Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, October 3

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Our friends, neighbors and community members showed up in droves on Saturday afternoon to help celebrate—and support—the Flanders Fire Department as it celebrated its 65th anniversary with a fantastic parade and festivities.The parade, which began at 3 p.m., kicked off with the American Legion’s Patriot Guard and the Patriot riders leading the procession down Flanders Road. Fire departments traveled from as far away as Port Jervis, New York, and even Flanders, New Jersey (our sister from the Garden State!) to show their appreciation for our firefighters and their contributions over the past six-and-a-half decades.

Longtime Flanders firefighter Mike DeNicolo, who joined the department months after its formation, had the honor of serving as grand marshal along with David Fox, a 48-year member of the volunteer outfit.

There was plenty to see and hear as the fire department marching bands provided plenty of entertainment, and each department supplied its own version of music and lights—in the form of emergency lights and sirens! Southampton and Westhampton Beach showcased their antique fire trucks, and Flanders had its own bright and freshly polished trucks ready to go for the parade.

After all the marching, the festivities continued at the Flanders Men’s Club where kids had their faces painted for free and everyone was treated to music, hot dogs, soda and plenty of laughs. There were raffles and T-shirts and, all in all, everyone had a great day.

I’m sure our hometown heroes felt appreciated and loved on Saturday. Thanks again for all you do to protect our community.

On Sunday, October 6, be sure to stop on down at the Big Duck Ranch off Flanders Road for the fifth annual Autumn Antique Auto Show, which runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Admission is only $5 per person; there is no charge for children age 12 and younger. Those with classic cars can enter them on the day of the show for $20; you can knock off five bucks if you register before October 6. Call (631) 284-3737 to register or obtain more information.

There will be raffles and prizes, vendor booths, face painting and live music provided by Vinnie V., so be sure to set aside a few hours to attend this Flanders favorite. And don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite entry!

It’s that time of year again. School is in full swing and the directors at the Riverhead Community Awareness Program are again looking for volunteers to teach their 2013-14 drug and alcohol awareness programs to fifth- and sixth-graders over at the Pulaski Street School.

No prior experience is necessary as free training will be provided once a month to all volunteers. In all, volunteers are asked to invest about three hours each month into the program. Those who are interested are asked to please call Clare at (631) 727-3722.

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