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Inspired by Susan Sayer of Mystic who, as I wrote a few weeks ago, heroically made an itinerary for herself for visiting local places this year despite the ruin of her body by multiple sclerosis and lately metastatic cancer, I found my way, for the first time, to Peter Pots Pottery in West K…

I believe sea level is rising, but there is another contributing geological factor that is being ignored that needs to be addressed. This is called subsidence. Subsidence lowers the elevation of the land, making it appear as if the sea level is rising. I have heard all about the sea-level-ri…

I dare to say that at some point in time, we have all been pulled over for a traffic violation. No matter how hard you try, if you drive on a regular basis, it’s going to happen to you. Sooner or later we are all going to see the blue lights in our rearview mirror.

Susan wrote, “It is important to remember that tomorrow was never promised. Even though we make plans, there are no guarantees. What counts is what you do today for that is what will be remembered.” Her mom, Kay, lived her 78 years that way. The Psalmist would say that God gave her a good po…

I read in the Oct. 5 issue of The Sun that Todd Akin took the fall at 74 (“Ex-U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by his ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies at 74”). Telling it like it is: Missouri’s Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, along with Indiana’s Richard “God’s will” Mourdock, teamed up in 2012 to turn …

Four months ago, the Hopkinton Town Council went around their Planning Board and Conservation Commission and created the Potter Hill Dam Informational Committee. They then appointed its partisan members entirely from the 1% of Hopkinton residents who live directly on or within a stone’s thro…

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to address several recent letters to the editor pertaining to the potential removal of the Potter Hill Dam. Mr. Buford, Mr. Perry and Ms. Poyer, if you live on or adjacent to the section of the Pawcatuck River in question, I truly respect your opi…

The public needs to know local elected officials have not been included in the Potter Hill Dam situation as they should have been. For my part I am maintaining an interest. I grew up in Ashaway. However, local leaders and town council members should have had more input and certainly more inf…

The most important thing readers should have learned from last week’s column is that pre-diabetes is reversible. And fancy pharmaceuticals aren’t to thank. Rather, it’s glycemic control, achieved naturally, by managing blood sugar with the help of concentrated brown seaweed. But what’s glyce…

If “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” then I should be pretty well set for the next year or two. I’ve already made my annual trip to Clyde’s Cider Mill and enjoyed more than my share of their delicious cider and donuts. This past weekend, my family and I picked our weight in all variety…

I read with interest the article concerning the controversy over the Potter Hill Mill Dam removal. Let’s state what this controversy is really about. It’s a handful of riverfront landowners who are afraid their personal playground will be changed if the dam is removed versus the thousands of…

Removal of the Potter Hill Dam is a major component of returning the Pawcatuck River’s original wild and scenic qualities. It will be the last of six dam removals undertaken recently for this purpose. It will be a major benefit to the fishery and to climate resiliency. This is why all the en…

The Town of Westerly first had a court-approved order of condemnation on the dangerous Potter Hill Mill ruin in 1984. I am very pleased that, in its wisdom, the current Town Council recently voted to use COVID-19 federal relief funds to finally address this problem. Taking down the mill ruin…

For many, engaging socially with a friend or loved one with dementia is not easy, and as you might expect there are ways to make it less complicated, for everyone. I’m going to be providing you with a list of questions you can ask your loved one in person or over the phone that will make it …

‘You wouldn’t be the Episcopal priest, would you?” The question caught me off guard. I was coming out of Midway Pizza when he appeared out of nowhere. I had never seen him before. He was in his seventies and dressed in a floral shirt and shorts. The thought hit me that he might be looking fo…

Ms. Denise M. Lenihan’s courageous letter titled “America’s exit from Afghanistan was unconscionable” (Sept. 25) should shock its readers into seeing the incompetence of President Biden and his administration and how it’s led to the tragedy that’s taken place in Afghanistan.

Stonington should be able to come up with a Plan B that makes more sense for the Campbell Grain lot. Our intertwined Westerly/Pawcatuck downtown would suffer from this ill-conceived 82-apartment monstrosity purporting to be affordable housing that nobody wants. Once Winn disappears and is no…

This is in reference to the article of Oct. 3, “Should it stay or should it go?” regarding the Potter Hill Mill dam. The article quotes a Mr. Tim Mooney, a spokesman for the Nature Conservancy organization. He states many reasons why the Nature Conservancy, NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlif…

There’s something about this time of year that always makes me want to get out of the house and just DO things. I know I’m not alone — I’ve heard the same from numerous others lately. Of course, COVID continues to make things tricky, and while there are many who are itching to (safely) atten…

The editorial “20 years after 9/11, we are letting the terrorists win,” penned by the Hartford Courant and reprinted in the Sept. 24 Westerly Sun, should have everyone thinking of the comedian Joan Rivers’ “Can we talk?” signature line. I prefer to write. The Courant makes a good point exami…

The National Fire Protection Association’s campaign for Fire Prevention Week 2021 is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The campaign’s mission is to encourage the fire service to educate their communities about the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make and the actions to tak…

It was the summer of 1972. I was excited. We were on the cusp of soccer season. I bought a soccer ball and began practicing on my own. Every day I would dribble the ball around my back yard. I was ready for the first day of tryouts. I wanted to make the team so badly and had done everything …

I am certainly disappointed in the resignation of Pastor David Stall from the Chariho School Committee. He is an asset to our community and region. However we should be more disappointed in the whole Chariho School Committee for permitting the treatment of him. In government, ideas should be…

A friend who knows that I am an advocate for child speech therapy e-mailed me the compelling letter to the editor from Michael Niemeyer of Westerly that titled “Tell legislators early intervention needs help.” Mr. Niemeyer made the strong argument for more funding and attention for the Early…

I urge Stonington residents think strategically about the Campbell Grain affordable housing development and vote “No” to support the development. Stonington’s population has declined by 1% between the last two censuses. We are an old population, and we have fewer people living in our homes. …

I support the revitalization of downtown Pawcatuck and therefore urge my fellow Stonington residents to reaffirm the favorable resolution at the town meeting on the Campbell Grain Project by voting “No” to the misguided attempt to overturn the meeting vote. The project has been vetted by and…

Those who embrace fear seem unable to address another’s point of view without direct, personal attacks. In his response (“COVID-19 misinformation is the enemy,” Sept. 23) to my recent letter (“S.A.F.E. (Save Americans From Everything,” Sept 17), Mr. Gerheim found it necessary to not only put…

After 14 months of public hearings and meetings in which numerous Stonington town officials and boards endorsed the proposed Campbell Grain housing development, misinformation about the project continues to be spread as residents consider how to vote in the town’s Oct. 5th referendum.

A remarkable thing: in these days of heated party politics, a non-partisan group of Stonington residents from all over town have joined forces. We oppose the development of an old grain mill site on the Pawcatuck River into 82 units of housing that would also include affordable housing. Our …

Town government in Hopkinton needs to be strengthened. That can greatly increase by volunteers who are registered votersfilling numerous tens of various board and commission openings. One need not have great credentials, but the willingness to serve the town. A list of vacancies is on the to…

It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. (It feels much more recent.) We will never forget our loved ones and friends we lost, all our heroes, religious clergies that day and following, plus military campaigns who assembled to save lives, even sacri…

Last week’s column claimed, “Wars are too important to be left to generals.” And “the type 2 diabetes pandemic is too important to be left to doctors.” We asked whether there was a difference between millions of North Americans dying quickly of COVID-19 and millions of people dying slowly of…

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people. Outdoorsy folk may look forward to long hikes to see the foliage, foodies can enjoy fresh apple cider and pie (and pumpkin everything), and there are plenty of opportunities for family fun, like corn mazes and hayrides. Perhaps less adventurous,…

On Sunday, Sept. 19, representatives of the Westerly, North Stonington, and Hopkinton Conservation Commissions and the Stonington Economic Development Commission (Quad-Town) gathered on the banks of the Pawcatuck River to announce the opening of a new kayak/canoe launch site at the Boombridg…

    On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Stonington voters will vote in a referendum to decide whether to overturn a 10-year tax abatement for a developer who proposes to build an 82-unit affordable apartment building at the end of Coggswell Street, close to the railroad tracks.

    “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” This quote worded slightly different was used to help typists learn how to type. Today, it has a more urgent meaning, especially concerning the situation in Afghanistan.

    The Old Glory Relay is a national-level event sponsored by the veterans’ organization Team Red White and Blue. Team RWB is a series of state chapters dedicated to enriching veterans’ lives and is composed of veterans, veterans’ families and friends who gather for social, athletic and outdoor…

    Since joining the Richmond Dog Park Committee, I am often asked “What’s wrong with the current dog park?” My answer is there is nothing “wrong” with the unofficial dog park, however, there is a lot to be improved.

    We should all applaud the Westerly Town Council’s action at the Sept. 20 meeting to fund the clean-up of the old Potter Hill Mill site. As Harvey Perry so clearly explained, the site has been a liability risk for Westerly for decades as well as a blight on the Potter Hill Community. This lia…

    Donna Gorman’s letter of Sept. 17 begins by saying she was challenged to cite reliable sources. She says there aren’t any “long-term” sources and then says “[I] think for myself,” which is the same as admitting she’s making it up. She then continues with plenty of feeling and exaggeration, l…

    What a gift to the Westerly community! Thank you to the Chorus of Westerly, Ryan Saunders and Andrew Howell for an outstanding Summer Pops 2021. One of the best features this year was the program which included a variety of music to appeal to different tastes and age groups. Selections range…