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Louis Escobar, here posing with a friend, dresses up in Patriotic garb for every Independence Day. “I’m Uncle Sam’s brother,” he says. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth fireworks moved to Saturday

PORTSMOUTH — Mother Nature has other plans for Louis Escobar’s fireworks, which he had originally planned to shoot from his Highland Farm Friday night, July 4. “Listening to the weatherman, Saturday looks a little more realistic,” the dairy farmer said Tuesday. That was confirmed today when Portsmouth police announced that the fireworks were being moved to

The only known photograph. of Sarah J. Eddy

Have you met Portsmouth’s Sarah J. Eddy?

PORTSMOUTH — A few months ago, Robert Pimental, the reference librarian at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, got a call from the curator for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., home of the famed abolitionist. The homestead displays a full-length portrait of Douglass dated 1883 and the curator was wondering whether the library

Rose Escobar and Wayne Quackenbush prepare tiles for hanging at the Portsmouth Arts Guild (PAG) Saturday. Ms. Escobar is an art teacher at Portsmouth High School and Mr. Quackenbush is the president of PAG. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth debuts Gallery Night on Friday

PORTSMOUTH — Looking over all the 6×12-inch tile boards being hung at four different locations around town, you’ll see many familiar scenes: the former Island Park amusement park, Flo’s Drive-In, Clements’ Marketplace, Melville, Wapping Road, Green Animals, etc. That’s no coincidence, as the theme for Portsmouth’s first-ever Gallery Night this Friday, May 23, is “My

Bob Hamilton, with the late John R. Pierce, Sr.'s book, "Historical Tracts of the Town of Portsmouth Rhode Island," which he first printed in 1991. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Holiday gifts that say ‘Portsmouth’

PORTSMOUTH — If your mantra is “buy local,” you probably frequent as many mom-and-pop stores in Portsmouth as you can and stock up on produce at DeCastro’s or the indoor farmers’ market at St. Mary’s Church. But when it comes to holiday gifts, consider stepping it up a notch. Not only can you buy from

Mary King, a Celtic harp player, has been performing traditional Irish music for more than two decades.

Irish ears smiling in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Library patrons enjoyed an early St. Patrick’s Day treat last night. The Portsmouth Free Public Library hosted “Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song,” an all-Irish program which embraces Irish history and culture. Hughie Purcell, Phil Edmonds and Mary King performed traditional Irish favorites and told the stories behind the songs. At certain points, they

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