Let’s Look Back: Long Island Lighting Company mulls ‘floating nuclear station’

Sept. 7, 1978

The Long Island Lighting Company was studying the feasibility of placing a “floating nuclear station” on the Long Island Sound 40 years ago. The news made the front page of the Suffolk Times in 1978.

Sept. 13, 1968

A glitch gave students a reprieve from classes 50 years ago. The system that decided class schedules at Montclair High School in New Jersey went awry, giving many students three lunch periods and five history periods. Some were given no school at all for two or three days during the week. Miss Betsy Dinkel, of Shelter Island and Montclair, took advantage of the error and spent extra time on Shelter Island instead of in the classroom, the Suffolk Times reported in 1968.

Sept. 9, 1943

Seventy-five years ago, 786 students were enrolled at Greenport school for the first day of classes. It was nine more pupils than were enrolled at the opening of school the previous year.

Sept. 7, 1928

Tourists and a new potato sorter made the news 90 years ago.

All available rooms were taken at hotels and boarding houses in Greenport, Orient, Shelter Island and neighboring villages during the Labor Day weekend. Many private homes were utilized to accommodate the holiday guests and some local restaurants and ice cream parlors remained open until 2 a.m.

A new potato sorter was also put into operation on Hallock’s dock. It had a two-inch screen instead of one-and-three-quarters-inch, but failed to make a positive impression on potato growers at the time.

Photo caption: A rendering of a “floating nuclear station” that was published in the Suffolk Times in 1978.