07/30/10 12:00am

The Suffolk County Department of Health closed Wildwood Lake in Northampton to bathers Friday due to high bacteria levels. The beach closure came the same day the county announced three mosquitos samples taken from Riverhead Town tested positive for West Nile virus.
The West Nile samples were taken from two sites in Jamesport and one in Aquebogue between July 21 and July 23. Positive West Nile samples were also found at 16 other sites in Suffolk County during those days.
West Nile is transmitted to humans and other mammals through mosquitoes. No cases of the virus in humans, horses or birds have been reported in Suffolk County this year.
Officials said that dead birds can be a sign of the virus and advise residents that see any to call the county’s hotline at 787-2200.
As for the beach at Wildwood Lake, county officials did not say how long it would be closed.
The Department of Health regularly tests Suffolk’s bathing beaches for bacteria levels from May to September, according to the county’s website.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach hotline at 852-5822.
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07/30/10 12:00am

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Former supervisor Josh Horton, with police Captain Martin Flatley and ZBA chairwoman Leslie Weisman, explaining the logistics of the NOFO concert to the Town Board earlier this month.

This weekend’s NOFO Rock and Folk Fest will go on as originally planned,
without the late restrictions, including putting a cap on parking and
shutting down the music early, that the Town Board had attempted to
impose, a State Supreme Court justice ruled Thursday.
    In a
victory for the two-day show’s organizers, Justice Jeffrey Spinner ruled
that the Town Board lacks the authority to overturn the permits
previously issued by Southold’s zoning appeals board for the weekend
show at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue.
    Supervisor Scott Russell
said the town will not appeal. He called the ruling by Justice Jeffrey
Spinner “fair,” but said it illustrates the flaws in the town’s permit
review process. Town law allows the chair of the zoning board to issue a
winery event permit without consulting with the other members, as was
the case with the Peconic Bay application.
    The Town Board
attempted to add 21 new conditions to that permit after concluding that
the application did not accurately reflect the event’s size. The
organizers said they anticipated a crowd of about 800. But a letter from
a NOFO staffer to potential vendors put that number at over 15,000. The
Town Board demanded an end to the music an hour early at 6 p.m. and
also sought a payment of about $6,500 to cover police costs.
    The
supervisor said he was dismayed by the legal challenge and contended
that each of the new conditions was agreed upon by the organizers,
former supervisor Josh Horton and vineyard manager Jim Silver.
  
 “But at the last minute [Mr. Horton] runs to court because he doesn’t
want to live with his own agreement, when they agreed to modest,
reasonable restrictions to protect the health, safety and quality of
life within the community,” said Mr. Russell. “When a judge tells us,
too bad, your code doesn’t let you do that, it’s time to change the
code.”
    Mr. Horton said he understands the towns concerns and
said the apparent disparity in crowd estimates stems from a
misunderstanding. The 800 figure represents the number anticipated at
any one time, not the total.
    “1,200 to 1,600 is not unreasonable,” he said, adding, “Public safety is our number one priority.”
  
 The supervisor maintains that the town was misled in a permit
application “that contained so many misrepresentations that it’s almost
fradulent.”
    Still, he said he believes Mr. Horton will work to limit any potential negative impacts on the community.
    “I look forward to the event going off as smoothly as possible,” he said.
    Mr. Silver was not immediately available for comment.
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* The ninth annual blood drive in memory of Sonia Baldwin-Green will take place Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the George G. Young Community Center in Jamesport. Call Lenny or Brenda Green at 722-7842.

* Peconic Bay Medical Center welcomed seven new residents and interns this month into its graduate medical education program. The new program is in partnership with New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium and will feature both traditional rotating residents as well as family practice residents. The program provides clinical training for the new staffers.

* Riverhead Free Library will host a workshop on How to Read the Written and Hidden Messages on Food Labels on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Discover what terms like organic, natural, high fiber and whole grain really mean and learn to interpret food labels and advertisements.

07/29/10 12:00am

The origins of Mill Brook Lane, a small road just off East Main Street in Riverhead, date back 350 years, according to Suffolk County Historical Society records, when Riverhead’s saw mill was the only place on eastern Long Island for settlers to obtain usable lumber. Before its construction, most North Fork residents were forced to get their lumber from British imports, a costly alternative that nearly everyone sought to avoid.

Like most colonial villages in the mid-1600s, Riverhead’s sawmill was the heartbeat of the town. It began in 1659, when a group of Southold pioneers ventured west and, under the direction of two men, John Tucker and Joseph Horton, constructed the first water-powered sawmill in New York.

The stream that powered the mill, flowing into the Peconic River and allowing easy access to any East End settlement, acquired the name “Sawmill Brook” over the ensuing years, a sensibly pragmatic name that would be shortened to “Mill Brook” and applied to the wagon path that led to the mill. Today, all traces of the former sawmill have disappeared, except for the old road called Mill Brook Lane.

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07/29/10 12:00am

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Hearing installer specialist David Carr and audiologist Dr. Mary K. Bohr.

Owner: David Carr

Year established: 1970

Location: 818 East Main Street, Riverhead, with additional locations in Patchogue, Southampton, Greenport and the Bronx.

Phone: 631-369-2808

Number of employees: 15

McGuire’s Hearing Aids and Audiological Services is a family-owned and -operated business that’s been serving Long Island for 40 years.

They provide hearing aids, assistive-listening devices, specialty ear molds and other hearing-related products. The company offers free hearing screenings, free consultations and complimentary evaluations of existing aids.

McGuire’s is the only local distributor of Audibel Hearing Devices and of the “Invisibel” hearing instrument. The “Invisibel” is the world’s only digital, invisible hearing device.

David Carr, owner of McGuire’s, says he is “committed to bringing hearing health to all those in need.” He has been recognized for his participation in hearing “missions,” events coordinated around the world to donate hearing devices to those in need.

McGuire’s is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can visit them online at mcguireshearing.com.

07/29/10 12:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

Will Paulson works on a carving at his Mattituck shop. If Mr. Paulson can’t find the tool he needs to complete a task, he makes it himself.

It was the family business, but young Will Paulson wanted nothing to do with it. As the fourth generation in a long line of woodworkers, he’d been told his future from the day he was born. He’d mill lumber, build houses, and work with his hands for the rest of his life. Nothing would convince his father otherwise.

By the time he reached 20 years old, the young man had heard enough. He packed his bags, grabbed an old guitar, and hitchhiked his way down South with nothing but a bag full of tools to remind him of his father’s workshop.

In the process, he learned something only experience can teach.

“I wanted to control my destiny, and I resented the fact that my destiny had already been chosen for me,” he said. “But the truth is, you can’t really control anything … you are who you are, and knowing that is the best gift you could ever give yourself.”

The reluctant miller hitchhiked South in the “old school, journeyman style,” he said, fixing doors to earn a dollar, repairing cabinets in exchange for dinner. When he reached Miami he discovered to his surprise that the only thing he wanted to do with his life was work with wood.

“My father knew, he just knew that this was what I would do with my life,” he said. “But I had to find that out for myself, not from him. It was crazy, but I needed it.”

Today, the 53-year-old miller has been operating Will Paulson’s Woodworks in Mattituck for more than 25 years. It’s hard work, he said, and sometimes nearly impossible to earn a living, but despite the numerous challenges, he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“There’s not a lot of jobs where you can work seven days straight in 100 degree weather and still say that you’re looking forward to going to work on Monday,” Mr. Paulson said. “If you’re going to do something every day, it might as well be something fun.”

Mr. Paulson’s workshop boasts an impressive display of gizmos, gadgets, and sets of big machines designed to mill lumber, make furniture, and produce any number of things, including an entire bathroom vanity made from a 4,000 year old bog oak found in Austria. Although machines are used to cut and prepare components, the final products are all finished by hand. Mr. Paulson even custom-makes many of his own tools.

A machine called a bowl lathe hadn’t been invented 20 years ago, so when he needed to make a bowl he created a machine that did what he needed.

“I just built one out of old parts lying around the shop,” he said. “I found a bunch of different machinery, things lying around, and I decided I could put them together and get what I needed out of it.”

Despite being made from leftover parts, Mr. Paulson’s lathe looks nothing like a thrown-together pile of scrap. The carefully constructed machine lookslike a factory brand contraption, complete with painted parts and a ready-to-use lever.

“Sometimes you have to get creative when it comes to solving problems,” he said. “You’ve got to figure out how to do it as quickly as possible, and before you know it, you’re saying, ‘Wow, if I put this blade over here, and this piece over here … Hey, this might work!'”

Mr. Paulson said he finds most of his wood locally, using fallen trees to create a work of art. Often times, he said, a tree that is just beginning to rot is actually the perfect candidate for some of his most beautiful work.

In a corner of his shop, for instance, lies a part of a 200-year-old copper beech tree infected by a type of fungus that produces a discoloration called spalting. The lines that run up and down the wood, a direct result of the fungal infection, create a perfect outline of Long Island’s North and South forks.

“The local trees, a lot of people don’t realize how spectacular they are,” Mr. Paulson said. “Sometimes you open up a tree, and you just go ‘wow,’ like you’ve found gold.”

Although Mr. Paulson spends most of his time making furniture for homes across Long Island, he also has tackled several high-profile jobs, such as a mahogany library for President Reagan’s chief of staff and a mahogany wine cellar for ABC news and sports executive Roone Arledge. Mr. Paulson said that he considers such jobs just another day’s work. “Everybody’s high profile,” he said of all his customers. He believes that he’s found a measure of happiness that many of the world’s most successful people never see.

“I don’t believe money is success,” he said. “I don’t believe possessions are success. I don’t believe any of that stuff is success. Success is joy, getting up and being happy for the day. That is success.”

07/29/10 12:00am

I’m dreaming of a nice autumn — full of cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds and cool weather. Wishful thinking? You bet! Fall will be here before you know it.

Ashley McArdle of Baiting Hollow and John Seus of Wading River celebrated their engagement on July 20 at Stonewalls Restaurant. John serves as a reservist in the Air National Guard at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. He and Ashley are both Riverhead High School graduates. Best wishes to you as you look forward to your June 2012 wedding.

Marianne and Stanley Krupski celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 25 with a fun pool party. Lots of family and friends attended. Congratulations! Best wishes for many more happy years together.

Wading River resident Janine Colon celebrated her 34 birthday on July 25, also with a pool party, with lots of her family and friends joining in. Happy birthday to you from your boys Ray Ray, Danny and Christopher, your husband, Ray, and all your family and friends.

Congratulations to the New York Towers, an all-dwarf basketball team. Each year the Little People of America hold national conferences all over the U.S., this year’s being held in Nashville. The Towers beat the team holding the national champions title for the past six years. One of the Towers’ players is my buddy Jonathan Horton of Manorville. Great job, guys, you have made us very proud. The team is looking for sponsors. Those interested can contact me and I will steer you in the right direction.

Doyou suffer from acid reflux? My friend Mark told me he was advised to eat a cherry licorice stick once a day. He said after a month of doing this he no longer has any problems. It’s worth a try.

Be on the lookout for bees in the ground. We found a nasty nest the other day while weeding the flower garden, and they were not happy to be uprooted. So look around before you weed. If you see lots of bees buzzing around the ground, there is a good chance that a large nest is there and you will need to take action.

That is all for this week. Keep cool, be safe and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.