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September 7, 2007

Labor Day on Long Island

Filed under: Sand, Sea & Sky,Summer by Bill @ 3:32 pm

At best Labor Day is a holiday of mixed emotions. Although mothers are glad to have the kids back in school I think most, if not all of us feel a little down after the Labor Day weekend. We look forward to a break from the kids and a change in season, but it’s not long after Labor Day passes that we begin to miss the summer.

I’m usually very active during the summer and most years post Labor Day September is a welcome respite from intensive summer fun—a vacation from my vacation if you will. But this year, not so much. I didn’t spend as much time on my boat as I would have liked and I wanted to spend more time sitting on the beach in Southold.

Well, there’s always (hopefully) next year…

A few years ago while vacationing in Atlantique on Fire Island I picked up a music CD called Great Balls of Fire Island.

CDAll but one of the songs are humorous tributes to various aspects of the Fire Island life style. The exception is the stunningly beautiful and melancholy Sunday.

This song describes the classic Fire Island dilemma: you’ve had a great week and don’t want it to end. You’re in a melancholy mood and just wish you had more time. Sunday gives you permission to stay longer by taking a later boat. Ahhh.

Sunday the weekday is a Fire Island vacationer’s Labor Day and Sunday the song inspired me to make the following video. I’ve only used the instrumental portion of the song (it sets the post Labor Day mood). If you want the whole song with the lyrics you’ll have to buy the CD. Well worth owning if you like the Fire Island lifestyle.

I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I enjoyed making it…


September 4, 2007

Local American Legion Post Needs Help

Filed under: Historic Long Island by Bill @ 3:29 pm

Founded in 1919, the American Legion is an organization of wartime veterans that works to preserve the rights and interests of all U.S. veterans while at the same time serving America through community service activities.

The local posts, over 50 on Long Island, serve their communities directly with fundraising and volunteer work, and are the social centers of many veterans lives.

In short, these local posts are important not only to the people directly involved but to their surrounding communities as well.

Here’s a letter I received from Robert DeVito, commander of the Griswold – Terry – Glover post in Southold. Commander DeVito is in the midst of a fundraising campaign with a slight twist. After serving Southold for more than 60 years, this time, it’s the post that needs help.

Increased costs of operation, much needed building repairs, and competition from other catering facilities has placed this post under severe financial pressure.

Commander DeVito is doing his best to turn things around, and I can’t help but feel that these guys deserve a little support.



Southold, New York

From the Desk of the Commander;

As your Commander, I have to present you with some distressing news. Our G- T-G Post 803 is under a severe financial strain. Our expenses are rapidly exceeding our income. Some reasons for this are competition for our bingo players from other large gambling casinos. Another reason is that our Post caterers and our Hall are experiencing competition from local wineries that cater other parties and events.

We are all aware of the expenses for living these days. Some of our members are not aware of the financial burden of our Post. In the year 2005, the cost to operate our Post was approximately $60,000.00. The insurance and utilities alone represented almost half of that amount. The cost to maintain our Post, that is, the interior and exterior of our building is included in the above total amount. Some of the weekly and monthly expenses include carting trash, lawn maintenance and insect control, once monthly. General maintenance within the building requires a cleaning lady. Since the cost of these services continues to increase, we are finding it more difficult to cover these expenses.

There are members of the Post, the Ladies Auxiliary, along with members of the Son’s of the Legion who are working hard in order to keep our Post. There are certain items such as shingle repair, gutter replacement, wood rot, and painting that need to be done on the exterior of the building. There are also interior upgrades of the building that need to be addressed. These current conditions must be repaired otherwise the building will fall apart on us. We are in dire need of monetary donations in order to meet our many expenses.

Some of you may be asking how your annual membership dues are utilized. Three quarters of your membership dues are allotted to the state and county legion organizations. This leaves about ten dollars for our local Post 803. We have no control over these disbursements! I am sure this gives you a good picture as to where we stand financially.

I am attempting to address this financial shortfall by implementing a pledge drive. A donation of $100.00 or more, or whatever you can afford, from each member, would help keep this Post on the road to financial stability. Many of us have enjoyed the legion parades, functions and gatherings in our town. Let us enjoy many more good times at our Post! Please help to do your part to save our G- T -G Post 803. Can I count on you to take part in this pledge?

Please make checks payable to American Legion Post 803 General Fund.

Thanking you in advance,

Commander, G-T-G Post 803.

Mail all contributions to:

Griswold – Terry – Glover Post, No. 803
P.O. Box 591
Southold, NY 11971

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