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11/27/17 10:35am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Brrr! A bracing Turkey Plunge on Saturday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Brrr! A bracing Turkey Plunge on Saturday.

The 8th annual Turkey Plunge was a blast for all who attended on  Saturday, November 25 at  at Crescent Beach.

For the uninitiated, the Turkey Plunge, a brief, but frigid dip into the waters of the bay, is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition in these parts. Sponsored by Friends of the Shelter Island Library, costumes are highly encouraged while plunging and money raised from entry fees and fundraising efforts benefit library programming all year long. (more…)

11/25/17 11:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

“Gather them before the frost, they want to be used,” she whispered.

Sonomi, my sweet farmer friend, handed me the garden clippers from her apron pocket. Her gesture nodding towards the gate with permission to go into the gardens and harvest. This was the last of the warmer days before the November cold snap. With baskets, clippers and a thankful heart I stepped into the herb garden at KK’s Biodynamic Farm in Southold. (more…)

10/25/17 10:47am
COURTESY PHOTO Joseph Denny, ready to hit the trail.

COURTESY PHOTO Joseph Denny, ready to hit the trail.

Shelter Island is full of hiking trails, but beyond the trail system at Mashomack Preserve, the location of many of the other public trails that dot the Island is not common knowledge.

Which is why Joseph Denny is setting out to change that. (more…)

09/12/17 4:30pm
 Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell

At the September 6 meeting of the Deer & Tick committee, Scott Campbell, a committee member and director of the Suffolk Country Department of Health Services Anthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory, dispelled concerns about permethrin from 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with the tickicide — leeching into groundwater and affecting drinking water. (more…)

09/07/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  |  Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.”

This first stanza of the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” by 17th-century British poet Robert Herrick that comes to mind each year as I watch another summer end. (more…)