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Flanders News: Battle of the Bands applications now available

Happy Easter and Passover to all the friends and neighbors who are reading this column. I hope whatever you celebrate you celebrate with love, family and friends. It’s April so I’m hoping that it’s going to start getting a little bit warmer. This winter has been rough. When I woke up to snow Saturday and then it kept snowing all day, I have to admit, it kind of bummed me out. I was so glad to see blue sky and sunshine on Sunday, even if it was only 40 degrees. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that was the last, at least until next December.

Due to the white stuff on the ground last Sunday morning, the Big Duck Easter Egg Hunt had to be postponed. It’s scheduled for this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Big Duck Ranch. The event is free and there will be candy, games and prizes. A special guest will also be on hand even though he’s going to be pretty busy the day before Easter. Bring kids ages 2 to 9 and a basket for them to collect eggs in and prepare to have a lot of fun. Thanks to the Friends of the Big Duck and the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps for sponsoring this great event.

Band applications are now available for the Southampton Youth Bureau’s 13th annual Battle of the Bands. The submission deadline is Friday, May 15. Applicants must be high school students who reside in the Town of Southampton; bands must consist of at least three performing musicians. To download an application, visit and click on the Southampton Youth Bureau’s online calendar. For additional inquiries, call 702-2426.

The Friends of the Big Duck will host their annual craft fair and flea market May 23, with a rain date of May 24. Applications for a 10- by 10-foot booth are $50 and $100 for food vendors. Please call Doris at 727-0593 for more information and to reserve your spot early. More information will be provided in an upcoming column.

News from a very proud dad: Nicole Lennon will graduate with flying colors from Coast Guard Boot Camp in Cape May, N.J., Friday, April 3. Most of the family will be there to cheer her on. After a short leave at home, she will be stationed on the 87-foot Cutter Hammerhead, based in Woods Hole, Mass. Her Dad, sister Kim, relatives, friends and neighbors congratulate her and wish her well on her exciting future with the Coast Guard.

Happy Birthday wishes to Denise Allen, Patti Tocci and Cornelius Trent, who celebrate today, April 2; Laura Smith April 5; Terry Fleischman April 7; Meredith Halpin and my good West Coast friend Ralph Brown April 8; Tammy Tocci, Maureen Zebroski, Donna Cain and Kristy Wilkenson April 9; and Spencer Shea April 13. I hope everyone has a wonderful day doing whatever it is that makes you happiest.

That is all for this week. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. If you have any news you’d like to share call or email me. Drive safe.

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