04/17/15 6:00am
04/17/2015 6:00 AM

• The 20th annual East End Garden Festival to benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, the PBMC Campus in Manorville and on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach.  (more…)

04/12/15 8:00am
04/12/2015 8:00 AM
Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Chances are if you don’t have Lyme disease you know someone who does.

Taking the necessary steps to prevent tick bites when you venture into the great outdoors becomes second nature here when the weather warms up. We all know the drill — wear light clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, conduct full-body checks for ticks after a day in the park, etc. Or just avoid wooded areas all together. (more…)

04/11/15 12:00pm
Audubon Society Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer will try to rally support to save birds. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Audubon Society Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer will try to rally support to save birds. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Birds aren’t political.That’s why the National Audubon Society’s Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer hopes he’ll be able to engage his audience at Mashomack Preserve today in taking steps to protect the feathered population from becoming extinct.  (more…)

04/10/15 12:00pm
04/10/2015 12:00 PM
(Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

An osprey flying in Southold. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

How long does it take an osprey to journey 3,500 miles from South America to the northeast?

About three weeks.

Ospreys began returning to the North Fork in mid-March. Last year, North Fork Bob — a tagged osprey whose migration patterns have been tracked by ornithologist Rob Bierregaard since 2011 — left South America March 23 and arrived on the East End April 12.  (more…)

04/09/15 9:00am
04/09/2015 9:00 AM

In a big boost to a statewide program aimed at protecting farmland, the budget that passed last week in Albany has allocated more money than ever before to the initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. The 2015-16 state budget added $35 million more for the Farmland Protection Program, a number that, according to the American Farmland Trust, places New York in the top five among states capitals setting money aside for farmland protection.

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04/03/15 8:00am
04/03/2015 8:00 AM
Mark Miller (left) and his son Evan standing on Mount Rucu Pichincha in Ecuador.  (Credit: Mark Miller)

Mark Miller (left) and his son Evan standing on Mount Rucu Pichincha in Ecuador. (Credit: Mark Miller)

Southold resident and businessman Mark Miller called the experience “life-changing” for him and his 19-year-old son, Evan.

In January, the duo set out to scale Ecuador’s three highest mountains. The excursion resulted in a stronger bond between father and son — that and a generous donation to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.  (more…)