Market day in Riverhead
Elaine Domaleski weighs vegetables last Thursday at the Gajeski produce stand for Carol Pike of Riverhead, shopping with her son Otis, 3, at Riverhead’s downtown farmers market. The market is open each Thursday on the Peconic Riverfront from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I received a phone call from Karen the other day with belated birthday wishes for a special Aquebogue resident! Bertha M. Harris of Aquebogue turned 95 on Aug. 28! Happy birthday, Bertha. We hope that your 96th year is just as wonderful as you!

Bring your binoculars to Hallockville for the late-summer bird walk with Jodi Levin Saturday, Sept. 11,from 9 a.m. to noon. The walk goes through the woods and fields of Hallockville Museum Farm and Jamesport State Park. Cost: $6 for nonmembers; $5 for members. Heavy rain cancels. Call 298-5292 for reservations and more information.

Hoping that traffic is a little lighter this year, Hallockville Museum Farm is getting ready to jump into the Fall Festival earlier! The festival, a 30-year North Fork tradition filled with demonstrations from artisan vendors, animals, music, food and games, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 298-5292 for vendor applications or download at

Save the date! Saturday, Sept. 25, marks the second annual Jamesport Historic House Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be a pre-tour cocktail party and gathering at the Jamesport Meeting House on Friday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stay tuned for further details, call 722-5170, or e-mail [email protected] .

This weekend, Sept. 11 marks the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. For many of us, this day brings up memories of personal loss and grief beyond our imagination. For some of us, this attack became more personal in the aftermath — friends and families off to war, job losses and changes, things that affect our everyday life. But for all of us, Sept. 11, 2001, changed the way we connect with the world. Conflicts and strife in other regions permeated our lives in ways that we cannot ignore and yet we tend to forget.

Let us take a moment to remember the losses of those we know and those we don’t know and wish them well in our minds and hearts. Then take another moment to look around at all the blessings we have in our families, our homes, the North Fork, the United States and this beautiful world in which we live.

Finally, let’s take the time to express our gratitude with a thankful heart. The world will become a better place with one moment of thanks expressed by millions of grateful hearts.

Have a beautiful week filled with grateful moments!