2017-02-16 / Island History


Authorities and two K-9 dogs worked their way through the halls of Lawn School searching for drugs, The Jamestown Press reported Feb. 17, 2000.

The search was announced shortly after the school day began. Superintendent Frances Gallo would not specify what prompted the search, but cited “a series of circumstances” and “an anonymous phone call.”

Along with the K-9s and their handlers, five Jamestown patrolmen and a state trooper were on the scene. The dogs reacted to the same two lockers, but no drugs were found.

100 years ago (Newport Daily News)

Heavy ice in Dutch Harbor made it difficult for the ferryboat J.A. Saunders to make its trip to the West Ferry slip. Also, a small schooner has been ice bound in the harbor several days.

75 years ago — Feb. 20, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

A U.S. Army aviation cadet stationed in Jamestown set an examination record at Fort Adams.

Corporal W. Norman Andrews, of the 243rd Coast Artillery at Fort Getty, scored 132 out of a possible 150 points. The extraordinary score comes from a large number of applications from the enlisted men of the Narragansett Bay harbor defenses. A minimum score of 100 is required for eligibility; about onequarter fail to meet that mark. The exam consisted of five parts designed to test both mental alertness and aptitude.

50 years ago — Feb. 17, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Two bills affecting Jamestown were introduced in the Rhode Island House by Democratic Rep. James Gallagher.

One bill asked the state public works department to revise the traffic pattern on East Shore Road to eliminate “Dead Man’s Curve” just north of the golf course. The second proposal sought $1,800 for lifeguard services at Mackerel Cove.

25 years ago — Feb. 21, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Sixty-five fifth-graders graduated from Jamestown’s first Drug Abuse Resistance Education course.

DARE teaches students how to refuse drugs and alcohol. Bill Piva, the juvenile officer for the police department, initiated the program. DARE gives children the opportunity to communicate with police officers as people, not uniforms, he said. During the 10-week course, Piva visited with students on the playground and in the lunchroom.

“The kids got to know me as a real person,” Piva, 28, said. “And they know they will always have a friend.”

10 years ago — Feb. 22, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Five deer were harvested during the first-ever hunting season at Beavertail State Park.

Because the herd doubled to 400 deer in a seven-year stretch, the town councilors gave the state Department of Environmental Management permission to open 100 acres at the north end of the park for bow hunters. The 66-day season attracted 34 registered hunters.

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