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12/12/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Arthur Kornberg is credited with leading a team of scientists at Stanford University who synthesized DNA in a test tube.

San Diego, known as a snow-resistant city, had snow 44 years ago with surrounding mountain tops coated in white and temperatures that dropped to 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson announced his retirement from politics and was succeeded by Pierre Trudeau.

The Beatles released “Christmas Time is Here Again.”

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was presumed to have drowned when he disappeared while swimming in rough seas at Cheviot Beach in Portsea, Victoria; his body was never found.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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12/12/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island School senior Sarah Lewis, left, and junior Nichole Hand were honored December 4 at the Suffolk County Volleyball Coaches Association’s gala awards dinner at East Winds in Wading River.

COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island School senior Sarah Lewis, left, and junior Nichole Hand were honored December 4 at the Suffolk County Volleyball Coaches Association’s gala awards dinner at East Winds in Wading River.

On Monday, December 4, the East Winds catering hall in Wading River was decorated to the hilt.

Shining chandeliers and large holiday trees bedecked with lights greeted over 700 athletes, coaches and parents to the annual Suffolk County Volleyball Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner. (more…)

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12/11/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Richard Surozenski seeks re-election as a fire commissioner.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Richard Surozenski seeks re-election as a fire commissioner.

There’s only one open seat on the Board of Fire Commissioners  and incumbent Fire Commissioner Richard Surozenski is running unopposed for another five-year term. Voting takes place Tuesday evening between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Center Firehouse. (more…)

12/11/17 12:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The Long Island turnip served mashed with a whole roasted fish and caramelized onions.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The Long Island turnip served mashed with a whole roasted fish and caramelized onions.

When 91-year-old Wanda Wittmeier passed away in May of 2014, she went out at the top of her game. The Modern Snack Bar, a diner she founded in 1950 in Aquebogue, managed by her sons John and Otto, had just been named one of the country’s 10 best, and her lemon meringue pie garnered similar honors.

Of all the dishes served by the Wittmeier family at their venerable restaurant on the Main Road, the old-school take on mashed turnips connects most directly to the food and the culture of Long Island. (more…)