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Southold News: Rotary’s chicken, ribs or salmon fundraiser dinner

Oh, what a beautiful day! So very happy to see the sun. Yes, I know — “April showers bring May flowers.” You know what several days of April showers also bring? A sad face! The flowers are blooming and the trees are ready to explode. It’s exhilarating!

In birthday celebrations we have the following: our daughter, Caroline Koslosky, turns 13 April 21; Adam Siejka, April 22; Billy Burns, who turns 16, shares his April 23 birthday with Greg Ofrias; Janet Auer, April 26; Patrick Allen, who turns 13, April 28; Jen Volosik and Dean Loreto, April 29; Robert Guarriello, May 1; Ruth Poliwoda, May 2; Sean Conway, turning 16 and sharing his birthday with Mike Mraz on May 3; and Reese Thompson, who turns 13 on May 4. Happy birthday, everyone!

Twenty-six very excited Southold High School sophomores left yesterday for their trip to Europe. Destinations include Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria. May you all have safe and enjoyable travels.

In other school news, the Team R.I.C.E robotics team is heading to St. Louis, Mo., next week for the national competition. Donations to offset their expenses can be sent to Team R.I.C.E. c/o Southold High School, P.O. Box 470, Southold, NY 11971. Good luck!

The Rotary Club of Southold hosts its annual chicken and ribs (or salmon) dinner Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soundview restaurant. The price is $25, not including gratuity, and takeout is available. You may purchase tickets at the door or from Rotarians. Rotary’s fundraising efforts date back to 1948 and help support many programs, including Maureen’s Haven, CAST and the food pantries, to name a few.

Southold Free Library will present “Giving New Life to Old Gravestones” on Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level. The program will focus on the Old Burying Ground at Southold’s First Presbyterian Church, the oldest English burying ground in New York State. Discover why this cemetery is so special, learn about the preservation techniques a professional conservator is using to clean, straighten and repair the stones and find out how you can participate! Refreshments will be served. You’re also invited to a hands-on demonstration at the Old Burying Ground Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. Observe stones being cleaned and straightened and cracks being repaired using techniques that are easy to apply.

Many people living on the East End travel to New York City to experience its many cultural and shopping experiences. The photographs of William Steeple Davis and Charles Henry Meredith show us the ever-evolving landscapes and beauty of the city over a span of 50 years, 1912-64. You can see them at the Southold Historical Society’s Reichert Family Center on Main Street through June 24. The gallery is open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

The Southold Sunshine Society will host its 10th annual fundraising luncheon Monday, May 2, at the Wharf House. The beautiful scenery is the backdrop for a sandwich luncheon at noon and game-playing until 3 p.m., with a prize for the high score at each table. Gather a foursome, pick a game to play, then book your table. Space is limited so reservations are required; call Anne Swanson at 631-765-5735.

March Students of the Month at SHS are: Harry Antonucci, art; Kimiko Fujita, business education; Alexi Saenz, ESL; Kathryn Stahl, Culinary Art I; Gus Klavas and Aidan Vandenburgh, physical education; Alex Krukowski, Spanish; Patrick Connolly, math; Mert Altintoprak and Alexa Palumbo, music; Lily Saeli, English; and Sam Basel, NJROTC.

Middle school Students of the Month for March are Rhian O’Neil, art; Tyler Woodhull, home and career skills; Juliet Rand, music; Cole Brigham, science; and Gabriela Contreras and James Hoyt, math.

My next deadline is Sunday, May 1, at noon. Wondering how you can make a difference in someone’s life? Give them your smile. It’s such an easy thing to do. Say hello for an added touch. Reach out and lend a hand to be the cream of the crop. Live outside your box. It makes your worries not too big.

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