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Who would have thought with the miserable heavy rain two Sundays ago that hundreds of people, young families and old surfers, would turn out at the Inlet Restaurant to help out a carpenter/ surfer and all around pal, Tucker Geery.

Tucker, with his wife Kathryn Nadeau and daughters, has been struggling with the consequences of colon cancer and its financial as well as physical costs for over a year. Once again, “Montauk takes care of its own” proves true, and once again the East End Foundation, Inc. headed by Roger Feit and assisted by Alice Houseknecht, helped to make it happen.

But they were not alone. So many local people contributed in so many ways. They included Bill Becker, whom we saw manning a table in front of the post office selling raffle tickets; and George Galloway, owner of the Sail Inn Restaurant, who was the winner of the 50/50 raffle and donated half of the prize back to the fund.

Local merchants and friends of Tucker were generous and the 27 auction items were exceptional and valued from $200 to $1,000. Of note were a week’s stay at an apartment in Rincon, Puerto Rico, a picnic table and chairs, magnificent framed photos and paintings, surfboards, a combination surfboard/bike, a huge stainless steel outdoor cooking stove, a handmade lamp by Tucker’s brother Scott, and more.

Despite all the goodies being offered, there was a strong sense that the community was not there for the prizes, but to show its support for Tucker and Kathryn despite the night’s challenges with windy, drenching rain and overflow parking. We congratulated a beaming Roger Feit and a glowing Alice, who later remarked “it was really an extremely successful event.”

East Hampton Town Republican Vice Chairperson Trace Duryea of Montauk was one of nine women honored by the Suffolk County Republican Women at a holiday dinner on Tuesday, December 2 at the Watermill Restaurant in Smithtown for her volunteer efforts. Presenting her award was Francis Brechter, the group’s president, and Montauk’s Bill Wilkinson, the East Hampton Town Republican candidate for supervisor.

Financial help is needed by the Montauk Observatory, which is currently finalizing plans to construct and operate a permanent facility at Theodore Roosevelt County Park. The worthy organization has as its mission “to foster a public interest in the sciences by providing a state-of-the-art public astronomical observatory, as well as family friendly educational events.” Its monthly lectures at the library are varied and, when possible, followed by free night-time observations using its magnificent 20-inch telescope from Montauk’s uniquely dark sky. Donations can be made directly to the website: www.montaukobservatory.com.

Dick White mentioned last week that the lighthouse lights went out on Sunday night, causing much consternation for all concerned. Bob Schorr, a member of the Lighthouse Board, whose purview is buildings and grounds, spent considerable energy problem solving. He reported that the crowds of eager patrons, particularly excited kids, had sheared off some of the light bulbs and wires. All has been restored by Oceans Electric and things “work fine.” We understand that the lights will be on nightly until early January.

This Saturday, the Trails Society will offer two hikes. Starting at 10 a.m., a beautiful three-miler along a trail loop at Culloden Point will offer hikers spectacular views. Meet at the trailhead on Edgemere (which becomes Flamingo). The leader will be Richard Lupoletti; contact him at 324-1127. At 9 a.m. that day, for the hardy hiker, Carol Andrews will offer a 10-mile Longshanks hike; the meeting place will be at Big Reed Nature Trail on East Lake Drive. For information, call her at 356-2900.

Last Sunday’s New York Times reflected the effect of the current economy on spas and conference centers, including Gurney’s Inn. Marketing Director Ingrid Lemme was noted as saying that the organization had significantly slashed its prices. She reported on a new packages and promotions, including “Local Wednesdays” for all East Hampton residents. They receive 25 percent off salon services during December and free entrance to the spa Mondays through Thursdays when they book $100 of services,

The Montauk School gym is the setting for this Saturday’s Holiday Fair presented by the student council. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be a silent auction, a bake sale, raffles and many craft vendors.

Attention all Good Samaritans: A blood drive will take place at the Community Church on Monday, December 15 between 2:30 and 8 p.m. This is another important way to help people in our community, so do consider giving this gift that costs you nothing yet can mean so much.

Thursday’s winter series movie sponsored by the Friends of the Library at 7 p.m. will be “Holiday Affair,” a 1949 production starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.

We are really looking forward to Sunday’s unusual program at the library at 3:30 p.m. It is a festive concert of Renaissance and Baroque music played by the Duo Nova Antigua. The duo consists of Mary Cherney, who plays early flutes, recorders and percussion instruments, and Dennis Cinelli, who plays lute, baroque guitar, mandolino, gittern and colascione. The works they have scheduled will be from Spain, France, England and Italy. The early instruments have a distinctive sound, and we find them fascinating to look at as well as to hear. This is a treat you won’t want to miss.

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