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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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partisan elections remain. Why the change of heart? It has also been difficult for some to follow what exactly is taking place at the HRCC meetings. The agenda items are vague, and documents that the Commission will be view- ing at a meeting are not available online. In fact, a formal Access to Public Records Act request had to be made to obtain some of these documents. It can be hard to follow what decisions are being made due to this lack of information. While I appreciate Chairwoman Strach's commitment to making sure the Charter is completed before the deadline and for hosting a public meeting to review the Charter, some are disappointed in the less than transparent process that has brought this Charter to fruition. ALICIA KELLEY Chairwoman, Scituate Democratic Town Committee 14 NORTH COUNTY MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER CHARTER From Page 13 Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com ing outside the Waterman Tavern in Greenville. Giguere, Newbury and Law met at the tavern this month to discuss ongoing renovations at the building, as well as broader plans for preser- vation in Smithfield. "We could really do great things for this town, and getting the young women in to bridge the gap between the generations is really key to ensuring the future of Smithfield as a community," Law said. She added that she and Newbury explored old historic buildings together when they were in their 20s. For them, preserving old build- ings is preserving the history of the town. "This is the cherry of Smithfield history," Newbury said of the tavern. Resolved Waterman, great-grand- son of Roger Williams and grandson to an original settler to Smithfield, built the tavern in 1733. Law said though she was always interested in preservation, it was after researching her Waterman ancestry that she became enamored with the Waterman Tavern. Her new position as president of the preserva- tion group is a dream come true. "I didn't think I would get to the point where I'd be a part in this project. It's very rewarding, and I'm grateful for the help and support of these women," Law said. Newbury said that preservation is beneficial to the economy because it brings in "heritage tourism," main- tain real estate markets, and draws in people looking for places to raise a family. "Once they start to destroy his- tory, people want to leave. There's nothing special about that place any- more," Newbury said. Giguere agreed, saying historic buildings add charm to neighbor- hoods. The first floor of the tavern has been gutted and reinforced with steel, and is ready for "another 200 years," Law said. She said work on the building is at about the 75 or 80 percent completion mark. Remaining work is mostly cosmet- ic, with some electric and painting and work on the floors. The upstairs meeting room is complete, with a curved ceiling and green walls with wooden chair pegs used for hanging chairs for more lively events. Down a short hallway, the original bank vault sits in a room held above the first floor with large slabs of granite. Law said she would like to get renters to use the first floor of the building, and is looking for a busi- ness that would still allow for the occasional historic tours or ques- tions. "Someone that will respect the historic integrity of the building," Newbury said. The Preservation Society is inter- ested in using the top floor as a small museum on Smithfield's history with pictures and artifacts focused on the building and the town. A semi-circle divots the floor of the vault room where embers from the fireplace once slowly eroded the flooring. In 1936, the front portion of the building was torn down to make room for the expansion of route 44, Putnam Pike. Law said the removal of more than half of the building is telling on how economic growth can negatively affect historic preserva- tion. The Preservation Society is a nonprofit focused on the preserva- tion of significant historic structures in town. The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is a town- commissioned nonprofit that advises the Town Council on historic build- ings and structures, historic events, landscaped, landmarks and other historic aspects. The Preservation Society is respon- sible for restoring the Waterman Tavern, while the Preservation Commission is responsible for projects such as repairs at the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center. To contact the Preservation Society, visit smithfieldpreservation- society.weebly.com . PRESERVATION From Page 3 Climate change talk June 3 at Tyler Free Library FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host "Climate Change: Ways to think about how it will affect the lives of our chil- dren" on Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. Julie Parmentier will lead this program. Recently retired from teaching environmental science at Bryant University, she will be addressing impacts of climate change in the state and worldwide. The talk will end with a group discussion of actions we can take to work toward a more sustainable world. A list of reading and online resources is posted on the library website at fosterlibraries.org/climate- change-resources . Light refreshments featuring local produce from Rhode Island farmers markets will be available after her talk. This program is free and open to the public. The library building is wheelchair-accessi- ble. For more information, call 401-397-7930. Smithfield High School post-grad event organizers seek donations SMITHFIELD – Organizers of the Smithfield High School 2019 post-grad event are seeking donations from SHS alumni and current families. Organizers say the celebration has been held annually for more than 25 years. Donations may be mailed to the Class of 2019 Smithfield High School, 90 Pleasant View Ave., Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02917. Rhode Island Treasurer SETH MAGAZINER, left, recognized high school juniors from across the Ocean State with the Young Leader Award. The award is pre- sented to high school juniors in the state who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in math, economics, finance and business-related courses, and are active in his or her community. The winner from Smithfield, pictured with Magaziner, is Smithfield High School student TIMOTHY FERRON. 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