05/12/18 3:00pm
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

This is the sixth spring I’ve looked out my window here at the Reporter at a small open-sided metal box under the eaves with a stiff wire protruding from it. Picture a little gray model of a theater’s stage and you’re close.

Tiny bird couples start fluttering in under the eaves beginning around April Fools’ Day. One perches on top of the box and the other on the wire. One ducks under onto the shallow ledge of the box, then the other takes a turn, checking it out for a nest. They fly away never to be seen again, replaced by other couples that come and do the same routine. (more…)

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05/04/18 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Father Charles McCarron, pastor of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, speaking at Monday’s memorial service for Reverend Canon Paul Wancura.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Father Charles McCarron, pastor of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, speaking at Monday’s memorial service for Reverend Canon Paul Wancura.

The lilting sound of a single flute filled a nearly empty St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Evening light from stained glass windows fell on polished wooden pews a half hour before the Monday evening memorial service for Reverend Canon Paul Wancura. (more…)

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04/02/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO 2018 Shelter Island Bucks Head Coach Darryn Gary Smith.

COURTESY PHOTO 2018 Shelter Island Bucks Head Coach Darryn Gary Smith.

Let’s play word association. Ready?

South Africa and sports.

Easy. Rugby. Maybe soccer, because the World Cup was played there in 2010. Even cricket will do.

But baseball? (more…)

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03/23/18 4:30pm

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As the hot August night wore on in the attic of the old house, she decided she couldn’t take it anymore.

It was growing more stifling by the minute and in the claustrophobic space made of rough boards, there was a squeaking sound of scurrying mice somewhere in the dark corners and moving across the floor. (more…)