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09/27/16 8:00am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden looks over the many donated files.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden looks over the many donated files.

In the margins of hundreds of pages filed in binders, Greenport native Bill Hulse took copious notes and tucked them away in boxes of old family photos, newspaper clippings and cemetery maps.

Next to records of each wedding celebration, every obituary and on all the birth announcements, Mr. Hulse recorded numbers.

Those numbers were linked to the database he built up over decades documenting more than 60,000 descendants of the founding families of the North Fork. Each number represented an entry in the catalogue, which traced the history of the North and South forks and Shelter Island, fanning out from the first Hulses, Raynors, Hallocks, Youngs and Hawkinses. (more…)

09/04/16 1:00pm
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK

PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK

There was a time when newspapers and other media outlets were strongly encouraged to provide online readers with as many avenues as possible to leave comments. Message boards are the future, we were told, and you should make it as easy as possible for people to start a dialogue on your website. (more…)

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01/08/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand. brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand. brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

Trade-offs on disease
To the Editor:
If the word on the street is to be trusted, then the appointment of a wildlife control officer (“Town to hire wildlife manager,” December 10) is nearly complete, pending civil service procedures. What this means to the Island is not clearly outlined to those of us not on the Deer & Tick Committee. (more…)

12/05/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An original sign for the newspaper.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An original sign for the newspaper.

On September 30, 1999, a little more than 16 years ago, the following classified ad appeared in this newspaper:

The award-winning Shelter Island Reporter has an immediate year-round opening for a full-time writer, or two part-timers, to cover regular news beats, sports and report breaking Island news events. Computer and writing skills a must, camera skills helpful. Salary negotiable, depending on experience. (more…)

05/10/15 11:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

We certainly have one great library here on this little Island. The offerings for senior citizens are extensive and varied. I had the opportunity to speak with the new director, Terry Lucas, last Saturday. I was checking out some new fiction when I figured I would try to get the answer to a question. (more…)