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09/09/16 2:00pm
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Shown in a brochure photo, the Manhanset House ­— which opened in 1874 on the bluff just east of Locust Point and was expanded after an 1896 fire — was destroyed when lighting struck and it burned to ashes just weeks before it was to open for the 1910 season, leaving unmoored its colony of cottages that eventually became the Village of Dering Harbor.

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The Manhanset House ­— which opened in 1874 on the bluff just east of Locust Point — was destroyed when lighting struck and it burned to ashes in 1910, leaving a colony of cottages that eventually became the Village of Dering Harbor.

One hundred years ago, on September 9, 1916, a clerk with flawless penmanship recorded in a leather-bound poll book the names of 10 incorporators — seven men and three women, most of them of significant social standing — who brought into being New York State’s smallest municipality, the Village of Dering Harbor. (more…)

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05/13/16 8:00am
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/STOCK A deer and her fawns.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/STOCK A deer and her fawns.

“High-powered rifles will begin to bang on Shelter Island, New York, with the coming of the first light Monday, and the slim red deer, charming to city dwellers, detested by farmers and gardeners, will begin to fall.”

That was the lead sentence in a wire story carried around the country 100 years ago this week. The article went on to describe New York State’s response to complaints from farmers about crop damage caused by the Island’s 200 or so free-roaming deer, descendants of animals imported in the 1890s for private game hunting. (more…)

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02/29/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Warren Beatty starred in and directed "Bulworth" coming soon to the library,

COURTESY PHOTO | Warren Beatty starred in and directed “Bulworth” coming soon to the library.

For as long as there have been politicians, there have been shenanigans. And for as long as there have been political shenanigans, satirists have been drawn to them like kids to candy stores. Will Rogers famously observed, “The best thing about any group of candidates is that only one of them can win.” (more…)