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This weekend is Super Bowl weekend and I, as well as many others, are looking forward to a great game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. We will be having company here to watch the game and I am sure that more than a few new rivalries will be formed.

As for me, I am rooting for the Cardinals. They are a great story about an underdog making it to the big game. Also, I like Kurt Warner, their quarterback. Sorry, Johnnie. I will still call to congratulate you if the Steelers win.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Jill Konkel, who will celebrate her special day on Saturday, January 31. Jill will blow out the candles with her family members, all of whom want to wish her the best day. Love and kisses go out to you, Jill, from Jimmy, John-John, Erin and Taylor. Also, best wishes to you for a happy and healthy year from all of your friends here in Flanders.

The following is an update that has the correct dates for a workshop that is being offered by the Teacher Center of the Western Hamptons. (Earlier press releases had the incorrect dates.) The workshop being facilitated by Amanda Wellman will be a forum for discussion between parents and educators about the challenges and issues faced by adolescents. Topics for discussion may include drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, relationships, bullying and stress.

The seminar will be held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning on February 7 and running through March 28 in the Westhampton Beach High School library. (The group will not meet on March 14 and 21.) The cost is $50 for parents and guardians, and $95 for teachers looking for credit. For more information, call Susan Kearns at 288-3800, ext. 264, or send her an e-mail at kearnss@whbschools.org.

On Tuesday, February 3, the Friends of the Big Duck will hold its next monthly meeting at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. This meeting’s agenda includes plans for an upcoming “Spring Fling at Big Duck Ranch,” which is scheduled for early May. Bring your imagination and input. For more information, contact Fran Cobb at 727-5342 or franniegirl@yahoo.com.

Bideawee, one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, invites animal lovers of all ages to its “Love Your Pet Art Expo” on Valentine’s Day. The event will be held on Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the shelter located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton. This unique art exhibit features children’s artworks that creatively portray their love for animals.

Winners will be chosen by gallery attendees and prizes will be awarded in four age groups: kindergarten to grade three; grades four to six; grades seven to nine; and grades 10 to 12. The first 40 attendees will receive a free Bideawee T-shirt or tote bag! There is a $5 entry fee that will be used to help Bideawee provide care to its homeless animals. Bideawee will provide the refreshments and snacks.

If you find yourself in Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for any reason, take a look around at all of the beautiful artworks that now grace the halls there. The Helen and Claus Hoie Charitable Foundation has donated six paintings and 36 collages created by renowned East Hampton artist Helen Hoie. The gift, which has a combined value of $225,000, coincides with the pending completion of the medical center’s three-phase, $50 million expansion and modernization project.

“We are extremely grateful to the Hoie Foundation for its most generous gift to the Peconic Bay Medical Center and proud to have the works of such a celebrated artist hanging throughout our facility,” said Peconic Bay President and CEO Andrew Mitchell.

Helen Hoie and her husband, Claus, also an artist who worked in watercolors, lived for many years in East Hampton. Helen Hoie died in 2000 and her husband died in 2007.

Well, that is all for now. I will chat with you soon. Have a great week.

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