Riverhead: Fire safety and boat safety classes; Women’s History Month coming up

02/22/2011 4:35 PM |
Fitness instructor and yoga teacher Beth Hagedorn of Holtsville leads a group of youngsters in pretending to throw out Spiderman webs during a 'Fit Kids' session at Riverhead Free Library Friday night.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Fitness instructor and yoga teacher Beth Hagedorn of Holtsville leads a group of youngsters in pretending to throw out Spiderman webs during a 'Fit Kids' session at Riverhead Free Library Friday night.

A group of volunteers at Riverhead Fire Department not only fight fires and answer other miscellaneous calls, they also teach local students about the importance of fire safety. Classes on how to correctly use a fire extinguisher were recently held at Pulaski Street Elementary School. Later in the year these volunteers will be at various other schools teaching students the proper way to make emergency calls, how to “stop, drop and roll,” how to plan for a safe escape and the importance of smoke detectors. Much of this education uses a hands-on approach. A portable training room is used where the students go through all the evolutions of what they had just recently been taught. Many thanks to the following members of the fire prevention committee: Vinnie Golembeski, Steve Beal, Skip Beal, Bill Sanok, Larry Taylor, Joe Kaelin, Kevin Brooks, Leo Jasinski, Henry Ashby, Charlie Bloss, John Kurpetski, Brian Raynor, Frank Darrow, Rich Miller, Les Moore, John Hubbard, Joe Pipczynski, Lou Waski, Tat Zambriski, Bill Hubbard, Rich Ligon, Ray Kwasna, John Spiciati, Bob Szczepanik, Baycan Fideli, Marissa Kess, Marty Montag, Chet Leja, and Corky Young. Exempt firefighters who also helped include: Tom Pipczynski Sr., Joe Czulada, William Curtin, Ed Stewart, Tom Tobin, Rich Zoitke, Art Breen, Ron Blake, Dennis Hamill, and Bernard Orlowski.

Riverhead Free Library and the Peconic Bay Power Squadron will be hosting a New York safe-boating course for young people ages 10-18 who plan to operate a boat or other personal watercraft in New York State waters. Registration will take place at the library on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at time of registration. The course will run from Saturday, March 12, to Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a nominal fee for materials. For more information, call 727-3228, ext. 6. Those considering buying, renting or using a boat of any type should seriously consider taking this course.

March is Women’s History Month at RFL and the children’s department has many resources available to students needing information about important women and their contributions. So, browse the displays and ask for their informative bibliographies. Young or old, there is knowledge in power. For more information, call 727-3228.

Happy birthday to Linda Ogeka and Dot Madonia on Feb. 24; Dawn Jasinski, Nes Kramer, Claudia Popolizio and Sharon Anderson, Feb. 25; Liz Zurawski, Melinda Young and David Lantz, Feb. 26; Dave Lister, Crischelle Langhorne and Leah Sparrow, Feb. 27; Jim Lull and Joe Berezny, Feb. 28; Pat Bloss, March 1; and David Paulos, Lexi Van Houten and Tom Lunch, March 2. Be sure to celebrate.

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