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Community News, March 30

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Members of Eastern Suffolk Ducks Unlimited recently attended the 2023 Ducks Unlimited New York State Convention in Geneva, New Yor, In addition the club is planning for its annual barbecue, which is set for May 21 in Water Mill. COURTESY DUCK UNLIMITED

Members of Eastern Suffolk Ducks Unlimited recently attended the 2023 Ducks Unlimited New York State Convention in Geneva, New Yor, In addition the club is planning for its annual barbecue, which is set for May 21 in Water Mill. COURTESY DUCK UNLIMITED

authorStaff Writer on Mar 27, 2023
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Egg Hunt in Montauk The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has sent word that its seventh annual “Eggstravaganza” will take place on Saturday, April 1, starting... more

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On the Road

Paving is always going on somewhere. Slowly rotting in the farmyard, positioned lovingly for all passersby to see, is an antique road grader. Even before the rust set in, it was a minimalistic machine made of just one thing: steel. It would have been drawn by a steam tractor; in fact, one of the only times I saw it doing its work, it was being pulled by our 1913 Case steam engine. My brother and his friend were taking the newly restored piece to the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s annual Engine Run. And from Sagg Main to White Walls, past the ... 30 May 2023 by Marilee Foster

Community News, June 1

MONTAUK Wildlife at the Lighthouse Quogue Wildlife Refuge will bring wildlife to the Montauk Point ... 29 May 2023 by Staff Writer

Paying the Price

As the New York State Legislative Commission on the Future of the Long Island Power Authority “reset” its schedule for additional public hearings and the issuance of its final report later this year, Newsday last month revealed that “compensation packages for the top PSEG Long Island executives ranged from $442,000 to nearly $700,000.” That, noted the Newsday article by Mark Harrington, “may provide fodder for some who say the public-private relationship … needs to be scrapped.” This is what the commission is considering. The Long Island Power Authority, established by the state in the 1980s, was originally envisioned as itself ... by Karl Grossman

What Banned Books Teach

I have been reading a great deal of history recently, as well as keeping up with The New York Times, and have been both appalled and amused by Ron DeSantis’s efforts to control what Florida teachers teach to their young charges. I don’t think DeSantis spends much time reading history himself. If he did, he would know how idiotic it is to try to control what goes on in people’s minds. Banning books is a very old story. Books have been banned ever since the Roman poet Ovid was sent into exile for writing the “Ars Amatoria,” (in English, “The ... 26 May 2023 by Anthony Brandt

Taking Risks

I don’t know how the beans came up. They are not happy — they didn’t fold out of the earth rich and green. In fact, they look nearly dead, two long lines of them, translucent yellow leafs that are pinched to nearly purple at the stalks. I imagine that they shiver. A large part of a farmer’s mental freedom is dedicated to trying to have a plan to meet the conditions. This is why farmers are innovators — they imagine an implement that would help them through some particular hardship, and then they’ll build it themselves. Some of them, John ... 23 May 2023 by Marilee Foster

Motel, Hotel, Holiday Inn

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Etsy sells this quote on T-shirts, wall decals and shot glasses. I don’t need to wear the saying on my chest or paste it on my wall in 12-inch letters — but I’m always happy to drink a shot. And if the glass says something inspiring, even better. If I’m being honest, though, journeys are hard. Journeys involve traffic, or removing coats, shoes and belts at the TSA checkpoint. And, clearly, Mr. Emerson hasn’t flown Southwest Airlines. Destinations, alternatively, are great. Destinations can be Bora Bora, which is far ... by Tracy Grathwohl


What is happening with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation? The DEC has been sitting on its hands in regard to a 50-acre sand-mining operation in Noyac, called Sand Land, that is barely above groundwater. Last month, despite the ruling of New York State’s highest court, its Court of Appeals, annulling the mining permit of Sand Land, mining had resumed at the property, charged State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. of Sag Harbor and Bob DeLuca, president of the Group for the East End. Also last month, Newsday reported that “more than 1,400 household products that contain a ... by Karl Grossman

Community News for May 25, 2023

EAST HAMPTON Kites for Kids The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center will be the beneficiary ... 22 May 2023 by Staff Writer

Wild in Spring

The potatoes manage to break through the dry dirt. It isn’t dry where they came from. This almost famous dirt knows how to budget its moisture. This is the kind of dirt that can mislead people, mainly farmers, into believing, reverently thinking, that the natural world is one of good design, grace and kindness. If he or she works hard enough, nature will join in concert, and there will be an abundant harvest. It is dry for May, and there were no April showers. I feel more familiar with the clay crust than I do with the chocolate loam (neither ... 16 May 2023 by Marilee Foster

‘This Unbelievable Gift’

It was inspiring and historic as members of Temple Adas Israel, which proudly relates on its website being Long Island’s oldest synagogue, returned to what has been their spiritual home in Sag Harbor for 125 years. The congregation had homes away from home during the renovation of Temple Adas Israel, thanks to the big-heartedness of First Presbyterian Church in Sag Harbor, widely known as Old Whalers’ Church, and the Cormaria Retreat Center. Services were held inside the church, built in 1844, and also on its front lawn, and virtually from the church, too. Old Whalers’ also provided office space for ... 15 May 2023 by Karl Grossman