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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-10-2019

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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 10-16, 2019 NORTH COUNTY / LETTERS 11 Foster preservationists have added CCC info It was good to see the recent article regarding the CCC Camps. The Foster Preservation Society has featured this program in some of our educational meeting programs. We had the good fortune of accompanying Al Klyberg (see obitu- ary in The Valley Breeze January 10, 2017) when he visited the CCC sites while he was doing back- ground work for a slide program he was planning. Al had at one time been the Executive Director of the R.I. Historical Society and was head of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. Al's passing was a loss to everyone who knew him. The camp, situated at 16 Howard Hill Road, Foster, was called the Greene Camp because the Greene Post Office was the closest one. One of our local elders, Hank Luther, grew up on a farm across the road and recalled going to the camp on Saturday nights to watch movies with the recruits. The property is now the Woody Lowden Recreation Center. One can still find traces of fire roads cut into the woods as well as water holes dug by the young men 18-25 who participated in the program. The Society has a number of work documents that Al's son Kevin sent to us for our history. To view these documents and a few photos of the camp go to: https://tinyurl.com/y8w6k6vq Guests are welcome to our office in the lower level of the Foster Town House every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. Our web site is: www. fosterpreservationsociety.org and e-mail is: fosterfps@msn.com . ED ROBINSON Foster Robinson is president of the Foster Preservation Society. SMITHFIELD – Offering reliable and professional dog care and pet sitting services, Maureen Dunn of Smithfield began watching and walk- ing dogs more than 20 years ago, but began Happy Tailz in December after becoming licensed and bonded by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Dunn currently serves several repeat customers, doing drop-in visits to play with, walk and give attention to pups. Visits can include feeding or administering medicine as well. "Sometimes, I just come over to play with them or to show them affection," Dunn said. Dunn, who cares for both dogs and cats, pet sat for years before she decided to become licensed and bonded. She said the insurance adds to the sense of security and the license adds to the trust to letting her care for pets. Doing home visits for dogs keeps them at ease and helps build a trust- ing relationship between Dunn and the pet. She said it is especially important for rescues that may need a little extra care. "What's best about my services is that they are done from the comfort of your own home," Dunn said. She will send pictures and a sum- mary to owners during the visit, setting them at ease by letting them know that their furry friend is doing well. That way, "they always know what is going on," she said. Happy Tailz offers sessions in half- hour increments, which Dunn finds is enough for a long walk and some play time. Dunn said over the years, she's worked with more than 15 pets on a consistent, regular basis. Based out of Smithfield, Dunn said she will travel anywhere in a 20-mile radius, going as far north as south- ern Massachusetts, and south to Providence. Sometimes preferring the company of animals, Dunn said she loves spending time with her "four-footed friends." She shares her home with her Jack Russell/Brussels Griffon mix, Kit, who she said is like a child that never grows up. For more information, call or text Maureen Dunn at 203-667-9892. Lonely Rover? Send Happy Tailz on over By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Happy Tailz owner and professional licensed pet sitter MAUREEN DUNN and her furry friend, PIPPIN. East Smithfield Library offers Saturday Specials Excel Basics and Spreadsheets offered Books Are Fun group meets Jan. 17 SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., offers the following Saturday Specials: • Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lego Club: Visit the library and build, cre- ate, and share your masterpieces with other kids. Attendees can play with the library's Legos or bring their own. This drop-in program is for children ages 4-12. No registration is required. • Jan. 19, 1 p.m., Winter Story Time: Listen to winter stories and make a winter craft. There will be hot chocolate and cookies offered. This program is for children ages 3-10. Register by calling 401-231- 5150. SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Excel Basics and Spreadsheets on Monday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel. This workshop covers the Excel environment, simple formulas, and charts, and is designed for those who have never used Excel. The class will mainly concentrate on practical activities such as setting up a budget. Prerequisite knowledge of using com- puters with a mouse will be helpful. Registration is required. Call the library at 401-231-5150. SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Books Are Fun book group on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. Children in 4th or 5th grade (and their parents/caregivers) are invited to participate. The group will meet each month to discuss a book, enjoy a snack and participate in special activi- ties about the book. Registration is required. For more information, call 401-231-5150, ext. 3. FOSTER NEWS Author Tim O'Brien visits Ponaganset Wednesday Knitting group offered at Tyler Free Library Foster Library offers sewing group Jan. 19 Libraries seeking teen volunteers FOSTER – Author Tim O'Brien will visit Ponaganset High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Foster-Glocester Regional Schools / National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. O'Brien is author of "The Things They Carried." Free tickets for the author event are available at https://fgschools. wixsite.com/fgneabigread . FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81 A Moosup Valley Road, will host its knitting group on Wednesdays, at 6 p.m. Adults interested in learn- ing to knit, or wishing to pick up where they cast off, are invited to this group. Call the library at 401-397-7930 for more information. Books and magazines on knitting techniques and patterns are avail- able at the library for checkout. FOSTER – Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, offers its sewing group on Saturday, Jan. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Bring your unfinished project or start a new one with the group. Some fabric will be available, as well as the use of one sewing machine. This group is for all levels from beginner to advanced. The Foster libraries have many sewing books to check out for your next sewing project. For more information, visit www. fosterlibraries.org or call 401-397- 4801. FOSTER – The Libraries of Foster are seeking teen volunteers. Call Foster Public Library at 401- 397-4801 or Tyler Free Library at 401-397-7930 for more information. Libraries will be closed Jan. 20-21 FOSTER – The Libraries of Foster will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Call Foster Public Library at 401- 397-4801 or Tyler Free Library 401- 397-7930. Call Laura at 334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to laura@valleybreeze.com got a news tip? 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