Lisa Dabrowski, the daughter of Conrad and Mary recently received the New York State Senate 2022 Commendation Award which was presented by Senator Anthony Palumbo on Tuesday, July 26. Lisa found a purple heart at a local yard sale and knowing the importance of this medal she researched trying to find the owner and was successful to find the family the purple heart belonged to. The daughter, Lynn Bryson traveled 3000 miles to receive the purple heart belonging to her father R.S. Hollaman given to him 77 years ago. A purple heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of an enemy action while serving in the U. S. military. It is truly a solemn distinction that a service member has greatly sacrificed themselves or paid the ultimate price while in the line of duty. Thanks to Lisa Dabrowski it found its way home to be treasured by his family for his sacrifice he made defending his country.

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church invites you today to their annual Chicken Barbecue on the Parish Grounds Franklin Street and Roanoke Avenue. The grounds open at 1 pm to 7 pm and food served from 3 pm to 5 pm. Tickets at gate are $25 and children (under 12) $10. For tickets and more information call Caroline at 631-727-0835.There will be great food, live Ukrainian music, raffles, family fun and more.

The popular Riverhead Elks Lodge, 1239 East Main Street, Lobster and Chicken BBQ will be held on Sunday, August 14, rain, or shine. Take out is available. Enjoy a whole lobster, ½ chicken, shrimp cocktail, potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, cucumber salad, roll, watermelon wine, beer, and soda. To enjoy the meal with lobster the tickets are $60, leave out the lobster and the chicken meal is $40. There will be a DJ, raffles and 50/50. Please bring your containers for your left overs. Serving begin at 4 pm and only 200 tickets available. Call 631-727-2027 to get your tickets.

Peconic Abstract, 405 Ostrander Avenue in Riverhead loves to support our local community especially our furry friends. The North Fork Animal League will benefit from all the donations received so please stop by and donate a can of wet dog food or wet cat food preferably but dry food is okay too on Thursday, August 16 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and you will be treated to a free ice cream from the ice cream truck just waiting for you. How cool is that? 

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will host their monthly meeting on Saturday, August 20 at 9:30 am inside the Jamesport Meeting House. They welcome you to join in as it is a way to meet your neighbors and stay informed about local happenings. If you need additional information about the Greater Jamesport Civic Association check online at www.greaterjamesportcivic.org.

Calling all beekeepers and jam makers! Winners of the second annual Jam and Honey Contest will be announced at the 41st Hallockville Country Fair, the weekend of September 17 and 18. So, if you make the tastiest beach plum jam or your favorite jam or your bees produce the best honey” it is the perfect place for a friendly food competition and the winners have bragging rights for a full year” says Hallockville Museum Director Roberta Shoten. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive traditional ribbons and medals. There is a $10 fee per entry and must be accompanied by the form available on the Hallockville website. Complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.hallockville.org/countryfair.

Looking for something to do this month? You can pull out that photo album or albums and do some reminiscing. Think about how good grandma’s meatloaf tasted, Uncle Joe carved duck decoys or the many memories the pictures depicting those times. Ask yourself, do your younger members of your family know these faces they see in the photographs? This is the time to sit down and reflect and identify the people in the photos. Remember those photos are no good to your grandchildren, nieces, or nephews unless a name is attached to it.

Recently our Riverhead Town Historian Georgette Case received a call from out-of-state asking for photographs of their family members. With the family history she was able to locate a photograph of the person’s grandparents with an aunt and uncle. Fortunately, when someone previously donated the photograph, they had written the names on it. A photograph from a group being sorted read “This is the house we lived in when the kids were born.” Very nice, but who were the kids and the address of the house? Sadly, not being able to connect to another photograph the photo was deposited in the circular file. So, be kind and label those photographs for future generations to enjoy. Yes, it’s a project that may take your time but the end result is worth those memories for the generations future. Memories make the world go round!

Happy birthday wishes to Patricia Bilski, Krista Flammia and Sandy Szczepanik on August 7; Logann Carey and Wendy Ruskowski on August 8; Ann Cotten DeGrasse, Jeff Falisi and Tom Serpico on August 9; Christopher Kenter and Jason Hubbard, Jr. on August 10; Donald Kulesa, Kariane Chew, Lisa Dabrowski on August 11; Michele Lynch on August 12; Kevin Zanieski, Ed Schaefer, Thomas Pipczynski III, Sarah Halpin and Laura O’Kula on August 13; James Mongori on August 14; Michelle Atkins on August 15. Have a great day!

Happy 12th wedding anniversary wishes to Paul and Vanessa LeCann on August 7; Regina and Phil Kenter on August 10; happy 51st anniversary to Pat and Bill Carey on August 14; happy 40th anniversary to Carol and Henry Ashby on August 16; happy 60th anniversary to Conrad and Mary Dabrowski on August 18; happy 50th anniversary to Mark and Sara Bauman on August 20. Enjoy your special day!

Get well wishes to Karen Fleischman, Ray Atkins, Irene Karzenski, Trudy Wold and Joyce Montag.

The cardboard boat race on the Riverfront is Saturday, August 13 at 11 am. Enjoy the race, all the festivities planned for families including live music, face painting, games and more. This event hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce. (Rain date will be Saturday, August 20). The Riverhead Salvation Army will be accepting donations of school supplies to help local children if you would like to donate. Have fun at the Riverfront.

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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]