Aquebogue-Jamesport Column: Senior merits Merit commendation; recorder concert coming up

Special congratulations to Aquebogue resident Nicholas Motlenski, a senior at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, for being named Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Despite receiving this outstanding accolade, they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships. Congratulations, Nicholas, for being recognized for all your hard work in the pursuit of academic excellence!

We also want to extend special congratulations to Jamesport resident Allison Murphy, who won a special honor at the Riverhead Country Fair. Allison won second place in the Decorated Pumpkin contest for the 4-and-under category. I didn’t get to see Ally’s pumpkin but I do know that she is a very creative young lady. Congratulations, Ally!

Don’t miss the bird walk at Hallockville this weekend. Jody Levin, a great North Fork birding expert, will lead the search for migratory fall birds through the woods and fields surrounding Hallockville on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Call 298-5292 or email [email protected] Fee is $5 for Hallockville members, $6 for non-members. Heavy rain cancels the program.

I thought I missed this last weekend, but then I read my column. The Save the Grange Campaign is sponsoring a book sale of used, new, rare and out-of-print books on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange, 5268 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Those wishing to donate books to help them buy a new stove are asked to drop them off on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grange Hall. For more information, contact the Rev. Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231 or 631-608-3827, or email her at [email protected]

On Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m., the Jamesport Meeting House will present the Recorder Orchestra of New York. The orchestra will perform “The Unexpected Recorder,” an eclectic program offering music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, along with a variety of contemporary and swing selections. Donation is $15; students are $10. Refreshments will be available after the concert. For information, email [email protected]

I can’t believe November is just around the corner! Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue will be holding its Fall Soup Supper on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. As in previous years, the menu includes a variety of different soups, breads, beverages and desserts. Tickets, $12 for adults and $9 for children under 12, are available by calling Lenny at 722-3580.

As I write this, the weather is truly spectacular! I hope you are enjoying it and getting outside for some fall fun! Please keep me posted on your special events through email or my cell. Have a beautiful week!