Aquebogue-Jamesport: Fire Department accepting scholarship nominees

Paulette Sikora of Aquebogue called me last week with an exciting update on her daughter, Ashley, a 1998 graduate of Mercy High School. Ashley graduated from Loyola in 2002 and went on to earn her juris doctorate from American University Washington College of Law in 2005. She worked as a pro bono lawyer for five years at House of Ruth Maryland — one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers — helping thousands of battered women and their children find safety and security. Ashley continues to serve there as a trial lawyer. She was recently assigned as assistant U.S. attorney in Carroll County, Md., where she serves as a prosecutor. Ashley’s parents, Bob and Paulette, are very proud of their daughter. Congratulations to all of you!

The Save The Grange Horticulture Series: “Organic Horticulture Made Simple for Beginners and Established Gardeners” continues this week. This week’s lectures are as follows — tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 18: “Healing, Dowsing, Geopathic Stress: Slim Spurling’s Light-Life Tools,” given by Susan and Scott Anderson; Wednesday, Feb. 23: “Compost and Compost Teas, Turf, Flowers, Trees and Shrubs,” given by Jeff Frank.

If you are seeking the “something more” spiritually, then check out the weekly gatherings “Introduction to Spiritual Formation: Exploring the Way”. The language of the spiritual journey and what it is about will be discussed. For eight weeks, a small group will look into questions and issues of faith. The first gathering will be held Thursday, March 3, at 7:15 p.m. at The Parsonage (7 Lagoon Court, Jamesport). Limited to 12 participants. To reserve a seat, e-mail MaryAnn Suozzi, Spiritual Renewal Center coordinator, at [email protected], or call Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231 by Tuesday, Feb. 22. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

Jamesport Fire Department will be awarding two $750 scholarships and two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who live in the Jamesport Fire District or who has a parent who is a Jamesport firefighter. Some restrictions apply. Applications are available in the guidance offices at Riverhead or Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, or at the Jamesport Fire Department. Applications must be submitted to the guidance departments by April 15, 2011, or mailed to Jamesport Fire Department, P.O. Box 54, Jamesport, NY 11947.
Spring is just around the corner and so is Old Steeple Community Church’s soup supper! Check the column next week for details.

My husband and I decided we’re going to designate a few hours each Sunday afternoon a date and visit one of the local wineries offering Jazz on the Vine concerts, as we did this past weekend. This is our 25th year of marriage, so we thought we would get a little creative and support the arts and our local economy at the same time!