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  • There were no men’s rugby games here this fall, for the first time in a very long time, though Kevin Bunce, who’s been overseeing Section XI Warriors youth sides that have on them players from East Islip, Babylon, Mount Sinai, Shoreham, and the North Fork, as well as from Sag Harbor and East Hampton, is pretty sure that men’s rugby — though probably no longer strictly under the Montauk Rugby Club’s aegis — will live again in the form of a countywide powerhouse.
  • We’ve returned from a Thanksgiving dinner on the Eastern Shore that would have made even Ina Garten envious. And the house, whose core dates to 1876 or so, was beautiful, the most beautiful one I’ve ever been in.
  • Chris Pfund, when he began Friday morning to talk about the looming end of the Montauk Bike Shop, which he is liquidating after 31 years, choked up a bit.
  • I was only joking when I said, “Why not Thanksgiving?” when my first cousin, who’s been after us for years to come down to the Eastern Shore, asked when we’d like to visit. I figured she would laugh it off and say, “Aren’t you the wry one?”
  • After the first five and a half innings of the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch fall league final at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett on Nov. 13, Uihlein’s led Marcello’s Masonry 7-6, having overcome a 6-4 deficit with three runs in the top of the sixth.
  • Last Thursday, with its mix of rain and snow, seemed a good time to talk with the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, Joe Vas, about winter sports.
  • Frank Ackley, who last was heard from a year ago, phoned the other day to say he and a doubles partner with whom he’d been playing for the first time had made it to the semifinals of the United States Tennis Association’s clay court championships recently in New Orleans.
  • Nick West, a former East Hampton High School soccer star, scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season Sunday as Messiah College, for which he plays, defeated Johns Hopkins 2-0 in a second-round National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III playoff game.
  • The Old Montauk Athletic Club was expected to receive about $5,000 from the proceeds of Saturday’s Brewathlon relay race in Montauk, a rowing, biking, running, rowing contest that originally was to have taken place at the Montauk Brewery on Oct. 27.
  • The Day of the Dead was lively and bright. The sun streamed through the trees in the early morning, and in the afternoon it was so warm that the tennis lesson to which I’d taken our granddaughter was held outside. I couldn’t recall a First of November being so gentle.

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