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I woke up Monday morning to an exquisite fantasy land of glistening ice sculptures and frozen fox prints in the snow. And as I went outside, all bundled up and listening for my “wild friends” who were quietly waiting in their wintery hide-a-ways, I once again realized how very special and magical it is to live here.

This Sunday, January 25, members of the East Quogue United Methodist Church will be honoring all the recently departed and auxiliary members of the East Quogue Fire Department during a special “Blue Sunday” service that begins at 9 a.m. All are welcome.

Members of the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee would like to send a special thank you to Southampton Town Board member Anna Throne-Holst for her enlightening talk and interesting comments during last week’s meeting.

Very special wishes go to East Quogue’s Doug Baulch on his marriage to Dianne Watson, formerly of East Quogue. The Christmas Eve wedding took place in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The happy couple will be snowbirds, dividing their time between East Quogue and Florida.

Congratulations to all of our East Quogue scholars who were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Kristen Alestra and Shari Griswold are juniors majoring in theatre arts. Lauren Ciuzio, a sophomore, is majoring in adolescence education and Earth science. Morgan Lonnie, a junior, is majoring in English, and Lauren Tonnesen, a senior, is majoring in finance.

Need something interesting to do on a cold winter evening? Then join your neighbors this Saturday, January 24, at the Quogue Library for its monthly Film Feast. The featured film will be “Man on Wire,” a fascinating documentary about the extraordinary adventure of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit who, on August 7, 1974, stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the Twin Towers.

The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7:15 p.m. The price of admission is a beverage and a dish that serves at least six. Please call the library at 653-4224 to register.

The Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce that the ice skating rink at Shinnecock Canal Park, located at 6 Newtown Road in Hampton Bays, is open for skating. As long as the weather remains cold, the rink will be open until 7 p.m. each day. So dust off those skates, bundle up and come on down for some great fun.

Do you still have your Boy Scout uniform? If you do, then the East Quogue United Methodist Church needs your help. Donations of Cub, Webelos and Boy Scout uniforms can be left at the Thrift Shop between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Speaking of the Wesley House Thrift and Gift Shop, the miniature “school house/doll house” that was donated was acquired by the East Quogue Historical Society. A second donation was also made of a “Christmas doll house.” Does anyone have any information about or know who donated these lovely doll houses? If you do, please call Karen Pica at 653-5597 or e-mail KarenPica@aol.com.

The members of the East Quogue Historical Society would like to thank Shirley Lutz for her very generous donations. Her pictures, mementos and artifacts are priceless and will be displayed in the Bayview House. I was fascinated with a “hand-wrought nail” that was used in 1882 in the construction of the East Quogue United Methodist Church.

The Group for the East End is looking for team-oriented community members to help fix or replace osprey poles along the South Fork in time for the upcoming nesting season. This project involves heavy lifting and takes place in a cold, outdoor environment. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and be physically fit. Both male and female volunteers are welcome. For more information, please contact Kate Schertel at 765-6450, ext. 208 or kschertel@eastendenvironment.org.

A reminder that the annual meeting of the East Quogue Cemetery Association will be held this Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m., in the parish hall of the East Quogue United Methodist Church on Montauk Highway. All stockholders and lot owners are welcome to attend.

Are you looking for something fun to do on a sunny winter weekend? Then how about taking a seal cruise on Hempstead Bay aboard one of the vessels of Captain Lou’s fleet? A naturalist from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation will discuss the behaviors and local habitat of harbor seals and other marine life encountered during the voyages.

Captain Lou’s boats have heated cabins for comfortable viewing and snack bars. Cruises launch every Saturday and Sunday through April 12. For reservations, please call 369-9840 or visit riverheadfoundation.org.

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