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World War II aviator receives hall of fame honor

January 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – James R. Henderson was a voracious reader, dedicated gardener and a grower of brilliantly-colored amaryllis, the dramatic houseplant with the tall stems and trumpet-like blooms.
After he retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Captain – his tours included flying out of Quonset – Henderson and his wife, Daphne, retired to the north end of town, near the East Greenwich border. He sold real estate, doted on his three daughters and hung out with buddies who shared his enthusiasm for airplanes.

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Crowds take to the slopes at Yawgoo

January 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – They’ve been making so much artificial snow this season at the Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park that Pati de Wardener hasn’t bothered to keep track.
She’s the human resources director and her husband, Max, is president of the 47-year-old resort that they co-own.
It’s costly when the electricity, manpower and diesel fuel are totaled although, Pati de Wardener notes, “It’s four to five times more durable than natural snow.”

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Longtime SRIN photographer Ray Clayton inducted into Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame

January 27, 2012

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers is proud to announce that longtime staff photographer Ray Clayton has been named one of three entrants into the Rhode Island Press Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Clayton, who worked for SRIN for nearly 40 years as a fulltime photographer and freelanced for the Standard Times up until his death last December, will join East Bay Newspapers sports writer/photographer Manuel C. “Manny” Correira and retired Providence Journal business editor Joseph L. Goodrich as the latest inductees into the coveted hall.

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Auger presents first list of recommended cuts

January 27, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – At Tuesday’s North Kingstown school committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger presented to the committee the first batch of proposed reductions and transfers to move the district towards a balanced fiscal year 2013 budget.
However, the reductions discussed only represented a situation in which the district was given a four percent increase in appropriation from the town.

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January 26, 2012

Last weekend, Rhode Island got its first real taste of snow this winter and for the folks at Yawgoo Valley, it couldn't have come at a better time.
This week, we interview Yawgoo director Pati de Wardener on how the local resort fared on its busiest weekend of the season and catch you up to date on all of NK Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger's recommended budget cuts and a variety of crime stories as there are updates in the Bank of America robbery, the Kimberly Fry murder case and the assault case of Michael Brooks.

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Politics as Usual: How could anyone be in favor of receiverships? [OPINION]

January 25, 2012

We pay a lot of lip service in this country to the notion of freedom, democracy (note the lower-case d) and self-government. But despite the many and varied lessons history teaches us from the most ancient civilizations to the present day, the idea of a benevolent dictatorship still appears to hold a measure of allure for a lot of folks.

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Grenier rises to the top with sax appeal

January 24, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Life was not always promising for Michael Grenier.
In November 1994, at the age of 14 weeks, he was taken in by his grandmother Joanne Naumann because his mother was unable to care for him.
Two years later, Naumann became his legal guardian and has raised a child who turned into a remarkable young man.

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‘We were overwhelmed; we recovered’

January 23, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – When a Verizon substation failed during Tropical Storm Irene, Exeter’s carefully-devised plan for dealing with natural disasters went out the window.
“There was failure of the infrastructure,” acknowledges Stefan Coutoulakis, the town’s emergency management director, who found himself with no emergency phone lines.
The system “is only good as long as we have power. We got overwhelmed; we recovered.”

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Tell Me Your Story: Eagle Scout a Treat for Emergency Management

January 22, 2012

EXETER – Andrew Treat spent 18 months at Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire, before deciding he needed a change.
“I left to find myself,” says the 22-year-old Cranston native who grew up in East Greenwich and graduated from East Greenwich High School. After majoring in radio broadcasting and information technology, it turned out that his true calling was as a first responder.
“In college, they’d started a volunteer fire department on campus. I hadn’t thought of that but one of my roommates mentioned it and said ‘Wow, this is really cool!’”

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NK Pet Refuge takes in six cats after woman's death

January 21, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A half-dozen cats that were abandoned in Apponaug after their elderly owner, known to be a reclusive animal collector, died have wound up at the Pet Refuge on Stony Lane.
According to Donna Hawkins, a Warwick cat expert, the family of the late Pat O'Sullivan arrived from out-of-state, went through the house and then left, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.
Worried that the animals – some of whom are elderly and ill – would be euthanized, Hawkins and a handful of neighbors began tending the animals.

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