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Hello and welcome to the last column of 2008! Wow, could that be? Is it really time to celebrate the start of another year? It seems that the older I get, the faster the years go by. Now, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about that but, nonetheless, it is true.

As we get ready to welcome 2009, I want to thank everyone who has read my column this year, especially all of you who have sent me e-mails with tidbits to write about. Without all of you there would be no “On Flanders Bay” column. So thank you, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!

So, the first real snow of the year
has come and gone. Still, my fingers
will remain crossed that it will
be snowing again when we wake up on Christmas morning. I have a legitimate reason for yearning for a white Christmas this year. You see, it seems that somewhere along the line Mackenzie, my 2-year-old daughter, got
the impression that it is only Christmas when it is snowing—actually
snowing. So, if it is not snowing on Thursday morning, there will be a lot of explaining to do.

Mackenzie has already shared with us that “me hate Santa,” so it already sounds like it will be an interesting holiday in my household. I will let you know how we made out in the next column. In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for snow and no sightings of the big guy in the red suit.

The Hautsch family of Jamesport
and of the Jamesport Manor Inn will
be hosting a buffet luncheon in
memory of their son, Ryan Hautsch, a Riverhead High School student who died in an automobile accident while on his way to school. The luncheon
will be held at the inn on Sunday,
January 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for
teenagers and $12 for children.
The price includes coffee, soda and tea. All proceeds from the luncheon
will go toward a scholarship fund for local culinary arts students. Those wishing to attend are asked to call 
722-0500 and secure a reservation
before Wednesday, January 7.

I know the Hautsches from my stint in musical theatre with the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre.
They are a wonderful family and this luncheon is a way for them to keep
their son’s memory alive while, at the same time, helping local students who share Ryan’s love of cooking.
I know people who attended last year’s
luncheon and they tell me that the food is excellent. The cookies alone were worth the price of admission.

The Southampton Town Department of Senior Services is hosting a Winter Carnival on Tuesday, January 13,
starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue
Avenue. They ask that you join them for some winter games and outrageous
fun! Stay and enjoy a delicious hot lunch, too.

Remember to get your tickets for
the Bayview Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association’s Winter Soiree that
will be held on Friday, January 9,
from 7 until 10 p.m., at the newly
renovated David Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road. Tickets are $10 each and include a buffet dinner, live music by the Notations and
raffles.
If you are interested in attending,
please give Fran Cobb, the group’s vice president, a buzz at 727-5342.

Well, Flanders, that is all for this year. Have a very happy and safe holiday. Enjoy the New Year and be careful out there. I will talk to you in 2009!

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