Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:30pm

Quick reaction

To the Editor:

The Committee For The Great Salt Pond would like to thank the Town of New Shoreham, The Sewer, Water, and Police Departments as well as Andy Transue & Co. for all their help to keep the The Great Salt Pond great. An unfortunate incident occurred late Saturday where the pump-out boats connect to the main sewer line. The problem was quickly addressed; repair efforts started immediately and the work was completed early Sunday. The Harbors Department was able to keep the pump-outs working through the incident. It was great to see everyone working toward a solution to keep the pond clean and safe. While we are all trying to avoid such issues, it is nice to see everyone jump on board and work together to fix the problem and provide a solution. Thanks to all involved.

The Committee for the Great Salt Pond


A big thank you

To the Editor:

On behalf of our Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank all of the people and businesses that donated to and helped to make our 33rd Steak Fry a great success:

Finn’s, Dead Eye Dick’s, Rebecca’s, Harbor Grill, Mohegan Café, Ballard’s Inn, National Hotel, Spring House, Aldo’s Bakery, Block Island Depot, Kimberly’s, Poor People’s Pub, The Atlantic Inn, The Red Bird, Yellow Kittens, 1661 Inn, The Beachead, Dan Cahill, Joe Grillo, Littlefield & Sons and Kirk Littlefield, Lisa Sprague and Eric Gempp, Robby Brown, McLaughlin & Moran, and Craig Blaetz and Sysco.

We would also like to say a special thank you to all our members who volunteered their time and energy in setting up, working tirelessly throughout, and during the clean up of our Steak Fry. Thank you!


Peter Gempp, Chief                           

Beth Rousseau, Secretary


Do you need a board?

To the Editor:

After dinner, I hobbled out of The Beachead on a rainy night last week and backed off from a soaking to wait for my visiting son to come front and center with his car. Two young taxi men were waiting there. I supported myself against the wind with a couple of canes — one for the arthritic left knee, the other for reattached tendons I don’t trust. In a joking mood that bypassed my hearing aids, one of the young men asked if the canes helped me get a good ride on my surfboard. Caught off guard, I responded with: “A couple of decades ago, I’d wade off Mansion Beach ‘til I found the second sand bar and wait for that pull on my shins that meant a good ride, then dive up with the flow for a long ride body-surfing.”

Later I recalled it was much more than that on those warm summer visits to the beach while watching the surf build, usually on a running tide. If it was good, there would be a few others out waiting for a high wave to form. I’d just head out, diving through lesser waves, feeling for the outer sand bar beyond the bottom falloff from the beach. The bar gives a little lift to the water draining from the beach to join the inflow at the top of the wave. When the flow was strong, tugging at my legs, I’d dive up, close my eyes and glide ‘til my hands touched sand, like a log, I guess, with my upper half clear out ahead of the wave. I tried to locate where there were few people in the way. I never bumped another person over the 25 years or so that I body surfed, and I was never bumped by anyone’s board.

The best chance for good waves, I always thought, came from a strong storm offshore, and if not, there was always swimming, drying in the warm sun, and maybe reading a good book or magazine. My rule is never bring a laptop or cell phone to the beach. It violates being on a vacation. And I never used a surfboard, although I’m sure you could rent one if you want to.

And please smile at any old duffer walking with canes. Hold the door, please. I might be right behind you.

Gordon R. Smith

Corn Neck Road


Down at the dinghy dock

The following letter was also copied to Harbors Committee Chair Denny Heinz, Harbormaster Steve Land, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Szabo, and First Warden Ken Lacoste:

To the Editor:

We have been on a town mooring for 23 days and already we have saved over $1,000. Ordinarily, we would go out to dinner several times a week. We’d also sample this year’s offerings of mudslides and happy hour tidbits, go grocery and other shopping.

This year, boat guests have brought groceries. Amazon Prime has delivered boat parts and other items, and we have done without the mudslides.

Why? Because of the extremely limited dinghy-docking facilities. The facilities offered have little or no water at low tide. I will not drag my dink over the rocks or risk damaging my prop. Likewise, I will not risk having my dink beached when the tide goes out. It’s heavy and my wife and I cannot drag it back to the water.

I understand the town has land available and plans for a new dinghy dock. I encourage them to fund this project and build it over the winter.

In case the town is considering raising its mooring rates, consider this: A month on a town mooring costs me $1,395. For less than that, my home marina offers a heated swimming pool, electricity, convenient water, pumpout and good wi-fi. Yes, I know... you have a short season.

I hope the town will build a good dinghy facility. We are leaving 30 days earlier than planned.

Ted Grave

Green Cove Springs, Florida