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04/09/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

The Deer & Tick Committee has declared the pilot Nuisance Wildlife Control Officers (NWCO) program a success and it’s expected to be expanded in 2019.

The program uses specially licensed local hunters who are paid for their efforts based on the number of deer they butcher. (more…)

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03/09/18 8:00am
COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

For the second month in a row, members of the Deer & Tick Committee tried to answer a question: Should Animal Control Officer Beau Payne spend part of his work hours hunting, especially during the February-March so-called “nuisance hunt” permit season? (more…)

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02/13/18 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement from as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement  as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel will retire from his position as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4, coinciding with his resignation from the committee.

Mr. Scheibel made the announcement, which has been rumored for some time, at the end of the February 7 committee meeting, telling members he regrets not being able to see the process of conquering the Island’s tick problem resolved, although he’s pleased with progress made to date. (more…)

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01/09/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator, on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

In 1904, Roy Latham, a farmer and amateur naturalist, counted the birds he could see on his property in Orient from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a 16-degree day with heavy snow in a strong Northeast wind.

It was the first Orient Christmas Bird Count. On December 30, in weather only slightly less daunting than what Latham endured, the Orient bird count took place again, as it has every year, an annual holiday tradition older than Santa Claus but requiring a similar outfit. (more…)

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01/09/18 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

English model, writer and political activist Heather Mills — considered for a Nobel Prize in 1996 for her work on behalf of amputees hurt in land mind explosions — and former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Lyle Menendez, who would be convicted in 1996 with his brother Erik of killing their parents, was born in New York City.

Beatles Film Production Ltd. changed its name to Apple Film Production Ltd.

The night version of Hollywood Squares premiered on NBC.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II played at the Miami Orange Bowl.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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