• Sadie the Rag-Tag Swan, who was found stuck to the ice outside Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic last Wednesday, returned home Sunday morning, after spending a few days recuperating at Rick & Linda Kedenburg’s house. Mr. Kedenburg said Sadie was “healthy as a horse and hissing at me” when they decided to release her back to the inlet after it was clear of ice on Sunday morning. After a short disoriented time wandering along the shoreline, Sadie swam out into the inlet and began foraging for food. Later in the day, the Kedenburgs returned to the inlet, but Sadie was not to be found.
“Any bird that can fly away from a rescue is a success story as she is fending for herself now,” said Mr. Kedenburg. “We hope to see her hanging out at the inlet in the future.”
The East Ends’ town boards are busy back at work today, with meetings of every board but Riverhead planned for today. Here are some highlights:
• The East Hampton Town Board holds its work session at the Montauk Firehouse this morning at 10 a.m. They’ll be discussing the Lake Montauk Study and the hiring of a coastal engineer to review the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to shore up downtown Montauk from coastal flooding.
• The Southampton Town Board meets at 1 p.m. They’re holding public hearings on changes to the town’s special events code and granting a historic landmark designation to the former Neptune Beach Club on Dune Road in Hampton Bays. The town is attempting to purchase the beach club property, but is entertaining the possibility of a partnership with a new restaurant there.
• The Shelter Island Town Board will hold a work session at 1 p.m. to discuss the town’s deer management program and vehicles on Reel Point, a spit of land on Ram Island at the entrance to Coecles Harbor which has faced serious erosion over the years. Shelter Island is also warning residents that they’ve opened up Sachem’s Woods and “Section 9” near the first causeway to Ram Island to deer hunting for the last three weeks in January. They’re asking everyone who’s not a hunter to please STAY OUT OF THE WOODS.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss the upcoming dredging of Mattituck Inlet at its 9 a.m. work session. The board will also hold a public hearing at their 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight on changes to the town code regarding cell phone antennas on historic properties.