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This I Believe Rhode Island: Signs

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Many years ago my wife and I took a late afternoon hike in a nearby forest. We sauntered through the dense woods with our then-infant daughter nestled in the pack on my back.  We lost track of time and suddenly noticed that the sun was setting far earlier than we expected.  We were out of infant formula.  Despite our usually reliable sense of direction, we discovered we were truly lost in the forest.  Eventually we found our way out, but not without a sense of panic.  What a metaphor that experience became, teaching me about the profound importance of subtle signs in life’s proverbial forest, instincts shared by John Minahan.

John Minahan teaches English and Psychology at the Lincoln School in Providence.  Minahan is a former professional musician and college instructor who lives in Providence.  

Rhode Island motorists will pay a penny more per gallon of gas, beginning tomorrow (July 1), under tax changes announced by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.

The gas tax hike was due to an inflation indexing formula that the General Assembly approved in 2014.

Cigarette smokers will be paying an additional  25-cents per pack in Rhode Island taxes beginning August 1 under the budget for fiscal year 2016 approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Rhode Island has been chosen as the site for the 2016 gymnastics championships, which feature more than 1,800 of the country’s best gymnasts.

The competition will be held from June 8th to 13th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. ``USA gymnastics is excited to bring one of our premier events to Providence,’’ said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.

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The National Weather Service has issued a warning about dangerously strong rip-currents, also known as undertows. The hazardous surf is a leftover from the weekend’s stormy weather.

The storms on land may have quieted, but the water offshore is still dangerous, according to the National Weather Service. Rough surf has caused stronger-than average rip-currents.

Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said it typically takes one to two days for the coastal waters to calm after heavy rains.

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The New England Fishery Management Council made the right move recently, voting to ask the federal government to suspend an at-sea monitoring program required of the groundfish industry, according to long-time fisherman Fred Mattera, who said shifting the cost to fishermen could decimate the industry.

Mattera, who was a commercial fisherman for 40 years, said fishermen already have to deal with quota cutbacks and depressed prices for locally caught fish. 

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