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  • While I pay our bills every month, I tend not to follow through with the controversial kind, leaving those annoying back-and-forth agons to Mary, who the other day held my feet to the fire when a hefty one from Southampton Hospital came in.

    Over all, I think it came to $34,000 or so — for a few hours in the emergency room and an overnight stay. The insurance company paid some of it, but that left about $6,000 as the insured’s responsibility.

  • With Charles Manning Jr., who had a triple-double, leading the way, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees breezed to a 60-39 victory over Livingston Manor in the New York State Class D Southeast regional high school boys basketball championship game at Suffolk Community College-Selden Friday.

    Thus, for the first time since 1998, Bridgehampton, which is tied with Mount Vernon, a Class AA school, when it comes to state championships won, each with eight, is sending a team upstate.

  • The newly formed East Hampton Booster Club’s first event, Joe Vas, Bonac’s athletic director, said this week, took the form of a shovel brigade at the high school track and turf field on March 8, in which an estimated 45 volunteers participated.

    “We can’t shovel the snow off the softball and baseball fields, because of the grass, but we’re hoping for rain and then the sun to get rid of the snow,” the A.D. said while talking of spring sports Friday morning.

  • Honora Herlihy, who with Lee White is a housing coordinator for the Montauk Mustangs, which debuted last year in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, is seeking families to host about a dozen of the Mustangs’ players this summer.

    “Housing players in America’s collegiate summer baseball leagues is a perennial problem,” Brett Mauser, the H.C.B.L.’s president, said. “Even Cape Cod faces that challenge. Simply put, the host families are the backbone of summer baseball — without them these leagues wouldn’t exist.”

  • The recently played adult roller hockey league championship game at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett was won by Tyler Jarvis’s Blue team, which bested the top-seeded White team 10-3.

    “It was close through the first two periods,” said Brian Rubenstein, one of the White team’s stalwarts, “but then Tyler took over.”

  • While “Birdman” was a wonderful picture, “Citizenfour,” which won the documentary Oscar for Laura Poitras (not to mention Glenn Greenwald’s Pulitzer Prize reporting), is even more of a must-see.

    It certainly has a chilling effect — in keeping, I think you’ll agree, with the season.

  • Joe McKee, the newly named varsity football coach at East Hampton High School, a longtime East Hampton resident and an outstanding three-sport athlete when he was a student at the high school, from which he graduated in 1983, faces a challenging task, because East Hampton — for only the fourth time in the program’s history, dating to 1923 — did not field a varsity team this past fall, only a junior varsity, and that team’s season, owing to attrition, was truncated.

  • Ken Ferrin first fly-fished at the age of 19 at Flathead Lake in Montana, where he was the waterfront director at a boys camp.

    A long hiatus followed, until four years ago, at the age of 78, he suggested to his wife and tennis and cycling partner, Patti, with whom he’s biked all over the world, that they forgo heli-skiing, which they’d done for 20 years, in Canada, in favor of fly-fishing.

  • Alan Boltin, a former East Hampton tennis professional who now divides his time between Taos, N.M., and Sedona, Ariz., would like to repeat with North Korea a sports exchange that he said helped, along with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games and Billy Joel’s concert tour of the Soviet Union, bring down the Iron Curtain some 30 years ago.

  • “You’re one of the youngest old people I know,” my dentist said to me the other day as he excavated around a post in the hopes a filling would prevent the need for a crown. Before I could remonstrate with him — “One of the youngest? Please” — he was drilling away.

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