• First, the weather: There is some better news than we’ve had the past two days: Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 63 degrees and a northeast wind around 11 miles per hour, but it’s expected to get cool again tonight, with a low around 52 degrees. Thursday, we’re expecting mostly sunny skies, with a high near 66 degrees. We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers Friday, with a high near 72 degrees. Saturday the chance of showers ups to 40 percent, but Sunday we’re expecting partly sunny skies, with a high near 74 degrees.
• Lawmakers in Kansas celebrated the groundbreaking last week of a new biodefense laboratory that is expected to replace the lab at Plum Island, as environmentalists here are planning to sue the Department of Homeland Security and the federal General Services Administration over their environmental report prepared for the sale of the island here. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is asking the state DEC to help homeowners pay to remove dead trees infested with southern pine beetles on their properties through a program similar to the DEC and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Landowner Incentive Program. He told DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a letter today that dead or infected trees on private property pose both a safety hazard and spread the risk of infestation.
• Book lovers, it’s time to wake up! Authors are here and they want to talk to you. This evening, David S. Reynolds will discuss his work on Abraham Lincoln at the Rogers Memorial Library. Tomorrow, authors Harrison Hunt and Bill Bleyer will discuss their new book on Long Island in the Civil War at the Suffolk County Historical Society. This Friday, the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor hosts a literary tell-all with authors who have “Novel Ideas.” (that’s a pun. really.) The Beacon’s full literary listings are online here.
• Community Action Southold Town (CAST) will hold its next supermarket food drive next Saturday, June 13 at the Greenport IGA from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Southold IGA from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Cutchogue King Kullen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Mattituck Waldbaums from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact CAST Director Linda Ruland at 631.477.1717 or email LRuland@castsoutholdtown.org. They hold four food drives each year, and their next one after June 13 is on Aug. 8.
• The East Hampton Group for Wildlife will host a conference titled “The Deer Controversy: Updates and Solutions” on June 18 at 7 p.m. at Hole Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 18 James Street in East Hampton.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.