ISLAND HISTORY – Jamestown Press

U.S. Air Force students and faculty assigned to the Naval War College in Newport will conduct a flyover of Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands to celebrate the branch’s 58th anniversary, The Jamestown Press reported September 8, 2005.

Participating aircraft will include the B-2, F15C, F-16C, A-10 and C-130. The flyby will mark the first time the B-2 Spirit has flown over the War College.

Although American air power began in 1907 with the assignment of an aviation section to the Army Signal Corps, which over time matured into the Army Air Corps of World War II, the Air Force did not become a separate service until 1947.

100 years ago — September 2, 1922

(Newport Mercury)

The extension to Rogers High School was open for public inspections and many citizens had the opportunity to tour the new building which will serve students in Jamestown and Newport. Everyone said they were very satisfied.

75 years ago — September 5, 1947

(The Newport Mercury and the Weekly News)

Telephone bills in the Newport area would increase if the schedule proposed by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company were allowed to go into effect in Rhode Island.

Jamestown’s base rates for business users would go up to $4 per month with a jump of up to $2.25 per month for residential users, with calls to Newport treated as local at no additional charge.

The Newport and Jamestown Junction would provide a local service area of ​​13,787 telephones at base rates, including 715 telephones in Jamestown. Under the proposed monthly rates, there would be unlimited one-party business service for the Jamestown-Newport area at a cost of $9 per month. This compares to the current $6.15 in Newport and $5 in Jamestown. Unlimited single-party business service would cost $4 compared to current rates of $3.25 in Newport and $2.25 in Jamestown.

Unlimited residential costs would drop from $2.50 in Jamestown and $3.25 in Newport for the single participant service to $4.50. Two-party residential service in the combined service area would increase from $2.75 to $3.75, and four-party and eight-party service from $2.25 to $3.

50 years ago — September 1, 1972

(Newport Mercury)

A motorbike rider and his passenger were injured on the Jamestown Bridge when the bike crashed into a railing.

The 22-year-old passenger, from Providence, was admitted to Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick with a broken right arm. The operator, a 24-year-old man from Cranston, was treated for bruises and discharged.

25 years ago — September 4, 1997

(The Jamestown Press)

Two local teachers voluntarily participated in a robotics workshop sponsored by the Rhode Island School of the Future at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport.

Third-grade teacher Philip Capaldi and art teacher Stephanie Pamula spent five days learning and testing the technology using a computer-aided design program. The system centers around using simple machines, such as gears, pulleys and levers, along with the familiar Lego blocks, to be operated by the computer. The teachers plan to pilot a collaborative program for Jamestown students that would culminate in a robotics fair during National Science and Technology Week in April.

10 years ago — September 6, 2012

(The Jamestown Press)

Residents risk losing a landmark, the rock of East Ferry, according to Mike Gray, director of public works.

The boulder landed on Gray’s demolition list because it’s hampering repair work on the East Ferry Seawall. However, the town councilors want to save the rock.

“It’s almost like Plymouth Rock,” said Michael Schnack, chairman of the board.

“It’s got to go,” Gray said.

“What?” Schnak replied “Can you spare that rock?”

Gray did not commit to saving the rock, although he agreed to research alternatives.

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