Dr. Milagros Rios was recently awarded as am Outstanding Adult Educator (teacher of the year) from Suffolk Association for Continuing Community Education. She was presented this award for an outstanding job as a basic education teacher for Suffolk BOCES, where she prepares the students for the TASC (High School Equivalency Diploma) at the Harry B Ward Center in Riverhead. She is affectionally known as Millie and she loves her job and all the students work hard, pass the exam and go on to further education too. She is “one in a million” and her performance in the love of teaching certainly shines through. Congratulations on your prestigious award and thank you for making a difference.

The Jamesport Civic Association will host Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson as guest speaker at their next meeting on Saturday, Aug. 21. The meeting takes place at the Jamesport Meeting House on the Main Road in Jamesport and begins at 9:30 a.m. All welcome.

The annual “Rubber Duckie Race,” hosted by the Friends of The Big Duck will take place on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, Aug. 29). The numbered duckies will take off from Reeves Bay while boosters watch from Flanders Men’s Club grounds. For an entry form (5 for $20), email [email protected] or call 631-284-3737 or just email a check to FOBD, P. O. Box 1968, Flanders, NY 11901. Admission to the event is free and truly a family event!

The Riverhead Free Library Youth and Family Services is launching a logo design contest for the historic Yellow Barn. Entries are due by Sept. 4 and the new logo design must incorporate the voice of the Yellow Barn and will be used on the Memorial Bricks and Plaques. The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate and the winner will be announced Oct. 30 in an award ceremony. Email your entries to [email protected] Participants must be residents of Riverhead or a contract serving district and under 18 years old.

The Yellow Barn is now open for book sales on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 21 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All monies raised from the used books benefit the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library. Great books at great prices.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is recruiting new members for their Youth Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are in grades 7 through 12 and are interested in planning trips and events, doing community service projects and making friends with students from other schools, then sign up for YAC! You can make a difference in your community. Community service projects may include leaf raking for senior citizens, hosting a clothing drive, participation in fundraisers for other youth organizations, meeting with elected officials for youth causes or any other activities that can make a difference in the community. The Youth Advisory Committee is a great way to earn community hours credit during the school year. Meetings will be held every other Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the first meeting begins Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Pre-registration is required and transportation available upon request. For more information call 631-702-2425, or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youth bureau. Check out Southampton Youth Bureau also on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and [email protected]

A belated happy 95th birthday to Helen Truskoski on Aug. 10. Sto Lat!

Happy Birthday wishes to Mary Punda and Michelle Atkins on August 15; Ashlyn White on Aug. 16; Peter Blasl, Krystal Young, Jeffery Lawrence, Clarence Joseph, Kathy Anasky and Andrew Young on Aug. 21; Patricia Gevenski, Tanner and Bryan Columbus and Nick Luparella Sr. on Aug. 22; Daniel Paulos on Aug. 23; Jared Polak on Aug. 24; Jim Dreeben and Danny Ruskowski on Aug. 25; Jamie Hartmann on Aug. 26; Brian Linnen on Aug. 27; Joyce Montag turns 92 years young and Tess Corwin on Aug. 28; Frank Ruskowski and Raymond Corte IV on Aug. 29; Barbara Wooten on August 31; Robin Hulse and Andre Aleksandrowicz on Sept. 1; Sharon Sparrow on Sept. 2. Enjoy your special day.

Belated happy 50th wedding anniversary wishes to Ed and Alexandria Truskoski, who reside in Flanders celebrated on August 8 this milestone in their lives. Wishing you many more. Sto Lat!

Happy 39th wedding anniversary to Carol and Henry Ashby on August 16; Mary and Conrad Dabrowski celebrate 59 on August 18; Sarah and Mark Bauman celebrate 49 years on August 20; Walt and Marge Lawrence celebrate 52 years on August 23; Karen and Walter Paulick celebrate 33 years on August 27; Peggy and Paul Sparrow on September 1; Kristin and Jerry Halpin celebrate 26 years on September 3 and to Tom and Michele Lynch celebrate 39 years on September 4. Be sure to celebrate.

The dog days of August weather was this past week, hot, humid and sultry therefore, be sure to keep cool and stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water after all summertime is here for us to enjoy our beautiful beaches, swimming pools and sprinklers too.

School is just around the corner and opening date is Thursday, September 2 when the yellow buses will be rolling along with the students. Be sure to adhere to the rules of the road when a bus stops with their arm stop out and make sure to please stop and wait patiently as our students are precious. Obey the law.

Get well wishes to Joe Berezny, Joan Fleischman, Barbara Fein, Carol Lee, Frank Totten and Rick Reeve.

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Kathy Berezny is active in the Riverhead community, where she has lived for 46 years. She is chaplain of the Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined in February 1979. She is a longtime member and past president of the Riverhead Board of Education. Email Kathy: [email protected]