Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, December 12


We had dinner the other evening with friends from the North Fork who, like ourselves, have a small farm. It is enjoyable to get together to talk about animals and small farm stuff. We mentioned that we had wild turkeys around our place this year, which seemed a sort of seasonal tableau vivant. We thought it all very charming; our friends smiled wryly.They also had turkeys this year, four young fellows who showed up in their yard this summer. As one does for guests, our friends offered them a bite to eat, though they seemed more interested in pecking at the grass. Obviously, they are not the sort of guests who are going to eat you out of house and home. And that was a good thing because as the days passed, the turkeys showed no intention of moving on.

The turkeys would sit on the fence and watch the chickens and follow our friends around as they went about their chores. They even tried to make friends with the chickens, including “Meg,” a beautiful little hen that comes in the house to nest on the couch or eat a little cat food. A good house chicken will never soil the house, nor bother anyone with its squawking.

In contrast, the turkeys proved to be feathered philistines. They pushed their way into the house and trashed the place. Our friends, concerned that they might hurt the feelings of their new friends, built a perch so that the turkeys could watch the family when they were inside the house.

No doubt only trying to be personable, the turkeys took to sitting on people’s shoulders, though they are a bit large for this. The turkeys wanted to be part of our friends’ family. They would even sit on the hood of their car, staring at them through the windshield as our friends tried to drive out to the highway. It became necessary to stop at the end of the driveway to remove the turkeys. Nobody wanted to experiment with driving to town with turkeys on the hood.

And then there was an unfortunate incident when one of their guests left the top down on his BMW convertible. It was clear that it was time to relocate the turkeys. So, they piled them into a golf cart and took them to a beautiful little pond across the way where the turkeys can still be seen annoying the local wildlife.

The Family Service League is once again hosting Project Toy this year. Organizers are looking for donations so they can purchase gift cards for kids of all ages. Last year they provided toys for some 5,000 children. For more information or to make a donation, please call (631) 428-3700, ext. 255, or visit

The Remsenburg Association’s book club is hosting a discussion about “The Tender Bar: A Memoir” by J.R. Moehringer on Monday, December 16, at 6 p.m. Friends are invited to participate as well. For more information, including the club meeting location, please email Donna Simon-Woods at

The annual elections for the Eastport Fire Department were held last week. The following chiefs were elected and, upon approval of the Board of Fire Commissioners, will take office on January 1. Congratulations to new Chief William Weick, 1st Assistant Chief Mark Yakaboski, and 2nd Assistant Chief Michael Tortorice. Also, Remsenburg resident Mark McBurnie was elected 2nd lieutenant of the Seatuck hose division. We thank you for your service!

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