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Ken Wessberg, second from left, who just finished another term as East Hampton Fire Department chief, handed the reins over to the newly elected chief, Gerry Turza, at the lectern. At right are First Assistant Chief Jamalia Hayes and William Bennett, who was recognized Saturday night for 55 years of service. Michael Heller

Water samples taken behind the Methodist Church are among three in East Hampton Village with significant levels of the enterococcus bacteria, according to Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the Surfrider Blue Water Task Force. David E. Rattray

Voting is on May 15. Christine Sampson

By John Tepper Marlin
Charles Miner Jr., World War II bomber pilot, investment banker, and summertime East Hampton resident, died in March at the age of 96. John Tepper Marlin
Two distinct and different classes of yachtsmen
Frank Sabia of Amagansett held a codfish taken last week aboard the charter boat Blue Fin IV out of Montauk. Capt. Michael Potts

Certain flower species bloom at about the same time year in and year out
Lesser celandine, or buttercups, bloom in early spring as a rule. Larry Penny

Forest renewal effort aims to propagate seedlings with native genetic material
In an area off Route 114 devastated by the southern pine beetle, Andrew Drake of East Hampton Town’s Department of Land Acquisition and Management looked for viable pitch pine cones that could give rise to future generations of the native pines. Carissa Katz
The southern pine beetle, no bigger than “a chocolate sprinkle,” tunnels under the bark of pitch pines, blocking the flow of nutrients to the trees. Carissa Katz
Volunteers from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society helped collect cones from native pitch pines in the woods off Swamp Road and Route 114 on Tuesday. The cones will be used to propagate seedlings that will eventually be replanted here. Carissa Katz
Some 10,000 pitch pines were cut down in an effort to suppress the spread of the southern pine beetle. On every one, the bark was scored like this to expose the burrowing pest to the elements.Carissa Katz
Andrew Drake, right, showed volunteers from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society what kind of pinecones to look out for in the woods on Tuesday.Carissa Katz

Also in study: a new look for Wainscott
In downtown Montauk, the town is considering a program that would allow the downtown to remain where it is, while also adapting to a rising sea level by moving some businesses away from the shoreline. David E. Rattray

Steve Tekulsky is one part of the Potter-Tekulsky Band that will perform on Saturday. Durell Godfrey

Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor, a designated sanctuary site for undocumented immigrants, held a workshop last week sponsored by Organizacion Latino-Americana that offered advice and information to community members who may be approached by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials. Durell Godfrey