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  • Ed Petrie, the man who gave this town, and Sag Harbor before that, so much to cheer about over his half-century career as a high school boys basketball coach, died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital at the age of 82.
  • I am dying, Egypt, dying — of the pollen and the ticks — but life, at least as I find it today, is wonderful, now that the sun is out and we’re in the trees’ embrace.
  • A rite of spring, the Bonac on Board to Wellness 5K, in which hundreds of kids, freed from academic constraints, dash through village streets to East Hampton’s Main Beach, took place on May 20.
  • Southold High’s baseball team swept the Pierson Whalers in the county Class C championship series this past week, though the Whalers put up a fight.
  • Following the East End Classic invitational girls track meet here on May 18, Yani Cuesta, who coaches Bonac’s girls team, said it served as a good warm-up for the division meet in which her charges were to have competed at Northport Tuesday.
  • It is time to talk of the outdoor shower, that blessed sanctuary among the trees and birds and light in which one can revel six months long before driven inside to the fire, a pleasure of a different kind.
  • For Mike Bahel, the owner of Body Tech and an inveterate long-distance runner, Sunday’s Hither Hills off-road half-marathon wasn’t a particularly big deal. About a month ago, in Pennsylvania, he’d run the Hyner Challenge 25K (15.5 miles) — twice.
  • It’s been a long time — a very long time — since the Montauk Rugby Club fielded an under-18 team, but Kevin Bunce, a former Montauk stalwart, is forming one now, and the results, he said during Sunday’s practice session at East Hampton’s Herrick Park, have been encouraging.
  • Yesterday, the 12th-seeded East Hampton High School boys tennis team, which upset fifth-seeded Bayport-Blue Point last Thursday, was to have played a quarterfinal round match at fourth-seeded Ward Melville.
  • My brother-in-law, presider over an annual Kentucky Derby party, couldn’t pronounce the horse’s name, and so, of course, I went for it — Mubtaahij.

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