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Town Focus: Day 2 in the Moriches

A kitchen added in 1955 to the Terry-Ketcham

A kitchen added in 1955 to the Terry-Ketcham Inn in Center Moriches is now an office. The inn, run by the Ketcham Inn Foundation, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (June 29, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

This morning, I’m headed to the Terry-Ketchum Inn, in Center Moriches, to meet with Moriches Bay Historical Society president Bert Seides.

I’ll get a look around the property -- the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- and talk to Seides about the history of the Moriches area.

Look for a story and a video on the history of Moriches later this week.

Today, you’ll find a story on the last day of the Rotary Club's Oktoberfest, which organizers said had a few thousand visitors throughout the four-day festival. You’ll also find interviews with some of the people I met there, both volunteering their time and enjoying the festivities.

In the afternoon, I’m meeting with Kathleen Johnson, co-executive director of the Moriches Community Center, which was incorporated in the spring of 2000 aimed at giving people ages 12 to 19 a place to congregate and participate in safe activities. Currently, the group is renting space above Buckley’s Irish Pub, but Johnson said they hope to one day have their own space.

I’ll hang out during their Tuesday afternoon “drop-in” lounge for teens and talk to Johnson about what makes the center a success.

Thanks for all your emails and suggestions yesterday. Some of them I’m already following up on, but feel free to send more or just share your thoughts about the Moriches hamlets.

You can reach me via email, Twitter and in the comments below, and follow me on Foursquare.

Above: Havens House on Main Street in Center Moriches, which dates back to 1890, is the home of the Moriches Bay Historical Society. (June 29, 2011)

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