Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, July 4


So, the fireworks, parades, barbecues and celebrations that will inevitably fill this holiday weekend’s social calendar will most certainly boast plenty of red, white and blue. But do you know why our flag features those particular colors?Apparently, they were taken from the original renderings of the first official seal of the United States, which was officially adopted on June 20, 1782, many years after those behind its creation began working on it. In the seal, white signifies “purity and innocence,” red represents “hardiness and valour,” and blue stands for “vigilance, perseverance and justice,” at least according to Charles Thompson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress at the time.

Even though I hated social studies as a high school student, I now find U.S. history to be very interesting. Part of me wishes that I could take a class as a “grown up” just for fun, if only one was offered out here.

So, as you drink that beer featuring a bottle or can with a red, white and blue label, or set your table with red, white and blue decor, take a minute to think about what those colors actually mean, and still mean to all of us after all of these years.

Enjoy your holiday weekend and don’t forget to be safe and designate a driver before heading to your first barbecue.

Congratulations to George Prete and Tyler Danowski for being named to the dean’s list at The University of Hartford for the spring semester.

Additional congratulations are being sent this week to Amelia Czelatka who just graduated with honors from Eckerd College in Florida with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and a minor in management.

Finally, Andrea Hill deserve accolades for earning her bachelor’s degree in archaeological studies and anthropology from SUNY Potsdam.

Best of luck to you all! Your families are very proud.

The newest edition of the Town of Southampton’s “Be Prepared” brochure is now available and the town is strongly suggesting that all residents sign up for Emergency Alerts through its website, www.southamptontownny.gov. As a coastal community it is important to be prepared for weather emergencies, as well as other natural disasters, such as wildfires. The new brochure will help residents prepare as much as possible for any type of emergency before tragedy strikes.

Copies of the “Be Prepared” brochure can be picked up at Southampton Town Hall, at local senior centers run by the town, the municipality’s Parks and Recreation office, and at local village halls and chambers of commerce offices.

Don’t forget that the Southampton Youth Bureau is teaming up with Island Harvest to provide free lunches for kids at the youth center that operates from the David W. Crohan Community Center, off Flanders Road in Flanders, this summer. Kids can pick up their lunches between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between July 8 and August 28. Children must be 18 or younger to receive the free lunches; there are no other qualifications.

Kids will also be able to hang out at the youth center and enjoy crafts, watch videos, have computer access and play games. Those looking for more information can log on at www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau or call (631) 702-2425.

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