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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

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East Providence Police net traffic funds, ready car seat installation program

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Police Department recently announced the receipt of over $29,000 in State Office of Highway Safety grant monies as well as the start of a child car seat installation/instruction program. The Department garnered $29,610 from the highway safety office for use in speed and impaired driver enforcement details in addition

Plants that bloom before the summer solstice — such as peonies — are better off transplanted now.

The what-nows and what-fors of fall gardening

I don’t think my husband would accuse me of being garden-obsessed and compulsively crazed this time of year. Not that he isn’t patient with me in the spring when dinner gets delayed until right after I’ve trenched another 15 feet of lawn and planted a few things, but if I called myself lazy in October

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Barrington funny bug found at Kent Street tennis courts

On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, a tennis instructor who was giving a lesson at the Kent Street courts in Barrington made a strange discovery: a large orange caterpillar with very odd coloring crawling across the court. He put the caterpillar on his racket and showed it to two women playing on the adjacent court. The

The monarch butterfly’s improbable journey of thousands of miles to spend the winter hibernating in the Michoacán mountains of Mexico started in September and October.

Monarchs, hummingbirds are heading south

Earlier in the month whole days went by between hummingbird sightings and I thought they were gone for good. But then one morning I spotted a little female or maybe a weightless youth back-and-forthing around the porterweed’s (Stachytarpheta mutabilis) bow ties. I saw her again the next day, and on and off for a couple

Rain barrels like this are being sold by the WRWA.

Westport River Watershed offers rain barrels

WESTPORT — The Westport River Watershed Association (WRWA) still has 55-gallon rain barrels available to the public for $30, which is more than half off retail price. These barrels, when hooked up to downspouts and drains, provide an ample supply of water that can be used for lawns, gardens, flower pots, car washing and other


Experts to teach composting at Westport Town Farm

WESTPORT — The Trustees of Reservations will host its annual Composting Workshop at the Westport Town Farm on Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m.  Farm Manager Steve Connors will be joined by local gardening experts, to provide tips and demonstrations for helping to convert those garden leftovers and kitchen scraps into healthful additions to your

Tina Read prepares roses as Carolyn Willard  cuts and conditions flowers to be used in an arrangement for September Light, a  Garden Club of America flower show by the Garden Club of Buzzards Bay and the  Little Compton Garden Club, Sept 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Garden clubs prepare September Light

Friday, Sept. 21,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., “September Light”  a joint flower show will be held at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 865 Main Road, Westport.  Free and open to the public, it is sponsored by The Garden Club of Buzzards Bay and the Little Compton Garden Club, and features  judged floral designs, photography entries, and