11/01/10 1:42pm
11/01/2010 1:42 PM

Jason Cockerill and Don Boerum will play the organ together at this Sunday’s 10 a.m. service at Orient United Methodist Church. The Southold/ Greenport ROTC will also attend in honor of Veterans Day.
Speaking of Veterans Day, Betty Rowe got in touch to ask Oysterponders to join her, other Southold DAR members and the Greenport Girl Scouts in Mitchell Park, Greenport, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. for a ceremony to honor all men and women who have served our country in the military.
The East Marion Community Association is sponsoring a great event but you must respond quickly. EMCA members are invited to take an all-day tour of Plum Island on Monday, Nov. 22, to learn about the operation there and the history of the island. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. You must register by Nov. 8 by calling 477-1619 or e-mailing [email protected] EMCA membership is available to all residents of East Marion and friends of East Marion.
The Halloween party last Saturday at Poquatuck Hall was a huge success and a good example of the variety of events OCA hopes will continue to take place in our historic hall. Special thanks to the committee members, who did an amazing job planning and decorating.
Then there’s some not-so-good and disturbing news from Poquatuck. On the evening of Oct. 24, the hall was broken into and the back door was damaged, trash was littered about and the hot water was left running. So many people have spent so much time, effort and money to restore and beautify the hall the momentum of the goal can’t be broken now. If you know who the parties responsible for this are, please contact the police. And in the future, if you see suspicious activity around the hall or Village, please report that also.
Other good news is that two people have stepped forward to underwrite the new community announcement board at Poquatuck. I’ll share more details next week. But while I’m on a roll here, can anyone help subsidize the desperately needed new floor?
After writing about John Bendick last week, I received many calls and e-mails telling me of yet another kind deed he had done in his journey. So it wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that the homeless shelter at St. Agnes Church will hereafter be known as “John’s Place” — a fitting honor for a special man. The shelter, which is coordinated by Oysterponds’ own Noreen Bischoff, Jane Winsch, Kathy Smith and Barbara Cervone, is always in need of donations to help the less fortunate. Please consider helping out there if you can.
You get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.
Because Veterans Day is next Thursday, Nov. 11, there will be no mail delivery so the paper will be delivered the 10th. Therefore, the deadline for my next column is tomorrow. Hurry, hurry, and talk to me.

11/01/10 1:41pm

With Election Day behind us, our lives take on a new focus: Thanksgiving. It seems unbelievable that Turkey Day is just 21 days away. In preparation, watch for details in this paper for this year’s Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers’ Association Turkey Trot. This event has become a great way to start Thanksgiving with family and friends — all for a good cause.
Speaking of good causes, Mattituck High School has been focused on the theme “Mattituck Makes a Difference” for several years, and every week something happens at school to reinforce that slogan. This week, the students co-hosted a blood drive with Long Island Blood Services and collected a record-breaking 66 pints of blood, which is most useful at this time of year. Thanks to all who took time to come out and donate.
At the same time, the junior high Early Act Club sponsored a “Jeans Day” where teachers wore jeans if they donated $5 to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness. This fundraiser earned a total of $200.
God sent blessings to Don and Jessica Jones with the birth of their first child, Donald Carter Jones. Baby Donald was born at Winthrop Hospital Oct. 22, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches. He was welcomed with open arms by grandparents Lee and Dick Harned, Joe and Sandy Pufahl and paternal grandmother Rita Jones. May God shine his light upon Donald today and always.
Others celebrating their birthdays this week are Alexandra Pape and Megan Ross (a freshman at SUNY/Geneseo) today, Nov. 4; Tara Gatz and Mary Lou Araneo on the 6th; and Jay Wesnofske on the 8th.
Toasting their anniversaries this week are Maureen and Nick Deegan on Nov. 6 and Jackie and Bill Wilsberg on the 7th.
25 years ago, on a beautiful Nov. 10, I exchanged wedding vows with my husband, Ken, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The years have flown by and I am grateful for every one. Happy anniversary to my Mr. Wonderful!
This year’s junior high dance was a huge success, with over 100 students in attendance. The best costume award went to Shawn Baker and Wally Bunker. Winners of the best dance contest were Emma Leaden and David Folk. What a great way to start Halloween weekend.
Congratulations to Matt Litchhult, who was named League VII varsity boys soccer Coach of the Year, and Peter Hansen, who got the nod as League VII JV boys soccer Coach of the Year.
Mattituck Fire Department reminds everyone that when you turn the clocks back this weekend, you should also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These are life-savers!
The next book discussion at Mattituck-Laurel Library is set for Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. The book is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and copies are on order. Contact Bev Wowak to get yours.
Janet and Jim Maloney wish their daughter Jacqueline a happy 18th birthday tomorrow, Nov. 5. Jacqueline will celebrate at Cornell University, where her roomies at Dickson Hall (especially 3-6) and her fellow engineering students will honor her this weekend.
I’ve got an early deadline for next week’s column, thanks to the Veterans Day holiday. So contact me ASAP with any news for the next issue.

10/26/10 1:40pm
10/26/2010 1:40 PM

The Cutchogue Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary invite you to join them Sunday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m, for the annual children’s Halloween parade. Participants may start gathering at 5:30 at the Village Green and Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library. The march will proceed east, through Cutchogue Village, and finish at the Cutchogue firehouse. Special appearances will be made by the CFD marching band and Sparky the Firedog.
The Mattituck High School PTSA invites you and the kids to a night of spooky fun on Friday, Oct. 29, 5–9 p.m. at Krupski Family Farm. Admission is a discounted $5 fee. Proceeds benefit the PTSA scholarship fund.
Back by popular demand: “Life in the Past Lane … Cutchogue and New Suffolk Remembered.” Local historian and founder of the Historical Council founder Jim Grathwohl is curator of the exhibit, which he and archivist Mariella Ostroski assembled last year. Pictures of people. places and events from years past will remind viewers of a less hectic existence. Added this year are memorabilia from the council’s 50th anniversary celebration in August. The exhibit can be viewed in the library’s mezzanine gallery from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. On Friday, Nov. 12, 6-7 p.m., Mr. Grathwohl will also lead a “Gallery Walk Through Local History.”
Some like it hot! The North Fork Environmental Council invites you to its annual chili night this Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and sample some of the best chili around as local restaurants compete in categories including best overall chili, best specialty chili and people’s choice. Enjoy the sounds of Glen Jochum and Inner Sleeve. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. For more information call 298-8880 or visit nfec1.org    
The Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC performed its first drill and athletic competition of the school year last weekend at SUNY/Maritime College. With the support from parents and friends from the Mahoney, VanDeWetering, Rubin, Heins, Grigonis, Scholl, Smith, Hands, Gadomski and Cushman families, the cadets dominated; bringing home the first-place Commanders Cup for the sixth year in a row!
The cadets also earned five out of 10 first-place trophies: Commander Kerri Hands, personal inspection; Commander Andy Ennis, armed exhibition; the team of Billy Goggins, Tom Filipkowski, Kyle Clausen and John Hamilton, athletics; Commander Abbie Heins, unarmed platoon; and Commander Matt Ireland, armed squad. The following cadets also placed in the top 10 (out of 212) in the “Knockout Competition:” Richie Smith, eighth place; Michelle Rosnack, fifth place; and Matt Ireland, second place.  Special mention goes to air rifle team member Shelby Pickerell, nicknamed “Eagle Eye,” whose first shot ever was a bull’s-eye. Congratulations to all!
After exercising your right to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, you can enjoy a great scallop dinner, complete with delicious sides and homemade pie, at Cutchogue United Methodist Church. Sittings are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Takeout will be available. Tickets are $21 for adults and $9 for children under 10. Call Alice Finkle, 734-6650.
Have a great week!

10/26/10 1:38pm

November is right around the corner, folks. Can you believe it? Pretty soon we’ll all be talking about Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. I must be having fun because time sure is flying.
The Porter football team heads out to Stony Brook tomorrow (Friday) for the final regular season game. However, chances look pretty good that the boys will be extending their season and playing in the playoffs. Game time at Stony Brook is 7:30 p.m.
Congratulations are definitely in order for Crystal Anderson, Charmaine and Ebony Freeman and Nicole Ellerson. The ladies pulled it all together for the Forever Young benefit and will be giving the Village over $2,000 toward the restoration of the Third Street basketball court. You ladies are amazing!
If wishes were flowers, a field as far as the eye could see would be going out to Charley Kozora, who took an unexpected “vacation” at Stony Brook University Hospital. He got home just in time to celebrate his birthday last Friday. All things considered, I’d say that was a pretty good birthday present.
Don’t forget to contact your local Cub Scout (or Midge Melrose at 477-0541 or [email protected]) to purchase the decorated Christmas wreaths the boys are selling. Centerpieces are also available.
The ELIH Auxiliary will sponsor a sterling silver jewelry sale tomorrow, Oct. 29, in the hospital conference room between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For further information, please call 477-5196.
Don’t forget San Simeon by the Sound’s Halloween costume party this Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 2:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest, games, treats and prizes. It’s open to the general public and all are welcome.
The ELIH Auxiliary’s Southold West branch will host its annual autumn benefit on Friday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Soundview restaurant. Music will be provided by DJ Ed Wright. For tickets, please call 765-2206.
Things are heating up for the upcoming Greenport High School Battle of the Bands concert on Nov. 12, to be held in the school auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds will go toward the purchase of new sound equipment for the school. Participating bands include, but are not limited to, The Entertainment, Bright Coloured Lights, You Again and Eight Track Mind. Contact Tori Staples for your tickets.
The happiest of birthdays is wished this week to Antoine Hunter and Dylan DePetro on Oct. 29; John “NOJ” Williams, Jan Damiani, Adrien Cadwallader and Tom Welch, all on the 30th; David Urban on the 31st; Vicky Chute and Taj McKenzie on Nov. 1; Sally Corwin, “Sooty” Jimenez and Sean McElroy on the 2nd; and Brian Lehmann on the 3rd.

10/26/10 1:27pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Rescue squad members from the Greenport and East Marion fire departments recently gathered to mark a new partnership providing Advanced Life Support services for their respective communities. In the past, Greenport volunteers were responsible for all ALS calls in East Marion. But after the East Marion department received a federal grant leading to the purchase of new equipment and three years of specialized training, that department now has ALS capability and can return the favor by assisting other communities as needed.

This Saturday at Poquatuck Hall there will be a Halloween party from 3 to 6 p.m. for Oysterponds residents of all ages. The committee — Sarah Olmstead, Janice Caufield, Kathy Caffery, Andrea King, Martha Tuthill, Cheryl Tortoriello and Priscilla Bull — has been working hard to make this a fun event. There will be pumpkin carving and decorating (gut your pumpkin at home), crafts, refreshments and hayrides. The party, sponsored by Oysterponds Community Activities, is free although donations for the hall renovation project will be gladly accepted. For more info you may call Priscilla at 323-2720.
The much loved, very special Oysterponds School Halloween parade steps off on Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. from the school, The route will follow Village Lane down to Orchard Street, turn left on Orchard to Tabor and then return to the school. Bring your cameras and don’t be late. It happens fast. The news has been saying that the number one costume choice this year will be a Chilean miner. I wonder how many of those will be parading?
The youth of the Congregational church will trick or treat for Unicef during Sunday’s 10:30 service. If you are within hoofing distance of the church please have some change handy.
Then on Wednesday, Nov. 3, the community is welcomed to the monthly fellowship supper at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share.
Kathy and Taz Smith are once again tucked in on Village Lane after a two-plus-week adventure that took them first to Venice, then cruising in Turkey, Greece, Italy and France. They returned to Rome to meet up with their son Craig and a friend. They had an awesome private tour of the Vatican and a one-day side trip up to Assisi. Kathy shared that even though they visited the Italian Riviera, Monaco and Monte Carlo she has yet to see a more beautiful sunset than we have at the beach on the end of Youngs Road. We’re all glad you are home safe and sound with great memories.
Welcome to Elizabeth Grace Mulligan, ninth grandchild of Ruth and Reggie Tuthill. Elizabeth arrived in the Windy City (Chicago) on Oct. 18, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20.5 inched. Her parents are Julia Tuthill Mulligan and husband, Casey. It won’t be long before she has big brothers Jack, Mark and John Casey wrapped around her little finger. That also goes for the tickled Grandma and Grandpa Tuthill, too! Congratulations to all.
Oysterponds extends its sympathy to the East Marion family of Bob Kamrowski, whose life was celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial last Thursday. Sadly, although the family has been here for generations, Bob was taken much too young and before he could enjoy enough of the full-time Oysterponds beauty. May he rest in peace.
Another East Marioneer who slipped away without catching my attention was Sy Levine. When I read of his Oct. 3 death, the first remembrance was taking my flute to him 15 years ago; he completely overhauled it and made it purr. Of course, I could never reproduce the beautiful music that came out of it as he was testing the instrument. He was a great talent on many levels and will be missed. Oysterponds extends sympathy to his bride, Merle, and his large family and many friends.

10/26/10 1:26pm

‘Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite, All are on their rounds tonight; In the wan moon’s silver ray, Thrives their helter-skelter play.”
With Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, there are sure to be many odd and curious creatures knocking on doors. If you want to watch a parade of ghosts, goblins, princesses and the like, the Mattituck Fire Department and Lions Club will co-host its annual Halloween parade on Sunday beginning at the firehouse at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this spectacle of children delighting in the holiday’s scary and often funny array of costumes.
The Mattituck-Cutchogue PTSA invites you to a spooky Halloween fundraiser Friday evening, Oct. 29, sponsored by Krupski’s Farm in Peconic. Elementary age children are invited from 5 to 7 p.m. and older kids are welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is a discounted $5 per person. This is the second year the Krupski family has generously reduced the cost to provide this scary, entertaining evening for kids.
Congratulations to Laura Young, MHS Class of 2004, who recently completed a marathon in Chicago, cheered on by her parents, Patty and Bill Young. If that’s not enough reason to celebrate, today is her birthday! Happy Birthday, Laura.
Also celebrating this week are Clayton and Kyle Santillo, who cut their cakes today; Kyle Pumillo on the 29th; Emily Olsen Harbich on the 30th; and Shannan Rehm and Megan Cushman on Nov. 3.
Special birthday wishes go to Caty Austin, who will turn 18 on Nov. 1 on the campus of Colgate University, where she is a freshman.
The ‘Anniversary Waltz’ will play on Nov. 3 for Lee and Dick Harned. Best wishes!
Just a reminder: Tomorrow evening is the Junior High Halloween dance for grades 7 and 8. Costumes are welcome! The dance begins at 7.
Diane Graeb, president of the East End Lions Club, wants to remind you that tickets are still available for eighth annual fashion show and dinner on Nov. 10 at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. The tickets are $48 and fashions will be from Dress Barn and Fandango. There will also be a chinese auction, silent auction, 50/5 and  grand prize raffle. Reservations are required; call 298-8329. Get a group of friends together and have some fun!
In case the many political phone calls we’ve all been getting haven’t already reminded you, Tuesday is Election Day. Remember to vote. Schools are closed.

10/26/10 1:25pm

Starting with World Polio Day on Sunday, this is a week of international contributions to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio. Southold High School Interact students have placed orange collection boxes at area businesses. All donations will go to Rotary. If you’d like a box for your business, contact Ms. Gilmore at SHS, 765-5081.
The women of First Presbyterian Church will hold their last barn sale of the season this Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. The barn is on Wells Avenue behind the Bank of America. All proceeds benefit East End charities.
A fond farewell to Victor Westgate and his wife, Dr. Lisa Cowley, who are relocating to upstate New York. As many of you know, Victor was a history teacher for 30 years at SHS and Dr. Cowley ran a successful chiropractic practice here. We wish them all the best in this new chapter of their lives.
Southold physical therapist Sandy Perry spent seven days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching its peak on Sept. 10. Did you know you must go through five different climatic zones in order to reach the summit at 19,336 feet? She can now cross that accomplishment off her list!
U.S. Marine Sgt. Benjamin Lohn, son of Patrick Lohn of Southold, recently returned from a seven-month tour in southern Afghanistan. He will now be stationed at the Marine air base at Camp Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Thanks for your service and best of luck!
Anne Olsen won the goody-filled Avon spa basket in the library’s monthly raffle. Stop by for a chance to win a retired Longaberger cauldron donated by Melissa DeSimone to use as a centerpiece or fill with flowers or candy. The drawing will be held on Nov. 15.
Bill and I had the privilege of attending the Firefighter of the Year awards dinner at Calverton Links last Friday evening. Harold “Hoagie” Haupt received a plaque for his service with the Southold Fire Department and James Rich III was honored as SFD’s Outstanding EMS Provider. It was certainly humbling to be in a room filled with so many extraordinary men and women.
Happy birthday to Sharon Marschean on Oct. 30; Ginny Gilmore on the 31st; and Mike Carver and Russ Karsten on Nov. 1.
Christopher Botto, son of Roger and Jill (Berry) Botto, received his Eagle Scout badge at the Eagle Court of Honor in Smithtown last weekend. Christopher was responsible for constructing (and fundraising for) a pergola for the Cleary School of the Deaf in Nesconset. His family was on hand for the ceremony and reception. Christopher is the grandson of George and Sandy Berry of Southold and Mary Botto of East Marion.
The NJROTC cadets won the prestigious Commander’s Cup for the sixth consecutive year at the drill competition at SUNY/Maritime College last Saturday. They’ll compete again at William Floyd High School in a few weeks.
The PTA Halloween parade this Sunday at 1 p.m. will feature all the ghosts and goblins making their way from the firehouse to the elementary school. Please drive carefully that evening as trick-or–treaters often appear out of nowhere.

10/18/10 1:24pm
10/18/2010 1:24 PM

This time of year on the North Fork, you may be wearing shorts one day and a fleece jacket the next. A few more 70-degree days would be appreciated, with a little less wind. No one wants to rake any sooner than necessary.
The Southold Mother’s Club will have a children’s clothing sale this Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center in Peconic. Admission is $5. Those who donate clothing in advance of the sale will be admitted free. Call Linda Stavrinos at 433-4946 if you have items to contribute. All unsold items will be donated to charity.
Belated happy birthday to Connie Sawicki, who celebrated Oct. 17, from Bill, Cindy, Ashley, Asjia, Anthony and Brooke. Asjia Martocchia blows out her candles today, Oct. 21, as does my brother, Kevin Elak. Don Fisher celebrates on the 22nd and former Southold resident Caren Maietta on the 25th.
Another former Southolder, Helen Prince, turns 99 today, Oct. 21. She now lives in Fairport, N.Y., and I’m sure she’d love to hear from some of her former students and anyone else who would like to send her birthday wishes. Those wishing to do so may contact me for her address and telephone number.
Jean Jacobs enjoyed a party with family and friends last Saturday at the Meetinghouse Creek Inn in honor of her 80th birthday. I ran into her daughter Jodie later that day when she was picking up a cake for an “after-party” at home.
Register now for the upcoming 5K and half-mile Fun Run sponsored by the Southold Athletic Association on Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $5 for the half-mile run/walk. Register online at southoldufsd.net or drop off completed forms at the elementary school. Proceeds will go to the Southold Athletic Association, health and wellness opportunities for Southold students and the North Fork Parish Outreach food pantry.

10/18/10 1:23pm

October brings with it not only Halloween, harvest fairs and bumper-to-bumper weekend traffic but Mattituck High School’s annual variety show. This year’s event, the 76th, will be take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, in the high school auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in school today and tomorrow for $7 each. Whether it’s singing, dancing or comic routines, come see our students at their best!
Another school production that’s been in rehearsal since September is the junior high’s presentation of “Aesop’s Foibles.” Directed by MHS senior Marisa Russo, this comical take on Aesop’s Fables promises to be a laugh a minute. Performances will be held Nov. 18 and 19 so mark your calendars now and watch this column for more information.
Shannan Rehm is working hard to complete her master’s degree while thinking about a future with boyfriend Kevin Maida. The happy couple entered a contest called “Hitched on the House” and need your votes to win a free wedding. Visit http://partymusicleader.com and vote for couple number 35 to increase their chances of winning. Good luck!
Ali Surozenski and Zully Escalante kick off the week by celebrating their birthdays today, Oct. 21. Ryan Wilsberg, Christine Zaweski and Carl Timpone blow out candles on the 22nd; Joe Pfaff and Megan Collins on the 23rd; Marcy Menard on the 24th; Nicole Diffley and Kathleen Delaney on the 26th; and Gabriella Bardoneschi on the 27th.
MHS seniors John Bradley and Lillian McCullough deserve congratulations for being named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented to them by the principal Shawn Petretti.
Brava to Melissa Hand and Lisa Beebe, two of Mattituck’s finest musicians, for being accepted into the All State ensembles that will perform in Rochester in December. Lisa, a junior, will play violin in the All State orchestra and Melissa, a senior, will sing with the All State women’s chorus. This puts them in the running to be a part of the All Eastern chorus and orchestra that will perform in the spring. Best of luck and congratulations!
The junior high Student Council will host its annual Halloween dance on Friday, Oct. 28, in the cafeteria. Students are welcome to come in costume and enjoy the music while spending time with classmates.
Just a  reminder: There will be a blood drive at the high school on Oct. 28. Contact Michelle Fussa in the guidance office to sign up.

10/18/10 1:19pm

East Marioneers Joe and Sue Cherepowich are delighted to announce the arrival of their sixth grandchild, Alec Joseph Cherepowich, born on Oct. 7 at Women’s and Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I. Parents Joseph and Kate and 3-year-old Anna are thrilled to welcome Alec into their Rehobeth, Mass., home. Congratulations all around.
The Orient Association’s bimonthly meeting will be held this Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. in Poquatuck Hall. Discussion will continue about the ongoing topics of water, ferry traffic and growth. Please plan to attend.
For those who don’t know, Sarah is in her second year teaching high school seniors in Fort Pierce, Fla. She needed help with two students and went to their ROTC instructor for guidance. The ROTC adviser said, “You know, I’ve been meaning to ask you, since the name Gillooly isn’t a common one, are you by any chance related to …?” The words never even got out of his mouth. Knowing he was retired military, Sarah finished his sentence with, “… Bruce Gillooly?” Sarah’s colleague, Al Nevarez, had gone to ranger school at the same time as Bruce and they served together in the Army two decades ago. Bruce, now a retired colonel, and his family live in Colorado and Sarah got right on the phone to take a trip down memory lane for them both. Small world. BTW, Bruce spent his childhood summers down on the bay on Orient Harbor.
Now for my public service announcements. Two Saturday’s ago Verizon wireless had service issues and there was no service for three hours along a 15-mile swath of the North Fork. It was dicey to try and meet up with friends for dinner, which didn’t happen because we couldn’t contact each other. It made me aware that, just like we tell our kids to have a plan, a plan for communicating without cell phones should be established.
On this next one, I feel like the Paul Revere of the war on deer. I have not traveled anywhere here in the last month without encountering a deer in the middle of the road, threatening to be in the middle of the road or dead on the side of the road. It is an epidemic of potential car accidents. Please be vigilant.
If you’ve been near Poquatuck Hall lately you may have noticed that the announcement board is in a bad shape and needs to be replaced. The OCA board is hoping someone will step forward and volunteer to build it or pay for it. Please call Walter Strohmeyer at 323-2466 at if you might be that angel. They’ll even put your name on it.
If you were born at ELIH and spent your whole six-plus decades on the North Fork, your departure from the area deserves a farewell. Carol Grattan Giovanelli is pulling up stakes today and making a brave move to Spring, Texas, where she’ll be near her family. We all wish her Godspeed and a joyous transition.