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Here holding one of a number of paperbark maples, originally from China, John Gwynne has created a one-acre garden with a microclimate and exotic shapes that are unlike any other in Little Compton. Photos by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Little Compton man works magic with meadows and a garden

Little Compton man works magic with meadows and a garden

LITTLE COMPTON — John Gwynne Jr. of Little Compton has created a magical landscape and garden at the home he grew up at West Main Road, left for many years, and returned to in 2009. On Saturday, July 26, about 3:15 p.m., the magic he began to work in the 1970′s will be accessible to the

Keller Williams employees Natasha Teixeira (front) and Vanessa Raposo deliver bags of mulch to their coworkers at the RI Veterans Home during the realtor's Red Day, a national project to give back to the community.

Local realtors give back at Veterans Home

The Rhode Island Veterans Home got a little brighter Thursday thanks to the efforts of some local realtors. Employees from the Bristol and Newport Keller Williams Realty offices donated their time Thursday to clean up the gardens around the Veterans Home, raking away dead leaves, weeding and mulching flower beds, and planting new shrubs and

Westport River Watershed Alliance volunteers plant the rain gardens with native vegetation.

Rain gardens take root near Westport Middle School

Staff from the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA), the Westport Highway Department and engineers from the Norfolk Ram Group worked together over the summer to create more rain gardens to clean up and slow down polluted runoff from roofs and parking lots at the Westport Middle School complex. The first phase of the project was

Sally Black, Chairwoman of Tiverton's School Committee and Grand Marshall for the Celebrate Tiverton parade Saturday, July 27, holds a poster from the 1997 Tiverton Waterfront Festival, while behind her (from left) stand Linda Larsen, Deborah Pallasch (school committee member), and Pat Curran.

Tiverton throws itself a three-day celebration

TIVERTON — It’s been 16 years since Tiverton threw itself a party back in the summer of 1997, but the dry spell is about to end. “Celebrate Tiverton” is coming to town. It’s a three-day bash for all ages with events in venues scattered through town from Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 (see insert). Celebrate

Eastern bluebird. (Photo from the Trustees of Reservations).

Volunteers needed to bring back the blues

Last weekend they offered instructions on how to builds bluebird nest boxes,  next the Trustees of Reservations will show volunteers how to watch over and tend to the boxes. On Saturday, March 9, the Trustees will offer a training session for volunteers interested in helping to monitor bluebird nest boxes this coming spring. The Trustees