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Obituary: Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop

Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, 96, passed away July 29, 2013, in Richmond, VA. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dick, as well as her daughter, Susan, and her son, Dennis. She also was predeceased by her three sisters, three brothers, and her mother and father, Viola and Benjamin Parsons. Rachel is survived by her daughter-in-law Diane Flynn, her daughter Roberta “Bobbie” Falk (Ken), her stepdaughter Carol Bishop; her son Thomas Flynn(Patricia), many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.  

Rachel was born in Big Lick,VA, on March 15, 1917. She initially lived in VA and then in Bayville, with her first husband, James A. Flynn. She remained in Bayville following her subsequent marriage to Richard Bishop, prior to his retirement and their move to Smith Mountain Lake- in Rachel’s beloved VIrginia. It was here that Rachel began her life as a ‘historian,’ tracing the early heritage of her family. Her work in geneology led to the publishing of  the following books: Farmer and Field Families of Virginia (1983), Parsons from Natural Bridge, Virginia (1987), Leftwich History Collectibles (1993), and Green Stone (1996). She was the first recipient of the Lillian Leftwich Piland History Award for her “outstanding service in the area of family history research.”  Interment with her husband, Richard F. Bishop, took place last week. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Leftwich Historical Association,www.leftwich.org.

News

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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