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A welder at Promet Marine Services in Providence, R.I., works on the 196-foot (sparred length) three-masted square rigger Oliver Hazard Perry. The ship will support and promote sail training, marine trade work force development, and marine conservation and environmental stewardship in Rhode. www.OHPRI.org

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.


Local Waters September 2011

Postcard: WoodenBoat Show
By Craig S. Milner
A Portuguese water dog stands guard over a framed hull displayed by The Apprenticeshop at this summer's WoodenBoat Show.Comfortable weather and a good turnout marked the 20th anniversary edition of the WoodenBoat Show, held June 24-26 on the grounds of Mystic Seaport in southeastern Connecticut.
The first WoodenBoat Show was held at Newport, R.I., and through the years its ports of call have included Southwest Harbor and Rockland, Maine; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.; and the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. The show has been at Mystic for the last five years.

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Labeling changes reflect sunscreen effectiveness

The Food and Drug Administration is adopting new testing and labeling requirements for sunscreens to shed more light on their effectiveness in protecting against skin cancer and early skin aging and to dispel myths that give a false sense of security to those who spend long hours in the sun.
The new rules, which become effective next summer, address in particular the confusion about what kinds of ultraviolet radiation a sunscreen protects against. Earlier rules dealt almost exclusively with protection against sunburn, which is primarily caused by ultraviolet B, or UVB, radiation and did not address ultraviolet A, or UVA, radiation. UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, skin aging and eye injuries, the FDA says, but UVA penetrates deeper, to where new skin cells grow.



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