In honor of one of my favorite wildlife holidays, “Squirrel Appreciation Day,” I secured a big bag of natural, unroasted peanuts and a wildlife jumbo critter seed block, as well as a few other goodies for my favorite friends. But thanks to Saturday’s snowstorm, they were nowhere to be found on their momentous holiday. So I will celebrate this coming Saturday—I’m sure my squirrels won’t mind!
Carolyn Prill, Emilie Schmelzer and Christie-Marie Williamson had the thrilling experience of signing The Star-Spangled Banner at Saturday’s New York Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum. The three East Quogue students study American Sign Language at Westhampton Beach High School. According to my “unnamed” sources, the girls were awesome and cheered the Islanders on to a sudden-death overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes!
Matthew Terry celebrates his 18th birthday on Sunday, January 29. Lucia and Walter Kronimus, better known as “Grammie and Pa,” were so excited to become grandparents for the first time that, to this day, they can remember exactly how Matthew looked! They want their oldest grandchild to know that they are “so proud of you and love you so much,” and that “you are everything we could have wanted in a grandson.” Have a super-terrific birthday, Matt!
Very special wishes go out to all of the dedicated members of our East Quogue Fire Department who celebrated their birthdays this month. Faith Erwin and Meghan Rosanti blew out the candles on their birthday cakes on Monday, January 9. Mark Rist celebrated his birthday on Thursday, January 12. And Pat Densieski’s special day was Sunday, January 15. Happy (belated) birthday to all!
Congratulations to Jennifer Seychell and Sam Sturmer, both of whom made the dean’s list at their respective colleges, the State University of New York at Oneonta and SUNY at New Paltz.
A public hearing will be held at the East Quogue Elementary School on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:45 p.m., to discuss the proposed purchase of property adjacent to the Central Avenue school. Voting on the purchase will be held on Tuesday, February 28. Voter registration forms and applications for absentee ballots are available at the East Quogue Elementary School during regular school hours.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will show the incredible documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” in the Nature Center on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m. The film follows commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy in a time when honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet. This phenomenon is known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Filming across the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. This program is free for adults. Refreshments will be served and reservations are required. For more information, please call 653-4771.
In case you missed last week’s column, there is still time to register your child for the East End Little League. Boys and girls interested in playing baseball and softball can register this Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 on Montauk Highway in Quogue. Registration forms are also available at all elementary schools and on the group’s website, www.leaguelineup.com/eastendlittleleague. Returning players may register by mail.
Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Then dance the night away at the 16th annual Snowball, sponsored by the Westhampton Alliance of Merchants. The event will be held at Oceanbleu at the Bath and Tennis Hotel located at 231 Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. Tickets cost $50 and include hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, raffles and prizes. There will be a cash bar. Proceeds will benefit East End Hospice and various business improvements in Westhampton Beach Village. Call 288-4722 for tickets or additional details.