Kathy Taylor and Patricia Carey recently received their five-year certificates and pins from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program for outstanding volunteer service at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. Both started a Junior Master Gardener Program with Girl Scout Troop 2309 and Brownie Troop 1689. Troop leaders Jeanine Zeltmann and Shannon Kutner are using the Junior Master Gardener Program to help their troops earn merit badges.

Brendan Quinn, son of Jeanmarie Costello and the late Dennis Quinn, graduated on June 6 from Chaminade High School in Mineola. While at Chaminade, Brendan was a member of the National Honor Society, co-captain of the Speech and Debate Team, co-president of the Glee Club and an officer of the Darby Players. He was also a Commended Student of the National Merit Scholarship Program, and at graduation received the Albert Kozar Award for Drama, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the Honor Character Certificate, and Certificate of Merit for Achievement in English. Brendan qualified for the National Forensic League National Tournament in Kansas City, beginning on June 12. He will be attending Georgetown University in September.

Check out the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch Thrift Shop, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds go directly to support the ranch. Stop by and say hello to Barbara, who has done a nice job rearranging the barn that displays all the furniture, appliances and assortment of household items. You’ll never know what treasures you might find. For more information, call 369-3569.

The Riverhead Middle School ‘Middle Masques’ put on a wonderful performance in “The Wizard of Oz” this past weekend. Produced by Patricia Skura and directed by Ed Tholl Jr., the cast included Katie Barbe, Chris Bassat, Emily Behr, Kyle Breitenbach, Megan Brewer, Karli Cahill, Rebecca Capobianca, Samantha Carter, Kayla Ellwood, Melissa Gillian, Alyssa Hartmayer, Michelle Hattorff, Paige Heller, Sarah Huneault, Ryan Lynn, Erik Markowski, Ryan McGill, Heather O’Connor, Timmy Oliver, Abigail Ormandy, Raquel Perodin, Peanut Skura, Erin Plitt, Ashlyn Sagarin, Hannah Schneider, Julia Spanburgh, Samantha Starsiak, Michael Stewart-Liebegott, Jonathan Troiano, Aubree Walters, and Ronnie Wilson. Thanks to Mrs. Passanante, stage manager, Rebecca Ramsey and Nancy Mastroangelo, makeup artists, and James Perry and John Lang, ushers. Christopher Hand, a custodian at the school, did a magnificent job building the set. This is the Middle Masques’ third production and I can’t wait for the next one! Next stop … Broadway?

Happy birthday wishes to Jill O’Kula, Savion Williams and Allen Smith on June 18; also on the 18th, happy 50th birthday to Ann Duprey, with love from her family; Robert Jacobs, June 19; and Jorge Ortiz, June 21. Be sure to celebrate.

Belated 60th wedding anniversary wishes to Wesley and Helen Harris of Riverhead, who celebrated on June 10. They enjoyed a lunch with their daughter Debbie at Oakland’s in Hampton Bays and a Sunday brunch with the family at The Cooperage Inn. Congratulations on this milestone and sto lat! Here’s to many more years of wedded bliss for this wonderful couple.

Happy wedding anniversary to Janet and John Luce on June 17; and to Cheryl and Nick Luparella (their 36th), Louise and Harry Wilkinson (their 37th), and Pat and Joe Gadzinski (their 42nd), all on June 22. Hope your day is extra special.