Congratulations to Bryan Enos, a Riverhead High School senior who has been selected to the 2022 NYSSMA All State Band for bass trombone. Riverhead community is proud of your accomplishment. 

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau has extended the registration deadline for the upcoming trip to New York Renaissance Faire to Wednesday, October 5. Fun for the whole family open to ages 12 and up and space is limited. Pre-registration must be submitted by October 5. Cost: $55 includes admission fee and transportation to Tuxedo, NY on Saturday, October 8. If interested please call 631-702-2425 or

The Riverhead Country Fair along the Peconic River and Main Street in Riverhead is just around the corner on Sunday, October 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy the arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live musical performances, agricultural and homemaking contests, carnival rides and antique tractor demonstrations. Attention all Junior Gardeners, Backyard Growers, and Commercial Farmers. Check out the categories in the Homemaking Section of the Fair and show off your growing skills and you may be just a Blue Ribbon or Best in Show. Visit the for information and show off your talents. A truly a family day of fun.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is continuing to address food insecurity on the East End with the support of the Southampton Youth Board and the Youth Bureau. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Bureau installed their First Little Free Food Pantry at the David Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Road in Flanders. The Kiosk style box is currently stationed right off the parking lot so that community members can safely park and either contribute donations or help themselves to food that they may need. With community support, the project has been very successful with donations coming in weekly. Thanks to the Cote Family for their time in building the Little Free pantry located in Flanders and their newest pantry on the grounds of the United Methodist Church in Bridgehampton. The next initiative that the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau will be sponsoring is “Stuff a Bus Food Drive” on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 3 pm at Stop & Shop in Hampton Bays. Donations received from community members will benefit other local food pantries such as Maureen’s Haven. The Youth Bureau is appreciative of Stop & Shop’s endorsement for hosting the event. For more information, please call 631-702-2425.

From Archie to Zany: 65 years of Comic Book Art by Stan Goldberg. Come join the fun on Saturday, October 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, Main Street in Riverhead. Presented in the Weathervane Gallery by the Historical Society of Long Island and curated by Brad Kolodny, this exhibit will showcase the nearly 70 years of work of the comic book artist Stan Goldberg from his work as a colorist in the 1940’s to his helping to create Marvel superheroes in the 1960’s to another 40 years of drawing Archie and his pals at Riverdale High. The exhibit will run October 15, 2022 to May 20, 2023. $5 admission and $3 for seniors and free to members. Includes light refreshments. For those who remember Marvel superheroes and Archie surely a walk down memory lane. How awesome is that!

St. Isidore Church on Pulaski Street in Riverhead will have a family mass with blessings of backpacks on Sunday, October 16 at 9:15 am. Following the mass there will be a picnic and entertainment to enjoy, as well as after masses from 10 am to 3 pm. Plenty of refreshments (Polish platters, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked goods), lots of activities (face painting, bubble machine and games). All free, so come one, come all. Donations would be gladly accepted towards the refurbishment of the lower-level kitchen in the church. A fun filled day for the whole family.

Become a “Friend” of the Riverhead Free Library. Join the not-for-profit organization, the Riverhead Free Library is always in need of additional funds for programs not covered by tax dollars. The Friends have covered more than half of the library’s program budget. Joining the Friends  provides support of course for the library, one of the jewels of our community, provides members with rewarding experiences and participation in worthwhile projects while meeting people with shared interests. They hold their monthly meetings on the second Monday at 1 pm. You can zoom in or be in person for the meeting. They will notify you of meetings via email. Membership dues are $!0 and checks can be made out to Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, P.O. 1341, Riverhead, NY 11901. Credit cards are accepted on the Friends website to contact the friends www.friendsoftheriverheadlibrary.or/contact-us/. Many hands make light work so think about it and if you are interested in helping with the yellow barn and books, reception committee or do you have other interests or ideas you like to share become a “Friend’” 

Local beekeepers and jam-makers earned sweet victories in the Hallockville Museum Farm Country Fair competitions held during the 41st Country Fair. Eleven jams and seven honeys were entered into the competition. A six-person panel participated in two blind tastings with a preliminary round on September 2 and the final round on September 18. Judges rated the entries on appearance, aroma, taste and consistency. In addition, honey entries were assessed for moisture content by Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly. In the jam category, first place Laura Klahre of Southold with Red Raspberry Blood Orange Jam; second place Cara Hallock of Southold with Plum, Peach, Blueberry Jam; third place Cara Hallock of Southold with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and honorable mention Laura Klahre of Southold with Blueberry Beach Plum Jam. In the honey category first place Kelly Brennan of Riverhead; second place Edward Lessard of Belle Terre and third place Toni Arno of Calverton with honorable mention Donna Schiavetta of Mattituck and Hallockville Museum Farm of Riverhead. An exciting day for all the winners. Congratulations to all!

The Riverhead Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm at the high school auditorium.

Wednesday, October 5 is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. It marks a time for atonement and fasting through prayer.

Happy birthday wishes to Heather Grodski on October 2; Diane Zak and Donna Grodski on October 3; Buddy Turbush and Connie Kwasna on October 4; Mark Gajowski II, David Raynor, Janna Sparrow and Jason Floege on October 5; Peg McKinney on October 6; Wanda Wilinski, Kyle Tocci and Josh Berezny on October 8; Donna Atkins and Vera Chinese on October 9; Robert Doyle on October 11; Joan Troyan and Jerry Halpin on October 12; Ken Zahler on October 14; Alex Guecha turns 10 years old, Madison Saladino and Joan Fleischman turns a beautiful 90 years old on October 15. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy 42nd wedding anniversary wishes to Mark and Karen Heppner on October 4; Wayne and Alice Kubacki celebrate 49 years on October 6; Jason and Becky Hubbard celebrate 17 years and Gilles and Barbara Bouchard celebrate 49 years on October 7; and Richard and Marge Sears celebrate 43 years on October 14. Enjoy your special day.

Get well wishes to Guy Fein, Ray Atkins, Trudy Wold, Caroline Bugdin and Harry Carver. 

Happy Columbus Day on Monday, October 10 and for many it is a three-day weekend and a U.S. holiday. Be sure to hang your flag.

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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: