04/20/12 6:00pm

50 YEARS AGO

Osprey’s Nest

Some of the GBCC members think the clubhouse should be enlarged; others have a yen for a driving range; but the real cold weather golfers have been overheard muttering something about there oughtta’ be a big plastic steam-heated bubble over the entire installation, which would make things real cozy from October to May. • APRIL 21, 1962

25 YEARS AGO

Bullock bandies issues with residents

The coastal barrier acquisition plan, which involves some 70-odd acres of environmentally sensitive land in Hay Beach and along the Ram Island Causeway, was appraised by [County Legislator Tony] Bullock as “a strong case for approval of acquisition.” • April 23, 1987

10 YEARS AGO

New ferry takes shape

Cliff and Bill Clark went up to … Warren, Rhode Island last week to check on the progress of the new 20-car boat that South Ferry plans to put into service in time for this summer … The boat it is to replace, the Capt. Ed Cartwright, which at about 70 years is the oldest in the South Ferry fleet, is still in service but has been sold. It will be used as a waterfront dining area at a Manhattan dockside restaurant. • April 25, 2002

03/15/12 6:00am

50 YEARS AGO

Volunteers have busy weekend

Shelter Island’s volunteer firemen and rescue team had one of their busiest weekends in months last Saturday and Sunday. It included an emergency call, a house fire and a dinner dance … there was a mad scramble to clean up the dishes before the Art Kelly band arrived. • MARCH 17, 1962

25 YEARS AGO

Island may be star again

Shelter Island may star on the big screen again. The Island is being eyed for scenes in an MGM feature film … a romantic mystery involving the East End’s wealthier set and starring Rob Lowe … And there is an added bonus. Managers said that there will be need for plenty of extras. • MARCH 19, 1987

10 YEARS AGO

New highway department building

The Town Board named five people to a committee to recommend a site and design for a new highway department building … for years, highway superintendents … have been telling the Town Board that the department’s building on South Ferry Road —  a former bean packing plant -— was falling apart and not worth fixing up because it was inadequate. • MARCH 21, 2002

03/12/12 10:00am

50 YEARS AGO

Legionnaires to be feted

The Mitchell Post Legion Auxiliary will entertain members at dinner … March 15, in celebration of the Legion’s 44th birthday. Topping the menu will be roast beef — the Legionnaires’ favorite dish — either rare, medium or well done … There will be a charge of $1 per person to help meet expenses. • MARCH 10, 1962

25 YEARS AGO

Route 114 to be closed to heavy trucks

New York Avenue local truck route will be established … Town Board members were not pleased at the prospect of dealing with rerouted truck traffic through at least two summers. • MARCH 12, 1987

10 YEARS AGO

Newest town planner

The Planning Board’s newest member may also be the youngest to have served on the panel in a long time. Without comment or fanfare, the Town Board … appointed 27-year-old lifelong Islander Ray Congdon … Mr. Congdon commented, “People around town are trying to get the younger people involved so they don’t lose grasp.” • MARCH 14, 2002

03/03/12 2:00pm

50 YEARS AGO

Osprey’s Nest

Comments heard … following Colonel Glenn’s three-time trip around the world …“What are they going to do on the moon? Nothing there.” “I hope they don’t launch those damned things from Shelter Island!” • MARCH 3, 1962

25 YEARS AGO

Editorial

It’s school budget time again, surely the one time of the year when Shelter Island gets the community’s undivided attention…we think the Board of Education played its cards right this time when it set up a budget review committee that will include five Island residents…By allowing members of the citizenry to participate actively in the school budget procedure, the Board of Education has established…a reliable checks and balances system. • MARCH 5, 1987

10 YEARS AGO

Sherman on Shelter Island

Through yet another re-drawing of legislative district lines, we might find ourselves removed from the North Fork and plopped into the South Fork. Don’t panic, it’s happened before and somehow, this tiny little Island has survived …“It just makes sense” [my mother-in-law] insisted. “We aren’t South Forkers. We’re ragg and flannel; they’re linen and taffeta. We’re fried fish dinners and Friday night home games, they’re lobster quiche and celebrity softball.” • MARCH 7, 2002

02/28/12 4:00pm

50 YEARS AGO

From the Osprey’s Nest

This Old Byrd bows to the greatest bird of all — Colonel John Glenn, whose Tuesday morning flight…commanded the eyes and ears of the world. Many students in Shelter Island School found their regular programs altered so they could see or hear the history-making flight. Utilizing two TV sets, some 100 students viewed the proceedings. Others heard of Glenn’s progress via classroom radios. • FEBRUARY 24, 1962

25 YEARS AGO

Dining with Dena: Modernised meatloaf

This ultimate “Mom” food has recently gained new status in toney restaurants, but it certainly never lost its appeal in most homes, diners or cafeterias across the land … Found in one-pound tubes … ground turkey … sells for 89 cents to $1.29. • FEBRUARY 26, 1987

10 YEARS AGO

State has no right to require permits

…Residents of Shelter Island shouldn’t have to obtain state [fishing] permits because the King of England established their right to fish here more than 300 years ago…The Nicholls’ patent…is “pretty good” about making it clear that Shelter Islanders have full control of the waters and their products. • FEBRUARY 28, 2002