Hello, Flanders friends and neighbors. How are you doing? I hope better now that we’ve had a bit of rain. I was getting a bit nervous there for a moment. My grass is brown, my trees are losing acorns already and my dogwood tree is on its last legs but I’m hopeful it’ll all come back. Cross your fingers for a bit more rain. Maybe once a week. That’ll be so helpful and will also reduce fire hazards.

Southampton Town Youth Bureau is offering a trip to a zip line canopy tour in Charlemont, Mass., on Tuesday, July 20. The cost is $85 per person and includes transportation, instruction and equipment. Students in grades 6-10 are eligible to attend this fun-filled event. Bring a bag lunch or you can buy a boxed lunch for only $8. Call 702-2425 as soon as possible to reserve your spot and receive a permission slip. You can also check out the weekly calendar at and click on Human Services, then Youth Services, then What’s Happening.

Vendors are wanted for the annual Labor Day Flea Market hosted by Flanders United Methodist Church, slated forSaturday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reserve your spot to sell your wares, call 727-2168 or 727-5374 as soon as possible.

Mark your calendars for Monday, July 19. A blood drive will be taking place at Flanders Fire Department from 2 to 8 p.m. Visit for information on blood donor eligibility. You can help save someone’s life with your gift of blood.

Happy birthday to Karen Turbush, who will celebrate on July 14, from your husband, Buddy, and all your friends and family. Karen isn’t feeling so hot right now, she had some surgery a week ago, so I’m also sending out some get well wishes to her! Enjoy your day and feel better.

Thank-yous to Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Town Police and Peconic Bay Medical Center ER from Stanley Normoyle and his family. Stanley came home from work on June 26 with very bad chest pains so the Mrs. called 911. Turns out he needed a double bypass, which was performed immediately. Get well wishes for a speedy recovery from all your friends and family, Stanley.

That’s all the news I have for this week. Please remember to drive safely. Put that cell phone down, too — no talking or texting while driving! Call or e-mail me with any news you’d like to share with the community. E-mail is best but if you do call and I don’t call you back that means I didn’t get the message, so please call again. The same goes for e-mails. I will always respond and say I have it. If you don’t get a confirmation from me that means I didn’t receive your e-mail. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.