One fine fish
Ryan Just, 10, of Yaphank caught this whopper of a snapper that measured 16 1/2 inches and won him first prize in the junior division of Saturday’s Riverhead Snapper Tournament hosted by the Riverhead recreation department. The event attracted 158 participants to the town dock on Peconic River. Adult winners were Don Visek, first; David Sitipila, second; and Jeff Izzo, third. Jonathan Visek and A.J. Prince took second and third, respectively, in the junior division. See the slide show at

Mercy High School’s Class of 1970 celebrated their 40th class reunion with a barbecue at the Moose Lodge pavilion overlooking the Peconic River on July 17. More than 80 people attended, including three former teachers Sisters Madeline, Pia and Carmelita. Music was provided by Who Are Those Guys, who backed up former members of the Glee Club as they reprised their 1970 spring concert hit “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.” Also in attendance were Colleen Harrison Lokaj from New Mexico; Joe Ahearn, California; Claire Costantino, Colorado; Mike Hartmann, Delaware; Joe Cartoski, Virginia; Bill Fawcett, Florida; Steve Demita, Texas; Tom Kukla, Tim Brown and Mary McClain Pergiovanni, Connecticut; Bob Jablonski, Vermont; plus a host of Long Island “locals.” Sobered by the deaths of 15 classmates over the past years, the class established a scholarship at McGann-Mercy in their memory called “The 15 from ’70 Mercy Memorial Scholarship.” In the last three months the class has raised over $22,000 in scholarship monies to cover tuition costs for needy students at Mercy for the 2010-11 academic year.

The Riverhead Middle School Masques will be holding a car wash fundraiser in the school parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cars are $6; SUVs, trucks and vans, $8. Proceeds will go toward the upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Do support the middle school students and treat yourself to a great car wash.

The Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary, under the direction of president Lyn Tyler, will once again present its annual fashion show fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 1, at noon at The Inn at East Wind. Included will be a sit-down luncheon followed by fashions by Renee’s and Chap’s Corner from Mattituck. Modeling will be local doctors including Drs. Daniel Hamou, Marilyn McLaughlin, Beverly Hannah Ortiz, and Richard Rubenstein, as well as volunteers, hospital nurses and employees. Cost: $40. For reservations or more information, call 548-6021.Your donation helps the auxiliary to continue its building pledge, making PBMC the very best on the East End.

Diane Rodriguez, pastor of First Parish ChurchUCC and the Spiritual Renewal Center, welcomes the community to help celebrate human connectedness through the arts with a “Blessing of the Artists,” Saturday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. This is not a religious service but an opportunity for the community to appreciate the creations of local artists and the many contributions art brings to all our lives. If you would like to show your artwork, dance, read poetry or play music at this event contact Mary Ann Suozzi by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone, 631-905-1614.

Barbara Klein will celebrate her 85th birthday on Sept. 20. Her family –including l0 children, 24 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren — will be having a party in her honor. Hope your year is a great one, Barbara.

Happy birthday wishes to Karen Ball, Sharon Murphy and Gene Downs on Sept. 16; Caroline Bugdin and Keith Fleischman, Sept. 17; Fred Gamble and Patrick Lynch, Sept. 18; Edwin George, Sept. 19; Harold Goodale Sr., Diane Collins, Tincy Groover, Sept. 20; Barbara Pelis and Pamela Hogrefe on Sept. 21; Tommy Reichel and Dolly Hartmann, Sept. 22.

Happy wedding anniversary to Dave and Amelia Lantz, who celebrate their 11th, on Sept. 19; Dennis and Pat Hamill, Sept. 21; and Sharon and Tommy Anderson, Sept. 22.