Looking for Johnston High graduates
The Johnston High School Class of 1976 is planning a reunion this fall. All classmates who are interested in attending, contact one of the following: Susan (Cirelli) Rose at Rose28@cox.net; Robin (Antonelli) Leonti at RonRobL@cox.net or Laurie Langford at Wishes Under Wraps, located at 225 Greenville Ave. at 232-1190.
Busy at The Bridge
There are several exciting events coming up at The Bridge at Cherry Hill, which is located at One Cherry Hill Road in Johnston.
On Wednesday, May 16, “Exercise with Carol” starts at 3 p.m. The following week, on Wednesday, May 23, “Farm visits with Dawn” will also take place at 3 p.m., as will a Dance Connection event on Saturday, May 26. On Wednesday, May 30, there will be a resident art show with refreshments, and rounding out the month, there will be swing dancing with entertainment by Frank Castle on Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m.
For more information, call The Bridge at 233-2880.
Night of the Rising Stars
On May 21, the North Central Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner on May 21. Night of the Rising Stars will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed at 6:30 by dinner, scholarship presentations and awards, at the Crystal Lake Golf Club, located at 100 Broncos Highway in Mapleville (Burrillville). The guest speaker for the 30th anniversary dinner will be Jim Hummel, creator of the online non-profit, The Hummel Report. To register, or for more information, visit www.ncrichamber.com.
At the Mohr
On May 16, Johnston resident Kim Calcagno, refuge manager for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Powder Mill Wildlife Refuge (on the Smithfield/Johnston line), will talk about gardening and landscaping for wildlife at 6:30 p.m. at Mohr Library, part of the Mohr Library’s adult programming schedule.
Academic News & Notes
Congratulations to Sarah DiSarro of Johnston and a senior nursing major at Saint Anselm College, who received a Saint Anselm College nurse's pin at the 2012 pinning ceremony in the Abbey Church on April 28.
It was a special day for DiSarro, who received a pin featuring elements of the college's official seal and the symbol of a lamp referring to Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp of my stamps and a light for my path." Dr. Sharon George, dean of nursing, pinned her with the Saint Anselm pin to wear for the entirety of her career.
The pinning ceremony is a celebration of a student's completion of Saint Anselm College's respected nursing program and symbolizes preparedness to serve as a compassionate caregiver in the health care setting.
DiSarro will receive a Bachelor of Science in nursing on May 19 at Saint Anselm College's commencement ceremonies.
Blackbird Farm opens up
On Monday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blackbird Farm will be holding their fourth annual Open House and this year, the event is open to the public. Blackbird Farm raises 100 percent pedigreed Angus Cattle, 100 percent pedigreed American Heritage Berkshire Pigs and Rhode Island Red eggs.
Open house guest speakers include: Tom Burke, president of the American Angus Hall of Fame in Smithville, Mo.; Levi Geyer, officer in charge, USDA Market News, New Holland, Pa.; and Ed Maltby, manager of Adams Farm, Athol, Mass. There will be a live USDA grading demo and lunch will be prepared at the farm by Chef Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway. Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery in North Smithfield will provide desserts.
This event is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. Blackbird Farm is located at 122 Limerock Road in Smithfield.
Did you know?
Each branch of the military had their own day of celebration, yet on Aug. 31, 1949 then-Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. President Harry Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on Feb. 20, 1950. All branches of the military were asked to celebrate on this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day, which was held the following year on May 20, 1950. This year it will be celebrated on May 19.
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