2006-05-11 / About Town

Learn about coyote habits tonight

Softball and baseball players and their coaches marched to the ball fields at Lawn Avenue for opening day ceremonies. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Softball and baseball players and their coaches marched to the ball fields at Lawn Avenue for opening day ceremonies. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten

Tonight at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Jamestown Library will host "Wild Things - Results from the First Year of the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study" with Dr. Numi Mitchell.

Since arriving on the islands of Narragansett Bay just over a decade ago, coyotes are more and more frequently seen. The Narragansett Bay Coyote Study is designed to generate regionspecific information about this new native top predator. Using combination GPS/radio collars that transmit hourly coyote positions, Mitchell and her team are conducting the first ecological study of coyotes in Rhode Island. Night films of coyotes are also a critical aspect of the research. Fifteen schools and after-school programs are involved in this novel study of coyote resource use.

Mitchell is a biologist at the Conservation Agency, a nonprofit scientific organization based in Jamestown. She is the lead scientist for the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. Women's Bible study on Tuesdays

A new women's Bible study group is meeting on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the St. Matthew's chapel located in the parish hall. The ongoing, hourlong sessions will be led by Julia Lloyd, who holds a master's degree in theological studies and is the wife of Reverend Kevin Lloyd, rector of St. Matthew's. The group is open to women of all denominations, and the subject will be the Gospel of Mark. There is no need for advance sign-up and participants should bring a Bible of any translation. Library closed for Mother's Day

The Jamestown library will be closed Sunday, May 14, in observation of Mother's Day. The library will be open Sunday May 21, which is the final Sunday opening until next fall.

The library's regular hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday noon to 5 p.m. and 7p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 423-7280 or visit its Web site, www.jamestownri.com/library. Medical fund holds annual sale

The Jamestown Medical Fund will hold its annual plant sale this Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at East Ferry.

A variety of annual plants ready for your garden will be available in packs, flats and baskets. Prices range from $12 per flat to $15 per basket. The sale benefits Jamestown Medical Fund, which provides assistance to residents of Jamestown facing medical expenses they cannot meet on their own. Contact Kathleen Kearney at 423-2925 or Luann Gosselin at 423-0550.

Sheepshearing coming to Watson Farm

Celebrate Spring at Watson Farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day to be held this Saturday, May 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

Historic New England invites the public to this special pre-season Open Farm Day at Watson Farm, located at 455 North Main Rd. It is a great opportunity to watch sheepshearer Lara Sullivan as she removes the fleece from the sheep in the farm flock. Young lambs will be frolicking in the barnyard, and visitors can hike the farm's scenic pastures that meander past a herd of Red Devon cattle down to the shores of Narragansett Bay.

Jared Hartley of the Winsor Blacksmith Shop will be set up with his forge, demonstrating the historic art of blacksmithing. Spinners and weavers will be on hand to show their skill in the fiber arts. Members from the Rhode Island Spinners Guild will give demonstrations of yarn spinning, and offer a chance to learn how to use a loom or a drop spindle. Admission is $5 per car. For more information, contact Watson Farm at 423-0005.

The Watson Farm is a 265acre working farm in Jamestown.

It is owned by Historic New England, a museum of cultural history. Historic New England preserves, interprets, and collects buildings, landscapes, and objects reflecting New England life from the 17th century to the present for the enjoyment of all.

The Watson Farm opens for the season in June. The hours are June 1 to Oct. 15, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students, and kids six and under get in free. Saint Mark Parish will rededicate the 'Fatima' statue

The St. Mark Knights of Columbus have announced that the Catholic Church will hold a rededication ceremony in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Sunday, May 14, at 11 a.m. on the parish lawn adjacent to the recently renovated statue and landscaping project.

The May 14 date is significant as it is also Mother's Day, and the day after the anniversary of the Blessed Mother first appearing to three children in the hills of Fatima in Portugal on May 13, 1917.

Father William O'Neill, pastor of St. Mark Parish and K of C Chaplain, will preside over the ceremony that will include a procession of the new class of First Communicants and a presentation of flowers.

A reception including light refreshments is scheduled to follow the ceremony in the church hall.

The renovation project began last summer with a complete professional restoration of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which has graced the St. Mark parish yard on Narragansett Avenue for decades. Local landscape architect Betty Hubbard volunteered her time and expertise to design a clean and beautiful plan to refashion the fence that surrounded the statue, create pebbled walkways leading to the statue, build a double brick circle enclosing the area, and featuring the simple yet elegant use of new shrubberies and perennial flowers to complete the plan. K of C has installed two

curved benches in front of the statue in addition to new groundbased illumination. Four large shrubs were removed to allow better access to and viewing of the statue area.

The renovation project has been funded through the generous donations of over 100 individuals, couples, and organizations.

Piano concert this Sunday

Pianist Manabu Takasawa will perform his second concert at St. Matthew's church this Sunday, May 14, at 4 p.m.

An assistant professor of music at the University of Rhode Island, Takasawa teaches piano and theory.

His Sunday program will include music by Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and others. The concert is sponsored by the Jamestown Community Piano Group.

Donations for the piano maintenance fund will be accepted.

A spring cleaning idea

Can't park in the garage? Attic overflowing? Basement out of control? Might be time to do some spring cleaning.

For anyone with too much stuff and not enough time or stamina to have a yard sale, consider donating the excess stuff to the Central Baptist Church for its annual June Festival. Drop off donations at the church on Saturday mornings through June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call Dave at 423-2241 or Deb at 792-0166 for more information. Garden club wins awards, meets May 15

The Quononoquott Garden Club received three awards from the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs at its annual meeting held April 27 at Rhodes-onthe Pawtuxet.

Quononoquott Garden Club President Gloria Westlake accepted the Yearbook Award, for the club's annual book of programs and membership information. She also received the Newsletter Award for the club's "Daffodil Times," and took home the Silver Trowel award, which was shared with the Bristol Garden Club, for the two best garden tours in the state for 2005.

Some 14 members of the club attended the annual meeting and luncheon.

The club's next meeting will be Monday, May 15 at the home of Jill Meyer. After the business meeting, members will price and label the hundreds of perennials they will sell at their May 20 plant sale and Boutique-by-the Bay, which is the club's largest fundraiser of the year for civic beautification projects.

Hospitality team members are Joyce Allphin, Kim McDonough and Barbara Tuthill. Soldiers to get care packages from vets

The American Legion ArnoldZweir Post 22 is sending care packages to Jamestown men and women who are serving in the military in the Middle East.

Forward the names and information on any island soldiers, currently in Iraq or Afghanistan to Bob Edgar at 423-2536, Leslie Kurtz at 423-3820, or Bob Umbenhauer at 423-1747.

The deadline is May 28.

Be a light keeper for week of July 4th

An opportunity to be the Rose Island Lighthouse keeper for the week of Fourth of July is being auctioned on ebay, with the auction ending tonight at 8:45 p.m.

That privilege, which includes a wonderful place from which to watch area fireworks, is worth approximately $2,000. It is being auctioned to raise funds to maintain

the lighthouse, which lies a mile offshore in the shadow of the Newport-Pell Bridge.

"Without a doubt, this is sure to be the most memorable family vacation anyone could have!" said Charlotte Johnson, the executive director of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. "What people appreciate most about staying at the Rose Island Lighthouse is that they're not sleeping in a separate building from the lighthouse - the lighthouse tower is right on top of Rose Island's keeper's dwelling! To be able to view Newport's fantastic fireworks from a perch like this adds a dimension to fireworks that is off the charts," Johnson said.

The winning family has exclusive use of the lighthouse keeper's apartment for the entire week. It is designed for two adults and up to four children or grandchildren under the age of 18.

A direct link to the auction is posted on the Foundation's Web site at www.RoseIsland.org or it can be accessed through a search on ebay.

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