It’s been a hard few years. However, we can say 2021 was certainly better than 2020. As we continue on the path towards normalcy, now is a better time than ever to review the last 12 months. Here is to good health and prosperity in 2022!
We started off the year with snow on the ground, featuring a young little boy on the front cover. We aided in the search of a missing pet goat and celebrated a virtual Folkie Fest. In sad news, we remembered high school student Joseph Rera, who died in November 2020, at Cupsogue Beach.
This month featured a beautiful purple sunset and honored our health care workers with features from our Inspiration Award winners. We also featured Girl Scout Troop 251, who finally received their Silver Awards after a year in the pandemic. High-risk sports resumed and the town dedicated a portion of Deer Lane to Rachel Ragone, who died of pediatric bone cancer.
By March, we were in full cold mode with a snowy front-page feature. We had hopes for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the spring, and supervisor Ed Romaine outlined his goals for the new year. We also paid tribute to a beloved Boy Scout leader, Lou Vlismas.
The seal stole the show for this edition. However, we also covered the Million-Mask Challenge and wrote a column on how to build a butterfly garden in preparation for the spring. Also, a Center Moriches student helped save 50 to 60 lives by organizing a blood drive.
This month, we trekked out to the Long Island Game Farm to get this shot of the tortoise for the front cover, accompanied by an inside feature spread of all the animals at the zoo. Hampton Coffee Co. opened at the CM Library and Center Moriches launched a vaccine pod.
What a beautiful scene it was on the front cover featuring fields of tulips from Waterdrinker Family Farm. We featured the top high school seniors of their class in the area and the Center Moriches students performed “Grease.” We also dove into the preparations for graduations.
Feelin’ thirsty? This month featured ice-cold beers from the newly opened Long Island Farm Brewery. We highlighted Fourth of July celebrations on the bay and the local libraries kicking off their summer reading programs.
Goats from the Long Island Game Farm graced the front cover. We spread news about the Waterdrinker Farm’s Sunflower Fest and gave you a guide to local thrifting. We also covered the CM Library’s mobilization by bike. There was also a spread of the Great Gun Anglers annual fishing trip.
The Route 27 Hemp Yard took the front cover. Robertaccio Funeral Home reopened with renovations, and Bradstock announced it wasn’t happening this year. School districts also revealed their reopening plans for in-school instruction.
This month got spooky with the Spooky Walk at Camp Paquatuck. We reviewed Halloween happenings and gave you scenes from the town’s snapper derby. There was also a voting guide ahead of the November elections.
A fall scene was on the cover. We met the Veterans Day grand marshal, Korean War veteran Jean Platania Littman, and printed photos from the Center Moriches Fall Fair. The Center Moriches Methodist Church thrift shop announced it will only be accepting clothing in hopes of preventing dumping, and neighbors helped neighbors prep for the holidays.
We were ready for the holidays with an adorable Waterdrinker Farm’s front cover shot of girls enjoying a treat dressed in red and green. We wrote a feature about the history of Christmas cookies and local cookie preparations. Keith Caputo of Helping Makes U happy announced his holiday toy drive plans and pastor Tracy Moore was welcomed to the CM Methodist Church.
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