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Hospital seeks volunteers regarding Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Butler Hospital are partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to test whether two different healthy lifestyle programs can prevent memory loss in older adults. You may be eligible to join if you are between the ages of 60-79, do not regularly exercise (generally less than three times per week), and have other risks for memory loss in the future such as a family history of memory problems or slightly high blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar.

Benefits of include regular lifestyle coaching to improve health, a physical exam, and two blood draws and memory checkups per year.

Help prevent memory loss for the next generation. To learn more, call 401-POINTER or email

Lifeguard and ranger jobs available

Lifeguard and ranger jobs are available now at state beaches and parks for the remainder of the 2020 recreation season. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is actively recruiting qualified individuals to fill seasonal employment positions at state beaches, parks, campgrounds and the golf course at Goddard Park through the remainder of the season. Rhode Island residents age 16 and older are encouraged to apply.

Full-time lifeguard positions are available at all state swimming areas, including saltwater beaches such as Roger Wheeler and Scarborough, non-surf beaches such as Goddard, and freshwater beaches such as Burlingame Campground and Lincoln Woods State Park, through Monday, Sept. 7. Hourly rates for lifeguards were raised in 2019 and range from $13.25 to $16.25 an hour, based on location and position level. All lifeguard candidates must have successfully completed courses and hold valid cards in lifeguard training, first aid, and CPR including infant, child, and adult.

DEM also is seeking park rangers and facilities attendants to work at recreational sites across the state. More than a dozen new seasonal workers are needed. They will be assigned positions at state beaches through Labor Day and will then assist at state campgrounds and the Goddard Park Golf Course until the facilities close in November. Hourly rates for park rangers range from $10.50 to $11.60. Applicants for facilities attendant and park ranger I positions must be 16 years of age or older, and applicants to park ranger positions at levels II and III must be 18 years of age or older.

For a complete list of seasonal employment opportunities and to apply, visit

Most positions are full-time and include weekend and holiday hours. Active senior citizens and retired military personnel who might want to work part-time to make up for the lack of younger applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications must be completed online. Paper applications will not be accepted. The state of Rhode Island is an equal opportunity/diversity employer.


Johnston Historical Society to meet in September


The Johnston Historical Society will meet on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, they will be meeting outside; masks will be required. The speaker will be food historian David Stone, who will talk about his recent book, “Lost Restaurants of Providence,” and research he’s done for a follow-up volume on lost restaurants of Newport.

The Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn is located at 101 Putnam Pike in Johnston, and programs are free and open to the public.

At the Mohr Library


The Mohr Library in Johnston is offering curbside service. Patrons can request books online, by email or by phone and they will provide them for contactless pick-up. They also are giving out free Grab-n-Go bags with crafts and activities for children in preschool and elementary school ages. The bags have several crafts, coloring sheets, bookmarks, stickers and activities. Patrons can request them by contacting Meri at

Scary Acres RI is hiring

It’s that time of year! Scary Acres RI is now accepting applications for its 2020 fall season.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have reliable transportation to and from the event, and have availability to work the entire season. Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. or later. The season begins Aug. 16 and runs through Oct. 30. All hired staff must agree to a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Those hired will receive paid training/rehearsals on site. Available positions include scare actresses/actors and security. Experience is preferred. The pay rate $11.50 per hour.

Visit the hiring kiosk outside the farm store at 2150 Scituate Ave. in Hope for details and to fill out an application. Applications are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All staff must follow all state-issued and company policies for protecting themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. This includes being able and willing to wear proper protection equipment and practicing social distancing.

For questions, email

Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble auditions

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble is looking for the finest student musicians in grades seven through 12 for the upcoming 2020-21 performance season. The Youth Ensemble is part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School.

Directed by Dr. David Neves, a nationally recognized music educator and conductor, the Youth Wind Ensemble includes over 75 band students from throughout the state.

The ensemble performs three concerts during the school year and members are recognized as being amongst the best players in Rhode Island. All students who love performing band music, play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments, and are looking for a challenging musical experience should audition.

Auditions will continue throughout the summer but interested students should audition as soon as possible before the groups are filled.

For questions or more information about auditions, contact Christine Eldridge at, Neves at or visit

Teen virtual programming at library

The Mohr Library is currently offering virtual versions of some of their teen programs as well as drop-in chats! They are all invite-only programs, so please contact the teen librarian at to register or if you have any questions.

Art Club meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m., History Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 3 p.m., and drop-in chat days differ weekly, so please ask when registering!

‘Blue Line’ patch offered by Johnston Police


The Johnston Police Department is now selling “Blue Line” edition collectible patches. All of the proceeds from the sale of the patches will support Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the work it does for the families of fallen police officers.

To purchase a patch, visit

Medicare eligibility

Coronavirus is presenting many challenges in the Rhode Island community for Medicare eligibles. Help with understanding Medicare health insurance is becoming an issue as companies transform their business processes. Luckily, local Medicare health plan agents are available and can operate remotely. Get no-cost help understanding Medicare health plan benefits from multiple insurance companies. Call today at 241-7985.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a nonprofit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses, and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.


Did you know?


“Summer” came from the Old English name for that time of year, sumor … It then began to pick up steam and became common in the 16th century – about the same time “fall” popped up as the name for the season. Before the season was autumn or fall in English, though, it was called “harvest.” (Source: Summer Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sun Rise. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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