• The effort afoot to award Sag Harbor’s Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter and Corporal Jonathan Yale the Medal of Honor has gotten support from Congress. Congressman Tim Bishop was in Sag Harbor yesterday morning to announce bipartisan legislation he’s introduced to ask President Obama to review their case. Lance Cpl. Haerter and Cpl. Yale were killed by a suicide bomber while protecting a U.S. checkpoint in Ramadi, Iraq in April, 2008. Both soldiers have been awarded the Navy Cross for their heroic actions, which saved the lives of more than 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen.
• The folks who are running the Apron Strings Project, a performance to benefit The Retreat at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, are holding auditions on March 21 and 22 for five women and two men of varying ages. More information is online here.
• Also this week, the North Fork Community Theatre is holding auditions for its late spring production of “Into the Woods.” Auditions are tonight and tomorrow, March 17 and 18, beginning at 7 p.m., with possible call-backs on March 20. More information is online here.
• Salamanders are breeding late this year due to a late thaw of pond ice in the Long Pond Greenbelt, and henceforth, the South Fork Natural History Museum has decided to postpone its March tiger and spotted salamander walks to next Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. More information is online here.
• Mavis Staples, Jorma Kaukonen, Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco are all slated to play The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead over the next couple months. Get your tickets online here.
• It hasn’t snowed a speck in Riverhead as of 7 a.m. The National Weather Service announced at 4:39 a.m. they have removed “any mention of snow” from the local forecast.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.