01/17/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The crew from the Shelter Island Fire Department with their stars, from left, Phil McEnroe, Max Pelletier, Andrew Crittenden, Ron Jernick, Susan Schrott, First Assistant Chief Anthony Reiter, William Rowlend, Tim King, and Herb Sherman Jr. (not present, Brian Lechmanski).

COURTESY PHOTO | The crew from the Shelter Island Fire Department with their stars, from left, Phil McEnroe, Max Pelletier, Andrew Crittenden, Ron Jernick, Susan Schrott, First Assistant Chief Anthony Reiter, William Rowlend, Tim King, and Herb Sherman Jr. (not present, Brian Lechmanski).

To show appreciation for the heroic efforts of Shelter Island and Sag Harbor firefighters in battling the December 16 Main Street fire in Sag Harbor, Island resident Susan Schrott and her family gathered over the holidays to create Stars of Hope for members of both fire departments.  (more…)

08/29/12 7:04pm

KELLY COLLIGAN PHOTO | The Shelter Island varsity volleyball team after winning first place in the Silver Bracket of the Eastport-South Manor invitational tournament last September. Kelsey McGayhey and Haley Willumsen, now college players, are in front row, center and right.

Along with packing clothes, laundry detergent, posters and pencil sharpeners, some recent Shelter Island High School graduates also have to pack spandex shorts and extra gym socks. Hope Kanarvogel, Stephanie Vecchio, Kelsey McGayhey and Haley Willumsen have all been named to their college volleyball teams for the upcoming fall season.

Kanarvogel (SIHS ’09) has been a four-year player for Unity College in southeastern Maine and has been named one of the captains for the 2012 campaign.

Among her duties has been helping the incoming freshmen players move into their dorms and get them acclimated to college life, a life that sometimes includes twice-a-day two-hour practice sessions for the first week.

“Our first week of two-a-days went so well it made me so excited for the season to get underway,” said Kanarvogel, a senior libero, when asked how her first week was progressing. “I want to make sure my team pushes themselves for their sake and the team’s, to enjoy the sport and, most importantly, to have fun.”

Vecchio (SIHS ’11) returns for her sophomore season at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. The Chargers return the entire roster from last year’s North Atlantic Conference championship squad and have high aspirations for the upcoming season. Asked about having the same team around her, Vecchio commented, “I’m looking forward to another great season with these girls” and added “we have a lot of time to grow stronger.”

Kelsey McGayhey (SIHS ’12) joins one of the top Division III programs in the nation at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Last year’s team reached the Elite 8 of the D3 Championships and Coach Moira Long has been scouring high schools across the nation to add depth to her roster.

Speaking to potential recruits in Springfield last spring, Coach Long made special note of the high level of players that have been coming out of eastern Long Island high schools. Springfield, long known for its overall commitment to collegiate athletics, also fields a junior varsity level squad in addition to varsity.

McGayhey has also been participating in three-a-day practices and joined her teammates for a canoe trip to help build team unity.

“With a lot of ice baths and frequent visits to the athletic trainer, I’m no longer sore … I have fallen in love with volleyball all over again,” McGayhey said.

Haley Willumsen (SIHS ’12) has been named the freshman setter for the Keene State College Owls in New Hampshire. Coach Bob Weiner has a very young team but hopes to repeat his 2008 success, when he took an extremely green squad and led them to the Little East Conference championship.

Willumsen credits her time spent playing with the Long Island Fury club team for getting her prepared for the next level. Keene State competed in a scrimmage tournament this past Saturday and finished the day with a 5-1-1 record, the single loss coming in a close contest against D2 St. Anselm.

“We played better than I expected,” Willumsen commented, “and we are still a work in progress.”

Perhaps the most interesting part of having all these former Indians standouts playing in college is the possibility for them of seeing familiar faces from home on the other side of the net.

Springfield, Colby-Sawyer and Keene State are all scheduled to face each other at least once during the season. Asked about facing Willumsen and McGayhey, Vecchio commented, “I can’t wait to play against past teammates. It gets your adrenaline pumping even faster because you want to show them up and come out with the win but I also love being able to just see them as friends and not as competitors.”

Anyone with Internet access can watch the Shelter Island girls on a computer. For more information on schedules or webcasts, visit the respective school’s website and link to the athletics heading. Click on “women’s volleyball” and follow the prompts to “watch live.”

Look for updates on the girls throughout the fall in the sports section of the Reporter.

08/03/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Barefoot Movement will perform on the lawn at Sylvester Manor on Sunday, August 13 at 6 p.m

COURTESY PHOTO | The Barefoot Movement will perform on the lawn at Sylvester Manor on Sunday, August 13 at 6 p.m

IT’S SUMMER — LET’S GO BAREFOOT! 

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm continues its summer concert series with The Barefoot Movement on Sunday, August 13 at 6 p.m. The group first appeared at Sylvester Manor two years ago at a sold-out house concert, and returning to the summer Creekside stage will be fiddler Noah Wall, mandolinist Tommy Norris, guitarist Alex Conerly and upright bassist Katie Blomarz.

Sample provided food and beverages or bring a picnic and enjoy the wonder and serenity of a Creekside Concert at Sylvester Manor.

Tickets for the Barefoot Movement are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Visit sylvestermanor.org or call the Manor at (631) 749-0626.

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07/27/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | This 'brother' to the Havens House is among the homes on view in the Shelter Island Historical Society's biennie House Tour on August 5, 2017.

COURTESY PHOTO | This ‘brother’ to the Havens House is among the five homes on view in the Shelter Island Historical Society’s bienniel House Tour on August 5, 2017. The tour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and is based on the theme “Living with History/Making Choices.

This week

CLASS FUNDRAISER

On Saturday, July 29, the Shelter Island classes of 2022 and 2023 will hold a multi-family yard sale, bake sale and car wash on the school grounds. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (more…)

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08/30/19 2:00pm

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Library tennis tournament
To the Editor:
The Shelter Island Library Tennis Tournament, originally started in the 1990s by the Jerry Berner family, returned for the second year in a row last Saturday.

I want to thank the people whose hard work brought about this fun event that also raised funds for the library. (more…)