07/31/19 4:30pm

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St. Mary’s is hosting its annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. with a special service of comfort at noon to mourn the loss of a beloved animal. The service honors St. Francis of Assisi and features refreshments for both humans and pets. 

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05/24/19 12:00pm

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The significance of Memorial Day had faded because of the relative peace America was blessed with, lasting from the mid-1970s to the turn of the century. Since then, however, we can’t escape remembering Americans who gave, in Lincoln’s phrase, “the last full measure of devotion” in the seemingly endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently, Syria and Niger.
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05/29/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A rifle detail of uniformed veteran a volley at Memorial Day ceremonies in the Center.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A rifle detail of uniformed veterans fire a volley at Memorial Day ceremonies in the Center.

The Shelter Island Memorial Day celebrations were accompanied by a morning of unseasonably cold weather and hard, wind-driven rain.

No matter. The traditions were intact.

A good group of Islanders of all ages in rain gear and umbrellas turned out in the Center to remember and honor the Island’s war dead, as well as their countrymen and women across the nation killed in action in America’s wars. (more…)

09/28/16 11:58am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, "discussing" the rules at last year's old timers softball game. "The Over the Hill Gang" will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, “discussing” the rules at last year’s old timers softball game. “The Over the Hill Gang” will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

Back in the 1970s, a group of Island residents got together to start an annual old timers’ softball game. It was a friendly competition of the “over-35” crowd who played on teams sponsored by two well-known establishments — the Dory and the Harbor Inn. (more…)