09/22/17 10:00am
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | The backyard chicken coop at the Island home of Myla Dougherty, the author’s granddaughter. From left: Chicken Little, Turtle, Chopped Licker, Fluffy, Einstein and Scruffy.

I remember many years ago when I was growing up in the city, the only chickens I ever saw were wrapped in brown paper and available in the neighborhood butcher shop.

Chicken was a good protein staple that appeared on the table roasted for a Sunday dinner or in pieces or cutlets for a weekday meal. I never remember any worries about disease. The meat I remember having to be careful of was pork. Trichinosis was the problem with under-cooked pork. It went without saying  that chicken was always cooked thoroughly.  (more…)

09/22/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Youth Group leader Bryan Knipfing, Abigail Kotula, Emma Gallagher, Lindsey Gallagher, Willie Gallant, Taylor McNemar, Amelia Reiter, Francesca Frasco, Isabella Sherman and leader Kate Davidson. Kneeling: Robert Harper.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Youth Group leader Bryan Knipfing, Abigail Kotula, Emma Gallagher, Lindsey Gallagher, Willie Gallant, Taylor McNemar, Amelia Reiter, Francesca Frasco, Isabella Sherman and leader Kate Davidson. Kneeling: Robert Harper.

Members of the Shelter Island All-Faith Youth Group recently went on their third annual Mission Trip. Eight youth group members along with their leaders Bryan Knipfing and Kate Davidson worked at a house in Greenport where they cleared out shrubs in order to make room for a wheelchair ramp. At another house in Southold, they cleaned out an old barn.

The Shelter Island All-Faith Youth Group is open to all Shelter Island students in grades 8 to 12. The group meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center at Camp Quinipet. All students are welcome. For more information, email director Bryan Knipfing at [email protected]

09/21/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Camryn Page, Taylor Tybaert, Dr. Bill Zitek and Elizabeth Cummings cleaning the beaches of Mashomack Preserve.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Camryn Page, Taylor Tybaert, Dr. Bill Zitek and Elizabeth Cummings cleaning the beaches of Mashomack Preserve.

“Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.”

These disturbing statistics come courtesy of the Ocean Conservancy and confirm what many of us may have already suspected.

We’re literally killing ourselves (and our fellow living beings) with garbage — much of it plastic, which we love as consumers because it is strong, durable and long-lasting, and hate as environmentalists for exactly the same reason. (more…)

09/21/17 2:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Mashomack Preserve hosts a paddle event on September 16. Rentals of kayaks and canoes are available. Pictured is Mashomack's Bass Creek in fall..

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Mashomack Preserve hosts a paddle event on September 16. Rentals of kayaks and canoes are available. Pictured is Mashomack’s Bass Creek in fall.

PADDLE TO THE POINT

Mashomack Point has a beautiful winding salt marsh, which is a joy to explore by self-powered boats. On Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, Mashomack Preserve offers a Mashomack Point paddle and participants will use canoes and kayaks to investigate this waterway of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. (more…)