2013-05-09 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

The 2nd annual Payton’s Pace 5k is next weekend!

Kids 10 and under can par­ticipate in the fun run at noon, and the 5k will follow 1 p.m. Don’t miss this fun-filled family event at Fort Getty. Register now at Pay­tonsPace.org to support the Pay­ton Elizabeth Watson Memorial Foundation, which was created to bring awareness to childhood can­cer while keeping Payton’s spirit alive.

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For all of my friends who have been asking where they can get a used stand-up paddleboard, here is your answer: Jamestown Outdoors will host a yard sale to sell off last year’s equipment to make room for new equipment. The sale is this Saturday, May 11, at the Dutch Harbor Boat Yard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be paddleboards, single kayaks, tandem kayaks and life jackets for sale.

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It is Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurse Week. What would we do without them?

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How often do you get to run over the Newport Bridge? Answer for the third year in a row: Once a year. The 2013 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run registration is now open. Save the date of Sunday, Nov. 10. For more information, visit PellBridgeRun.com.

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Jamestown’s very own K9 Abby is in the running for the 2013 Hero Dog Award, in the search and res­cue dog category, and her charity partner is the Sage Foundation for Dogs who Serve. If Abby wins, she could be heading to Los An­geles to meet Betty White, and her namesake from NCIS. Not to mention the Sage Foundation re­ceives funds that it could really use to help all the dogs that serve. You can show your support for K9 Abby by voting at HeroDogA wards.com. You can vote once a day.

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Save the date for the Jamestown Arts Center’s third annual Sum­mer Soiree: Saturday, July 5.

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Saturday, May 18, is Battery Day at Jamestown’s Conanicut Battery Historic Park as well as Armed Forces Day. The James­town Community Band starts playing at 1 p.m., and Cub Scout Pack 1, veterans groups and re-en­actors from around the state march into the battery field to the rousing music. The ceremonies celebrate the 1776 earthworks in the town park.

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I have mentioned before how much I love walking the paths of the battery, as do many other dog owners on the island. Well there is a new path with a breathtaking view of the Jamestown Bridge.

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Zachary Neronha is in the Jamestown Boy Scout Troop and has been working on his Eagle Scout project. In order to earn his Eagle rank, one of the require­ments is to do a community ser­vice project. He chose to construct a new north loop trail at the bat­tery and relocate a section of an existing trail. During four work­days and a great showing on be­half of his family and Scout troop, the project was completed. Zach­ary wanted to convey his gratitude for all those who helped with the project.

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The junior prom is Saturday, May 18!

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The theme for this year’s Will Reynold’s poster and essay con­test was, “No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” Kindergarteners through second- graders were asked to create a poster about learning from mis­takes. Kids in grades three and four were asked to write a poem or essay accompanied by a draw­ing about learning from mistakes. Older students were asked to write an essay focused on the theme of learning from mistakes. This year’s winners were: kindergarten, Scarlet Wolfe; first grade, Kaylee Peterson; second grade, Kather­ine Bridges; third grade, Lauren Gale; fourth grade, Thomas Bel­sky; fifth grade, Cameron Tuttle; sixth grade, Timothy Fay; seventh grade, Madison Tregenza; and eighth grade, Eliza Kallfelz. Con­gratulations!

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Good luck to the N.K. sailing team heading to Chicago for na­tionals this weekend.

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