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Flanders News: Apply now for Summer Dayz Enrichment Camp

If you heard a happy yell Sunday afternoon, that was me. It finally reached 60 degrees. For a minute it seemed like this winter wasn’t ever going to end. Now May is coming, and sometime during the second week I’ll make the trip to Oneonta one last time until August. I don’t mind it really — it’s nice to spend some alone time with my baby girl and catch up.

I must tell you a story. A week ago this past Friday, our cat, Pepper, went missing. Within a few hours of her not coming in, my daughter (from Oneonta), my son and I post on Facebook and Riverhead Local. She’s not a roamer and usually doesn’t go far, but she had been gone for a while. Well, skip ahead exactly one week of not one sighting, when two people contact the North Fork Animal Welfare League and speak to Gillian Wood Pultz, who then posted a notice on NFAWL’s Facebook page. After a quick phone call to me from Denise Civiletti — whose daughter Courtney saw the post while recovering from an emergency appendectomy (hope you’re feeling better, Court!) — my frantic call to Gillian and a phone call from an angel, we have her back! I can’t thank everyone enough but I must particularly thank Butch and Elizabeth Carusona, who took excellent care of Pepper. It’s very scary when your pet goes missing and you hope and pray they aren’t in pain or being mistreated. To have such wonderful people care for her and try to find her owners — I think you all know what I mean. Butch and Elizabeth are forever known as “cat saviors,” and I thank God for putting all the people who were instrumental in getting her home in our path.

The Friends of the Big Duck will host a Craft Fair and Flea Market Saturday, May 23, rain date May 24, and they are now selling 10 x 10 spaces for crafts and sales products at $50, for food vendors at $100. Please call 727-0593. Call your family and friends and pitch in to rent a space for a great little yard sale or to share your craft creations. It’s always a great event and a great way to support all the projects the Friends manage.

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau is accepting applications for their Summer Dayz Enrichment Camp program at The Drop Spot, 655 Flanders Road. Starting July 6 and ending Aug. 27, the program offers eight weeks of exploration, arts and crafts and water activities plus one weekly field trip. Children going into grades 4 to 7 are eligible. Fees are as follows: first camper, $400; second (sibling) camper, $350; weekly, $75. You get a discount of $50 off the first camper fee if it is paid by May 15. For an application, visit For information, call 702-2425.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Roger Lao, today, April 16! Play some golf or something and then take Mrs. Lao to dinner. Laura Levasseur also celebrates today — happy birthday to you, too. Jimi Hinchy and Amanda Makson celebrate April 19, Joseph Pettit April 20, Donna Gordon April 21, and Rocky Dispenziere and Linda Wallace April 24. I hope everyone has a great day!

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading. Please remember to call or email me with any news you’d like to share. As the weather gets warmer, I hope that means you have parties, anniversaries or weddings you want to talk about. I’d love to write about it all. Have a wonderful weekend and please remember to drive safe.

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