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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,...

2008-09-03 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...

2008-07-01 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
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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