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Last Updated: August 23, 2016
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The Leader Celebrates 70 Years!
70 years ago on August 22, 1946, The Locust Valley Leader was born. Published every Thursday by co-publishers, M.J. Byrnes and Edith Hay Anderson, The Leader quickly became a staple in so many local households. The publishers sought to make The Leader a “fearless, unbiased newspaper written for and by the people of the community.” Many locals recall just how fiercely independent Edith Wyckoff was after she took over the running of the paper from her parents in the late 1940s. Through her grit and determination, Edie and The Leader became such an important part of the local community many
credit her with spearheading the original “NO BRIDGE TO RYE” campaign. The current publisher, Lally Communications, purchased The Leader in 2001, and though the paper has grown to include all of the local towns surrounding Locust Valley, it still maintains its
‘down-home’ feel. Over the next few weeks, The Leader will be celebrating its 70th anniversary with articles and images from those long ago times. Enjoy and wish us well
for the next 70 years!
What I Remember
• Sally Bandow
When I first moved to Locust Valley it was still full of empty fields with Daisies, Queen Anne’s Lace and Marsh Marigolds covering un-developed acres. Horses were common place on estates in back yards, on Stehli’s Beach and in Prybil’s Woods, where you could ride by the hour.
In Mill Neck there was a small ski run that ran from the top of Mill Hill Rd. to Mill River Road. There was sleigh riding at the Creek Club and Nassau Club, skating on the ponds in all areas. There were two movie houses in Glen Cove and one in Oyster bay. A bus ran from Glen Cove, through Locust Valley and down to Bayville village. Once a year the Locust Valley Fire Department closed the area in Locust Valley at Forest Ave. and Birch Hill Road for a huge block party. During the warm summer months children played ringaleveo running through back yards. Wood Lane in Locust Valley was a
Little by little the empty fields turned into houses and with the increased population and a major fire, the building that housed the music shop was closed. The elementary school that went from kindergarten to freshman at the high school level gave way to the Ann MacArthur Primary and then the high school Friend its school.
As a 5-year-old child I admired a woman who ran around town wearing long skirts and knee high socks with a camera over her shoulder. It was Edith Hay Wyckoff, owner and editor of The Leader newspaper. Edith accomplished a lot in her lifetime. She fought the Bayville to Rye Bridge, and by that time I was fortunate enough to have worked with her. We covered murders, bank robberies, and weddings. As a member of The Leader staff I rode in the MetLife Blimp, a helicopter, an oyster boat and a fire engine. We covered fires on Centre Island when there was no water except from pools and the Long Island Sound. The Leader was what a newsroom, for that time, was supposed to be. Politicians were coming and going. Senator Ralph Marino, Congressman Lester Wolfe, and others. Robert Moses stopping by often, talking about his bridge, and kept the place jumping. We worked throughout the nights, grabbing beef tartar sandwiches, cocktails and coffee. By the time the paper left for the printer we were exhausted and went home for a well-earned sleep. We covered the Avianca plane crash in January 1990. We watched and reported on the changes of the Glen Cove Hospital and watched as the villages estates were turned into mini-mansions. All in all, Locust Valley with the zoning protection of the surrounding villages, has not changed all that much.