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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 22-28, 2019 JAMIN SANTOS, left, and JALEIGHA ROSARIO, both in 8th grade at Slater Middle School, work together to replace a flag on a gravestone at the St. Francis Cemetery last Friday morning. The students replaced more than 1,000 damaged and worn flags in advance of Memorial Day. See more photos on page 32. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Memorial Day preparations PAWTUCKET – Important reha- bilitation work on the treasured Slater Park Looff Carousel is now under- way, with upgrades expected to help preserve the facility for many years to come. Project Manager Joe Morais, of the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, said Red Oak Remodeling, of Coventry, was the winning bidder on the $461,780 job. All funding for the project is coming from a city building bond, he said, but officials are hoping to acquire grants to offset the cost in the future. Morais said officials bid the project knowing that the roof "was the abso- lute priority," with some leaking caus- ing inside damage. "It's crucial to fix that," he said. The contractor will be fixing the roof, walls, windows, doors and stairs, "basically the whole skeleton of the building," said Morais. There are other aspects of the carousel officials are hoping to fix within the next three years if more funding becomes available, including a new handicap ramp, sprinkler system, new floors, new electrical upgrades and lighting. This is "absolutely" a big deal for Pawtucket, he said. "If we don't do it it's going to be too far gone," he said. Work on iconic Looff Carousel begins By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LOOFF, Page 13 CUMBERLAND – There it was, hidden in plain sight. Charles Tramontana spotted it one Fourth of July while passing the North Cumberland Fire Department on his way to the Arnold Mills annu- al parade. Down near the fire station pond, tucked under a tree and so aged that it was nearly camou- flaged, a small monu- ment caught his eye. "In memory of Lt. Russell Falconer Stearns" reads a plaque attached to a gray boulder. The brass marker notes his World War I involvement with the Lafayette Flying Corps in France and later his mem- bership with the U.S. Marine Flying Corps. He'd been born in 1896 and died in 1938, just 42 years old. What it doesn't reveal are the exploits of this American flyboy from Pawtucket who was so eager to help with "The Great War" that he quit the University of Virginia to enlist overseas months before the U.S. gave up its neutral stance and joined the allies. Nine month later, readers of the Evening Times of Pawtucket would get a glimpse of life with the French squadron. Monument to Russell Falconer Stearns brought out of the shadows By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Contributing Writer See STEARNS, Page 16 STEARNS Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) www.timbertreeserviceri.com 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 Bobcat Services Firewood Trimming

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