Summer swan song
The Isotope Stompers Dixieland jazz band performs the last program of the 20th annual Riverhead Townscape Summer Concert Series on East End Arts Council grounds Friday evening. A group of scientists who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory started the band in 1971 in drummer Ron Howard’s backyard. From left: Matt Koza, Ken Butterfield, Henry Newberger, Frank Hansen, Bob Barta and Larry Pearlstein.

Riverhead Free Library’s adult summer reading club Riverhead Reads: America the Beautiful, recently ended. Library patron Joyce Goodman won a gift certificate from grand prize donor The Inn and Spa at East Wind. Other businesses that contributed prizes included weekly donors Cliff’s Rendezvous, Griffing Hardware Company, Jamesport Candle, Meeting House Creek Inn, Robert James Salon and Spa and Schmitt’s Farm Stand on Sound.

RFL offered many opportunities for the teens from “The Loft” to win special prizes for its summer reading program, Make Waves. The weekly raffle winners were: Tyler Manniello (Bagel Lovers); Helene Drozd (Dari-Land); Amber Nicholson (Snowflake); Tommy Bierne (Out East Family Fun); Corey Polak (Walmart); and Karla Vanston (Atlantis Aquarium). The grand prize winners were: Sarah Kowpak (Wildwood Lanes, bowling for four); Nico Bossey (Splish Splash); Robert Lochran (Out East Family Fun); Erin Plitt (Dari-Land); Jessica Nicholason (Friendly’s); and Katelyn Zaneski (Friendly’s). The Wet Pet Photo Contest winners were: first prize, Rachel Eager (Petland Aquarium); second, Jessi Landon (Photo Cube); and third, Sarah Pluta (Photo Frame).

The library has something for everyone from newborn to 100. Its mission is to provide the diverse community it serves with access to ideas, information and a variety of educational, cultural, recreational and intellectual resources, and they do so in an inviting, accessible and ecoconscious manner. Do stop in and enjoy all that it has to offer. Lisa Jacobs, director, and board trustees Thelma Booker, Colleen Card, Donna Ferrara, Kimberly Judd, Daniel Kulp, Marcia Littenberg, Stephen Palmer, Jack Tyniec and Leonard Van Vliet work creatively to provide all it has to offer.

Barbara Van Scoy, a retired teacher affectionately known to her grandchildren as “Momma,” recently traveled with her grandson Danny Ruskowski to Decorah, Iowa, where he is beginning his freshman year at Luther College. After settling him in she drove to Newton, Iowa, to visit her daughter Heidi (Riverhead High School, Class of 1982) and granddaughter Luci. Barbara and Luci spent a day at the historic Iowa State Fair. Barbara is also very proud that her grandson Frank Ruskowski IV graduated from SUNY/Stony Brook in June with a degree in economics and her grandson Vincent Ruskowski began classes at Suffolk County Community College this week.

A belated happy birthday to Darren Dunn, who turned 40 on Aug. 26, with love from your wife, Jennifer.

Happy birthday to Sharon Sparrow on Sept. 2: Janet Luce on Sept. 4: Kathy Paulos, Gilles Bouchard and Freddy Miles Jr., Sept. 5; Janet Walsh, Cheryl Luparella, Meredith Bouchard and Brendon Madonia (who turns 16), Sept. 6; and Delaney Hughes, Sept. 7.

Happy transplant anniversary to Karen Paulick on Sept. 8. Best wishes for another year of good health.

Happy wedding anniversary to Paul and Peggy Sparrow on Sept. 1; Ginny and Ray Taylor, their 49th, on Sept. 3, from their lifelong friends; Michele and Tom Lynch, Sept. 4; Philip and Mary Kenter, their 53rd, Sept. 7; and Joe and Jeanine Zeltman, Sept. 8.

Get well wishes to Richie Anderson.

School opens on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Watch out for those yellow school buses.

Reminder: Any news you’d like me to put in the Sept. 9 issue must get to me by tonight, Thursday, Sept. 2, as the Times/Review office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

Happy Labor Day to all!