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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Identity and headgear

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Beware of mosquito spit

More than a living syringe: Mosquito saliva alone triggers unexpected immune response
Baylor College of Medicine

Image result for mosquito spitMosquito season is around the corner, bringing with it a higher risk of catching potentially serious diseases transmitted by their bite.

Mosquitoes also may increase the severity of the diseases they transmit, and researchers think that mosquito saliva plays an active role in this process.

A team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has taken a closer look at the effect of mosquito saliva alone and found that it can trigger an unexpected variety of immune responses in an animal model of the human immune system.

Bad air across Rhode Island CONTINUES today

Friday's unhealthy ozone levels continue through Saturday.
Tree pollen is also very high
The air quality forecast for Sunday is "Good." The NWS forecast is for showers beginning tonight.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says air quality will again reach UNHEALTHY levels statewide during the afternoon and late into the evening on Friday, May 26th.

The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations.

Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.

Tree pollen is also a problem this weekend, except for Sunday
Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels. Travel by bus or carpool whenever possible, particularly during high ozone periods.

The Rhode Island Department of Health warns that unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and aggravation of asthma and other respiratory ailments.

'This Is Not Ok'

Guard Shoves Reporter as EPA Bars Multiple News Outlets From Water Pollution Event
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked reporters from CNN, E&E News, and the Associated Press from attending a summit about water pollution on Tuesday, and a security guard reportedly grabbed a journalist by the shoulders and "forcibly" shoved her out of the building.

"Guards barred an AP reporter from passing through a security checkpoint inside the building. When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building," the AP said Tuesday.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told the journalists they had not been invited to the summit and there was not space for them. Wilcox told NBC News the agency provided them with a livestream. 

He claimed the AP reporter threatened "negative coverage" if she was not allowed to attend the event, but also that he was "unaware of the individual situation that has been reported."

A climate reporter for Politico tweeted Tuesday that a security guard joked about how he told an AP reporter she could not film as she was being kicked out of the agency building.

A journalist from E&E confirmed that his outlet as well as CNN and the AP had been barred from attending the event.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A time to remember our war dead

Let us hope and work for peace
By Will Collette
Click here to see more history and photos of Charlestown's
Ninigret Naval Auxiliary Air Field.
Memorial Day is the official federal holiday to commemorate the men and women who died in our nation’s wars. 

Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” when people were asked to place flowers on the graves of Union soldiers who died fighting against the Confederacy in the Civil War. It has since become the day we remember those in died in all of our wars.

In years past, Progressive Charlestown reprinted an original series of articles on the history of the Ninigret Naval Auxiliary Air Field (NAAF) over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Hundreds of Navy aviators learned to fly, and  dozens died trying at NAAF during the Second World War.

The NAAF, now Ninigret Park and the Ninigret Natural Wildlife Refuge, changed and shaped Charlestown perhaps as no event in modern times.

Instead of re-running the series, we invite you to read about the airfield and its history, as well as controversies that have arisen over the land and its uses by simply clicking here on NAAF to bring up all the articles in chronological order.

It’s hard to think about our nation’s war dead without thinking about the perilous times we live in and how easily we could add many more names to the roll call due to a whim or miscalculation.

The Doors

For more cartoons by Matt Bors, CLICK HERE.

From the RI Community Food Bank

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Local senior receives a box of commodity food which supplements her diet by providing basic and nutritious food items.
Getting Healthy Foods to Seniors
At the Food Bank, 20% of the guests served by our member agencies are over the age of 60. Since May is Older Americans Month, we’re highlighting one of the programs that delivers food assistance to seniors in need. The federally-funded Commodities Supplement Food Program provides a box of healthy food once a month to qualified participants.
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Chef Heather with Community Kitchen graduates.
Job Training Program Marks 20 Years
At the 20th anniversary celebration of the Food Bank’s culinary job training program, Community Kitchen Instructor Chef Heather Langlois (left) was recognized for her devotion to the program for the past two decades. Alumni, volunteers and staff gathered last week to celebrate twenty years of transforming lives through culinary education.
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Representatives from our network of agencies are recognized for best practices.
Agencies Share Best Practices
Each year, the Food Bank hosts an annual conference to bring together volunteers and staff from our member agencies to share best practices and honor outstanding work. This year's theme was collaboration and invited speakers discussed ways to work together to provide the best programs and services to guests at our member agencies.
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My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

Learning a trade is a practical alternative to racking up college debt

Image result for plumbing apprenticeIn the classic 1960s movie The Graduate, a family friend offers Dustin Hoffman, the recent graduate, one word of advice: “plastics.”

My advice for today’s high school graduates: “learn a trade.”

Unfortunately, there’s a historic stigma about “voc-ed,” the result of snobbery toward certain occupations.

Yes, there’s also the shameful practice of tracking low-income whites and people of color into blue-collar jobs while encouraging wealthier white students to attend college. But now there are millions of rewarding, high-paying trade jobs sitting empty.

Instead of training for those, tens of millions of high school graduates are on college autopilot, loading up an average of $37,000 in debt, and graduating without any practical skills.

Not only is our economy suffering for lack of skilled workers, but also a huge number of workers are unhappy and earning below their financial potential.

The White House needs an editor

Here's the corrected version of Donald Trump's actual letter canceling the North Korea summit:

Eating fish really is good for you

Keep saying yes to fish twice a week for heart health
American Heart Association Scientific Advisory

fish eating GIFA new scientific advisory reaffirms the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat fish- especially those rich in Omega-3 fatty acids twice a week to help reduce the risk of  heart failurecoronary heart diseasecardiac arrest and the most common type of stroke (ischemic). 

The advisory is published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“Since the last advisory on eating fish was issued by the Association in 2002, scientific studies have further established the beneficial effects of eating seafood rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, especially when it replaces less healthy foods such as meats that are high in artery-clogging saturated fat,” said Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D., chair of the American Heart Association writing group and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

The Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of non-fried fish, or about ¾ cup of flaked fish every week. Emphasis should be placed on eating oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines or albacore tuna, which are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.

The advisory was written by a panel of nutrition experts, who also reviewed studies about mercury in fish. Mercury is found in most seafood but is prevalent in large fish such as shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, bigeye tuna, marlin and orange roughy. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Langevin Opposes Misguided Legislation to Gut Financial Regulations

Bill rolls back financial reforms put in place following the 2008 Great Recession
By US Representative Jim Langevin 

Image result for great Recession of 2008It was only a decade ago that Rhode Island was rocked by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment soared, retirement account balances plummeted, and thousands of people lost their homes. 

Somehow, Republicans in Congress seem to have forgotten the financial contagion that spread from Wall Street to every state in the country. 

This misguided banking bill turns back the clock to a pre-2008 mindset, weakening rules put in place to ensure we don’t see a repeat of the subprime lending crisis. We passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to prevent future bailouts, but this bill makes them more likely.

NOTE: The bill is S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act passed on May 22 with most Democrats voting NO.

And another Presidential coin issued

Pic of the Moment

From the Charlestown Historical Society

New Logo

Cross' Mills



11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

10:30 AM - NOON

The CHS Archive and Schoolhouse will be opening this Memorial Day weekend with the normal seasonal hours on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  This year we will also be open on Sunday morning from 10:30 AM to Noon before the Memorial Day Parade begins.  Please stop by and enjoy the Charlestown Naval Air Field (CNAF) WWII exhibit which commemorates Charlestown's presence during the war.  New period airplane models and photographs are on display.  


We are excited to report that the 1732 Card House Presidential stencil murals are now undergoing restoration right here in Charlestown.  All three of the conservators (affiliated with the American Institute of Conservation in Washington, DC) bring both national and international experience to this project.  They will be performing plaster reconstruction and repair, structural support and display presentation, as well as cleaning of the antique artwork.

We plan to present these two rare pieces of American history in the Charlestown Town Hall Council Chamber by the end of June for the public to enjoy.  This project has been generously underwritten by The Champlin Foundation.

We would like to take a brief moment to thank you, our membership, for your support this Spring with dues and donations.  

Your support allows us to provide not only you but also Charlestown's visitors with increased awareness of our town's history. It also enables us to maintain our Archive and Schoolhouse.

Thank you!!!
About Us

Charlestown Historical Society
P.O. Box 100
Charlestown, RI  02813

The Charlestown Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 

URI researcher’s TickSpotters program provides timely risk assessment

Professor Thomas Mather says could be bad season for ticks
seth green cult movies GIF by absurdnoiseOh No! You’ve been bitten by a tick or find one on your clothes or pet. Your anxiety quickly builds as you wonder, “Is this a deer tick? Will I get Lyme disease?”

With University of Rhode Island Professor of Entomology Tom Mather warning that a tough tick season is looming this spring and summer, he also wants you to know that help is as close as the Internet or cellular data by using his TickSpotters program.

With your smartphone or camera, simply take a photo of a tick that you find on your skin or clothes and send it to TickSpotters.

Mather, a nationally renowned tick expert, director of the URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease and its popular TickEncounter Resource Center, works with doctoral graduate student Heather Kopsco and other team members to examine photos and provide an identification confirmation, a personalized risk assessment and case-appropriate prevention educational information at no charge to help people determine what their next steps could be.