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Jeff Gross

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Jeffrey "Jeff" Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a "great learning experience for everyone", Jeff says, and I'm an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them".

Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. "Determined seeker of the truth". 

Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.

His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.

He can be reached at: trainsbythe144@aol.com

Friday Fishing Tips, 7-8-2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo: Lynn University It has been 8 years since there was a capsized canoe/rough water rescue on Salmon Lake in Belgrade Maine. Each year the USCG small boat “HIS IDEA” is deployed TAD (Temporary Additional Duty) to the Belgrade lakes region of Maine. The deployments are usually during the weeks of…
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Friday Fishing Tips, 7-1-2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo, top: Jeff Cozlin Two topics to cover today. First, is the great fishing occurring right now in New England. In Maine, freshwater Bass of both species are attacking anything thrown their way. A diving lure is often ambushed as it just hits the water surface. If there is any belly in the…
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Outdoors (2A update), 6-25-2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Just like the setting sun, the days of Second Amendment violations are now going to be history.  On Thursday, June 23, the United States Supreme Court spoke with authority. Much to the dismay of the “moms groups”, SCOTUS put the carrying of firearms in public issue to rest. Locally, three…
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Children’s Trout Fishing Derby – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer On June 12th, 2022, after a 2-year COVID hiatus, the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association in conjunction with the RI DEM hosted their annual Children’s Trout Fishing Derby in West Greenwich. Youngsters from all corners of the state joined in. What started off as a slow bite gradually…
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Friday Fishing Tips, 6/17/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Many Maine gas stations are back selling pure gasoline. If you boat up there, be careful of “gelling” as the 10% Ethanol Gas does not mix with pure Gas. The 2 liquids form an emulsion that will severely gum up all engine fuel system parts. Another problem to focus on…
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Friday Fishing Tips, 6/10/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association and the Rhode Island DEM are proud to announce the 2022 Trout Fishing Derby. Children will be fishing for Rainbow Trout in the club’s trout pond at 254 Sharpe Street, West Greenwich, RI. Bring your…
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Your conservation efforts make RI a better place – Terry Gray, RI DEM

By Terry Gray – feature to RINewsToday Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to bring you this column, written by Terry Gray, the new Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), which replaces “Friday Fishing Tips” for this week– thank you to Jeff Gross for arranging for this. In other states, there are separate…
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Friday Fishing Tips, 5/27/2022 – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer As a reminder to all the clubs in the state, feel free to contact me to post your clubs’ Fishing Derby results or any other event.  As you can see, Emma did a great job in Woonsocket’s Sportsman’s Club’s Trout Derby. Emma came in 2nd with a 14.5 inch Rainbow…
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Friday Outdoors, May 20, 2022- Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo, top, Kayla M. The bite is on. People are slamming bass all over the state with a large number of bass in the 4-5 lb. range and a few lunkers in the 6.5 lb. range. Some great photos of the same are posted on the Facebook Page “a better…
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Friday Outdoors 5/13/2022 – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer As fishing season is in full swing, various clubs are hosting their children’s fishing derbies. If you would like to advertise your club’s derby or the trophy ceremony, contact me.  Nothing is more eye catching than seeing the happy smile like with the cutie, above, holding her 1st trophy.  Even…
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Friday Outdoors 5/6/2022 – Jeff Gross

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Friday Outdoors 4/29/2022 – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer Fishing license follow up: The RI DEM is working with the state library system to offer many locations for one to sign up and not provide their Social Security Number (SSN). Since most towns and cities have libraries that have extended hours, some until 8 pm, they can accommodate those…
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Friday Outdoors – 4-22-2022 – Jeff Gross

Fishing and Hunting in Rhode Island with Jeff Gross.
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Friday Outdoors – 4-15-2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photos: Tom Joyal Just like a scene from Normandy, June 6th, 1944. In the early dawn canoes, kayaks, and jon boats positioned themselves on the RI waterways just like the landing craft in 1944. The waters were calm and tranquil. At least for the moment. At 0600 hours likened H-hour…
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Off-season, 4-8-2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Starting this article on an upside. There is a motto among gentlemen of “trusting someone with the keys to your house”  This is an honor that is not doled out like candy, instead it’s earned over time by selfless acts noticed with no self-serving interest in return. I have been…
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Family dog saves lives in Johnson’s Pond house fire; now they need our help – Jeff Gross

On March 24th, life for the Towle-Duffek family of Coventry, Rhode Island took a turn for the worse. In the early hours of Thursday morning the home of the Potter family caught on fire allegedly due to an electrical malfunction.  Thanks to a newly acquired Black Lab the family was able to escape the fire…
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Friday Outdoors – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer For all you hunters and shooters: now is a good time to go through your truck and clean it out. Do not be surprised to find a shell or 2 rolling around. This writer cleaned his truck out Sunday and found 3 12- gauge in among the seats. Must have…
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Off-season crisis – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer We have a local crisis here in Rhode Island. Johnson’s Pond, once a fishing and recreational jewel in the state, looks more like a dried up California lake.  Only, in the case of Johnson’s Pond, it is owner inflicted, and not because of a drought or any natural happening. This…
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Searching for humanity – Jeff Gross

The anger that has been plaguing our country, originating from the pandemic, has not gone away or even subsided. In fact, the situation has become worse. Without a moment to breathe, society is now afflicted with uncontrolled inflation, gas prices, and yes, a war raging. The Great Unifier dropped the ball. This writer took some…
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Off-season, 3-11-2022 (updated) – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo credit: Kayla Marie Hunting Season ended and Legislative season started.  Right now, there is a hunting bill in the State House called H 7762 that allows carrying of concealed weapons (handguns) while deer hunting. Before I get into this bill here is the history: On or about 2015 this…
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Updated: Second Amendment and Rhode Island – Jeff Gross

Update:  As of Monday March 7th 2022  a 3rd Modern Sporting rifle/High Capacity case has entered the halls of the US Supreme Court:  Duncan vs. Boneta. 21-1194.  Jake Charles a Duke University Professor and Scholar :  “it’s a good bet the Court will hold Duncan pending Bruen as well. And after that, it would not…
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Off-season, 3/4/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Off-season 3/4/2022 February 28th ended small game season for 2021/2022.  That said it is real easy to slack off and not keep yourself in good shape and the pupper as well. The header photo is a clear indication of Jada’s thoughts on the off-season. Jada found out rather quickly that…
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Off-season 2/25/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As the weather keeps flipping back and forth from cold to warm and back again, you ice fishing folks will notice large cracks going across the ponds. These are called pressure ridges.  These ridges form when the ice warms and cracks and separates from other ice flows. At night these…
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Environmental reality check – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer For the record I am a Conservationist and an Environmentalist. I am also an Independent Conservative. So, I answer to no Party. An hour ago, I saw that China is ready to sign a 100 million ton coal contract with Russia. India just signed a 40 million ton contract with…
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Offseason – 2/18/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The legislative session is heating up and any of you planning to testify on any sporting laws, gun laws, animal laws, or anything else should be forewarned about the elitist attitude that descended in at least the last 2 years, maybe longer. I testified Tuesday night and heard this attitude…
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Off-Season Friday, 2/11/2022 – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photos: Fishing photos courtesy Kayla Marie With Hunting season almost over, it is time to reassess the techniques one used during the season. It is a great time to go out in the woods with all the leaves down and make sure no new homes have sprung up in the…
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Amherst Train Show post report – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Even with the inclement weather the show turned out well last weekend. A good group of diehard train people attended the show on Saturday even though a total of 5-7  inches of snow was falling throughout the day. Sunday had an even better turnout as a flood of people came…
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Off-Season 2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Off-season writing can be challenging when trying to come up with topics. Also challenging is trying to type.  The header photo is Jada demanding attention from me while I try to work. Good thing I have two hands. One to operate the electronics and one to scratch Jada behind the…
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Off-season Weekend Round-Up – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer The Amherst Train show is a go! The show will operate regardless of snowfall. Supposedly, Springfield is going to receive 4-7 inches.  Basically, a dusting for us New Englanders. So, kick in the 4WD or your AWD, as we will be there!  No 4WD to get there on Saturday, then…
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Amherst Train Show is this weekend – Jeff Gross

Photo: Doug Scott by Jeff Gross, contributing writer After a 2 year hiatus the Amherst Railway Society is hosting its Model Railroad Show at the Big E complex (Eastern States Exhibition Center) in West Springfield, Massachusetts. A 1 hour and 25 minutes’ drive from Providence for Rhode Islanders (1 hour 15 minutes if you drive like…
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Campaign Finance website – a valuable tool for the public as elections approach – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer 2022 is another year of Elections both at the Federal and State levels. People throughout Rhode Island will be asked to make donations to various politicians and Political Action Committees (PACs). Since getting involved in State House affairs back in 1987 this writer has found the RI Campaign Finance website to…
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Hunting and Fishing Off-season 1/21/2022 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With the unsettled weather we are having, now is a good time to tune up your rods and tackle box.  Ice fishing looks like it will be nonexistent in Rhode Island again this year.  Have a spinning reel that is making a whirring or clicking noise? A little reel grease…
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Hunting and Fishing Off-season 1/14/2022 – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer A great way to start this year off is to get more involved in the matters you have a problem with. I heard and saw many complaints in 2021. Some had very legitimate concerns. Often, these issues were being discussed at the RI legislature, and might even have evolved into…
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Unnoticed COVID Hotspots? – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With Omicron cases spiking, very little, if any, transmission sources are now talked about. It is the same old vaccinate, vaccinate, booster, booster messages, times 10. Back in the initial COVID days the supposed experts looked at transmission sources and rates of virus life on various materials for COVID –…
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Friday Fishing Hunting off-season, 1/7/22 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With small game season nearing its end and warm weather fishing a long way off, hopefully this column will give some positive aspect to this out of control world. With a healthy snowstorm on our doorstep today it is the first real good indicator of winter weather. Ice fishing is…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 12/31/21 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, the last stocking ended dismally. After hunting Arcadia and Carolina for 6 hours and seeing nothing more than one set of pheasant tracks in the snow (holdover??) makes one wonder where the pheasants went. I also hunted the woods as well and still saw no tracks. Jada could have…
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SCOTUS will be busy with 2nd Amendment cases – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer This article is 1.5 months overdue, but it is worth the delay.  A number of new pro second amendment cases will be appearing on the docket for consideration next term.  But first an analysis of the Bruen New York concealed carry case. On November 3rd, 2021, the US Supreme Court…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 12/24/21 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Hunting last weekend was brutal. It was reinforced that I was the only one out hunting in Arcadia, as the severe winds ripped right through my clothing. Even in the winds and weather, Jada found a Rooster to put up, and even unexpectedly flushed some Chukar. The Chukar flew off…
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Friday Hunting Primer – 12/17/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo: Jada after a recent hunt: “Maybe you should start letting me carry the gun. Then we will have food on the table at night.” Well, the season is winding down and the hunting is slowing down as well. Not seeing very many bird posts in Rhode Island Small Game…
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Women in Model Railroading – the next great hurdle – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer This past weekend the HUB division of the National Model Railway Association hosted its annual Model Train show in Marlboro, Massachusetts. The Show was a spectacular one. Attendance was robust with people from all walks of life and all ages in attendance. Of particular note is the number of young…
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Friday Hunting Primer – 12/10/21 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo: Jada: “What do you mean you forgot the ammo?” Deer season on state land has 2.5 days left in the season. I offered a Free Dunkin Donuts coffee to anyone taking a coyote on state land, but so far, no takers. T-minus 60 hours and counting…. While this method…
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Friday Hunting Primer – 12/3/21 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Top photo: The Richard family Shotgun Deer Season opens… As mentioned last week it is great to see families enjoying the outdoors. Even better is the fact that some families are making hunting a family event. I encountered the Richard family while pheasant hunting in Arcadia. The youngsters were having…
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Friday Hunting Primer – 11/26/21 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Happy Post Thanksgiving to all you folks. I hope your tables were filled abundantly and you were surrounded by family and friends. To those friends of mine who lost their spouses or partners I hope family and friends gave you comfort and warmth and good company throughout the day. Thanksgiving…
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Railroad crossings – a sign of the times – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer, commentary This past weekend the Shriner’s Auditorium hosted its biannual model train show in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The atmosphere was drastically different compared to shows in 2018, 2019, and early 2020.  Instead of talking about how to wire a Tsunami Sound Board to a Direct Command Control Board, or what rock…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 11/19/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, good news – the woodcock are finally showing up. A number of hunters have taken one or two though no statements of a limit have been made. With the Timberdoodles here it will make the Pheasant hunts much more entertaining as most dogs will point the “Wood Elves” as…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 11/12/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer This week continues to be a hot spot for pheasants in the Great Swamp Management Area. A large number of birds are coming out of that spot. One hunter noted that while he did well with his pointer, he needed to remove thorns from himself and the pup that evening. …
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Friday Hunting Primer, 11/05/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Hunting has been crazy this week for many people. Reports of no birds in Big River, Nicholas Farm, Carolina, and many spots in Arcadia, of all places. Now hunters read my words and embrace the thought: We must start hunting coyotes and fox right now. Right now, as in yesterday! …
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Rhode Island gains if the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) passes – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo: Block Island Ferry website Currently in the U.S. Congress is a bill, H.R. 2773.  This bill is called the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act (RAWA).  This bill looks to provide monies in addition to the Pittman-Robertson act to improve wildlife conditions of greatest need. Since RAWA is a supplemental fund…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 10/29/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer After a rough start, hunting turned into a great week for a lot of people, as one can see by all the success pictures. 10 degrees cooler while in the field can make all the difference in the success of a hunt. Birds tend to leave better scent when it is…
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Friday Hunting Primer, 10/22/2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with a few stocking hiccups lead to a rough start to hunting season. The RI DEM assured this writer the problems are remedied and to pass along what was said, to all of you: “The Hunters are our eyes in the field. We (RI DEM) request…
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Weekly Hunting Primer – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Editor’s Note: Jeff’s popular Friday Fishing Tips has gone hunting for the off-season – enjoy “Weekly Hunting Primer” every Friday This Saturday morning at 6:59 am (sunrise) the small game hunting season starts with a bang. Most state owned management areas will be stocked with pheasants. Unlike our mid-western states that have…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As Fall is here, starting next week, we will be generating a weekly Hunting article in the same format as the Friday fishing tips. I encourage all of you to write to us at news@RINewsToday.com about what questions you have and what topics you would like to see covered. That…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Fall is in the air and the trout are ready to start biting again. The RI DEM will stock trout for the fall starting today October 1st through Friday October 8th.  The weather will be fantastic this weekend so indulge in a little me-time or family time and head to…
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56th annual RailFair 2021 – Oct 2/3 – for families, children, collectors – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association (NVRRA) announces its 56th annual “Railfair 2021” model train show on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2021 (10am-4pm each day).  Attractions include model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers, and a new children’s “caboose corner” containing all sorts of fun for families with…
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Ladies Day at the RI Fish and Game Protective Association – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer On September 19th, the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association ran the club’s annual Ladies Day event at their facility in West Greenwich. This year had a very high attendance at 100+ women looking to experience the outdoor shooting sports. At the inception of the Ladies Day event many…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Fishing Tip 09/24/2021 As the Fall is here and the freshwater fishing is improving, here is an often overlooked matter on your boat, kayak, or canoe. Certain safety equipment is essential and mandatory. Every Watercraft must have a life jacket onboard. However, in anything under 16 feet the boat will…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Some years ago, states like Maine started banning the use of lead split shot and the like, as Loons were found to have died from lead poisoning. Friends of mine were made privy to x-rays taken of a deceased Loon and there were two lead split shot lodged in its…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

As the fall approaches and one wanders out into the outdoors to fish the pond banks and streams there is a problem to contend with. Deer ticks will be infiltrating these areas as well as a variety of new ticks.  Deer ticks are a problem most of the year, but September through November seems to be…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross The impact of Hurricane Ida will affect fishing this coming weekend.  Not only did Ida complicate fishing for you folks this long weekend, this week’s story should be originating out of Belgrade, Maine!  But, Ida threw this writer a sinking fastball… 5.92 inches of…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer This is about the time of the season that one notices fish spitting the hook readily on more than one occasion. Often this is caused by dull, bent or deformed hooks.  Weakened hooks also can be a problem. One Yo-Zuri lure needed the hooks replaced on a recent trip to…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As we all know it is summer grilling season. Some of those great trout we all enjoyed catching this spring are still in the freezer. A friend mentioned some years ago that he grills his trout by adding some onions and some lemon and dill to the cavity of a cleaned trout. …
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Friday Fishing Tips – Aug. 13, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With hot summer heat now affecting all of us, bass will now be rather sluggish during the day. Another problem is the warm weather will increase weed growth.  Milfoil is an extreme problem across Rhode Island. The West Bay is very prone to the noxious weed. Great bass ponds like Bowdish…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As mentioned last week, some important tackle box items will be discussed to help make your tackle box complete. Shown in the attached photos one does not want to have equipment malfunctions when these husky fish are biting. Another addition to ones tackle box or boat box can be a…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross As we get deeper into the fishing season, it is inevitable fishing gear will start to break down.  If one’s luck is similar to this writer it will be right at the apex of fish biting. Over the next couple of columns some suggestions…
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2nd Amendment Update – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photo: National Archives In Rhode Island, recently, a couple of anti-gun bills passed, as did a bill to force the RI Attorney General to document how gun crimes are handled/prosecuted from start to finish. The pair of anti-gun bills has one bill that increases the penalties for someone who buys a…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Switching gears to Saltwater this week.  This Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 23rd thru July 25th are Free Saltwater Fishing Days in Rhode Island. With a vast variety of Saltwater fish species to catch it is imperative one gets the rules and regulations as there are a number of size limits in effect…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, feature writer Photo: Brady & fish With the fish biting well from Maine to Pennsylvania, it is time to mention an often-overlooked aspect of fishing. Having more than 1 fishing rod in possession.  It is always the case in this writer’s life that if something can break or go wrong it will. …
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With all the hoopla about climate change, there is definitely something going on in the winds. Maine was experiencing a severe drought when I was out fishing. I noticed the lakes were down about 18″.  The fish bite has been great even though the surface waters are like bath water. …
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Hello from the great state of Maine.  Like in Little Rhody, the bass and some trout are biting everywhere, though one needs to work for the trout. Took a while to find what works for lures but the bass cannot resist a Black and Gold Yo-zuri Medium runner.  I am…
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Honoring an outstanding gentleman… by Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer On Thursday June 17th the Second Amendment Community and the state of Rhode Island lost a dear, kind and generous person in Kyle McCarthy. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family. Many have stated he would give a person the shirt off his back and never look for…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As what appears to be an excellent spring fishing season is winding down a habit was noticed that needs to be addressed when so many people are practicing catch and release.  The habit of holding fish horizontally by the jaw for a picture is unsafe for the fish. While the…
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2nd Amendment cases work their way through SCOTUS

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The course of the Second Amendment at the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just took another very positive turn for the better. There are now 4 cases involving the carrying of firearms in public. The 4th and latest is the Young vs State of Hawaii. This case will address the issues of carrying…
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Friday Fishing Tips – June 4, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer In a previous article the subject of checking your fishing line for abrasions was addressed. For you folks that are fortunate to catch small mouth bass in Rhode Island, and those who are catching them out of state like this writer, check the line often. Smallies are notorious for diving down…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 28, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, it took a few weeks, but this writer is on a roll with the trout. Great success has occurred in the last two weeks that makes up for a lean spring. The fish were there, they just did not like my presentation.  Some members of the Federated Rhode Island Sportsmen’s Club…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 21, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Recently a sportsperson noted on “A better 401 fishing” Facebook page that he found an anti-fishing card put next to his vehicle. So far that has been the extent of anti-fishing locally. Years ago I enlightened my club to PETA looking to ban fishing. Many club members did not take me…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 14, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, Mother Nature is producing some decent springtime weather, finally, and the fish are responding in kind.  Trout are active in a lot of places; only you need to work for them. However, it is worth the time. Years ago, trout of 10-11″ were average with a 14″ trout very rare…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 7, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The temperatures are finally rising and FINALLY the furnace was shut down until next October.  With the temperature increase the fish are really stepping up the bite. A slew of largemouth bass are being caught statewide. The lure manufacturers must be having a field day.  Trout are biting equally well.  Across…
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SCOTUS 2nd Amendment decision will have an impact in RI – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, opinion On Monday, April 26th the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) took a stand to decide whether the Second Amendment extends outside the home.  In 2008 and 2010 SCOTUS ruled that citizens have the right to own firearms and that it applies also to the states. In 2008 SCOTUS also ruled that requiring trigger…
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Friday Fishing Tips – April 30, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The weather continues to play havoc on the catch. The fish are a day by day, hit or miss situation. As one can see in the pictures some folks are doing quite well while others like this writer are currently in a drought.  Some folks are even having luck with smallmouth…
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Your Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With Earth Day Thursday April 22nd, I decided to take some time to hit a few fishing holes and do a little scouting. The mess that was seen was unacceptable. Water bottles, Dunkin’ Donuts cups were everywhere. It was instilled in me long ago to always leave a fishing area in…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The delightful weather Little Rhody had been enjoying should have had a direct impact on the Trout fishing. It did not.  While some are still catching some trophy Trout in the 5-8 lb. range, some bright and sunny days were quiet in the evening. It appears that mornings are the…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer April 7th was opening day of Trout season in Little Rhody. From the pictures shown on the internet and “A Better 401 Fishing”, the people who were fortunate to get out and fish did fairly well. We’ll see how the results are this weekend. The day was a success there were…
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Friday fishing tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, feature writer Rhode Islanders continue to slam largemouth bass and a few smallmouths daily. Quite a few lunkers are posted each day on the Facebook group page “A better 401 Fishing” as the weather permits.  If one is lucky enough to catch a possible new state record, here are recommendations on how…
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Introducing…Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, feature writer The warm weather Rhode Island is enjoying is also bringing out the hunger in the warm water fish. Even though Opening Day for trout is Wednesday April 7th there are a host of ponds and lakes one can fish for large and small mouth bass, pickerel, pike and panfish. Fishing…
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Riding the Washington Secondary Bike Path – a hidden jewel – Jeff Gross

Editor’s Note: Our Friday Fishing Tips writer has “Gone Fishin'” – in Maine – and, unfortunately, the internet didn’t go with him at his present location – so we’ll rerun a popular column from 2021 – his trip riding down the Washington Secondary Bike Path. Stay tuned for more “Friday Fishing Tips” next week. Back…
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Target Shooting. It isn’t just a guy’s sport anymore! – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Top Photo: Kelly Ann The RI Fish and Game Protective Association (RIFGPA) for the first time in its 100 years plus existence elected their first female line officer: Cara Woloohojian. Cara is pictured with retiring Secretary Andy Dickson. Andy was the Secretary for an exemplary 20 years, so Cara has some…
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RI is in the United States – a Constitutional country – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer – opinion Second Amendment update: Now that the Progressives swarmed the RI State House in the 2020 election, they feel they have free reign to impose the whims and demands of Progressives on the Rhode Island public.  This is because “They know what is best for ‘us’.”  The Progressives will leave…
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Families helping families… RI’s leaders need to focus – by Jeff Gross

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer, opinion editorial Since a previous article about the Faith Fellowship Church in West Greenwich Rhode Island, and how lengthy the line was for assistance, the situation for those in need is becoming ever more dire. The distribution was changed at the Church from Wednesday nights to both Tuesday and Thursday…
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Giving thanks to our veterans on Thanksgiving

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer Photos courtesy of Cara Woloohojian In previous articles it was noted that each year the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association (RIFGPA) often performs various charitable events throughout the year. Even this nightmare of a year 2020 is no exception. When faced with very few fund-raising events due to the…
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COVID-19 and American Rights

The opinions expressed in this published work are that of the author. Editor’s Note: A few days ago, 10 people in Rhode Island filed suit against Governor Raimondo – The legal template makes points such as: “Neither the Governor nor any public health officer has followed evidence-based, peer-reviewed, clinical science showing that neither social distancing…
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Your Social Security Number is your key. Don’t hand it out.

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Launched in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It’s a good time to review protecting your Social Security Number (SSN). Each year there is a different theme addressing specific challenges and identifying opportunities for behavioral change. The…
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Flea markets. The things you can find…

by Jeff Gross, feature writer In this time of “going green” and recycling, flea markets are a great place to sell your unwanted items and wares. The Voluntown, Connecticut Flea Market and the Plainfield Pike, Johnston, Rhode Island Flea Market are both prime examples of low cost/high traffic markets.  Each market charges $20 to set up, with…
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2A Community behind President’s SCOTUS appointment

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer OK Folks here is what we are looking at: Back in June the US Supreme Court, (SCOTUS), dismissed 10 gun cases. These same gun cases would have clarified many aspects of the gun control debate. The reason this did not happen is Chief Justice Roberts could not be counted on…
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Extra safety in rural Rhode Island

Many years ago, the RI DEM (Dept. of Environmental Management) had a problem with gangs from Hartford, Connecticut coming into Rhode Island and hanging out at the Beach Pond Boat ramp. Violence often occurred, there was larceny, and worse yet, drugs were rampant. The RI DEM closed the beach and made the boat ramp available to…
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Pet Preparedness

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photos: Our author’s Jada In a year of growing disasters how many of you are prepared to abandon ship and take your pets with you – in the blink of an eye. Even though prepared it would take this writer about 30-60 min for a complete evacuation. That being said, now is…
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Take out what you take in

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer One would think by now that after 50 years of anti-litter ads we would be litter free in our waterways at least.  Apparently with so many not working, activity at our beaches and fishing areas have increased and as a result the areas are becoming trashed more than usual. Some…
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“Trumptilla” by sea – and by land

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Just like in Normandy in June 1944, an armada approached the Rhode Island shores in an effort to continue protecting American Freedoms. An armada of countless boats, yachts and wave runners congregated in Newport, Rhode Island, and steamed forward to Colt State Park in Bristol.  It was a beautiful summer day…
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I choose the VA Health System…every time

Many years ago, two good friends of mine, Jesse Jeselonis and Ron Camaioni, recommended becoming part of the VA Health System. I procrastinated but they none the less kept after me. I am very thankful they did.  At the Providence VA you are treated like a person, not like a number, like a paycheck or…
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Gone fishin’ – in Rhode Island

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer As Memorial day is almost upon us, the trout fishing is starting to improve. The weeks following opening day were less than successful. Between the Social Distancing and odd/even nonsense coupled with the tropical force winds at times, there wasn’t much time to fish.  Thrown into that situation is the…
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On Freedom… Jeff Gross

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer Updated: April 1, 2022 – It seems appropriate to revisit this column where I opined on the importance of freedom in America – the first amendment rights we all enjoy – why countries are engaged in terrible wars to get what we have. So – this week we”ll rerun this…
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