East Quogue Community Notes, September 12

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Mother Nature’s surprises are usually awesome, and even more so in a wildlife garden. Flowers appear in all sorts of places and, sometimes, flourish where the “experts” say they will not.For years I tried to grow the herb angelica from seed—to no avail. Then at one of the local nurseries, I found a thriving little plant tucked in a tiny pot. Planted with love, it grew lush and, with its lovely leaves and delicate white flowers, soon became the star of my herb garden.

Then my groundhog, East Quogue George, came to live with me. He built his McMansion in the middle of my herb garden and demolished my evidently “tasty” angelica.

Now, four years later, beautiful little angelicas have suddenly appeared all over my garden. However, I won’t be able to show any of them to you since I just watched George eat them again. All that’s left of my beauty are tattered leaves and half-eaten buds.

If you would like to catch a glimpse of chubby George, or hear more of my wildlife stories, please join me in my garden this Sunday, September 15, at 2 p.m., for the Quogue Library’s special program “A Wildlife Garden Native and Natural.” For reservations, please call (631) 653-4224 or sign up online at www.quoguelibrary.org/registerforprogram.htm.

Calling all teenagers! The East Quogue Fire Department will hold an informational meeting concerning the formation of a Junior Firefighter Program. Membership is open to all students between the ages of 12 and 17 who reside within the East Quogue Fire District.

Parents are asked to attend the meeting and applications will be distributed to those whose children wish to join. A parent’s signature must accompany the application in order for it to be processed. The meeting will take place on Friday, September 20, at 7 p.m., at the firehouse located on Montauk Highway and Bay Avenue. For information, please contact Mark Gregory at (631) 872-6866 or Tl111mdg@aol.com.

With the crisp, fall-like weather we have been enjoying, it seems that the stars in the sky are shining extra bright. Celebrate the advent of the fall season with a Full Harvest Moon Night Hike over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

The hike takes place next Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for this 90-minute walk through the forest and up to North Pond. The program, for adults and families with children age 11 and older, is free for refuge members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (631)653-4771 or visit www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.

On The Calendar

Monday, September 16: The East Quogue Homemakers will meet at the East Quogue Firehouse on Montauk Highway at 10 a.m. Members will work on their projects. New members are welcome.

Saturday, September 21: Saint Paul’s “Soul Food” fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on church grounds located at 39 Montauk Highway in Quogue. Tickets cost $15 and include dinner, drinks and dessert. For information, call (631) 653-5524 or (917) 723-7207.

Sunday, September 22: The Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness takes place at Flying Point Beach in Water Mill and starts at 9 a.m. Visit www.flyingpointrun.com to register.

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