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06/07/19 2:00pm

COURTESY PHOTO A team member of the Eco-Photo Explorers geared up for deep-sea diving to search for a sunken ship in local waters.

The wreck of the USS Ohio sits on the bottom off Conklin’s Point in Southold, right where the North Ferry used to cross many years ago. (more…)

05/31/19 4:30pm

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This week, I’m going to devote this space to beers, which have been welcome guests at Island barbecues and beach picnics over the past holiday weekend. There are times when a beer is the perfect drink, especially with grilled foods or cold seafood on a summer day. I knew for this topic I should not trust my limited knowledge, but turn to my brother-in-law Hank McManus, who has a more extensive batch of brain cells dedicated to brews than anyone I’ve ever met. In fact, for several years Hank wrote his own column on beer, for the newspaper “AM New York.”

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05/21/19 2:00pm

DON BENDER PHOTO Moon over Smith Cove.

Peter Johnson is a Shelter Islander who leases 10 acres of land underwater more than 1,000 feet from the shoreline off Mashomack Preserve in Shelter Island Sound. He grows oysters and his landlord is Suffolk County. (more…)

02/23/19 11:00am

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It’s been decades since a fisherman told me about seeing a ship east of Montauk similar to those he had seen searching for oil in the Gulf of Mexico when he was a shrimper there. I telephoned oil company after company and each gave a firm denial about having any interest in looking for petroleum off Long Island. (more…)