09/07/19 11:00am

SUSAN CAREY DEMPSEY PHOTO
Thomas Spotteck.

The Shelter Island Historical Society gave Islanders a taste of recent history with a presentation on Aug. 25 by winemaker Tom Spotteck, reviewing the history of Long Island wines. Although Long Island has supported strong farming traditions for centuries, the winemaking culture has flourished here only within the last few decades. Mr. Spotteck is the winemaker and oenologist at Lenz, owned by Peter and Deborah Carroll.

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08/17/19 8:00am

COURTESY PHOTO
Father David Marcott will preach at Union Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 18.

David Marcotte, S.J., Ph.D. will preach about “Cultivating compassion in a fear-filled world” at Union Chapel in the Grove on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 am.

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07/13/19 11:00am

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS
Locust leaves.

Latin Name: Robinia pseudoacacia

Locations: Everywhere! 

Tree stats: Black locust is native to Pennsylvania and Iowa and south from Georgia to Oklahoma. This fast-growing but relatively short-lived tree usually tops out at 50 feet and spans 25 feet wide. Over time, the trunk and older branches develop a thick, furrowed bark in handsome contrast to the delicacy of the tree’s pale green, oval-shaped leaves. In June, black locusts are resplendent with clusters of white, fragrant flowers.

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