Last Thursday was a rather blustery, chilly day mixed with intermittent rain. The dampness ran through my many layers of clothes and ultimately my body as I rummaged around in my garage securing my fishing tackle and gear for what would likely be my final fishing trip of 2018 the following morning out of Montauk.
A feather is a heck of a thing. Yankee Doodle stuck one in his cap and called it “macaroni” almost three centuries ago. Native Americans used feathers at the end of the arrows to make them go straighter when launched from the bow. Feathers are used far and wide and during the kill-for-plumes era here in America, several plume bearers such as the egrets almost became extinct, which led to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 in the United States, which banned almost all forms of plume hunting.
The recent days have been eventful for East Hampton’s swimming program, with the boys varsity upping its record to 3-0 with wins over Lindenhurst and Central Islip, and with the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes — who were treated to clinics by an Olympian Saturday — faring well at an 18-team metropolitan-area meet at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County.
About a week after returning from the 24-hour Spartan Ultra World Championships in Iceland, Anthony Daunt said, during a conversation Friday morning at Groundworks Landscaping in Amagansett, that he was beginning to feel okay again.
When John Niewenhous, a retired pilot who lives in the Bay Point neighborhood near Sag Harbor, was visited on Dec. 2, some competitors in the Route du Rhum race to Guadeloupe were still heading across the Atlantic for that Caribbean island, having set off a month earlier, with much fanfare, from Saint-Malo, in northwest France.
Ava Engstrom, an East Hampton High School sophomore who is among a dozen on Yani Cuesta’s winter girls track roster, broke Dana Cebulski’s indoor 3,000-meter record at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood Saturday with her time of 10 minutes and 57.36 seconds.
Last Monday morning, while lying flat on my back on a cold, narrow, operating room table in a Manhattan hospital, an inordinate number of thoughts raced through my mind. It’s not an everyday situation to find yourself in, and your brain tends to go into overdrive.
Get out of the woods — or get out your shotguns and muzzleloaders, the Long Island hunting season for deer begins on Jan. 6. Hunting deer legally in Suffolk County in January is a special exception to the rule.