2013-11-28 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Congratulations to Madison Tregenza and the Newport Whalers on becoming state hockey champs. Following a game last weekend in Wilmington, Mass., the team to take the ice after Madison’s game was the Bruins. How cool is that?

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I heard the NKHS drama club’s fall presentation of “Antigone” was amazing.

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Jamestown students recently participated in the annual Lions Club poster contest. The theme this year was “Our World, Our Future.” The first-place winner was sixth-grader Caitlin Belland. Second place went to eighth-grader Caroline Crabtree, and eighthgrader Alisha Smith took third. Congratulations. Photos on Page 10.

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Sam DiGasper just returned to the island after a not-so-traditional journey. Sam is a senior in high school at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. Along with 20 other students, Sam spent the last 10 weeks at sea with the school’s ocean classroom. The kids were on a 100-foot schooner, Harvey Gamage, which is no luxury yacht. There are no showers on board, and the sleeping quarters are very, very tight. The students sailed from Maine to Puerto Rico and simultaneously did all of their normal academics. Sam will return to the real world (school) after Thanksgiving.

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There are lots of holiday happenings coming up. Here are the details of those coming up this weekend:

*** An arts and crafts sale will be held at the PAC Club on Saturday. It will be a great opportunity to get those unique Christmas gifts and check out the newly renovated hall. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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St. Matthew’s will be host a Thanksgiving craft sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This first-time event will feature 10 specialty crafters who will sell their original stained glass, photographs, pottery and jewelry. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds will support important relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

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Do some holiday shopping at Middletown’s Barnes & Noble to support the Lawn School eighthgraders on Saturday. There will be carolers, gift wrapping and storytelling. Don’t forget to present the voucher number during checkout: 11196649. This will help the students pay for their class trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring. This just in: Santa will be there from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Island artist Jillian Barber said potters across Newport County will display their art at the Elks Lodge in Newport on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by boat Saturday at 1 p.m. at the East Ferry docks. The couple will then walk up Narragansett Avenue to the Ship’s Store to take pictures.

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Thanksgiving football game: N.K. versus S.K. Kickoff at 10 a.m. at URI.

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The Jamestown Community Chorus will present its holiday concert, “JCC on the Air: A 1943 Radio Broadcast,” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center. One performance only. Advance tickets will be available after Thanksgiving at Baker’s Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware and the Secret Garden.

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There will be a multifamily yard sale on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station. All proceeds go toward funding the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., in June.

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The Conanicut Island Art Association fair has been going on for more than 30 years. This year it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Melrose School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is always worth stopping by.

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Until next year, Jamestown Community Theatre cast, crew, sponsors and audience. “Dear Edwina” was a huge success. Thank you.

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Once the kids are bouncing off the walls after a four-day weekend, you will remember that rec basketball starts Monday for kindergarten through third grade. Stop by the rec center to register.

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Don’t forget Small Business Saturday.

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Living on this beautiful island is one thing a lot of us have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

Email your stuff to me at islandchatter@jamestownpress.com.

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