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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:13 pm

North Forkers are having fits! Companies are advertising helicopter tours to North Fork wineries. :o :shock: :lol:

Ads For Helicopter Tours, Charters To Vineyards Spark Outrage
"They're coming. They're at our doors." Teresa McCaskie of Southold's helicopter noise steering committee, as town readies new legislation.


https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/ad ... rk-outrage

Here are 2 of the ads-

http://www.helicoptercharternyc.com/des ... yards.aspx

https://wingsair.net/2015/10/13/explore ... elicopter/

Folks should be less credulous. These advertised tours are in fact hoaxes.

For one thing Paumanok Vineyards really doesn't have room for a helicopter to land. For another, the eastern boundary of the Paumanok property borders the backyards of about 20 houses on Tuthills Lane. If helicopters were landing there a lot of people would know about it. Also, in Riverhead Town it is illegal to land a helicopter on property that is not permitted for such use.

Aircraft noise is a problem on the North Fork but nothing will be gained from tilting at windmills.

Anyone who really really wants to fly to LI Wine Country can get a scheduled flight or a charter into the Gabreski Airport and take a limo from there. Gabreski is just 9 miles from the Paumanok Vineyard. ;)


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Post by RoadScholar » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:21 pm

Tilting windmills? Is that a helicopter pun? :dance: 8-)


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:46 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:09 pm
Foggy wrote:
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OMG, 22 lbs. of shortcake. My tummy hurts reading about it. :sick:
Well, not just shortcake, there were strawberries and whipped cream too. :thumbs:
Yum! Back in the day I coulda been a contender (not for the beauty portion.)


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:21 am

Brrrrrrrr!

It is the 1st weekend of summer and on the North Fork it is now 59F. :o It is also raining. :(


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Volkonski wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:21 am
Brrrrrrrr!

It is the 1st weekend of summer and on the North Fork it is now 59F. :o It is also raining. :(
Current heat index in Houston is 94. Count every raindrop blessing!


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:47 am

TexasFilly wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:36 am
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Brrrrrrrr!

It is the 1st weekend of summer and on the North Fork it is now 59F. :o It is also raining. :(
Current heat index in Houston is 94. Count every raindrop blessing!
I take your point. :-D

It is just that a cool wet weekend hurts a lot of businesses here. :( On the other hand traffic is lighter. ;)


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:28 am

Now 7 of the summer cottages on our circle are occupied. When we got here 17 days ago ours was the only summer cottage open and occupied.

In all those 17 days I have neither seen nor heard a mourning dove, not one. :shock: This has never been the case before. Normally, the characteristic coo-EE coo-coo-coo call of the mourning doves begins as soon as the sun comes up and continues all day. Usually 6 to 10 doves are on the ground under our bird feeders eating the seeds that smaller birds drop. So far this year there are none. :?

I also have seen no robins or cardinals so far. :?

We do have 5 turkeys living in the woods behind our back yard. They come out in the evenings to scavenge dropped bird seed and eat bugs.


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:04 pm

Someone might find this interesting.

This a one of the old steam radiators in the 1731 Meeting House in our hamlet. Factoid, I grew up in a house with steam heat. It had an old coal furnace that had been converted to oil.

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The inside walls and ceiling of the Meeting House are covered with embossed sheet metal dating to 1859.

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:09 pm

It is almost daylily time here. :) These plants are descended from plants we took from a bed at Mrs. V's parent's cottage which in turn were descended from plants at Mrs. V's grandparent's cottage.

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:13 pm

Mrs. V. has been hard at work on the flower beds.

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Post by AndyinPA » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:14 pm

Amazing building! I love the austereness of it. Whenever we travel to places with cathedrals that are covered in silver or gold or carvings, I admire the work, but I always feel like the money should have been spent on the people instead. I'm sure that's my Protestant upbringing. I often feel that way, too, in castle or palaces.

That's a church I would feel comfortable in.



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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:28 pm

Yes, we have some tomatoes........

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:31 pm

Just heard a mourning dove! :thumbs:


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:36 pm

Taken about a week ago at 8:30 PM. The view of our circle from my rocker on our upper front porch.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:09 pm

New video series about historic places on the North Fork. :-D

Take a video tour of Hallockville Museum Farm: Historic Places



We are members of the Hallockville Museum and have provided some historic photos of our own to them.

This new monthly series continues in July with a trip to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

Most North Fork history is about farms. ;)


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:27 pm

Before there were Polish, then African-American and now Hispanic migrant farm workers on the North Fork there were Irish farm workers.

North Fork History Project: Murders in 1854 shattered a hamlet

http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview. ... -a-hamlet/
One of the field hands on James Wickham’s farm was a hothead named Nicholas Behan, who had also fled the Irish famine. He had landed in 1851 aboard the Constellation, and in 1852 made his way to the North Fork, where, perhaps to his disgust, he found himself in a farming hamlet settled by the English two centuries earlier and working for a family with deep English roots and Protestant manners.

Based on the genealogical heritage of the Wickhams and the surnames of other nearby residents – Reeve, Terry, Case, Corwin, Horton, Tuthill, among others – Cutchogue might have seemed to Mr. Behan to be an English village transplanted intact to the New World, populated by the kinds of people he loathed in his home country.

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Based on the mood of the day, on the North Fork and all along the East Coast where millions of Irish men, women and children had landed in the previous two decades, Mr. Behan and his countrymen were not welcome, even as their labor was critically needed.

On eastern Long Island, Mr. Fleming and Ms. Folk write, “…many Irish Catholics were forced to buy land in secret to establish churches. In a number of local villages and hamlets, land had to be sold through a third party and then to church leaders as to avoid complaints from local Protestants.”
The Wickham family still farms in Cutchogue.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:57 pm

Oh, good! It has been weeks since a new winery or brewery opened on the North Fork. I was getting worried. ;)

North Fork Brewing Co. Opens Doors In Riverhead

https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/no ... =riverhead
Ian Van Bourgondien of Southold and Pete Barraud of Baiting Hollow are thrilled to be opening North Fork Brewing Co. in Riverhead. The pair, both of whom grew up on the North Fork, will officially raise the garage door on the west side of the former Riverhead Fire Department headquarters, now home to their brewery, on East Second Street for the first time on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"We're excited to open our brewery to the public and also join the Riverhead community, which is becoming its own destination for craft beer," said Van Bourgondien. "Our location in the historic firehouse is the perfect setting and we're looking forward to sharing our extensive background in beer right here in our own backyard."


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Post by HilltownGrrl » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:48 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:04 pm
Someone might find this interesting.

This a one of the old steam radiators in the 1731 Meeting House in our hamlet. Factoid, I grew up in a house with steam heat. It had an old coal furnace that had been converted to oil.

:snippity:
I also grew up in a house with steam heat from an old coal furnace converted to oil. I loved that huge old furnace. It reminded me of a white plaster Robbie the Robot. I also love the noises radiators make - houses without them still sound wrong even though it's been years since I lived anywhere with radiators.

Back on topic - that church is beautiful in its simplicity. And the pews are exactly the same as the ones in the old Congregational church I grew up going to.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:00 pm

HilltownGrrl wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:48 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:04 pm
Someone might find this interesting.

This a one of the old steam radiators in the 1731 Meeting House in our hamlet. Factoid, I grew up in a house with steam heat. It had an old coal furnace that had been converted to oil.

:snippity:
I also grew up in a house with steam heat from an old coal furnace converted to oil. I loved that huge old furnace. It reminded me of a white plaster Robbie the Robot. I also love the noises radiators make - houses without them still sound wrong even though it's been years since I lived anywhere with radiators.

Back on topic - that church is beautiful in its simplicity. And the pews are exactly the same as the ones in the old Congregational church I grew up going to.
Yes. Our furnace was white plaster too. :)


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:56 am

Riverhead criminal incidents reach lowest point in nearly 20 years

http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview. ... -20-years/
The number of criminal incidents reported to the Riverhead Town Police Department in 2017 was the lowest it’s been in any year this century, according to annual crime statistics the department compiles.

The 2,756 criminal incidents reported last year, which include both serious crimes like robbery, assault and rape and lesser offenses, including drug charges, was down 11 percent from 2016. That figure was down 52 percent compared to the year 2000, when 5,747 incidents were reported.
It is all those Guatemalan immigrants who have been coming in. They just don't commit as many crimes as native born Americans. ;)


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:50 pm

At one point wild turkeys were completely eliminated from all of New York State. Here is the story of how they were reintroduced.

Wild Turkeys Are Thriving On The East End, Thanks To Efforts To Bolster Population

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/ ... Population
In 1993 and 1994, 49 wild turkeys from upstate New York were released here; 25 birds went to Hither Woods in Montauk, and 24 to South Haven County Park on the Carmen’s River. The South Haven population quickly expanded south into the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and north to the Brookhaven National Laboratory property.

In the spring of 2004, 29 wild turkeys were released in East Hampton at the Grace Estate Preserve in Northwest, and the Jacobs Farm Preserve in Springs.

The mosaic of woodland preserves and farm fields, our formidable mast (acorn, beech, hickory) crop, and our mild winters seem to be well-suited to this prolific species; offspring of these reintroductions have spread far and wide. Over the 12 years since the last release, that total of 78 birds released on Long Island has swelled to an estimated population of 3,000 gobblers.

By 2009, Long Island’s wild turkey population was deemed robust enough to justify a limited hunting season. As is the case with our local deer numbers, hunters do not seem to have made a dent in our turkey flocks, and their population is still increasing. Last year, based on the results of statewide surveys that indicated an estimated 30-percent decline in turkey numbers outside of Long Island over the past 20 years, the hunting season was shortened upstate, while Long Island’s season was slightly expanded.


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:56 pm

Aside from our 5 turkeys we are seeing far fewer birds here than we have over the last several years since our retirements.

We have four bird feeders up, the same as in other years. But they need to be refilled less often. So far I have seen just one mourning dove. I have seen one blue jay and no cardinals. Mrs. V. did say she finally saw a robin yesterday. We haven't seen any goldfinches in years.

Maybe we are at a low point in a cycle.


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Post by Notorial Dissent » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:09 pm

Our overactive weather patterns of the last couple of years may have disrupted the migration and/or breeding patterns. FUIW, I've noticed it here as well. Winter and spring was very strange this year particularly depending upon where you were,


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:31 pm

This unimpressive lilac behind our cottage came from a lilac planted over 100 years ago by my grandmother at her then new home in Scituate MA.

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:41 am

Darn, I was looking forward to doing some breathing this weekend. ;)

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