Needed help 26 percent of the time in year past

Engineering projects, sediment removal are recommended for village ponds
A consultant has given East Hampton Village recommendations for projects to improve Hook and Town Ponds’ water quality. David E. Rattray

That Swims’ When Promised Land was rich with menhaden
Bruce Collins spoke on Saturday at the East Hampton Library about the area’s maritime history, including when Gardiner’s Bay was staked out in a warren of private oyster beds. Irene Silverman

Perry Duryea III received a painting of himself from Paul Davis, right, at a Fighting Chance lunch in Montauk on Friday. Janis Hewitt

Lester (Zeke) Forbell, seen here last week with his wife Marianne Forbell, and their grandchildren Emma, left, and Jaiden, right, is out of work while he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. Jamie Bennett

The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital is helping to raise awareness of breast cancer this month and in October. Durell Godfrey

Christine Sampson

The Springs Fire Department led the way in a parade on Saturday. Morgan McGivern photos
Joseph Fitzgerald is one of four charter members who remain active in the Springs Fire Department 50 years after it was first formed.
A view of the reviewing stand, where Hugh King, the town historian, provided some historical commentary.
Many former fire chiefs marched in the parade, including Jeff Miller, who wore a big smile.
The parade route was packed with onlookers.
Fire trucks and ambulances from at least 10 agencies on the East End turned out to celebrate the Springs Fire Department's half-century in existence.
Several antique trucks joined the festivities.
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The parade route went past Ashawagh Hall.
The crowd cheered the volunteer firefighters as they marched by.