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Dog Day At Sagamore Hill

In celebration of National Park Week, the Friends of Sagamore Hill will be hosting the first annual Dog Day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This very special event is a nod to the many four-legged friends the Roosevelts cared for during their 60 years at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, but also in recognition to our dog-walkers who have continued to visit Sagamore Hill during the major rehabilitation at Theodore Roosevelt’s home.    

 

All friendly, well-behaved, leashed dogs are invited attend this free activity. Special guest Rick Caran along with “Team Jilli Dog” will be in attendance throughout the day. At 1 p.m., Caran will provide an engaging program with his amazing little pups, performing their unique tricks.  In addition, Caran will be provide some of his expert training tips on how anyone can train the family dog to do some of these wonderful tricks! Rick Caran and “Team Jilli Dog” have appeared at fairs, expos, corporate and private parties and functions around the US and the world. More information ocan be found at http://jillidog.com/index.html.

 

At 2 p.m. the Friends of Sagamore Hill will be hosting a series of fun contests, including best dog costume and best tricks. In addition, prizes will be available for the oldest dog, youngest dog, smallest dog, and biggest dog. There will be a doggie comfort station with plastic bags available, however participants are encouraged to bring their own dog waste provisions as well.

 

If you have kids of the two-legged kind, there are things for them to do as well, including Presidential Dog Bingo. You can get a game card and paw print stickers from the ranger in the Visitor Center and see how many dogs that look like former presidential pooches you can find. And while you are picking up your bingo card, ask about the free “Jack the Dog” Children’s Guide to the Grounds of Sagamore Hill.

 

If bingo is not your thing then join rangers and volunteers in the Farm Shed behind the Visitor Center to make your own dog biscuit treats to take home and share with your furry friends.

Gooseberry Grove of Oyster Bay will be on hand selling traditional American fare like hot dogs and hamburgers. Leashes and other canine accessories, including bowls and books of interest to dog owners will be available for sale in the Eastern National Bookstore.

News

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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