Welcome fall. Oh, wait … it is still August. It just feels like September outside lately.Wouldn’t it be nice to have this kind of weather year-round? My favorite time of the year is when it is warm enough to be outside without a jacket or sweatshirt, but cool enough to do so without sweating your butt off because, quite honestly, unless you’re some international supermodel, the sweat-dripping-all-over-you look isn’t very cute.
Well, it turns out that there is still another month-plus remaining to summer, giving us time to enjoy the things we like to do outdoors. And, yes, we are now being bombarded with backpacks and notebooks whenever we enter a store in town. That’s another sign that summer is about halfway over.
I’ll confess that, for the first time in a long time, I have supply lists for my kids already. I plan to stock up slowly in order to protect my pocketbook. All those pencils and One Direction pocket folders sure do add up. Best of luck to all as you brave the crowds to fill your children’s supply lists for the fall.
In other “Back To School News,” congratulations go out this week to David Wicks, who for the last two years served as the principal of Riverhead High School. Mr. Wicks was recently promoted to assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Riverhead.
I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Wicks while he was principal and have to say that I believe he will be a wonderful addition to the school district administration. I’m sure he will have plenty of great things to contribute. Best of luck to you in your new venture, Mr. Wicks, and we all wish you all the best.
More congratulations go out to Amelia Czelatka (Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida) and Charmaine Futch and Kristina Rowe (Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland) on being named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at their respective schools. Going off to college and being responsible for your own success can be rough on some students, making your accomplishments all the more impressive. Keep up the great work.
Heather Riley of Riverhead recently earned her bachelor of arts degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. She is a member of the Class of 2013—congratulations!
Mark your calendars because this is an event that you will not want to miss.
The inaugural Duck Race, sponsored by the Friends of the Big Duck, will be held on Saturday, August 24, and kicks off at noon at the Big Duck Ranch off Flanders Road. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the restoration of the Victorian Barn on the Big Duck Ranch, which will eventually house a museum focusing on duck farming on Long Island.
It costs $5 to participate in the duck race, and there is no cost if you just want to watch. There will be prizes for the top three finishers. More information will be available in the coming weeks, so keep reading my column for more details!