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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-06-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 6-12, 2019 NORTH SMITHFIELD 7 NORTH SMITHFIELD – A new town-wide celebration is taking shape July 10 to 13, with fireworks, dinner under the stars and family activities all on the schedule for the first-ever North Smithfield Days. The four-day celebration will con- sist of events at venues around town, from movies in the park and specials at local businesses to a grand finale fireworks display on Saturday, July 13. According to April Lombardi, chairperson of the North Smithfield Days committee, the idea grew out of last year's Fourth of July fireworks coordinated by former Town Council President John Beauregard. The first town-wide fireworks drew large crowds to the athletic complex and sparked calls for another round this year. "I had this vision that it could real- ly turn into something great," said Lombardi. "I assembled a committee probably in February of this year to represent different parts of the town." The committee includes mem- bers of the Town Council, School Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee along with residents and representatives of local businesses. In addition to bringing residents togeth- er, Lombardi said the event aims to draw traffic to town businesses dur- ing the typically slow month of July. The festivities will officially kick off on Thursday, July 11, though families looking to get head start on the action can attend a family movie night in Pacheco Park on Wednesday, July 10. Movie nights will continue on Thursday and Friday, while in the mornings, visi- tors to the park can attend morning fitness sessions. On Thursday eve- ning, Pacheco Park will also host the first of two outdoor concerts featur- ing local musicians. On Friday, participants can look forward to the weekend's first major event, a dinner under the stars fea- turing a multi-course meal by Ryan Sherlock Catering. Organizers are pitching the event as a night out for adults that also serves as a fundraiser for the fireworks and weekend activi- ties. While the venue is still being finalized, Lombardi said the event will offer a unique opportunity to enjoy local fare in an outdoor setting. "The locations that we're looking at are not your typical restaurant ven- ues, so to speak," she said. 'North Smithfield Days' to bring fireworks, family fun in July By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See DAYS, Page 22 the original farmhouse during the Hurricane of 1938. The house sur- vived, and her daughter, Linda Frye, lives there now, two of seven genera- tions to have called the farm home. The property has changed little, but the world around it has, and signs of that change are visible all up and down Old Smithfield Road. Once the site of an old trolley line, the street now sports "No turbine" signs outside many of its homes. The signs are a visible reminder of the deep rift between the Pacheco family and neighbors over a plan to pre- serve the family farm by installing a wind turbine on the 53-acre property. According to Pacheco family his- tory, the first family members to live there were Aldriches who married into the Allen family to combine the family farms. At the time, Old Smithfield Road was the main route connecting Sayles Hill Road to points further north, and the family lived off the land, harvesting lumber and growing crops. Over the years, they've found dif- ferent ways of bringing income into the farm, raising cows and horses and opening a boarding kennel for dogs. In 1985, Pacheco started Hi-on- a-Hill herb farm, where she still runs summer workshops and has a gift shop. The family also participates in reforestation programs run by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that offer incentives for forest management and hosts Blackstone Valley Apiaries, a team consisting of brothers-in-law Normand Peloquin and John Moore, who keep about a dozen hives on the property. "It is a farm. As I said, there's 100,000 workers who are very busy producing honey," said Pacheco. In 2015, she attended a work- shop for farmers interested in green energy and met Mark DePasquale, founder of wind and solar energy company Green Development. The company developed a plan to install a 462.5-foot-tall wind turbine on the property with a lease agreement promising lease payments to the family over 25 years. The payments, said Pacheco, will allow her and her daughters to continue to maintain the farm, which they eventually hope to pass on to her grandchildren. "They're on security, I'm on Social Security, so it's going to enable us to stay," she said. The turbine's first round before town boards ended abruptly in 2016 when neighbors learned about the project and expressed their oppo- sition before the Town Council, which passed a moratorium on wind turbines and later banned them completely. Though the council actions and an ensuing lawsuit by neighbors delayed the project for more than two years, the application, filed before the ban went into effect, remained active, and the company returned for another hearing before the Zoning Board of Review three months ago. At the same time Green Development was preparing for another public debate, Nicole Valliere, owner of a neighboring property at 796 Old Smithfield Road, TURBINE From Page One See NEIGHBORS, Page 24 North Smithfield students receive 2019 Civic Leadership Award NORTH SMITHFIELD – James Hanlon and Megan Skinner, both juniors at North Smithfield High School, were honored at the Statehouse this month with the 2019 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award. The award is given annually to recognize high school students who have made outstanding contributions to their schools and communities over the past year. Each year, high schools across Rhode Island are invited to nomi- nate two students in the junior class who best meet the ideals of the Civic Leadership Award. This year, 153 students from 77 schools were honored for their civic efforts. The students were honored at a Statehouse ceremony and received citations from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea in front of family members and friends. Flowers Hanging Baskets Annuals PERENNIALS 1 quart $ 5.99 Gallon Pots $ 11.99 Rte. 126 599 South Main Street Bellingham, MA 508-883-8008 MULCH Pine $ 36 Red $ 38 Hemlock $ 40 Black $ 40 LOOM BY THE YARD Delivery Available (Free Local Delivery) Full Array of Vegetable Plants Patio Pots Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com

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