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Letter: Burying beetle should be state bug

Letter: Burying beetle should be state bug

To the editor: We are the third grade at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport. Did you know that Rhode Island is one of four states that doesn’t have a state insect? We are trying to make the American Burying Beetle the state insect of Rhode Island.  We would like to share some information

Darwin R. Shearman, 77, Tiverton

Darwin R. (Sherm) Shearman, 77, of Tiverton, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Somerset Ridge Center.  He was the loving companion of Anne R. Estep.  Born in Jamestown, NY, he was the son of the late William Winslow and Aurilla Baker Lanning Shearman. Mr. Shearman owned and operated Shearman Oil Company until his


Mt Hope Bay, Kickie closed to shellfishing after spill

The Department of Environmental Management announced that conditionally-approved areas of Mount Hope Bay and the Kickemuit River will be closed to shellfishing beginning at sunrise on Thursday, Feb. 26. DEM enacted the emergency closure because an estimated 600,000 gallons of non-disinfected effluent was discharged Wednesday from the Fall River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility between 8:50 a.m.


Westport home offers plenty of space, pond views

South Westport is the setting for this modern home with deeded water rights on a private cul-de-sac. Built in 1992, the large contemporary at 9 Ivy Meadows Lane in Westport, Mass., has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms within more than 3,300 square feet of living space. On the banks of Devol Pond, the property has

In Tiverton, a free lunch for a tired DPW crew

TIVERTON — If anyone has earned the right to be sick of snow, ice, wind, the cold, white-outs, dark and dangerous roads at night, long hours, little sleep, and the relentlessness of this winter, it’s the men and woman of the Tiverton Department of Public Works (DPW). To recognize their efforts, Tiverton Town Administrator Matt