As our summer season draws near to an end, it occurs to me that each Hamptons’ summer seems to bring with it not only fun in the sun and extra cash in many people’s pocket, but always sadly, casualties and losses. On the other hand, there are often tragedies averted. I find myself reflecting where we would be if we weren’t so blessed with a multitude of giving citizens who volunteer their time in the most heroic of ways: being ready and willing to jump into action to save lives, often risking their own. The dedicated men and women of the Springs Fire Department provide an invaluable service to all of us all year round. So, having one of their very own being awarded the highest of accolades, a medal of valor, is a source of great pride and joy, not only to those who serve, but to our entire thankful community.Karen Haab, an advanced emergency medical technician was presented with the EMS Provider of the Year Award last Friday at the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s annual convention in Albany. Last August, Karen was enjoying family time on Atlantic Avenue Beach when an elderly man who was not breathing was being pulled from the water having suffered a broken neck while boogie boarding with his grandchildren. Off duty at the time, Karen swung into action, first stabilizing his neck, before administering CPR all the way to the hospital, saving Stuart Herman’s life. This rescue for which she was nominated by her colleagues is just one example of her quick thinking and skilled effort that has saved other lives in the past 12 years she has served as a volunteer with the department.
I am told that FASNY may be planning to do a local presentation at a future date. I’ll keep everyone posted, as I can’t think of a worthier event for everyone to attend. Meanwhile, congratulations to Karen for a much deserved recognition and a big thank you to all of our firemen and EMS volunteers!
This weekend, Ashawagh Hall presents “Casual Pursuits” showcasing the new works and works in process by East End artists Bob Bachler and James Kennedy. As described on Ashawagh’s website, the new show features “low-key exploratory antics from the artist’s studio.” The show runs from Saturday, August 31, to Monday, September 2. A reception will take place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sounds like an interesting show!
Looking ahead, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church located at 5 Old Stone Highway will hold its annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, September 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Take-out or eat inside with friends and neighbors. Purchasing tickets ahead is encouraged by calling 324-4791 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. One can also purchase tickets from church members or by stopping by Dru Raley’s Bonac Dog Bark booth during the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.
A delicious meal is planned that includes chicken, local corn, tomato-basil salad, beverage, and a wide range of homemade desserts. Tickets are $22 each. Take-out is available.
This Saturday is the last service offered until next Memorial Day weekend at the quaint St Peter’s Chapel located at 463 Old Stone Highway. Presided over by the Reverend Denis Brunelle, the service of the Holy Eucharist starts at 6 p.m. I attended once this season and found everyone to be warm and welcoming. Nicest of all, a family friendly potluck supper follows the service.
It’s hard to believe, but here we are about to start Labor Day weekend! Please practice extra caution on the roads, so everyone can stay safe. I hope everyone gets a well-deserved break and enjoys the day itself doing something nice. Happy week everyone!