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Mar 12, 2012 9:06 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eastport Community Notes, March 15

Mar 12, 2012 4:47 PM

In this season of Lent which, for me, is a time of reflection and anticipation of the renewal and the promise that Easter brings, I sit in church on a beautiful Sunday morning and know for sure that I believe in The Plan. The Big Picture. That Things Happen For A Reason.

It seems to me that, in my life, there is never an ending without a new beginning. I decided to sing “The Messiah” three years ago and the reason wasn’t apparent until this past December when I fell in love with more than just the music I was singing. I realize that my son’s father and grandfather went to one of the best colleges in the country to help pave the way for him to go there, too. I realize that the many nights of my childhood listening to my mother play the organ while we fell asleep brings me to now wear a sparkly silver G clef around my neck, proclaiming “I Love Music.” I realize that my morning run with one of my best friends gives me so much more than a good physical workout. On the days when I need endless energy, I feel the gentle push coming from my grandmother whom I am a lot like.

There is never an ending without a new beginning if you stop to think about it. One door closes and another one opens. It is true.

The generous people who volunteer their time and talents around our community know this to be a fact. The Eastport Fire Department and its Junior Fire Company are actively looking for new members to join their ranks. Visit www.suffolksbravest.com to learn how to join.

The Eastport Junior Fire Company is designed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 and intended to provide them with an introduction to the fire and emergency services. It is meant to expose and educate junior members on the procedures and skills required of emergency responders and present the fire/rescue field as a possible career path. By participating, volunteers will be taught the value of discipline, leadership, honor and community service.

Much of the focus of the junior firefighting program is centered on learning about emergency operational methods and techniques, and how mastering these skills makes for a well-rounded young adult. Company members will participate in basic training classes and perform routine duties, such as caring for fire equipment and apparatus.

Potential members must meet all departmental guidelines and be capable of reading and understanding assigned materials. Members must be in good physical health and capable of doing strenuous activities. Each member must remain in school and maintain at least a C average.

In related news, Eastport Junior Fire Company members recently voted in their new officers. They are: Captain Katie Lyndt, 1st Lieutenant Jake Olish, 2nd Lieutenant James Eger, Secretary Indiana Massey and Treasurer Dakota Murray.

Thanks to all who volunteer to keep us safe!

Congratulations to Kevin and Ashley Aderwerth of Eastport on the birth of twins! Henry Robert and Sophia Rose were born on February 15.

Finally, happy birthday wishes go out to Quinn Pitcher of Eastport who celebrates on Friday, March 16, and his brother, Casey Pitcher, who blows out his candles on Saturday, March 24. You always make me so proud!

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