05/24/14 6:00am
The Big Duck in Flanders. (file photo)

The Big Duck in Flanders. (file photo)

What a gorgeous weekend we had, friends and neighbors. I hope you all had fun doing whatever it was that made you happy. Hopefully you spent the time outdoors. We mowed the lawn and washed the car and went for a ride to Greenport. It was a nice weekend. I can’t believe Memorial Day is this weekend. Where did the time go? I was rushing winter but now that it’s finally spring-like I’d like for time to slow down now.  (more…)

05/08/14 5:00am

bands

Welcome to May, friends and neighbors. It took a while but I think winter is finally over. Mother’s Day is this weekend, after which the rule of thumb is you can plant flowers and vegetables. I’m hoping those really chilly mornings and evenings are finished until at least September. I wanted to shut my heat down completely but had to turn it on again a few times. I can’t wait for summer to get here. (more…)

04/11/14 5:00am
Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a great couple of weeks. We’ve had some nice weather thrown in but this really has been the winter that just won’t quit. I’m looking forward to spending my mornings reading a book and drinking my tea on the deck but it’s still just a little too cold for that. Cross your fingers that these 20- to 30-degree morning temperatures end soon because I’m just about done with being cold.  (more…)

03/30/14 6:00am

Eager egg seekers take off looking for the golden egg last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Happy spring, friends and neighbors. Yes it’s officially spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it. We get a couple of days of gorgeous weather then we get a forecast for more snow, which was forecasted for this week. I’m tired of being cold. (more…)

02/27/14 3:00pm

Flanders Little League

Welcome to March, friends and neighbors. After today there will only be 20 more days until spring starts and we turn the clocks ahead. I cannot wait for warmer temperatures and longer days. This was the worst winter ever, and not just because of the cold weather and snow. Our community saw a lot of loss and tragedy, the most devastating being the accident that claimed Barbara Tocci’s life Jan. 16. Since I’m talking about this subject, allow me to quickly remind you to drive slowly on Flanders Road. The potholes on this road are worse than ever and we don’t need another tragedy.   (more…)

02/13/14 1:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return.

Family said Barbara Tocci helped others without asking for anything in return. (Courtesy photo)

FLANDERS, RIVERSIDE & NORTHAMPTON

Hello, everyone. Before I go any further I’d like to apologize to a few people I neglected to mention in my last column. They were also the most important people in Barbara Tocci’s life and I forgot to include them, probably because my brain still can’t grasp what has happened. (more…)