04/08/12 7:17am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Cathy Raymond as the Easter Bunny with, from left, George, Oliver, Samantha and Hillary McDonald at Saturday's Fire Department egg hunt at St. Gabe's Field.

It was a beautiful day for the Shelter Island Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at St. Gabriel’s Field. The event went off at 1 p.m. right on schedule.

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03/05/12 12:52pm

DON BINDLER PHOTO | Dolphin close to shoreline in the shallows of West Neck Bay Sunday afternoon.

A common dolphin that had been spotted swimming in West Neck Bay on Shelter Island was found dead on Cedar Point in East Hampton, according to Julika Wocial, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation supervisor.

Further details will be reported as they become available.

The dolphin had been spotted on Shelter Island two days ago swimming in a tiny cove area in the northwest corner of the waterway.

The foundation’s rescue unit arrived on the scene about 11 a.m., initially determining that the animal didn’t appear to be in distress. But there were concerns about it beaching itself in the shallows, especially during low tide, Ms. Wocial said. The team remained on the scene for more than 6 1/2 hours.

About 3:15 p.m., after the tide rose, the dolphin approached the deepest part of the cove and “that was good,” Ms. Wocial said. But she still had concerns that it was staying close to the shore and “I started to get a little nervous.”

She and team members donned dry suits and prepared to enter the water when the dolphin swam out and headed for deeper water in West Neck Bay.

Police and Shelter Island residents helped the team to ride around to various areas around the bay so the team could monitor the animal’s progress, Ms. Wocial said. Islanders not only provided rides around the bay but also gave the rescue team food and drinks, she said.

“I could wish all my dolphin rescues were around Shelter Island,” she said, crediting the cooperation of police and residents with making the job easier.

When last sighted before darkness Sunday night, the animal was in deeper water and appeared to be jumping and diving and making sharp turns consistent with feeding behavior, Ms. Wocial said.

State forest ranger Brian McAllister and Shelter Island Police continued to monitor West Neck Bay Monday morning and by midday had made no new sightings of the dolphin, leading Ms. Wocial to speculate that the animal had moved out to sea.

03/05/12 9:19am

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTOS | Auctioneer Ken Lewis (right) at the Gift of Life Foundation's 12th annual fundraiser Saturday at the Ram's Head Inn.

A big turnout made for a successful night for the Gift of Life Foundation Saturday when it held its 12th annual fundraising cocktail party and auction at the Ram’s Head Inn.

Started in memory of Cheryl Hannabury, an Islander from a long line of Islanders, the Foundation raises money to assist East Enders who are suffering from life-threatening diseases. Ms. Hannabury died after a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Her mother Charlotte was among those at Saturday’s event.

For more details, see the March 8 edition of the Reporter.

02/05/12 8:21am

PETER BOODY PHOTO | On the ferry a decade ago. 'The Ferry Song' goes back even further.

Old-time listeners to WLNG radio will recall a record  from the mid-1980s called “Ferry to Shelter Island,” performed by Michelle Wood, a backup singer from Sergio Mendez’ group Brazil 66 and written by Dennis Pelliccia, then a resident of Shelter Island and now Sag Harbor.

Click here for a long YouTube sampling of a WLNG radio broadcast with DJ Paul Sydney on location on Shelter Island to promote the Center Fire Department’s “Shelter Island Day.” Eventually they get around to playing a bit of the record as part of a real estate ad. Be patient. It takes a while … and it goes by fast.

For a sampling of the song only, as broadcast on a Cambridge, MA country station in 1985, click here. The link was sent to the Reporter this weekend by Mr. Pelliccia.

01/26/12 11:43am

GOOGLE EARTH view of Shelter Island's Klenawicus Airport.

There’s a radio-controlled aircraft club that flies its model aircraft out of an open field adjacent to the town-owned Klenawicus Airport grass strip on Shelter Island.

One of its members, Harold Thiers,  has posted a video of his curious flying machine taking its first flight above and beyond a hover.

We’ll find out more. But meanwhile ….

Click here to see his YouTube video.