Wed, 07/03/2019 - 8:00pm

Our gratitude

To the Editor:

Re: Harbors Patrol Response to Sunday’s storm

I find it hard to find words to describe the efforts of the Harbormaster team’s response to last Sunday’s afternoon squall line in Great Salt Pond.

Between multiple boats breaking free, a man overboard, and a heart attack victim, they worked through heavy rain, rough seas, and high winds to minimize damage and injuries. Their efforts were nothing short of heroic.

Block Island has every reason to be proud of them. I and many others owe them our gratitude.

Jack Olsen

S/V CheeryO’s

East Harbor, Conn.

Many, many thanks

To the Editor:

Many special thanks to the Cross Sound Ferry Services, Dead Eye Dick’s and Finn’s Restaurants, Interstate Navigation and the Block Island Tourism Council for their very generous contributions to this year’s Block Island Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks celebrations.

The Block Island Double Ender Committee also received hundreds of donations from island residents, visitors, and businesses, and for that we also thank you.

The Parade and Fireworks would not happen without your support.

Thank you again to all of you.


The Double Ender Committee

A great gift

To the Editor:

Our fourth Blood Drive of the year will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. at the Harbor Baptist Church. Donations are traditionally low during the summer, so your donation is more valuable than ever. Here are some things to keep in mind:

- Anyone aged 16 may donate with parent’s permission. Forms are available at the Donation Center.

- Anyone 17 years or older can donate. There is no upper age cutoff.

- Bring your driver’s license.

- If you would like to make an appointment, visit www.ribc.org. Appointments are taken before walk-ins. If there are enough appointments, the Blood Center will send another person.

Concerning Lyme disease: if you’ve had Lyme disease you can still give blood. You must have been treated and one month must have passed after you are symptom-free. If you contracted babesiosis, you cannot, unfortunately, donate again. Additionally, you are free to donate after recovering from a heart attack or cancer. If you have questions of eligibility, call (401) 453-8307.

Whether you are a year-round resident or a guest on the island, please consider giving. Your donation of one unit can save three lives. From beginning to end the process will take about one hour.

Peter Greenman, Coordinator

Rhode Island Blood Center