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South County chicken lady inspired others

December 12, 2010

Whenever the Christmas season rolls around and I’m in the presence of pine trees – as I was last week, trekking through the tree farms of Exeter for a story elsewhere in this newspaper – 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.

Christmas tree growing a family business for Exeter farmers

December 11, 2010

EXETER – The Clark and Case families, who were searching together for the perfect Christmas tree, found it in only 10 minutes – a record – 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 – or Santa – ordered.
Tim Case earned credit for spotting the balsam fir and his friend, Shane Clark, gave it final approval because, he said, “I’m very picky.”

WEB EXCLUSIVE: How you can help servicemen overseas

December 10, 2010

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.

See what you're missing in this week's Standard Times

December 9, 2010

Did you see that it's already snowing in Paris?
Why do I mention that? Well, try as we may to avoid it, we all know the white stuff is coming sooner or later so you should take advantage of the time we have left before Mother Nature makes going outside a difficult task and pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.
Why is it worth your worth?
Well, quite simply, it's the gold standard of local news coverage.
Don't believe me? Look no further than this week's issue.

Annual Festival of Lights celebration kicks off tonight

December 9, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you think of Christmas what comes to mind?
Well, there’s the obvious: shopping, decorating, family.
And, of course, there’s The Festival of Lights in Wickford.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Lights, a yearly event put on by local business merchants that brings life to the village with carolers, music and festivities.
This year, the sidewalks will be adorned with luminaria and plenty of Olde English Carolers will be filling the village with music.

Hundreds gather to remember Hosch

December 9, 2010

Special to the Standard

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Most came because they loved him. Others showed up because they knew him. Some knew friends of friends. Many didn’t know him at all.
But from Exeter to Newport, from Middletown to East Greenwich, Coventry to South Kingstown, more than 350 people came to the Atlantic Beach Club on Saturday night to show love and generosity to the family and memory of John J. Hosch. How many thousands did they raise for his two daughters’ college education?
They are probably still counting at this writing.

Preventing abuse a big topic at NK School meeting

December 9, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN –According to the Health and Wellness Survey the North Kingstown High School conducted in 2008, 92 percent of students who could drive reported having consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
One year later, that number has dropped to 20 percent.
At last week’s NK School Committee meeting, Working Together for Wellness (WTW) discussed how the community and school can help prevent substance abuse within the school district.

EWG finalizes co-op program

December 9, 2010

Special to the Standard

WEST GREENWICH - The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee voted to approve the Hockey Co-Op team last Tuesday night, joining EWG High School and West Warwick High School as a team.
With the West Warwick school committee also approving the team, the EWG committee voted to approve with Member Robert Bollengier dissenting. Bollengier pointed out that the approved language from the West Warwick school committee doesn’t definitively state that the EWG school district will have no financial responsibility for the co-op team.

Local businesses ready for the holiday season

December 9, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The 2010 Christmas shopping season is now in full swing and what better place to buy gifts is right here in your backyard?
That’s the question many local businesses are asking as many of the shops in Wickford, and throughout Rhode Island, have begun their holiday season with open houses and major sales.
Donna Trottier owner of The Blue Hydrangea, located at 2 Main St., markets her merchandise as “cute and reasonable”.
Customers can spend $20 and walk away with a bag-full of items, including hostess gifts, unique napkins, jewelry, books and much more.

Tell Me Your Story: Artist, Korean War Veteran recalls early Wickford

December 9, 2010

John Allen Arnold Weaver, who grew up in Wickford, proudly traces his ancestors to such distant realms as the Knights Templar and the Normans of England. Locally, he goes “right back to Plimouth Plantions” and on to Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.

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