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WESTERLY — A year ago, members of the Dunn’s Corners Fire Department had to work hard to save a 50-year tradition, altering the annual Karl E. Kenyon Smokey Bear Parade to adhere to social-distancing guidelines. Firefighters broke from the usual crowd interactions and local residents were le…

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HOPKINTON –  On April 5, 1795, Lois (Allen) Nichols and her husband William set out from North Kingstown’s Sherman Farm in their carriage. They were headed toward Boston Neck where they would make their new home. On Lois’s lap was her 17-day-old son Gardner.

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HOPKINTON — Lucas Marsh, a shy, stocky, fifth-generation dairy farmer, stood in the sweltering summer sun one afternoon last week — along with his wife, Melissa, and five of the seven children in their blended family — on the land his family has owned since 1889, when his great, great grandf…

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Jon Dodd was in Connecticut on June 12 when he received a text that stopped him in his tracks. No, it wasn’t about renewing the warrantee on his car. The executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute (ASI) in RI had just learned that a juvenile great white shark was in a fish trap insid…

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CHARLESTOWN — A rubberized asphalt chip-sealing project that began June 9, and a separate liquid asphalt stone sealing project scheduled to take place June 7-30 are expected to cause minor road closures and traffic changes to allow for road maintenance.

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WOOD RIVER JCT. — Walking across a stage set up on the football field for the first time in 19 years, 235 Chariho High School seniors received their diplomas and were reminded of lessons learned from the unusual year they just experienced.

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CHARLESTOWN — Voters are being asked to approve a budget at referendum on June 7 that would allow the community to increase education spending slightly and maintain all services while simultaneously reducing the tax burden for residents.

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RHODE ISLAND – Life in the Ocean State has begun to resume some sense of normalcy, though there is still some question about what the college experience will look like for students attending school in Rhode Island this fall. 

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HOPKINTON — Members of the Town Council last week approved three amendments to the town’s photovoltaic solar energy systems ordinance while rejecting a motion to reopen the public hearing in order to consider amendments to the farm viability ordinance.

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PROVIDENCE — On Monday, vaccine eligibility expanded to all Rhode Islanders age 16 and older, marking the largest age demographic vaccines against COVID-19 have been available to since the state’s rollout.

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WESTERLY — Michael “Spike” Lobdell, founder, president and CEO of New England Science & Sailing in Stonington, has joined a distinguished group of local residents.

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RICHMOND — The town’s Planning Board will reopen a public hearing into the development of an 8-unit residential subdivision along Carolina Nooseneck Road after the State Housing Appeals Board remanded the proposal for further consideration of approval.

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WESTERLY — Film lovers will soon be able to sit comfortably in one of the United Theatre’s three state-of-the-art movie houses and enjoy first-run art-house movies every day of the year.

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HOPKINTON — About 80 birds were killed by smoke inhalation and injuries caused by a 4-alarm fire that erupted in the northern end of a sanctuary building at the Foster Parrots property on Woodville Alton Road early Thursday morning.

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SMITH HILL – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from hundreds of Rhode Islanders on a package of nearly two dozen gun bills. The marathon of a meeting went late into the night last week, drawing out fierce debate from individuals on both sides of the gun control issue. 

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HOPKINTON – From Sept. 6, 1914 through the 12th,  the French Army carried out an impressive offensive that resulted in an allied victory against the German Army. Known as the Battle of the Marne, these efforts did so much to stop Germany’s invasion of France that the United States decided to…

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN — They may be eight years apart, live in different states and work in different fields, but these two sisters and Westerly natives are not only close friends, they share a common goal: helping new parents learn the necessary skills to make sleeptime safe for infants.

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CHARLESTOWN — As members of the Charlestown Budget Commission begin to prepare the town’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, Chairman Richard Sartor said the commission was currently in the process of hearing requests from department heads and there was still much left to be determined.

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CHARLESTOWN — At a lengthy virtual meeting last week, members of the Charlestown Town Council approved resolutions asking the General Assembly to pass two bills affecting beverage bottles. 

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WOOD RIVER JCT. — The pandemic has impacted almost every Chariho activity, including the district’s 10th annual Shakespeare Competition. But as everyone in the performing arts knows, the show must go on, so the competition took place virtually last Thursday.

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RICHMOND — As if caring for five horses isn’t enough work, Richmond veterinarian Amanda Burbank, her husband Casey and daughters Maizey and Ashlynn just rescued two more.

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CHARLESTOWN – The worsening epidemic of Influenza had reached inside the Shannock home of 35-year-old Robert Browning. He and his wife Sarah (Card) had fallen ill along with their two children; 8-year-old Robert and eight-month-old Evelyn. Outside their door, a blizzard raged and all they co…

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RICHMOND — Richmond Elementary School Principal Sharon Martin does whatever it takes to make learning fun, so if getting students’ attention in the Fruit and Veggie Challenge means dressing up as a pickle, she’s okay with that.

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RICHMOND — In a public hearing that lasted more than three hours, members of the Zoning Board heard testimony both for and against a commercial solar array that would be built in a field in the rural Beaver River Valley neighborhood.

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Kacie Hackett grew up in Ashaway, lives in Alexandria, Va., and each Thursday night connects people from all over the world — including many local residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut. 

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RICHMOND — The conclusion of an otherwise routine Town Council meeting became contentious Tuesday when residents during the public forum criticized council President Nell Carpenter for approving the recent appointment of a developer to the Planning Board and for a recent post on social media.

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RICHMOND — As calls for his expulsion from the Rhode Island House of Representatives continued to grow Monday, Rep. Justin Price (R-Richmond, Hopkinton, Exeter) maintained that while he had attended President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., rally last Wednesday, he had not been involved in …

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WOOD RIVER JCT. — Members of the Chariho School Committee held the first public budget workshop of 2021 Tuesday, a process that, this year, will involve grappling with the many challenges created by COVID-19.

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RICHMOND — Richmond Elementary School students moved to an all-distance learning format Monday after an individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19. The school district will not disclose whether the person is a student or a member of the staff.