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After 43 years and traveling more than 1 million nautical miles around the globe, one of the University of Rhode Island’s hardest workers will be retiring next year. The 185-foot long R/V Endeavor, the university’s research vessel based at the Narragansett Bay Campus, will be decommissioned and sold after having completed more than 650 scientific research expeditions in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Mediterranean and Black Seas, Gulf of Mexico and as far as Easter Island in the South Pacific.

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During each annual Rhode Island BioBlitz, David Gregg stands under a tent designated “Science Central” and sounds an air horn to start off as many as 200 volunteer biologists, naturalists and other nature enthusiasts counting as many species of wildlife as possible in 24 hours on one parcel of land.

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Most people probably don’t know this, but South County is lucky enough to have five wineries. Yes, FIVE! So whether you’re looking for a place to sip on some wine in the quiet backwoods of West Kingston or you want to have a couples’ night out in downtown Westerly, there’s a winery for every mood and palate. Don’t take our word for it...visit them yourself!

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As a student at the University of Rhode Island, Justin Bristol sought to create a solar-powered food cart that could serve as a mobile community center to bring people together to socialize, charge their phones and enjoy a snack. He borrowed power tools to build his first one in his mother’s boyfriend’s backyard, and he sold crepes at farmers markets, summer festivals and other venues.