05/04/13 1:52pm

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The male bumblebee (center) just watch as the workers buzz about.

Master beekeeper Chris Kelly of The Plantage in Mattituck has been teaching aspiring beekeepers the dos and don’ts of caring for bees for the past ten years. With over 40 years of experience, he has a lot of guidance to offer.

The past several years have been tough on the bees, and their keepers. Colony collapse, parasites and even pesticides are causing harmful effects, culminating into what some North Fork beekeepers said was the toughest season to date.

Luckily raised awareness of the difficulties bees have been facing has resulted in more people interested in becoming beekeepers.

But you do not necessarily have to become a beekeeper to help these little pollinators.

Mr. Kelly explains how to help feed the bees.

11/01/12 12:59pm

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | East Brander Pond and West Neck Harbor intermingle during Hurricane Sandy.

The full extent of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Shelter Island is becoming clearer as highway crews, homeowners and businesspeople continue to pick up the pieces. As reported in this week’s Shelter Island Reporter, no one was badly injuried and no homes were seriously damaged. But many sections of the town’s white fencing along Crescent Beach was carried away in the wind and tide, some docks were torn apart and no doubt reports of more damage will surface in time.

Here’s a slideshow of many of the pictures that we collected during and just after the storm. Special thanks to Sherri Surozenski for her dramatic photos of David Lingwood’s truck boarding South Ferry at the height of the storm. Thanks also to our photographer Beverlea Walz, reporter Julie Lane, co-editor Peter Boody and our terrific contributors Meaghan Derby, Jim Colligan, Cara Loriz, Bill Smith, Cathy Driscoll and others.

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07/02/12 12:08pm

A video interview with Amanda Clark and her crew Sarah Lihan has been featured by US Sail on its website in order to introduce the Olympic sailors to the media ahead of the 2012 Summer Games in England later this month.

To see the video, click here.

See the July 5 Reporter for the question-and-answer interview with the two sailors that was distributed to the media by US Sail, which sponsors their Team Go Sail.

06/24/12 10:46am

PETER BOODY PHOTO | The 2012 grads after Saturday's commencement ceremonies.

Under brilliantly sunny skies in the tent behind the school, the 16 members of Shelter Island’s Class of 2012 put their high school days behind them on Saturday as they received their diplomas and in many cases awards before friends, family and faculty.

For a full listing of all awards and honors, and full coverage of the ceremony, see this week’s edition of the Reporter.

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05/28/12 11:25am

PETER Boody | Dog's eye view of the Shelter Island Memorial Day Parade.

Shelter Islanders and visitors, young and old, two-legged and four-legged, lined Route 114 in the Center for the annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony at the Wilson Circle beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday. It ended with the American Legion gun salute and the usual swarm of kids rushing in to pick up shell casings. Everyone was invited to the Legion Hall and its grounds for hot dogs provided by the Legion and hamburgers served by the Lions Club.

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