Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, May 15

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With so many great things going on here in Flanders over the last few weeks, I just want to make sure that everyone knows about the fabulous contributions being made by Girl Scout Troop 2307.Led by Kristin North, members of this group recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. After touring the facility, which features a life-size dollhouse, the girls took some time to bake cupcakes, brownies and muffins for the families who are staying there. After relaxing for a few minutes, the girls then made cards for the house’s residents, most of whom are the parents and relatives of sick children receiving treatment at local hospitals.

Troop members decided to schedule their visit after their leader, Ms. North, sent around an email asking if the girls were interested in helping those staying at the home. Her request was met with an enthusiastic YES! and the trip was planned for Saturday, May 10.

Ms. North said she was humbled when their tour leader explained to the girls that they were “not just baking for the people at the house, but they were doing the most important thing that they could do: They were going to change someone’s life that day through kindness.”

The girls are now planning to make toiletry bags for the families of children who are admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where Ronald McDonald House sponsors the Family Room.

“The girls know that they are really lucky to be healthy and they want to give back, especially when you consider that they are the same age as some of the kids there, too,” Ms. North said.

“For me it was kind of a big deal, too,” she continued. “I chose the Ronald McDonald House because of my daughter Leandra who was in and out of ERs, and also had an extended Stony Brook stay. I remember like it was yesterday how scared I was, and how helpless I felt, so if I can comfort one mom or one dad for a few minutes, then it is worth it.”

Congratulations to all members of Troop 2307 on a job well done. We all look forward to hearing more news about your future endeavors.

Congratulations also go out this week to Jessica Balthazar, Matthew Roberts and Allison Zahralban, all of Riverhead, on recently being named to the Binghamton University dean’s list for the fall semester.

Dean’s list honors do not come easy, so these three students really had to work hard to make the grade. Keep up the great work. Your families and friends are proud of you.

Speaking of great students, wait until you hear what Ashley McDaniel of Riverhead has been up to.

I mean, it’s not a huge deal. She’s just managed to maintain a 3.5 GPA while majoring in bioscience. Oh, yeah, she also recently earned a pair of scholarships: the Forest Laboratories Inc. Scholarship and the Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship.

All I can say is, Wow! Congratulations, Ashley. Keep up the good work at Farmingdale State College.

Just heard some exciting news that’s coming out of our Flanders Fire Department. It seems that fire officials are busy putting together their inaugural golf outing/fundraiser.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 30, at the Hampton Hills Country Club in Westhampton. The fundraiser will benefit the department’s scholarship program.

More details will become available as we get closer to the event, but for now anyone wanting to pitch in, or donate items for the Chinese auction, should call Lieutenant Ryan Abrahamsen at (631) 335-2839, or email him at flandersdist@optonline.net.

On The Calendar

Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18: The Flanders Men’s Club’s second annual Weakfish, Bluefish, Fluke and Striped Bass Calcutta. Call (631) 727-9746, (631) 813-0279, or (631) 728-5761 for all the details.

Saturday, May 17: Spring Fair at the Big Duck Ranch on Flanders Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, music, vendors and fun. The rain date is Sunday, May 18. Visit www.bigduck.org.

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