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09/30/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Caitlin Binder overtaking a Pierson runner in the Shelter Island School varsity girls cross country team’s victory Tuesday, September 29.

COURTESY PHOTO Caitlin Binder overtaking a Pierson runner in the Shelter Island School varsity girls cross country team’s victory on  Tuesday, September 29.

On Saturday, September 26, the Shelter Island School boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Sunken Meadow State Park for the Suffolk Coaches Cross Country Invitational, where the teams competed in a variety of races from 1.5 miles to 5K race.

The Meadow, as it is known, with its gnarly hill climbs, is steeped in Long Island cross country tradition going back over 60 years. (more…)

09/20/15 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The lovely white flowering vine appearing all over the Island now is clematis paniculata, otherwise known as sweet autumn vine clematis. Here’s mine, growing in half-shade because I feed it religiously.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The lovely white flowering vine appearing all over the Island now is clematis paniculata, otherwise known as sweet autumn vine clematis. Here’s mine, growing in half-shade because I feed it religiously.

The marigold is a common annual, one that you probably know and use frequently. It’s easy to grow and has many of the same properties as other mosquito-repelling plants.

Consequently, its use extends far beyond that of a simple and attractive annual bedding plant. You can pot up marigolds and place them strategically, near mosquito entry points, on the deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. (more…)