Thu, 08/02/2018 - 9:00pm

Holy cow!

To the Editor:

In the past, I was a big pain in the neck to our friendly Harbormaster. All I can say now is “Holy cow! What a dinghy dock!” We’ve all had to manage with a docking facility that was tremendously inadequate. Now we will have access to what I can easily say is the best dinghy dock in the northeast. It’s true that I travel to many northeast harbors, but, believe me, there is no dock for transients as nice as the one recently constructed.

I want to thank Steve Land and the Harbors Department for working to get this through the maze of approvals required to put this in the Great Salt Pond. I am also just blown away by the generosity of the owners of Dead Eye Dick’s and the Wronowski family. Thank you from all of us that need and want to come ashore from the moorings and anchorage areas.

I hope this will reflect favorably to all vacationing boaters to the Salt Pond in the future. This will allow a free flow from boat to shore and the ability to enjoy all that Block Island has to offer with a greater sense of safety and accessibility.

John Henry - Mooring 548

Westchester, N.Y.


With thanks

To the Editor:

Brett Ann and I would like to thank all of the wonderful folks here on Block Island, and in America, who have sent messages of kindness and sympathy, and all of the many offers of help and assistance. It means a lot to us, as well as to my sons. We would also like to extend an invitation to our Celebration of a Life Well Lived we are planning for Bruce to any who would like to attend. If you knew him, you know the attitude and attire he would find most appropriate.

The celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. (roughly) at the Block Island Maritime Center.

If you cannot attend, but would like to participate in more than spirit, please send any story, memory, photo or whatever to his son Brock at BMonty66@yahoo.com by Saturday, Sept 1, or mail it to 956 Winslow Circle, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137. And if you can't do that, feel free to raise a Manhattan in his name sometime that afternoon.


Peggy and Brett Ann Montgomery

Cooneymus Road


To the Editor: 

On behalf of the Block Island Club Board, we would like to thank all of the people and businesses that donated to the club’s recent mid-Summer event. We appreciate the support of the community and a special shout out this year to André and crew at Southeast Light Delights for delicious lobster sliders; and appetizer donations from the Beachead, Block Island Sports Shop, Block Island Trading Company, Captain Hobe at Fish the World, Diamond Blue, Eli's, Glass Onion, Marye Kelley, Photo Dog, Smitty's, Sushi Bob at Capt. Nicks, Ted Merritt, The Atlantic Inn, Tipsy Mermaid, and BIC's amazing staff and interns.

Thank you for your support! 

Kelley Walter and Cara Mehne, Co-Chairs


Phenomenal Success

To the Editor:

The 54th Barbershop Quartet Festival is now history. It was a success by any measure. First, the music was first rate. Ask anyone who went. Then there were 35 singers on the island arriving Friday and leaving Sunday. Our local economy was certainly helped. No singer receives any compensation, so expenses are very low and net profit very high. All net proceeds go to The Mary D. Fund. This year with the greatest pride I report a new all-time record net profit of $10,063. By any measure, this event is a win-win. Another major reason for the profit is the six host families for the quartets. If it were not for them, the festival would operate at a loss. Many thanks to them. Interstate Navigation is generous to the singers as well. Typing is done pro bono by an island person. Thanks to you all and all contributors. 

Aldo's is to be thanked for staying open late as all singers and some audience go there after the show to eat. Then, in the morning, The 1661 is open late for all singers who eat well and sing some more. 

Some singers have told me it is the best time of their year. Planning for next year has already begun and the event will be held on Saturday, July 20. Thanks to all of you who were the audience and who helped make the show  such a great success.  

Peter Greenman, Festival Coordinator


To the Editor:

The Merrill Slate American Legion Post 36 had its annual family picnic last Sunday and it was a great success. Islanders, summer residents, and visitors enjoyed good food and family fun.

Many thanks to Marc Scortino and Captain Nick’s for their donation of refreshments, to The Depot for delicious corn on the cob, The 1661 and George at The Oar for salads and burgers, Littlefield & Sons Ltd. for our grill equipment, the Harbor Church for tables, and the Legion Auxiliary for baking tasty desserts for everyone to enjoy.

The work of Post 36 includes tending to veterans’ graves, providing an Honor Guard at veterans’ burial services, and giving to veterans’ charities. We can only succeed because of the generosity and community spirit of Block Island. Thanks to all who attended and donated to our work.

Bill McKernan

Adjutant, American Legion Post 36