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  • The East Hampton Library could hardly have found a more suitable incarnation of local history than the old waterman Bruce Collins to close out its inaugural Tom Twomey lecture series on Saturday.
  • For more than 60 years now, East Hampton Village officials have seesawed over the acquisition of two centuries-old workshops, improbably preserved by a series of owners on the dunes off Further Lane with most of their original features intact.
  • Our daughter had just turned 3 when we applied for admission to the nursery school of the Lycee Francais de New York. At the time, the Lycee occupied one of the Upper East Side’s most impressive buildings, a Beaux Arts mansion on East 72nd Street just off Fifth.
  • Carol Steinberg was speaking before an audience of creative types at the New York Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan, where she teaches courses on artists’ rights, when a choreographer came up to ask her about a problem.
  • The committee will ask the fire district whether the town might lease part of the big empty lot next to the firehouse for five years for overflow parking.
  • About two years after my mother died, at the unfair age of 58, my dad, who was in his early 60s, found himself pursued by a phalanx of age-appropriate widows.
  • This has been a rough winter for my husband and me, even though we’re 1,100 miles south of the snow, and it’s been made no easier by reports from Amagansett of big changes in store for the quiet street we’ve lived on for — whoa — one year short of 50. (Like Jack Graves, I may soon be reading my own words in the “Years Ago” column.)

  • During a two-day auction held last week in Easton, Md., in conjunction with the annual Maryland Waterfowl Festival, six shorebird decoys carved by Eugene Cuffee, a Shinnecock Indian who has been dead for 73 years, sold for a total of $12,550.

  • At a highly anticipated estate sale in Sagaponack this weekend, bargain and memento hunters had a chance to buy items belonging to Peter Matthiessen, the prominent author and environmentalist, who died in April.
  • Old trees have stories to tell, sometimes as much as any book of geography or local history, about the places where they grow and the people who planted or nurtured them.

    Take, for example, the magnificent pair of tulip trees that tower over Ocean Avenue between Pudding Hill Lane and Crossways in East Hampton Village. Anyone who has walked or biked along that road on the way to Main Beach has to have noticed them, 20 feet or so apart, each about 125 feet tall and 10 feet around.