08/23/16 10:30am
(Credit: David Benthal)

(Credit: David Benthal)

Don’t even think about frowning or complaining in Rosemary Martilotta’s yoga class. You won’t get away with it.

“Big smile. Happiest day of your life,” she says at each class. “Breathe, breathe, breathe.”

The 68-year-old Cutchogue mother of five began practicing yoga at age 40, during a particularly stressful stage in her life and at a time when yoga wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is today.

“I thought it would be a bunch of hippies,” Martilotta said. “But I had to do something to relieve the stress.”

She signed up for a class at a Cutchogue church and hoped for the best. (more…)

07/12/16 12:48pm
Canada gees. (Credit: Christopher Paparo)

For Canada geese molting keeps them flightless and close to water to avoid preadtors in June and July. (Credit: Fish Guy Photos)

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with wildlife biologists from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation on one of their Canada goose banding excursions along the North Fork. It was an extremely rewarding experience that I will not soon forget. (more…)

07/10/16 6:00am

Deep Roots Farm

In 2012, married couple Brianne and Thomas Hart started farming on leased land in Orient. One year later, they purchased a farmhouse on an 8-acre lot in Southold.

When Thomas needed to register his farm with the state, he searched online for farm name ideas and came across “Deep Roots.”

After he settled on the name Deep Roots Farm, he later found out it was the same name as a former North Fork farm.

“We want to put down roots in this community,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere and our families are not. We are trying to figure out how to make a living and stay in Southold.”

(more…)

07/01/16 6:30am
Trent Preszler with the canoe he built using his late father's tools. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Trent Preszler with the canoe he built using his late father’s tools. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Trent Preszler remembers staring at a pile of his late father’s tools in the living room soon after his death in 2014.

Leon Preszler had been a South Dakota cattle rancher and professional rodeo athlete — the kind of man who made everything by hand, from the shoes his horses wore to the wooden fencing and barbed wire that rimmed the thousands of acres comprising the Preszler family ranch.

“You have to do things yourself, especially when you’re a rancher,” the younger Mr. Preszler explained. “Those were some of the values that were instilled in me at an early age.”

But Mr. Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, hadn’t been part of the rancher’s life for some time.  (more…)