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Flanders News: L.I. Duck Farming Exhibit set for Oct. 18

October is upon us, friends and neighbors. Time to put those flip-flops away. This time of year, although beautiful, always makes me very sad. Most of you know how I feel about the cold, wind and snow; I can’t stand it. I’ll admit, a good snowstorm that doesn’t cause a power outage is always nice around the holidays, but the many months of dealing with snow, ice and whipping wind — yuck! 

First up is Halloween. I just saw the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on a roof in Aquebogue this past weekend. I love it when people decorate their homes and would love to mention your hard work. If your house is decorated or you know of others that are, please let me know so that others can see it too. I give a lot of credit to those who spend countless hours decorating because I don’t do it. I have no talent when it comes to that. I’ll just go look at everyone else’s decorations and be amazed and feel like a kid again.

Here’s some very exciting news from the Friends of the Big Duck. The grand-opening celebration of the Long Island Duck Farming Exhibit at the Big Duck Ranch will be Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. Featured at the free event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, light fare and live music. All are invited!

The 6th Annual Autumn Antique Auto Show at Big Duck Ranch will be held the very next day, Sunday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 26. Bring your own car or truck (25 years and older) if you’d like to show it off, or walk around and check out the ones on display. Admission fee: $5 for adults; children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Cars: $15 pre-registered; $20 at the door. For more information, visit or call 631-284-3737.

Happy birthday to April Trent today, Thursday, Oct. 9; Kroy Griffin, Oct. 10; Elisa Ferrebee, Oct. 13; Jill Kruger, Oct. 14; Dr. Fatema Meah, Oct. 17; Dawn Crohan-Dawson and Fran Johnson, Oct. 19; and Tammy and Tracy Mickoliger, Oct. 22. I hope everyone has a fabulous day doing whatever it is that makes them happy.

Unfortunately, that is all for this week. Please remember to drive safely, put those cell phones down and watch out for our children. Because it’s getting darker much earlier and the sun is rising later, there are times when kids are standing outside waiting for the bus in the dark.

Have a great week. Please call or email me with any news you’d like to share.

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