09/09/19 10:00am

Our columnist, with what he described as a ‘pretty’ false albacore.

We’ve rounded the last turn and are heading down the home stretch toward the last weeks of local fishing for the year.

Historically, the fall has been the best time to get out on the water and chase a variety of fish that have, under normal conditions, always come our way as the waters cooled. The bluefish and striped bass, which usually show up over the summer, were a huge disappointment to almost all of us from Shelter Island, with “catch counts” at all time lows and the fish caught generally paltry in size.

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08/09/19 4:30pm

MAHREEN KHAN PHOTO U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Sherman Anderson, right, with Coast Guard Auxiliary Officer Ted Webb at East End Seaport Museum in Greenport last Wednesday.

Herman Anderson was just 21 years old when he saved the life of a burly man 14 years his senior whose barge was taking on water near the Plum Island Lighthouse Station 64 years ago.

Last week, Mr. Anderson, now 85, told the story of that rescue to an audience at the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport — just miles from where he served for three years as a lighthouse keeper for the U.S. Coast Guard. (more…)

04/06/19 10:00am


The recent approval by the trustees of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for a food scraps-to-energy plant, to be built in Yaphank, links to an original purpose of LIPA — to develop safe, alternative means of power.

LIPA was created by the Long Island Power Act of 1985 primarily to prevent the Shoreham nuclear power plant from going into operation and to further safe energy technologies instead. In its three decades, LIPA has emphasized solar and wind power to generate electricity. The green lighting of the food scraps-to-energy plant marks a move to another form of safe energy. (more…)

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04/25/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO  Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs Sr. led the raid to attack the British in Sag Harbor. Photo caption

COURTESY PHOTO  Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs Sr. led the raid to attack the British in Sag Harbor.

On the morning of May 23, 1777, 170 soldiers from several regiments of the American Continental Army crossed Long Island Sound from Guilford, Connecticut, in 13 whaleboats.

By approximately 6 p.m., they were on the beach at the north end of Hashamomuck Pond, what today is Southold’s Town Beach. They portaged their whaleboats over the beach and slipped into the pond, then rowed its length to the point where it empties into Peconic Bay and passed Shelter Island. (more…)