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Flanders News: Fire department’s blood drive a success

Hello, everyone. The Lennon-Scha-decker family will be very busy celebrating a lot of birthdays between now and August. Happy birthday to John Schadecker on July 24 and Debbie Schadecker on July 30.

A big happy 40th birthday to J.J. Lennon on Aug. 2; happy 12th birthday to Miranda Lennon on Aug. 6, and happy birthday to Jimmy Lennon on Aug. 9. Wishing all of you a wonderful day!

There was an amazing turnout for the blood drive hosted last week by the Flanders Fire Department and Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association. Over 120 people showed up and 86 pints were collected. Thank you to everyone who stuck out the long wait due to the overwhelming number of donors. An extra-special thanks to Babs Swislosky and Patty Hopkins for all their hard work in making the drive a success, and congratulations to the winners of the Mets tickets, Fred Foelsch and Carl Hanson.

The Flanders Cemetery Association would like to thank FRNCA for the donation of American flags that were placed in the cemetery for Memorial Day to honor our veterans buried there. A special thank-you to Pat and Wayne Hopkins for helping to make it happen. The association would also like to thank Lisa and Lane for their donation of flags last year and for everything they do for the cemetery.

Flanders, Riverside and Northampton are very close to finally getting their own ZIP code. Rep. Lee Zeldin added a request to a larger bill introduced last week that would establish a ZIP code for the three hamlets. For over 20 years our civic leaders and residents have been working at this and this is the closest we’ve ever come. Fingers crossed!

Flanders Fire Department will host its third annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 12, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at The Vineyards Golf Club in Aquebogue. The cost is $165 per golfer and sign-in is at 7:30 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and beverages throughout the course. Afterward, there will be a three-hour open bar, buffet dinner, dessert, 50/50 raffle and contests. The event is limited to the first 23 paid foursomes. Enter by Aug. 15 by calling ex-chief Scott Lambeck at 631-740-0706 or emailing [email protected]

Congratulations to Kurt and Maureen of Sylvan Avenue, who were named the official winners of FRNCA’s Yard of the Month. It’s the second month in a row a house on Sylvan Avenue has been named the victor! Who will step up next month? Email your nominations to Ron Fisher at [email protected]

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, check out the duck farming exhibit located in the restored barn at Big Duck Ranch. Admission is free and there will be a lot of information, videos and displays. The Friends of The Big Duck are in need of some summer and fall “exhibit sitters” on Saturdays and Sundays from around noon to 3 or 4 p.m. You can bring a chair and chat with visitors. If interested, email Doris at [email protected] or call 631-727-0593. If they get enough volunteers, you will only be needed once or twice during the summer and fall.

The next Friends of the Big Duck meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

There will be a joint community civic association meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Crohan center. The discussion will center around goals for the rest of 2016 and recapping what has been accomplished so far this year. Come on down and bring your ideas.

Flanders Men’s Club will hold its annual clambake from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Food will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and admission is $55 per person. For tickets, call 631-428-3547.

That’s it for this week. Stay safe and stay cool out there, everyone. If you have elderly neighbors, please remember to check up on them and make sure they are safe in this heat.

Kathy KruelContact Flanders, Riverside and Northampton columnist Kathy Kruel at 631-727-5530 or [email protected]