Slide Show: Meet your Strawberry Queen finalists

05/25/2011 11:21 AM |

The Mattituck Lions hosted their annual Strawberry Festival Queen judging event at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue Tuesday night.

The winner will be announced on June 18, day two of the three-day annual Strawberry Festival.

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SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTOS | Finalists Emily Demarest, 17, of Orient; Kaitlyn Doorhy, 16, of Mattituck; 2010 Queen Veronica Stelzer, 18, of Mattituck; Anne Davey, 16, of Southold; and Savanna Campbell, 17, of Mattituck at Tuesday's judging event.



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  • Don’t be too hasty to give all the credit to the farmers.

    Those “other well informed activists” and “allies,” included among many others the late Dr. Carol Grantham, Alfred H. Smith of the Northville Beach Civic Association ( which was granted intervenor status at the government hearings), the journalist Karl Grossman, and most of all, the SHAD alliance, which organized a demonstration at Shoreham with 18,000 participants, resulting in 571 arrests. They and others all played an important role, as did the late Congressman Otis Pike.

    It’s a little much to claim a small group of Riverhead farmers were the only heroes here.

  • They were certainly not the only ones, much credit goes to many people. But it had always has to start somewhere. Thank you Bill, Robbie and Cliff and you Tom. Not many people know or remember that LILCO wanted to build 19 nuclear power plants around the edge of our beautiful Long Island, not to benefit Long Islanders, but for profit. Go solar, get off the grid. Buy local.

  • Tom Tomey has written a wonderful account of the Long Island Farm Bureau’s role in the 1970’s helping prevent construction of Fukishima type nuclear power plants here. It is frightening to think how near we came to having two (or 19) plants situated right in the middle of the North Fork’s prime agricultural area.

    As Tom mentions, many other groups were involved in defeating LILCO’s proposal — including the League of Women Voters and the Riverhead First Coalition led by Caryl Granttham. But, the Long Island Farm Bureau did take the lead. In fact, Barbaraellen Koch’s photograph of the Hallockville Museum Farm’s interpretative kiosk shows an artist’s rendering of the proposed plants commissioned by the Farm Bureau as part of its campaign to defeat the nuclear proposal. Two decades later, the Farm Bureau was again instrumental in successful efforts to preserve the entire 530-acre parcel on which the plants were to be built.

    The proposed site of the nuclear plants was just north of Hallockville. Anyone interested in the story can find my account on the museum’s website, Follow the links to “History” then to “Detailed History of Hallockville” for the chapter on “LILCO’s Nuclear Power Plants.” What I found especially sobering was all the strong support the nuclear plants received — especially from Riverhead’s taxpayers, its business community and the town board.

    As Tom writes, it was a close call.