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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOMike Osinski at his home in Greenport.

“Greenport, like towns on Staten Island, prospered from the oyster.”

So wrote John Kochiss, author of “Oystering from New York to Boston,” in 1973, pointing back to the oyster’s heyday on eastern Long Island in the early part of the 20th century.

Fast-forward 100 years or so, and things have certainly changed. READ

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The following is a list of North Fork postponements, closures and delays due to Friday’s winter storm. Email [email protected] to report a closure or delay.  READ

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Who’d a ‘thunk’ that the cavalier comment at the end of my last column would precede a record-breaking blizzard for most of the N.Y. metro area — and that Oysterponds was grateful for “just a foot” of snow? Here’s to the predicted warmer forecast for the next two weeks.

That means the weather will be mild for the North Fork Audubon Society’s pre-Valentine’s Day winter bird walk with Tom Damiani, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Orient Beach State Park. Afterward, the program continues at Poquatuck Hall with a yummy lunch of homemade soups and crusty breads, homemade desserts and warm tea and coffee. Then there will be a screening of the critically acclaimed film “The Messenger.” The cost is $20; please send your check to North Fork Audubon Society, P.O. Box 973, Mattituck, NY 11952 by Feb. 10.

Speaking of warm food, the East Marion Community Association’s annual potluck will be this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the firehouse. Bring a dish to share that serves six. EMCA will supply beverages. This year they will also collect gently used coats and warm outerwear to donate to those in need. For details, call Robin Imandt at 631-903-7708.

Oysterponds Elementary School recently tapped into our local talent for Artist Week, with participants Carolyn Bunn, Aubrey Mayer and Alan Bull, who demonstrated the techniques they use and shared their love of their chosen profession. The students thoroughly enjoyed the programs. Art teacher Laurie Sanders wants to express thanks from the school and the students.

Former East Marioneer Jim Salminen has penned yet another book. (If you remember, he wrote about growing up in East Marion, the son of 92-year resident Genevieve Salminen.) He also wrote “My Quest to Fly,” about his 27 years in the Air Force. His latest title is “Moments With Him,” which chronicles events over the years during which he felt God’s power and presence in his life. This is fitting because, since the Air Force, Jim has served God as a Methodist minister for 20-plus years. He hopes his book will bring encouragement to those seeking a relationship with God. The book is $10, plus $3 shipping. You can contact Jim at [email protected] or at 213 Choctaw Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117.

OYC members: Don’t forget Saturday’s winter dinner at the Hellenic Restaurant. The cost is $38. Call Paula Thorp now at 477-2392 to sign up.

Speaking of OYC, member registration for the 2016 junior sailing program opened Feb. 1. You can sign up at OYC.clubsitesolutions.com by following the instructions or at [email protected]

There are so many fun things happening at Floyd Memorial Library — yoga, adult coloring, book discussions, potluck dinners, etc. — that I’m just going to suggest you go to floydmemoriallibrary.org and choose for yourself. We are so blessed to have this great facility in our community.

Tasha Bondarchuck got in touch this week to send out a special thank-you to the snow angel who unsolicitedly plowed her folks’ driveway (methinks his name rhymes with Pat Caffery) and to the two unidentified dog-walking ladies who passed by and helped her mom off her icy porch. Will someone help me out here and identify themselves? I checked the usual suspects and so far no success.

It’s hard to believe next Wednesday, Feb. 10, is Ash Wednesday already. My next column is the 18th, with a Feb. 14 deadline. Until then, happy Mardi Gras, happy Valentine’s Day and happy Presidents Day.

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February may be the shortest month — even with an extra day for leap year — but it’s when I begin to look forward to spring. Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day give us things to celebrate and, if you were born on Feb. 29, it’s a rare opportunity to blow out the candles on your actual birthday. Happy birthday, leap year babies!

Speaking of celebration, the arrival of a baby in the family also gives us reason to be joyful. Laura Sidlauskas and John Barrow welcomed a daughter, Reese Noelle, Dec. 20 in Greenville, N.C. Reese weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Her North Fork grandparents, Debbie and Tom Sidlauskas, are over the moon with happiness.

The following locals kick off February with birthdays. Many happy returns to Jill Wowak, Michael Rolle, EJ Danowski, Emily Gatz, Lucy Senesac, Donald Fahey III, Paul Wilsberg, Billy Young, Adrianna Lawson, Taylor Montgomery, Emily Mincielli, Rebekah Conner, David Martinez and Evan Viola. Special wishes to Miss Isla DiSilvio, who blows out three candles Feb. 6.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Valerie Wowak.

Kait’s Angels has a couple of important events coming up. This Saturday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 10 p.m. is the Yogurt Bowl, with frozen yogurt generously donated by Yogurt Expressions. All proceeds will benefit Danielle Meraz of Southold. A free will donation is requested. Next Friday, Feb. 12, there will be Zumba from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mattituck High School gym. Admission is $20 for advance online registration at KaitsAngels.org or $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is a fun way to combine exercise, the company of your neighbors and supporting a good cause.

Congratulations to Kelly Kraebel, who will soon begin her career at Winthrop Hospital as a physician’s assistant in the cardio-thoracic surgical department. Kelly graduated from Hofstra in December with a master’s in physical assistant studies.

Traditions are important in our lives and Mattituck High School is keeping one of its traditions with this year’s musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Performances are tonight, Feb. 4, as well as Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10; children under 12, $5. Come enjoy the musical and add to one of your own traditions.

Last chance! If you have not yet joined the PTSA for this year, you haven’t been entered in the raffle for a free ticket to this year’s fashion show. The drawing is Feb. 10, so visit mufsd.com, follow the link and join today.