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Aquebogue News: Spelling bee set for Friday

Happy birthday/congratulations go out to some younger members of the community. First, congratulations to the Palmer family on the birth of Kellen Robert Palmer, born May 11, weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 20 1/4 inches. Kellen is the son of Greg and Ashley Sikora Palmer of Baltimore, Md., and is the newest grandson of Bob and Paulette Sikora of Aquebogue, who spent the week in Baltimore getting to know their grandson. Congratulations and many blessings to the Palmer/Sikora family on this new addition.

May birthdays abound in the Corwin family of Aquebogue. Happy birthday to dad Blake Corwin, who will celebrate his 32nd on May 21. Also, happy birthday blessings and congratulations to his dear daughter, Lila, who will turn 3 on the 31st. Her mom, Jasmine, says that their farm girl will celebrate with a tractor and tutu party. Sounds like fun!

The Jamesport Meeting House will hold its second annual community spelling bee Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Several computer glitches caused the Meeting House website to be down for several days, which meant that those wanting to sign up to compete in the spelling bee were unable to register online. The site is now up and working again: There may still be room to register. Competitors may also call a special hotline at 631-722-0008. Proceeds of the competition will go toward restoring the 284-year-old house, which is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Those wishing to sponsor spellers should also call 722-0008.

Hallockville’s Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of vendors will be selling furniture, antiques, collectibles, household items, memorabilia, tools and more — truly something for everyone. Plus, Hallockville will be selling an assortment of treasures that were donated to be sold as a fundraiser for the museum. You don’t want to miss this one! Vendor tables are still available. To reserve vendor space or to donate items, call 298-5292 or email [email protected]. Pickup of items can be arranged.

The Riverhead Garden Club is grateful to Old Steeple Church in Aquebogue for opening its grounds Saturday for the club’s annual plant sale. The club reported that despite the inclement weather the event was a great success. Visitors were able to buy plants at reasonable prices and receive advice on caring for them from club members. The garden club will continue to award scholarships to local students who wish to study horticulture and related subjects.

This holiday weekend marks the start of the summer tourist season. As I write this I’m wrapped in a blanket near an open window. It’s really quite unbelievable! I am definitely behind in gardening this spring. Hopefully warmer days are ahead. I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day festivities and remember those who have risked their lives so that we can live in freedom. Have a great week!

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897.