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August 2009

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A r o u n d T o w n Sunny Days Auditions

Ovations Dance Repertory Company, a nonprofit youth organization located in Bohemia under the artistic direction of Orlando Pena, casts its 10th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker Suite to be performed at The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts December 10-13. Auditions by appointment only every Tuesday and Thursday

The Swing Time Big Band

The Swing Time Big Band - Westhampton Beach Village Green Gazebo on August 9, 2009- Sunday 8 PM · The Swingtime Big Band Steppingstone Park in Great Neck August 14, 2009Friday The Swingtime Big Band - The Sachem Public Library in Holbrook at 7pm.

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Diana Reid

Let me ask – What has happened to people being polite, considerate and unimposing on others - you know - “basic” manners? Unfortunately, I think it flew out the window when I opened it for air. Some people I encounter lately are so caught up in their own “stuff” they seem to have forgotten that others also live on this earth. I’ve been cut off while driving – people seem to be rushing everywhere – doesn’t anyone pay attention to speed limit signs anymore? And the red octagon sign that used to be a STOP sign seems to now be a SLOW DOWN sign. I’ve been sneezed on and coughed on – is Kleenex still in business? I don’t think so because not many people seem to carry any. And what’s up with chewing gum like a cow? Is it the “in” thing to do? Almost everyone I encounter who is chewing gum has to either crack, click or pop it and not many close their mouths while doing so. Maybe the louder someone is while chewing establishes their “coolness”? People seem to be so caught up in their own “schtick” that all else in the world fades away. I find it most annoying to enter a store and be ignored. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect store employees to jump, but I do expect an acknowledgement. Come on, that’s “Sales 101. I read a story about a man from the mid-west who moved to New York City and after a short time living in the big city told a friend he thought it was the coldest place he’d ever been in the summer. Of course his statement immediately caught my attention because I know NYC is hotter that you know where in the summer, so I read on. He said he thought the city was cold because everyone avoided everyone else. No one looked at or spoke to each other. They just robotically passed one another without acknowledgement of the others existence and seemed totally engrossed in their own “stuff”. Determined not fit into the “cold NYC rut” he told his friend that he had begun saying nice things to everyone he encountered, whenever possible. And after telling a taxi driver that he did a good job in getting him to his destination in one piece and getting a snide remark in response, he realized the task he set before himself was going to be very difficult, but he remained strong and continued with his quest. Where ever he went, he spread good cheer and to his surprise he occasionally got some good responses. When asked how he did it he replied that the most important thing was not to get discouraged and he realized that making people in the city become kind again was not an easy job, but someone had to do it. So maybe that’s what I (we) need to do more often - say hello, thank you, etc. Acknowledge one another, be courteous and polite. My mother always told me “You get more bees with honey than you get with vinegar”. I really don’t want any bees near me, but I always try to surround myself with sweetness. Remember, we’re not alone here - we really do share this earth with others. Happy Living !!!!!!!

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Good Shephers for Life

Stories and Stuff Bringing you local news and events is what the Gazette is all about and we want to thanks those of you who have sent ideas and items for inclusion. We gladly accept engagement, wedding and birth announcements, especially with pictures, and all stories about sports, scouts, schools and community organizations. We will help you get the word out.... Thanks,

Tom Reid PS. You can also follow happenings around town by following us on Members of Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus and New York Blood Service Personnel ran a successful blood drive at Good Shepherd Church in Holbrook on June 17 2009. The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus led Suffolk County for most blood collected by a Knights of Columbus council for the last seven years. The Knights of Columbus will have their next blood Drive on August 19, 2009 at Good Shepherd Church, on Grundy Avenue in Holbrook from 3:30 to 9:00 PM in fellowship hall. For more information, please call Ed Tappin at 585-5976.

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Art of the Renaissance Lecture Series Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. Discover the complex and beautiful world of Renaissance art during the Art of the Renaissance Lecture Series at Sachem Public Library on August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Part three will feature works created between 1480-1520 including Leonardo’s Last Supper, Raphael’s School of Athens, Michelangelo’s David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Historicized by Vasari in 1550, this time of great papal and civic patronage was glorified as a period of greater artistic autonomy before church commissioned art became policed by the strict regulations of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. The Art Encounter Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 11:00 a.m. Strengthen your creative skills in The Art Encounter at Sachem Public Library on Wednesdays in August at 11:00 a.m. Do you have a desire to fulfill your passion for art? Artist Jack Dean leads this weekly gathering of art enthusiasts. Work in your favorite media, share ideas and learn new techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your supplies and a work-in-progress, or start something new and have fun as you allow your creative energy to flow! Meet the Filmmaker: Marino Amoruso Wednesday, August 11, 6:45 p.m. Long Island native, Marino Amoruso, will present his film, Frank Sinatra: The Man and the Myth at Sachem Public Library on August 11 at 6:45 p.m. The Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s gave the world many great singers and many great songs, but no one singer was more influential than Frank Sinatra. This critically-acclaimed video is a treasure for Sinatra fans and features revealing portraits of this musical legend, providing rarely seen archival footage and photos as well as interviews that reveal the man behind the music along with great performance footage of the legendary “Rat Pack.” Marino will give the audience an overview of the film with Q&A to follow. EPIC Insurance Discount Thursday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. In a presentation at Sachem Public Library on August 13 at 10:00 a.m., Lauren Granger from NYS Partnership will introduce you to EPIC, a New York State program that helps seniors pay for their prescription drugs. For some seniors, the cost of prescription drugs is overwhelming. Even if you have Medicare Part D or other drug coverage, EPIC may help lower your drug costs even more by helping to pay deductibles and co-payments billed by other drug plans as well as Medicare Part D premiums, putting you on the road to saving money. The Swingtime Big Band Friday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. The sounds of brass fill the air as The Swingtime Big Band performs at Sachem Public Library on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Singer Jerry Costanzo joins Artistic Director Steve Shaiman and seventeen talented musicians to bring you classic Big Band music. Jitterbug to the swinging sounds of brass and slow dance to the romantic ballads of the 30s and 40s. Bring your lawn chairs. Performances will be held indoors in the event of rain. Collecting Coins and Paper Money Saturday, August 15, Noon Lou Cialdella shows you why some money is better for saving than others at Sachem Public Library on August 15 at noon. Do you have a bit of history jingling in your pocket? In this fun and informative presentation, Louis Cialdella reveals the characteristics that will help you decide which coins or paper money you may enjoy collecting. Discover the mystery surrounding the two new Lincoln pennies. Great Decisions Discussion Series Egypt: Key Ally in the Middle East Monday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. Sachem resident and long-time Great Decisions participant Peter Hanson, will lead this monthly discussion series of current global hot topics at Sachem Public Library on August 17 at 7:00 p.m. Egypt has long been an important U.S. ally in the Middle East. How will the relationship change when Mubarak passes from the scene? Great Decisions, a national, civiceducation program on U.S. foreign policy and international issues, is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Copies of an essay based on this month’s discussion topic are available at the Circulation Desk.

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Garden Thyme: Shade Garden Part II Monday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. Join other gardeners at Sachem Public Library on August 17 at 7:00 p.m. for tips on late summer shade gardening. Your garden will change as summer advances. In this month’s presentation, Carolyn Zambraski will help you prepare for late summer color in the shade garden. Learn which perennials provide good fall foliage for late season color. Art of the Renaissance Lecture Series Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 p.m. Discover the complex and beautiful world of Renaissance art during the Art of the Renaissance Lecture Series at Sachem Public Library on August 19 at 2:00 p.m. Part four will depict major paintings and sculpture produced during the sixteenth century in Europe. From Mannerism in Italy to the secular and iconoclastic reactions in the north, art throughout Europe managed to maintain its elevated role in culture and politics. While Protestant tenets against Roman corruption brought about an increasing popularity of secular realms of landscape and genre imagery, the Church’s desire to maintain her own followers incurred an increasing religious fervor with more discreet yet emotional religious imagery characteristic of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Phenomenon Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. Experience the amazing when Amore performs at Sachem Public Library on August 24 at 7:00 p.m. Discover the power of your own mind. Do you believe in ESP? Is it possible to foretell the future, move objects with your mind or read someone’s thoughts? Brace yourself for astounding demonstrations of the mind and body as you become the star of the show. Envision breaking a light bulb simply by thinking about it, predicting the winning lottery numbers, floating a table in mid-air and reading minds. Experience the magic that is Phenomenon and you will believe. Verse in Person: Poetry Readings Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. Celebrate poetry at Sachem Public Library on the last Tuesday of each month. This month’s reading will be held on August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Each month a guest poet presents a reading after which the audience is encouraged to share original works at an open mic. This month’s featured reader is Celeste Gainey. Currently enrolled in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Gainey is working to complete her first book of poetry. Many of Ms. Gainey’s poems focus on her experiences in her home state of California, as well as her years working in the worlds of cinema and architecture. Special thanks to Jeanette Klimszewski and Mankh, members of the Performance Poets Association, for co-hosting this series. Book Discussion: Wind, Sand and Stars Thursday, August 27, Noon The Sachem Library Book Discussion Group led by Ursula Bennet will discuss, Wind Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on August 27 at noon. Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation. This group can be attended every month or individually as a particular title appeals to you. Genealogy Group Monday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. Dig up your past with the Dead Relatives Club Genealogy Group at Sachem Public Library on the last Monday of each month. This month’s gathering will be held on August 31 at 7:00 p.m. This month, learn to use the Family History Center Library catalog for microfilm, or just get help in searching databases and the Internet. This month’s meeting will be held at the Reference computers. Your Sachem Library card now permits you to order microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses the world’s largest collection of genealogical information. The microfilm loan charge is $6.00 per reel. The loan time, which includes shipping time to and from the Family History Library, is 60 days. Once your reels arrive, you can view them on the microfilm reader/printer in the Technology Center. For more information and assistance using this valuable genealogical tool, please contact the Reference Department at 588-5024 ext. 620. Remember, you can always Make a Date with a Librarian for one-on-one training using any of our electronic products.

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A roundTo w n House Staging By Maria Saperstein, Interior Designer


For those of you who are not familiar with the term “House Staging”, it basically means the art of decorating a home to sell quickly in the real estate market for top dollar. In today’s market, real estate staging is an absolute necessity. If you are desperately trying to sell your house, had it on the market for quite some time and had multiple showings without success, House Staging may be the answer. Most sell-



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Think Green When Mowing Your Lawn

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First, the Disturbing Facts According to the EPA, each weekend 54 million Americans mow their lawns and they use 800 million gallons of gas a year producing 5% of the nations air pollution. One gas mower emits 80 lbs. of atmospheric-warming carbon dioxide each year. A single gas mower running for one hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 MPH for the same amount of time according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Two Cycle Engines release 25-30 % of their unburned oil and gas into the air. Now, What You Can Do. To lessen the damaging effects, your lawn mower and other gas-powered lawn equipment should be tuned up yearly. Doing this will also increase the gas efficiency of your engines. Blade sharpening also adds to the efficiency by allowing the mower to ease through your lawn decreasing engine usage and avoiding double cuts. Changing the oil and air cleaners reduces the amount of pollutants released into our airspace. Changing fuel filters and having the carburetors adjusted correctly increases fuel efficiency We must also be more careful when filling our equipment with fuel. The epa estimates that about 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year while re filling our machines. That’s more than all the oil leaked by the Exxon Valdez, in the Gulf of Alaska. In addition to groundwater contamination, spilled fuel that evaporates into the air and volatile organic compounds spit out by small engines make smog forming ozone when cooked by heat and sunlight. Use a funnel when filling your machines. All these actions will reduce the negative impact of your lawn care and save you some money. While they seem small, these little things really add up and help us do our little part to stabilize climate change.

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Legislator Lindsay Sponsors Beatles Concert Legislator William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) joins Nancy Angermaier, of the Common

Ground, and members of the Beatles tribute band, “Strawberry Fields” for an intergenerational concert. The evening turned into a huge sing-a-long with hundreds of local participants dancing in the aisle and singing together on a warm summer night.

Doug Reid owns and operates Dr. Mower and can be seen fixing lawn mowers that are broken down from lack of maintenance. He can also be seen tuning up and maintaining lawn care equipment. You can email him at or call him at 631-235-3281 with your lawn mower questions.


An Honor for a Humanitarian Legislator William Lindsay pres-

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August 16 Long Island Brass Guild

This six-piece brass ensemble with trumpets, french horn, trombones and tuba was formed in 1975. The Long Island Brass Guild has performed regularly on Long Island, and often for community-oriented organizations. Their repertoire spans eras from Renaissance to ragtime, ranging from brass classics to pieces which have been created especially for the Guild.

August 23 Ahmad Ali

Raised in a diverse community on Long Island, Ahmad was exposed to a wide variety of Soul and Jazz at home. The desire to play an instrument started young; many of his neighbors were Hispanic, and he spent many a beautiful afternoon jamming with them in their yards. Join Ahmad Ali and Friends, performing classics from Sinatra, Motown, Blues, Smooth Jazz and Pop with some of Long Island’s coolest musicians.

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A Classic/Southern Rock and Blues/Soul band whose repertoire of music is guaranteed to tap into anyone’s diverse style and love of music. Vocalist Chelsea Dorner sets the mood with smokey renditions of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” to Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobbie McGee” and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”. Vocalist Paul Carlozzo rocks the house with songs from The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” , Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” to The Rascals “Good Lovin’” and The Allman Brothers “One Way Out”. For more information e-mail or call (631) 224-5420 Brown Bag Lunch Concerts The Brown Bag Lunch Concerts are held at King Park on Main St. in Bay Shore Tuesdays throughout July & August at 12:30 PM These concerts are co-sponsored by the Bay Shore BID with the Islip Arts Council

August 4 Kent Gustavson

Dr. Kent Gustavson is a singer/songwriter, PhD classical composer and old-time musician, blending musical worlds on stage flawlessly, and entertaining to boot. In addition to being the radio host of Sound Authors, he has released over a dozen recordings, and plays a number of instruments including banjo, guitar & mandolin. Performing original songs and old-time classics Kent will entertain you with his haunting voice and soulful playing. WWW.KENTGUSTAVSON.COM

August 11 Shenole Latimer & Friends

Young Jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer has numerous credentials as both a bandleader and as a much-sought-after sideman. Shenole began studying sax at age 9, and was rewarded for his efforts by receiving the Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz Improvisation, which is awarded only to the top young jazz performers in the state of New York. His talent and performing style is equally matched by his engaging stage presence. Shenole will take the role of bandleader for this performance.


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August 18 Mark Shilansky Jazz Quartet

Berklee College of Music Professor and globe-trotting jazz pianist Mark Shilansky brings his exploratory harmonic sensitivity and playful sense of humor to jazz classics and original compositions alike, offering new, catchy, groovy jazz originals to the jazz canon, and serving up a playful spin on old favorites. This concert features pieces from Mark’s latest CD “Join the Club,” a mostly latin-jazz record, featuring Brazilian and Afro-Cuban takes on songs as diverse as the Erroll Garner warhorse “Misty”, to the Police’s “Invisible Sun.”

August 25 Jo Williamson

Described as “an artist to watch” and likened to a young Judi Collins, singer/songwriter Jo Williams has found inspiration from artists such as Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Sarah Vaughn. Having released her first album, “Wake on the Hudson” in February 2008 of originals songs, Ms. Williamson performs all over the tri-state area. __________________________________

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July 21, 2009 By Lt Connie Braesch Today, two great outreach events occurred onboard CGC Juniper. The cutter, homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, held its annual Navy League Long Island Council cruise and hosted an artist from the Coast Guard Art Program. The annual Navy League Long Island Council cruise onboard Juniper is a, “chance to show the members the various missions of the Coast Guard,” according to the Council’s President, Tom Matteo. The Long Island Council adopted the CGC Juniper, which means the Council support’s the crew whenever possible including helping them out with the morale fund for holiday parties or family issues. Adopting ships is just one way the Navy League Councils support the maritime services. The League also seeks to educate the public and elected officials on the needs of the maritime services. Today, the almost 95 members embarked the cutter at Port Jefferson, New York and Holbrook Coast Guard Auxiliarist crossed Long Island Sound to Bridgeport, ConCharles Baack with Juniper Cap necticut to work on navigation aids. Lcdr Ray Tomich, USNR(ret) and current Chaplain for the Smith-Wever American Legion Post 651, escorted Holbrook Coast Guard Auxiliarist Charles Baack aboard for the day. Mr. Baack has been a Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer for over 40 years in Sayville Flotilla 1-7. According to Mr. Tomich, Mr. Baack is “90 years young”. [actually 93] He added, “Charlie is the Old Man of the Sea, a fixture at Station Fire Island standing watch, orienting new Coasties and patrolling the Great South Bay as a Coxswain aboard his Operational Facility.” [My Way] Mr Baack has been a fixture in Flotilla 1-7 since its charter was first signed in 1978. He was the first Vice Commander and has been a strong leader and advocate for the Auxiliary ever since. “I feel like I coming home”, said Mr Baack, as he stepped aboard Juniper, saluted the OOD & the CO Rick Wester welcomes 93 yrs Young Auxiliarist Ensign while requesting permission Charles Baack to come aboard. Along with the Navy League members, the cutter also hosted an artist from the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). The artist will take photographs and draw sketches of the crew working on aids to navigation with the goal of capturing female service members in action. The Juniper has five permanent female members and one temporary assigned Coast Guard Academy cadet out of the total of 45 crewmembers. During today’s cruise, several of these females were working on the navigational aids alongside other crewmembers. The artist deployments are new to COGAP. The program only formally started the deployments last year, providing six artists the opportunity. This year’s goal is to reach eight deployments. According to Mary Ann Bader, the All Aboard Coast Guard Cutter JUNIPER COGAP Coordinator, “It is an (WLB-201) opportunity to send talented artists to capture and depict scenes of missions underrepresented in the art collection.” All of the art is donated by the volunteer artists as a contribution to the Coast Guard and, by extension, to the American public. Bravo Zulu to the CGC Juniper for supporting community outreach events, demonstrating the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard and illustrating the work of the service’s men and women. Reprinted from ‘The Coast Guard Compass’


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My wonderful wife and children gave me a really cool “Comfort Series” bike for my 50th birthday this past spring. I try to get out riding after dinner every night (when it’s not a down pouring torrential thunder storm!) and check out the sights in our picturesque little towns. The new bike is so smooth and lightweight that it makes tooling around all of the nooks and crannies throughout Bayport Blue Point even more enjoyable. Stately homes, well manicured landscapes, beautiful sunsets painted over the bay, and a wide array of colorful and fragrant gardens abound. This is a great time of year to enjoy all of the beauty that our cozy community has to offer. Even with all of this, there is yet another gift of nature that we have in abundance here on the south shore: Critters. Cool little critters that like to scurry out at dusk and forage and scamper about, and do whatever else it is that critters like to do in the early evening. I have no idea what they are foraging for or where they are scampering to, but if you look for them, they are there, doing their little critter things. And there is no better way to go critter spotting than on your good old two-wheeler! Just tonight I saw a raccoon on some guys’ front lawn on Middle Road in Blue Point! A couple of weeks ago I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted a bright red fox bounce through the high grass at an abandoned house near the Aerodrome! It was so cool! I keep going back there, trying to flush him out, but there has been no sign of him since that night. As far as tonight’s raccoon went, he scooted away as soon as he noticed that I was looking at him. With all of this excitement involving the local wildlife, I envision myself as some kind of small scale Steve Irwin. I’m sure that you remember him; he was the Crocodile Hunter on TV. Man, that dude was crazy! He would fearlessly chase after anything; Spiders, snakes, crocs. He had no fear of any creature, big or small! So, with him in mind, I would love to become the next big star on The Discovery Channel or Animal Planet, or some such channel. “Alden Gardner: The Critter Hunter”; that sounds awesome! I will take my camcorder and track down our local furry fauna and shoot some exciting videos of them in their natural habitats! To really draw attention to my show, I’ll need a kooky catch phrase such as “Crikey”, made famous by the aforementioned Mr. Irwin. “Gadzooks!” or “Holy Crud!” might be catchy. Come to think of it, I really like “Holy Crud!” because that is what I’ll be screaming if I’m able to really corner something and it inevitably strikes out at me. With all due respect to The Crocodile Hunter, who met his untimely demise at the poisonous tail of a venomous sting ray, I definitely do not want to go out in a similar manner. It would be terribly embarrassing to my family if I’m taken out by pissed off possum or some other small, furry species that I may have annoyed. However, I will face the fear just as my source of inspiration, Steve Irwin had done before me, and pursue my quarry. May the foxes and raccoons of Bayport Blue Point be forewarned! “The Critter Hunter”™ is on the trail! Look out man and beast alike! So if you happen to see a middle aged guy with a really nice bike and a camcorder pedaling really fast, yelling “Holy Crud!”™ with a raging raccoon on his heels, wave as I go by. And smile for the camera! You’ll want to look your best on Animal Planet! Hey, drop me a line at when you’ve finished reading this! I hope that you find it amusing, and I’d love to hear from you. Thanks. A.G.

Library Highlights from page 5 Sachem Public Library Presents Special Gallery Exhibit Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation Through September 4 On July 29, Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by actor Lou Del Bianco, welcomed patrons to the opening of the exhibit Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation which will run through September 4 at the Sachem Public Library. Related programming will continue throughout the month of August. In this photo L to R: Anne Marie Tognella, Abraham Lincoln (Lou Del Bianco) and Fran Altemose. Podcasting Workshop: Lincoln Edition Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. As part of Sachem Public Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to help create a podcast to honor President Lincoln at the Library on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the ideals and philosophies of America’s 16th president. Just as Abraham Lincoln talked of diversity and equality, you will create a radio show to discuss the ideals of Abe Lincoln and how they affect us today. Stealing Lincoln’s Body Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. As part of Sachem Public Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, local historian Brad Harris will explore the story of Lincoln’s wandering, restless corpse and other myths about the 16th President of the United States in a lecture to be held at the Library on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. History tells us of John Wilkes Booth and his assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, but not many people know of the bizarre events that preceded and followed Lincoln’s death. One of the most peculiar events was the attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from its tomb on election night, November 7, 1876, eleven years after his death. Based on facts taken from the book Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell, Brad Harris will present this unusual look at some of the little known history of President Lincoln.

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Gettysburg: The Turning Point Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. Professional photographer Michael Fairchild will take you on a fascinating historical journey to Gettysburg, where the destiny of the United States was forged in the crucible of the American Civil War, at Sachem Public Library on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Fairchild has crafted a short history of the battle that artfully combines historic photographs with images that he shot at Civil War re-enactments in 1988 and 1989. The video opens with a short interview with James McPhearson, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom. The program also explores some of the basic causes of the bloodiest conflict in American history. Renowned Long Island artist Mort Kunstler has also generously contributed compelling battle images to this project.


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Mary Todd Lincoln Strawberry Tea Party Tuesday, August 25, 10:30 a.m. and noon As part of Sachem Public Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, children in kindergarten through Grade 3 are invited to take part in a Strawberry Tea Party to be held at the Library on Tuesday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Little ladies and gentlemen are cordially invited to join in some 1800s fun! You’ll be introduced to the history of Mary Todd Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s wife, and her amazing tea parties. Practice your best manners as you enjoy a strawberry treat and refreshing beverage. Top off the day with a game of jackstraws, hopscotch or other historical activities. This program requires advance registration. Book Discussion: The Killer Angels Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. As part of Sachem Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, librarian Brad Silverman will lead a book discussion of The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara on August 26 at 7:00 p.m. This novel, depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is told from the perspective of many of the historic figures who were present during those three fateful days in the summer of 1863. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation. Lincoln Penny Necklace Thursday, August 27 10:30 a.m. or noon As part of Sachem Public Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, children in kindergarten through Grade 3 are invited to create their very own penny pendant at the Library on Thursday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m. or noon. Honor President Lincoln’s 200th birthday by creating your own penny pendant. Continue Lincoln’s birthday celebration with stories and a short film you’re sure to enjoy. This program requires advance registration. The Civil War: Key People, Places and Events, from Ft. Sumter to Appomattox Monday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. As part of Sachem Library’s celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, American history teacher Colin Grey will speak about the powerful circumstances of the U.S. Civil War at Sachem Public Library on Monday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. From the first shots at Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the Civil War divided our nation and affected our country in immeasurable ways. Mr. Grey will examine, discuss and give insight to some of the most significant people, places, and events of the U.S. Civil War. Attendees will also be given the chance to study rare artifacts from the time period.

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