07/15/14 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Before Route 114 was widened, daylilies lined both sides of the road. It’s safer now, of course, but they were very pretty. If Shelter Island had its own flower, it would certainly be the daylily.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Before Route 114 was widened, daylilies lined both sides of the road. It’s safer now, of course, but they were very pretty. If Shelter Island had its own flower, it would certainly be the daylily.

Many of the things we take for granted as part of the American scene had to make their way to the New World from places very far away. Among these are two of my favorites — cats and roses.
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07/05/14 12:00pm

A transmission and distribution power substation would be a huge boost to our power infrastructure.

By tapping into the 69Kv underground cable, we will not only reduce black outs, but we would also avoid brownouts. That would mean our air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances will operate more efficiently and not burn out because the voltage is too low for too long. (more…)

07/04/14 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY

AMBROSE CLANCY

We all have those moments when we see signs of the End of Civilization.

But correcting myself at the outset, not all of us — it’s only people of a certain age who see signs and portents of the E of C. For the most part, young people don’t care, which proves again that wisdom doesn’t come with age.

Nevertheless, on the anniversary of the day we decided to break from British civilization, disturbing signs are everywhere that the barbarians are not just at the gates, but are manning the tollbooths. (more…)

06/27/14 4:30pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

When I first starting writing a column for this newspaper, a wise editor and writer suggested that I not use peoples’ names. If there’s no name, it makes it more universal; the reader may subconsciously insert their own husband/child/dog’s name instead of getting a mental image of my kid.

Good advice. But not this time. (more…)