08/18/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

It’s hard to keep track of the plans and programs that have been rolled out in the last several years to ensure that Shelter Island has reliable backup power in case of emergencies.

As Julie Lane reports last week, the newest idea is to start digging a tunnel in October somewhere in Shelter Island Heights to Greenport. The tunnel would house electrical power cables that will connect to a substation in Southold Town. If PSEG pulls the trigger on the plan, one thing will not be in dispute — some Heights and Greenport residents will loudly condemn the whole thing. (more…)

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08/10/15 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Emory Breiner came to Shelter Island as a seven year old, fascinated with boats.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Emory Breiner came to Shelter Island as a seven year old, fascinated with boats.

Emory Breiner has vivid memories of his first trip to Shelter Island in 1956.

Now a long-time Island resident and candidate for the Town Board in November, during his first ride from the ferry dock at Preston’s to Shelter Island, seven-year-old Emory thought the boat was like the cruise ships he had seen docked on the West Side of Manhattan. “In my mind the ferry was like an ocean liner.”

That first summer, with radios abuzz with word of the maritime disaster that sunk the Andrea Doria, an Italian ocean liner off Nantucket, Emory was ready to send his toy fleet to respond. “I’ll have to send my boats to save people,” he reportedly said. (more…)

08/09/15 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Last year’s Time Travelers program at the Historical Society.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Last year’s Time Travelers program at the Historical Society.

More than 50 years ago, in order to make a phone call on the Island, one had to pick up the phone and tell the operator whom to call.

Students who were enrolled in the Shelter Island Historical Society’s “Time Travelers” program this week, heard about how they made phone calls a half century ago from original telephone operators. (more…)

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07/23/15 12:00pm
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Historical questions
To the Editor:
It was an interesting, rather startling headline regarding the Shelter Island Historical Society (July 16, “Three resign from Historical Society Board”).

I was considering changing my license plate from the UN-Hampton to the NU-Hampton, since Shelter Island has become what I now refer to as the “five-outfit weekend” with, it seems, a fundraiser of one kind or another every weekend all summer long. (more…)

07/22/15 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Ice cream making the old fashioned way is a popular activity for Shelter Island’s Time Travelers. Members of the Shepherd family demonstrate how it works.

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Ice cream making the old fashioned way is a popular activity for Shelter Island’s Time Travelers. Members of the Shepherd family demonstrate how it works.

If you’re between the ages of 6 and 11, you’re among the lucky, eligible to participate in the Shelter Island Historical Society’s Third Annual Time Travelers program, one that adults have been clamoring to join. (more…)