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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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Shirley (Sturtevant) Crandall, 87, passed away peacefully May 15. She was the beloved wife of Raymond T. Crandall for 69 years, and a daughter of the late Frank and Hazel (Gillan) Sturtevant. Shirley was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother who loved her family dearly. She was primarily a stay-at- home mother raising eight children but also worked part-time at A&H Manufacturing in Johnston and Jodel Florist in Providence for many years. She was an avid baker who loved to teach her grandchildren how to make her family-famous apple pies. Shirley was the loving mother of Gary Crandall (Nancy), Diane Crandall, Kevin Crandall (Diane), Sharon Crandall, Greg Crandall (Dawn), Keith Crandall (Lisa), and Dawn Crandall (Christopher); grandmother of Brad (Shinnon), Steven (Kara), Derek, Melissa (Dan), Sara, Jason (Katie), Joe (Shelly), David Jr., Lauren (Ryan), Jennifer (Stephen), Brett (Gabriela), Jessica (Dante), Devin (Emily), Taylor, Alex (Kaya), and Danielle ( Jeremy); great-grandmother of Lindsay, Samantha, Rylee, Isla, Aleah, Jace, Deanna, and Braden; sister of Don Sturtevant (Sheila), Carol Perfetto (William), Nancy DiFilippo (Mike), and Hazel Christowski (Harris). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by her son, Thomas Crandall, and sister, Barbara Weston. Her funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hasbro Children's Hospital, R.I. Hospital Foundation, Development Office, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901, will be appreciated. For the full obituary and condolences, visit www. TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel.com . Marilyn Andrews Rounds, 96, of Scituate, formerly of Foster, passed away May 9. She was the wife of the late Edwin A. Andrews and the late Stanley G. Rounds. Born in Foster, she was the daughter of the late James and Mattie (King) Wright. She is survived by two daughters Nancy Andrews Black of Chepachet and Melody Andrews Finucane. Son-in-law James M. Finucane, three grandsons and two great-granddaugh- ters. She is also survived by a stepson David Rounds his wife, Barbara, and family of Glocester. Marilyn was loving and accepting of everyone and had a great love for animals. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter. Services are private. Wyit Ewing Wright, 98, passed away at the Alpine Nursing Home in Coventry on April 28. He was a Smithfield resident for 65 years and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elinore; step grandson, Greg; grand- son, Joshua, and son-in-law, Leo. He is survived by his two sons, Kirk Wright (Libby) of West Fork, Ark., Wyit David Wright (Sharon) of Berkeley, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Wright Minisce of Wakefield, R.I., and Kathleen Wright of Smithfield; two grandchildren, Alina and Andrew; five step grandchildren, Mark, Brian, Michael, Maria, and Joanna; a great grandson, Steven, and a great-great grandson, Soren. Wyit spent 30 years as a Merchant Marine radar and radio officer. He was an original member of the Wionkiege Valley Fire Department in 1959. In later years, he and his wife traveled throughout the East selling handcrafted wooden toys at craft shows. Some of his hobbies were creating flower and vegetable gardens on his property, beekeeping, woodworking, and reading. He was a long-time member of the Greenville Baptist Church and took great plea- sure in volunteering there. In his 90th year Wyit wrote: "To my relatives and friends who made my life more interesting along the way. I try to keep busy doing little jobs at my church and volunteering as a chauffeur for my friend, Phil, who had a hip replacement. It is five years since I lost Elinore and while life isn't as much fun it is a very good life. God bless you and keep you well. Your friend, Wyit." A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, at the Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, Greenville, at 11 a.m. After the ser- vice, the flowers will be distributed to the area nursing homes. A private burial will be held in the family plot near Claysville, Penn. For messages of condolence, visit andersonwinfield.net . SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 23-29, 2019 SMITHFIELD / OBITUARIES 19 Shirley (Sturtevant) Crandall Marilyn Andrews Rounds Wyit Ewing Wright CRANDALL WRIGHT SMITHFIELD – The Planning Board last week approved proposals for two solar projects on a com- bined 200 acres of property, one off Log Road and the other off DeCotis Farm Road and Douglas Pike. The board approved a broad master plan for the Log Road pro- posal and preliminary plan for the Douglas Pike plan. Joelle Rocha, attorney for appli- cant Daniel Coolong, reminded the board that the owner came before the board a year ago with a smaller solar project before a new solar ordinance was approved. The ground-mounted solar farm will be 10.7 megawatts and require no vari- ances. This initial conceptual review on a major land development proposal shows a 50-foot buffer between the project and nearby homes, and the applicant addressed neighbors' con- cerns by saying he'll present a full and detailed landscaping plan to show how he'll make every effort to hid the panels from view. A total of 46 acres of land will be cleared, or 38.8 percent of 119 acres, below the 40 percent maxi- mum in the town's zoning ordi- nance, said representatives for the applicant. Lot coverage will be 27.7 acres, or 19.2 percent, less than the 20 percent maximum allowable coverage. That includes all spaces between fixed panels. Grass for the project will be a "solar mix grass," which grows more slowly and is easier to man- age, making for less of a fire hazard. A six-foot security fence will allow small animals to pass under it and the facility will be gated and locked. The owner is expressing willing- ness to comply with a request to plant seedlings in other parts of town to replace the trees that come down. This has been certified as a forest in poor condition, with trees growing through stumps left behind due to previous clear-cutting. When trees grow that way, they get fungus inside of them and aren't strong. Caterpillars have further weakened them. Layout for tree plantings will be spelled out at a later point in the approval process. Richard Levesque, of nearby 101 Tarkiln Road in Chepachet, said he's in favor of the solar farm, say- ing he'd rather see that use with tax revenue and no liability than a housing development bringing traf- fic and more children into town. He said he enjoys the rural nature of the area, and hopes other neighbors agree with him that this type of development is best for the area. Jeff Ayotte, of 524 Log Road, offered concern about the near- ness of the project to his property. A previous version had it 300 feet away, he said, and now it's just 50 feet from his property. "There goes the country," he said, asking for a larger buffer. The applicant said he understands the issue and is promising "heavy buffering" for year-round screening of the project. Renderings will be offered up at the preliminary plan stage and the hope from the devel- oper is that all neighbors will be happy with what they see. Board members asked that if there's a way to move the proj- ect further away from neighbors' homes, that the applicant make every effort to do that. Chris Rajotte, of 528 Log Road, also expressed opposition to the project, saying he moved here to be in the woods. He said he doesn't believe he would have bought his house if he knew a solar farm would one day be coming in, and worries about devaluing of homes in the area. He's also concerned about chemi- cal waste from a superfund site nearby as well as disruptive noise from the project. Representatives for the applicant said the plume from the contami- nated site is not going toward the area of the solar development and there will be no impact from noise. They're also saying there shouldn't be any decrease in home values. The board approved a prelimi- nary plan for a 3.33-megawatt solar farm off DeCotis Farm Road and Douglas Pike, the second to last step before development. The project, planned to be sited on 48.3 acres of land, is expected to be nearly invisible, according to representatives for Fidelity Solar. Brian Daigle, vice president of Fidelity Investments, said there's a natural depression and a large berm that will block off much of the project, keeping it largely unnoticed and nestled in the trees. Solar developer Amaresco is expected to have the project built by December. According to the applicant, there's a move afoot to potentially promote the bee population with an active bee colony within the solar project. The board gave the nod to the preliminary plan subject to approval from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Smithfield Planning Board issues approvals for two solar projects By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com do you know? The Valley Breeze & Observer distributes almost 10,500 papers in greater Smithfield every Thursday. 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • www.robbinsfuneralhome.com 70th Anniversary Year Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 www.stanleygranite.com Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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