Rhode Island Governor Citing Lack of Competition Vetoes “Jerimoth Hill” as state poem

Rhode Island Governor Carcieri vetoed “Jerimoth Hill” as the state poem by penning a tome himself:

“Per Constitution and Rhode Island Law
“Bill 2010 H-8238
“I must disapprove since it holds a flaw.
“It would by law a State Poem create.
“A worthy poet had written those lines
“Off ‘ring thoughts about a Rhode Island hill.
“This famous bard would certainly decline
“Since other poets were unheard from still.
“For no contest was held or survey done
“To find out what other poems might show.
“Open process lets inspiration run
“So I ask your support of this veto.
“Art is not art if the state must decree.
“Verses are best when we let poems be.”


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Rhode Island Senate Names Jerimoth Hill the State Poem

The Rhode Island Senate has approved a move for “Jerimoth Hill” by Tom Chandler to be the state’s official poem:

Jerimoth Hill
by Tom Chandler

812 feet, the highest point in Rhode Island

You will not recognize any bald knob of granite
or sheer cliff face silhouetted against clouds,
in fact, you won’t realize you’re anywhere at all
except by this bullet-riddled sign by the road
that curves through these scraggled third growth
woods that was once a grove of giant pines
that were cut down for masts that were used
to build ships to sail away to the rest of the world
from the docks of Providence Harbor, their holds
filled with wool from the sheep that grazed
in the field that had once been the giant pines
till the shepherds died off and the applers took over
and grew orchards of Cortlands and Macintosh
Delicious to fill the holds of the ships that sailed
to the rest of the world from the docks of Providence
Harbor with masts made from the giant pines till
the orchards moved west along with everything
else to less glacial land and the fields became
overgrowth of berries and hobblebush crisscrossed
by walls made of stones that had slept beneath
one inch of topsoil for twelve thousand years
till the settlers found when they tried to plant crops
that this was a country that grew only rocks which
they made into walls to pen in the sheep that provided
the wool that filled the holds of the ships that sailed
to the rest of the world from the docks of Providence Harbor.


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Urban Legend About Central Landfall Being Higher Than Jerimoth Hill

The Jamestown Press reports on the urban that the Central Landfill is higher than Jerimoth Hill (it’s not)

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Witches of Jerimoth Hill


In playing with the print.google.com I came across an excerpt from Haunted Heritage talking about the witches of Jerimoth Hill.
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Jeff & Debbie Mosely — New Jerimoth Rhode Island Owners — To Permit Visits Every Weekend!


Highpointers.org reports Jeff & Debbie Mosley, the new owners of Jerimoth Hill, have dramatically changed the access rules — they are permitting highpointers to visit any weekend 52 weeks a year!
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New Jerimoth Hill Rhode Island Owners Permit Access Every Weekend!


Highpointers.org reports Jeff & Debbie Mosley, the new owners of Jerimoth Hill, have dramatically changed the access rules — they are permitting highpointers to visit any weekend 52 weeks a year!
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Peter Thompson’s Geology of Highpoints


Peter Thompson at the University of New Hampshire has an elegant and comprehensive description website about the geology of the highpoints of each state.


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State County Highpoints

County Highpoints is the defacto website and forum for highpointers. Once you visit the 50 states, you’ve caught the bug and next logical spot are the 3,500+ county highpoints.
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50states.com State Profile

50states.com has great information summarizing each state.
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Official Summit Benchmark Datasheet Histories

Richard Carey at peakbagging.com has put together a very useful list of summit benchmark information as well as the official U.S. Government datasheets on the history of the benchmark.
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