Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends. I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for the opportunity I’ve been given to write this community column.
I hope I’ve done you all proud. I’ve tried my best to get interesting and exciting information to you all and I thank everyone who’s called or emailed me with news to share. That being said, it is with deep regret that I inform you that I will no longer be writing this column after Dec. 24, as I have moved to Ridge. I’m certainly still going to be very active in the community because, after all, you can take the girl out of Flanders but you can’t take Flanders out of the girl. Thank you all! If you have any news to share for the next two columns, Dec. 10 and 24, please get it to me as soon as possible.
There are some wonderful events planned at the Riverhead Moose Lodge, 51 Madison St. “Breakfast With Santa” will be held Saturday, Dec. 5., at 8:30 a.m.; Santa arrives at 9:30 a.m. Cost: Adults, $7; children 9 and under, $5. Children who bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots receive their breakfast free. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Reservations are required by Dec. 1. For information or reservations, call (631) 591-3287 or Annemarie at (631) 766-2727.
Moose Races at the lodge will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Wear your fanciest derby hat and enjoy a fun-filled day. There will be $2 Coors drafts and $5 mint juleps. For reservations or more information, call the Women of the Moose at (631) 779-2694 or AnneMarie at (631) 766-2727.
The Friends of the Big Duck will host its first-ever “1-2-3 Party” at the Flanders Men’s Club on Jan. 23, 2016. The cost is $15 per person and includes light fare and music by DJ Bob Aldrich of WLNG. There will also be a cash bar. This event will benefit the waterview restoration at Big Duck Ranch. For tickets, call Fran at 727-5342. Space is limited!
Welcome home and happy Thanksgiving to Nicole Lennon, who will return home on leave from Woods Hole, Mass., where she was deployed on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead. She will be home for Thanksgiving and through the weekend and will get to celebrate her 20th birthday on Nov. 27 with family and friends. Her sister, Kim, her dad and the extended Lennon family would like to wish her a very happy 20th birthday. From all your family and friends, thank you for your service. Stay safe!
Belated happy birthday to Chase Wanat, who celebrated Nov. 21, and his dad, John, who celebrated Nov. 24. Mom Tracy hopes you both had a wonderful day!
Happy birthday to Sharon Green on Nov. 26; Connie Tobin, Nov. 30; my niece Donna Butler, Dec. 1; Brandon Spellman, Dec. 5; and Holly Chew, Nov. 7. I hope everyone enjoys their special day.
Thank you for reading this week’s column. Have a wonderful holiday and safe travels!
Contact Flanders columnist Tanya Doherty at 727-8687 or [email protected].