04/11/18 2:00pm
SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO | Karen Kiaer and Joy Bausman of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution during their April 3 presentation for the Women’s Community Club.

SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO | Karen Kiaer and Joy Bausman of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution during their April 3 presentation for the Women’s Community Club.

On April 3, members of the Shelter Island Women’s Community Club were treated to a Power Point presentation by Joy Bausman, honorary regent of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Karen Kiaer, chapter historian, offering a historical overview of some of the patriots and founders buried in the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church colonial cemeteries. The event was held in fellowship hall at the church. This is the first of several activities planned to celebrate the 275th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church.  (more…)

12/09/13 5:53pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Sept. 15 will forever be Joy Bausman Day on Shelter Island.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Dec. 15 will forever be Joy Bausman Day on Shelter Island.

Dec. 15 will forever be Joy Bausman Day on Shelter Island.

So declared the Shelter Island Town Board, which Friday decided to to honor the woman who has given most of her life to the Shelter Island Ambulance Corps, which for years was operated by the American Red Cross before being turned over to the town in 2011.

In June, Ms. Bausman stepped aside after 37 years of serving as volunteer director of the corps with the Red Cross, relinquishing that role to Mary Wilson, who has 25 years of experience with the Red Cross here.

And this month, Ms. Bausman is coordinating the transfer of Emergency Medical Services director responsibilities to Police Detective Sergeant Jack Thilberg, who will be paid for his work as director.

Ms. Bausman is credited for overseeing the smooth transition of the ambulance corps to the town.

She also laid the groundwork for the Length of Service Award Program, which established a retirement package for EMS workers, similar to the program that serves town firefighters.

It’s a program critical to maintaining the local volunteer corps, but a program from which Ms. Bausman won’t benefit.

Nonetheless, she lobbied hard and 92 percent of those who voted in a town referendum in August 2012 approved the establishment of LOSAP.

In a proclamation read by Supervisor Jim Dougherty on Friday, he called Ms. Bausman “an exemplary volunteer for our town.”

“We can’t thank you enough; you’ve been above and beyond,” he said.

Ms. Bausman has  praised the choice of Mr. Thilberg, who has long functioned as her assistant, saying little effort would be involved this month in preparing him to take over the reins as of January 1.

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11/20/13 4:08pm

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | New EMS Director Jack Thilberg at Town Hall Tuesday flanked by Supervisor Jim Dougherty and outgoing director Joy Bausman.

Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty announced on Tuesday, November 19, that Detective/Sergeant Jack Thilberg will succeed Joy Bausman as the director of Emergency Medical Services — the Island’s voluntary ambulance service that “pays such a critical role in ensuring Shelter Islanders receive prompt medical attention when needed.”

Det./Sgt. Thilberg has currently been serving as assistant EMS director. “In his over 30 years of EMT experience, Jack has shown a very high level of competence and dedicaton. We are fortunate to have him,” Mr. Dougherty said.

Ms. Bausman, who is retiring as EMS director, commented, “Jack has excellent EMS knowledge as well as the leadership skills that will enable a seamless transition of leadership. I am pleased he has accepted this responsibility.”

06/25/13 7:56am

Mr. Murphy must have missed the boat Saturday. His infamous law was nowhere to be found before, during or after the 34th annual running of the Shelter Island 10K.

There were many opportunities for things to go wrong, but none did.

Murphy’s law was banished by a heroic community effort, where individuals, groups, the police department and town government worked seamlessly for the common good. They, along with the crowds of Islanders who showed up on a perfect summer day, and the inspiring athletes of all ages, levels and conditions, made it a day to remember.

The police department, under the direction of Chief James Read, did a remarkable job — aided by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police — of keeping everyone safe without ham-handed tactics. Compromising liberty for security is the national debate these days. On an albeit small, local level, the police department nevertheless showed how both ideals can work together with a minimum of friction.

Procedures were thought through before being implemented. Small things made big differences: For example, the idea to make the “goody bags” clear plastic eliminated countless searches that would have caused delays.

The department got the word out early and often about new security procedures so people knew what to expect. Everyone was aware of the security presence but no one was threatened by it.

Even the officers stopping traffic for inspections or directing motorists toward detours were courteous, informative and professional.

The sport of long distance running is done outside, and not in enclosed stadiums with digitized beer ads and a trip to the concession stand requiring a preliminary meeting with your bank manger. Shelter Island is perfect for the sport of distance races. Not just for the physical beauty, but for the spirit of those who turn out to cheer the athletes on their quest

Elsewhere in this edition of the Reporter you’ll read praise for Mary Ellen Adipietro, Dr. Frank Adipietro and Cliff Clark, the three individuals — along with hundreds of volunteers they led — who made Saturday happen. We’ll say it again: Thank you for your time and tireless work. Your community salutes you.

Three years before the first running of the 10K, an Islander stepped up and hasn’t stepped down until almost four decades later. Joy Bausman will resign as the volunteer CEO of the Red Cross chapter on Shelter Island. (See story, page 18.) Her dedicated service sets the bar high for all who will follow as volunteers, not only for the Emergency Medical Services, but any organization that benefits our community.

Ben Jones — no slouch at giving back, logging 31 years as an ambulance volunteer helping others in distress — had high praise for Ms. Bausman, calling her an inspirational leader who charted a “road map” to success for the chapter.

Ms. Bausman credited her mother — who was a volunteer for the Red Cross for 55 years — and other family members, who inspired her to give of herself to those in need.

We should remember Ms. Bausman, and her mother’s teaching, by doing.