Joyce Montag, seated second from left, was honored for 70 years of service to the Riverhead Frie Department Ladies Auxiliary on Sept. 21 at town hall.

Joyce Montag was recently recognized with a proclamation from the Town of Riverhead for 70 years as a member of the Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined on June 13, 1951. Joyce was presented with a proclamation at the Sept. 21 town board meeting, where the board thanked Joyce for her service in the auxiliary, an organization that aids firefighters with fundraisers and moral support. Her husband Marty Montag, Ladies Auxiliary President Kelli Naugles, Treasurer Barbara Swislosky, Chaplain Kathy Berezny and members Barbara Wooten, Connie Kenter, Peggy Sparrow all attended the ceremony, along with auxiliary honorary member Patricia Gadzinski and her husband Joe. Kelli Naugles presented Joyce with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation for her years of service.

Dr. Lori Koerner, Riverhead school district’s executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional personnel, recently published a book, “Rosie and the Power of Positivity Team.” Rosie is a superhero on her journey to build her “power of positivity team,” helping her friends learn how to change words and thinking to build confidence. This book is available on Amazon. Congratulations, Dr. Koerner.

The Riverhead Free Library will present “An Introduction to Genealogy” on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. You will learn tips and tricks on how to get started building your family tree with genealogist Sarah Gutmann. The event will take place live on Zoom. Register (RVA712) or by calling 631-727-3228.

Feel like taking a one-mile hike at Hallock State Park Preserve in Riverhead? Join park naturalist MaryLaura Lamont on Wednesday Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Riverhead Free Library. There is an $8 parking fee at the park, located at 6062 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. (People 62 and over park free.) Meet in the park’s upper parking lot and enjoy the hike and meeting others.

On Thursday. Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. join in on Zoom when the Riverhead Free Library’s program “Significance of Indigenous People’s Day.” Learn about the history of this day with Josephine Smith of the Shinnecock Tribe. Register at (RVA482).

You can peruse the Riverhead Free Library newsletter for many programs available for newborns to 100. If you aren’t receiving the newsletter, call the library at 631-727-3228 to receive one. You will be glad you did.

The coat drive at the library started on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 29. They will be collecting gently used coats for children and adults in need so this is a great time to clean out your closets and donate to a great cause. Also, the Riverhead Free Library is serving a year-long drop site for a food drive hosted by Long Island Cares. They are in need of non-perishable food items to help families in need and appreciate and all donations.

On Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. join the Riverhead Free Library at Iron Pier Beach, 320 Pier Ave, Riverhead for a beach clean up and light breakfast. All cleaning materials and supplies will be provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A great time to be outside and cleaning up our beautiful beaches for the community.

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will host “Meet the Candidates” featuring contenders for Riverhead Town Supervisor and Town Council on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House, located on the corner of Main Road and Manor Lane in Jamesport. Civic Association President James Derenze will moderate a one-on-one question and answer session with candidates for those who are running in the Nov. 2 election. Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required at the event and pets, food, and beverages are prohibited inside the Meeting House. For more information contact [email protected] or visit

Brush off your dancing boots and get ready to kick up your heels. The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead is hosting a Fall Barn Dance Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 9 to benefit the museum. The family-friendly event will feature a live band and traditional dancing with instruction by Long Island dance caller, Chart Guthrie. The dancing will take place in the open air Naugles Barn at the Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Prior to the dance, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a three-course dinner featuring food by Rolling in the Dough Pizza Truck and The Treatery and curated cocktails by the Bar Truck. VIP dinner kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and dancing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. VIP Dinner and Dance tickets are $100 per adult. $40 for children ages 5-16 and children under 5 are free. Tickets for only the dance are $25 per adult, $10 for children 5-12 and under 5 are free. For more information visit www.hallockville.or or call Joan Cear at 516-317-0728 or email [email protected]

Check out the Riverhead Country Fair on Sunday, Oct. 10 and enjoy the fair filled with vendors, food and so much more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Southampton Youth Bureau is currently searching for new members to join their “Teen Views on the News (TV-ON)” program. Participants will learn how to conduct interviews and create stories for local TV! Program is held on Thursdays beginning September 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Hampton Bays Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave. TV-ON is open to grades 5-12 and community service credits are available. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Enjoy chasing through obstacles to escape the Zombie Apocalypse! On Friday, Oct. 15, the Southampton Youth Bureau will be sponsoring a Zombie Run at Southampton Youth Services, 1370a Majors Path in Southampton from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Basketball, volleyball, and Halloween crafts will also be available throughout the evening. Admission is $15 and transportation will be available from select locations. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, October 13 on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to register please call, 631-702-2425 or visit

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Aquebogue PTO Craft Fair to be held at Aquebogue School on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Oct. 17). Start your holiday shopping early! There is something for everyone.

Happy birthday wishes to twins Diane Zak and Donna Grodski on Oct. 3; Connie Kwasna on Oct. 4; Mark Gajowski II, David Raynor, Jason Floege and Janna Sparrow on Oct. 5; Joan Heppner on Oct. 7; Wanda Wilinski, Kyle Tocci and Josh Berezny on Oct. 8; Donna Atkins and Vera Chinese on Oct. 9; Robert Doyle on Oct. 11; Joan Troyan and Jerry Halpin on Oct. 12; Ken Zahler on Oct. 14; Joan Fleischman, Rosemary Schulenberg, Madison Saladino and Alex Guecha on Oct. 15.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Karen and Mark Heppner on Oct. 4; Wayne and Alice Kubacki on Oct. 6; Jason and Becky Hubbard and Barbara and Gilles Bouchard on Oct. 7; Holly and Skee Chew on Oct. 12 and Richard and Marge Sears on Oct. 14.

Get well wishes to John Kowalski, Frank Totten, Joan Fleischman, Karen Fleischman, Carol Lee, Ray Atkins and Paul Sparrow.

Happy Columbus Day! For some it is a great three-day weekend and so enjoy!

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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]