08/05/2010 12:00 AM |

Last week’s weather was more like it. You have to admit it felt great to wake up chilly, wishing you had a blanket — but it’s only August, and its nice to have some summer left .

Of course, summer brings bugs. My co-worker Carol came into work the other day totally frazzled after finding a huge tomato horn worm on her super bell petunia, an unusual place for such creatures. They are three to five inches long, lime green, have a large horn on their rear ends and they love tomatoes. In fact, they love fruits and veggies in general and can do a lot of damage. This sounds kind of gross, but if you see droppings under your plants (about the size of peppercorns) and your leaves are stripped, there’s a good chance you need to get on your hands and knees and find the little varmints. Simply drop them in a bucket of water or chop them up and your worm problem will be on its way to the end. Keep in mind that if there’s one, there’s more. Good luck.

Riverhead Raceway was a very cool spot for some Riley Avenue students, who had a reunion (a whole month after school let out!) at the track last Saturday night. The kids gave the command to start engines with former student Eric Goodale racing his modified, which was painted by Eric with special lettering to honor the kids at Riley. This was so cool for the kids, as Eric had won his first modified race in Canaan, N.H., the previous weekend with the Riley decals on the car! The kids are so proud! Congratulations!

Ralph Passantino of Wading River, a member of Riverhead Lodge No. 1742 Loyal Order of Moose, was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the fraternity. The ceremony was held in the House of God at Mooseheart, Ill., on May 22.

Katelyn McKissick recently returned from New Orleans after attending the Lutheran Church National Youth Gathering, where 25,000 teens from across the country enjoyed Bible classes, concerts, activities and community service projects to help residents of New Orleans. This five-day conference was a beautiful experience, not only for Katelyn but for many who attended.¬ 

A very happy belated birthday to River Road resident Kerri Koeberl, who turned 14 on Aug. 2, From mom and dad, big brother Ryan and all your friends. We hope you had a great birthday, Kerri.

Kent Animal Shelter on River Road has a new way to search for a new friend, a webcam that shows your soon-to-be pet live. Just go to the Kent website, follow the instructions and be amazed. And please remember, they have so many cute kittens just waiting for homes. Please consider getting one to liven up your life.

That’s all for this week. Start freezing corn for the winter. It’s at its best in August, so get hopping. Take care and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.