It must be a proclivity to love to see animal prints in the fresh snow. The desire to follow those same tracks must be an old instinct. We see all kinds of prints as we walk the property to take care of our horses, cat and chickens. The tracks remind me that we share this property with all types of animals.I often see prints from foxes, raccoons and our barn cat who weaves her way across our property inspecting the buildings. Then there are the tiny three-prong bird prints and lots of heavy deer prints. There was a strange set of prints this week. The mystery was revealed when they led to the burrow of “Fatso,” our huge groundhog. We even saw him come out and run in a strange little circle.
After some initial concern for our friend’s sanity, I realized he was just doing a dress rehearsal as Groundhog Day falls this Sunday, February 2. Enough of sledding as I am hoping for an early spring.
Congratulations to Christine Vertullo of Speonk on being named to the dean’s List for the fall semester at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Ms. Vertullo is majoring in math and education.
Frank Victor Marino of Speonk was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Good job to these hard working students!
The Westhampton Free Library is hosting a “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” on Saturday, February 1, from noon until 4:30 p.m. There will be bagels from the Beach Bakery Café, face painting, music with Big Jeff and, at 2:30 p.m., a magic show. There will be sweets from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. provided by Holey Moses Cheesecakes and Hamptons Chef Rob Scott. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a visit from Curious George.
No registration is required and all children are invited!
The Village of Westhampton Beach is offering a boater safety course next month. It will consist of two four-hour classes on Tuesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 27, from 6 until 10 p.m. both days at Village Hall, 165 Mill Road.
Attendees must attend both classes to earn certification. The cost is $10 per person. It is suggested that participants donate $30 to help out local Boy Scout Sal DiBenedetto. He is building a life jacket loaner station as part of his Eagle Scout project.
The 22nd annual Westhampton Rotary Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, from 1 until 7 p.m., at Casa Basso Restaurant located at 59 Montauk Highway in Westhampton. On the menu will be spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert.
Rotary Club students Wally Dawydiack, and Katy and Connor Federico will be helping out the adults! There will be a 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $12 for adults, or $10 for children age 12 and under and senior citizens, and can be purchased at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street or the Bridgehampton National Bank on Mill Road, both in Westhampton Beach. They will also be sold at the door.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has created its “Most Wanted List for 2014.” Every year the refuge is looking for donations of things that you just might have in your garage or home. This year they are looking for a hay wagon for the educational programs, 15 energy-efficient double-hung windows (36 inches by 61.5 inches), items to renovate a kitchen and a storage barn. They are also collecting mason jars and metal soup cans. They could also use some kayaks, canoes or paddles.
If you are willing to donate any of these items, please give the good folks down at the refuge a call at (631) 653-4771.