CORRECTION: The three Apollo 1 astronauts who perished in a launch pad fire 50 years ago were Lieutenant Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel Edward H. White and Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Chaffee. One of several sites used to compile this history incorrectly identified the three men.
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Muhammed Ali knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round to win the heavyweight boxing title.
Students at the University of Michigan held the first teach-in after the United States bombing of North Vietnam.
NASA halted further training for three scheduled manned space missions to overhaul the Apollo program in light of the January fire that killed Apollo 1 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham.
American figure skater Debi Thomas — 1986 World Champion, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time U.S. National Champion — was born in Poughkeepsie, New York
“Homecoming” and “Cabaret” took home top honors at the 21st Annual Tony Awards ceremony.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)
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Supervisor Jim Dougherty
Supervisor Jim Dougherty has been named as a member of a Suffolk County advisory panel that was recently re-established by the county Legislature in an effort to eradicate tick borne illnesses. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Not seeing eye-to-eye are Deer & Tick Committee members Hank Amann (left) and Dr. Scott Campbell. Mr. Amann is convinced that if the deer population is reduced, ticks will simply feed off other species, while Dr. Campbell said studies have shown that not to be the case.
What’s certain in Shelter Island’s ongoing effort to decrease tick-borne diseases is the debate will continue between those who favor use of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with the tickicide permethrin — and those who want a serious culling of the herd. (more…)
Jim Dougherty for supervisor
Republican Art Williams entered the race for supervisor against incumbent Democratic Supervisor Jim Dougherty by saying elections should be just that and not “coronations.”
President of the Chamber of Commerce and a former supervisor, Mr. Williams is to be commended for always having the best interests of Island residents at heart and running a campaign on issues and not personalities. He has made this race anything but a coronation. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.
At its work session Tuesday, the Town Board looked at the case of a property on Peconic Avenue, owned by William King, which Building Inspector Chris Tehan had discovered violated environmental law by building in restricted wetlands.
Mr. Tehan issued a stop work order on construction when he discovered that the owner was building a patio in the restricted area without a wetland or a building permit. (more…)