Sag Harbor Community Notes, May 7


The annual Sag Harbor Elementary School Math Fair is set for tomorrow, Friday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school. Take a spin at the magic math wheel! Discover “mathletics” as the baseball season gets rolling! Craft and calculate with your very own abacus!At last report, volunteers were still needed to help set up today, Thursday, and to staff tables and activities during the event as well as help with cleanup. If you can help, email or call her at (917) 687-6573.

Here’s an amazing chance to safely recycle your e-waste for free. From Wednesday, May 13 through Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can drop off old computers, monitors, printers, copiers, landline phones, cables, power supplies and networking hardware at GeekHampton at 34 Bay Street and they’ll take the stuff off your hands. Any data will be destroyed securely. For details, talk to Amy O’Donnell at (631) 725-3660. I’ve spent a lot of money to take e-waste to landfills; here’s a chance to empty those basement shelves and closets of your obsolete equipment without having to melt your Visa card or empty your wallet.

Do you love sauerkraut or all kinds of foods of the fermented kind? Coming up at the John Jermain Library on Wednesday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m., Sag Harbor’s Nadia Ernestus, who calls herself “The Kraut Kween” and runs Hamptons Brine, will talk about her healthy style of cooking. Her company produces a line of raw, lacto-fermented sauerkraut, kale and kvass, the juice left over from the fermentation process. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (631) 725-0049.

You may recall a few years ago how controversial the Village of North Haven found a push by some local residents to see “4-Posters” installed around the village to kill ticks on deer as they feed on corn bait. A handful of opponents wanted nothing to do with them, including the then-mayor.

Developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientists in the early 1990s and used very successfully on Shelter Island a decade ago in a multi-year-test, the devices use rollers treated with permethrin to coat the deer’s heads and necks, where ticks concentrate, as the deer stick their heads between the rollers to feed on corn.

We missed the low-key news item that appeared in the Express back in early March reporting that Mayor Jeff Sander, at a regular North Haven Village Board meeting, had announced the village had bought some 4-Posters and would be deploying them this spring. Just like that! So we were amazed to spot two of them in our neighborhood of North Haven Manor recently, after our manor president had sent an email announcing the program was under way.

Both my wife, dog and I have had multiple bouts with Lyme disease; I’ve also had babesiosis and Erlichyiosis at the same time that I had Lyme and it wasn’t pretty. We are all for the 4-Poster but, as an old-fashioned newsman who wishes Walter Cronkite was still around, I’m amazed how little attention, debate and public discussion this particular project has generated this time around.

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum kicked off its 2015 Season last week with an exhibit of contemporary impressionist painter Dinah Maxwell Smith titled “Time and Again” that opened May 1 and will hang through May 18. Ms. Smith is known widely for her paintings of landscapes, Long Island beach scenes, horses and dogs.

The Richard D’Amato Gallery at 90 Main Street on Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. will hold an opening reception for its group exhibition, “A Magic Menagerie,” celebrating the animal lover in each of us.

From rooster and pigs to rabbits, cats and dogs, this show has something for everyone at varied prices, according to the gallery. “This will help raise awareness and financial support for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and find homes for their cuddly furry friends and residents,” said gallery owner Demato.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays, when the hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

At Canio’s Books this Saturday, May 9, at 5 p.m., Rev. Donna Schaper will present her new book, “Pray: Prayers for People Who Say They Can’t.”

She wrote her book “to remove obstacles to prayer and to show how honest prayer doesn’t necessarily require belief or trust nor does it need constant satisfaction,” she said. Rev. Schaper is senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York.

Coming up at Canio’s on Wednesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. is “Shaping Stories,” a five-week writing workshop led by Maryann Calendrille. The workshop will focus on identifying and honing each writer’s most important stories. Space is limited. Registration is required. The fee is $120. Call 725-4926 for details.

It’s the season of the best birding of the year and there’s no better place for it than the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve just across the water at the southern end of Shelter Island. “May-Gration” bird walks are slated for almost every Sunday in May, with the next one on Sunday, May 17, from 7 to 9 a.m.

Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage as well as other long distance travelers visit Mashomack in May as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline because of habitat loss. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. All birding levels are welcome; bring binoculars.

This Sunday, May 10, from 6 to 10 a.m. come to Mashomack for its annual “Birds and Breakfast” early morning bird watch followed by breakfast at the preserve’s Manor House. Admission is $20.

Participants will break into teams, each led by an expert birder, to explore various habitats and identify as many species as possible by both sight and song. The friendly competition will culminate over a breakfast in the Manor House. A limited number of overnight accommodations is available for members of The Nature Conservancy ($75/person for room, walk, and breakfast). Bring binoculars.

All programs require preregistration. Contact the Mashomack Preserve office at or call (631) 749-1001 for reservations, meeting place, further information or membership.

A Senior Advocate from the Suffolk County Department of Aging will be at the John Jermain Library at 34 West Water Street on Tuesday, May 12, at 2 p.m. to give advice to seniors about available services and answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare, Social Security, prescription drug plans, home care, Home Energy Assistance, the state Residential Repair program and more. All sessions are one-on-one, on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, call the library at (631) 725-0049.

Have you signed on to take part in the first Moby-Dick Marathon to be held in years in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Canio’s Books? It’s set for the weekend of June 12 to 14 at various locations in Sag Harbor and the whole event will end with a party Sunday afternoon in Eastville.

Send an email to with “MDM” in the subject line and specify which two-hour time slot works for you. You can find the schedule on Facebook at the “Moby-Dick Marathon Reading” page.

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