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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-12-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. @ @ Living THE VALLEY BREEZE JULY 12-18, 2018 QUICK INDEX Calendar 12 Celebrations 11 Parenting 2 Entertainment 2 Movies 4 Gardening 10 Real Estate 9 Classifi eds 13 CUMBERLAND – For many fami- lies, competitive sports take up much of the family time but can bring chil- dren and their parents closer together. While many youngsters stay active with popular sports such as baseball, soccer or football, the Parmentier family of Cumberland is heavily involved with a sport that's not quite as familiar: competitive jump roping. "It's a cool way to get the kids to do exercise," said Bill Parmentier. As with other sports, competitive jump roping is organized with sched- uled practices, matches, tournaments, and regional and national competi- tions. The season runs with the school year, ending with nationals in June. The Parmentiers' twin daughters, Rachel and Emily, age 13, have been participating in the sport for five years. Gail and Bill Parmentier have both been coaching their children's teams since 2015 and 2016, respec- tively. They say they really appreciate how the sport helps their homeschooled children stay active and socialize while taking part in a sport that they love. "The cool part about (the sport) is getting to see them learning new tricks and seeing the looks on their faces when they do land something Locals leap into jump roping By COLIN FROMENT Valley Breeze Intern A JUMP ROPER from USA Jump Rope demonstrates the sport. See JUMP ROPE, Page 8 My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS A sobering experience I have just returned from a lovely eight-day vacation and am some- what surprised to find that getting back, both mentally and physi- cally, feels like coming down off a bender. Not that I drink, nor have I ever had the experience of hav- ing to sober up after going off on a bender, but had I done either, this is how I think it might feel. The only real-life experience I can relate it to would be when I flew home from Hawaii more than 30 years ago. Flying out was okay. Flying back home was brutal and it took several days, maybe even a week, before my head cleared and I was back to what passed for nor- mal. Classic jet lag. No jet involved this time, though, nor had I crossed any time zones. It reminds me of a story my sis- ter Bev told me years ago about having been checking out at a local store that has long since dis- appeared. The girl at the register was saying how tired she was. She went on to explain that she had just returned from a vacation and was chalking it up to jet lag. "Oh, where did you fly to?" Bev asked, only to be hardpressed to keep a straight face when the girl said she had traveled to someplace See RHEA, Page 7 PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT SCOTT AND USA JUMP ROPE. Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: T.H. MALLOY Give us a call today for all your heating needs! All Your Concrete Needs: Walkways • Stairs • Patios • Driveways Basement Floors & Walls FREE Estimates – Call RI LIC. #30457 Insured Bobcat Services Available CONCRETE Liberty's 401-390-4976 Stamped Concrete

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