Salutations du Quebec!
Members of the Riverhead Middle School French Club posed against the backdrop of the historic Chateau Frontenac hotel during the club’s 10th annual spring break trip to Quebec City, Canada. Accompanied by teacher Betsy Fabricatore, 42 students spent four days and three nights immersed in the city’s language, culture and food.

The One Town, One Family Food Drive has completed a very successful tour at Riverhead Town Hall, where over 15 bags were filled with nonperishable items that helped Long Island Council of Churches meet their holiday needs. A big thanks to all the employees at Town Hall for making the tour so bountiful. The next stop will be at Goodwill AME Zion Church in Flanders. Dropoff times are: Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thelma Booker and Liz Stokes are the coordinators for this project and have done a remarkable job all year long. Our community should be proud of all those who have donated and made a difference.

Riverhead Girl Scout troops will be holding their annual Food for Friends Food Drive on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waldbaum’s and King Kullen in Riverhead. All food and personal-care items will be donated to the Riverhead Council of Churches on Osborne Avenue.

John Mendreski, former principal of Pulaski Street Elementary School who retired from the Riverhead Central School District in 2001 after 27 years of dedicated service, passed away on April 8. His wife, Delores, has set up the “John Mendreski Memorial Scholarship,” which will be given to a deserving Riverhead High School senior on the crew team. Donations can be sent to: Riverhead Central School District, 700 Osborne Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901.

The Riverhead-Jamesport Homemakers Day Unit will be holding its Annual Achievement Day and craft exhibit at the George G. Young Community Center on South Jamesport Avenue Friday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to a display of crafts made by members, there will be raffles of handmade items and theme baskets. Plants and homemade cookies will also be sold. For more information, call Roberta Keis at 722-4060.

Congratulations to Leah and David Sparrow on the birth of their son, James. He was born on April 7, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured at 20 inches long. Grandparents Paul and Peggy Sparrow are thrilled with the new bundle of joy.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Tracey Sheppard on April 7 from her family.

Happy birthday wishes to Nicole Benitez, Deanna Ramirez and Alyssa Murphy on April 15; Michael and Linda Madigan (who will celebrate the big “5-0” with a celebration with family and friends), April 16; Kenny Nash, Monique Gablenz, Joslyn Lawrence (who turns 2), Barbara Gallo and Roger McCabe, April 17; Maxwell Kutscher, Connor Zaneski (who turns 9), and Amari Henderson, April 18; Tippy Macksel, Meaghan Davis (who turns 17), Michelle Woolley, Sarah Luce (who turns 25), and Charles Bugdin (a handsome 94), April 19; Katie Podlas (who turns 23), Alexis Polak (who turns 9), and Bill Friszolowski, April 20; and Darlene Grattan and Brandon Krajewski (who turns 14), April 21. Hope your day is extra special.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Marty and Joyce Montag on April 16; Joanne and Pete Krajewski, April 20; and Dorothy and Paul Podlas (who celebrate their 56th) and Pete and Pat Bilski, April 24. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Bertha Kulesa.

Don’t forget to mail your federal and state tax returns today.