Sunday, February 14, 2016
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Madeleine A. (Thiboutot) Marois, 71, of Westport, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Wilfrid J. Marois. Born in Fall River, daughter of the late Octave R. and Marie B. (Cote) Thiboutot, she had resided in Westport for most of her life. Prior to her retirement, she...

To the editor: Labeling GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) now is important because if we do not put laws on the books that favor labeling, we may lose the legal ability to ever put a label on GMO foods in the future. The grocery lobby and biotech industry are making efforts to pass legislation on a federal level that would prohibit labeling. ...

Confirmation last week of the death of a missing Cranston, RI, man has refueled speculation that a body discovered off Westport last August might be that of 36-year-old Kerry Mello. Rhode Island State Police last week confirmed that Mr. Mello is indeed dead but released no other details. Mr. Mello, the father of three, was last seen by his girlfriend...

  The Highway Department took delivery of a brand new jet black Freightliner heavy duty custom dump truck/plow-sander last week, a day before the arrival of “Jonas” — a monster in the mid-Atlantic states that delivered about eight inches here. “We’re waiting for the plates. Should be here today, sure hope so,” said Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves Friday. The plates arrived...

To the editor: I am the neighbor referred to in Ms. Kate Levin's article on the winery's 30th birthday. I live on the adjacent farm, my dwelling being approximately 300 yards from the winery tasting room.  We are growing and selling sustainably grown vegetables under the name Ivory Silo Farm. You may have seen our farm-stand on Hix Bridge Road. I...

To the editor: It is more than a falsehood to say that Ed Howe wants to shut down hayrides and other activities as promoted by MDAR. The Westport Winery and Buzzards Bay Brewing (also owned by the Russell family) are both running concert series, not enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the week while musicians "strum a tune."...

  In spite of ta building snowstorm, over 40 community members gathered Saturday afternoon at the Westport Grange for the Westport Land Conservation Trust's (WLCT) third annual Meet Your Local Farmer event. Participating farms included Silk Tree Farm, Hana's Honey, Skinny Dip Farm, Ivory Silo Farm, Peet's Farm, Cluck and Trowel, Buzzards Bay Brewing, and Healthy Futures Farm. Due to the snow,...

Lenora “Lee” (Medeiros) Souza, 94, of Tiverton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Warren Skilled Nursing Facility in Warren surrounded by family and friends. She was the wife of the late Antone (Tony) Souza. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of Manuel and Adeline (Lima) Medeiros. She resided in Tiverton for 60 years. She was...

The Westport Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its ranks Friday — and also celebrated the prospect of being up to ‘full staffing’ for the first time in several years. Joining the department are Michael Teixeira and Robert Green, both of whom bring more experience and training than many ‘rookies,’ said firefighter Robert Porawski. After being sworn in, both will...

To the editor: As a public school educator entering my 21st year of teaching, I continually return to a simple question. Where has the joy of learning in our schools gone? This year, many school districts are shifting from the MCAS assessment to the PARCC, (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) causing many of our students, parents,...

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