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Superintendent Kathryn Holden. “The problem I have with anyone changing the logo, besides the legality, is what it stands for,” said Simonson. “The logo has been around for a long time. It doesn’t make sense to change it.” Simonson noted that his concern was nothing personal toward the student, but that the logo’s design shouldn’t have been put in his hands in the first place. “What happens in four years when new students want to change it again? I think there is more to do in art class than change a school logo that was established 100 years ago,” he added. Since the centennial celebration, it was confirmed that the word “God” could legally be used in the crest as part

“Alumni Hallway” was also discussed at the recent board meeting and is being considered. “All we ever wanted to do was make Pierson proud. We never had an ulterior motive,” said Simonson, who noted that Pierson alumni are still thanking the centennial committee for the great time they had at the celebration. “We honored tradition and our benefactor, and brought everyone together. In the grand scheme of things, the logo fiasco was a minor distraction.” Ms. Slocum Sage represents a significant part of Sag Harbor’s history, as she also funded the John Jermain Library, named after her grandfather, and the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, which was originally her summer home. For many Pierson alumni, changing her family’s coat of arms would be changing a sentimental piece of history. “I hope Ms. Sage is looking down and saying they did the right thing,” said Simonson. “She gave Pierson a generous gift. The crest is her legacy, and we should honor that.”

of the logo because a coat of arms is granted protection by the kings of England under common law. Legality aside, many supported the use of the original Sage crest because it signified Pierson’s rich history and tradition. “The community was behind us. We had wonderful support,” said Simonson. “Why argue about something as elementary as honoring the woman who gave us the school?” The outcome of a controversy that began with the wording on school signage is that the original Sage crest with the Latin phrase “Mia Spes Est In Deo,” will soon hang over the doors of Pierson Middle-High School’s entrances on Division Street and Jermain Avenue. Naming a hallway in Pierson Middle-High School

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Tradition

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grease. In the camping section a portable “sport generator” caught my eye. Not sure if they’re allowed on Sagg Main Beach, but it might be fun to set up a 42” big flat screen TV there, using the generator to watch a ballgame. Back in the corner was the classic hardware — screws and nails ranging from 8-inch spikes down to smaller sizes. I love buying bags of nails, and then banging them in everywhere because I have so many. Although Thayer’s has always carried patio furniture, a spacious and well-stocked patio extension was added 13 years ago. The patio furniture is of high quality — much of it made of teak. And there were plenty of cool table umbrellas, and sturdy deck chairs. Roger Thayer, on deck at the store for so long, is a treasure trove of information on the inventory. The tradition in the Hamptons is asking a Thayer for help and advice when it comes to hardware — and getting it.

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