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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.

A long battle for the right to play

May 25, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When a School Committee member unofficially told Lisa Windham that a playground with special equipment would be installed at Fishing Cove Elementary School, she was thrilled.
Her delight was short-lived.

Morans at the forefront of development in North Kingstown

May 24, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—When Lynn Moran sits in the conference room of her office at the Meadows Commercial Office Building located at 1130 Ten Rod Road, she is not far from reminders of the past, present and future.

Military and music in perfect harmony for retired Navy officer

May 23, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Debbie Goodwin followed her father in some major aspects of life: she took up an instrument and, as a teen, joined her dad in the Lafayette Band; she chose the same career path, too, logging 22 years in the U.S. Navy; and like, her dad, she met her spouse in the service, too.
It is a military family with a musical flourish.
Her dad, the late Robert Rice, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander; her mom, Nettie, was in the Navy Nurses Corps for eight years during World War II. Debbie’s husband, Tom, retired after a combined 29-and-a-half years in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Exeter budget closer to adoption

May 22, 2011

EXETER—Last Thursday evening, the Exeter Town Council held a special public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year and it appears that every member of the public that attended seemed to support the proposal as written.
So, at the very least, three local residents are on board so far.

Thornton suggests offering early retirement incentives

May 21, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In his latest attempt to reduce the 2011-2012 school budget, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton presented a new list of recommended cuts totaling $771,566 Tuesday afternoon during the School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee meeting. If approved, these cuts would result in the elimination of 10 class sections at NK High School, two third-shift custodians at the high school and cause a six percent reduction in funding for the athletic department.

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