The Riverhead High School Class of 1970 was finally able to celebrate its 50th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 21 — postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. The “Party of the Bay” at the Flanders Men’s Club was a huge success despite the recent resurgence of the virus and concerns about Hurricane Henri. Music was provided by Tommy Sullivan, a former member of the “Brooklyn Bridge.” The deceased members were remembered with a prayer, the song “Memories” by Maroon 5 and a memorial poster. There were also posters on hand reflecting their senior prom, reunion parties, Riverhead High School memories, plus displays of their 1970 football cheerleader and basketball cheerleader uniforms, provided by Sophie Pelc. Each classmate received a painted Riverhead High School 70 rock as a gift. The reunion committee consisted of Peggy Lindsey, Tippy Macksel, Todd Brewster (Emcee) and of course Sophie Pelc. It wouldn’t have been such a successful event were it not for the following: the Flanders Men’s Club, for the delicious food and the stunning scenery; George Gabrielson (Class of ’70) of Gabrielsen’s Country Plant Farm in Jamesport for the flowers; Michael’s Liquors for the second-place raffle wine basket; Tommy Sullivan, who rocked on the 1970’s music; Stanley Pelc, Keith Lewin, Frank Doroski and Madeline Galka, who contributed to the event financially; and Ryleigh Copenhaver who artfully decorated the rocks. And what a night it was — everyone had a blast reliving the good old days! And it poured five minutes after the outside event was over. What luck!

The Hallockville Museum Farm held their first jam and honey competition as part of its 40th Country Fair this past weekend with blue ribbons and medals for top picks in each category. Roberta Shoten, the executive director of the Hallockville Museum Farm, is excited about the competition element and hopes it will be a part of this for years to come. Taking home top honors in the honey category was Helen Mecagni of Bee Hollow Farms in Baiting Hollow for her Early Summer Harvest Honey and her Autumn Harvest Honey came in second place. Hallockville Honeys produced from hives at the Museum Farm ranked third in the honey competition. Laura Klahre of Blossom Meadow Farm in Cutchogue earned first place honors for her Black Raspberry Jam while her Strawberry Jam won second place. The third-place award went to MaryAnne Huntington of Cutchogue for her Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. For more information, visitwww.hallockville.org.

The Riverhead United Methodist Church will host a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. filled with lots of treasures — always something for someone. Be sure to check it out and help them raise funds for their church.

The Riverhead American Legion Post #273 on Hubbard Avenue will be holding its 26th Annual Old Fashion Pig Roast on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and reservations are a must! Call 631-727-4330 for reservations. The menu: pork roast with homemade sauce, baked beans, applesauce, corn on the cob, baked potato, Larry’s cucumber salad, rolls, watermelon and don’t forget the Ladies Auxiliary’s famous desserts. Free tap beer and soda too. Live music by Mike Ryan and Friends and enjoy an afternoon of delight.

Riverhead Community Blood Drive will take place on Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Riverhead Fire Department, 540 Roanoke Avenue. The theme for the blood drive is “remember and honor” Sept. 11, 2001. All donors will receive a 9-11 commemorative t-shirt and pin. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nvbc.org. For any questions, call Lauren Reichel at 631-466-0716. Remember giving blood is giving the gift of life.

The Riverhead Fire Department Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Riverhead Fire Department on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead. This gathering is to honor and remember all the departed members, especially those who recently passed. This year Norman “Skip” Beal II, Leon Jasinski, Jan Niewadomski, Joseph Pipczynski, Allen M. Smith, Francis Davis and William Hubbard will be remembered. The public is welcome to attend.

Bingo lovers can enjoy bingo opened to the public on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open at the Riverhead Moose Lodge on Madison Street, for non-Moose members and at 5 p.m. for Moose members. The progressive is around $1,000 and food provided by the Women of the Moose will be available for purchase, including pizza, Sabrett hot dogs, egg salad, tuna salad and homemade cake. No children under 18 are permitted in the bingo hall. If anyone would like to volunteer and help Ron, please call 631-566-2204. It’s a fun night and a chance to meet new friends too.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum exhibit depicts “Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island” which runs through October 10, 2021. The hours are Wednesday through Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm. The exhibit curated by Brad Kolodny and sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island. This unique collection of images tells the story of Judaism’s evolution on the island from humble beginnings of the first synagogue built in 1896 and the massive growth following World War Two to today. Brad set out to document and photograph every synagogue that ever existed in Nassau and Suffolk and has done an awesome job showcasing historical and architectural design. For more information you can call 631-727-2881 or visit the museum’s website www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org.

The Yellow Barn at the Riverhead Free Library is now open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Time to purchase some books before it closes for the season on Saturday, Oct. 30. Barbara and Cynthia Goss and their group of loyal volunteers have kept the book sales going to help support programs for the library and the community at large. You’ll find wonderful deals for your whole family.

Annette Cassidy of the Riverhead Free Library is encouraging artists, photographers, crafters and collectors to showcase your artistic works. If you are interested in displaying your works, please contact [email protected] to set up an appointment to discuss the possibility to have your work for the community to enjoy.

The Butterfly Effect Project is honoring active service members and veterans while commemorating the 20th anniversary of Sept.11 and they will be participating in a letter writing campaign called “Forget Me Not Project,” While BEP are writing letters and cards to active members and veterans at military bases and veteran facilities they would like the community to join in too. You can create a personalized card or use their template by emailing [email protected] . You can drop your cards off at the office at the First Baptist Church, 1018 Northville Turnpike in Riverhead by Wednesday, September 8 at 5 pm. Any questions you can call 631-591-0759. Let us never forget those sacrifices of our service men and women who keep us safe and free. Happy to see the art of letter writing is alive and well project and I ask who doesn’t like to receive cards?

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau, 655 Flanders Road, will be offering several programs and activities beginning on Monday, Sept. 20 at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. On Monday, Amerikids for grades K-4 where children make new friends, learn social skills, bully prevention, do homework, arts and crafts, play games and more from 4 to 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. learn chess: students are taught to challenge themselves, build self-confidence, meet new friends and learn strategy. Free for grades K-8. On Wednesdays, Sept. 22 to Oct. 27 is Discovery Club — Space exploration: Learn about the planets through activities for grades K-4 . The cost is $25 for six sessions. On Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. learn karate taught by international coach and instructor Falah Kanani. Open to ages 5-12. The cost is $80 a month. On Fridays, Sept. 24 to Dec. 17: games and activities, sports, indoor and outdoor movie nights and video game tournaments. Open to grades K-4 from 3 to 5 p.m. and grades 5-8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The program is free. For more information or to sign up call 631-702-2425.

There is a basketball clinic at Southampton Youth Bureau, 1370a Majors Path every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 to Nov. 19. The clinic is open to grades 7-12 and there is a $25 cost for nine sessions. Limited transportation is available from the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road where the bus will leave at 4:15 p.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register call 631-702-2425.

Registration is now open for the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau’s “Youth and Government” program. Youth and Government is sponsored by the Alliance of NYS YMCAs and is a national program that involves teens in state-organized, model government programs. Students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to practice experiential civic engagement and learn about the democratic process. Youth will discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of New York State and will get a chance to attend the state conference with youth across New York. This program is held on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22. For more information call 631-702-2425 or Councilman Schiavoni at 631-287-5745 or visit www.southamptontownny.gov/youth bureau or on Facebook Southampton Youth Bureau and follow them on Instagram & [email protected]

Happy birthday wishes to Gil Bouchard and Kathy Paulos on September 5; Cheryl Luparella, Brendon Madonia and Meredith Bouchard on September 6; Annie Marie Harris and James Carey on September 9; Rick Wilhelm on September 10; Greg Meyer on September 11; Steven Block and Ann Lennon on September 12; Cheryl Armstrong, on September 13; Linda Berezny and Vannie Tuthill and Dean Terchunian on September 14; Shannon Zeltmann on September 15; Karen Ball and Sharon Murphy on September 16; Caroline Bugdin and Zachary Bogdanski on September 17; Patrick Lynch and Kevin Brooks on September 18.

Happy 64th wedding anniversary wishes to Philip and Mary Kenter on Sept. 7; Jason and Christine Floege on Sept. 10; Thomas and Carrie Ann Gallo celebrate 20 years on Sept. 15; Mary Ann and Scott Hughes on Sept. 17. Enjoy your day!

Get well wishes to Frank Totten, Joan Fleischman and Joyce Montag.

A Happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends and neighbors! Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, begins this year at sundown on Monday, Sept. 6 and ends after nightfall on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the High Holidays, an annual season that ends with the observation of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a solemn holiday of fasting, reflection and prayer. Yom Kippur begins this year before sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and ends after nightfall on Thursday, Sept. 16.


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Correction: This article has been amended to correct a misstatement regarding financial support for the Class of 1970 Reunion. Stanley Pell was one of the donors.

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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]