East Quogue community notes, June 10

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Over the years, bronze fennel (

foeniculum vulgare ‘purpurescens’

) has been one of my garden treasures. The 5-foot-tall perennials at my former home would barely survive the summer because, at this time of year, the plants were always covered with lime green, yellow and black caterpillars that would devour their dark feathery leaves. And very soon thereafter, my garden was magically filled with beautiful black swallowtail butterflies.

So, of course, bronze fennel was one of the first perennials that I planted in my East End garden. Here, my fennel had no visitors, so it thrived and reseeded itself throughout my garden, giving me ample plants to share. It’s been almost seven years, but I finally spotted one colorful caterpillar contentedly munching on its favorite host plant. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the return of those black swallowtails!

One Exciting Week: Last week was an exciting one for Kelly Crowley. Kelly celebrated her birthday on Friday, June 4, and two days earlier, on June 2, she graduated fifth in her class from McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead.

A true scholar-athlete, Kelly was the recipient of her school’s Science Medal and is an active member of the National Honor Society and St. Rosalie’s Church. In the fall, Kelly will be attending the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania on a five-year scholarship and will major in occupational therapy. Her parents, Tom and Julie, her sister, Anna, and her brother, Jack, are all happy to be celebrating this exciting time in Kelly’s life!

Soap Box Derby: East Quogue Cub Scout Pack 261 held its Soap Box Derby last month at Tiana Beach. Hot dogs were served and medals and certificates were presented to all race participants. Congratulations to the top three finishers: Griffin Wagner (first place); Tommasino Freda (second place); and Zachary Rushlo (third place).

The members of the Cub Scout committee would like to thank Superintendent Allyn Jackson and the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department for their support. In addition, big “Scout thanks” go to Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead for donating bales of hay and Twin Maples Landscaping for the use of its enclosed trailer.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Then participate in Pine Barrens Discovery Day! This exciting event will be held on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College, located at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road in Northampton. Enjoy nature walks, camp games, and activities and educational workshops for the entire family. Visit pbdiscoveryday.org for more details or call the Quogue Wildlife Refuge at 653-4771 for reservations. The rain date is Sunday, June 13.

Maureen’s Haven and Peconic Community Council, known throughout the North and South forks for their work with the homeless, recently introduced the newest members of their Executive Board of Directors. They include: Dwayne Wagner (former vice president of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce), Elaine Villano, Joann Piche and John McGregor. In addition, thanks go to longtime board members Mardythe DiPirro, Linda Hobson and Joyce Ferrara-deCordova who have stepped down. For more information on Maureen’s Haven programs, visit pccouncil.org.

Best And Brightest!: Congratulations to Marist College graduates Kurt Bryant Berglin, who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts and studio, and Lauren Anne Burns, who earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. Both hail from our little hamlet.

Additionally, Morgan Lonnie received an undergraduate degree in English, and Kristen Alestra and Shari Griswold both earned their undergraduate degrees in theater arts, from SUNY at New Paltz.

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association selected East Quogue’s Matt McAllister as one of its 2010 Senior Scholar Athletes. Matt, captain of the Bryant University Bulldogs for the past two years, recently graduated with a master’s degree in business administration.

Congratulations to senior Kimberly Hayes, of Beachland Avenue, who made the dean’s list at SUNY at Oswego. She is majoring in wellness management.

Finally, kudos to Emily Bennett who was named to the dean’s list at SUNY at Geneseo. Way to go!

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