Rise & Shine! Your Newport County guide for Aug. 15

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Rise & Shine! I’m Scott Barrett, managing editor for The Daily News, and today is Aug. 15, the 227th day of the year — 138 days remain in 2022. On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in Bethel, New York. Roughly 400,000 people attended the famed three-day event.

Here & Now

• A number of residents in Portsmouth have made their feelings known about proposed solar arrays. Simply put, they don't want them. But if town officials heed the demands of the people in crafting an ordinance, could those decisions have unintended consequences on long-standing businesses, namely farms in town?

While Siobahn Thurston, owner of the Almy-Thurston Farm on Union Road, understands where the residents are coming from, she spoke to Daily News reporter Zane Wolfang about the economic pressure on local farmers and pointed out the challenges for farmers trying to make their land viable in the modern economy.

“When people tell me, ‘We don’t want solar,’ I get it, but don’t tell me I can’t diversify," she said. "Right now, I have about eight acres that aren’t doing anything, and I don’t see anybody rushing to pick my blueberries or buy my trees.”

You can read this eye-opening story here.

• Despite its reputation as a historical time capsule, the city of Newport has gone through many changes since it was first settled in 1639. Reporter Savana Dunning recently fell down a proverbial rabbit hole, sifting through city maps available online and at the Newport Public Library to see some of the most significant changes. If you're a history buff, you'll want to read this piece.

• As the availability of workforce housing for residents in Newport and Bristol counties continues to shrink, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce has started studying ways to address the issue for years to come. Savana Dunning has the story.

• Harp Donnelly IV, a longtime member of the Newport Fire Department who was elevated to chief in January, will be the grand marshal of the 67th Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade in March 2023, the parade committee announced Sunday.

• The public is invited to learn about the Jamestown Community Farm tonight at 7 p.m. during a get-together at the Jamestown Golf Course. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here.

• The Middletown Town Council will meet tonight, and while the docket is pretty light, there is one interesting item — council member Terri Flynn has some questions about the proposed Middletown Center development. Find the full agenda below.

• Members of the Jamestown Town Council, Planning Commission and Affordable Housing Committee will take a field trip today to tour a housing development in East Greenwich.

• The Portsmouth-based band Moments Notice will be rocking Sachuest Beach tonight during the Middletown Beach Concert Series. Show starts at 6 p.m.

• Jim McGaw, my pal at the Portsmouth Times, is reporting the Escobar Farm fireworks display are now scheduled for the night of Sept. 3.

• Good luck to all of the high school student-athletes participating in fall sports. Today marks the first official day of practice. On a related note, we're about a week away from bringing you the best local high school sports coverage you'll find anywhere. Stay tuned!

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Born today

Jennifer Lawrence (actress), 32

Joe Jonas (musician), 33

Ben Affleck (actor), 50

Anthony Anderson (actor), 52

Debra Messing (actress), 54

Weather report


Low tides: 4:21 a.m., 4:48 p.m.

High tides: 11:08 a.m., 11:30 p.m.

Sunrise: 5:52 a.m. Sunset: 7:46 p.m.

Water temperature: 71.4 degrees.

Municipal meetings


Town Council, 6:30 p.m.


Harbor Commission, 7 p.m.

Library Trustees, 7 p.m.


Town Council, 3 p.m.

Local obituaries

Kevin J. Carty

Mary Teresa Jackson

Jennifer Lynn LaVault

Joan Tolces Liebman

Today is …

World Greatness Day

National Back to School Prep Day

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Where in Newport County?

The Artillery Company armory building at 23 Clarke St.
The Artillery Company armory building at 23 Clarke St.

The Artillery Company of Newport armory building, which dates back to 1835, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It now serves as a museum. Kudos to Larry Davis, Richard Hunt, Mary Beth Smith, Joan Siegrist, Rita Cooney Brown, David Behan, Len Panaggio, Robb Canning, Jason Dunn, Eileen Rice and Evan Smith, all of whom correctly identified the spot.

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