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Oysterponds News: Rotary clubs host golf classic

Two great opportunities are coming up to get in a round of golf next week and support a good cause while doing it. Greenport/Southold Rotary’s 36th annual golf classic is set for Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Island’s End in Greenport. The day supports Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, ELIH and other Rotary service projects. Call Kevin McLaughlin at 631-765-6085 or Walter Krupski at 631-298-8026 for details or to sign up.

The next day, Thursday, Sept. 1, the Kathleen Ahearn Memorial Golf Classic sponsored by St. Agnes will tee off, also at Island’s End. There will also be a 50/50 raffle — and the pot is really building. Call the church rectory at 631-477-0048 for more info.

Registration for the St. Patrick’s and St. Agnes fall/winter CYO basketball league for grades 3 to 8 is in progress. Email [email protected] for more details.

Artist Suzzanne Fokine will teach a one-day workshop on “Unraveling the Mysteries: Abstract Painting” this Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oysterponds Historical Society. It’s open to all experience levels and anyone 16 or older. The cost is $150. Register at

‘You have to watch what you pray for’ was front and center last Friday when those who prayed for rain were rewarded with a monumental deluge. The remnants will most likely be hidden standing water, which, as you know, attracts mosquitoes. This year, with the prevalence of West Nile virus, please scan your yards and dispose of any standing water lurking around your property in flower pots, buckets, old tires, etc.

Congratulations to Michael Bredemeyer, who became a homeowner this week when he closed on his Habitat for Humanity house in Orient. WTG, Michael; it is an exciting time.

As I type, a very limited number of tickets remain for Steven Blier’s Sunday concert at Poquatuck Hall. It might be futile, but try Priscilla Bull at 631-323-2720 to try and get a ticket.

Our own Sandra Chapin will be among the featured artists at Floyd Memorial Library’s Old Time Music Jam next Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in the library garden. Bring children, blankets, picnics and chairs to this family event. It is free and open to all. The library has lots of things going on and our community is lucky to have this great resource. Check out the calendar at

When I came to Orient 36 years ago, friends would mail me a letter and just address it to “Carol, birthday girl” and it would end up in my mailbox. Well, those days are gone and now there are even more restrictions about using proper addresses. Be sure to check the requirements with Stephanie so that you follow proper procedures and your mail and packages won’t be sent back.

It’s hard to believe summer is winding down, so enjoy what’s left, be safe and I’ll see you back here Sept. 1 (deadline Aug. 28).

Contact Oysterponds columnist Carol Gillooly at [email protected] or 631-323-3899.