2017-05-25 / Island History


The town will begin using chemicals in catch basins to kill mosquito larvae that could become carriers of West Nile virus, The Jamestown Press reported May 25, 2000.

Steve Morin, a scientist with the state Department of Environmental Management, reported fishermen are concerned the chemical methroprene will harm lobsters. Because the small amount will be so diluted by the time it enters the bay, however, it will pose no threat to marine life, he said.

Morin called the plan “environmentally sound” and “the prudent thing to do.” The town councilors gave the project a unanimous endorsement.

100 years ago — May 27, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

Despite threatening weather, several hundred guests attended a flag raising at St. Mark Church.

Men from Fort Greble and St. Mark cadets, accompanied by a drum and bugle corps, assisted in the ceremony. The choir sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

75 years ago — May 29, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Elizabeth Munro Clarke has been tabbed by the federal government to develop cultural relations with republics in Latin America.

Clarke, a 1917 graduate of Smith College, will fly to Bogata, Columbia. An expert in the field of social work, she has 20 years experience and currently works with Social Security.

50 years ago — May 25, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Ferry service was halted and ash cans were blown into the streets after heavy rain and wind pelted Narragansett Bay.

The Jamestown Ferry was tied up for three hours while small craft warnings remain in effect from Providence to Block Island. Nearly 1.5 inches of rain fell while 30-knot winds gusted through town.

25 years ago — May 29, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Bay View Drive resident Claire Ferguson has been elected the first female president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

About 320 U.S. delegates voted for Ferguson during their governing meeting in Alaska. A former gold medal competitor and Michigan State graduate, she is one of only 20 Americans qualified to judge both Olympic and world championships.

10 years ago — May 31, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The conservation board was awarded a $67,000 federal grant to restore tidal flushing at the Great Creek.

According to grant writer Carol Trocki, work will include eradicating the phragmites, an invasive tall weed that has raided the wetlands. This will allow flushing to restore the habitat and breeding grounds for shellfish and migrating birds. The marsh also acts as a buffer for flooding during storms.

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