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  • We’re almost on the eve of our 30th anniversary, and I must say it’s gone fast.
  • Last year, this space boldly predicted a turnaround, a sea change, if you will, in the annual Artists-Writers softball game inasmuch as it seemed the Artists, the Writers’ habitual prey over the years, were, at last, in the ascendance.
  • Nick Lemon, 23, who manages the Gubbins Nike store in East Hampton, breezed despite the muggy heat to a win at the 5K Ellen’s Run in Southampton Sunday, in the record-breaking time of 15 minutes and 54 seconds, bettering the 16:39 Luis Mancilla of Springs ran in 2012.
  • Hoops 4 Hope’s efforts in South Africa and Zimbabwe are to benefit from a party on Sunday at the East Hampton house of Patti Kenner, and while the organization’s name and its youth-mentoring work in Africa has become more familiar worldwide, it continues to struggle financially.
  • The Hampton Classic, as classy a horse show as there ever was, is to commence its weeklong stay at the showgrounds on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton Sunday with action in all six rings, including leadline classes for riders as young as 2 years old in the Grand Prix ring from 9 a.m.
  • “Cuidado,” I said to the guys who were digging holes for deer-eschewing perennials in our garden plot, a large arced one at the edge of our front yard that I’d abandoned years ago when the deer began to come, “Nuestro gato es enterrado alla.”
  • Two summers ago, when last we talked with him, Peter Barron, an Amagansetter who’s 16 now, was about to depart for Optimist sailing regattas in Europe, but rather than make that trip, he said on his return recently from having won the world 420 team championships in England, he decided to “take the money saved and put it into a Laser campaign.”
  • Nico’s Pools and Quackenbush were the winners in this past week’s Travis Field memorial softball tournament, an enthusiastically contested competition in which 16 teams participated.
  • Chasen Dubs realized a goal this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., by making the cut for the United States Lifesaving Association’s international high-performance squad.
  • Luis Ramirez, a 24-year-old South­amptoner, won Sunday’s Strides for Life 3-mile road race there, pacing a field of close to 700 finishers — runners and walkers — in 15 minutes and 24 seconds.

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