11/25/17 3:00pm
PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

Suffolk County government has, at long last, embraced the “advanced” wastewater treatment systems that remove substantial amounts of nitrogen that leach from traditional cesspools. (more…)

07/23/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm's methods.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor.

“America has been losing over 40 acres of farmland every hour to development,” said the letter I recently received from the American Farmland Trust. “This land — the most fertile soil in the world — is irreplaceable and urgently needed to grow food. It’s a national disgrace on a catastrophic scale.”

With the letter was an American Farmland Trust bumper sticker: “No Farms No Food.” (more…)

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12/19/16 10:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A farm field being irrigated  in Jamesport the summer of 2015.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A farm field being irrigated in Jamesport the summer of 2015.

Local growers and farmers say climate change is creating new challenges, with extreme weather conditions, sudden storms, rising temperatures and drought making it even more difficult to cope with a perennially unpredictable Mother Nature. (more…)

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02/09/16 4:30pm

 

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Mike Osinski at his home in Greenport.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Mike Osinski at his home in Greenport.

“Greenport, like towns on Staten Island, prospered from the oyster.”

So wrote John Kochiss, author of “Oystering from New York to Boston,” in 1973, pointing back to the oyster’s heyday on eastern Long Island in the early part of the 20th century.

Fast-forward 100 years or so, and things have certainly changed. (more…)

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08/14/15 12:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A herd of deer from last winter's hunting season.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
A herd of deer from last winter’s hunting season.

Hunters in the area will have to wait longer than usual to begin going after trophy bucks once the bowhunting season begins in October.

As part of an effort to curb deer overpopulation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced new rules August 6 allowing only antlerless deer to be hunted in certain regions during the first 15 days of the season. (more…)