! You did a wonderful job that was noticed and appreciated.

East Marioneer Jean Wells shared the latest venture of East End Kids: a concert fundraiser by 45RPM with a radio tribute to the ’70s. It’s set for 7 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Southold High School auditorium. Tickets are $40. Proceeds will benefit educational and enrichment programs for our youth. Jean has been involved with East End Kids from the onset. For more info, call her at 477-1413 or email [email protected]

This Saturday, Dec. 12, is that magical time when Oysterponds is all abuzz with Christmas spirit. The annual Oysterponds Christmas House Tour runs from noon to 4 p.m. and kicks off at the Congregational church. Tickets — $25 for members and $30 for non-members — can be purchased at the door or online at And don’t forget that the Beach Plum Shop will be open both afternoons this weekend.

The annual Community Sing takes place Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall. The program includes the Oysterponds School Chorus and the Greenport A Capella Group. Of course, there will also be time for everyone to sing along with his or her favorite song requests. This event is free and open to all.

Speaking of singing, we’re once again throwing out the idea of joining your Oysterponds family for caroling. The date will be Sunday, Dec. 20. Call Maryellen Stevens at 323-2715 for info and to show interest.

Santa Claus will arrive by firetruck Saturday afternoon, bringing a gift and cheer for all Orient children. If you will have extra children in your house (other than those enrolled in school) or children visiting for the weekend, call the firehouse at 323-2445 to let them know.

Santa’s appearance will have a new twist this year. He will also visit any “shut-ins” or anyone who just may want to have a visit from the jolly old guy. Call 323-2445 to sign on for that as well.

Welcome to Charles Bumble IV, born Nov. 11 at Southampton Hospital at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and 21 inches. The proud parents are Nicole Wallace and Charles Bumble III of East Marion. Also thrilled at his arrival are maternal grandparents East Marioneers Kathy and Bob Wallace and Greenport’s Cathy Bumble.

This new little miracle has a built-in guardian angel, since he was born on the third anniversary of the passing of his grandfather Charles Bumble Jr. Of course, big brother Nick Wallace, a Greenport High School senior, is delighted with his new little sibling. Congratulations to all.

My last column of the year will run in the Dec. 24 issue and has a deadline of 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The column after that will be appear Jan. 7, a Jan. 4 deadline.

Happy first day of winter on the 21st. Please join me in praying for an end to the world’s violence,

In the spirit of the season, Peace on Earth.

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