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  •     The crisp air and silvery afternoon light tell us autumn is here, the season of great surf and equally great fishing. Both occurred in spades over the weekend.
        Hurricane Katia remained mercifully offshore, but her swells fired up local surf spots as well as the beaches of Long Beach, where the Quicksilver Pro surfing contest finals were held on Saturday.
        Offshore fishing was frustrated by strong easterly winds, but the inshore striped bass fishing came alive.

  •     “Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell,” wrote Currer Bell, alias Charlotte Bronte, going on to explain in her flowing style why she and her sisters, Anne and Emily, sought anonymity:

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    Nom de Plume:
    A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms

    Carmela Ciuraru
    Harper, $24.99
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  • Yesterday five residents of Montauk shared their thoughts about the approaching anniversary of 9/11.
  • Les Warner of Betham, Conn., is the self-appointed caretaker of the First House Cemetery
  •     Boaters should take care. Logs and other debris washed into the sea from flooded rivers during Tropical Storm Irene continue to haunt local waters and are virtually invisible in any kind of choppy conditions.
        Sailing on Sunday from Fort Pond Bay in Montauk to Eastern Plains Point on the east side of Gardiner’s Island, our sailboat, moving at about seven knots, nearly struck a log as long as a telephone pole. It could have un-pintled the rudder. Damage to a faster-moving power boat would have been far worse.

  • Much sand gone, but Irene’s direct blow from the south was a blessing.
  • Ditch Plain lost most of its remaining dunes, but the vulnerable “motel row” in Montauk’s downtown business district was spared even though the storm surge entered through the road ends.
  •     Tests conducted twice last week at the south end of Lake Montauk by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services revealed a brief but heavy influx of enterococcus bacteria following heavy rain, but an almost total absence of the potentially harmful pollutant two days later.

  •     By all accounts the blue-claw crab population is bursting at Georgica Pond’s scenic seams. According to one crabber, chicken-neck bait is hardly necessary. A slow walk in the shallows with an occasional stop will bring blue crabs to your feet. Best not to linger too long. Or, have a scoop net handy.

  • If estimates of Irene’s strength and direction hold up, the biggest danger will be on Sunday morning when the height of the storm coincides with one of the highest tides of the month.

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