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Cutchogue News: Full-moon walk at Downs Farm Preserve

Mildred Kiernan has been summering in Cutchogue all her life. After raising five children in Farmingdale, Mildred and her husband, Tom, eventually moved to Cutchogue to live in a house on the site of a farm owned by her father, Harry Annabel.

I can only imagine how the couple felt to celebrate their March 8 anniversary surrounded by family and friends. Their daughter Pat Kiernan wants to congratulate Tom, 95, and Mildred, 91, on 73 years of  “wedded bliss.” Congratulations and God bless!

The East End Lions Club’s corned beef and cabbage dinner is coming up Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, at the Soundview Restaurant from noon to 8 p.m. Takeout and a scallop dinner option are available. The cost is $20. 

The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band has been inspiring excellence for 75 years. Come hear its Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Mattituck High School auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to MHS senior Emily Gatz, who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Way to go, Emily!

Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.”  This past week, local elementary schools celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss, an amazing man who contributed to increasing the interest and development of young people for more than 75 years.   

Speaking of reading, join Dr. Smith and the district librarians for “The Read” Wednesday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school library. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Congratulations to the Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC unit for winning second place overall and first place in the Blackjack Division at Brentwood High School. Among the cadets who won individual trophies are Bill and Joe Stuckart, Emily Sidor and Sam Basel: first place, academics; Bill Stuckart: highest-scoring cadet overall; team Commander Jaime Gaffga: first place, Blackjack Drill, second place, color guard and third place, unarmed basic; team Commander Kat Jarvis: second place, armed basic;  team Commander Jillian Gaffga: second place, color guard; and team Commander Justin Kirchberger: second place, armed trick.

In other unit news, kudos to the Mattituck CyperPatriot team led by cadets Tyler Schroeck and Taylor Nietupski, who placed first in New York State, and Aidan Pollack and Sam Gorgulu, who placed third. 

Reminder: MHS Fashion Show tickets can be purchased in the high school lobby after school on Tuesday, March 22. Visit for more information.   

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library events this week include painting, leprechauns; play groups and story time; crafts in celebration of National Craft Month; a book discussion, Legos and a special performance by the Luminaria String Quartet Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. To register or get more information, call 631-734-6360 or visit   

A full-moon walk will take place at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue Saturday, March 23, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Family donation suggested. For details, contact Jessica Kennelly at 631-765-6450, ext. 215, or  [email protected]

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cutchogue steps off at Cox Lane and Main Road this Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Erin Go Bragh!

Don’t forget to spring forward into daylight savings time before you turn in Saturday night or when you arise Sunday morning. I don’t know about you, but the hour we lose this weekend was the one when I was planning to go to the gym.


Contact Cutchogue-New Suffolk columnist Barbara Sheryll at [email protected] or 734-5242.