09/02/14 12:00pm
PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE | Alexander von Humboldt, detail of an 1843 painting by Joseph Stieler.

PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE |
Alexander von Humboldt, detail of an 1843 painting by Joseph Stieler.

They were eaten by tigers and crocodiles, murdered by unfriendly locals, slept alone in jungles and were often racked by fevers of unknown origin.

The plant hunters of bygone centuries all suffered from the same disease. They called it “botanomania.” They risked their lives in the search for the unknown plant, which was apparently an irresistible attraction. (more…)

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09/02/14 10:00am

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Shelter Island High School volleyball team scrimmages this week against Mattituck.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Shelter Island High School volleyball team scrimmages this week against Mattituck.

School has just started but high school sports are already into the throes of pre-season, having started practices at the end of August.

The Shelter Island volleyball team has 18 athletes, and has already shown both enthusiasm and skill during the first week of practice. (more…)

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09/02/14 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Catherine Becker has seen more than a half a century of Shelter Island history from her home on Little Ram Island.

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Catherine Becker has seen more than a half a century of Shelter Island history from her home on Little Ram Island.

Catherine Becker has lived at the top of the hill on Little Ram Island for the past 55 years.

Born in 1917, Catherine is a living witness to much of 20th century history. From her vantage in a modest home on that high point of land on Shelter Island, she’s spread her unforgettable brand of humor, warmth and serene confidence. The poet Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Catherine has the rare gift of making the people around her feel good. (more…)