The Block Island Times

Letters to the Editor, April 26, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

The following letter was sent to the Department of Environmental Management and copied to the B.I. Times.

To the Editor:

Thank you for coming to Block Island last week and making some sense of the nonsense portrayed by some members of our Town Council and especially the Block Island Times relating to nighttime hunting. I can’t officially apologize to you for the Town Council, the Deer Task Force or the Block Island Times. However, I sincerely can for many of the year-round residents and town’s people that dread the thought of this dangerous plan and for the thoughtless editorial by the Block Island Times directed at you that was titled “Hey, DEM: Thanks for nothing.

We here on the island are directly threatened by the forces fearing Lyme disease and the deer population (mostly members t of the Garden Club), but mindless of the dangers of increased and ridiculous hunting proposals. We have lived with hunting out here now for many years, have reached a status quo and are satisfied with it. If we could get rid of a few more deer, okay, but you and your office need to protect all of us, not just those with a frenzied fear of Lyme disease.

Please no nighttime hunting or weekend hunting or we may be lowering our human population.

John Willis, M.D.

Beacon Hollow Farm

To the Editor:

North Light Fibers would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2013 “Great Rhody Yarn Crawl.” Through your generosity, approximately 25 pounds of food was donated to the Helping Hands Food Shelter here on the island and we were able to draw more than 20 knitters from the mainland to participate in the yarn crawl. We are also very excited to announce that Charon Littlefield won the raffle and has received a large basket of yarn, books and knitting accessories. Congratulations go to Charon and thanks to everyone for making this a very positive event. Now we will make the 2014 Great Rhody Yarn Crawl even better.

Sven and Laura Risom and Karyn Logan

North Light Fibers


To the Editor:

I think that the hot dog cart (with water and soft drinks) is a great addition to the North Light parking area and Block Island. Why would it be better near Ballard’s? There is great food already in or near Ballard’s. I have bought hot dogs and and a cold drink after riding my bike or driving my truck there. The atmosphere was awesome!

The Block Island puzzle has new pieces added every year.

Thank you Willy’s.

Robert M Albino

Torrington, Conn.


To the Editor:

Last Saturday night our small community once again demonstrated that this island has a huge heart. We all put aside any minor differences we might have and stood together to celebrate a wonderful occasion.

Hundreds of folks gathered at the Spring House in their cowboy boots and straw hats not only to celebrate Adrian Mitchell’s 70th birthday, but also to donate to the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Adrian’s commitment to this island institution goes back more than 50 years!

We were generously hosted by Frank DiBiase and his excellent crew as people danced to the music of our homegrown Booze Beggars and John Henry Tripler. Special thanks go out to the cupcake gals who were out in force.

Ya’all are great!

Thanks so much for your generous support!

Tristan Payne, Fire Chief

Bryan Wilson, Rescue Captain


To the Editor:

I wish to thank Frank DiBiase and the staff of The Spring House Hotel, The Cupcake Ladies, The Booze Beggars, John Henry and Barbara Temple for the music, and everyone who helped and attended my birthday party for the benefit of the Block Island Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for making it so successful and so much fun.

Your friend,

Adrian Mitchell

Corn Neck Road

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