02/25/17 8:00am
John Huston

John Huston

Greetings from San Miguel de Allende, the 16th Century colonial city nestled in the central highlands of Mexico.

On this occasion, I’m looking back on my first visit to Mexico, in the autumn of 1963 when, as a young reporter for United Press International, I managed to bag a plum assignment that took me to Puerto Vallarta, which was then a sleepy village on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. I’m also thinking of the Academy Awards to be handed out on Sunday, and my encounter with Hollywood glamour on that first Mexico visit. (more…)

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02/24/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor.

Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor.

Donnamarie Barnes unlocked the door of the 18th century house at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and moved through rooms full of sheeted furniture, aged wallpaper and neat piles of very old books. She addressed the place as if she were visiting an old friend who has been shut-in.

“Hello house!” she said, walking through the rooms, explaining that, “I like to greet the house when I’ve been away for a while.” (more…)

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02/24/17 2:00pm


Respecting views
To the Editor:
I am writing to cancel my loyal subscription to the Reporter. I subscribed to the Reporter 38 years ago for local news, not to see the office of the president and other national offices trashed through words and offensive cartoons. There are plenty of national print and televised organizations that already do that very well. I wish you would concentrate more on local issues which directly affect Islanders. (more…)

02/24/17 12:00pm


Boiling over

“Threats.” “Collusion.” “Hate speech.”

This is some of the language being used as the Town Board prepares to draft and vote on legislation to regualte homeowners who rent their properties for short-term stays.

It gets worse, with particularly vile, unsubstantiated accusations being aired, but won’t be repeated here because there’s no profit in throwing gasoline on a dumpster fire. (more…)

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02/24/17 10:00am
‘Tortoise’ by Janet Culbertson, 60" x 40”, ink and charcoal, c. 1975

‘Tortoise’ by Janet Culbertson, 60″ x 40”, ink and charcoal, c. 1975

Shelter Island artist Janet Culbertson has been raising awareness about endangered animals and their shrinking habitat for more than 40 years.  Ms. Culbertson creates drawings and paintings that revolve around the devastating effects of widespread pollution and human encroachment on the environment.  (more…)