Notes from Sag Harbor


As the great blanket of flowers left by mourners at the Oakland Cemetery gravesite of Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter withers, thoughts of how best to honor him have been flourishing. A group of family and friends has decided that a monument in the village is the way to honor the young Marine.

Jordan was killed in a suicide-bomber attack in the Anbar province of Iraq. His efforts at the time of the attack were said to have saved lives. Jordan was just 19 years old. He graduated from Pierson High School in 2006.

The monument will be installed near the windmill at Long Wharf. Jordan’s father Chris and good friend Tom Toole are working on the design for a seven-foot obelisk of red granite. Organizers hope to gather enough funds to be ready to dedicate the monument by this Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

The project is expected to cost $20,000. Checks made out to the “Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter Memorial Fund” may be dropped off at the Sag Harbor branch of the Suffolk County National Bank on Main Street, or brought to the Sag Harbor Police Department headquarters on 70 Division Street. For further information, call Michelle Severance at 725-1958.

If Sag Harbor had a mother, it’d likely be Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage. Better known as Mrs. Russell Sage, benefactress of the village, she gladly funneled her husband’s money and her own into building our library and high school. She even sent money to support a fund for factory workers. This Mother’s Day we honor the generosity of mothers throughout the village who give of themselves in many ways.

Another Sag Harbor mother, Gwen Kosinki, will be honored posthumously this weekend when the fifth annual Minds Over Matter five-kilometer race takes off on Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. Give these runners a “brake” as they leave from West Water Street and head down Main to wend their way through the village and around Redwood.

They’re running to raise money for the Gwen Kosinki Foundation, which was created by Gwen’s family and friends after Gwen died of brain cancer when she was only 48. An outline of the race course resembles a giant heart pierced by Cupid’s arrow as if to show what those participating must feel toward Gwen.

Funds go to support research into the causes of brain tumors. The foundation has already raised more than $300,000 since it began. To join the race, go to the foundation website at To make a contribution in honor of this Sag Harbor woman, send a check payable to The Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation, Inc. and mail it to 318 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.

May is Older Americans Month. Who knew? Since 70 is the new 50, and 50 is the new 30, well, we’re all younger than we thought! What a relief.

The Southampton Town Senior Services office is sponsoring a month-long series of events for seniors including a bus trip to Stony Brook to take in a show. “Home with Nat King Cole” presents the “Unforgettable” Nat King Cole having high tea with “Mrs. Television,” Faye Emerson.

This musical performance is a sort of biography-in-song starring actors with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. A bus will leave the Bridgehampton senior center at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14. The fee is $42. Call Heather at 728-1235 for further details.

Ken Bieger of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will lead a hike on Saturday, May 10, around Trout Pond and Clam Island from 9 a.m. until noon. Meet at the Trout Pond parking lot on Noyac Road. This four-mile hike features lovely pond and bay views. Call Ken at 283-5432 to register.

Congratulations to Richard Obler and family. Richard serves with the New York Army National Guard 133rd quartermaster company and was recently promoted to the rank of private first class.

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