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Wisteria, a beautiful vine with purple blossoms, can be seen climbing old buildings or trees; you may have it growing right in your own backyard.

One thing that age brings on is memories of the past that are strongly set in our mind. One example of this was years ago when, I remember, I was sitting down quietly in a warm and comfortable spot in the woods away from everything. There was nothing special about this spot; most would never have given it a second thought, including me, but then time gave me a chance for a closer look.

And here is where the story begins. My eyes picked up a spot of white that shouldn’t have been in an area where there was nothing but trees, bushes and dead leaves. I got up from my comfortable place in the sun and walked over to check it out and there, partially hidden among the dried leaves, was something from the past. It seemed to have cried out to me, “Here I am, over here!”

What appeared to be just a spot of white from a distance turned out to be a beautiful flower. I bent down to see if I could identify it and it turned out to be a Star-of-Bethlehem blossom. I was familiar with these flowers because my dad had some growing around our house, but what was it doing here in the woods away from everything and everybody?

The Star-of-Bethlehem is a small, hardy plant that belongs to the lily family. It is a native of Europe but for many years has been grown in gardens in America. Named for its star-shaped flowers, it has six petals arranged roughly in a star shape. The delicate petal-like parts are white but have green stripes on the outside. It flowers in May or June, and recently we found three of these delicate plants growing in our lawn. At one time we had a few plants along the edge of our woods. They are gone now, but after the blossoms, little black seeds form and are dispersed in the area and spread more plants around. That is what happened in our lawn and perhaps that is what had happened in the woods where I found that single plant by itself.

I found a few bricks with the imprint “Sanford,” which could have come from the Sanford Brickyard in Greenport, where red clay bricks were once made. The brickyard is no longer there. It is now a marina. When they were making bricks they shipped them out by railroad and coastal steamer. They also brought in cord wood from Connecticut to fire the kiln in the days before they used oil. You can still find Sanford bricks around if you look for them. We have a few in our walkway we found years ago.

As usual, my eyes and ears are always looking and listening for that special bird, and, in my spot in the woods, as my binoculars scanned the area in the treetops, a mass of purple caught my eye. Focusing more closely, I realized it was that beautiful climbing vine that blossoms this time of year, the wisteria. This particular vine must have been 50 to 100 years old by the size of its trunk.

Things were beginning to fall in place. What I must have stumbled on was the site of a homestead from years ago. Perhaps there had been a farm and a farmhouse here, and workers working in the fields and a family that was enjoying the good life.

As I continued to walk, searching for more clues, I heard some rustling in the leaves and looked until I found what was causing it. As I moved the leaves away there was a large box turtle. Box turtles actually live to 60 years or more, so this particular one could have been around at the time the family lived here. Perhaps the children had seen this very turtle and kept it a few days to observe it and let it go. Turtles do not make good pets. It is best to watch them for a while and send them on their way.

Box turtles usually stay in an area the size of a football field or a few acres all their life. When disturbed or moved or the land changes, they want to get back to their original familiar place. Many of you have seen box turtles or other turtles trying to cross a highway. If possible, try to move them off the road a ways in the direction you found them moving. If you do not, they will only return to try to cross the road again.

This happened to us the other day. Friends of ours found a turtle that had evidently tried to cross our long stone wall driveway and had fallen into the roadway. They brought it up to us. We put it down to photograph it and then thought it might like to move farther away from the problem of the driveway, so we put it farther back in the woods away from the highway and road. Don’t try to out-think a turtle!

The next day the turtle was back in the driveway and trying once again to make it up the other side of the two-foot-high stone wall. We cooperated this time by picking it up and placing it over the wall and on the ground, and off it went. It appeared to be a female and has probably dug a hole and laid her eggs by now. The box turtles you observe out and about are either females looking for a place to lay their eggs or males looking for a mate.

How does the song go, “Memories are made of this…”? Here is one example of how one’s mind works as we get older. A long life is full of adventures, and here is just one from my book of memories about that day years ago when I sat pondering about what I thought was probably someone’s homestead there in that special place.

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“A handful of old men walking down the village street

In worn, brushed uniforms, their gray heads high;

A faded flag above them, one drum to lift their feet —

Look again, O heart of mine, and see what passes by!

There’s a vast crowd swaying, there’s a wild band playing,

The streets are full of marching men, or tramping cavalry.

Alive and young and straight again, they ride to greet a mate again —

The gallant souls, the great souls that live eternally!”

from “Memorial Day”

by Theodosia Pickering Garrison

Memorial Day is mostly thought of as the beginning of our tourist season, but its real significance is as a time to remember our veterans, especially those who have given their lives for America. And nothing is more American than picnics and backyard gatherings with hot dogs, baked beans and lots of friends and family.

The hot dog has a somewhat cloudy history because it started as a sausage and ended up in a soft roll as a “dog.” In 1987 Frankfurt, Germany, celebrated the 500th birthday of the hot dog, but Germans don’t eat hot dogs as we know them today. They were transformed over time into one of America’s most popular foods — served in ball parks, backyards and off of hot dog trucks. Most hot dogs are consumed between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Perhaps the most important aspect of hot dog cookery is not the dogs but what goes on them and around them. Here are a few suggestions:

Chicago Dog

For 8 all-beef frankfurters (preferably skin on) and hot dog buns of your choice, prepare the following condiments: yellow ballpark mustard, chopped cucumber (remove seeds), chopped pepperoncini, chopped onion, chopped fresh tomato, celery salt and dill pickle spears. Grill the franks and toast the buns and then spoon on equal portions of condiments, placing the dill pickle on the side.

Grilled Hot Dogs with Texas Wiener Sauce

Start with 16 frankfurters of your choice with buns. Make the sauce by browning 1 pound of ground beef in a sautà pan. Pour off excess fat and stir in 1 can of tomato paste and 2 cups beef broth. Add 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer for one hour. Serve over the grilled dogs with mustard and chopped fresh red onions.

Boiled Hot Dogs with Sweet Vidalia Onion Relish

For 8 hot dogs and buns of your choice. In a sautà pan heat 1 tablespoon canola oil and add 2 sliced Vidalia onions along with 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper and 1/2 cup diced green pepper. Sautà until soft and remove from the heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, 1 teaspoon honey and coarse salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add the franks. Bring them back to a boil and remove. Place them in toasted buns and top with onion relish.

Brewed Bratwurst with Caraway Sauerkraut

Prepare a marinade by pouring 2 bottles of dark beer into a soup pot and adding 2 cups chopped onion, 1/2 cup mustard, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, and 1 teaspoon ground coriander. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add 12 bratwursts and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave bratwurst in liquid until service time.

For the sauerkraut, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a sautà pan and add 1 cup chopped onion and 1 tablespoon caraway seeds. Cook until onion is soft and stir in 1 tablespoon mustard, 2 cups rinsed and drained sauerkraut and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

Drain the bratwurst and split lengthwise. Grill until brown on the chargrill. Toast kaiser or other rolls and coat them with mustard. Add a slice of Swiss cheese to each roll along with the bratwurst and kraut. Sprinkle chopped dill pickle on top and serve.

Fresh Polish Kielbasa

Purchase 2 pounds of fresh kielbasa (not smoked). Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and simmer kielbasa for 30 minutes. Drain, then cut sausage into 4-inch lengths and split lengthwise. Thinly slice half of a green pepper, half a red pepper, and 1 medium-sized onion. Heat a sautà pan, add 2 tablespoons canola oil and sautà onions and peppers until soft. Stir in 2 tablespoons minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in one 6-ounce can tomato paste and 1 small can tomato sauce. Season with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup chopped parsley and 1 teaspoon each of coarse salt and pepper. Grill the split kielbasa and place on toasted ciabatta rolls. Cover with sauce.

Serves 8.

Boston Baked Beans

Soak 2 pounds of dried navy beans overnight in 3 quarts cold water. Drain and rinse. Remove the rind and dice 8 ounces of salt pork. Brown in a Dutch oven and add 2 cups diced onions. Cook the onions until soft and add the beans along with 2 quarts water, 1 cup molasses, 1/4 cup mustard and 1 tablespoon coarse salt. Bring to a boil, cover and place in a 300-degree oven for 3 hours. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and another 1/4 cup molasses if desired.

Serves 8.

Baked Lima Beans

Purchase 2 pounds of dried lima beans. Soak overnight in 3 quarts cold water. Drain and rinse. Dice 6 slices of bacon and brown in a Dutch oven. Add the lima beans, along with 1 tablespoon coarse salt and 1 whole peeled onion studded with 6 cloves. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup dark rum, 1/2 cup mustard and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Cover with 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven and cook at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Check for seasoning and serve.

Serves 8.

John Ross, a chef and author, has been an active part of the North Fork food and wine community for more than 35 years. E-mail: [email protected]

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High Honor roll

Grade 12: Emily Bohach, Catherine Bosco, Emily Bufkins, Abbey Clark, Kaitlin Daddona, Christopher D’Amico, Stephen D’Amico, Miranda Franke, Nicholas Hamilton, Nicole Kozlowska, Anthony Losquadro, Emily Matthaei, Tyler Mehrman, John O’Donnell, Kevin Parma, Chelsea Quinn, Zachary Sacher, Katie Schelin, Jacqueline Solo, Darrin Standish, Tao Zhang.

Grade 11: Abigail Abrams, Sara Abrams, Danielle Alpi, Tara Campbell, Laura Campo, Ivy Croteau, Emily Fingerle, Nicole Gluck, Meghan Kelley, Sarah Kim, Ernest Kozlowski, Blaise Linn, Christopher Manfredi, MaryGrace Matthaei, Joanna Pontino, Maria Purita, Amanda Richards.

Grade 10: Elizabeth Anderson, Kelly Bosco, Francis Cone, Anne Davey, Marisa Fedele, Mackenzie Feeley, Lauren Ficurilli, Samuel Kortchmar, Sarah Manfredi, Megan Melly, Allison Mickaliger, Ryan Rothman, Emma Sisson, Gerard Stankewicz.

Grade 9: Sydney Campbell, Isabel Cropsey, Susanna Kelley, Megan Moran, David O’Day, Shelby Pickerell, Melissa Rogers, Natalia Sabater, Cesar Umana, Caitlyn Walsh, Courtney Walsh.

Grade 8: Justina Babcock, Giuliana Buono, Rodrigo Calderon, Kimberly Connolly, John Crean, Markis Croteau, Kenji Fujita, Jamie Grigonis, Amy Kandora, Kathryn Krukowski, Kristen Mullen, Gary Prieto, Laura Rempel, Jessica Rizzo, Michael Schade, Abigail Scharadin, Timothy Stankewicz, Dylan Stromski, Ian Toy, Cynthia VanBourgondien.

Grade 7: Mary Bertschi, Rachel Burns, Michael Cosmadelis, Natalie Hocker, Jennifer Jaklevic, Shayne Johnson, Sarah Perry, Sophie Pickerell, Alexander Poliwoda, Emily Pressler, Gus Rymer, Julia Saccamano, Jessica Saporita, Willow Sutton, Chrysovalantou Tsoumpelis, Megan VanBourgondien.

Honor roll

Grade 12: Evan Ackroyd, John Averette, Jenna Babcock, Nolan Bennett, Kelley Blanchard, Jacob Boergesson, Colin Carrig, Corie Clark, Jorgegion deJongh, Alyson Dey, John Dunne, Rick Gramazio, Sarah Hallock, Stephanie Kubiak, Brittney Lamendola, Robert MacDonald, Casey Macomber, Cristina Madison, Matthew Marinace, Kevin Metz, Chrysanthos Nicholas, Courtney O’Day, Jessica Orlando, Trevor Perry, Gabriella Purita, Zachary Russell, Theodore Skopelitis, Noah Smith, Jennifer Smither, Darrin Standish, Christina Stankewicz, Christine Staples, Karl Szymczak, Nicole VanBourgondien, Kyle Wilkens.

Grade 11: Nicolas Amara, Aimee Andrejack, Jennifer Bufkins, Brian Connolly, Evelyn Fisher, Matthew Hallock, Jennifer Roslak, Lauren Salmiery, Kathleen Scotto, Kristen Tylee, Kiersti Walsh, Actavia Weekes, Breton Worthington.

Grade 10: Alison Bishop, Brittany Calderale, Jessica Carlson, Kyle Clausen, Christian Fouchet, William Fujita, Meagan Glenn, Josua Glenn, Emma Romeo, Victoria Schade, Mark Smith, Rudolf Starossek, Jennifer Yanes.

Grade 9: Erica Bufkins, Caitlyn Cassidy, Gayle Gammon, Caroline Liegey, Halle Murphy, Jacqueline Ruggles, Katie Saporita, Carley Staples, Gretchen Walter.

Grade 8: Brittney Bellomo, Kelsea Cassone, Timothy Chilton, Dario Collado, Katie Connolly, Anthony Esposito, Anthony Fedele, Anna Mahaffy, Cassidy Mignone, Logan Pfister, Shannon Quinn, Drew Sacher, Sarah Sinning, Alexandra Small, Ronald Umana.

Grade 7: Leah Baxendale, Christopher Buono, Abigail Conway, Jack Dunne, Jonna Franke, Jessica Jerome, Kaitlyn Kettenbeil, William McAllister, Matthew McCarthy, Patryk Mejsak, Anthony Siracusano, William Tondo, Cara Vaccariello, Juliane VanGorden, Nicholas VanMater, Liam Walker.

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A new path for biking, walking and running on Fishers Island will open to all Southold Town residents on Memorial Day. The path runs through the private eastern half of the island, Southold Town’s easternmost hamlet.

Want to take a bicycle trip to Fishers Island next weekend?

Grab your bike, head to New London and get a Sea Jet ticket. A “recreation path” for biking, walking and running will be open to all residents of Southold Town by next weekend, said John McGillian, a money manager from Boston who owns a summer house on Fishers Island, Southold Town’s easternmost hamlet 11 miles away from Orient Point.

Mr. Gillian headed up an effort by islanders to raise $3 million for the four-mile-long path, which is on the not-often seen eastern end of Fishers Island, a private haven for some of the country’s wealthiest people.

Residents of Southold Town can use the path free of charge, but they must show proof of residency at the gated entrance of the eastern half of the island and sign a waiver of liability, Mr. McGillian said. Hours will be sunrise to sunset seven days a week.

Biking became too dangerous on the narrow roadways of the private association that owns the eastern part of the island, Mr. Gillian said. The path was built alongside existing roads. He and a group of islanders began talking about building a path about 15 years ago, and created a foundation to finance the project three years ago. Construction started last November.

“It’s challenging terrain on the eastern side, and there were a lot of near accidents,” he said. “That was the genesis of the idea for the path.”

Mr. McGillian said that it was easier to get the path built on the private part of the island simply because the foundation group didn’t have to wait for permission from a public entity, which they would have had to do on the public western half.

“We probably will extend the path in the future,” Mr. McGillian said. “It just takes longer on public roads.”

Mr. McGillian warned those non-islanders planning to use the path that there are no amenities on the gated half of Fishers Island.

“It might not be considered touristy — you won’t find an ice-cream stand,” he said, “but it’s a nice ride if you like scenic beauty.”

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Recreational path Rules

No motorized vehicles

No roller blades, skateboards or scooters

No speed bikers

Keep right, pass on left

Warn those you are passing

Bells are mandatory for bicycles

Yield to slower users

Yield at driveways and road crossings

A parent or a guardian must accompany children under 10

Helmets are mandatory for children 14 and under and encouraged for all.

Dogs must be kept under control

Clean up after your dog

Path closed at sundown

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Q:My New Year’s resolution to lose weight seems to have gone nowhere. My wish is sincere, so what can I do?

A: I don’t know how much you’re scolding yourself about your lack of success with the resolution, but the first step is to stop carrying that mental baggage. Drop the judgments and focus on a problem, trying to identify what specifically has not gone as you’d hoped, and develop some creative alternatives. Instead of setting your goal as weight loss — something you only indirectly control — identify up to three changes in your behavior that you can directly control. Try to find the sweet spot between overly ambitious changes that aren’t realistic for you and those so minimal they won’t have much impact.

Target very specific behaviors, such as snacking on a piece of fruit instead of sweets, beginning a meal with three-quarters of your usual portion, reducing calories in mixed dishes by adding more vegetables while reducing the amount of refined starches and meats or eliminating a daily sugar-laden beverage. Behavior research shows that when we put those targets in writing and keep track of our progress every day, we do better than simply having a mental intention to change.

When you encounter obstacles, don’t give up; try out some alternative ways to surmount the barriers and don’t be afraid to ask for help from a registered dietitian. You can find a registered dietician based on your Zip code at the website of the American Dietetic Association, www.eatright.org.

Q:Do those elastic tubes and bands really work for strength training?

A: Yes. Elastic tubes and bands are now available for virtually all levels of strength training, and they’re inexpensive and easily stored. You need to use the right band or tube to match your strength level and the particular muscle group being exercised. Chest presses, for example, need more resistance than the arm curls that exercise your upper arms. When working with an elastic tube or band, you secure it under your feet or around a heavy piece of furniture or a pole. Focus on squeezing the muscle in use when you encounter resistance as you pull on the tube/band and as you return to starting position. Just as when strength-training with free weights or stationary machines, good posture and proper technique are important to appropriately work the muscle and to avoid injury. You can use many of the same exercises you may have learned with other forms of strength training, but if you haven’t received instruction, it’s best to learn good technique by meeting with a certified fitness trainer at a local facility.

Karen Collins is a registered nutritionist with The American Institute for Cancer Research, the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk.

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Clockwise from top: Owner C.J. Del Vaglio, service manager Jennifer Wheeler, service technician Ricky Barlow, store manager Karen Latney and service technician Phil DiSalvio. Not pictured: service technician Chris Spratta.

Owner: C.J. Del Vaglio

Year established: 2000

Location: 35300 Route 48, Peconic

Phone: 631-734-7600

Number of employees: 6

After working as an apprentice under his uncle for four years in Massachusetts, C.J. Del Vaglio decided to open his own pool business. Seeing that there was an established business on the East End, he traveled to Long Island and took on the challenge of being a business owner, purchasing East End Pool King in 2006.

Mr. Del Vaglio said he’s found that owning his own business has made him think of the old adage about “treating people how you would like to be treated. Honesty and genuine care are the best policies.” Pool King’s slogan is simple: “Your Pool, Our Pride.”

“We care about our service and value our customers, considering them friends,” he said.

Mr. Del Vaglio is an Association of Pool and Spa Professionals-certified service professional and a National Swimming Pool Foundation-certified pool operator and inspector.

East End Pool King services include Gunite or vinyl pool installation, renovation, weekly maintenance, leak detection, saltwater chlorination, liner replacement and eco-friendly options. The pool and spa store offers chemicals, water toys, parts, filters, pumps and accessories.

East End Pool King is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon. Visit them online any time at eastendpoolking.com.

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Residents challenged Greenport Village Board members Monday night to explain why they want to ban basement apartments.
There probably aren’t more than half a dozen basement apartments in Greenport, former trustee Bill Swiskey said.
“I don’t understand the purpose of this law. I think this is just overkill,” he commented at Monday night’s hearing on the matter.
His neighbor, John Saladino, doesn’t have a basement apartment but argued that a future owner of his property might and he sees no reason to prohibit it.
Trustee Chris Kempner, who sponsored a proposal to limit apartments, argued that basement apartments pose problems for firefighters in the event of an emergency. Also, flooding problems caused by the village’s high water table would become more critical if more people were living below ground level, she said.
Some basement apartments might start out as legal in terms of adherence to New York State building codes, Ms. Kempner said. But owners make changes that result in potential health and safety problems. The law would make the village code more restrictive than state requirements and that’s reasonable, Ms. Kempner said. There are other instances where the village code is more strict, she noted.
Resident Doug Moore argued that the building code should apply to basement apartments and that it should make clear what requirements are.
Mr. Swiskey said he wanted an emphasis on code enforcement, with inspections of buildings to assure they’re safe.
Board members voted to close the public hearing on the subject, but to delay further discussion of the proposal until the June 21 work session.
A public hearing on the Bay to Sound Integrated Trails Initiative ran into no opposition, despite early rumors that residents along Silver Lake in the village might object to a walking path through what has been their own secluded haven.
The proposed path would cross village, town and county land and would enable hikers and bicyclists to follow a trail from Mitchell Park on Peconic Bay, through Moore’s Woods and Silver Lake to Clark’s Beach on Long Island Sound.
“I’m strongly in favor of it,” resident Jada Rowland told the board. Resident Leueen Miller called it “a great idea.” At the same time, she expressed concern about environmental impacts and safety issues.
An environmental study is under way to look at flora and fauna along the proposed trail, Trustee Michael Osinski said. He noted that one rare orchid has been identified that would have to be protected.
As for safety, Mayor David Nyce said there wouldn’t be a way to close down the trail at night, but others suggested a trail is safer than dense woods.
Former trustee Bill Swiskey said that if money is spent to develop the trail, the village would have to commit to maintaining it. Mr. Osinski wondered if some of the community preservation fund money that has been raised from the sale of properties in the village might be applied to maintenance. But John Sepnoski, who was at the meeting representing the town of Southold, said that currently CPF money can be applied only to the purchase of land for preservation, not maintenance.
The board kept the public hearing open and agreed to allow further comment at its June 28 meeting.
Work on the wastewater treatment plant project is about 30 days behind schedule, largely due to weather delays, utilities chief Jack Naylor told the board. Efforts will be made to get the project, still in its infancy, back on schedule, he said. The board has requested regular updates to track the progress of the project, which is largely being paid for with federal stimulus funds.
Resident David Bauer got approval to create three 4-by-8-foot raised-rim community garden plots near the split-rail fence along the South Street side of the village firehouse property. The permission was granted with the understanding that the gardens must be properly maintained and that, if they become inactive, the group that created them will return the land to its original condition.
Artist Arden Scott got approval to do beautification work at Monument Park at the intersection of Sterling Street and Sterling Avenue.
As expected, Diana Van Buren has resigned from the Historic Preservation Commission because she will no longer be a full-time village resident. David Murray has been appointed chairman of that commission.
Lara McNeil will replace Penny Coyle as chairwoman of the Planning Board and Victoria Swensen has been appointed to fill Ms. McNeil’s seat.
The board authorized the Southold Transportation Commission to place a three-sided kiosk near the gazebo on Adams Street, close to Main Street.
If you loved the Fifth Season Restaurant on Front Street and mourned its loss to Port Jefferson a couple of years ago, there’s good news. It’s coming back. Owner Eric Orlowski secured a letter from the Village Board Monday night asking the New York State Liquor Authority to grant his application for a liquor license without the usual delay. Mr. Orlowski will continue to operate the Port Jefferson restaurant as well. He left the village after losing his bid to add a second story to the Front Street premises.
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05/27/10 12:00am

Lighthouse cruise set
Bob Allen, a descendent of former lighthouse keepers starting with his great-grandfather, will conduct the East End Lighthouses Cruise visiting all eight Southold lighthouses and two in New London, Conn.
The tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, beginning at the Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient at 9 a.m. It will include a continental breakfast and buffet luncheon with wine. The cruise is expected to last seven hours.
Tickets are $95 and can be secured through the website at eastendlighthouses.org.

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* A blood drive will be held Friday, May 28, from 2:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane. Donors must be between the ages of 17 and 76, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. A photo or signature ID and your Social Security number will be required for donation. Call Louise Egert at 477-1273.

* Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library will host CPR certification training from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. There’s a $25 registration fee and pre-registration is required. Call 734-5360.

* Mattituck-Laurel Library will host several health-related programs. Audiologist Dr. Barbara Prestano from Peconic ENT will conduct hearing tests today, Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. For all ages; free of charge; no pre-registration required.

The library will host Tai Chi practice sessions for eight weeks with one series on Tuesdays, beginning June 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. and the other series on Thursdays, beginning June 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost for each series is $25.

Instructor Laurie Short will offer low-impact dance aerobic sessions on Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning June 7. Music is from the SSRq30s, SSRq40s and SSRq50s. Bring a mat, a pair of three- to five-pound dumbbells and a water bottle. There’s a $30 charge for the six-week program.

A six-week pilates class will begin Wednesday, June 9, from 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. Bring a mat and water. There’s a $45 fee for the program. Call 298-4134.

* Jean Hughes of Greenport has been named employee of the month for May at San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She has been the breakfast cook for San Simeon, where she begins her day at 5 a.m. and often receives notes from residents on their place mats complimenting her on the meal. For Ms. Hughes, San Simeon is a family affair. Her mother is a nurse’s aide, her son, a dietary aide and her grandmother is a San Simeon resident. Ms. Hughes has worked at San Simeon for 13 years and has been selected employee of the month three times.

* Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Golf Classic at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9. Lunch gets under way at 11:30 a.m. with tee-off at 1 p.m. The patio grill barbecue will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 and the awards ceremony honoring Dr. Frank Adipietro at 7 p.m. Dr. Adipietro is medical staff president, vice chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees and director of the interventional pain management center. Call 477-5164.

* Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library will host CPR certification training from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. There’s a $25 registration fee and pre-registration is required. Call 734-5360.

* Mattituck-Laurel Library will host several health-related programs. Audiologist Dr. Barbara Prestano from Peconic ENT will conduct hearing tests today, Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The library will host Tai Chi practice sessions for eight weeks with one series on Tuesdays, beginning June 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. and the other series on Thursdays, beginning June 3, from 5 to 6 p.m.. The cost for each series is $25.

Instructor Laurie Short will offer low-impact dance aerobic sessions on Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning June 7. Music is from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Bring a mat, a pair of three- to five-pound dumbbells and a water bottle. There’s a $30 charge for the the six-week program.

A six-week pilates class will begin Wednesday, June 9, from 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. Bring a mat and water. There’s a $45 fee for the program. Call 298-4134.