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Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum Receives National Recognition

For over 25 years, retired English teacher Leo P. Ostebo and volunteers from the community of Kings Park have developed and preserved the rich history of their hamlet. 

At the end of September, in Kansas City, MO, at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Awards Conference, Leo Ostebo was recognized and awarded for the founding and the curating leadership of the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum.  

Accepting the award for Leo was president of the museum, Joann Galletta Hahn stated,  “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized for achievements like this and for Kings Park’s significant history.  Winning this award puts the museum in very prestigious company. The museums and exhibitions that also received awards are very well recognized and respected in their field across the nation.”

Fifty States were represented in Kansas City the Kings Park Heritage Museum was one of three representing the state of New York. “We are brand new to AASLH community and the committees that choose the award recipients have many factors and choices to consider, it takes them weeks.   The fact that the Leo’s work, in partnership with the Kings Park community’s work in creating the museum, has been recognized as leadership in history and chosen over many other submissions, is a very well deserved recognition and testimony to everyone involved.”

Kings Park is a historic area and is beginning to receive recognition.  The museum is filled with artifacts and exhibits donated by the people of Kings Park, San Remo and Ft. Salonga, as well as contributions from other towns.  The museum has gone from “What museum?” to “Hey, I know that museum!”   

For more information on touring the museum or Fall Adult Education classes about Kings Park go to www.KPHeritageMuseum.net or call 631-269-3305 to book a tour.


Hoyt Farm Monster Mash Delights Kids And Adults

Haunted Hoyt Farm


The Annual Hoyt Farm Monster Mash was a smash hit over the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday ticket sales sold out for the big fall festival of the year at the town park. The team at Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve transformed the Grounds and buildings into a fun filled Halloween festival. On Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 500 children and their families descended upon the Haunted grounds to partake in the annual Halloween Monster Mash.

“This is the most fun you can have with the whole family… my grandkids are still talking about it days later. Jeff Gurmin and his amazing team at Hoyt treat every resident, young and old like a member of their family. They truly outdid themselves this year!” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

 Each year, the Hoyt Farm staff dress up in costumes and handcraft a weekend of Halloween games, arts & crafts, face painting, pony rides, pumpkin picking, hayrides and haunted house for young children and their parents. The Hoyt Farm staff do all the work themselves and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“This is kind of our last event of the season before we start prepping the nature preserve for the cold months. For us, it’s a chance to have fun with the community and give the kids something really special to look forward to every year… and all of us too!” - Jeff Gurmin, Director of Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve,

The Annual Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is for children ages 10 and under. The event includes variety of seasonal games and crafts. Admission includes all activities (pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides, face painting and a haunted house) except for snacks and refreshments.

For more information about Hoyt Farm visit online or call at 631-543-7804. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve is located at  200 New Highway in Commack, NY 11725


Red Ribbon Week Pledge To Remain Drug And Alcohol Free

Smithtown, N.Y. -  Red Ribbon week is in full swing in Smithtown. On Friday, the team at Horizons Counseling & Education Center collected Red Ribbon Week pledges from students at the Knox School and from students throughout the public school districts. Each pledge represents the students personal commitment to remain drug and alcohol free. The drawings are written pledges will be on display at the Horizons Counseling and Education Center and at town Hall for the duration of Red Ribbon Week.

 “Each year, Red Ribbon Week effectively brings awareness to the potential problems related to substance abuse in communities across the nation.  Our Town Government is proud to be partnering with local community coalitions, schools districts, and other concerned citizens to encourage our communities to set positive examples for our youth and promote the benefits of living drug-free lives.”  -Mathew Neebe, Director, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services

In a special visit to Town Hall, Cub Scout troop 340 took the pledge during a tour of local government on Friday as well. The troop learned all about Red Ribbon Week and it’s significance in a special message from Matthew Neebes and Kings Park’s Community Coalition in the kNOw’s Kim Revere.  

“Red Ribbon Week is a positive way to acknowledge our young people and their commitment to living drug free. It is also an important way to have a conversation in the community about the dangers of drug use and the impact that it has on many families.” - Kelly DeVito, Youth Services Coordinator | Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Students and Youth groups can download the Red Ribbon Week Pledge online. The deadline for Red Ribbon Week submissions has been extended until 10/26.  Those interested in participating can go to www.smithtownny.gov/horizons to download the templates and instructions on how to participate.    


SHS - Volunteers Invited To Help With Final Work On Grow To Give Garden

Smithtown Historical Society 
The Grow to Give Garden will have its final work day of the 2018 season on Sat, October 27th, starting at 10am. We will be harvesting anything still growing, then clearing out and prepping the garden for winter. Even if you haven’t come in a while, or at all, we can still use all the help we can get, so stop on by. We have all the tools and supplies needed, and no experience is necessary. The Grow to Give Garden is located behind the Cottage at 239 Middle Country Rd. Call the office with any questions 631-265-6768.



FYI - Sierra Club "Roundup And Honeybees"

The Latest Buzz About Roundup 

The most widely sprayed herbicide in the world kills honeybees, according to a new report that’s been generating quite the buzz. Glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, targets enzymes previously thought to be found only in plants. But it turns out some bacteria also use the enzymes, including a microbiome found in the intestines of most bees. Yet Roundup continues to be advertised as innocuous to wildlife. 

Read more about how Roundup is killing bees and conducting a bumbling ad campaign.