Calverton Column: Happy Columbus Day!

Just a reminder, Indian summer does not officially begin until after we’ve had our first frost. All the warm weather we are currently experiencing does not mean we can celebrate this event. Be patient; it will come. In the meantime, enjoy what we have — be it chilly or toasty.

Riley Avenue Elementary School will be closed for Columbus Day. Parents and their children will hopefully get to sleep in a little bit later on Oct. 10. Enjoy.

‘Meet the Teachers’ night will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, for grades K-2. Parents are urged to attend to get a feel of what our great school is all about. If you haven’t been to Riley before, do go. Spirit Day at Riley will take place Friday, Oct. 14. It is sure to be a fun time. Also, I do believe the annual Halloween parade is in the works. I will keep you updated.

A very happy anniversary to my son, Rob, and his wife, Jaime, on their third wedding anniversary Oct. 11. In addition to their boxer, Rocky, their daughter, Julia, will be in on the celebrations this year. Julia turns 10 months old, also on the 11th. She is adorable and I am a very proud grandma indeed. Congratulations, Jaime and Rob, and wishes from all your family and friends for many more years of happiness together.

Rob’s cousin Scott Kulesa, formerly of Baiting Hollow, and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, a boy named Kellen James Kulesa, on Sept. 29. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. I’m sure brand-new grandma Jane Kulesa is very excited. We welcome you to the grandparent club. Congratulations everyone. Enjoy little Kellen, as he will grow very quickly.

Those wishing to enter the pumpkin- and vegetable-decorating/carving contest at the Riverhead Country Fair can do so from 7 to 9 a.m. on the day of this wonderful event, Sunday, Oct. 9. The contest is open to ages 4 to adult. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any vegetable can be used so be creative. Good luck, it’s lots of fun. For more details and contest rules visit, call 722-3873, or email [email protected]

I hope we all have a great Columbus Day weekend. May you get to where you have to go easily, may our farm stands flourish and may the weather be great. Till next time, be safe and I shall talk to you then. Bye.