Riverhead Column: Donate books Oct. 28 to help Save the Grange

Congratulations to the following local winners of Riverhead Country Fair’s pumpkin- and vegetable-carving/decorating contest: Cameron Seebeck, Melinda Notaro, Hannah O’Neil, Anastasia Stapon, Ryken Kutner, Lily Kutner, Ella Malanga, Nevaeh Laird, Sean Donohue, Katy Donahue and Kyle Donahue. What a beautiful array of creative arrangements.

A book-signing and presentation of town historian Georgette Case’s new book. “We Will Not Forget: Riverhead’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors,” will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 273, 89 Hubbard Ave., to celebrate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. Books are $20 and can be pre-ordered from Ms. Case at her office, 542 East Main St., Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at the town clerk’s office at Riverhead Town Hall. Guests will include the 88th Regiment New York State Volunteers; Civil War enactors, who will discuss camp life; and descendants of Riverhead Town soldiers. Descendants are asked to call Ms. Case at 369-9177. Leave your name, phone number, and the name of the soldier. Stay tuned for more details.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program based on biblical principles dealing with all kinds of addictions — drinking, drugs, gambling, overeating, among many others. This program brings people together to discover a new level of care, acceptance, trust and grace. Open to those 18 and over, meetings are held at Living Water Full Gospel Church in Riverhead every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Step one begins Thursday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 722-4969 or email [email protected]

The Grange is looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books for its fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Save the Grange Campaign. Donations can be dropped off at the Grange, 5268 Sound Ave., Riverhead, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funds raised will help them to purchase a new stove. Bring your friends. For more information, call the Rev. Dianne Rodriguez at 631-608-3827 or email her at [email protected]

It’s never too early to collect donations for local food pantries. First Parish Church, UCC in Riverhead is now accepting donations of canned, jarred and boxed goods on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. There will be baskets inside the foyer located at the east side entrance of the church in which to place your goods. Do consider giving what you can during this upcoming holiday season to help fill the pantries in our community. Tell a friend!

Belated birthday wishes to Alerie Burke on Oct. 26. Hope you have a great year.

Happy birthday to Peter Cybulski and Nicole Levasseuer on Oct. 27; Marge Sears and Henry Wojewocki (who celebrates his 95th), Oct. 28; Austin Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Tim Hynds, Oct. 30; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Tonya Trent, Diane Reeve and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 2. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy wedding anniversary to Lucy and Jim Creighton on Oct. 28; Tom and Donna Grodski, Oct. 29; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 1; and Joe and Mary Ann Kaelin, Nov. 2. Be sure to celebrate.

Get well wishes to Joe Berezny.

Happy Halloween to all!