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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition JANUARY 10-16, 2019 Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ WOONSOCKET – The good news for the Mount Saint Charles Academy boys' and girls' swim teams this win- ter is that, after spending the past two seasons in Division II and combining to win just six meets, the Mounties will dive into a new Brother Anthony Division that primarily houses most of the teams that will compete in next month's Division III championship meet. The bad news? The Mounties have just 13 swimmers in their entire pro- gram, and only two of them are boys. Add in the fact that a handful of the swimmers are new to high school swimming, and it sounds like this could be a challenging winter for the program. But wins or losses will be the furthest thing from veteran head coach Bill Evans' mind this season. Watching his swimmers enjoy a posi- tive experience – and maybe pick up a few personal-best times along the way – would definitely qualify as a successful season in his view. "All in all, they're probably one of the best groups of kids I've had," Evans said last Thursday afternoon at the Woonsocket YMCA's pool after his teams were swept in their meet with North Providence. "They're fun, they're enjoyable, and they work hard. We're not going to put any kids in the Olympics and we're not going to win states. They're here to get the high school experience and we're having a good time." Evans knew this season had the potential to be a fun one at the girls' season-opening Injury Fund Relays at Cumberland High. Swimming against three Division I teams, Lincoln, Bay View, and the Clippers, Evans knew that victories were coming to be extremely hard to come by. "When the meet started, I just looked at the girls and said, 'Look, these are three D-I schools,'" said Evans. "'You're going to have fun. Do your best and don't be last.' And they came in third in one of the races and they were so excited. I've never seen anybody so excited to come in next- to-last. It was fun, and (seeing) all the smiles, that's what this is for. Just have a good time. If these kids have a posi- BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Mount Saint Charles sophomore ALLISON MELNYCHUK swims in the butterfly portion of the 200-yard individual medley during last Thursday's girls' meet against North Providence. Melnychuk won the 100-yard breaststroke and took second in the IM, but the Mounties suffered a 65-28 loss. Mount swimmers focus on positives Low in numbers, MSC teams look to 'enjoy experience' By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price CAN YOU AFFORD A SLIP UP? So-called "slip and fall" accidents are not limited to shoppers slipping on marble floors of large urban retail stores. Small business owners who open their doors to the public are also potentially liable for injuries sustained as a result of a trip, slip, or fall on their properties. These cases, which fall under the general category known as "premises liability" claims, hold property owners accountable for dangerous conditions including torn carpeting; changes in flooring; poor lighting; narrow stairs; or a wet floor that can cause someone to slip, fall, and sustain an injury. To protect themselves from lawsuits arising from such circumstances, business owners should be sure to have adequate business liability insurance coverage for slip and fall accidents. Commercial general liability insurance is an essential part of every business owner's insurance portfolio. It protects you and your business from claims of injury, property damage and negligence related to your business activities. At HUNTER INSURANCE, INC., we are able to offer you superior coverage at a competitive price. We are a small business, so we know how to address the issues and concerns of similar companies. To learn, please call 769-9500, or visit our agents at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. NOTE: A "business owners policy" (BOP) combines business liability, commercial property, business income, and equipment breakdown coverages in a single, cost-effective package.

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