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December 1, 2011

One of the most compelling images of the past decade has been the sight of members of the US Armed Forces returning home to loved ones and seeing family members for the first time.
This week, the Standard Times brings you this touching moment in the form of Exeter resident Chief Master Sergeant Gary Austin.
Austin, who returned home from his final deployment last week, was reunited with his family and shares his story.

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Politics as Usual: In the world of Twitter, I say long live dead trees

November 30, 2011

I dipped my toe into the Twittersphere, or whatever the hell you call it, for the first time last week.

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Revised turbine ordinance passes

November 29, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - After a year of public hearings that saw a barrage of residents advocating against wind turbines in town lead to a moratorium on new applications, the North Kingstown Town Council unanimously approved amendments to the town’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning ordinance for prohibiting Wind Energy Systems (WES) at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

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Operation Christmas Child drive in full swing

November 28, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Even though Christmas is still a month away, the holiday season is on the minds of thousands of volunteers around the globe as they prepare for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC), the world’s largest Christmas project.

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Tell Me Your Story: Bells are ringing for kettle campaign

November 27, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Today, let us give thanks for the Salvation Army, particularly the work done by Ron and Brenda Grundy, members of First Baptist Church in Wickford, who are celebrating their 11th year as coordinators of the local kettle drive.
Ron is a retired draftsman/stone engineer in building and Brenda teaches kindergarten in North Providence, a school system for which she previously taught special education.

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Pension reform draws mixed reaction locally

November 26, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After a months-long struggle for pension reform in Rhode Island seemingly came to an end last week, area union leaders have just four words in response to the passing of the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act:
“We'll see you in court”.
Despite objections, however, Governor Lincoln Chafee feels positive about the legislation as a way of getting the state’s fiscal areas in order.

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Her life-saving journey is a cause for thanksgiving

November 25, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

WEST GREENWICH – Six years ago, Safiatu Bah lived in the town of Kabala in Sierra Leone and she was dying.
Diagnosed with a hole in her heart and two leaky valves, she had little chance of survival because her African nation lacked the equipment and facilities to provide life-saving surgery.
Here in America, a world away, congregants of the North Kingstown United Methodist Church learned of her plight through members Daniel and Dorcas Kamanda, serving as missionaries in Sierra Leone.

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November 24, 2011

It's Thanksgiving around Rhode Island and that means a couple of things. First, it's time to eat. Second, it's time for football. Third, it's time to be thankful for all the good things we have in our lives.
For one local family, that third item holds special meaning.
In this week's Standard Times, we bring to you the very special story of Safiatu Bah, a teenager from Africa who was adopted by a North Kingstown family and has seen her life change in ways too numerous to count.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: It appears the pension reform battle is winding down (OPINION)

November 23, 2011

The drama surrounding Rhode Island’s public employee pension mess reached a crescendo on October 18th with the unveiling of Governor Chafee and General Treasurer Raimondo’s proposed, final, one-time, 124-page solution. Apparently the governor’s contribution was a last minute inclusion of the 37 pension plans run by municipalities, 22 of which are seriously unfunded and on the brink of collapse.

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Exeter war memorial advances

November 22, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – If the Exeter Veterans Memorial Committee can finish raising $50,000, a long-planned monument to the town’s veterans of all service branches will be placed near the entrance to the municipal library on Ten Rod Road.
“It’s been in the works for awhile,” says Dave Owens, committee chairman.

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