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AARP Meeting on Apr. 17

The Newport AARP Chapter 207 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m., at the Vasco da Gama Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., Newport. Murray C. Norcross, Jr., will speak on the historic Battle of Rhode Island in 1778 and the current R.I. Fort Butts restoration project in Portsmouth.

The battle at Fort Butts, on Quaker Hill in Portsmouth, was the precursor to the ultimately successful Battle of Yorktown, where the First Rhode Island Regiment fought. It was also significant as the only battle of the war in which an entirely segregated unit of African American soldiers fought.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods for the local food pantries. New members are asked to come a few minutes early and to bring their national AARP card.

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