09/07/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  |  Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.”

This first stanza of the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” by 17th-century British poet Robert Herrick that comes to mind each year as I watch another summer end. (more…)

05/28/17 3:00pm


A few years ago a reporter from this paper on assignment to do a Memorial Day story, visited the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale where those who fought and died in America’s wars are buried.

He came upon Roberto Gonzalez, a Vietnam veteran and a caretaker of the cemetery, washing and polishing headstones, working alone in the aisles of white marble. Mr. Gonzalez said that when cleaning, “I like to do it by myself. Do it right.” (more…)

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06/01/16 12:00pm
ANNETTE HINKLE Dan Fokine munching on wild onions during a recent foraging expedition.

ANNETTE HINKLE Dan Fokine munching on wild onions during a recent foraging expedition.

With Memorial Day behind us, we can look forward to locally grown fruits and vegetables that will soon start populating local farm stands. But did you know that in addition to farm stands, there’s another way to get your greens?

Try eating weeds. (more…)

05/27/16 8:00am

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Kids at the parade in 2014.

Shelter Island’s Memorial Day events and ceremonies honor those who died while serving in America’s armed forces. They are a quintessential part of small town life and an annual tradition for locals and visitors alike.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30 with Shelter Island observances presented by American Legion Mitchell Post 281 and Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Shelter Island Fire Department and its Ladies Auxilary. The Shelter Island Lions Club sponsors post-parade activities and food. (more…)

06/06/15 3:00pm
James Bornemeier

James Bornemeier

I spent Memorial Day weekend on Cape Cod for two reasons. It’s always a kick to hang out with my brother’s family in their nice lakeside home in Orleans. Making it better, the radiant blonde niece was flying in from Sun Valley and would stoke the shenanigans of her on-site vaudevillian brother.

And it was my mother’s 102nd birthday. (more…)