The The Westerly Sun of Pawcatuck, CT published a nice article and gallery of photos about the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge
quarter launch ceremony held earlier this week. -Editor
The ceremonial first pour of the new quarter at the ceremony that launched it on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center
included Margaret Everson, Principal Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, left, Jim Kurth, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit and David Ryder, director of the United States Mint
Depicting a black-crowned night heron in flight above Cow Cove beach, a new quarter featuring the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge was
launched Thursday at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, in a ceremony that was live-streamed to Block Island. Charles Vandemoer, project leader for
Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges, was master of ceremonies.
David Ryder, director of the United States Mint, was joined by state Sen. Dennis Algiere, R-Westerly, and Rep. Blake Filippi, R- Block Island;
Narragansett Tribal Elder Robin Spears; Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit; and Jim Kurth, deputy director of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There was also a sizable audience of excited coin collectors.
Chariho students had leading roles in the ceremony, and Humanities Specialist Dana Hall said the students were thrilled to participate.
“It’s such an important event,” she said. “To be part of the ceremony for a coin, they called on Chariho, and it’s such an honor.”
Charlestown Boy Scout Troop 15 and Eagle Scout Cody Clarkin opened the event with the presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Members
of Chariho High School Vocal Select sang the national anthem and “America the Beautiful,” and students from John Labriola’s Grade 7 and 8
science classes at the middle school presented background information on the elements of the coin’s design.
These are great events for the Mint and local communities. The coin's artist is usually present to take a bow. -Editor
Boston artist Chris Costello, who has designed several quarters, said the inspiration for his latest coin came from a night heron he
encountered while visiting Block Island.
“The image that is on the quarter is literally an image that I saw when I got out of my car to take pictures,” he said. “I was looking towards the
North Lighthouse, on a beautiful winter day, as a matter of fact, and I saw an actual heron fly over towards the pond. It was just a beautiful sight
and that’s pretty much the foundation of the design.”
To read the complete article, see:
A Place Most Treasured: U.S. Mint launches
Block Island quarter in America the Beautiful series
Wayne Homren, Editor
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