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Riverhead News: 120th birthday celebration at Riverhead Free Library

While eating breakfast July 9 at Lolly’s Hut, Barbara Mongelout was thoroughly surprised with a special birthday cake and round of birthday wishes from Lolly and her crew. Everyone wished Barbara a truly happy birthday. Leftover cake was wrapped up so she could share a piece with her husband, Peter, at Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Riverhead Free Library will celebrate its 120th birthday from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Osborne Avenue will be blocked off and there will be lots of family fun, including DJ Tom Damiani; Irish step dancers from Kyleen Vernon’s dance studio, My Pulse My Passion; a display of Native American artifacts; a table celebrating veterans and books donated by Gretchen Martens, the “Veteran Lady” who wrote “Untying the Yellow Ribbon,” which depicts transforming how veterans and communities thrive; bubbles for children; goody bags for the entire family; and so much more. Also, special guest county Legislator Al Krupski should be on hand to present a proclamation for this special year for RFL. Bring your beach chair and enjoy an afternoon of fun! Call the library for more information, 631-727-3228.

A woodcarving display at the library presents the work of Angel Santiago, whose pieces feature Dr. Seuss, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, M&M candy figures and much more. Angel took an interest in woodworking when he saw gentlemen carving at a Riverhead Country Fair booth many years ago, when they were raffling off a Noah’s Ark. So he asked them questions, got some tips on how to do it and his hobby began. Take some time to check out Angel’s collection, which is getting bigger and bigger — he said at some point he will need to part with some carvings. If you’re interested in any, you can email him at [email protected] It is simply amazing work.

Booked for Lunch will be held at the library Friday, July 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the adult and information librarians as they introduce some of the latest authors and fiction and non-fiction titles. Drinks and cookies will be served.

The Knights of Columbus will again be at Best Yet Market in Riverhead for their food drive to help St. John’s pantry on Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to noon. Grand Knight Charlie Drowns and his members do a great job, working hard to fill the needs of the community. They will also be holding a food drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Riverhead Stop and Shop to fill the pantry at St. Isidore. Be sure to mark your calendars and say hello to the group as they do what they love while volunteering.

Happy birthday wishes go to Joseph Doremus and Bill Bilskii today, July 21; Brenda Boyd and Susan Miles, July 22; Debbie Fisher, Matthew and Andrew Van der Creek and Kyle Warner, July 23; Sheila Muller, Bernie Hettrick and Gail Yeager, July 24; Roseanne Berezny and Dave Hartmayer, July 26; Christopher Costantini, July 27; Pat Carey, Jim Grace and Linda Mueller, July 28; Anna Pekar, July 29; Michon Griffing, Frederica Miles and Marilyn Blumstein, July 30; Jacob Lawrence, who turns three on July 31; Zach Daters, Aug. 1; Sue Arnau, Pat Contino and Nicole Mielnicki (who turns 23) on Aug. 2; and Nicole and Kim Staib, Aug. 3.

Hoping you are enjoying the fresh vegetables available at our local farm stands. Summer is a great time to be with family and friends, enjoying some cooking on the barbecue.

Marine Lance Cpl. Adam Bugdin, son of Bobby Bugdin Jr. and Lori Dellurosso, has been deployed in the Mediterranean on the USS WASP for nine months. His family is proud of him and hopes the community will keep him in their prayers.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 at [email protected].