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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.

Free Will Baptists have divine plan for new building

August 22, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The motto of the Beacon Free Will Baptist Church whose future home – a large and impressive structure now under construction on Route 2 – could easily be “If you build it, they will come.”
When completed, the project will represent an investment of approximately $1 million including $300,000 for the land and $700,000 for the building. Town fire officials are also requiring the church to install a 20,000 gallon cistern at an additional cost of $30,000.
The town has agreed to waive a building fee of $7,104.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council continues turbine discussion

August 21, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Residents turned out in droves to the North Kingstown Town Council meeting Monday night to listen to the draft of proposed amendments to the Wind Energy Systems (WES) ordinance, and for an explanation on the re-issuance of the North Kingstown Green building permit for a proposed turbine.
Ultimately, however, only one of those discussions took place.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Board ruling favors neither town nore firefighters

August 20, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Nearly 10 months after the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown Firefighters Association, Local 1651, IAFF, entered into arbitration over the 2011 Fiscal Year contract, an arbitration board released its ruling this week and, in a 63-page decision, gave little to either side.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tarbox expansion breaks ground

August 19, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Not even pouring rain and very muddy ground conditions could discourage federal, state and local officials from attending the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 49,000 square-foot Tarbox Toyota dealership on Quaker Lane Monday morning.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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August 18, 2011

All it takes it one look at any national news network to see that the US economy still hasn't recovered fully from the effects of the current recession but, locally, one business is finding a way to thrive despite the obstacles it faces.
North Kingstown's Tarbox Toyota officially celebrated the groundbreaking of its expansion project and, when completed, the dealership will be one of the largest in the area.
Read all about it in this week's Standard Times.

BirdSong Gallery’s Wheelan adapts to environment in East Matunuck

August 11, 2011

EAST MATUNUCK – When Drew Wheelan opened up the BirdSong Gallery on Succotash Road near East Matunuck State Beach it was a little bit serendipitous and a little bit of poor timing.

 

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