Latest Charlestown, Rhode Island Stories

2008-10-07 15:00:20

Nature is slowly reclaiming these former runways at Ninigret Park and Refuge, once the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, where former President George H.W. Bush trained as a pilot during World War II. More than a decade ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the former base's 70 acres of asphalt runways to restore its native grassland habitat. The park includes four tennis courts, a 9/10-mile bicycle course available for bicycles, walkers, rollerblading and jogging,...

2008-10-02 15:00:30

Nature hike: The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is sponsoring a six-mile hike along the Vin Gormley Trail, through Burlingame Management Area in Charlestown, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walkers should meet at Kimball Wildlife Refuge, 180 Sanctuary Rd. Fees are $8 for Audubon members, $4 for their children; and, for others, $12 and $6. For information or to register, call 949-5454, ext 3041. Road rally: SHO will raise funds with an "Autumn Fun Road Rally," a caravan traveling through...

2008-09-21 15:00:16

The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island have announced the winners of their eighth annual amateur photo competition. The judges for the contest were Jim Hazelwood and Matt Wunsch. Contestants were asked to submit photos taken at one of the five refuges in Rhode Island: Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown, Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown, John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown, Sachuest Point National Wildlife...

2008-09-03 18:00:16

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has listed the results of the fifth annual North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count for Rhode Island on the Audubon Web site, www.asri.org. Both amateurs and experts spent June 28 and July 12 identifying all butterflies spotted in a 24-hour period in various areas, including 11 in South County, with a total of 3,521 butterflies and 51 species recorded. One of the rare finds was the Variegated Fritillary, reported at Ninigret National...

2008-08-07 15:00:30

RICHMOND -- A public hearing on the proposed conversion of the Knowles Mill site, in Shannock, into a public park will be held tonight at 7 at the H.L. Arnold Fire And Safety Complex on Route 112. The mill, also known as Carmichael Mill, was razed in 2006. Geoffrey A. Marchant, director of the Community Development Consortium, said the group will report on the contaminants found on site and the proposed cleanup plan and present the concept plan for the park, which calls for public...

2008-07-01 15:00:25

Storyteller and filmmaker Marc Joel Levitt is collecting oral histories from Navy pilots, local farmers and fishermen, members of the Narragansett Tribe, nuclear plant protesters, and former Hunter Island residents and biologists as part of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service project to document the history of Charlestown's Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Anyone who would like to share stories about the refuge may e- mail him at MarcLevitt@aol.com, or call (401) 783-0887. (c) 2008 Providence...

2007-10-02 18:00:16

By Katie Mulvaney; Journal Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN - Del Barber remembers shellfishing in Foster Cove in the 1970s, when the waters were rich with oysters and blue crabs, and The Willows restaurant and resort had the only buildings along the shore. "You could get three bushels in a couple of hours," Barber says. He watched in the '80s and '90s as people built summer houses with Palladian windows and decks stretching toward the ocean, homes that today command more than $1 million....

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'