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The median price for full summer rental on the North Fork weighs in at $40,000, report says.
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This is why it is very hard to find a year-around rental house on the North Fork.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:33 pm

Today in our little hamlet on the NoFo. A NYC policeman killed in a friendly fire incident who grew up in our hamlet is buried in the 1732 Cemetery :(

Fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen is laid to rest in his hometown

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/02/20/f ... -hometown/
Simonsen died in the line of duty Feb. 12. The 19-year NYPD veteran was mortally wounded in a shootout after responding to a call about an armed robbery in progress at a mobile phone store in the Queens precinct he served since he first joined the police force.

The solemn funeral procession — led by dozens of motorcycle cops — made its way from the church to Jamesport Cemetery, passing under a large American flag draped from the extended ladder of a Westhampton Beach Fire Department truck.

Residents and business owners tied blue bows and ribbons to posts, fences and utility poles along the route and also in the Calverton subdivision where Simonsen made his home with his wife Leanne.

Cliff’s Elbow Room and the adjacent shops tied a wide blue ribbon around the midsection of the building, the blue line of mourning for a fallen police officer. A display paying tribute to the fallen officer stood outside the building. It read “NYPD-SMILES” — referring to the fallen officer’s nickname. Many shops on Main Road flew a black and white version of the Stars and Stripe with a single blue bar stretching across its center.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:39 pm

This is not our small hamlet. THis is Hampton Bays the location of the church where the visitation was held Monday and Tuesday. That thick line of police officers stretches for at least a mile.

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That’s an impressive lineup.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:08 pm

Largest North Fork vineyard introduces wine in cans for beach picnics.

https://northforker.com/2019/02/23/pind ... ntpage-top
“We have always been innovative,” said Damianos, who noted that its location in a seaside community helped drive the idea to can. “We did it to offer consumers convenience. We’re surrounded by water. It is easier to throw a couple cans in a cooler and head to the beach. They don’t have to worry about glass bottles or an opener.”

Pindar Vineyards will start producing the new product line at the winery in March with the help of mobile canning company IronHeart Canning, which works with small and mid-sized breweries and wineries throughout the nation. The goal is produce 600 cases (24 cans) of 375 ml wines , which they hope to start selling by April at the Peconic and Port Jefferson tasting rooms as well as at select wine stores. The cans are made from 100 percent recyclable aluminum to preserve the wine better than bottles since light can’t penetrate the container, Damianos said.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:41 pm

During the recent windy weather in the Northeast a tree came down in our Circle. Mrs. V's cousin came home about midnight to find 3 utility trucks replacing a pole it had knocked down. No other damage.

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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:40 pm

We destroyed the L.I. Sound in 50 years: an eyewitness account

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/03/08/w ... s-account/
I grew up in the farmhouse where I now live, and the place that always gave me solace and comfort was the Long Island Sound. Every time I went, there was something more to discover and see — animals, birds and fish in huge numbers, everywhere.

My maternal grandparents owned a bungalow (camp) that overlooked the Sound and was reached by driving up a long dirt road between farm fields and I spent hours sitting on a picnic bench on the patio watching pods of porpoise jumping out of the water and fish jumping, birds working, life everywhere – huge schools and astounding numbers of varieties as far as the water could be seen… for miles.

:snippity:

Under the big rocks at low tide were all kinds of crabs, lobster, baitfish, sea creatures… and eel grass was plentiful all around the shallow shores of the Sound, supplying shelter and food for the baby fish that hatched in the natural nursery where the big fish spawned.

:snippity:

Fast forward to now. Most of the species of fish, birds, lobster, oyster, clams and mussels are gone – rarely seen or heard of any more. The mussel banks that held the sand and helped against erosion and 95 percent of the eelgrass are gone.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:36 pm

I am not a religious man but I am descended from at least 2 Methodist ministers, my summer home was part of the Methodist Campgrounds and Mrs. V. and I were married in a Methodist church so I take some interest in Methodist happenings on the North Fork.

What has been happening is that the Methodists are declining. Since 2014 the Methodist churches in Southold, Greenport and Orient have closed and been combined with the Cutchogue Methodist Church now renamed the North Fork United Methodist Church. The NFUMC will soon move into a new building.

The recent UMC vote on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy is causing some angst.

Local churches pause as UMC discusses same-sex marriage decision

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... -decision/
“The national churches are dependent on the local churches for contributions,” he explained. “There are financial ties … the buildings, the resources, all belong to the Methodist church. The Catholic churches work the same way. The local church contributes to the diocese.”

In June 2014, church officials closed Southold United Methodist Church and put it up for sale, citing declining membership and ever-increasing maintenance costs. More recently, Methodist churches in Greenport and Orient were also closed were also dissolved. In the years since, the three formerly independent congregations have been worshiping together in Cutchogue under the name North Fork United Methodist Church.

Pastor MacLeod said he is concerned about the future of North Fork UMC if the plan that emerged from the General Conference proceeds.

“We don’t want to be perceived as judgmental and unwelcoming,” he wrote.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:22 pm

Zeldin is a Trump supporter. Most of the farms remaining on LI are in Zeldin's NY CD 1.

Farmers sound off on labor shortage; Zeldin pessimistic about a solution

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/03/23/f ... =hootsuite
Each spring at the breakfast meeting, farmers and growers complain about labor problems — specifically about the need for immigration reform and problems with the federal guest worker program. Each spring, Rep. Lee Zeldin expresses his own frustration with the system and the political climate in Washington that thwarts progress on these issues. Before him, Rep. Tim Bishop, would report the same thing.

Zeldin is particularly frustrated by not being able “to get a straight answer” from the Department of Homeland Security on repeated requests to increase the 66,000-worker national cap for the H2B guest worker program. That program provides temporary status for immigrants to come to the U.S. to work in non-agricultural businesses — including hotels and restaurants, as well as market sectors related to traditional agriculture, such as landscaping businesses and greenhouses.

The Shirley Republican, now in his third term, held a news conference Wednesday to call on the Secretary of Homeland Security to raise the H2B cap and to make other changes. He advocates exempting returning workers from the cap and eliminating the H2B lottery system — to allow businesses to bring the same workers back every year. As it stands, businesses usually have to train new workers brought in under the guest worker program — if they can get them at all.

Zeldin said he “got a lot of blowback” after the news conference from constituents complaining he was looking to “lure more illegals” into the country or saying “we should pressure lazy teens to get out of the house and work.” But there simply are not enough people to do the jobs that need to be done, he said.
It is not just farm labor. You see help wanted signs everywhere on the North Fork.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:50 pm

Less than a month before we return to the North Fork so our thoughts are turning to what's happening there.

Today was the big St. Patrick's Day parade in our little hamlet. (So many east end communities have started having St. Patrick's Day parades that there are one or two every weekend in March.)

Community turns out for a perfect Paddy’s Day parade

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/03/30/c ... ay-parade/
The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band and the Suffolk County Police Pipes and Drums also marched — along with contingents of uniformed officers from each department. The Riverhead Police Department also marched, led by Riverhead Chief of Police David Hegermiller.

Fire departments from Jamesport, Riverhead, Wading River, Southold, Orient and New Hyde Park participated.

The grand marshal of the parade this year was Joseph Grattan, retired Riverhead chief of police. Grattan, dapper in his green blazer and top hat, carried his great-grandfather’s shillelagh — a wooden walking stick. He was joined by his children and grandchildren and watched the parade from the reviewing stand, where emcee Mason Haas introduced each group marching down the road.
Have to have lots of police and fire departments in the parade. ;)

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And of course... Falun Dafa?

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Tractors in farm country.

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:13 pm

When we are on the North Fork this is the farm where we buy our so fresh they are still warm eggs. :thumbs:

In this kind of farming they have to eat what they can't sell. Back when they only had 1 cow (but thousands of chickens) but few milk customers I recall David Wines telling me that he and Chris had drunk 2 quarts each of unsold milk that day for their lunch. ;)

The three of them run the farm by themselves.

The Wines family were one of the original North Fork settler families in 1640.

How Ty Llwyd Farm is bringing small-batch raw milk to the North Fork

https://northforker.com/2019/03/30/ty-l ... ntpage-top
Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead is the North Fork’s only producer of raw, unpasteurized milk — known for its creamier taste and added health benefits. And like other local craft beverages, it’s got a loyal, almost cult-like following.

The name Ty Llwyd is Welsh for “brown house” and if pronouncing it is challenging (it’s Tee-Clewed), good luck Googling it without knowing the spelling, or spotting the unassuming sign while driving west on Sound Avenue, without having to turn around. But to East End raw milk aficionados, this all makes it almost like a secret club. With a healthy kick.

Compared to pasteurized milk that’s heated upon production, raw milk from grass-fed cows is higher in healthy enzymes, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and even reduces asthma and allergies. Plus, you’ll never find milk this fresh in a supermarket. New York State law stipulates that farmers sell raw milk within one day of bottling it (but it’ll keep in your fridge for up to two weeks), so it’s pretty much straight from the cow. Raw milk is inspected regularly for pathogens, and any unsold milk on the farm is disposed of at the end of each day.

The quality of raw milk depends on the cow’s diet and how the milk is collected, so it’s nice to see where it’s coming from. Ty Llwyd Farm is a sixth-generation, 33-acre family-run operation founded in 1870 as a potato farm. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places a few years ago. Chris Wines and parents David and Elizabeth keep things humming, moving the cows through the milking parlor and pasture. They also raise chickens so customers can buy fresh eggs with their milk.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:30 pm

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The company that owns the North Ferry, which provides service between Greenport and Shelter Island, is working on raising the level of its passenger dock on the Greenport side — where cars drive to board the ferry — by 16 inches to accommodate already higher tides as well as those expected in the future.
Climate change unfolding right before us

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:41 pm

:o Small quake but too close to the North Fork.

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Off Long Island

https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/ ... =riverhead
According to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake, located at 37.9 miles southeast of Southampton, was recorded at 6:22 a.m.

The epicenter was recorded about 41 miles southeast of Hampton Bays, 79.1 miles southeast of Riverhead, 39.9 miles southeast of Mecox, 81.9 miles east/southeast of Mastic Beach and 160.9 miles SSE of Hartford, CT.

According to the Richter Scale, anything between a 3.0 and 3.9 is considered to be a "minor" tremor.

Three people on the island – two in Sayville and one in Rocky Point – reported feeling the earthquake, according to USGS.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:02 am

Southold deer harvest reaches record numbers once again

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... d-numbers/
The total harvest for the regular and nuisance season was 339, reported environmental analyst Craig Jobes at a Town Board work session Tuesday.

:snippity:

Harvested deer are donated to food kitchens through the program, which began in 2008, and residents can also pick up deer for their own use. A record 65 were picked up by local community members, Mr. Jobes said.

:snippity:

According to Mr. Jobes, each doe harvested could account for three deer the following spring. He also reiterated that residents should refrain from feeding the animals.
The North Fork is overrun by deer. This is bad because the deer host three kinds of disease-carrying ticks, they damage wooded areas by eating trees and they cause traffic accidents.
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:36 pm

There is a North Fork farm that has chickens that lay colored eggs. :o

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:53 pm

Glamping comes to the East End of LI. :o

https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/s/ ... =northfork
Here's camping with an upscale twist: Luxury or glamour camping, or "glamping," will make its grand debut at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton this Memorial Day weekend.

Terra Glamping, a Brooklyn-based full-service glamping and event production company that pioneered the high-end form of outdoor recreation on the East Coast, has launched an "expansive site" overlooking Gardiners Bay — offering an array of luxury amenities that will make soggy tents and uncomfortable sleeping bags just a memory.

The company was selected by the Suffolk County Parks Department, who publicly issued a request for proposals with the goal of introducing new ventures that would attract more campers to Cedar Point, according to a release.
Prices start at $300 a night.

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Post by pipistrelle » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:01 pm

What is the point? If I want a recliner and TV, I'll stay home or go to a hotel if traveling. If I want to pretend to be Lewis and Clark, I'll camp or (since I'm older and need certain things medically) stay in a bare bones cabin that has a few modern amenities like electricity and running water/toilet, but little else. I really don't get much about modern life. Oh well.

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:02 pm

Just a few days until we leave to return north. Meanwhile in our NoFo hamlet-

Tiny post office in South Jamesport closed from foul odor, official says
A foul odor coming from beneath the U.S. Post Office in South Jamesport forced temporary closure of the small building, which has served the hamlet near Great Peconic Bay for more than a century.


https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suf ... 1.30004431
South Jamesport’s tiny U.S. post office, which currently has just 246 mailboxes and makes no deliveries, was closed early Friday because of a foul odor — possibly caused by an ill or injured animal that sought refuge under the building before dying, an official said.

“Apparently, one of God’s creatures crawled underneath the building and met his end, and the building stinks,” Maureen P. Marion, a regional U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview.

What creature’s demise forced the closure will not be known until workers rip up the floor, Marion said. The odor may turn out to have been caused by a nest.

Customers will have to get their mail about a mile-and-a-half away at the Jamesport post office until repairs are complete, she said. That could take several days or a week, depending on how much of the floor has to be redone.
Today they are getting heavy rain and street flooding.

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/04/20/f ... -saturday/
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:33 pm

The Suffolk Times
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It is believed the beaver swam from Connecticut to Orient Point. Beavers have not bred on Long Island for more than a century.
https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... -a-decade/
Beavers live a semi-aquatic lifestyle, building dens in watery habitats like freshwater ponds, lakes, rivers, marshes and swamps. They are strong swimmers, traveling at speeds of up to 5 mph and can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes at a time, according to National Geographic. Beavers have keen senses of hearing, smell and touch, and their nostrils and ears are closable. They also have transparent eye membranes that function much like goggles.

While there is no known breeding population of beavers on Long Island, there have been some fairly recent sightings which mark the first in a century, according to The New York Times.

In 2003, a beaver was discovered on Plum Island, and four years later, a dam was found blocking the mouth of Ely Brook in East Hampton, according to the East Hampton Star. Most recently, in 2009, the Times wrote about two carpenters who were working near Napeague Harbor and reported seeing a beaver scuttle across a path — which was then confirmed when the beaver took refuge in Montauk’s Fresh Pond.

According to the DEC, it is believed that the beaver population was eradicated on Long Island following heavy settlement and development during the Colonial era. Despite reports, the DEC has only confirmed the existence of one beaver on Long Island from 2008-2011 in East Hampton.
At the closest point that would be an 8 mile swim. :o
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Post by Volkonski » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:37 am

Too tired to go out last night so Mrs. V. made jackfruit tacos. This was the first time we ate jackfruit. It worked very well. ;)

Rinsed the antifreeze out if the washer and dishwasher this morning. Made first trip to the hardware store for a replacement shower head and new battery for the kitchen scale.

Cat is hiding under the bed covers to avoid another day in the car. ;) She'll calm down in a couple of days.

Van is 2/3rds unloaded.

That's enough for the first 24 hours. Will start on shutters tomorrow.
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Too tired to go out last night so Mrs. V. made jackfruit tacos. This was the first time we ate jackfruit. It worked very well. ;)
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Too tired to go out last night so Mrs. V. made jackfruit tacos. This was the first time we ate jackfruit. It worked very well. ;)
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One 15 oz can green jackfruit.

Rinse jackfruit and saute in olive oil. When it gets warm, shred using fork. Add one 12 oz can low carb black soybeans. Add taco seasoning to taste. Eat in hard or soft taco with your favorite taco trimmings. :)

The jackfruit really does have the consistency and appearance of pulled pork. It has almost no flavor itself so you can season it as you like.
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Post by Foggy » Wed May 01, 2019 6:51 am

OMFG, tacos without CHEESE??!? :nooo:

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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 01, 2019 9:01 am

Foggy wrote:
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OMFG, tacos without CHEESE??!? :nooo:
We are avoiding carbs. We eat tonnes of cheese.

So far Mrs. V. Is down 26 lbs since February and I am down 10 lbs. :thumbs:
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