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December 27th

Curmudgeon's Corner: The war in Iraq is over but was it really worth it? (OPINION)

December 28, 2011

On December 15th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a ceremony in which the colors (flag) of the American forces in Iraq were “cased”. The following day the state’s daily newspaper proclaimed “WAR OVER” in huge type on page one.
I wonder how the parents of Army Spc. David E. Hickman, 23, of Greensboro, NC feel. Specialist Hickman died in Baghdad on November 14th of injuries caused by an “IED” -an improvised explosive device. He is the last American to die in the official war in Iraq.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A writing life for Hopkins

December 27, 2011

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - When John Christian Hopkins was a young child he would clutch a book when he slept at night, and when he was a student at Chariho High School in the 1970’s, he would skip class to read books at the library.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 26th

Rudolph's a dear for Route 2 drivers

December 27, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer does, in fact, have a very shiny nose. It is made of the largest size red gazing ball typically found on pedestals in flower gardens.
Since October, this particular deer, perched in a Large and In Charge fashion in the field next to Schartner Farm on South Country Trail, has had several incarnations. Made of huge bales of hay – both rolled and rectangular – it was a witch for Halloween and a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New legislation designed to protect local salt ponds

December 26, 2011

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners looking to renovate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 25th

New DEM rules could affect all RI

December 26, 2011

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
aarusso@ricentral.com

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners wanting to renovate.
The agreement was made as the result of a meeting between DEM officials and state legislators called by State Rep. Donna Walsh (D-36). Representatives Teresa Tanzi (D-34) and Spencer Dickinson (D-35) took part in the discussions.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 24th

Tell Me Your Story: Born a century ago, Dad was a farmer and a soldier

December 25, 2011

The person whose story I’m telling today is not someone local or even anyone you know, but he was very dear to me.
Today’s column is about my father, Clyde E. Smith, an Appalachian farm boy and unlikely soldier who was drafted into World War II at the age of 30, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Today would have been his 100th birthday.
Dad was the last of four children born in Halleck, an unincorporated West Virginia outpost with a tiny church, cemetery and school surrounded by sprawling family farms where men worked themselves and their children nearly to death.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changes to Program of Studies?

December 24, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — East Greenwich High School Principal Michael Podraza brought forth to the School Committee at Tuesday’s meeting at Cole Middle School an overview of significant changes to the school’s Program of Studies that affects a number of curriculums.

The changes are a reaction, Podraza said, of policies that are being done in terms of highschool reform, from initial guidance by the state in setting “multiple pathways” where students can receive credit.

For more on the story, check out the Dec. 22 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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