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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, January 11, 1979, Image 12

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TWELVE THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., JANUARY 11, 1979 Fish Sluggish RICHARD STERN, a Montauk dragger fisherman, right, participated in a panel discussion with others including John Foster of NORDCO Ltd., a Newfoundland engineering and research firm, during a conference on otter boards in Riverhead last Friday, The Long Island Fishermen’s Association and New York State Sea Grant were the sponsors. Susan Pollack On The Water ■ Susan Pollack ■ The scallop crop in Lake Montauk is thinning out, Jonathan Edwards and Bill Leland, two harvesters, reported this week. “The Lake was full of scallops this year. We’ve moved from one area to a better one. After a while there were no more areas to move to. So we're picking over what’s left,” Mr. Edwards said. He and his partner, Virginia Adams, have been putting in five- or six-hour days and harvesting about seven or eight bushels. On fair days such as Tuesday up to 15 or 20 boats have been dredging in the Lake alongside them, he said, adding that in past years he had skindived for scallops. With stormy weather scallopers have been getting in two or three days a week, Mr. Leland said, adding “you can still make a good day’s pay but it takes the better part of the day to do it. You can’t go down to the Lake and expect [the scallops] will jump into the boat.” Ice While it had been pretty cold working this week, ice had not as yet presented any problems to scallopers, Mr. Leland said. He added, however, that with the water “so cold” and the air temperatures in the teens, it would only take one still night “to freeze over the south end of the Lake.” Local markets are reportedly paying scallopers a minimum of $3.40 a pound. A recent “Green Sheet\ lists the Fulton Market wholesale price for Long Island bays as $36 for nine-pound gallons. “When you walk out on deck at 6 a.m. the cold really stuns you. If it doesn’t wake you up, then cold salt water on your face does,” Doug Kuntz, a crew member on the Donna Lee, a Montauk dragger, said this week. Mostly Whiting The Donna Lee has been fishing off the ocean beach alongside the Seafarer, Setubal, St. Anthony, Handlers, and Patricia E., landing mostly whiting and some cod. John Erickson has been running the boat in the absence of Captain Richard Stern. Two other Montauk draggers, the Castaways and the Captain John, were preparing this week to go fluke and butterfishing offshore, Joseph Moakley of Mid Atlantic Seafood Buyers Ltd. reported Tuesday. As of the start of the week, the Marlin IV, a Montauk tilefish boat, was planning to steam offshore on another trip to the Vetches Canyon, where some ten to 12 longline boats, most of them from New Jersey, have been working, Captain Richard Rade re­ ported. Winter Port Two Jersey boats, the Panther and the Provider, had made Montauk their winter port, Bill Pell of Pell’s Fish Dock reported. He also said that besides the Joey, another boat formerly lobstering out of Montauk, the Rainbow Chaser, was also getting ready to longline for tilefish out of Montauk. One sure sign that working con­ ditions were far from balmy in Lake Montauk was that some of the scallops brought into Stuart’s Market during the last week were frozen, Sandy Vorpahl said. She added, however, that the burlap bags of unshucked scallops would thaw once they were brought into the indoors. Besides scallops Stuart’s had been purchasing some steamer clams from Thomas Lester, hard clams from Bill Lusty, and cod, flounder, and whiting from the St. Anthony. It had also shipped some whitebait and perch during the past week, Mrs. Vorpahl said. Georgica Perch Harry Lester said recently that he had been doing a little perching at Georgica Pond, with poor results. One day last week he made seven sets without getting a fish, he said, adding that another bayman hauling in the “deep hole” near the Gut alongside him, had caught what amounted to six cartons of fish in six sets. Mr. Lester also reported that he had been white­ baiting at a small pond in Montauk. Asked about his fykes, which are like long tubular sunken fish traps, he said he had pulled them out so he “wouldn’t lose them to the ice.” One year he left some fykes in Oyster Pond during the “real cold” weather, Mr. Lester said. When the pond went down with the tide the ice did too, crushing his fykes “to the bottom,” he recalled. Low Tide Table Times given are for low water at Promised Land. For low water at Montauk, north side, subtract an hour; for Three Mile Harbor en­ trance and Accabonac Creek add half an hour; for Sag Harbor, add an hour. To figure high tide, add six hours to the time of low tide. For low water along the ocean beach, subtract two hours for an approxi­ mate time, date Friday 12 ........... Saturday 13 ....... Sunday 14 ......... Monday 15 ......... Tuesday 16 ......... Wednesday 17... Thursday 18 — Friday 19 ........... a.m. p.m. 2:15 2:49 2:55 3:28 3:36 4:07 4:17 4:45 4:57 5:24 5:38 6:05 6:22 6:46 7:08 7:31 One of the bonuses of party boat fishing down South is that an angler can help pay expenses by selling his catches at dockside, Elizabeth Fors- berg of Montauk’s Viking Fleet said this week. Mrs. Forsberg returned recently from Key West, Fla., having spent the Christmas-New Year’s week fishing the Tortugas Banks aboard her hus­ band’s boat, the Viking Starship. Some 15 anglers landed approximately 4,000 pounds of fish on one of the Starship’s maiden overnight runs, she said, adding that the fish was sold at dockside for $1.10 a pound. A dealer “weighed the fish in front of us, loaded them onto his truck and paid for them right there ___ Anglers didn’t have to ice, pack, and ship their catches or wait for a check,” Mrs. Forsberg said. The fish purchased included grouper, red snapper, and yellowtail, a kind of snapper that is regarded as a fine food and sport fish and is an entirely different species from the flounder known by that name in the Northeast. “Disaster” The weekend’s snow and rain put a damper on the efforts of the 50-foot Captair Willie, one of three Montauk party boats which has been codfishing at Cartwright Grounds and Block Island. Captain William Butler called the weekend “a disaster,” saying he had turned away two groups of anglers believing it was wise not to “risk sailing” in uncertain weather. The larger Viking Star and Marlin IV sailed, however. “You get a different breed of fishermen this time of year; either they’re feeling no pain or they expect to battle the elements,” Captain John Stedman, who runs the Viking Star with Captain Chuck Wilier, said this week. He called Friday and Saturday’s fishing south of Block Island “decent,” saying that besides landing cod with skimmer clam bait, anglers picked up some ten-to-12-pound pollock on jigs and tubes, and a few blackfish. But Sunday’s fishing around Cart­ wright Grounds was “miserable,” Cap­ tain Stedman said. “The fish just weren’t biting,” on Sunday, Captain Richard Rade of the Marlin IV reported. The Marlin steamed out to Block Island that day with 20 anglers on board, landing only 25 to 30 cod. Captain Stedman termed fishing “inconsistent” and “frustrating.” “Some days you get a little break and others you don’t,” he said. Ode To Spring Captain Wilier confirmed this view. Cod are “more sluggish” and “bite slower” in winter, he said, adding “you have to get right on them; you can’t chum and expect they’ll come to you.” In early spring, by contrast, handlin­ ing for cod is “more consistent,” and you can often pick the fish up on jigs and tubes, whereas now both skimmer clam bait and chum are used, he said. He maintained, however, that “little is known about” cod or other fish behavior. “Fish have tails. One day you’ll load up and the next day you won’t catch a fish — in the same place. One year the fish will do one thing and the next they’ll do just the opposite.” Jim Ketcham, an avid Montauk surfcaster, reported that he was wait­ ing for a cold snap to gather frost fish or whiting along the ocean beach. He had been walking the beach regularly at dawn and finding no sign of fish, he said, adding “I guess it’s been too warm.” Susan Pollack DANGER ZONE Continued From Page 1 first proposed they were supposed to begin operating in 1984 and 1986. Ira Freilicher, who was at a meeting of the Suffolk Legislature with Elaine Adler, a LILCO lobbyist, said “it’s pretty clear we can’t make '88 with the State reopening hearings.” And, the State has dropped from the Jamesport case the examiner who for the past three years has been presiding at the licensing hearings on the Jamesport application referred to by Mr. Freilicher. New Examiner Frederick Suss will be replaced, the State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment announced last week, by William C. Levy, when hearings resume on Monday, Jan. 22, in Manhattan. An attorney for the Long Island Farm Bureau and Suffolk for Safe En­ ergy, applauded Mr. Suss’s “removal.” Thomas Twomey, the attorney, said, “We had been readying a motion to have Mr. Suss removed because of his clear pro-nuclear bias. He has been blatantly prejudiced in favor of LILCO. Now we won’t have to do that.” Mr. Freilicher said “I wasn’t aware that Suss is pro-nuclear. I assume they are saying that because he made a rul­ ing favorable to us. I don’t think this is a victory or a defeat.” Francis Rivett, a public relations person for the State Public Service Commission, said from Albany that “I don’t think” Mr. Suss, formerly a con­ sultant to the Atomic Energy Com­ mission, was taken from the case be­ cause of complaints. “He is busy on other cases,” said Mr. Rivett. Mr. Levy, he said, is a retired admin­ istrative law judge with the Federal Power Commission. According to a State announcement, the State hearings will now “inquire further into the justification of the Jamesport plants in light of revised in- service dates, new load forecasts, and the filing by LILCO and the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation for a permit to build two 1,250 megawatt nuclear units at an Upstate site for completion in 1991-1993.” The Federal report on the emer­ gency zone around a nuclear power plant declares that the “time from the initiating event to start of atmospheric release” of radioactivity in a nuclear plant accident is a half hour to a day. A half hour to “several days” is given as the “time period over which radioactive material may be contin­ uously released.” The “travel time for release to exposure point” is placed at a half hour to two hours for five miles, one to four hours for ten miles. Exposure “Modes” “For atmospheric releases from nuc­ lear power facilities,” the report goes on, several “dominant exposure modes have been identified.” These include “whole body — bone marrow — ex­ posure from external gamma radiation and from ingestion of radioactive material” and “thyroid exposure from inhalation or ingestion of radiodines.” In the case of a catastrophic nuclear plant accident, “the downwind range within which significant contamination could occur would generally be limited to about 50 miles from a power plant because of wind shifts during the release and travel periods.” The government defines catast­ rophic nuclear plant accidents, “having potential for life-threatening doses” of radioactivity as “Class Nine Acci­ dents,” notes the report. “The lower range of the spectrum would include accidents in which a core ‘melt- through’ of the containment would oc­ cur. . . . The upper range of the core­ melt accidents is categorized by those in which the containment catastrophic- ally fails and releases large quantities of radioactive materials directly to the atmosphere because of over­ pressurization of a steam explosion.” Chances The “probability of a loss-of-coolant accident from a large pipe break” is es­ timated at “approximately one chance in 10,000 of occurring per reactor- year. . . . Core-melt type accidents were calculated to have a probability of about one chance in 20,000 of occur­ ring per reactor-year. There is a significant degree of uncertainty as­ sociated with both of the above proba­ bility estimates.” “Given a core melt accident,” the report goes on, “there is about a 70 per cent chance of exceeding permissible doses at two miles, a 40 per cent chan­ ce at five miles, and a 30 per cent chance at 10 miles from a power plant.” “Most early fatalities resulting from ‘atmospheric’ accidents,” says the re­ port, “are projected to occur within ap­ proximately ten miles of the reactor, while injuries are likely out to some­ what larger distances.” The report is entitled “Planning Basis For The Development of State and Local Government Radiological Emergency Response Plans in Support of Light-Water Nuclear Power Plants.” In a press release put out by the NRC, it is reported that the task force that prepared the plan believed “State and local authorities” should “identify responsible onsite and offsite emergency response organizations and the mechanisms for activating their services, establish effective com­ munications to promptly notify approp­ riate authorities and the public, develop training programs and proced­ ures for use by emergency workers, identify emergency operations centers and alternate locations, assembly poin­ ts and radiation monitoring locations, develop test procedures for emergency response plans.” Karl Grossman BOWLING Continued From Page II 189-498 and Maggie Darden a 195-487 while Eveline Mittmann's 186-508 and ■Brenda Pinckney’s 192-507 got caught in the sails for the Windmills. In final play the Crescendo’s Pub downed the Montauk Dolphins, 3-1, to also wind up the evening tied for seventh and eighth place. Marie Mil­ ler’s 170-462 and Jerry Hedlund’s 460 series were rolled as tops for the Pubs while Liz Job helped salvage a single point for the Dolphins with a nice 219-481. Ten Point Lead In the Friday Night Mixed League the first place Soul Shakers hold a commandable ten-point lead over second place George’s Auto Body. They met each other in last week’s play with the Shakers winning, 3-2, over Georges as Gloria Harris hit for a 188-541 while George Baxter countered for his name­ sakes with a 182-510. The Amagansett Lumber Company and the Streakers seem to rotate the third and fourth spot each week. Amagansett Lumber now holds third over the fourth place Streakers as they took a 5-0 victory from them. Terry Parsons’s 191-517 and Pam LaMonda’s 201-513 guided the Lumber Company to their win while Bob Miller’s 437 series did little for the Streakers. The fifth place S & S were defeated by the sixth place Four Bs in an alphabetical battle as John Burns hit a 459 and John Blodorn a 454 series for the Bs while Robert Saunders shot a 464 series on behalf of the Ss. In final play the Left Outs moved from last into seventh place, exchanging places with the Rough Rollers, after downing them 5-0 behind Barbara McGee’s 405 series. Rusty Akkala’s 402 series was the best the Rollers could accomplish. Honors Walt Sheades gained high honors for the men both game and series wise as he fired a big 236 game and 631 series. Pam LaMonda’s 570 series sparked high for the women while Jackie Szczepankowski had high game of 235 Arrest Striker t The Town Police arrested an East Hampton woman Jan. 7 for alleged arson last October, and a Montauk man Jan. 9 for allegedly shooting out windows at three lumber yards owned by the Southampton Lumber Com­ pany. Police reported that Officer Bert Ryan discovered broken windows at Southampton Lumber’s Montauk yard on Industrial Road while on patrol Monday night, and at 6 a.m. Tuesday arrested John J. Parenti, 40, of Fairview Avenue in Montauk. Mr. Parenti was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, a felony, and arraigned before Town Justice Joseph Duffy. The police report stated that Officer Ryan, after discovering the broken windows at the Montauk yard, con­ tacted both the East Hampton and Southampton Village Police and ad­ vised them to check the Company's branches in their Villages. Both found similar damage, estimated at $2,500 at the Southampton yard, and $500 at East Hampton. The damage at the Montauk yard was estimated at $4,000, police said. Striking Driver The East Hampton Town Police said they did not know if Mr. Parenti’s actions could be related to the strike called recently by drivers of Southamp­ ton Lumber. Stephen Ham, president of the Company, however, said Mr. Parenti was an employe of the Company and one of the striking drivers. The strike, which has been going on since Dec. 7, involves 20 drivers who are seeking higher wages. Mr. Ham said the wage issue still hasn’t been resolved. The drivers are members of Teamsters Local 282. The woman arrested for alleged arson was 43-year-old Ila Jean Bennett of 105-76 Oakview Highway, East Hampton. The police said the charges stemmed from an investigation of a fire Oct. 3, 1978 at Lynn T. Clark Sr.’s residence on Abraham’s Path. No one was at home at the time of the fire, but Mr. Clark said this week he knew who set it. The fire did about $2,000 of damage to bedroom furnishings, he said. The accused was released in her own recognizance by Justice Duffy. Motor Vehicle Arrests Others arrested by the Town Police followed closely behind by Pam’s 233 game. Next week all leagues will resume play after the holiday recess. The Knockouts are in first place, the Happy Hookers are in second, and the Go-Gos are in third in the Sixty Plus Club bowling league. Walter Youll bowled a high game of 172 and a high series of 477 on Jan. 3. A1 Angless bowled a 158 game and Frank Maurer a 155 game. Liz Levandoski this week included John Bonner, 56, of Three Mile Harbor Road and Sag Harbor Turnpike, who allegedly was driving while his license was sus­ pended. He was taken into custody at 9 a.m. Jan. 2 and Captain David Fithian set bail at $25. Also arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license was Chester Miles of Portsmouth, Va., who was stopped by Officer Samuel Mezynieski at 7 a.m. Jan. 9. On Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. police said they arrested Kurt Schimiczek, 35, of 25 Fithian Lane, East Hampton. He was allegedly driving an uninsured, un­ registered, and uninspected vehicle. Guilty Plea In Fatal Crash A 19-year-old Sag Harbor youth who was indicted by a County grand jury on charges of second-degree manslaugh­ ter and first-degree reckless endanger- ment after a young hitch-hiker was killed in the crash of a car he was driv­ ing on Route 114 pleaded guilty to “at­ tempted” second-degree manslaughter in the County Court in Riverhead on Jan. 5. The felony charges against Fred Havens of Bay Street were reportedly the most serious that have ever re­ sulted from an auto accident in Suffolk County. The accident occurred on Aug. 6 about half a mile north of Whooping Hollow Road. Mr. Havens’s Plymouth Barracuda reportedly skidded off Route 114 and struck numerous trees before coming to rest 80 feet inside the woods. Five Hours Later The hitch-hiker he had picked up a few minutes earlier, Laura Himes, 16, died five hours later at Southampton Hospital. Immediately before the acci­ dent, Mr. Havens was alleged to have committed “reckless acts,” such as forcing other cars off the road. A reduction of a charge from an offense to an “attempted” offense is a common procedure in plea bargaining and does not mean an actual attempt is alleged to have been made. Mr. Havens, who has been free in his father’s custody, is to be sentenced on Feb. 20.

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