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  • Michel Vaillancourt, who designed Sunday’s Grand Prix course, one that he thought was “tough, but not super tough,” predicted during the walkthrough that the 34 horse and rider combinations would have trouble at the next to last fence, owing to the fact that after having pushed their mounts through an in-and-out preceding it they’d have little time to collect themselves for the penultimate one.
  • Masters swimmers who participate in Tim Treadwell’s classes at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and at Albert’s Landing met in a competitive meet at Bill and Dominique Kahn’s house in Georgica Close Saturday, the chief winner of which was the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research, which netted $8,000, twice as much as had been raised in the inaugural event last year.
  • Our cat taught us how to die, leaping into the vastness, the slugs, taking their own good time, taught us how to love, and Henry Haney may have taught us how to live when he said life was what you made of it — in other words, that we could be the agents of our salvation.
  • The weather was balmy, and cute beribboned kids, surrounded by enthusiastic clutches of cooing, photo-snapping parents and relatives, abounded Sunday morning as trainers readied them for the 2-to-4 and 5-to-7-year-old leadline classes, the first of the weeklong Hampton Classic Horse Show’s competitions in the Grand Prix ring.
  • Forty-two intrepid stand-up paddlers, plus two on prone boards and five in kayaks, spanned 18 miles of the open ocean Saturday morning between the Montauk Lighthouse and Block Island’s New Harbor.
  • Women were prominent in competitions here this past week. Caroline Cashin, for the second year in a row, outdid everyone in the Pump ’N’ Run, her 133 bench press reps sending her off on the 1.7-mile beach run three minutes and nine seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
  • The Hampton Classic’s 60-acre Snake Hollow Road showgrounds in Bridgehampton were quiet Friday afternoon, a little more than a week before the weeklong hunter-jumper show, one of the top ones in North America, is to begin with Sunday morning’s leadline classes judged by Joe Fargis, an Olympic gold-medal winner.
  • “Only two more weeks,” I said to the young woman at the liquor store, who, I thought, did not entirely comprehend.
  • The Artists and Writers Softball Game didn’t set an attendance record at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday afternoon, though the Scribes and Paletteers went at it with gusto as they always have — for 70 years, it is said — and, in the end, the Writers had the last word, winning 12-8.
  • Two champions were crowned here this past week — East Hampton F.C.-Pool Shark in men’s 7-on-7 soccer and the Police Benevolent Association team in women’s slow-pitch softball.

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