06/14/17 4:30pm
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | A herd of Devon cattle explore a newly opened section of pastureland at Sylvester Manor.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | A herd of Devon cattle explore a newly opened section of pastureland at Sylvester Manor.

Farming has been a way of life on the East End for more than three centuries. Although it was once common to see cows grazing in local fields, given sky-high land values and the amount of acreage required to raise them, it’s been decades since cattle have been a regular feature of the East End landscape.

But the cows have come home to Shelter Island. Since mid-May, 33 of them have been happily munching away in the pasturelands at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Another 10 or so are set to join them from upstate New York in the weeks ahead. (more…)

06/08/17 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

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EVENTS

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods, a half mile walk and story as you go. “Crab Moon” by Ruth Horowitz on view in June. Mashomack Preserve.

Paint Night, to benefit the Shelter Island class of 2018. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Center firehouse (rear entrance). $30 high school students, $40 for adults includes appetizers, soft drinks and all painting supplies. No experience necessary. Reserve at [email protected] or call (631) 749-0302 extension 133. (more…)

05/25/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island style on display at The Stand Mercantile, a new boutique at the Island Boatyard.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island style on display at The Stand Mercantile, a new boutique at the Island Boatyard.

It will be a summer of discovery for locals and visitors to Shelter Island with new restaurants opening and old favorites sporting fresh menus, plus new businesses alongside tried and true destinations with innovative takes on merchandise and presentation. (more…)

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05/22/17 10:05am
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC |

CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC |

High nitrate content in a well tested in the Center led to a press release by Supervisor Jim Dougherty on Friday, suggesting that Center residents “may want to consider having their own wells tested for water quality as high nitrate levels affect the quality of drinking water.”

According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, an excess level of nitrates is especially harmful to infants and young children and “indicate[s] the possible presence of other more serious residential or agricultural contaminants, such as bacteria or pesticides.” (more…)

05/11/17 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 11

Ceremonial ribbon cutting, to celebrate the start up of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm’s innovative wastewater treatment system. Elected officials will be on hand. 11 a.m., Sylvester Manor. Follow the signs to the site. (631) 749-0626. (more…)