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Here’s a little trivia tidbit for you. This is the earliest Easter that any of us will ever see. The next time Easter will arrive this early will be in the year 2228—220 years from now. The last time it was this early was in 1913, so if you’re 95 or older, you are one of the few people who remember that holiday.

Happy spring and Happy Easter, dear friends and neighbors!

Boy Scout Troop 242 recently held an Eagle Court of Honor for its newest Eagle Scout, Bruce A. King Jr. of Hampton Bays, at the Riverhead Moose Lodge. Those in attendance to present Bruce with proclamations and other honors were U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., and representatives from State Senator Ken LaValle’s and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s offices.

Also on hand were Southampton Town Board members Dan Russo and Chris Nuzzi, Riverhead Town Supervisor Phil Cardinale and Councilman Jim Wooten, guests from the Suffolk County Council Boy Scouts of America and the National Eagle Scout Association, as well as many family members and friends.

Bruce’s Scoutmaster, John Dominioni, was quoted as saying that only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts reach this level of achievement. To become an Eagle Scout, a young man must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills—earning at least 21 merit badges along the way. Congratulations on a job very well done, Bruce!

Happy birthday wishes go out to Michael Stewart from Christine and Betty. Michael celebrates his big day on Saturday, March 22.

Donna is back at the Hampton Bays Public Library for knitting classes on five consecutive Thursdays, beginning tonight, March 20, at 7 p.m. Call 728-6241 or stop by the circulation desk to reserve a spot.

Here are the holiday listings of church services being offered in the community:

The Hampton Bays United Methodist Church will have a Maundy Thursday Seder service with Holy Communion tonight, Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Tomorrow, Good Friday, there will be a worship service at 7 p.m. The church will be open for individual prayer and meditation from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Holy Saturday, March 22. On Easter Sunday, March 23, there will be an 8 a.m. family worship service and a 10 a.m. festival service.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will be offering a Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist service tonight, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. The church will be open until 10 p.m. for meditation and prayer. A Good Friday Liturgy will be held at noon, a Stations of the Cross service for adults and children will take place at 3 p.m., and a Tenebrae service will be offered at 7:30 p.m. On Holy Saturday, March 22, the Great Vigil of Easter will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Fireside Room. Easter Sunday Festival Holy Eucharist services will be offered at 8 and 10 a.m.

Christ Our Saviour Lutheran Church will have a Maundy Thursday potluck dinner tonight, March 20, at 6 p.m. followed by a service at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, there will be a Cantata at 7:30 p.m. There will be an Easter Dawn service at the Ponquogue Beach pavilion at 7 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. worship service at the church.

St. Rosalie’s Roman Catholic Church will have a Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. The church will be open until midnight for visits to the Blessed Sacrament. On Good Friday, masses are at 9 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday prayer is at 9 a.m. and an Easter Vigil mass will be at 7:30 p.m. The East End Easter sunrise mass will be celebrated at Shinnecock Inlet beach at 6:30 a.m. Masses at the church will be at 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Easter Sunday mass in East Quogue will be offered at 9 a.m.

The members of the Hampton Bays Civic Association are having their next general membership meeting on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue. Southampton Town Councilman Christopher Nuzzi is the scheduled guest speaker. All are encouraged to attend.

The St. Rosalie’s Parish Center Food Pantry is in need of the following items: canned vegetables, pasta sauce, rice, jelly, pancake mix and syrup. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the parish center. Thank you!

The Southampton Youth Bureau is hosting its sixth annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Friday, April 4, from 6 until 11 p.m., at the Southampton Town Recreation Center, 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. The fee is $15 per team if you register by Friday, March 28, or $30 at the door. This event is open to all students in sixth through 12th grade. Call 702-2425 for more information or to sign up.

Our Lady of the Hamptons Ladies’ Luncheon and Chinese Auction will be held on Sunday, April 6, from noon until 4 p.m., at Atlantica in Westhampton Beach. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 905-3254 for reservations.

The Hampton Bays Mystery Players will present a Mystery Dinner Play, titled “Hi-Jinks on the High Seas,” on Friday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson-Warner Hall. Tickets for the play and a chicken Parmesan dinner are $18 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Tables of 10 may be reserved. For reservations, please call 728-0515 or 728-1660.

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