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  •    The Artists and Writers Softball Game and Ellen’s Run are to be contested this weekend — the Game at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Saturday afternoon, and the Run, a fund-raiser for breast cancer care and research, at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Hall Sunday morning.
        Leif Hope, the popular softball game’s impresario, said that a recent Guild Hall exhibition of works by those who’ve played in the Game over the past 65 years had been very well received.

  •    Gordon Grant, one of our neighbors, says now that our driveway’s fixed his kids will no longer have to wear waders when they come over on Halloween.
        Could it have been that that great system of lakes, seemingly scoured out by the retreat of the last glacier, was off-putting? I had never meant to give offense.
        “See,” I said to Mary the last time she complained of it, “one of the puddles is shaped in the form of a heart! Have you no concern for the environment?”

  •    The Mighty Midgetts powered their way to a repeat win this past weekend in the Travis Field memorial slow-pitch softball tournament, which was contested by 15 entries over the course of four days.
        A team put together by Brian Midgett of East Hampton, the Midgetts, boasted some impressive power hitters, one of whom, Neil Hagland, a lefty from Lake Grove, launched what Eddie Bahns said was the longest home run he’d ever seen at the Terry King ball field.

  •    Lynne Cox, whose two record-breaking crossings of the English Channel when she was 15 and 16 years old served as a prelude to an astounding open water career during which she has conquered the Bering Strait, the Straits of Magellan and Gibraltar, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Catalina Channel, among other daunting challenges, was here Sunday, signing copies at the Gubbins New Balance store of her “Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers.”

  •     A team of 11 lifeguards from East Hampton trained by Katie Osiecki placed third among 27 teams in the all-female National Parks Service tournament at Sandy Hook, N.J., on July 31.
        “The teams came from up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” John McGeehan said in reporting the results.
        Lucy Kohlhoff won the beach flags competition and Kira Garry won in the distance run. Amanda Calabrese was the runner-up in the run-paddle-run event and, with Katrina Garry, Kohlhoff, and Paige Duca, second in the run relay.

  •    Elizabeth Kotz recently put me on to Electro Mix, little packets of minerals — heavy metals, her husband, Steve, told me — that I have found to be quite effective when playing tennis in humid heat.

  •    The ocean swims overseen by East Hampton’s volunteer ocean rescue squad in Montauk Saturday drew record numbers — 57 for the 2-miler spanning the Kirk Park and Ditch Plain beaches, 56 for the 1-miler, and 41 for the half-miler.
        The swims benefited the Montauk Playhouse committee’s fund for the planned aquatic center there. Maureen Rutkowski of the committee said that fund-raising was proceeding apace.

  •    Peter Kazickas, a Hamilton College junior (and captain of its basketball team) who lives in Amagansett, recently returned from his second visit in three years to Hoops 4 Hope’s center in Harare, Zimbabwe, having brought with him 80 basketballs and money he’d raised to fill the many potholes in that area’s basketball courts, which are the focal point of the nonprofit organization’s work with at-risk children.

  •    Dahlia Aman, who had, because of the heat in one case and an injury in another, never won a national tennis title at the biannual Senior Games, did so last week in Cleveland, Ohio, sweeping through her opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
        Last year at this time, Aman, whose husband, George, is a master bridge player and head of East Hampton’s board of education, said her goal was to win at Cleveland this year, “and then stop.”

  •     No one has run away with the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s regular season, and so there is no particular favorite going into the playoffs, which are to begin at the Terry King ball field Tuesday.

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