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Celebrations of Faith: Heistand named 35th rector

May 14, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Rev. Virginia Heistand, a single mom of three, sits in her sun-drenched, book-filled study in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Beaming, she declares, “Everything in my world has changed in the last three months and it’s wonderful.”
In that timeframe, she has become the venerable Wickford church’s first female full-time minister – although other women have served in interim roles – and, after a career in clergy housing, she has purchased her first home, in rural Hope Valley.

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Tell Me Your Story: North Kingstown's Mike Martin finds rugby scrum-ptious sport

May 13, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you entered a crowded room – Starbuck’s on Ted Rod Road, say – and were looking for a rugby player whose day job involves setting up massive stage equipment for rock concerts, your eye would immediately fall on Mike Martin.
He is, well, burly and looks as though he could hold his own in a scrum.

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These memories of MOM make us LOL

May 12, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

Typically, Mother’s Day is a time to wax sentimental about all the sacrifices our moms made for us and how they established family rituals we recall warmly.
But we all know it’s not so simple. Most moms – no matter how distinguished their public lives or how glowing their history as maternal role models – also have funny little quirks. They do or say things in unforgettable ways that, years later, pop into our minds provoking uncontrollable laughter.

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School Committee gets nowhere with sports cuts

May 11, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When the North Kingstown Town Council approved its fiscal year 2012/2013 budget last week, what got appropriated for the school department wasn’t what the district had hoped for and now begins the arduous task of making millions of dollars of reductions.
The school committee asked the council for a four percent increase and instead only received two percent.
“I do appreciate the increase,” said Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger. “But we now have to reduce much more than if we only received a four percent increase.”

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May 10, 2012

It's Mother's Day and, with that in mind, what better way to celebrate that by sharing tales of mom that we'll never forget?
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you a special feature on several local women and the effect their mother had on them. From the memorable laughs shared to the unforgettable moments that will stick with them for a lifetime, these ladies have plenty to say about the person they affectionately called 'Mom' and you'll love reading all about it.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: ‘Buffet Rule’ shows Obama ready for class warfare (OPINION)

May 9, 2012

For the first time in over 25 years, I did not vote in the “presidential preference primary” last month. I don’t know about you but I am already tired of this year’s election.
After months of negative campaigning, Mitt Romney appears to have the GOP nomination sewed up. His attention already is focused on differentiating himself from the incumbent, Barak Obama, who has been fundraising and campaigning at taxpayer expense for over a year.

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Job Corps team puts best food forward

May 8, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The Job Corps team of top culinary students who won the right to represent Rhode Island in last weekend’s prestigious National ProStart competition in Baltimore, Md. – the only group in the country from the federal program to be selected – may not have earned medals but they returned home victorious nonetheless.

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Ham, eggs, jonnycakes are staples of May Breakfast

May 7, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Millie Fountain was not in the kitchen of the First Baptist Church of North Kingstown for its traditional May Breakfast last Saturday.
No, in an unlikely scene, Millie was sitting down as the Tower Hill-based Baptists unofficially kicked off the local season wherein churches, fraternal organizations, schools and civic groups produce countless country breakfasts. The Rhode Island custom of gathering for a massive chow-down began in 1867 and has raised funds for a host of projects.

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Local girls 'scout through time'

May 6, 2012

By JAMES BESSETTE
jbessette@ricentral.com

WEST KINGSTON — Early Saturday morning, just as the sun was about to peak over the trees near the flag meadow at Camp Hoffman, hundreds of Girl Scouts – both young and old – from three area communities gathered around to see the American flag get hoisted up the flag pole by the color guard consisting of members of East Greenwich Girl Scout Troop 609.
From there, the scouts recited the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the Girl Scout Promise, pledging to both serve the country and help others in need as scouts.

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Council wants to amend code for troubled shelter

May 5, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – On Monday, exactly one week after a work session drew a packed audience angry about various issues at the Exeter Animal Shelter – including the euthanization of two pit bulls – the town council introduced a proposed amendment to the ordinances governing animal issues that would put the public works director in charge.

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