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07/03/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Councilman Jim Colligan.

There are strong disagreements among members of one of the most essential town committees to the point that an elected official says there’s a risk of “losing the committee,” as in the body closing down.

Arguments over a planned survey of town residents conducted by the Deer & Tick Committee is the flash point for the dissension.

“We’ve come to a crossroads here,” said Councilman Jim Colligan, who worries about the future of the committee. (more…)

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01/19/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | PATRICIA SHILLINGBURG

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Patricia Shillingburg

It was a sad week on Shelter Island with the loss two of its finest, most active residents.

In the wake of the passing of Ben Jones on Thursday January 14, word came that Patricia Shillingburg, author and historian, had died early that morning as well. (more…)

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01/08/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand. brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand. brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

Trade-offs on disease
To the Editor:
If the word on the street is to be trusted, then the appointment of a wildlife control officer (“Town to hire wildlife manager,” December 10) is nearly complete, pending civil service procedures. What this means to the Island is not clearly outlined to those of us not on the Deer & Tick Committee. (more…)

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12/08/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Hank Amann doesn’t object to efforts to increase the deer cull, but believes 4-poster units will always be necessary to curb the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Deer & Tick Committee member Hank Amann doesn’t object to efforts to increase the deer cull, but believes 4-poster units will always be necessary to curb the incidence of tick-borne diseases.

With the unanimous consent of the Deer & Tick Committee, the Town Board is expected to make a provisional appointment early in 2016 of a wildlife and animal control officer to manage the deer population, including culling the herd. (more…)