ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Army veteran Jim Colligan, and former Marines Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck rehearse for The Telling Project, which will be offered at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on February 16.
(This is Part I of a two-part series and ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter. The second installment will appear in the February 15, 2018 edition.)
The stories of the men and women who deploy with the military are as varied as the individuals themselves and the conflicts in which they serve.
But often the issues and intricacies of military life are not something that people outside the armed services can easily understand. Enter The Telling Project, a national non-profit organization that brings the experience of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel. Since 2014, the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund (JJTMF), which was created in honor of 1st Lt. Theinert after he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, has been partnering with The Telling Project to put local veterans and Gold Star family members in front of East End audiences to share their stories. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO A photo of World War II infantry veteran Gerald Landers Sullivan during his service.
“The bigger guys were always in front of me,” is how a very humble World War II infantry veteran describes getting through the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
I spoke with 95-year-old Gerald Landers Sullivan at his home on Thomas Street last week on a rainy day in front of a cozy fire. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church as seen in a postcard, circa 1910.
The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church has long stood as a testament to community involvement. The Food Pantry, 12-step programs, an early childhood education center — these are just a small sampling of the many organizations that use the church as a home base in order to serve the diverse needs of Islanders.
This tradition of service has been a hallmark of the congregation for a long time — a very long time indeed. (more…)
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Stephen Searl, Sylvester Manor’s new executive director, and Tracy McCarthy, the organization’s new director of operations, in front of the Manor House.
As the staff at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm looks ahead to 2018 and the upcoming summer season, they will do so alongside two new key players who recently joined the team. (more…)
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Sign of the times for Hampshire Farms, which closed New Year’s Eve.
Drivers traversing Bowditch Road in recent weeks may have noticed something different along the stretch near Midway Road — a black sheet of plastic covering the sign marking the entrance to Hampshire Farms Equestrian Center. (more…)