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Alaskan yard sale yields Chinese dolls

Alaskan yard sale yields Chinese dolls

Q. I enjoy your column and wonder if you could shed some light on these antique Chinese Dolls. I acquired them at an Alaskan yard sale this past spring. Are they in fact Chinese and what historic significance do they hold, if any? They range from 16″ to 20″ tall. A. I do believe your

Col—Green—12.10.14

Down to Earth: Holiday houseplants

A friend who spends part of every fall in an 80º greenhouse caring for a legion of poinsettia plants, recently wondered aloud, “Why?” Why is this persnickety tropical shrub, with giant bracts masquerading as flowers, inextricably tied to Christmas? Why does everyone in climates like this one, insist on risking this plant’s life and raison

No Fluke

Commercial fishing recommendations made by Council; “lean” initiative works The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) met last week to make recommendations on 2015 regulations for commercial scup, black sea bass, monkfish and summer flounder (fluke). The Council reviewed stock status and public comments on proposed recommendations for specie management plans and voted status quo

Violet: Is this economic development?

A Texas developer wants to build student housing on the vacant 1-195 land and state and most Providence officials are ecstatic. So enthused are they that they are urging a tax stabilization agreement for this seventh wonder of so-called economic development. It isn’t. Construction jobs are not counted as economic development in the true meaning

Is this economic development?

A Texas developer wants to build student housing on the vacant 1-195 land and state and most Providence officials are ecstatic. So enthused are they that they are urging a tax stabilization agreement for this seventh wonder of so-called economic development. It isn’t. Construction jobs are not counted as economic development in the true meaning

Capt. Ted McDermott, Narragansett holds a 21 pound cod caught by Roger Simpson on the Frances Fleet last week.

Holiday gifts for fishermen

I can remember sitting on my deck at home and throwing littleneck quahogs on the grill to cook. They would open easily… we would add lemon and hot sauce and eat them as appetizers.  The odds were 50-50 that you would get one cooked but dried out as all the natural juices of the quahog

Make the season ‘slow’

I’m going to bet that most of you have heard of the Slow Food Movement by now. Almost everyone I know has made a conscious shift away from processed “fast” food to sustainable, locally grown whole-food sources. We’re eager to reap the health benefits and do our part for the environment too. But if you

Are we entering a post-sexist era in politics?

It’s clear that baseball has changed since the steroid era of the late ‘90s when “juice” fueled Sammy Sosa and Mark Maguire battled it out to kill the home run record. Today, baseball heroes can come in small packages — like Dustin Pedroia — and hitting 30 home runs is a successful season. While there

Opinion: Water source needed to defuse East Bay ‘time bomb’

By Halsey Herreshoff Bristol Town Council Having read the fine article by Eric Dickervitz in the Phoenix about the recent hearing before the Bristol Town Council by the Bristol County Water Authority, I write to amplify one facet of the problem to finding a back-up for our water supply. I must first emphasize that we

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