REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Plum Island.
Opinions expressed in the Prose & Comments column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Shelter Island Reporter’s editorial staff.
By Bill Smith
The recent articles in the press about the future of Plum Island and the predictable posturing going on by our politicians who clearly know nothing about the island or the extent of the contamination is very disturbing. Equally disturbing are the environmental groups who again know nothing about the contamination there, or worse that don’t really care and only see the island and grabbing the management of it as a money generating golden nugget for what in most cases are self-perpetuating organizations. (more…)
Three separate meetings were held last week, in Peconic, on Shelter Island and in Bridgehampton, all packed with people outraged by the noise made by commercial helicopters carrying passengers back and forth between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport. (more…)
Careful! Bluefish jaws want your fingers.
One of the jobs of any fishing columnist is contacting people to ask if they’re catching fish, where they’re catching them and what lures, bait or tackle they’re using. Prime contacts include local tackle shops, charter boat captains, fishing friends and even a few fishing guides. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | JO ANN KIRKLAND
I drive past the house where I grew up and spot a yard sale sign stuck in the front lawn. The house had been renovated and I’m curious to see it. This is my chance. (more…)
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Botanist and adventurer, David Douglas
There are botanists, horticulturalists and plantsmen.
This last term is used in reference to both men and women, although the term plantswoman occasionally appears, as well as plantsperson, both of which seem somewhat absurd. (more…)