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Susan Carey Dempsey

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08/08/18 2:00pm

Island Bookshelf

Whether it’s something in the water, the opportunity for peace and quiet or the inspiration of our own local characters, Shelter Island has no shortage of gifted writers. This column will highlight current books by Island authors, beginning this week with a memoir, “All Happy Families,” by Jeanne McCulloch.

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Featured Story
08/03/18 8:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Corky Diefendorf at his West Neck Creek aquaculture operation.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Corky Diefendorf at his West Neck Creek aquaculture operation.

Last Friday, Islander Kerry Kinney was picking up a new batch of “spat” — tiny oyster seeds — from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)’s waterfront site in Southold. She was taking the spat back to introduce them to Congdon Creek, where she will continue to cultivate them.

Ms. Kinney has been part of SPAT, or Southold Project in Aquaculture Training, which equips novice farmers to raise oysters, for three years. “It’s really great,” she said, despite the work that goes into their cultivation. “Yes, you do have to take them up and scrub them, spray them and count them, then put them back in.” (more…)