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If you’ve researched in a state far from home, you know how annoying it can be (and expensive if you have to send $24 or more every time you want a vital record mailed to you.And, expenses … more
Let’s be honest. Do you find yourself checking your iPhone way too often? Even when you’re with your kids?  The good news is you are not alone. Unfortunately, 90 percent of … more
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The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will meet on Saturday, March 18, at Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St. The program at noon is by The Gravestone Girls. They will talk about gravestone … more
Good recycling is important for a lot of reasons. First, it is good for the environment. Ever- growing and toxic landfills are becoming a major problem. But there is a more practical reason to … more
The town of Barrington lost one of its most beloved and iconic citizens recently when Dan MacPhee passed away on December 12, at the age of 96. Dan meant so much to so many people, particularly … more
Though she died almost a half a century ago, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) remains a well-respected American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Her 1924 novel, “So Big,” won the … more
To the editor: Barrington is on its way to becoming a “Rhode Island Energy Champion” and we need your help! Earlier this year the Barrington Town Council passed a resolution … more
It seems as if there’s no end to the new websites you can find for genealogical research. Using a search engine to find just about any topic turns up something interesting.I was doing a little … more
ITEM: Warning labels on cigarettes are stupid. Some people smoke and never develop lung cancer.ITEM: E-verify is dumb. Some people make it on the list that aren’t here illegally.ITEM: The FDA … more
In researching our ancestors, we spend a great deal of time tracking down dates and places in vital records. Obviously, this is important because we have to be certain we have the right John Smith … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.