Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, September 12

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So that’s it, folks. It’s a wrap. Although summer technically does not end until Sunday, September 22, my “unofficial” end to the season was this past Monday, when the kids returned to school.I always love looking at everyone’s “Back To School” photos, and seeing how much all the little ones—and not so little ones—have grown. Those first day of kindergarten pictures and posts are adorable. Best of luck to everyone on what will be a great school year.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote asking you to share some back to school tips, and I received a few that I’d like to share:

Kristin, the mother of a second-grader and another little one in pre-k, suggests investing in a crock pot, if you don’t already have one, to make dinner time nearly hassle-free on school nights.

We all know how busy those crucial hours after school can get with sports, clubs and homework, so this is a great idea. All that’s required is that you do a little shopping ahead of time—the best bet is probably on Saturday or Sunday—fill the crock pot and plug it in before you head out the door. Dinner is made when you return.

Another great tip that came in via e-mail is along the same lines:

Plan your dinners for the week ahead on the weekends, and do your shopping for each meal then, too. Prepare what you can over the weekend so that on Tuesday night you can just pull out and heat up the batch of homemade sauce and meatballs that you made. Dinner is done in minutes.

Please keep the tips coming, so I can share with everyone.

Members of the Friends of the Big Duck wish to thank everyone who came out and supported their inaugural Big Duck Race on August 24 at the Flanders Men’s Club. More than 400 rubber duckies were set free at the starting line. Special thanks to members of the Riverhead High School crew team for retrieving them at the finish line.

Special thanks to all the sponsors who donated prizes—Old Mill Inn, Suffolk Theater and Riverhead Car Wash—and to Flanders Men’s Club for the use of the beautiful bayfront park for the event. Proceeds were earmarked for the restoration of the barn on the Big Duck Ranch property that will one day be turned into a duck farming museum.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next big thing in Flanders!

The Flanders Fire Department is celebrating 65 years of service with a parade and community celebration on Saturday, September 28. The parade begins at Longneck Boulevard at 3 p.m. and marchers will proceed down Flanders Road to the Flanders Men’s Club, where the celebration will commence.

Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities at the Flanders Men’s Club and cheer along the parade route. Just keep in mind that the road will be closed to ALL traffic between 3 and 5 p.m. that day—so plan ahead!

On The Calendar

Sunday, October 6: The Friends of the Big Duck’s fifth annual Autumn Antique Auto Show, Big Duck Ranch, Flanders Road, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Classic cars and trucks, 25 years of age and older, will be on display. There will be raffles, oldies music courtesy of Vinnie V, and prizes. The owners of classic cars can register for $20; spectators must pay $5 to attend the show. All proceeds will benefit the organization. The rain date will be Sunday, October 20. Application forms can be downloaded at www.bigduck.org. For more details, including information on non-food vendor spots, contact event chair Neil Young at (631) 284-3737 or neilyoungest@yahoo.com.

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