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Moriches Bay Buzz: Sled at your own risk

Sledders can once again enjoy the hills at

Sledders can once again enjoy the hills at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. (January 2011) Photo Credit: Trish Kaloski

Laura Sandberg-DeJohn has fond memories of winter days spent sledding on the hills at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches.

From enjoying high speed races down the slopes with her twin sister to watching her own daughters make their way down the surprisingly steep hill, the lifelong Center Moriches resident recalls that Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck was one of the best places for sledding in the surrounding communities.

So imagine her disappointment and that of countless others, when the hills were closed to the public several years ago. However, I learned only last week, that Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is once again opened and ready for winter fun. There’s a sign posted that reads, “Sleigh Riding Allowed At Your Own Risk.” But what the hey, it was always “At Your Own Risk.” So helmets are strongly recommended.

If you read last week’s column, you may remember that I’ve started a Winter Bucket List, and promised to add to the list each week. So Winter Suggestion No. 2 is sledding at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck.

Library Happenings: Look no further than the Center Moriches Free Public Library for captivating and fun entertainment for individuals in every age group, including a bus trip on Jan. 30 to Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, where the West Village Chorale will perform songs derived from the works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Copeland. The cost of the trip is $50 per person, which includes bus fair and tip for the driver, along with admission to the concert. For more information, call Alice at 631-878-2179.

Elected Official of the Year: Congratulations to Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, who will receive Touro College Law Center’s Keith Romaine Elected Official of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the school’s Annual Winter Reception Jan. 27. The award was established in honor and memory of the late Councilman Keith Romaine, a 2003 graduate of Touro.

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