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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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14 LINCOLN MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION something that needs to be repaired. While in institutional use, like a muse- um, maintenance tends to be deferred until small problems become big." While maintenance of the house is the responsibility of the town, a small group of volunteers have helped raise funds over the years for regular maintenance and to operate a historic house museum, filling its rooms with period artifacts. If the Town Council votes to move forward with Preserve R.I. on the property, it would have to be emptied of its furniture and belongings, which were primarily purchased by the Friends of Valentine Whitman group at antique fairs, or donated. The group also has more than $10,000, which Ranaldi said technically belongs to the town. The Friends group previ- ously indicated their intent to donate the funds to another cause, if pos- sible, rather than hand them over to Preserve R.I. At last week's Financial Town Meeting, Councilor Pamela Azar was called out of order when she inquired about funding for the Valentine Whitman House, though Moderator Bob Turner added that the Budget Board had toured the home in the past. "The property needs a plan. A lot more work needs to be done," he said. It would cost the town more than $211,000 to make urgent but not emergency repairs on the property's roof, siding and basement if it retained ownership, according to Talmage. Azar said she was concerned that other town-owned historic properties on Great Road such as the Hearthside House have acquired funding over the years while Valentine Whitman has not. Town Planner Al Ranaldi coun- tered that the Friends of the Valentine Whitman volunteer group did not go and make pitches to the Budget Board for funding as Hearthside did. When Ogni asked Talmage at what point she would have to walk away from the project if she doesn't have an answer, she said she would ideally like to know by the end of June. Ogni commented that the deal with Preserve R.I. could be "the last train at the depot" in regards to implementing a plan that would preserve the home well into the future. "I don't want to shovel it away," he said. "I'd love to sustain it, but the solutions are really dwindling. We're all trying to figure out a way to keep it alive, present and functional." WHITMAN HOUSE From Page 5 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND OF SAVINGS Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, May 27 Proud Member of RI Farm Bureau OPEN EVERYDAY! Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Owned & Operated by the Polseno Family Farm & Greenhouses Check out our website: ScituateNursery.com Scituate Nursery Petunias • Marigolds • New Guinea Impatiens Impatiens • Pansies • Violas & much, much more! 10% OFF WEEPING CHERRY TREES BEAUTIFUL SELECTION OF: Hanging Baskets, Flowering Planters, Flowering Bags, Specialty Annuals & Perennials, Rose Bushes, Hydrangeas, Butterfly Bushes, Flowering & Fruit Trees & so much more! All Annual & Vegetable Plants NOW READY! STILL THE BEST PRICES AROUND! Support Your Local Grower! Drop Off your Planters & Gina will gladly fill them for you! Beautiful Selection Memorial Day Mixed Pots 767 Hartford Pike, Scituate, RI 401-934-0581 LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION ~ Commercial • Residential Patio/Pavers • Brick Walkways • Stone & Block Walls Railroad Tie Walls • New Lawns • Plantings EXCAVATING • SEPTIC INSTALLS & REPAIRS With Experience to Back It Up! MULCH AND LOAM AVAILABLE for Pickup or Delivery THANK YOU Memorial Planters Flowers Trees Shrubs Tropicals Sod Garden Decor 790 Great Road, No. Smithfield Rhode Island (401) 765-2222 Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EXTENDED HOURS THRU JUNE 9th Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 6"-8" Rounds 12"-16" Ovals GRillinG SeaSOn beGinS HeRe! Free Fuel with purchase of a grill $399.00 & up Ex: bag of Traeger pellets, propane exchange, big green egg charcoal

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