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  •    The ocean smoked early on the morning of Jan. 15 as it relinquished the last of its summertime heat to 19-degree air. At Ditch Plain in Montauk, Steve White paddled into an ankle-snapper (small wave) and rode it to shore, a sight that would have spawned a myth 100 years ago.
        White wore a black Patagonia wetsuit, five millimeters thick, lined with merino wool, and with an attached hood. His boots and gloves were of seven-millimeter neoprene, a knight in state-of-the-art armor — almost.

  • The weather has been exceptionally good for January, the deer herd bigger and the harvest has been low.
  • In their first meeting of 2012, members of East Hampton Town’s ad hoc fisheries committee voted to recommend that the town board reappoint Arnold Leo, secretary of the East Hampton Town Baymen’s Association, to act as its consultant.
  • Jonathan Russo of Shelter Island was the winner of the East End Classic Boat Society’s 2011 fund-raising raffle.
  • Francis Bock, a former East Hampton Town Trustee, has installed a scale model of a “dune ladder” on trustee-owned beach at Lazy Point in Amagansett. The trustees are considering financing the construction of a 900-foot-long version to help combat chronic erosion.
  • Fresh trails delight at Amsterdam Beach Preserve
  •     The State Department of Environmental Conservation has asked Molly Zweig, a Georgica beachfront resident, or her legal representative to meet with agents next Thursday in an attempt to convince her to remove the fencing erected seaward of her property earlier this year.

  • Walter Krajicek was a man about Montauk since the early 1970s. He died last Thursday at Southampton Hospital. He was 89.
  • If the crew aboard the Viking Star on Tuesday has anything to say about it — and you can bet they will — the day they were attacked by an army of black sea bass will not be forgotten.
  • East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, are opening up old trails and blazing new ones.

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