Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tiverton Harbormaster David E. Vannier tendered his reisgnation at Monday's Town Council meeting.
The Town Council reluctantly accepted his resignation and one former Harbor Commission member argued against it on Monday night when Tiverton Harbormaster David E. Vannier handed in his resignation. "It is with a great amount of regret that we sit here and have to vote on a resignation of a person who has done tremendous work and done work above and beyond," said Brett Pelletier, councilor. After four years patrolling Tiverton's waters and overhauling the mismanaged Harbor Department, Vannier is confident that he is leaving Tiverton in a better place than where he found it. Vannier will stay on with the town until March 31 to help vet the next harbormaster and to tie up any unfinished business from his tenure. Vannier revitalized the town'…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Portsmouth Youth Sailing tells how 12 children were saved after their boats went adrift Tuesday on the Sakonnet River.
A previous report stated a young woman helped rescue eight children, but Patch has now learned two instructors were responsible for rescuing the young sailors. Portsmouth Youth Sailing resumed its summer camp Wednesday, only a day after 12 children were rescued after their boats went adrift on the Sakonnet River. Ted Gersen, president of Portsmouth Youth Sailing, provided clarification in an e-mail about what he called an "unfortunate incident" atSandy Point Beach Tuesday. According to Gersen, Portsmouth Youth Sailing held its Captain Camp at Sandy Point Beach yesterday. Approximately 12 children and three instructors took part in the program. After land activities and a required swim test, "instructors launched six Optimist Dinghy …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Did you see the vessel on the Sakonnet River Thursday, with surface netting catching fish?
No, that was not an oil spill Thursday on the Sakonnet River. A trawler gathered up the oily pogies to sell them for bait. One Tiverton Patch user sent an email wondering what the boat was doing out there. Tiverton Harbormaster Dave Vannier said this is a common fishing practice, although last year it wasn't such a big deal because there weren't large schools of pogies, technically known as menhaden, in the local waters, but it was in previous years. "I'm not sure if it was the hammering of the bridge," he said. He said the pogies are sold either for bait or for cat and other animal foods. "They grind them up and use the oils," Vannier said, noting the fish, when gathered in large groups, produces an oily slick that drips from their scales…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Did you see the Coast Guard vessel in the local waters Thursday afternoon?
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel was stationed in the Tiverton basin Thursday afternoon doing routine maintenance, according to Tiverton's harbormaster. Dave Vannier said not to be alarmed. The Coast Guard is cleaning the red and green buoys as part of annual routine maintenance. He said the patrol boat will pull the cans up, clean the barnacles off the chains and block and drops it back into place.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The DEM donated it during the summertime and went into service recently.
Tiverton's habormaster repaired and converted a relatively new patrol boat into full service in September. It's docked at Standish Boat Yard with a "Tiverton Harbor Patrol" logo painting on the hull. It is the second donated boat to the fleet this year. Harbormaster David Vannier said the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management donated a 26-foot 1997 Mako Patrol boat to the town in June to replace the "tired" 24-foot 1986 Romarine. Vannier said the Mako has two 2003 Yamaha 225-horsepower four-stroke engines and added they have less than 550 hours of combined use. The Romarine has a single 200-horsepower Yamaha engine with 1,600 hours of use. Vannier said he made minor repairs to Marine 2, the new boat, such as fixing a trim/…