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05/25/18 4:30pm
COURTESY POST CARD

COURTESY POST CARD

In 1921, a crowd of bathers at what is now the Shelter Island Heights Beach Club witnessed the arrival by canoe of Miss Dorothy Stokes of Greenport.

Said to be a former Queen of the Yale Ball, she paddled across, tied her canoe up to the floating raft and “cavorted gaily, revealing her legs, sans stockings in a bathing suit slit up the sides.” (more…)

05/25/18 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers ... so get grilling!

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers … so get grilling!

Play ball!

Memorial Day is the opening pitch of the summer grilling season, time for me to step outside, heft the spatula and connect with an orb of ground beef.

If I’m doing it right, there will be smoke. Like playing baseball and spray painting wicker porch furniture, cooking hamburgers is an activity best done outdoors. (more…)

05/18/18 4:30pm
CHAIRYT ROBEY PHOTO A bluebird nest with three eggs.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A bluebird nest with three eggs.

Twice this spring I’ve sprayed myself with Deep Woods Off, tucked my pants into my socks and with fellow volunteers climbed into the cab of a pickup that smelled like wildlife and looked like the Recycling Center’s paper bin, to check on the Island’s bluebird population. (more…)

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05/17/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built.

Over 50 years ago, when John Kaasik first set eyes on Shelter Island, he was 11 years old, riding in his family’s Chevy Suburban on their way to visit a friend. After the visit, his Estonian immigrant parents, Evi and Joannes, were heading back to their West Islip home with six children in the car when the axle broke coming down the Ram Island hill. It turned out the repair would take a while, so the Kaasiks stayed.

Forever. (more…)

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05/11/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The Lones family. Jason, Ebeth and their son Wilson.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The Lones family. Jason, Ebeth and their son Wilson.

Every child is a miracle, but to parents who struggled to have a child and finally did, Mother’s Day is a reminder to take nothing for granted. Wilson Lones, son of Ebeth and Jason Lones, reminds his parents of that blessing every day. (more…)