2017-05-11 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•I find that I always seem to open this column with a comment about the weather. A couple of weeks ago, we had an 80-degree day out of the blue. It was also very humid and I found myself complaining about it! Lord, please put your hand over my mouth when I do something like that! Look what we ended up with instead! Rain and the temperature 10 or more degrees below normal! However, I’m not going to complain… the weather was still mild enough for me to put in a bunch of plants and not have to water them every day. Since the majority of them are perennials, I look forward to seeing them again and again in the years to come. (Lord, don’t send me any late frosts, please!) One thing we can all rejoice about is the drought is certainly over!

•With Mother’s Day this Sunday, a lot of people will be buying plants and putting them in. Since my mother died six years ago, this holiday doesn’t mean much for me. The same has been true about Father’s Day for 25 years. Both holidays get a lot of hype and leave a lot of us a bit mournful. But I have to admit that the mothers (and the fathers) in my family have all done a great job! All my nieces and nephews have become likeable and responsible adults. Those with children will, I am certain, also have the same success as their parents did. As a member of the Baby Boomers, our parents were pretty strict. We got away with a few things, I recall, but on the whole we seldom tried to do anything that our parents would have disliked intensely. My nieces and nephews seem to be stricter than a lot of the current generation of parents, many of whom seem to want to be a friend rather than a parent. But the examples set by their parents have yielded adults who have a good sense of responsibility and are still proud and very close to their parents for the most part. So Happy Mother’s Day, ladies! As far as I can tell, you’ve done an outstanding job!

•Registration for the Babylon Pool passes and swimming lessons begins this Sat., May 13 for people whose last name begins with the letters A–F. May 20 will see registration for G-N, and O-Z will register on June 3. Family memberships are $100 (for family members living at the same address). Individual memberships remain at $50 per adult, $30 per child and $15 for seniors (age 62+). Check with the Babylon Village Clerk’s office for additional registration information. The pool will open on June 24 for the season, which runs through Labor Day. Trustee Tony Davida is sure to have everything ready for a great summer!

•The Conklin House will hold a one-person art exhibit for the work of local artist Tim Irwin. An artist’s reception will be held on Fri., May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be open on May 20 and 21 from noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome.

•The Babylon Village Historical & Preservation Society will hold its annual “Ole Times Day” on Sun., May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. I will try to have more info on that in next week’s column.

•There’s another fundraiser for the Bayman Statue coming up. A limited number of tickets for a cruise on a paddleboat from Bay Shore are available at Village Hall for $25 each. Call 631-669-1212 for further information.

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