2017-12-28 / Island History


More than 600 plungers sprinted into Mackerel Cove at the stroke of noon to celebrate New Year’s Day, the biggest turnout in the event’s 27-year history, The Jamestown Press reported Jan. 3, 2003.

Despite freezing temperatures, those braves souls were joined by 2,000 onlookers to support the Rhode Island Special Olympics.

100 years ago — Dec. 28, 1917 (Newport Mercury)

The town’s ice men, George Clarke and George Carr, have begun harvesting at the north reservoirs. A good quality, from 8 to 11 inches thick, is being secured.

75 years ago — Dec. 28, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Servicemen from forts Wetherill and Getty were entertained at the USO club by the Rhode Island State College choir, which presented its Christmas concert under the direction of professor Lee McCauley.

The highlights include “Sing We the Virgin Mary” and “I Wonder as I Wonder,” two Appalachian folk carols that date to Chaucer’s time. The collegiate choir culminated the concert with the 1741 “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

50 years ago — Dec. 29, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

A Walcott Avenue man is healing at Newport Hospital after his car skidded on snow and crashed while traveling north on Beavertail Road.

Kenneth R. Olsen, 25, was found unconscious with head lacerations on the easterly side of the street. Norman Faucher, of Narragansett Avenue, found Olsen and took him to Dr. Charles Ceppi. Olsen was then transported to the hospital. He reportedly is in good condition but his car suffered from heavy damage.

25 years ago (The Jamestown Press)

The Jamestown Press did not publish a newspaper between Dec. 24 and Jan. 8.

10 years ago — Dec. 28, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Lawn School principal Kathy Almanzar suspended a student for five days for bringing a pocket knife to school. The no-tolerance policy, she said, is being heard loud and clear throughout the halls. She also commended the students who told their teachers about the knife.

“We are proud of the kids who came forth with the information,” she said.

B.J. Whitehouse, a freshman school committeeman, said he was “100 percent” behind the discipline.

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