Block Island

Photo Courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School

The bill to make the American burying beetle the official state insect heads to the governor’s desk. This was the result of steady lobbying by third graders in Newport.

  Third graders at St. Michael’s Country Day School hope designating the American burying beetle as the state’s official insect will raise awareness about the beetle’s endangered status, according to State Rep. Lauren Carson, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Carson said the students recognize the beetle’s important role in the environment: They break down dead animals into soil.

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Town officials on Block Island are calling the recent deer hunting season a success. Local hunters took down more than 400 deer.

Block Island has a high incidence of Lyme disease, transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. So last year the town of New Shoreham and the Department of Environmental Management hired a professional sharpshooting company, Connecticut-based White Buffalo, Inc., to curb the island’s large deer population. But the project fell through.

Poor People's Pub

Bacon is on the menu Saturday at Poor People’s Pub on Block Island. The restaurant is hosting the second annual “Bacon Fest,” a benefit for the Block Island Conservancy. 

Why bacon?

"Why not?" asked server Corinne Adams, a seasonal resident of Block Island. 

The event features a mixture of professional chefs and home cooks, all competing to make the best bacon dish. Participants have the chance to taste each dish then vote for their favorite.

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Fare increases of 10 percent have taken effect for regular tickets on the Block Island Ferry. Interstate Navigation Company said the increase covers the costs of maintaining the ferries and docks.

Sarah Isabella, owner of Froozies Juice Bar and Café on Block Island, said she doesn’t think it will affect the number of tourists visiting the island. Isabella said she would be worried if the increase applied to freight rates, “because then we are eventually going to have to pass on the price onto tourists and at some point it all gets, kind of, out of reach.”

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Deepwater Wind has entered into a 20 year contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry out of North Kingstown. The ferry service will provide a vessel to help conduct maintenance on the Block Island wind farm which will be built by Deepwater Wind. The boat will be built by Blount Boats from Warren.

Jeff Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind said the contract will create some eighty jobs in Rhode Island.

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