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Riverhead News: Busy month of birthday celebrations



Congratulations to Karen and Michael Skop on the birth of their daughter, Adelaide Rose, born Jan. 25 weighing nine pounds and measuring 22 inches. Her big sister, Evelyn, is so happy to have a sister to play with. Grandparents Nancy and Howie Gassert and Susan and Victor Skop are so thrilled with the new addition to their family. The students at Aquebogue Elementary, where Karen is a kindergarten teacher, are also very happy to hear the great news.

Save the date! Peconic Bay Medical Center volunteers will host a Valentine’s Day bake sale in the lobby Friday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to stop by to get some delicious home-baked goodies while supporting your local hospital.

Ever-Ready Engine Company No. 3 of the Riverhead Fire Department held its annual installation/inspection of officers Jan. 31 at Baiting Hollow Country Club. Secretary Joe Bernat was given the oath of office by 3rd assistant chief Tim Corwin; 2nd Lt. Joe Hartmann and 1st Lt. Ken Nabrezny were sworn in by 2nd assistant chief Pete Jackman; and Captain Tom Pipczynski Jr. was sworn in by 1st assistant chief Kevin Brooks. The officers were then sworn in to their appointed positions by Chief Joe Raynor. Each year a member of the company is picked by the officers to receive the prestigious A. Lloyd Case Award. This year Georgette Case, daughter of the late A. Lloyd Case, presented the award to ex-chief George “Gio” Woodson. Also, the following members received plaques recognizing their years of dedicated service: 20 years — 1st Lt. Kenny Nabrezny, ex-captain Joe Hartmann and ex-captain Ed Hodun; 25 years — ex-chief Gio Woodson, firefighter Phil Keiper and firefighter Donald Owen; 30 years — ex-captain Frank Totten; 35 years — firefighter Harold “Bo” Goodale; and 40 years — firefighter Corky Young.

Happy birthday to Samuel Halsey, Sue Chorzempa, Christopher Salerno, Ron Caffrey, Linda Ceckowski, Ruth Ann Collins and Barbara Bouchard on Feb. 14; Laura Wooten-Levine on the 15th; Elizabeth Hill, Lance Hugelmeyer (who turns 4) and Aidyn White (who turns 2) on the 16th; Reilly Butler, Meghan O’Brien, Brian Stark and Judy Hettrick on the 17th; Kendall Van Houten, Phil Kenter and Jaclyn Meyer on the 18th; John Kowalsi, Kim Barnes, Stafka Van Kurin and my good friend Peggy Sparrow on the 19th; Craig Moore, Greg Hulse, Matthew Guida and Mary Kenter on the 20th; Antonio DeGrasse, Delanie Warner and Paula Smith on the 21st; Teresa Kulhan, Jorge Ortiz, Nick Grefe, Jocelyn Halikias, Tracy Stelzel, Candee Loper, Shaun Bulak and Brian Cheshire on the 22nd; Bill Kelly, Sandra Doroski, Christina Sacchitello, Jeffrey Paulick and Jean Marie Costello-Quinn on the 23rd; Linda Ogeka and Dot Madonia on the 24th; Dawn Jasinski, Nes Kramer, Claudio Popolizio and Sharon Anderson on the 25th; and Melinda Young, David Lantz and Linda Myrden on the 26th. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy anniversary to Michon and Tim Griffing on Feb. 19. Have a great day.

Be sure to check the calendar of events for RFD’s Ladies Auxiliary’s “Old-Fashioned Breakfast,” to be held Sunday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon at the firehouse.

Sincere sympathy to the family of Harold “Smokey” Schaefer, who had been a member of the fire department’s Ever Ready Engine Company No. 3 for 73 years. God rest his soul.

Don’t forget to fly your flag on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17.

Contact Kathy Berezny at [email protected] or 727-6148