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Feb 28, 2012 12:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Water Mill Community Notes, March 1

Feb 28, 2012 12:50 PM

I usually reserve my gripes in this space for those who do not properly navigate the roundabout on Scuttlehole Road. And from time to time, I’ll grouse about drivers who scare the bejesus out of me when I am out running and they pass too close for comfort.

This week, I will add improper use of the intersection at Deerfield Road and Head of Pond Road to the list. This is the spot just north of Halsey’s Farm Stand. I’ve become more aware of the misuse here because of having to make more frequent trips to and from the Southampton Rec Center for my son’s basketball practice and games. It’s most noticeable on the return trip, when coming from the north side and making the left onto Head of Pond Road.

In spite of, or perhaps more accurately, because of, the 20-plus signs that clutter up this intersection, the one that goes unnoticed is on the south side of the intersection that reads “Yield To Those On Left.” Heading north and then east is not a right of way. You must stop before entering Head of Pond Road if another car has turned into the intersection to also head east on Head of Pond. End of gripe.

Having read about Peter Strassfield earning All-County honors in wrestling, Dave Hawke sent up his congratulations while vacationing in Key Largo. Dave also mentioned that 42 years ago, he was wrestling in the same spot (in the unlimited class), noting that it “was the loneliest place in the world ... facing off mono y mono with a guy that wants to rip your head off.” At the time, Dave was a senior—and the first Southampton High School student to compete in the county finals—and so gave extra kudos to Peter for his accomplishment as a ninth-grader.

Congratulations are also due Brittany Foster, who was named to the dean’s list at Roger Williams University for the fall 2011 semester. To qualify, she had to maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Last week, a woman came to The Southampton Press and our lovely editorial assistant went up to greet her. For a moment, I think Shaye thought she had stumbled on to a news story when the woman’s first words were, “Hi, I’m a hooker.” Well, that got her attention but Shaye quickly realized that the woman starts with that greeting just for that reason and she’s really a rug hooker. She was here to bring us news of an exhibit up at the Suffolk County Historical Society called “From Rags to Riches: The Living Tradition of Rug Hooking.”

I mention it here not only because some Grist readers might find it interesting but also because Mary Maran of Water Mill is among the local hookers, rug hookers, that is.

The exhibit opens tomorrow with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain up through March 31. The hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Rug hooking, by the way, is often considered the original folk art of North America, having evolved from a craft developed to cover the drafty floors of settlers’ homes to a fine art practiced by skilled artisans. Judging by the beautiful rug on the promotional postcard, I’d say it’s worth a look.

Time is running out to buy tickets for the annual Generation Runway fashion show to benefit the Flying Point Foundation for Autism. The event is set for Sunday, March 11, at 230 Elm in Southampton and will feature local models wearing fashions from our downtown boutiques. Tickets may be purchased online at or with cash or check at The Carpetman in Southampton.

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