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Town Focus: Day 4 in Northport

Peter-James Machansky, 4, of #Northport, fishes with his

Peter-James Machansky, 4, of #Northport, fishes with his family off the dock at the #harbor @bushramollick (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Today I learned that social media is a decent way to find someone lost. A tweet from a Northport follower reconnected me with a colleague whose phone died. Thanks @TMincieli.

Otherwise, my second-to-last day exploring Northport has been a success. I’ve been with our intern Bushra Mollick walking down Main Street, profiling those in the community and checking out the fishing scene at the harbor.

One little girl, Maizey Machansky, 3, of Northport, even caught a fish alongside her father, Jim, and brother, Peter-James, 4.

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Throughout the day, we’ve been adding to the Instagram gallery of our time in Northport, so check it out here. So far, there are over 100 photos we captured around the village.

Earlier, I met with Gil Harris, who graduated from Harborfields High School in June — at age 73. He dropped out of school at 17, one class shy of graduation. But after earning a “Life Experience” diploma — awarded through a New York State Education Department program to military veterans — he was able to finally walk the stage. Look out for a story on that on Saturday.

If you missed it, check out a story we recently posted on the unveiling of a plaque to honor the service and sacrifices of those who fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The ceremony is on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Today, I also met Henry Rehlaender, 16, of Northport, who is battling an undiagnosed neurological disorder that causes him to have seizures. The community is raising funds to help pay his medical bills.

During lunch at Northport Feed & Grain, I even tried the lobster and mussels. Delish!

Tomorrow morning I’ll be at the Northport farmer’s market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the end of Main Street on the harbor.

Your suggestions have all been so helpful, so please continue to reach out by email at brittany.wait@newsday.com, or on Twitter and Instagram.

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