02/14/18 4:30pm
MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

This is Part II of a two-part series. The first installment ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter. A link to that story can be found below.

Four Shelter Island veterans — Howard Jackson, James Colligan, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck — and one Gold Star Mother, Chrys Kestler, whose son Joe Theinert was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday to share stories of their military experience. The presentation is part of The Telling Project, a national non-profit that brings the tales of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel.

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06/02/17 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Organizers at a fund-raising event last year are (from left) Mary and Jimbo Theinert with Chrys and Frank Kestler. The event was a chance to update Islanders on progress on the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Organizers at a fund-raising event last year are (from left) Mary and Jimbo Theinert with Chrys and Frank Kestler. The event was a chance to update Islanders on progress on the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch.

“I don’t want another mother to be in my position,” Chrys Kestler said, recalling her horror on hearing the news on June 4, 2010, that her 24-year-old son, 1st Lieutenant Joseph Theinert had been killed in action in Afghanistan. (more…)

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05/28/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Dave Clark, commander of the American Legion Mitchell Post 281 at the Legion Hall.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Dave Clark, commander of the American Legion Mitchell Post 281 at the Legion Hall.

Dave Clark, commander of the American Legion Mitchell Post 281, has conflicted feelings about his service in the Marines, especially the months he spent in Beirut getting shot at.

But he is very clear about whose military service should be remembered on Memorial Day, and it’s not his.

“It’s a time to think of men and women who gave their lives, to reach out to their families and give them a hug,” Dave said. (more…)