Anu and John Kaasik, the Shelter Island Lions Club People of the Year
Pride of Lions
The Shelter Island Lions Club is an organization that is a beacon of hope bringing practical actions to bear to help the lives of Islanders of all ages, and especially for those in our community who are in need.
Each year the Lions crown a Citizen or Citizens of the Year rewarding those who have sacrificed their time and efforts to make Shelter Island a better place. This year is no exception, with the Lions announcing that John and Anu Kaasik will receive their most prestigious honor at a reception at The Pridwin Hotel on May 24. (more…)
As the hot August night wore on in the attic of the old house, she decided she couldn’t take it anymore.
It was growing more stifling by the minute and in the claustrophobic space made of rough boards, there was a squeaking sound of scurrying mice somewhere in the dark corners and moving across the floor. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO A corner of the attic at Sylvester Manor, where slaves and indentured servants were quartered.
In the stifling attic of rough boards, the afternoon sunlight caught etchings of sailing ships on a wooden beam near a narrow window.
You could see a progression in the work, from a suggestion of a ship to finely drawn images of sails and intricate renderings of ropes and riggings. In the airless August heat, just under the roof of Sylvester Manor, the etchings spoke of an indentured boy’s need for expression and freedom. (more…)
A memorial stone placed in 1884 by Cornelia Horsford at Sylvester Manor reads: “Burying Ground of the Colored People of the Manor since 1651.” The Manor is hosting a film Friday evening on how the slave trade affected one white, New England family. A service remembering those buried on the Manor grounds will be observed Saturday morning.
From an early age, sailing and history were passions for Whitney Browne. (more…)