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  • The old $50 lawn mower that I bought quite a few years ago from Harvey Bennett may have mowed its last lawn. At this point, I don’t remember if I had spotted it in the Star classifieds or if Harvey had mentioned that he had one to sell. But for $50, how bad could it be?
  • I should apologize at the outset to the man my kids and I call Wrong-Way Guy, but we’re kind of obsessed.
  • Nine American war veterans lie buried in a modest farm cemetery off Jericho Road in East Hampton. I had driven by their resting place from time to time on my way to Georgica Beach from the highway, but had never given it much thought until John Phillips, who lives next door, filled me in.
  • At an easy-to-pass-by burial plot near Georgica Beach in East Hampton, veterans and neighbors came together on Sunday morning to honor the dead.
  • Memorial Day weekend is when the seals abandon the South Fork beaches, turning them over to the summer crowd. But, well-fed and happy, they remain in the area, just slinking off to remote places to relax. Kind of like the locals.
  • It’s fishing season once again, but for one reason or another I have yet to give it a try. Such is the state of things in the spring; pre-high season work demands a lot of attention, and with a house renovation under way, weekends seem to be taken up with arguing about tile choices and the like.
  • Leaves are starting to emerge on the trees outside my office window on the second floor of the Star. I get melancholy about this each year because they both cut off my view of the proceedings that go on in front of the East Hampton Library and because they signal that the off-season is coming to an end.
  • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons annual Pet Celebration Day will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the ARF Adoption Center, 91 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. Leashed dogs and cats in carriers will be welcomed, along with their owners, for treats, contests, and no-cost microchip identification tags (for the animals).
  • Looking at three sparrows the other day at the water’s edge of Northwest Creek, I got to wondering about why exactly it was that anyone spends any time at all watching birds.
  • The dead whale that fetched up in the bay near our house at some point during the past weekend has drawn considerable attention, as dead whales do.

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