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02/16/18 2:00pm
SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Joan Schultz, left, and Anna Congdon packing lima beans around 1951. The plant ran 24 hours a day during the harvest season.

SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Joan Schultz, left, and Anna Congdon packing lima beans around 1951. The plant ran 24 hours a day during the harvest season.

Back in the 1950s an idea took root with local farmers and gave sudden rise to a thriving business employing many Islanders. And almost as quickly it was gone. (more…)

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01/08/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board Chairman Gordon GoodingPreservation Fund Advisory Board Gordon Gooding won Town Board approal Friday for the acquisition ofan open spaces waterfront lot on Congdon Road near the town dock.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board Chairman Gordon Gooding

It had been estimated that the town had $440,000 to spend on projects in 2017 aimed at improving and protecting water.

But Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board Chairman Gordon Gooding reported last week that the actual amount the town could have spent in 2017 was $410,550. Former supervisor Jim Dougherty had put forth the $440,000 estimate for water quality projects in 2017. (more…)

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12/29/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Water Advisory Council member Greg Toner recently shared information with his colleagues on rising nitrate levels in Shelter Island water.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Water Advisory Council member Greg Toner recently shared information with his colleagues on rising nitrate levels in Shelter Island water.

For years, Islanders have been concerned about the issue of water quantity, dependent on wells and a fragile aquifer. The concern has led to action, with periods of mandatory water use restrictions. (more…)

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12/20/17 12:00pm
Councilman Paul Shcpherd at Tuesday’s Town board work session.

Councilman Paul Shcpherd at Tuesday’s Town board work session.

Occupants of seven households are slated to get a late Christmas present on December 28 when the Town Board expects to approve their applications for grants of up to $15,000 to offset the cost of installing nitrogen-reducing septic systems. (more…)

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12/04/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” topped the charts in the United States.

Dr. Christian Bernard performed the first successful heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa.

Dr. Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg were arrested in New York City during a protest against the Vietnam war.

Actor Nestor Carbonell, perhaps best known to audiences today for his role in the recent A&E series “Bates Motel,” was born to Cuban parents in New York City.

Musician Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 26, but four months after his death, his “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” was released and reached the top of the pop charts in the United States.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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