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We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.
But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?
Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)
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Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.
Two years ago, when I turned 60, I decided I would kayak around Shelter Island as a personal challenge. With very little training, I set out one morning in a plastic sit-on-top 12-foot boat I’d bought for my wife. Seven hours later I finished and a bucket list item was checked off.
Later that summer I discovered after the running of the first Great Peconic Race (GPR) in 2014 that circumnavigating the Island in a kayak wasn’t exactly an original idea. When I saw the times posted by paddlers, I realized I had a lot of work to do. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | October sunset from Crab Creek.
Our streak of high, bright blue skies and dry weather might be coming to an end.
The National Weather Service forecasters are calling for some lingering showers this morning and then a slight chance of showers after noon.
The rest of the day, the NWS predicts, will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 70 and calm winds of five to 9 mph.
PETER BOODY PHOTO | Howard Jackson on his deck overlooking Crab Creek in Silver Beach.
A talk with 88-year-old Howard Jackson lifts World War II from the history books and brings it to life.
The war is a fount of vivid memories as if it were a recent event for a man who served in his late teens as a flight officer, bombardier, navigator and armament officer on B-24 Liberators with the 454th bomber group, 739th squadron of the 15th U.S. Army Air Force in Italy. (more…)