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Sometimes when bands start up, they’re a bunch of young whippersnappers looking to make themselves heard. Other times there will be a bunch of seasoned veterans coming together to play the … more
One of the items of important gear used during the American Revolution has to be the canteen. Obviously, the musket and bayonet are necessary, but without water an army can’t keep marching and … more
2022 is nearing its conclusion and before we know it, 2023 will be here and we’ll be in the thick of it. With the new year, there’s obvious resolutions and goals accented by hopes and … more
Like many other Rhode Island boys, Joseph Czerkiewicz of Warwick registered for the draft on July 1, 1941. Standing about six feet tall and tipping the scales at 160 pounds, the hazel-eyed blond was … more
It is that time of year when we take stock of where we have been and make plans for where we want to be next year, New Year’s Resolutions. Last year I vowed to lose weight. My body sports … more
The craft of songwriting is akin to numerous other creative mediums, such as coming up with the vision for a painting or the idea for a film and putting it on canvas for the former and on screen for … more
The joyous holiday season is here! It is time for schmoozing and partying with happy people. However, many people, I included, do not always feel so cheery during the holidays. Our house is empty … more
Just before the turn of the 20th century, Johnston residents suffering from cavities, tooth pain or other ailments of the mouth would make a visit to Dr. Twitchell.  Frederick Arthur … more
Over the past couple of months, you will have noticed I have written about a gentleman named Andy Yanchus a time or two. If you missed those articles, the SparkNotes version of the story is about a … more
My brother, Curtis’s, journey on earth ended unexpectedly. When my mother passed away at the age of 86, he came to live with Hubby and our family, something for which my mother felt great guilt … more
The holiday season is in full swing which means along with gift shopping for friends & loved ones, family gatherings and cold weather, there are plenty of festive events happening. It’s an … more
This year my youngest granddaughter, Sidney is really questioning whether Santa exists. She just turned ten.  Sidney is that magical little child who delights in everything.  Her smiles and … more
As a Revolutionary War material culture junkie, I like reference books that have original objects and historical information. Don Troiani’s Soldiers of the American Revolution has the added … more
When I looked in the mirror several weeks ago and saw my mother’s reflection, it reminded me that observations are often inaccurate. In thinking about my brother, Curtis’s, awkward … more
When you see the Providence skyline, a few buildings stand clustered around Kennedy Plaza and one is none other than the Providence Biltmore, recognizable by the red neon lights blazing against the … more
Ever since their location opened on 530 Wellington Avenue in Cranston back in 2017, Buttonwoods Brewery has been carrying the craft beer torch for the city and surrounding areas. Along with serving … more
On the night of July 3, 1907, Albert Elmer Brown walked into a dark forest in Apponaug. The 27-year-old mill employee remained there all night, patiently waiting for a message from God. Albert … more
For those who collect early muskets and fowling pieces, they sometimes forget an important piece of the original kit, the ball or bullet mold. With military arms and issuing cartridges, the mold for … more
On Jan. 11, 1896, Johnston police were notified to be on the look-out for Frederic Howard Carpenter, a noted bird expert throughout the East Coast. Carpenter had checked out of the Park Hotel in … more
The trivia night at the local bar is usually a fun time for pop culture junkies and folks who know a lot of random stuff. It’s a way for someone to impress their friends with knowledge of all … more
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