Well, we finally passed it — March 20, the first day of spring. The green of St. Patrick’s Day was the perfect introduction to the color the grass will soon be turning. Each day should see more people spending time outside, shedding some layers and actually enjoying the breeze.
I caught up with Kevin Mann, retired Shoreham-Wading River High School teacher and leader of the Global Awareness Club, which is synonymous with Hope Children’s Fund. If you’d like to see Mr. Mann and find yourself in Riverhead, he participates in the indoor farmers market there on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just go to McCabe’s on Main Street, at the former Dinosaur Walk. The Hope Children’s Fund booth is on the lower level, at the bottom of the staircase. You’ll get to experience a “‘Lil Bit of Kenya.” Mr. Mann appreciates your patronage, as will some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Mr. Mann believes that “together we can make a real difference.” The market runs through May 17.
When I first moved to Wading River, I was happy to find a prayer group affiliated with St. John the Baptist R.C. Church on North Wading River Road, of which Nancy Jantzen is a member. I was both shocked and saddened to learn that her brother-in-law, Don, passed away recently. I was privileged to hear firsthand stories from Nancy about the Jantzen family — Jesse and Corey and their incredible wrestling feats, and one of their three daughters, Melissa, who was so great at field hockey. Their talents came from their dad. My heart goes out to the Jantzen family. I pray that God will walk with you as you walk through this difficult time.
St. John the Baptist R.C. Church will be presenting a live drama for your Lenten journey. The Stations of the Cross will be performed Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. Any questions, call 428-0104.
Jody Mitchell is a published author from Wading River. She has written a book of poetry called “Angels & Ogres,” a true survival story done to verse. Watch for North Shore Public Library’s brochure in the mail. April is when Jody and her book will be featured.
It’s time for me to sign off and ask that you meet me back here in two weeks. If you have any news or announcements, please email me.
Contact Wading River columnist Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.