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Aug. 30, 1968

Plans to create a separate county combining the five eastern most towns — to be known as Peconic County — was gaining traction.

The executive directors of The Committee for a New County agreed on a plan for an informational campaign to support the change. “An overwhelming majority in the five eastern towns appear to favor the creation of a separate county,” chairman of the committee Edwin Sharetts said at the time. READ

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The first “Wine Country” signs were installed 25 years ago. (Credit: Suffolk Times archive)

25 years ago this week

First ‘Wine Country’ signs erected

It was 25 years ago this week that the North Fork was officially dubbed Long Island Wine country in signs welcoming visitors to the region.

The original Wine Country signs, donated by the Long Island Wine Council, were placed on Main Road in Aquebogue, Southold and Orient and along Sound Avenue in Riverhead, we reported in the Aug. 31 issue of The Suffolk Times.

40 years ago this week

Cafeteria prices on the rise

Mattituck school officials announced that the price of school lunch was being raised 10 percent to 55 cents to cover an increase in food production costs, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1974 issue of The Suffolk Times. A half-pint of Milk was increasing to seven cents, we reported.

The district said it was doing everything it could to keep lunch costs affordable.

60 years ago this week

Eastern Long Island again struck by hurricane

Hurricane Carol struck the North Fork on Aug. 31, 1954, causing more than $10,000 in damages to Greenport’s electrical system. Fifty trees were uprooted in the storm, we reported in that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times.

“Probably the most severe monetary loss was suffered by farmers whose crops took a tremendous beating,” we wrote.

Work begins on East Marion Fire House

Construction began 60 years ago this week on the East Marion firehouse.

“The colonial type building will house up to five pieces of apparatus with an auditorium and kitchen,” we wrote.

75 years ago this week

Greenporter’s model sub at World’s Fair

A model of the original Holland submarine that was designed by then-Southold Town Assessor Kenneth Monsell was receiving “great attention” at the Long Island Exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair, according to an article in the Aug. 31, 1939 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The 53-foot submarine was the first under-sea boat to run submerged for any considerable distance by self-contained power.

Preliminary trials and the official final tests for the boat had been conducted in New Suffolk before its launch in 1898. It remained in the hamlet through a long period of neglect before it rusted “beyond redemption,” we reported.

‘The Wizard’ comes to Greenport

“The Wizard of Oz” opened at the Greenport theater on Aug. 31, 1939, running for three days. Of the film, The Suffolk Times wrote: “The film has kept the delightful flavor and exact story of the book, and added magnificence, beauty, life, humor and some of the year’s best music.”

90 years ago this week

Local woman wins $5

Miss Ruby Goldin won a $5 prize in a costume contest at Arcade Hall in Southampton this week, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1924 issue of The Suffolk Times. She wore a Wrigley chewing gum dress she designed herself.

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The former Shamrock property was purchased by Love Lane Acquisitions in August 1994. (Credit: judy Ahrens, file)

The former Shamrock property was purchased by Love Lane Acquisitions in August 1994. (Credit: Judy Ahrens, file)

20 years ago this week

‘Downtown’ New Suffolk purchased

A company headed by former Southold Town Planning Board chairman Henry Raynor of Mattituck purchased the three acres in the heart of the New Suffolk waterfront for $800,000 at a foreclosure auction Aug. 15, 1994, according to that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times. The property included The Galley Ho restaurant (or the Ho as it was referred to in the article), the former North Fork Shipyard, the former New Suffolk Post Office/general store and an old oyster factory, we reported in that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times.  (more…)

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A loggerhead turtle was rescued after it was slashed by a boat propeller in the Long Island Sound 25 years ago this week. (Source: The Suffolk Times, Aug. 3, 1989, photo by Judy Ahrens)

A loggerhead turtle was rescued after it was slashed by a boat propeller in the Long Island Sound 25 years ago this week. (Source: The Suffolk Times, Aug. 3, 1989, photo by Judy Ahrens)

The following stories were published in issues of The Suffolk Times printed between 20 and 135 years ago this week:

25 years ago this week

• Rare turtle cheats death in the Sound

A rare 100 pound loggerhead turtle was saved after it was slashed by a boat propeller in the Long Island Sound and turned over to a marine biologist in Mattituck on Aug. 1, 1989.


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JUDY AHRENS FILE PHOTO | Toni Zanieski of Cutchogue was on the front page of the March 31, 1983 Easter-themed cover of The Suffolk Times.

30 years ago

School district aid restored

It’s a similar story every year: The governor proposes massive cuts in state aid to schools in January before the state Legislature restores funding in late March.

In the March 31, 1983 issue of The Suffolk Times we published an info box showing how much aid to each district would be increasing or decreasing in the 1983-84 school year.

So how much has state aid gone up in the past 30 years? Take a look:


1983-84 — $704,586

2013-14 — $1,303,828


1983-84 — $952,577

2013-14 — $2,667,380


1983-84 — $129,566

2013-14 — $344,362


1983-84 — $667,790

2013-14 — $1,689,213

50 years ago

Local boys walk to Riverhead

Several weeks after a story was published in The Suffolk Times detailing several youths who walked from Riverhead to Orient and back, a group of Southold Town residents set out on a similar journey, we reported on March 22, 1963.

Four young men — Antonio Jimenez, Eric Soqust, Mike Tuthill and Bill Reiter — set out from Greenport at 3 a.m., making it to Riverhead by 10:15 a.m. They began their return trip at 11;45 a.m., but fatigue soon set in, we wrote. Mike and Bill only made it as far as Mattituck and Antonio and Eric called things off after reaching Cutchogue.

“The four weary hikers reached home via the comfort of an automobile,” we wrote. Needless to say, they all slept soundly that night.”

75 years ago

Supervisors continue fight for bridges

The County Board of Supervisors showed its support of a plan to explore the feasibility of building loop bridges at Smith Point and Shelter Island in March 1938, according to a Suffolk Times story.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Dennis Homan had proposed a bill to rescind a $60,000 appropriation to create a “fact-finding committee” on the bridge issue, but eight of the board’s 10 members voted against his bill.

80 years ago

County cuts $50,000 in expenses

County workers making more than $1,000 a year agreed in March 1933 to a 15 percent reduction in salary. The agreement, along with several other expense adjustments, was expected to save Suffolk County $50,000 annually, according to an article in the March 31, 1933 issue of The Suffolk Times.

Among the other cuts: Heads of departments agreed to receive just 50 cents a day in food allowances, down from $1 the year before.

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JUDY AHRENS FILE PHOTO | East Marion resident Sharon Rogers and her children, Brian and Rachel, fill up their trunk with bottled water in the March 17, 1988 Suffolk Times cover photo.

25 years ago

Families were forced to change the way they use the water supply in their homes after a “mysterious influx of a deadly and cancer-producing chemical” was discovered in a well on the west side of Old Orchard Lane in East Marion, reporter Jack Williams wrote in the March 17, 1988 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The Suffolk County Health Department had detected a mix of the chemical “1, 1, 1 trichloroethane” that was seven times more than the acceptable drinking water limit in a well on Old Orchard.

“No one knows where it comes from,” we wrote.

The story focused on the adjustments being made by full time residents of the block. Sharon Rogers said she was buying 40 gallons of bottled water per week. “It’s an expense we never bargained for,” she said.

Some families said they weren’t just avoiding drinking the water, but refraining from bathing in it, too.

One resident of the block said she bought her house after the testing was done and didn’t know about the water issues when she first moved in.

“I love this house,” said Karen McLaughlin. “I wouldn’t ever want to move again. But we all drank the water right out of the tap for about two weeks after we moved in, before we found out about the tests. Now we wonder about what the kids drank during those two weeks.”

Postscript: The Suffolk County Water Authority later brought public water to the area, enabling residents of Old Orchard Lane to hook up to the county system. Others opted to install private filtration systems.

A nuclear bomb in Mattituck?

Long Island’s first and only nuclear bomb has come to rest at the American Armoured Foundation Inc. Tank and Ordinance War Museum on Love Lane, read the lead of a story published in the March 17, 1988 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The inert bomb was on display at the museum, which was open every Sunday in Mattituck.

“We believe this bomb is the only item of this type on display in New York,” the museum said in a statement that week. “The nuke is three feet in diameter and approximately nine feet tall.”

Postscript: The museum left Mattituck in 1999, moving to Danville Virginia, where it remains open today.

75 years ago

Bandits loot bank in daylight

In one of the most daring and spectacular robberies in the history of the North Fork, four armed bandits looted the Mattituck Bank and Trust Company of about $6,000 on Friday of last week, we wrote in the March 17, 1938 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The gunmen and two others escaped in a stolen car which was later found abandoned.

A week after the arrest, three of the men associated with the robbery were in custody, we reported. The first was arrested within hours of the incident.

North Fork residents Doris Reeve, Jennie Sawinski,  Jack Rose and Henry L. Fleet were among those working in the bank at the time of the robbery. Mr. Fleet and bank patron Mary Fleming were locked in the vault by the robbers.

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