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06/10/19 4:30pm

COURTESY PHOTO Christopher Gillette, a crew member with Associated Lightning Rod Co,, at work on Union Chapel late last week.

Since time immemorial, humans have known that lightning is one of nature’s more sporadic yet deadly threats. (more…)

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06/16/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The interior of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The interior of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel.

A good rule of thumb is never to sit across the table from someone called “Honest John” when he’s dealing cards.

But John French, a 19th century builder who did extensive work in Brooklyn — including the Brooklyn Academy of Music — came by his nickname, well, honestly. He was known by his contemporaries for “mixing mortar with conscience,” according to an article in the Republican Watchman of 1876. (more…)