03/31/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

One day last week I decided to ring some church bells.

I’ve had this feeling before. The last time was more than 10 years ago when I asked if I could ring the bells of Orient United Methodist Church, and the sextant obliged me. Call me crazy.

Church bells have always stopped me. Literally, if I’m walking and hear them in the distance. Or if I’m driving and hear their  music on the breeze, they stop my thoughts. The solemn beauty of the bells, sounds giving texture to the air, always call me back to something that doesn’t allow for expression, because I can’t quite connect the feeling to words. (more…)

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03/16/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

“Our story as Christians begins with the refugee story,” Father Charles McCarron said, telling the saga of two adults traveling a great distance where their baby was born, and then soon after fleeing to a foreign country to escape tyranny.

The refugees to whom the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church priest was referring were, of course, Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of the baby Jesus and then their fight into Egypt. (more…)

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01/07/17 3:00pm
Alexander Shaw Mitchell Jr.

Alexander Shaw Mitchell Jr.

Alexander Shaw Mitchell Jr.
Alexander Shaw Mitchell Jr., 76, of Danville, Virginia died Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina after a long illness. (more…)

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01/29/16 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

Spinning. Twirling. Jumping. Little visions in pink tights, tutus and ballet slippers, soon to be changed for tap shoes, giggling their way through dance lessons.

They’re 3, 4 and 5 years old, these Shelter Island girls, and clearly having so much fun being taught by Ashley Knight in St. Mary’s Parish Hall that they’re oblivious to visitors watching them working their way through routines. (more…)