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…)
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 . . .
COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND
If there is a single fact that emerges as a surprise from the recent survey conducted by the town’s Deer & Tick Committee, it’s that 72 percent of respondents said they would favor Shelter Island paying professionals to reduce deer density. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.
Have you ever had the experience of attending a public meeting only to be baffled because officials are referring to documents only they have access to?
So have we, and it’s high time boards and committees on Shelter Island recognized their responsibility to adhere to the state law on disclosure of public records. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel speaking at the Town Board works session Tuesday.
A review by the Town Board at its Tuesday work session to fine-tune a planned survey of residents on tick-borne diseases and controlling the deer population turned, as it has for years whenever the subject is broached, to an argument over the safety and effectiveness of the 4-poster program. (more…)