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Erin Geismar

Erin Geismar is a community news editor for newsday.com. She was previously online community journalist, and prior to that was a reporter at The East Hampton Press. She is a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School and Ithaca College.

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Highland Games bring Scotland to Long Island

Kaeleigh Carberry, 9, of Wading River, practices classic

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Scott Mathieson, of Newry, Maine, can send a 150-pound wooden rod the size of a small telephone pole skyward using only brute strength and his bare hands.

And he does it for fun.

The sport is called caber tossing, and it’s one of the most popular sports in the Highland Games, a medieval Scottish tradition similar to the Olympics. On Aug. 23, an exhibition of some Highland events was...

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Thomas Gorman of Bohemia named firefighter of the year by state group

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire Department, was honored as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year during the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s annual convention in Albany on Friday.

“For me to have been chosen for my actions is an overwhelming experience and honor,” he said.

He has received similar firefighter of the year awards from the Southern New York Volunteer...

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Local group brings Culper Spy Ring history to life

Inside the Stony Brook Grist Mill, actor Philip

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The British once again occupied Long Island Thursday night.

A Red Coat soldier stalked around inside the historic Stony Brook Grist Mill. In nearby Setauket, American patriots were plotting against the enemy. And their latest recruits were working to decipher a coded message from Gen. George Washington.

“I’m confident there is espionage afoot,” declared Philip Reichert, an actor playing...

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Roundup: Firemen's Fair set for Labor Day weekend

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Firemen’s Fair set for Labor Day weekend

The Greenlawn Firemen’s Fair is scheduled for three days over the Labor Day Sunday.

The fair opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 and continues Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 starting at 6 p.m. The fair will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 31 but reopens at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Admission is free.

Some of Long Island’s top bagpipe and brass...

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Manorville girl, 13, reels in nearly 3-foot-long fluke

Allison Turbush, 13, was aboard the Bay Princess

(Credit: Suffolk County Police Athletic League)

Last year, 13-year-old Allison Turbush pulled in about 20 fluke while on a fishing trip sponsored the Suffolk County Police Athletic League in Great South Bay, but none of them were keepers. She returned Wednesday for another try with the same group and reeled one catch of a lifetime.

Turbush, of Manorville, who is going into eighth grade at Eastport-South Manor Junior Senior High School,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato dumps ice water

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

We've wrapped the LI Now Live post for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, but here's a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

Scroll down to see a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its reporters. 

(Mobile users: Access social media updates via the link below.)

SUPERVISOR MURRAY TAKES ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate...

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Dublin Pub property in New Hyde Park sold for $750,000

Drummer Pete Kontoulakos outside the Dublin Pub in

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Dublin Pub has a new owner, more than a year after the New Hyde Park ex-rocker haunt was condemned by state liquor authorities and slated for auction.

Misha Haghani, whose firm Paramount Realty USA handled the short sale, said the former pub at 2002 Jericho Tpke. was sold Aug. 8 for $750,000.

Tseng’s Holding Inc. bought the property, Haghani said. The new owners have discussed plans...

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Hempstead to celebrate Ukraine independence today

Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington St. in

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

Hempstead Town will celebrate Ukrainian independence with a ceremony at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. today in the village and conclude outside the building.

Members of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uniondale and local Ukrainians will join Supervisor Kate Murray in celebrating the nation’s 23rd year of independence.

Murray said...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

We're wrapping up our live post for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Thanks for choosing us as your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more.

See below for what we've been tracking today, and tune in tomorrow for Friday's latest news.

(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)

'A SPY NEXT DOOR'

An interactive theatrical production...

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Roundup: East Hampton Town meeting to address helicopter noise

East Hampton Town will be the site of a special meeting this month to hear mounting complaints about noise resulting from intensifying helicopter traffic over the East End.

The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the LTV studio in Wainscott.Hundreds of East End residents railed against the rising air traffic to East Hampton Airport at three meetings earlier this month in Southold,...

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