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There’s news from the Water Mill Museum about an upcoming event, but first an update and some background about ongoing repairs there.

You might remember that the water wheel was ruined in a storm last year, and in pursuit of repairing it, the wooden wheel was removed. The next step, undertaken on Friday by Liberty Ironworks based in Southampton, was cutting off the metal axle unit. Jeffrey McMahon supervised the job and the axle was taken to the Liberty Ironworks yard to assess whether it can be reconstructed or if a new axle will have to be built.

Liberty Ironworks has already made two sluice gates for the wheel. Work will begin soon on the new water wheel, which will be made of mahogany, and the hope is that the grist mill will be up and running sometime this year.

The museum will reopen for the season at the end of next month, but in the meantime, an open call to artists has been issued for its annual Members’ Art Show. The show is set for Thursday, June 19, through Monday, July 14. All artists are invited to join the museum for 2008 and to submit works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, graphics, photography or sculpture for consideration. Crafts will not be considered.

The exhibition is a non-juried show and each artist is limited to one piece. Two-dimensional works can be no larger than 625 square inches (height x width) and sculpture pieces no larger than 25” high x 15” long x 15” wide. The preregistration deadline is June 10, and drop-off dates for submitted works are Sunday and Monday, June 15 and 16, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the museum.

The eighth annual spring sale of pottery made exclusively by members of the Clay Art Guild of Hamptons is taking place at Celadon Gallery in Water Mill. Gallery hours for now are Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Congratulations to Drew University student Kathleen Elyse Heckert of Water Mill, who has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester. To qualify for this honor, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above, which is equivalent to a B+ or better. The university is located in Madison, New Jersey.

Susie Roden of Water Mill sent word about a fund-raiser for the South Fork Breast Health Coalition’s team, Heaven Can Wait, in support of its participation in the LI2Day Walk in June. “Rock the Walk” is set for Thursday, May 1, at Bay Street Theatre. The team will dress up in its grooviest 60s fashions and rock with Clamor, a local band of professionals that includes pediatrician Dr. Mark Garabedian, ob/gyn Dr. Ray Diaz, attorneys Michael Garabedian and Andrea Schiavoni, Suffolk County Corrections Officer Brian Dyer and author and professor Zach Lazar. Clamor plays a loud, eclectic mix of current and finely aged rock. Tickets are available at the Bay Street box office for $50.

We saw a few volunteers out on Montauk Highway for the Great East End Cleanup last weekend. We hope everyone did their part to help keep Water Mill clean and green.

Happy birthday to my Jack who is counting down the days until his 8th birthday, which is April 29. He will celebrate on the 27th with a baseball party in the backyard complete with hot dogs and, with luck, home runs.

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