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Geismar resigns as EWG superintendent

March 19, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

WEST GREENWICH – After five years as superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich school district, Dr. Thomas Geismar announced this week that he will resign from his position at the end of the school year.
A 62 year-old grandfather of two, Geismar said he and his wife will be moving to northern Florida to be closer to their three children and he will leave with a lifetime of knowledge and great accomplishments under his belt.

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Tell Me Your Story: Longtime member Carol Perry is at home in the Grange

March 18, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Carol Freeborn Perry has been a Grange member for more than 40 years, watching the agrarian organization evolve from a socio-political force into an entity deeply committed to community service activities.
Like the gardens in her backyard on Ten Rod Road, Carol's roots run deep in the consortium founded in the midwestern farm belt in 1867 as the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry.

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NK scouts camped, cooked, performed

March 17, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Helen Beaven, who will celebrate her 95th birthday in June, readily admits that back in the day when she and her best friend of more than 60 years, Rita Perry, were raising their families, “We ran everything. Rita and I got things going.”
In fact, Rita – who died last year – and Helen had made such a success of guiding the PTA that they were summoned in the late 1940s by a descendant of the town’s founders and told to devote their talents to forming a Girl Scout troop.

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Local Girl Scouts celebrate milestone

March 16, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Girl Scouts of America, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this week, first came to Rhode Island in 1914 and since then have flourished throughout the state, with over 30 troops in North Kingstown and Jamestown alone that feature a total of 270 scouts and 75 adult leaders.

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March 15, 2012

For generations, the Girls Scouts have been one of the largest organizations for young girls in Rhode Island, teaching various life lessons and providing opportunities that would not exist other wise.
This week, we profile the organization as it celebrates its 100th anniversary and take a special look back at its roots in and around North Kingstown, it's current ties to the community and some of the most prominent women to come from the organization.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: The double standard is alive and well this election (OPINION)

March 14, 2012

“Bastard” is a word most often used as a pejorative when referring to a person –usually a male- with whom we disagree. Many people regard it as a “swear word”. The dictionary defines bastard as “an illegitimate child” or “born of unwed parents”.
Of course, political correctness precludes our use of this word in reference to any child. I suspect the reasons why are that today 50 percent of women under 30 years of age who give birth are unmarried and two out of three children of color are born to single mothers regardless of age.

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Team Lenny and Ed are bump-drafting in Exeter

March 13, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – When Ted, the enormous and friendly Percherson draft horse – who, with his brother, were stars of Wickford’s Christmas Festival of Lights and other local hayrides – died suddenly in mid-December of 2011, his owners, Jack and Julie Kliever were bereft.
Julie admits that she was so distraught by Ted’s loss she wasn’t sure she wanted to continue with their horse-drawn carriage and hayride business known as New Deal Farm. It was Jack who convinced her to go forward

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Exeter Town Council asks for legislator’s help

March 13, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

EXETER—The continuing debate over whether or not the town clerk of Exeter should be required to hand out gun permits reached a new level Monday night as the Exeter Town Council voted, 3-2, to pass a resolution on to state legislators asking Rhode Island to revise its current law and grant Exeter an exception.

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Tomaquag Museum ready to teach its own curriculum

March 12, 2012

By LAUREN KNIGHT
lknight@ricentral.com

EXETER — Tomaquag Memorial Indian Museum recently announced the completion of a curriculum, geared for middle schools, to give the history and significance behind some of the Narragansett and Niantic tribes’ stories and legends.
The curriculum, available to public, private and even home schools, is based on the film “Places, Memories, Stories and Dreams: the Gifts of Inspiration,” and tells six traditional Native American stories by Paulla Dove Jennings, a nationally-known storyteller.

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North Kingstown teacher lands Golden Apple award

March 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the second time this year, a North Kingstown teacher has been awarded the Golden Apple Award by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Commissioner Deborah Gist and WJAR 10’s Patrice Wood.
The recipient is NK High School special education teacher Christine Healy and, according to those working closest to her, it’s a well-deserved distinction.

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