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And The Beat Goes On: Take time to appreciate nature

June 4, 2011

We don’t always take the time to appreciate the gifts of nature. There are so many people in the world affected by the change in seasons. Scientists have proven that living without sunlight for any length of time can produce profound disorders, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a contributing factor in depression.
Weather appears to have changed dramatically in the last few years. Why? There are numerous thoughts and ideas but nothing substantial is known for certain. We can no longer depend on the weather to be fairly predictable.

New harbormaster a fish in water

June 3, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Edward L. “Ted” Hughes has seen a lot of sunrises and sunsets during his many years as a recreational fisherman and boating enthusiast.
“My whole life has been spent on the water,” he says. “I started at eight or nine and was fishing at 12; I began boating in my early teens and got my captain’s license in the late ‘80s.”

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June 2, 2011

After months of back-and-forth debate on the 2012 budget for the NK School Department, voters will take to the polls this Tuesday to approve or deny a petition to increase funding for the department by $500,000.
This week, we tell you everything you need to know about the referendum. What cuts have been made? What cuts are still on the table? How will the department use the money?

Local URI student seeks to change the world

June 1, 2011

A local college student is out to change the world and judging by his collegiate accomplishments thus far, he’s off to a great start.
Scott Andrews, 21 years old and a junior at University of Rhode Island, believes an individual can combine political ideals and take action to transform their communities at the same time.
It’s because of this belief that Andrews was recently chosen by the Campus Compact as one of 135 men-of-action for its first group of Newman Civic Fellows who come from 30 states.

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 5): Cold War was his specialty

May 31, 2011

JAMESTOWN – In his Navy service, former Wickford Middle School Principal Martin Hellewell (a 1954 graduate of WMS)—who retired as a captain—logged 30 years, 10 on active duty and 20 in the Reserves.
At 74, he says he was involved in Cold War activities “big time”, starting after his 1960 graduation from Officers Candidate School. “I went as an engineer officer on a patrol craft escort based out of Chicago.

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 4): Fernstrom thinks of buddies

May 30, 2011

EXETER – Even now, 44 years after he patrolled the jungles of Vietnam – a place that steamed in the daytime, becoming, cold and wet at night – Ken Fernstrom remembers the daily quest to survive.
“I think about it on a daily basis,” he says. “Everything is still crystal clear.”
Fernstrom, who served 18 years on the Town Council (he thinks that's a record for length of tenure on Exeter's governing body), was 18 in 1967 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Infantry.

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 3): Travel opportunity a plus

May 29, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ted Johnson, 78, spent exactly three years, three months and three days in the Navy on a heavy cruiser out of Norfolk, Va. The USS Newport News CA-148 was the flagship of the 6th Fleet.
“We went to ports that some others didn’t go to,” Johnson recalls. One of his most prominent early duties was to formally welcome dignitaries visting the Admiral.

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 2): Livingston fought in three wars

May 28, 2011

JAMESTOWN – Bruce Livingston limps a bit as he shows visitors around his waterfront home and onto the deck. “You can sit out here, drink your coffee and fish right off the porch,” he proclaims.

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 1): Marine Corps League aids charities at home

May 27, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Warren Becker, who will turn 85 in a few weeks, is quick to point out there’s no such thing as an ex-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine is the byword of this proud military branch.
In World War II, he explains, “I was a seagoing Marine, attached to Navy cruisers. I went to South America and around Cape Horn into the Pacific but not the actual war zone.”

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May 26, 2011

This Monday marks the annual holiday known as Memorial Day and for veterans all around that country, the day is one of somber remembrance and appreciation for time spent defending our country and protecting our way of life.
This week, the Standard Times pays tribute to those members of our Armed Forces in a special look at the lives and times of five local veterans.
Writer Martha Smith takes you on a wonderful journey of true love for country through our special "Salute to those who have served" series.

 

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