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Well, after three-plus years here at The Chariho Times, itâ€™s time that I, Andrew Martin, move on to greener â€” or southern, rather â€” pastures.
As of June 25, I will officially be a resident of Raleigh, N.C., while simultaneously handing in my passport from the state of Rhode Island. Yeah, I know, you donâ€™t need a passport to live here, but it certainly feels that way.
To say we all live on our own planet in R.I. would be an understatement. A massive understatement.
And that brings me to what I might miss the most about the state â€” the character and the characters. This is especially true when thinking about Washington County â€” sorry, I mean, South County â€” and the three towns of Chariho.
The term unique is so played out and cliche that it pains me to write this, but sometimes, cliches are what they are because theyâ€™re true. And few things are more accurate than calling the region of Chariho unique.
Iâ€™ll miss everyone Iâ€™ve reported on, had small-talk with, worked with, and everything in between in Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton. This especially goes for the members of the town councils past and present, who will all remain a part of my memory for many years to come.
How could anyone forget the squabbles in Charlestown? Or the on-again, off-again councilors in Hopkinton? Or the laid-back, sometimes-humorous nature of the meetings in Richmond?
I might only be 26 years old with five years in the business, but I can safely say that I have covered some of the more interesting topics during my tenure at The Times. From the tragic to the humorous to the violent, itâ€™s all happened in these three towns.
One of the more rewarding parts about my job here is that I have seen several huge projects near completion. In particular, thereâ€™s the fact that Richmond stump dump, after all these years, might finally be cleaned up and restored very soon.
There is also the chance that Larry LeBlancâ€™s property in Charlestown, which has been up for sale numerous times and the site of numerous proposals, might truly be of interest for the town. Will they negotiate the price down to closer to the $825,000 appraisal? Weâ€™ll see.
These are, of course, just two of many ongoing, in-the-works stories that remain a giant part of Chariho. And even though I will be some 650 miles away from it all, you better believe Iâ€™ll be reading whoever it is that takes my beat.
Itâ€™s been a whole lot of fun, Chariho and, well, the rest of Rhode Island. See ya later.