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September 1, 2011

Irene.
For better or worse, that one name has been on the minds of everyone in North Kingstown this week and, in this week's Standard Times, we give you comprehensive coverage of the storm, it's damage and the aftermath.
In addition, Martha Smith profiles local man John Amaral, who has turned his life long love of boats into a noble cause.
Plus, we've got all the local non-Hurricane news for you from North Kingstown, Exeter and Jamestown this week, including the latest on a rollover accident on Post Road, a fire on Navy Drive and a fight that led to four arrests at Kingstown Bowl.

Curmudgeon's Corner: Schartner ran into an entrenched bureaucracy

August 31, 2011

On August 16th, I was among the attendees at a presentation by “Rit” Schartner at the former Bald Hill Nursuries headquarters at which Mr. Schartner passed out a three-page timeline fact sheet describing the financial dilemma he and his family find themselves in.
Their problems began with the August 2005 purchase for $7.4 million of the 140-acre Bald Hill Nursery property on the corner of Routes 2 and 102. One hundred twenty acres of the site lie in Exeter.

St. Matthew's celebrates 175 years of faith, fortitude

August 30, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

JAMESTOWN – Using a huge banner proclaiming the church’s 175th anniversary as its sail, a team from St. Matthew’s Episcopal swept to a fourth place finish in this summer’s Fool’s Rules Regatta.

Coutoulakis feeling right at home with Exeter EMA

August 29, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

EXETER – If a natural disaster hit, would you know the evacuation route or what resources were available to you within town?
The role of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) has been to protect life and property in the event of a natural and technical disaster or crisis situation, including fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, chemical releases and weapons of mass destruction and terrorism incidents.

Chief Denault: Real policewoman of Jamestown

August 28, 2011

JAMESTOWN – Angela Denault laughs when she describes her husband’s announcement each time “Policewomen of Broward County” appears on television.
“He says, ‘Your show’s on.’ That certainly doesn’t show what my life is like. I wonder how much of it is staged.”
Having served as the island’s interim police chief since late spring, she was surprised when media outlets made a big deal out of her appointment – the first woman in state history to hold such a position.
“There are women chiefs all over the country,” she notes. “We shouldn’t be raving about what we’re so far behind on.”

Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster?

August 27, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – “Did you feel it?” That’s the question residents up and down the East Coast were asking each other Tuesday afternoon.
Though many around Rhode Island felt vibrations from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia, no damage was reported.
Still, the event has left many in the Ocean State wondering if they would be prepared for a natural disaster, whether it’s an earthquake like Tuesday’s or a potential hurricane, like the one that is projected to make landfall this weekend.

WWII aircraft arriving at Quonset

August 26, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – It’s safe to say that Dave Payne, executive director and board president of the Quonset Air Museum, is like a kid awaiting Santa Claus.
For Payne and other devotees of aircraft history and warfare, this coming weekend will represent a sort of snapshot of World War II. Six vintage planes owned by the Texas Flying Legends Museum will arrive on Friday and stay for the weekend.

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August 25, 2011

It's often said that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it and, for most historians, one of the greatest source of knowledge about past times comes in the form of cemeteries and graveyards.
You can learn a lot from a quick tour of a historic cemetery but, sadly, a new state law has forced towns around Rhode Island to take care of their own cemetery's maintenance issues and it's causing many to become overlooked and ignored.
Case in point: Exeter.

At 61, military late bloomer Davis had a career of merit

August 24, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A local man who was a star athlete at North Kingstown High School in the 1960s, a college football captain and, at the age of 30, a U.S. Army enlistee, has been awarded The Legion of Merit, one of the military’s most prestigious honors.
Created by Congressional act in 1942, The Legion of Merit decoration is awarded for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement.” It is sixth in order of precedence among all military honors.

Kansas native Randy Rusk keeps on trucking in Exeter

August 23, 2011

EXETER – Traditionally, people attend cruise nights to marvel at beautifully-preserved classic cars.
When Randy Rusk takes his vintage vehicles to these events, visitors are treated to something entirely different: examples of a way of life, the family farm, that’s rapidly disappearing.
“Rhode Island, surprisingly, has a lot of restored vehicles and a vibrant cruise community,” Randy observes. His cruising vehicles are a 1966 three-quarter ton Chevy farm truck and a 1954 Model 50 John Deere tractor.

 

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