• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45 but wind chill values between 25 and 35 early in the day, with a west wind 6 to 10 miles-per-hour. Tonight there will be a chance of showers after 2 a.m. with a low around 33, and tomorrow, we’re expecting showers before 2 p.m. with a high near 50. We’re expecting precipitation of less than a tenth of an inch.
• The First Universalist Church of Southold burned down Saturday night. I’m still repeating those words to myself, in shock. I grew up in this church, went to Sunday School there, daydreamed through sermons while staring up at the mural behind the alter, rode out Hurricane Gloria there praying the stained glass windows would hold strong against the wind. Next Sunday’s services will be held at Custer Institute in Southold at 10:30 a.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The March 12 public hearing on restricting noisy air traffic at the East Hampton Airport drew out many supporters of the airport, a far cry from a packed hearing last August in which most people who spoke were for noise restrictions. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Juror Brian Washburn on East End Arts’ new show “Abstract & Almost Abstract: “I was happy to be presented with submissions from all artistic media. Painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, assemblage, collage, and computer digital work. So I fairly picked works from all mediums. I was quite taken with some of the photographers. I never thought I’d be choosing photography.” The Beacon’s photos from the opening are online here.
• Even though spring migration won’t officially be here, there are some birds that don’t seem to want to wait, like ospreys, phoebes and piping plovers. Tom Damiani will strike out with a group of birders from Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport tomorrow morning looking for early arrivers and also late leavers, like some ducks and winter sparrows. You can join in the search. More information is online here.
• Don’t forget that buying local is now an option for folks about to start their vegetable garden this season. Invincible Summers Farm in Southold is offering a broad range of seeds this year, from beans and peas to their famous tomatoes to corn and herbs. You can buy their seeds online here.
• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Get your own free copy, or help your friends get their own free copy each week by signing up here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.