Advantages of new taxed industry are mired in a quagmire of questions about pot’s lasting effects

Straw was being laid on the field north of Amagansett's business district on Tuesday afternoon with the aid of a bale-shredding machine lent by Alex Balsam of Balsam Farms. Durell Godfrey
Strong winds on Monday also whipped up dust on the fields north of Town Lane in Amagansett. Carissa Katz

Andrew Strong, OLA's general counsel, will work primarily out of the nonprofit's new office at the corner of Newtown Lane and East Hampton Main Street. Carissa Katz

Calvary Baptist Church's annual service honoring the slain civil rights leader offers a chance to reflect on and be inspired by his vision. Durell Godfrey
" 'Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,' " said Naomi Blowe, left, quoting Dr. King. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear," she added. Durell Godfrey

In extreme temperatures, dogs can quickly go outside to relieve themselves, but then they should go back inside where it is warm, according to the Suffolk S.P.C.A. Taylor K. Vecsey

Joshua Borsack, at his desk at Strong Insurance Agency in East Hampton, showed just a fraction of the gift cards he and his wife, Summer Borsack, have collected for Coast Guard members stationed in Montauk. Carissa Katz
A truck load full of groceries, as well as other goods seen here at the Strong Insurance Agency's office, have already been handed over to the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association to be handed out to Coast Guard members and their families.Summer Borsack

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, right, Councilman David Lys, and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby celebrating Mr. Lys’s victory in November. All three will run to keep their seats. Durell Godfrey

Fran Libert came over from Orient for the sale, Durell Godfrey Photos
This woman found a needlepoint with her name on it — Phyllis!
The thrift shop was packed on the opening day of the sale.

Lease program in Gansett called environmental benefit and reeking nuisance
The floating cages used to grow oysters in Gardiner’s Bay in Amagansett are an eyesore and a navigational hazard, some people complained at a hearing last week on the Suffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program. Clayton Sachs