The Ladies Auxiliary of the Riverhead Fire Department recently enjoyed a get-together for their annual Christmas party this year at On the Docks Restaurant in Aquebogue on Wednesday, December 8. Members Peggy Sparrow, Marie Madigan, Barbara Swislosky, Kathy Schaefer, Barbara Wooten, Fran Friszolowski and myself along with two honorary members Louise Leja and Patricia Gadzinski enjoyed singing Christmas Carols, Secret Santa and a hearty meal together. It was really nice to be able and enjoy one another’s company after the issues of the pandemic. Everyone went home with a little handcrafted ornament made by Barbara Wooten. Wishing all the auxiliary members who weren’t able to come a very merry Christmas and looking forward to seeing them at the January meeting and hope they enjoy the ornament mailed to them.

Enjoy the Annual Holiday Parade and Bonfire today, Sunday, December 19 sponsored by Downtown Riverhead Business Improvement District the parade starting at 3 pm on Main Street. At 4 pm to 6 pm enjoy the bonfire and Santa on the Riverfront. Free hot cocoa, candy canes, take your photo with Santa and enjoy the music by Mark McLaughlin, DJ Phil and the Carolers. A great way to enjoy the holiday festivities this year. For more information you can visit DowntownRiverhead.org.

On December 1, The Butterfly Effect Projects Precious Pearls and The Elite Squad (Step and Drill Dance Teams) performed at the lighting of the Big Duck in Flanders. They kicked off the ceremony with performances and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was great way to ring in the holiday season with the community and a big thanks to Legislator Bridget Fleming and her office as well as the Suffolk County Parks for the invitation to attend and all those who supported the BEP.

The Riverhead United Methodist Church, Main Street in Riverhead celebrated the dedication of a new Advent Wreath Candelabra in memory of Nancy Griffing Jayne. Even though, despite her handicap due to polio that never stopped Nancy from being a dedicated church member since 1942, their financial secretary and president of the United Methodist Woman, as well as, among other jobs within the church. She was one of the founders of the Blessings thrift shop and chaired many of the activities over the years and the Christmas Bazaar. Speakers during the service were Nancy’s daughter Sally Halliday, sister Shirley Griffing Simon, Ann Wanat, Georgette Case and Pastor Halley Low. The Candelabra with fresh Christmas greens will add to the beauty of the sanctuary and remind the church fellowship of their dear friend, Nancy Jayne. Christmas Eve service will be held on December 24 at 6 pm and they welcome the community to attend.

The Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue will be holding their annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 24 at 8 pm. Their sanctuary is decked out with Christmas plants and wreaths. Everyone is welcome. For more information you can email oldsteeplecommunitychurch.org or call 631-722-3070.

Celebrate the holidays with the Southampton Youth Bureau. Grades K-8 can go the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road on Thursday, December 23 from 4 pm to 6 pm for a movie night. Wear your pajamas and enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and watch a holiday classic: The Grinch! You can enjoy fun once again on Thursday, December 30 from 4 pm to 6 pm to celebrate New Years Eve enjoying bingo, arts and crafts, and a balloon drop. For more information or to register, please call 631- 702-2425 or visit www.southamptontownny,gov/youthbureau.

A blood drive sponsored by the Flanders Fire Department and the Flanders Riverside Northampton Community Association will be held on Sunday, January 2 from 11 am until 5 pm at the Flanders Men’s Club, 1018 Flanders Road in Flanders. All donors will be entered to win a complimentary raffle from Cooperage Inn. For more information you can call Barbara at 631-574-8958 or Patty at 631-727-3977. Remember giving blood is the “gift of life” and so needed and a great way to begin the 2022 New Year!

Happy birthday wishes to Rose Haupt, Eileen Benthal and Caroline Stepnoski on December 19; Greg Heppner and Christine Daters on December 20; Rich Campbell, Debra Koroleski, Rich Miller and Thomas Olsen on December 21; Jason Galka on December 22; Tommy Reichel, Sr., Kathy Soto and Teresa Dioguardo on December 23; Ann Reichel and Jay Sheryll on December 24; Kathy Hughes, Kevin Davis, Mary Ann Hughes and Denise Lucas on December 25; Gabriel Janicki on December 26; Holly Hughes on December 27; Paul Sparrow on December 29; Judy Kozora, Emily Sills Puccio and Laura James on December 30 and Bobby Hartmann, Georgette Keller and Lisa Kwasna on January 1.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Kelli and Tony Naugles on December 23; Helene and Kenny Pickett celebrate 62 years on December 26.

Merry Christmas, a Happy Healthy and Wonderful New Year in 2022.If you are looking to think of a New Year’s resolution think about taking time to reflect, give thanks and remember those with a note, letter, text or an email keeping in touch, or reconnect with family and friends all year long. It’s a great gift of time and so much appreciated by the recipients. This 2022 year should be a time to enjoy family and friends after the pandemic crisis.

Only 6 days till Christmas!

God bless all!

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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]