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Flanders News: Rubber Duck Race set for Aug. 9

Julianna Elefonte cheers on as the ducks near the finish line last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
Julianna Elefonte cheers on as the ducks near the finish line last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Hello, friends and neighbors. Thanks to everyone who sent me news this week. I have a bit to report so I’m going to jump right in. 

The David Crohan Community Center/Flanders Senior Center is hosting many upcoming events, so mark these dates on your calendar. On Mondays, July 21 and July 28, line dancing will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Tuesdays, July 22 and 29, a drawing class will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, July 23 and 30, will feature a chair exercise class at 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 24 and 31, will offer shell painting at 10 a.m. followed by a nutrition discussion at 10:30. Fridays, July 25 and Aug. 1, will again have country line dancing for everyone at 10:30. Lunch and transportation will be available.

On Friday, July 18, from 3 to 7 p.m., the center will host a twilight dinner to celebrate July birthdays, with music by Tom Parris. Pre-registration is required; please call 702-2375 to sign up or if you have questions about these events or other issues. Don’t forget Southampton Town offers lunch and transportation services for our seniors. Take advantage of services that are here for you.

The Friends of the Big Duck will hold their second annual Rubber Duck Race Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Flanders Men’s Club, starting at noon. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 10, same time, same place. A $5 donation must accompany each rubber duckie entered in the race. This is a great event and everyone had lots of fun last year. Call Fran at 727-5342 for more information and to register, or check out the website, Entry applications are also available at the Big Duck Store.

If you ride down Flanders Road, chances are you’ve seen the signs that Sue Tocci Dispenziere and her family have erected in the memory of their sister, Barbara, and Hayley, the fiancée of Barbara’s son Thomas, who were tragically killed in accidents within months of each other early in 2014. I say it all the time and I cannot stress enough how dangerous texting and driving or drinking or using drugs and driving are to the rest of us on the road. Please, please, please refrain from touching that cell phone when you’re driving and NEVER drink or use drugs and drive. Even cough syrup. Yes, it does affect you. We are all guilty of it and I don’t deny that I’ve used my phone while in the car, but I’ve consciously been trying my best to just leave the phone alone. It usually isn’t that important and when it has been important, I have pulled over and dealt with the call. Try to do the same, especially with children in the car. Lead by example.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Kevin Dupuis on July 20; Tim Booker on July 25; Zach Smith on July 28; world’s best dad, Jim Zaleski, July 29; and Debi Schadecker and my good friend Joan Kujawski on July 30. I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

July is really flying by. Make sure you enjoy each and every day of summer because it goes by quickly, or at least it seems to me that it’s cruising at jet speed. Traffic is getting a bit crazy lately with vacationers out and about, so try to have some patience on the roads. Slow down and just relax. You’ll get where you’re going and in one piece if we all just drive right.

Thanks for reading this column and thanks to Ruth and Doris and all who send me info to share with the community. I could not do it without you. Have a great week. See you around the neighborhood.

Contact Flanders columnist Tanya Doherty at 727-8687 or [email protected].