Before you go any further, my friends and neighbors, please take the time to send me any news you’d like to share because my deadline for next week’s column is actually today, Thursday, May 27, because of the holiday.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I did. The weather really cooperated and for that I’m thankful. Congratulations to all the college graduates from our area and all the new inductees into the National Junior Honor Society at the Riverhead Middle School. You all should be very proud. We are! Best of luck in the future and keep up the great work!

Congratulations to Christine Lennon, who graduated from Dowling College last Saturday with a master’s in science and education. Best wishes from your mom, dad, Eric and son, Ethan.

Tis the season for graduations, so it’s fitting to mention that the Riverhead High School Class of 1985 is planning its 25th reunion on the weekend of Oct. 8. For information, see the event’s Facebook page by typing “Riverhead High School Class of 1985 25th reunion” in the search bar, or e-mail [email protected].

The Friends of the Big Duck are hosting a flea market/craft fair on Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to be held at the nest here in Flanders. Rain date is Sunday, June 6. Make sure to stop by. Thanks to Marie Leonard, Bob Maxson and Fran Cobb for the beautiful plantings and spring cleanup at the duck. There is a little more work to be done, so if you want to help out, they are meeting this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Happy 21st birthday to Joe Jasinski, who will celebrate on May 28, from your mom and dad. They love you and wish you a great birthday and many more.

Steve and Trish Jeski would like to thank the volunteers of the Flanders and Riverhead fire departments, the Gabreski Airport Fire Rescue team, Southampton Town Police officers, the N.Y. State Police officers and the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance members for their very quick response to the garage fire at their home in the early-morning hours on May 19. Until we need them, we don’t know how lucky we are to have such selfless men and women in our community, who drop everything in an instant to help us. Thank you, and God bless.

Get well wishes, feel-better-soons, along with hugs and kisses are sent to Kathy Kruel from all your friends and family. You’ll be up and at SSRqem in no time, I’m sure; in the meantime, take it easy and just get better.

Don’t forget Spencer Shea’s fundraiser on June 5. Call me for more info!

Well, my friends, that is all for this week. Please have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend and do not forget in all the hoopla of sales and parties that the holiday is called Memorial Day for a reason. Remember to say a prayer for all our servicemen and -women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Don’t forget, my deadline is right now, so call or e-mail me. Stay safe.