04/17/17 4:30pm
Photo by Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography | Easter-colored beans.

Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography | Easter-colored beans.

BY CARA LORIZ

Spring on Shelter Island is a time when buds bulge and bloom, warming soils imbue the air with their potency and tiny sprouts unfurl en masse, transforming our landscape. All of this beauty and magic starts with seeds, an integral part of what we celebrate each spring — Earth Day and the environment, Easter and rebirth, Arbor Day and planting for the future. (more…)

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04/11/17 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Testing for saltwater intrusion at Sylvester Manor are United States Geological Survey chief scientist Fred Stumm (stooping) while colleagues, from left, Marie Zuck, Robert Welk and Michael Como record readings of depths where salt and freshwater interface.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Testing for saltwater intrusion at Sylvester Manor are United States Geological Survey chief scientist Fred Stumm (stooping) while colleagues, from left, Marie Zuck, Robert Welk and Michael Como record readings of depths where salt and freshwater interface.

If some $40,000 spread over a three-year period for water quality testing seems high, consider the cost of drilling new wells to do the same testing that would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But thanks to equipment being used around the Island by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), at least 20 sites are being tested by computer mapping for saltwater intrusion into wells with no drilling, according to lead USGS scientist Fred Stumm. (more…)

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03/24/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

No threat
To the Editor:
It befuddles why your editorial (“Vote no on extra transportation costs”, March 16), is painting the petition to transport students to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) as an adversary of the school district budget. The proposed budget for 2017-18 is $11,291,936. The cost to transport students to OLH (if transportation is not shared with Hayground and Ross) is $65,736. That’s 0.58 percent, half of one percent, of the entire budget. To target this expense as the line item that will “break the bank” is sheer nonsense. We can do math. (more…)