Georgette Case and Chief Joe Hartmann at Riverhead Fire Department Headquarters May 7 for the dedication of a grave marker honoring the department's longest-serving chief, Frank Corwin Lane, Case's great-grandfather. Photo: Kathy Berezny

The Riverhead Fire Department is holding its annual fund drive. By now, the community should have received the brochure in the mail and return envelope to send a contribution allowing the firefighters to continue serving the community on a volunteer basis. The Riverhead Fire Department protects 48 square miles and covers the Town of Riverhead as well as parts of the towns of Southampton and Brookhaven. They are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, rain or shine. They look forward to teaching annually fire safety training to all the children in the district through their Fire Prevention Program at all the schools, as well as, many preschools. You can send a donation by check or money order to Riverhead Fire Dept Fund Drive Committee, 540 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 or can be made online by [email protected] or zelle [email protected]

The dedication of the Frank Corwin Lane grave marker, the first ever for an ex-chief of the Riverhead Fire Department, was held on Saturday, May 7 at the firehouse. Originally to be held at Riverhead Cemetery, it was moved indoors due to inclement weather.

Georgette Case, great-granddaughter of Frank Corwin Lane wrote a biography in 2010 about his activities and events that happened during his term as chief of the department and his life with his wife Rosabell. The book is titled “Frank Corwin Lane, A Born Leader.” It is available at Riverhead Free Library. He wanted to be a fireman like his father Francis, so at the age of 14 he joined the fire department where he served as foreman of the Red Jacket for seven years and later re-organized the fire company. After learning the rudiments of fighting fires with the Red Jackets, he then joined the Hook and Ladder Company. His fortitude and interest in the fire company was recognized by the members and he was elected foreman. He then was elected assistant chief of the department, serving for seven years. Then he was chosen as chief in 1897 and served for 19 years.

Georgette dedicated the beautiful Maltese Cross marker in his memory as the longest serving chief of the Riverhead Fire Department. It was a beautiful ceremony and Chief Joseph Hartmann had the honor of holding the trumpet used by Chief Lane during the presentation.

The Southampton Youth Bureau will sponsor supervised trips to local amusement parks and attractions on Tuesdays during the summer starting July 5 until August 16 for grades 6 through 10. Busing to/from Flanders Community Center. Times will vary based on trip location. For more information regarding transportation please visit and click online calendar. Pre-registration is necessary by the Friday before each trip. Space is limited and availability first come and first serve basis. Spaces fill up fast. Trips to Cousins Paintball on July 5; The Adventure Park Wheatley Heights on July 12; Dinner and a Movie in Flanders on July 19; Splish Splash on July 26; Urban Air in Lake Grove; Peconic Paddler in Riverhead on August 9 and Adventureland in Farmingdale on August 16. Check out the flyer online and sign up today. For more information call 631-702-2426.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is currently accepting applications for their Creative Arts Summer Camp at the Flanders Youth Center, 655 Flanders Road. Explore a variety of ways to express yourself through performing comedy, music, drama, visual arts and so much more. Program will feature field trips and workshops throughout 7 weeks from July 5 through August 19 (Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm). Youth going into grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate. Proof of grade is required. Camp registration fee is $600 for 7 weeks (price includes cost of field trips, workshops, snacks and supplies). Space is limited and registration must be submitted by Friday, June 17. For more information or to view the registration form please call 631-702-2425 or visit

Happy birthday wishes to Samantha Carter on May 15; Baycan Fideli on May 16; James Redmond and Andre Ceckowski on May 18; Victoria Mcquillan Korte on May 19; Ryan Seebeck on May 19; John Luce on May 20; John Kurpetski on May 21; Cameron Dick, Lily Luparella and Nicole Lojko and Rosemary Castillo on May 22; Justin Maas on May 23; Candace Hughes on May 24; Dennis Kenter and Patrick Flammia on May 27; Bo Goodale on May 28. Barbara Warner and Ron Fisher on May 31 and Jodi Giglio on June 2.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Bryan and Buffy Krajewski on May 16; Baycan and Amy Fideli on May 20; Frank and Caroline Stepnoski, who celebrate their 52nd on May 23; Denis and Connie Kenter on May 25; John and Patricia Kurpetski, who celebrate their 57th on May 30; Cheryl and Rich Miller, who celebrate their 47th on June 1; and Mark and Wendy Gajowski on June 1 and Robin and Greg Hulse celebrate their 40th on June 4.

Get well wishes to Jake Ruland, Carol Lee and Ann Cotton DeGrasse.

The Riverhead Central School Budget Vote is Tuesday, May 17. Be sure to vote. Remember every vote counts!

Hang your flag on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Take this time to remember those who died while serving our great nation in the military. God bless our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom.

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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]