Whenever the Christmas season rolls around and Iâ€™m in the presence of pine trees â€“ as I was last week, trekking through the tree farms of Exeter for a story elsewhere in this newspaper â€“ I am reminded of my dear old friend Antoinetta Goodwin and her discovery that Christmas trees are an anti-depressant.
She was a true South County character, renowned for her patriotism and dedication to the state bird, the Rhode Island Red chicken. A tiny woman, she made seasonal costumes for them and had a huge pair bolted to the roof rack of her station wagon, each waving an American flag.
WESTERLY -- A 31-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in a sting by state police for possession of child pornography.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The South Kingstown Town Council met with the local state legislators Wednesday night, Dec. 8 during a work session meeting to discuss municipal issues related to the state, specifically concerning the state departments of transportation and environmental management.
From the General Assembly, representatives Michael Rice, Donald Lally, Jr., Donna Walsh, representatives elect Teresa Tanzi and Spencer Dickinson and Senator Sue Sosnowski attended the meeting with the town council.
EXETER â€“ The Clark and Case families, who were searching together for the perfect Christmas tree, found it in only 10 minutes â€“ a record â€“ and it was a beauty.
Perfectly formed into a point that was just the right height, it was full, round and cone-shaped without a single bare spot. Just what the doctor â€“ or Santa â€“ ordered.
Tim Case earned credit for spotting the balsam fir and his friend, Shane Clark, gave it final approval because, he said, â€śIâ€™m very picky.â€ť
STONINGTON, Conn. â€“ A Charlestown man died Monday night from injuries suffered during a crash on I-95 South between exits 92 and 93, where his stopped car was hit from behind.
The laws of mathematics go up the chimney in Stone Ridge during the Annual Candlelight Tour. It is only then, in the magical spirit of Christmas, that 2,600 actually equal 1,100.
â€śLast year, we raised $1,100 for the East Greenwich Department of Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program by the added donations from Stone Ridge residents on top of the purchase amount of the (lantern) kits,â€ť said resident Donna Fleming. â€śOur neighborhood was lighted by more than 2,600 paper lanterns placed along the curbs and walkways and the wonderful holiday lighting displays of the homes.Â It was a beautiful sight!â€ť
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the Christmas trees go up and the temperatures go down, it is the time of year where house fires are more likely to occur due to holiday hazards.
Assistant Fire Marshals at the Union Fire District in South Kingstown, Chris Hiener and Bruce Rice gave some tips on how best to avoid a fire this winter.
PEACE DALEâ€“The Education Exchange, first established as the Washington County Adult Learning Center in 1978, will be offering a new three credit college course called Transition to College and Career in collaboration with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). More colleges are offering basic skills courses to catch-up students who may have fallen behind in secondary school. Education Exchange offers courses that universities would charge students to take.
When one summons a sensory image of what Christmas is supposed to look, smell and sound like, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Naray in Kunar Province may be among the last to come to mind.
Hard by the Pakistan border, it is muscled with angular mountains that seem to rise straight up out of the earth as if some malevolent force was trying to punch through the ground.
The students at Father John V. Doyle School in Coventry got to see the â€śbiggest living thing on the planetâ€ť last week.
The object was brought into their school for observation during the Boston Museum of Science Life Cycleâ€™s Traveling program. The object wasnâ€™t however, unmanageable, and that was because it was just a babyâ€¦a baby Giant Sequoia. Giant Sequoias, the biggest trees on the planet, only grow in California, but the program had a sapling which they had grown from a seed shipped here from California.