'Queen of 114' Leaves After 30 Years

Harbor Heights gas station manager Pam Kern says she's 'broken-hearted' over her decision.

From her post at Harbor Heights gas station for the past 29 years, Pamela Kern has been one of Sag Harbor's fixtures.

But, on Saturday, Kern left her job at the Route 114 gas station, after a disagreement with her boss. Her son, Dale Kern, who worked as gas attendant in the evening, is also no longer employed there.

Word spread quickly through the small village, and, by Monday, her friends began to rally around her. A Facebook page, "Friends of Pamela Kern," launched to show "the Queen of 114" how much she's meant to them.

On the page, Judith Wyche wrote: "No Pam at Harbor Heights is WORSE than a world without Twinkies!! Every time I come back to Sag Harbor I love seeing her hard at work...especially in December in her Santa hat! She's the only gas attendant I ever made sure I tipped! She's a TRUE Sag Harbor treasure!"

Tara Woodruff posted, "I am sure I won't be going to HH any more. It will not even be close to the same without Pam."

Reached at her Sag Harbor home on Monday morning, Kern said she was too upset for an interview, but said she was "broken-hearted" to no longer be at the gas station, where she was the gas station manager. "I thought I did the best job I could do. I thought I gave it 101 percent," she said amid tears.

Alluding to the argument she had with the management, she said, "I feel that I’m a bigger person than being treated the way I was treated Saturday morning . . . I've worked too hard, too long here to be treated like that."

Greg Miller, who leases the property, declined to comment other than to say that Kern walked out. "She had a job," he said.

Kern said her son was fired, but that she's the one who had to break the news, after her boss made the decision, because technically she was in charge of her son's position. She said her decision to leave was not directly related to her son's firing, but declined to get into details.

In May, she would have been working there for 30 years.

"I'm going to miss everybody. I hope I see everybody around, but there were a lot of people I just saw there," Kern said. She said she didn't know what she would do next.

Even if you didn't know her name, you knew Kern and her thick blond tresses by sight. She'd wave to cars she recognized as they travelled on the Sag Harbor to East Hampton thoroughfare. She was known to dress festively for the holidays — even donning a bunny's suit.

Kern grew up in Sag Harbor. Her father was on the village board for 25 years, and she also was in public office, serving on the Sag Harbor School Board.

The station owner, John Leonard, has an application pending to expand the service station to include a convenience store.

Will you miss Pam Kern from Harbor Heights? Leave your messages in the comment section below.

local23 December 05, 2012 at 05:44 PM
who would hire her after this, she mite make a big deal if she dont get her way
local23 December 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
i think e.m maxx is Pams son
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
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local23 December 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
i am speaking the truth, tons of other people are thinking the same thing.
local23 December 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
you know i have a point, thats why you are being defensive in the situation.
bonacbill December 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Love Pam, but asking for a 28% raise in this economy is just not right. So many people are being laid off or having their hours cut, and here is someone voluntarily quitting a steady paycheck. It tends to make one a tad unsympathetic to her plight.
E.M. Maxx December 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Local 23 I assure you I'm not Pams son....I am however a person that knows the difference between they're, there and their........and stop your bull.......you didn't do it to piss me off.....your 4 year degree is useless........
E.M. Maxx December 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Why didn't you report the cop.....? Did you get the ticket....?
Morgan Elliot December 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Its nice to see this is slowly dying off. As it should.
Joe December 06, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Local 22...yes alot of people are loosing their jobs...someone making $22.50 and hour can just make it living in this area. "Crocked police??" they have a tough job, are working without a contract and deserve the raise they are asking for and like most police on LI they deserve lifetime paid medical for themselves and their families. Can you really picture a suffolk county sheriff standing in front of the 5 and 10?
E.M. Maxx December 06, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Not so fast Morgan!!!!! You're not going to get the last nasty word in!!! Haha . I would post about how great Pam is every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rogerrabit69 December 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM
e.m maxx is pams son
E.M. Maxx December 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Sweetheart I assure you I'm not Pams son... Without divulging too much info I'm a 37 year old female. And as i said I was angry when people accused Pam of selling something " other than gas".........Knowing what I ,and apparently some other people know about Mr. Millers "habits"
North Fork Bob December 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Business is business and people are free to spend money as they choose.
Barbara Wolfram December 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM
My husband and I will never spend another penny at HH and many people in town feel the same way. This small community usually treats its neighbors kindly............after 30 years service, what a disgrace!
Barbara Wolfram December 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What's "dying off" will be customers at HH..............
pamsucks22 December 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
its funny if some writes something negative about Pam it gets deleted. If something is written about Mr. Miller is stays.
Occifer Obie December 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
You Rock Pam, Thank you for 30 years of caring.. :)
Occifer Obie December 06, 2012 at 08:04 PM
To pamsucks22 You are treading a fine line. You aren't anonymous.
Morgan Elliot December 06, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Yah, 6 months from now when gas is much cheaper there then it has been for the past 30 years, there will be plenty of people indulging in those savings. Ohh and the dying off comment, I just meant that's what should happen to all the attention given to something like this.
john james December 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I'm writing "again" about this pam kern -greg miller article. Is this how you want the patch to be seen as? A place where people can make accusations, call each other names. Tag themselves as " Pam sucks 22" Calling people drug dealers , this is out of control. Please pull the comment section out from this article. Nobody wins here . I'm sure your advertisers won't appreciate this ill form of journalism.
Martha Nassauer December 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Hey, people lose their jobs all the time, why is this an issue for the paper??? If her and Dale are so wonderful, finding employment elsewhere shouldn't be a problem. It is nobody's business to tell the new owner what to do...anyone who does is just a bag of hot air! Busy bodies...and shame on Patch for inciting such an insensitive discussion, when so many people are out of work and are not making the news crying about it. Please, have some dignity and move on...life goes on. Everyone is dispensable when it comes to employment. Heartless, but true, especially during a lull in the economy.
E.M. Maxx December 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Read the terms.......People started to slander Ms. Kern.....Who is not my Mother btw......
Gramps Pupany December 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Here's the REAL crime: The GOP still wants us poor and middle class folks (making less than $250,000/year) to pay the income taxes of those making $250,001 and more. When did we ever vote to get SCREWED into paying the taxes of millionaires??? When you go out to dinner, do you pay half the bill of the guy's bill sitting next to you just because he's rich??? Hell no! But that's what Boehner and McConnell want us "poor suckers" to do...pay half the taxes of their millionaire friends. Oh, you say you don't know who their rich friends are??? Just look at who gave them the most money in the last election. That's who the GOP represents, my friends...not the working man. Screwed once, shame on me! Not next time. I'll pay my way...you pay yours. I can't afford to vote for one of these "generous" Republicans again. How 'bout you?
Melissa December 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Yea local isnt that interesting?? Pretty bias column if you ask me. It's ok for people to make slanderous statements towards Greg but heaven forbid you say something towards the "queen"
E.M. Maxx December 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Who made slanderous comments towards Greg????? Wasn't it local22 who first implied that Pam was selling something other than gas. That's slander.
E.M. Maxx December 07, 2012 at 12:27 AM
And only after that comment about Pam did other people make statements about what Greg does in his spare time.
Heather December 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
If that is your attitude towards the people and the town. Please leave NOW. This is a small town and the COMMUNITY is responding to one of it's own, right or wrong and I'm not taking sides. I loved seeing Pam out there on holidays dressed festively and waving at cars passing. It has always been one of the habits that made us a community. Apparently you have no idea what "community" is. YOU local22 however are offensive. If you have no respect for people who do manual labor and think our town is "ignorant", please LEAVE.
john james December 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I would "LIKE" to thank "The Patch" for showing us all how cyber bulling works . Good job!
Henry Powderly (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM
While we value having an open platform for community discussion, due to the personal attacks and at the request of those who feel harmed by the spirit of the discussion here we are closing comments on this article.


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