08/20/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Islander Amanda Clark, left and Sarah Lihan   during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Islander Amanda Clark, left and Sarah Lihan during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Every four years the Summer Olympics gives me license to dream.

As I watch swimmer Michael Phelps, shaped like a garden trowel with flippers for feet, win another gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly, I imagine myself slicing through the water like an eel. And when the bouncy, sparkly nymph Simone Biles flies through her floor exercise like Tinkerbell, I think back to my high school gymnastics class, in which I once executed a forward roll on the balance beam flanked by my classmates who pushed me back onto the beam as I rolled heavily off. (more…)

08/15/16 10:00am
How much do you know about the streets and roads of the Island?

How much do you know about the streets and roads of the Island?

A quiet thoroughfare connecting West Neck Road to Stearns Point Road, the roots of Behringer Lane have historical ties to several Island institutions.

According to primary documents from the Shelter Island Historical Society (SIHS), the name “Behringer” refers to Louie Behringer. (more…)

08/15/16 8:00am

 

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nora, left, and Jackson Parpan, a few days before the columnist returned to work.

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nora, left, and Jackson Parpan, a few days before the columnist returned to work.

I cried earlier this week.

It was Sunday, the first full day I would be leaving little Nora Jane Parpan — born May 19 at a healthy 7 pounds, 1 ounce — in someone else’s care following 12 weeks of maternity leave. (more…)