Hither Hills State Park in Montauk is one of the larger areas in East Hampton Town that are open to deer hunting this month. Doug Kuntz

Item of the Week From the East Hampton Library Long Island Collection

Durell Godfrey

Residential lagged, but commercial market active

Three times as many as last year did the Polar Bear Plunge at East Hampton’s Main Beach. Durell Godfrey
Durell Godfrey
The air was warm, but the water was bracing. Durell Godfrey and Craig Macnaughton
Pajamas, a fur coat and tiara, and plungers in hand, this crew was ready.Durell Godfrey
Air 57, water 43, but that did not deter Pat Sullivan, left, and John Ryan Sr., right.Durell Godfrey
There were broad smiles on the faces of those exiting the surf rather than Munchian looks of horror, as has often been the case in the past.Durell Godfrey
Mr. Mather, who owns the Seafood Shop in Wainscott, a believer in the salutary effects of cold showers, and of cold water in general, began running the 1.6 miles from his shop on Montauk Highway to Wainscott’s Beach Lane road end at the turn of the last century.Jack Graves
Members of East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue, who helped to keep plungers safe.Durell Godfrey
A member of East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue tossed roses into the ocean in memory of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski and their grandson, William Maerov, who died in a plane crash in June. Durell Godfrey

Pamela McDonald stood amid the remaining inventory at Bermuda Bikes in East Hampton last month. She and her husband, Kent, are selling the store after nearly 40 years. Durell Godfrey

She said yes. Shivali Khetan may have had cold feet after plunging into the icy ocean at Main Beach on New Year’s Day, but she had no hesitation when it came to accepting Spencer Granelli’s marriage proposal. Durell Godfrey

The gut renovation of the Montauk Lighthouse keeper’s quarters has revealed 100-plus-year-old construction details like this that some on the historical society’s lighthouse committee are loath to cover up. Carissa Katz
Demolition revealed two 1860 fireplaces whose brickwork had not been exposed for nearly a century.Top, Henry Osmers; bottom, Carissa Katz
“We’re going to save everything possible that is historic,” Joe Gaviola said, from the original molding around the doorways to wood floors that were covered for decades with carpet and linoleum.Carissa Katz
Joe Gaviola, the new resident keeper, at the top of the Montauk Lighthouse tower.Carissa Katz
An article in a 1939 Daily News issue found behind the plaster in the Montauk Lighthouse keeper's apartment referenced the Gestapo.Carissa Katz